Alienware 17 R5 (R1) BIOS Unlocked!

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

  1. Pawel1976

    Pawel1976 Newbie

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    Motherboard replaced, all ok, tks for the help
     
  2. javers

    javers Notebook Guru

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    Great work, thanks guys!
     
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  3. Ashtrix

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    +rep thanks for this update friend (Updated the post 2 with this) & Also thanks to @TheReciever for this. Check out the discussion in the related threads for more interesting cool stuff (AW17 R1 Owners Lounge, Mod thread)
     
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  4. TheReciever

    TheReciever D! For Dragon!

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    Thanks for the mention, saw the thread on OCN and thought hmm maybe it would work on mobile CPUs as well?

    javers pioneered the rest lol :)
     
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  5. Striker1234

    Striker1234 Notebook Consultant

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    Great!!! I have do it as well, should we update the IDPT driver???
    If so, which one to use???
     
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    +rep to both you guys, thanks for this info, Updated Post #2 regarding this crucial information. Also as-usual read the discussion from this post and here to know more, like Intel ME and HW Programming, also thanks to @Falkentyne , @TheReciever too for helping Striker out.

    Wish you all a great successful Happy New Year.
     
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  7. javers

    javers Notebook Guru

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    Hi Guys, got another updated release here for everyone of the unlocked A14 bios, which I've decided to call A14+. As before replace the bios.bin from the original unlocked A14 bios with the one here and inject your own service tag.

    https://1drv.ms/u/s!AnQkhyPppV58irZpHyZ_cWnv8JPsyA

    MD5: DE36B6D8C79E338463890A810256DA62
    SHA-1: F002619397ACBAF796F2F14D3BFA3B07324832FD


    Stuff done:
    -Updated Microcode from v1E to v22
    -Change bios version string text to "A14+"
    -Updated Intel RST Legacy from 12.0.0.1783 to 12.9.0.2006
    -Updated Intel RST EFI from 12.0.0.1783 to 12.9.0.2006
    -Updated Intel GOP Driver from 5.0.1035 to 5.0.1037

    BIOS default values changed:
    -Windows Fastboot: Disabled (You can re-enable if desired but I find it very difficult to get into the bios at boot with this enabled)
    -Load Legacy Option Rom: Disabled
    -Boot List Option: UEFI (Pure UEFI)

    Service tag placeholder in this release "CHANGE1"

    The above should mean no more 8 beeps booting PEG with 9xx / 10xx series nvidia card after a bios reset or emergency recovery :)
    You should also be able to boot using hdmi output with either a 60hz lvds panel attached or no panel at all

    Enjoy!

    Javers
     
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  8. Aliengr

    Aliengr Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi guys,

    I have an AW17 R1 Mid 2013 with 780m with a 120Hz monitor which I decided to upgrade to 980m. Just received the GPU installed it but still get the 8 beeps. I have checked the BIOS settings so as to use UEFI (disabled fast boot and secure boot). I'm trying now to unlock my BIOS, but read in this thread that I have to mod BIOS to match my PC settings. Is there a guide / howto? No problem to donate anyway. I would like your help since this VGA was bought after a year's planning and saving money..... :(


    Thank you and BR
    Gregory
     
  9. javers

    javers Notebook Guru

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    Hi Gregory,

    Yes to use the unlocked bios properly you need to hex edit the bin file to insert your own service tag. I'm hoping to write a tool to do this automatically in my next release but for now there is a guide in this thread somewhere. With regards to your 980m getting the 8 beeps it may have been the "Load Legacy Option Rom" that also needs to be set to disabled. If you still have the 780m around you could pop it back in just to check / change that setting.

    Javers
     
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  10. Aliengr

    Aliengr Notebook Enthusiast

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    @javers Thank you for your prompt reply! I'm writing these messages using the 780m I will try eyou suggestions. Do you happen to have the Service tag to search in your A14+ bin file to replace with mine?
     
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