Gear: Samsung Series 7 Slate.
So you got yourself that cool Samsung Series 7 Slate and have wanted to show the powers of that Intel Core i5-2467M CPU which goes up to 2.3 GHz! It is only when you run CPU-Z that you end up realizing that it won't go over 1800 MHz. You curse and swear and yell at Samsung because THEY LIED to you!!!
Well... no. Samsung did have an early BIOS that limited the capabilities of the Series 7 Slate. As a matter fact they realized it too and released a new BIOS update to fix the problem. The BIOS has the letters of 06FD. Now it's up to you to download and install it.
To get the new BIOS open Easy Software Manager, go to Update, and then click on Driver. You should see the new BIOS update ready for you to download and install. Make sure that you have your power adapter connected, and don't have any important programs running. The update will require a reboot of the system.
When your system boots up the system will now be capable of speeds of up to 2.3 GHz (power cable must be connected). I guess you won't need that liquid nitrogen anymore. ;-)
Thanks to Saloei and Tim for bringing this to my attention. I probably would have done nothing if I didn't know.
If Easy Software Manager gives you problems.
When you run Easy Software Manager the first time it may ask you to update to a new version. When it updates it may delete itself and therefore you won't be able to run it and update the BIOS. I had a good 5 minute video rant prepared for this... but after cooling down decided not to post the amount of failures it took to figure out the right formula. So... I present you the method that works.
Easy Software Manager Fix:
- Uninstall Easy Software Manager
- Hit Windows key and type "uninstall a program" (open it)
- Find Easy Software Manager and uninstall it
- Reinstall Easy Software Manager
- Go to Samsung's Support Page and download Easy Software Manager (or click here)
- Open the .zip file and start the installer (make sure to right click and "Run as administrator)
- Update Easy Software Manager
- Hit Windows key and type "easy software manager"
- Open the newly installed Easy Software Manager
- It will alert you that there's a new updated version, click OK once (do not click again until it's done)
- (if a software wizard appears just follow along, until it's complete)
- Open Easy Software Manager
- You can now install your updates.
Hopefully your Easy Software Manager doesn't have problems. As you can see it can be quite a bit of work to get it working again. Sayonara!
The Alternative Method:
Samsung does not list their BIOS versions on any website (as far as I know). For that reason we must investigate the Easy Software Manager program and inspect XML files which contain the download URLs and info.
The data can be found at:
C:\ProgramData\Samsung\Easy Software Manager\
After reading some of the XML files I managed to find 04FW. I also found a mention of 06FD, but the download URL pointed to the 04FW file. So downloading "06FD" would have given me 04FW. The good thing is that I managed to find the download URL of at least one of the files. With this info you can "guess" and find files by changing 1s into 2s. I present to you several BIOS versions, even newer than 06FD.
!!!RUN AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!
- 04FW (keeps the system at max of 1800 MHz, usually installed on the system)
- 09FD (did not test it)
- 06FD (up to 2300 MHz)
- 05FW (up to 2300 MHz, seems to be more consistent at keeping system at 2000 MHz when plugged to power, besides that I don't know what else it does)
Currently I'm using 05FW and it seems stable.