Alienware 17 R5 (R1) BIOS Unlocked!

Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by Striker1234, Mar 12, 2017.

  1. Nomad

    Nomad Notebook Consultant

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    It is there a specific reason with these unlocked 14 and 14+ version the default SATA config is set to AHCI and NOT to RAID?

    For what I can remember Dell/Alienware official BIOS 14 was set to RAID as default and always used that config. Now I have to do a fresh Windows reinstall and don't know which one to choose.
     
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    From what I remember RAID is the better option. Mr. Fox always used to recommend that setting only. I'm using RAID from day 1 no issues.

    Plus there are a slew of new Spectre flaws with CVEs to be disclosed soon, It's not worth to install the current Spectre / Meltdown patched BIOS A15 as it significantly reduces the performance of the Haswell processors, Just a heads up.
     
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  3. Nomad

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    True. Please the CMD and sleeping bug instructions are missing in the new Unlocked A14+ BIOS and as the original Unlocked A14 was deleted this is an issue to be solved for newcomers.

    There go the Flashing Instructions:

    Use the Sleep Bug !
    Unpack the archive and copy the into C: HD root place!
    Then open Comand Promt with Admin Rights (CLI window C:\), put your laptop
    into Sleep Mode and then Wake-Up It, after this execute these commands from
    CLI window :

    fptw64 -f bios.bin -bios
     
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  4. Nomad

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    Mmm something went wrong wrong now...

    1- I've installed Unlocked A14+ and then installed Dell A14 stock version.
    2-Still with stock A14 and with a wrong service tag, made the proper changes with the HxD tool and edited the Unlocked A14+ with my own service tag.
    3-I can't make it work to install the 'new' edited Unlocked A14+ version now.

    Any ideas?
     
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    Solved... obviously you also have to install a flashing files into C:\ :D
    Maybe would be nice to have them included into the bios rar files? Just as an idea.
    Now I could reinstall the unlocked BIOS but this showed up in my CMD window:

    Would be safe to reinstall or could I face brick?
     

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    Brother @Striker1234 should know more on this.

    On my machine after changing the Text of CHANGE1 from A14+ to the Service Tag of our own the file size should remain the same. 4096 kilobytes total. In your screenshot it is showing 1 byte extra. Did you use the HxD program x64 (Jan 2018 updated RC version) correctly ? and not include any spaces of any sort ? @Nomad.

    Also I updated the OP #2 with instructions and files for the flashing as Update #5.1

    Sorry for the late reply @RYUZAKI L
     
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    @Ashtrix Thanks man you're a legend! Thanks for update the update 5.1 step but now I see this when I try to update. (True I re-replace CHANGE1 as had space at the end)

    @Striker1234 To the other legend here... any ideas? :)

    Edit: Finally retried and now I can enjoy the Unlocked 14+ version with my proper Service Tag. Thanks everyone!
     

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  8. TheReciever

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    Has anyone been able to push more than 230w with this laptop on the unlocked BIOS?
     
  9. Striker1234

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    Sorry for my late answer, I was on Cuba last two weeks!

    I recommend you NOT FLASH if you have 1 byte difference!

    The BIOS file size should always be the same even if you change the ST!!!

    You can BRICK your computer, you can always recover it, but sometimes is a pain in the ass!!!
     
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