*OFFICIAL* Alienware 13 R3 Owner's Lounge

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  1. Diversion

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    How can I downgrade the BIOS on a 13 R3? I have the latest BIOS installed and for testing, I want to downgrade to the previous version (from mid December) and it's telling me "1.2.3 version is protected, can't flash to 1.2.1 version" .. Any way to bypass this?
     
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    Once you go to the latest bios that was just released they seem to have locked it from going back to older ones.
     
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    The latest BIOS is probably locked because it includes the fix for Intel's Spectre vulnerability.
     
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    Well that sucks! Being forced to go slower is no Bueno.
     
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    Do you guys experience uneven core temperatures on the current AW13 models?

    Looking to buy one. Curious how the quality control is on these models regarding thermals.
     
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    The sample I have has an average of 4c difference during heavy CPU benching. But this is a i5-7300 model and the temps really never get too high.. Undervolted it and it never exceeds 70c under the most extreme test.
     
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    2-4 degrees offset per core
     
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    So I guess the 1050 ti in the R3 isn't overclockable? MSI Afterburner is set to +200mhz.. but clocks don't change.. stuck at 1658mhz :/
     
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    It is possible to downgrade even after you get the 'Bios protected message'.

    STEP 1: Making flashable Dell Bios file

    1. Go to This PC/view/ and check File name extensions
    2. Then rename Alienware_13R3_SKL1.2.3_KBL1.2.3.EXE to BIOS_IMG.EXE (in your case rename any Alienware 13 r3 BIOS to BIOS_IMG.EXE)
    3. Place the BIOS_IMG.EXE to the root of your c: drive
    4. Open Commamd prompt/Run as Administrator
    5. Write cd c:/ this will get you to the root of your c: drive
    6. Write command BIOS_IMG.EXE /writehdrfile and press ENTER
    7. Then rename the created file BIOS_IMG.HDR to BIOS_IMG.rcv (please note rcv is NOT capital letters)

    STEP 2: Making DELL approved bootable USB stick

    Skip steps 1, 7, 8, 9 and 10.

    http://www.dell.com/support/article...l-diagnostic-deployment-package-dddp-?lang=en


    STEP 3: Making USB stick final for flashing

    Copy BIOS_IMG.rcv to usb stick, and delete all files except these 3 files below:

    DELLBIO.BIN and DELLRMK.BIN and BIOS_IMG.rcv

    STEP 4: Flashing (worked on my laptop)

    1. Put USB stick to left hand USB port
    2. Turn your laptop OFF
    3. After its TURNED OFF Press and Hold CTRL+ESC and do not release
    4. Press START button (do not release CTRL+ESC)
    5. Wait Till you get to BIOS RECOVERY SCREEN (now release CTRL+ESC)
    6. FLASH BIOS

    STEP 4: Alternative method of flashing:

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    EDIT: I updated this guide on May 9, 2019.
     
    Last edited: May 9, 2019
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    Thanks for the help.. now i'm facing a new problem.. The dGPU 1050 ti seems to have gone out.. Getting lines/artifacts even during the post process.. so it's not an OS problem, it just seems to have decided to crap out.. taking it apart to do a PRAM reset or something :/
     
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