[Release] Improved M18x R2 Maxwell Legacy BIOS

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  1. Raidriar

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    I release here today my personal BIOS for the M18x R2. It is based upon svl7's unlocked A11, Swick's mods to A11, and I have changed back the boot images to default Alienware and Intel logos, as well as reverted the atheros LAN oprom back to the default version that does not take up extra boot time, since the oprom in swick's version cannot be disabled after hardboot. All other modifications done by swick and svl7 remain intact. Copy files from zip to root of usb in a usb-dos environment, run flash.bat. Simple. Tested by me on two of my M18x R2 systems, works without issue. I take no responsibility if you brick your system, flash at your own risk. Only thing left to do is to somehow enable 2133 for sandy bridge CPU in M18x R2 motherboard.

    Remember, give thanks to svl7 and swick for their initial work on this. I release this freely to the public, nobody should pay for this.

    Download: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5dGmVHDQ7iuNERzYkMwMW1RMDQ/view?usp=sharing
     
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    Wow, thanks for this, I'll test it right away.

    Btw I dont understand why this could't possible on M18X-R1 yet
     
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    flash size is different. m18x r2 flash size is about 1024kb bigger
     
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    So it basically boots faster than Swicks original modified vbios? I noticed you mentioned Atheros oprom is disabled, does this there is no ethernet? So what is the downside to this ROM if any?
     
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    Boots faster, retains original Alienware boot images, LAN works. all it does is revert to the original A11 LAN oprom version instead of the updated one with more options (that do not work)
     
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    Works as intended and thanks for this release Raidriar, that LAN boot screen was really getting in my nerves, a cleaner boot is much better.
     
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    Yes it bugged me too, that's why I decided to fix it and upload this. I got tired of not being able to disable the screen. Glad it works for you as well
     
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    K, I will try flashing to it later. + Rep. :)
     
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    Can I ask both of you @vulcan78 and @Raidriar a favor? Since you both have similar setups as me(980m) can you test the HDMI in feature and verify if it still works? I'm getting only a black screen when I try to connect anything in this port and I remember the time when i had 7970m crossfire it works just fine. Thanks in advance.
     
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    HDMI in works for me, in SLI and single mode.
     
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