I inherited a Compaq R4000 notebook recently which is like new (hardly used at all) but sloooooow... so I maxed out the ram which helped but it is still slooow. I even bought an Athlon 64 4000+ cpu (which is listed in the maint. & service guide as an upgrade cpu) but it wouldn't boot at all so I put the original Sempron 3000+ back in. The current/original bios (Phoenix) has NO overclocking capabilities so here is my question:
Is there any company that "makes" a generic bios that will work in virtually any pc/notebook? I realize that it would have to be for a specific pc (like Ford brakes won't fit a Chevy) but you get the idea, right??
Hmmm, sorry to burst your bubble but both of those Athlon CPUs really just won't do and BIOS is dependent on the motherboard itself. Notebooks/laptops have very limited components that can be upgraded if I'm not mistaken and so it wouldn't really be possible to suddenly get a new BIOS with a range of overclock settings and features (you're better off buying a new one to really see a performance boost).
Asus, Gigabyte and MSI all make some great mobos for overclocking capabilities, and this is where their own BIOS comes in to distinguish one from another.