Alienware 13 r1 bios bricked

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  1. benc122

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    I’m confused about the 1st step

    And step 2
     
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    @benc122 I am at work, but I can help you on Thursday 9 may from 9:00 a.m. Amsterdam time.
     
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    I’m coming from a M17X r4 I’m thinking the flashing process with the end key will work but it’s different with the 13 r1

    It’s not working still black screen with lights on and fans spinning with no usb activity

    That method only works with Alienwares that are kabylake and up i have a Haswell processor so this method won’t work

    @woodzstack @Mr. Fox do you guys know how to blind flash a Alienware 13 r1 I really don’t want to buy another motherboard if I can fix this one
     
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    Hi. I am sorry, but I have no idea. I have never owned one.

    What CPU/chipset does it have (I cannot remember)? Is it Insyde or AMI firmware?

    No need to replace the motherboard. Worst case scenario you fix it with an SPI programmer or replace the BIOS chip with a pre-programmed chip.
     
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    It has AMI and it has 4200u cpu , I have a spi programmer but I don’t know where I can get these files from for the bios chip
     
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    It may be possible to do a blind crisis recovery flash, but I do not know what technique to use, what the file name needs to be, or even if the Alienware motherboard of your system's generation would allow it.

    If not, you need someone else with the same exact machine with an SPI programmer to dump their chip for you. Or, buy a pre-programmed BIOS chip on eBay and replace it. Those are very easy to replace with an inexpensive soldering iron.
     
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    I think @Raidriar had 17r2 with same issue and he followed LordZag BIOS bootblock recovery.
     
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    I used the end key technique and I started getting usb activity but I don’t know what files are appropriate

    I used the end key technique and I started getting usb activity but I don’t know what files are appropriate

    I do have a soic test clip too so I don’t have to solder anything out but all I need is a bios dump for a Alienware 13 r1
     
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    @benc122

    Hi, do you want to try the method I sent? I have time to help. I downloaded AW13A08.EXE and it seems to be pretty much like 13 R3 bios.

    Let me know.

    We can go step by step.
     
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    We can try

    I
    we can try

    But I can’t use CTRL+ESC it will not do anything but remain on black screen and This model don’t have a bios recovery 2 and 3
     
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