Laptop wont turn on after bios failure /corrupt

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  1. Ritz1209

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    Hi there,

    My Alienware M17x R4 won't come on after trying to install bios A12 and won't come on seems like there no power at all in the laptop.

    Any help is much appreciated and getting desperate as I dunno want to do.


    Thanks

    Ritz


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    Yikes. That's worse than the time Nvidia bricked my previous Alienware 17's GPU with an update.
     
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    Looks like a failed BIOS update.
    There's a revival workaround with a USB stick, maybe that'll work.

    Otherwise you'd need the fallback method with a BIOS programmer (and desoldering the EC chip).

    Had that on a r4 too when playing around with BIOS versions. For me the second method worked.
     
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    Thanks for your help, I've tried to USB stick method but the laptop won't start at all

    Is there a link to the second method in how to do this properly

    Thanks


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    Hi there thanks for your help much appreciated.

    Do you any link or guidance on how this process can come completed safely.

    I can you my laptop now it's like a bricked this bios failure killed it.

    Is there any video or website I can read on how to complete this processor is it better to get a tech to do it and how roughly it would cost?


    Thanks again lads

    Ritz


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    I did most of it myself. You could check YouTube for how to handle the "ch341a".

    Don't exactly know how much that would cost, I'd estimate it would have cost me around 100€ when done by a technician, so I think it should be around 100$.

    By doing it myself it cost me about 33€, 15 for the programmer, 5 for a chip, 10 for the soldering and 5 as tip.
    (I had bought another chip so I could program it already and just let the soldering be done by a pro).

    If you're not handy enough with disassembling the whole thing to the bottom, better let it be done by a pro.
     
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    Hi mate,

    Hope you are doing well.

    I've done the desoldibg of the bios chip and solder a new one using the hotair witg the 2-1 workstatioj kit that I bought off Ebay and also an already program bios with the manufacturer latest bios.

    After weeks of preparation and researching on how i can complete the replacement of the bios chip.

    Ive done it but Unfortunately i still having no power to the laptop?


    Any suggestion is much appreciated not sure what yo do anymore.


    Ritz


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    Hey pal,

    did you write the data of the same BIOS-version on both chips (e.g. A11 on both or A12 on both...)?

    Did you read and save twice and hex-compare each of the files, just to be sure they match?
     
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