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M14X BIOS A08 Released 1/5/2012

Discussion in 'Alienware 14 and M14x' started by Thizzladen, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. Thizzladen

    Thizzladen Newbie

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    Get the latest BIOS for your M14X.

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    Code:
    http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19/DriversHome/?c=&l=&s=&cs=
     
  2. Tsukurimashou

    Tsukurimashou Notebook Evangelist

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    What does it do?
    EDIT: File not found
     
  3. CGSDR

    CGSDR Notebook Deity

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    Here is the link. M14x A08 BIOS, the fix and enhancement description said " update new VBIOS for N12-GTX2 graphics card " I wonder what is that "N12-GTX2"?

    I also notice that there's a link to the A07 version where it fix "Modify SATA speed limit to SATA2"

    EDIT: I do some googling, found out the the N12-GTX2 is a codename to NVIDIA's 500M series GPU, so what the A08 do is the update the VBIOS for the 500M series. That might fix those who have problem with unable to install the NVIDIA driver I guess. For the File Not Found, that's Dell's problem and I've let them know the problem, it should be fix in few days.
     
  4. alroar

    alroar Notebook Consultant

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  5. tmaxx123

    tmaxx123 Notebook Consultant

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    should i download this over my a06? can anyone confirm that the download works now?
     
  6. CGSDR

    CGSDR Notebook Deity

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    Aww sad to hear that, oh well maybe because of you're not a hardcore PC gamer, because we PC gamer all have to endure that problems, for me I'd rather switch to the M17x instead of MBP, because tbh, it is a dead end for gaming, as for console, I also like to use them but for some game, you wont get the full potential out of it, for e.g like BF3's 64 player and Skyrim's countless mods.
     
  7. alroar

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  8. pokemon123

    pokemon123 Notebook Consultant

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    Does that mean if i update my bios to A08 which surpasses A07 my Sata Speed would stay at SATA2 even if I take out RST?
     
  9. M11Ash

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  10. DC87

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    Any chance either of these new bios fix the boot up issues with certain peoples SSD setup's?

    Sadly I don't have much faith
     
  11. kimjo42

    kimjo42 Notebook Consultant

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    Hi guys (and gals ;) )

    1- What does it do?
    2- My M14x runs perfectly for me, I have no problems. Should I update anyway, or wait until there's trouble?
    3- How to install?
     
  12. CGSDR

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    Not sure, but it is unlikely though, because the A08 is an addition changes to the previous BIOS however still chance that SATA speed is change so the only way to know is to try it.
     
  13. alroar

    alroar Notebook Consultant

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    A08 "should" have a different/modded vbios, but it doesnt. that most certain the reason wy the http link is broken. so we will see as soon fixes A08 properly, till then its probs the same as A07.
     
  14. bluefalcon13

    bluefalcon13 Notebook Evangelist

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    the link is working as of 10am CST (atleast it is on my downloads page from dell w/ service tag lookup)

    I can say, it didnt change much heat-wise for me... running the throttle-stop bench (throttle stop off) and furmark at the same time, I hit 99C solid which happens to me normally. It seems hot to me, but meh, I have 3 years to burn out the CPU/GPU before I am out of warrenty, so we shall see :D
     
  15. c69k

    c69k Notebook Evangelist

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    I flashed from unlocked A03 Volt mod to A08 unlocked Volt mod.

    The Difference:

    The only difference thanx to Dell was that my SSD suddenly ran SATA 3Gbps instead of SATA 6Gbps. So no deal for me. Also I ran Crysis 2 for 20 min. and the 'quieter fan tweak' on A08=A05, so quieter system, but extra 5-8c in temps for CPU. GPU stayed about the same. I was GPU OC 750/1050. Next I ran WEI to register system changes and on A08 it showed 7.6 compared to 7.8 on A03, which is clearly a result of SATA 3Gbps speeds on A08. Then, I ran Kombustor trying to see a difference, and YES. On A08 max/average fps were lower by 10 fps. So no deal again.


    Possible A08 real world 'fixes':

    -People having GPUs dissapearing with inability to install Nvidia Drivers.
    -SSD users with SATA 3Gbps SSDs having problems to start Win7 or BSODs.
    -SSD users unable to run SATA6Gbps SSDs at all (never heard of).
    -And SSD users who are tired of Win7 startup issues with SATA 6Gbps SSDs willing to sacrifice the speed for stable Win7 startup (however I can not confirm that A08 fixes Win7 startups with SSDs).
    -And people wanting to have quieter and warmer systems.


    Result from my point of view: Dell please, this is not what I need lol I would like to get the Win7 start-up issues fixed while running SATA 6Gbps.

    p.s. My SSD runs under MSAHCI, I have not tried installing Intel RST to see a change in SSD speeds A03 vs A08. However, if SATA 6Gbps is disabled in Bios A08 (as it is lol) then no Intel RST will make it faster I think.
     
  16. corbyone

    corbyone Newbie

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    My M14x arrives today and I was wondering which BIOS version I should install on my computer. I'm looking to keep the temps at an acceptable rate without having to constantly monitor, tweak and modify settings in various places. Just looking for a good all around setup that will deliver when I need it to.
     
  17. c69k

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    I would keep the installed one for some time to see if it is really stable. It might have fixes which are recommended for currently produced M14x. My M14x is April 2011. A08 is not for my machine (so far).
     
  18. bigtonyman

    bigtonyman Desktop Powa!!!

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    The A09 bios thatis shipping with the new m17x r-3 Is the same way. All it does is disable SATA 3 and Reverts it to SATA 2. Remember people, newer is not always better, especially with dell bios. If you current bios is working fine don't upgrade. ;)
     
  19. $horty

    $horty Notebook Enthusiast

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    So I just want to confirm for everyone that A08 does restrict you to SATA 2 (3Gbps)

    I recently installed my Samsung 830 128Gb Sata III SSD and it ran out of the box at Sata III speeds on A05 with absolutely no isues or hang ups.

    View attachment 74392

    Today I installed A08 and recieved the following results.

    A08.jpg

    My WEI did not change, it remains at 7.9 but I will still be switching back to A05 for now.
     
  20. jamzkangster

    jamzkangster Notebook Enthusiast

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    lol i feel ya! Haven't done console gaming since the ps2 and that was ages ago..Ever since I built my first gaming computer, an old pentium 4 witha radeon card in it, I never looked back.

    Never a problem with an alienware either both my m11x and m14x r3 works like a dream.
     

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