BIOS Upgrade Might Get Toshiba Netbooks to Run Even Longer

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I don’t have my Toshiba NB205 with me this week, but as soon as I get home, I’ll be upgrading the BIOS of my netbook from v1.2 to v1.5. Hector Gomez just pinged me with news that the update is available directly from Toshiba. From reading the long laundry list of fixes and modifications, I suspect it should help add battery life in some small way. That’s good, as some might be concerned about battery performance on the NB205 when running Windows 7. Some of the changes include:

  • Fixed: When the Sleep&Charge mode is changed from mode 4 to disable, the Sleep&Charge Utility will show Enabled and Mode1.
  • Modified: Force the Bluetooth (BT) power on when running Linux.
  • Disabled the unused slots clock to save battery power.
  • Added new WLAN support.
  • Added the computrace function to support a European SKU.
  • Fixed: System cannot wake on LAN continuously after waking from S3 in Windows Vista.
  • Fixed: Fn+1 and Fn+2 functions are reversed in Windows Vista.
  • Modified: Touch Pad on/off method for hotkeys to prevent a conflict with the ALPS touchpad (TP) driver when a USB mouse is plugged in/out, the TP function is disabled/enabled.
  • Modified: WOL is always enabled in S3 and S4 modes in Linux.
  • Modified: Brightness table.
  • Modified: Fan control setting.
  • Disabled: LAN power on in DC mode for Linux.
  • Modified: When System shuts down the 3G device Status is stored in EEPROM.
  • Modified: HDP function (resume from S3).
  • Added: Win+P key for Windows 7.

The update clocks in around 5MB, so there’s a bunch more in there that should make a good netbook even better. Hector and other NB205 owners might get to install it before I do, so stay tuned for any comments and updates.

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