A few weeks ago we posted about a method for taking an HP Mini 311 netbook with Windows XP and NVIDIA ION LE graphics and installing some tweaked drivers to enable support for DirectX 10, a feature that previously only available if you had a full NVIDIA ION graphics card (without the LE). But if you don’t fancy editing your own drivers, there’s an easier way.
MyHPMini Forum member icelord has posted a list of tips and tricks for tweaking the HP Mini 311 BIOS. One of them involves loading a tool that will effectively convince your computer that it has ION graphics instead of ION LE. All you need is a downloaded driver file and a USB flash drive.
There are also instructions for installing PCIe cards that aren’t supported by the default BIOS configuration. This could include 3G, WiFi, or other wireless communications modules. Best of all, he posts a series of steps you can take to restore your BIOS if you accidentally muck things up.
Of course, you could also just purchase an HP Mini 311 with Windows 7 and get the full version of ION out of the box.