Alienware 13 r1 bios bricked

Discussion in '2015+ Alienware 13 / 15 / 17' started by benc122, May 8, 2019.

  1. Mr. Fox

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    I am not sure what to suggest at this point. I am not familiar enough with your machine model to recommend anything else, and I have no idea if the AW13 R2 mobo is a drop-in upgrade or not. But, I am fairly confident someone else around here would know that and has probably already done that.
     
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    I had a Alienware 17 r2 which I believe the same as the 13 r1 board. This step worked and the only difference that I did is I did not release the ctrl and esc key. I wanted for the bios recovery screen before releasing it. @benc122 Give it a go. Might work.

    I know the Alienware 17 r2 motherboard works on the Alienware 17 r3. I have a spare alienware 17 r2 board. Might work for the Alienware 13.. ^_^
     
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    Dell said that the 13 in have no bios recovery
     
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    T_T
     
  5. benc122

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    When I get this new mobo tomorrow I won’t update the bios
     
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  6. Vasudev

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    I asked @judal57 to try this method after he bricked 15 r1 during BIOS update. It worked for him.

    Make sure CMOS is connected and don't disconnect it. Disconnect it once flashing is done. Its best practice to erase existing chip and then do a blank check before write and verify.
    Once the flashing is done, disconnect CMOS battery for few secs and plug it back. Once you start the PC, you'll see black screen but continue to press F2 key repeatedly and you'll get to BIOS screen. It happens because BIOS doesn't remember OS boot managers after full CMOS reset, so once it boots to BIOS, use Reset to defaults and exit BIOS. Afterwards, go into BIOS and see if Windows Boot manager is detected properly after setting SATA controller to RAID or AHCI whichever you use.
     
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    @Mr. Fox what’s the best place to buy the motherboard other than eBay?
     
  8. Vasudev

    Vasudev Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Have you asked @t456 help? He can do a bin file flashable for SPI chips. He has helped many AW users who bricked their PCs.
     
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  9. Mr. Fox

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    This is an excellent place to buy Dell/Alienware parts. I have not looked to see if they have your mobo, but you should save this web site to your favorites.
    Dell-Alienware Laptop Parts | Parts-People

    Edit: looks like they have the AW13 R2 mobo in stock, but not the R1.
    https://www.parts-people.com/index.php?action=category&id=151&subid=573&refine=motherboard

    Seeing if @t456 has any recommendations is a great idea. He is a very sharp fellow.
     
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    Yes, he's Harry Potter of IT and everything else. Seeing its a dell product, most modders will run away. I updated to latest BIOS and guess what, I'm partially locked out from writing old image throwing write operations timeout error. I erased the whole chip and then flashed full BIOS dump I saved earlier.
     
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