Alienware 17 R5/R1 RANGER EMERGENCY RECOVERY BIOS

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  1. Striker1234

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    Hello!!!

    This guide was made in order to help others to recover a corrupted BIOS on Alienware 17 R5/R1 Ranger.

    Tools needed:
    • A Windows base computer (7,8,10 x32 or x64).
    • USB 8GB or less (the less the better).
    • Firmware Recovery (Attached).
    • Screw Driver.
    1. Format USB as FAT32.
    2. Disconnect Battery.
    3. Recovery.
    4. Final Legacy and RAID settings.
    5. Questions
    6. Special Thanks.
    Format USB as FAT32:
    1. On your keyboard, press the Windows button + R
    2. type DISKPART and click ‘OK’
    3. Click ‘Yes’ if prompted by the User Access Control
    4. DISKPART will open in a command prompt window
    5. Type list disk and hit enter
    6. [​IMG]
    7. You will need to identify your drive by size, in this case I can see it is disk 2
    8. Type select disk 2 (where 2 is the number from the previous step)
    9. The command prompt will respond by saying “Disk 2 is now the selected disk”
    10. Now enter the following commands (if your disk is a USB drive, I recommend sticking with fat32 for the best compatibility across different operating systems and for this case is FAT32.
    11. attributes disk clear readonly
      clean
      convert mbr
      create partition primary
      select part 1
      format fs=fat32 quick
      assign letter (letter)
      list volume
    12. [​IMG]
    13. Type exit and hit enter to close the window.
    14. You drive will now be reformatting using the full capacity as FAT32
    Disconnect Battery

    Note: You don't need to remove the battery, just disconnect it.

    Recovery
    1. Extract the Files from this link
      https://mega.nz/#!T4wyTSTR!btuOakDMgPFj2hjTCqzZETh7WYtfYn_VdVWuNAop6hs
      to the root of the USB.
    2. Be sure the power adapter is not plugged in.
    3. Put the USB in the eSata(NOT USB SLOT) (The one next to the Mini DP).
    4. Now hold the END Key and plug in the adapter.
    5. The AW17 should restart several times and then it will come back to live (It will beep some times as well).
    Final Legacy and RAID settings
    Most of users today works on UEFI instead of Legacy, be sure you to change this back since the BIOS Recovery also revert this to Legacy as Default.
    The same happen with the SATA Operation, the Default setting is RAID, Most users use AHCI, so, be sure you change this too.

    Questions:

    Please let me know on comments.

    Special Thanks:
    @TheReciever @MahmoudDewy @Falkentyne
     
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2018
  2. TheReciever

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    Thanks for making this Striker, ill add it as a reference on the mod thread
     
  3. Striker1234

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    No problem!

    Hope this help others!
     
  4. MahmoudDewy

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    A lot of important information here. I believe should be a sticky.
     
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  5. Luminaire

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    Hello sir Striker, a newbie question here, whats an eSate port? is it different from an ordinary usb port?thanks
     
  6. TheReciever

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    assuming esate is a type for esata.

    ESATA is External Sata port, typically used for external drives the Ranger doesnt have such a port but I wouldnt be surprised if you find info about it in the BIOS.

    Later versions of ESATA (or maybe all, at least all Ive used) doubled as USB / ESATA ports
     
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    I'm sorry for my late response!

    The port I'm talking about is the port right next to the MINIDP.
     
  8. kalawy

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    Is it the usb3 with powershare ?
     
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