*OFFICIAL* Alienware Area-51M R1 Owner's Lounge

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  1. nkc

    nkc Notebook Consultant

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    just logged in, saw downgrade, before i finished reading , was back to 50, gracias...... lol
     
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    rinneh Notebook Prophet

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    I checked the GPU boards, the VRM's are on the bottom with a tiny heatsink on them. I doubt there is airflow at that side so that might be a reason. It doesnt matter if the GPU is idle or when the VRM's are compromised I think. I remembered that EVGA had a couple of these issues with their 10XX FTW boards.

     
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  3. S.K

    S.K Batch 80286

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    Locked or not. I am back to 1.3.2. This is the best BIOS version I have experienced thus far in terms of performance and stability for my system but for some weird reason, Dell has removed it from the website altogether! Luckily I had a local copy lying around. I am not allowing anyone to force drag me onto a version that I don't want to be on.
    [​IMG]

    Edit: Version 1.3.2 is still there on Dell's website. Apparently it has just been removed from the older bios versions list.
     
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  4. Xatanú

    Xatanú Notebook Consultant

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    How did you do that? Did it let you flash the 1.3.0 over the 1.5.0?
     
  5. S.K

    S.K Batch 80286

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    Here is a brief guide on how to downgrade your BIOS and bypass any version based "locks" that are in place from Dell.
    1. Enable file extensions in File Explorer Options on your Windows (Start -> File Explorer Options -> View -> Uncheck "Hide extensions for known file types" and hit OK.
    2. Download your required Alienware BIOS version from Dell website and rename it to BIOS_IMG.EXE. Now the fun part:
    3. Place the BIOS_IMG.EXE file that you just renamed into the root of a drive, say C:\ drive for example.
    4. Start -> Run -> CMD (right click and select Run as administrator)
    5. Type C:/ and hit Enter. It will take you right to your C drive root where the BIOS_IMG.EXE file is located.
    6. Type the following command: BIOS_IMG.EXE /writehdrfile and hit Enter. It will create a file named BIOS_IMG.HDR on your C drive. Rename that to BIOS_IMG.RCV as we'll use this as a recovery image. Both images are essentially the same.
    7. Now, you have to create Dell Diagnostic USB stick. For that, use this article and SKIP steps 7-10 in it.
    8. Copy BIOS_IMG.RCV from your C:/ drive onto the USB root. Make sure that the following 3 files exist on USB root when you are done: BIOS_IMG.RCV, DELLBIO.BIN and DELLRMK.BIN. DO NOT DELETE THE REMAINING FILES!
    9. Now turn off your computer and plug the USB stick into the left USB port beside the thunderbolt 3 port.
    10. Press and hold CTRL + ESC and press the power button to boot into BIOS recovery mode. Keep holding the two keys after releasing the power button until you reach the recovery screen. Once there, use the recovery option to flash BIOS.
    11. Download and store away the files that you think might be needed in the future into a local storage or your email account just in case Dell makes any changes to them in the future. ;)
    12. DONE!
    13. Do at your own risk. If you screw something up, I will not take any responsibility! This procedure works right now but may or may not work in the future.
     
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  6. Spartan@HIDevolution

    Spartan@HIDevolution Company Representative

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    I downgraded from BIOS 1.5.6 to 1.5.0 easily

    BIOS Downgrade.jpg
     
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  7. Raven_m

    Raven_m Newbie

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    [​IMG] Hi guys,

    Just received my Area-51m back today after it being in the workshop for repairs (since 26/04). My BIOS version is 1.5.0 by default and they replaced mobo and GPU. [​IMG]
    If anyone wants some information regarding my repaired unit i can always help. i'm hoping it will last longer than a day this time around. I added images of the temperature limit in GPU-Z (87) and the normal overview (Are these clock numbers default? - 1545 Mhz Clock speed and Memory 1750Mhz with boost at 1725). (also am kinda a noob at forums, i see that my images dont show:( can anyone help me with that ?
     
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  8. S.K

    S.K Batch 80286

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    Images are not visible. Try uploading them on a different website that allows public viewing.
     
  9. Raven_m

    Raven_m Newbie

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    I just made them public, are you able to see them now?
     
  10. S.K

    S.K Batch 80286

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    Nope. Use imgbb.com. Works great.
     
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