[Release] Alienware 18 BIOS A12 Unlocked

Discussion in 'Alienware 18 and M18x' started by Raidriar, Mar 7, 2017.

  1. TheReciever

    TheReciever D! For Dragon!

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    IIRC 1 beep is a bad flash or corrupted sBIOS / potential board failure

    Not sure if anyone had tried using a programmer to reflash the sBIOS from another machine on this laptop though, but unless there is an emergency backflash procedure built in like the Alienware 17 I think that might be your only option.

    I have no direct experience with your laptop though, just what I was able to surmise looking around the net.
     
  2. 1Schumsta1

    1Schumsta1 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thank you for your fast response. Yeah i dont know what to do to yet. i could try to replace CPU (with 4700mq) and put out both 980m. Then try to do the same process again. Could that be an Option?
    I got no Error or something else while flashing. I think it was Success or Finished at the end and after that i restarted. All was working fine except my discrete Graphic Cards.

    I hope it is a easy solution because i dont know what to do without my "little brother".. :/


    EDIT_FINAL: I got it... One of my GPUs is dead. It was the one in SLOT1. So i dont know why but with this dead GPU, it was not able to repeat the 2-beep Loop i think. i made a new Thread and will tell my Instructions how i got it to work. Thanks guys.
     
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  3. giogrig

    giogrig Notebook Enthusiast

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    boys i try to update the bios form A12 to A12 Unlocked but i got this error :
    Error 28: Protected Range Registers are currently set by BIOS, preventing flash access.
    Please contact the target system BIOS vendor for an option to disable Protected Range Registers.

    Now it ,works :

    c:\>fptw64 -f bios.bin -bios

    Intel (R) Flash Programming Tool. Version: 10.0.30.1054
    Copyright (c) 2007 - 2014, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.

    Platform: Intel(R) HM87 Express Chipset
    Reading HSFSTS register... Flash Descriptor: Valid

    --- Flash Devices Found ---
    W25Q64BV ID:0xEF4017 Size: 8192KB (65536Kb)

    PDR Region does not exist.
    GBE Region does not exist.

    - Reading Flash [0x800000] 4096KB of 4096KB - 100% complete.
    - Erasing Flash Block [0x5F2000] - 100% complete.
    - Programming Flash [0x5F2000] 1984KB of 1984KB - 100% complete.
    - Erasing Flash Block [0x6CE000] - 100% complete.
    - Programming Flash [0x6CE000] 4KB of 4KB - 100% complete.
    - Erasing Flash Block [0x6E5000] - 100% complete.
    - Programming Flash [0x6E5000] 88KB of 88KB - 100% complete.
    - Erasing Flash Block [0x6FC000] - 100% complete.
    - Programming Flash [0x6FC000] 4KB of 4KB - 100% complete.
    - Verifying Flash [0x800000] 4096KB of 4096KB - 100% complete.
    RESULT: The data is identical.

    FPT Operation Passed
     
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  4. KrisValentine

    KrisValentine Newbie

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    I have exactly the same computer as you. would you be able to let me know what settings you are running before I flash my BIOS? thanks.
     
  5. KrisValentine

    KrisValentine Newbie

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    Did this and got a soft brick, removed ram, left one stick, got it all working fine, put rest of ram in, rebuilt laptop, turn it on and 4 beeps (ram error) how could that be possible it only goes in one way and they are all 8gb sticks. Urrg gotta take the whole thing apart again
     
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    Now the bloody thing won’t turn on, doesn’t make the power up noise, silence, no lights, no nothing. Should of left this alone :/
     
  7. KrisValentine

    KrisValentine Newbie

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    Just wanted to update you all, I stripped my AW18 to bare bones, removed the CMOS and the RAM. Put sticks in one by one and CMOS last, laptop eventually booted up and is working fine now with unlocked BIOS.

    On the upside I cleaned out the dust from the inside of the exhausts and I now know how to completely strip and reassemble the AW18. Feeew!
     
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