Hello! I am new to the bios modding world, and keen to learn.
Background story: I bought a second hand modded CPU/motherboard combo (e-2186m CPU and MSI Z370M Mortar/S1) a while back. This made me want to learn more in order to try do this myself as a hobby, and also to update the previous mentioned setup.
Here is my current situation, and me parading my ignorance(!): I have an Asrock Z370 Pro4 motherboard (second hand), and I have a Xeon e-2286m modified CPU. I was provided with a .bin file for this motherboard with the modifications done so that it supports the re-socketed e-2286m CPU.
I have also ordered a EZP2019 programmer, and my intention is to flash the new bios directly on the motherboard with a SOP-8 CLIP cable.
I have read quite a bit of guides, and videos, but I am still hesitant on the right steps:
- Read and save the current bios
- Check the Mac Address stick and check if it is actually in the bios or directly in Ethernet adapter
- Check the motherboard uuid and S/N, not sure how to do the first one
- Re-inject (?) the above 3 information in the .bin file provided with the CPU for my motherboard
Could I ask some of the veterans out there if the above plan makes sense at all, and if there is anything else that I should consider before drilling down into more details?
Please not that I do not have any CPU “normally” supported "out of the box by the motherboard, so all I can do is via the SPI programmer.