[Release] Improved M18x R2 Maxwell Legacy BIOS

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  1. ssj92

    ssj92 Neutron Star

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    In order to see those options in the BIOS you need the A11 unlocked BIOS.

    Flash back to A11 , then flash A11 unlocked.

    For the FN+F7 issue, install Alienware OSD driver. Also install Alienware Command Center while you're at it if you don't already have it.
     
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    Already installed all the applications and drivers, but thanks for the reply. Rengsey.
     
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  3. rocas

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    Many thanks your answers.
    Ok I installed the Dell A11 bios.

    Do I have to extract the graphics card for flash bios A11 unlock?
    Does the prr2 unlocking bios tool do it automatically by launching the FLASH.BAT command?
     
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    I think you use ppr2 tool first then do flash.bat right after? I don't remember. I think the instructions were here somewhere.
     
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    These are the instructions, I'm using google to translate, sometimes it's not easy to understand.
    It seems to me, first FLASH.BAT and then prr.exe (in the bios folder I have a file named prr2)
    Right?

    1) Create a Bootable DOS BOOT DISK
    2) Extract ALL files in this RAR file to the root of the flash drive.
    3) Keep USB flash drive plugged into USB port and go into bios
    3) Go into bios and change the setting to LEGACY in the boot menu. (This allows you to boot into DOS)
    4) Once you've saved the setting and reboot, you'll want to hit F12 to select the USB drive as boot drive
    5) You should see a C:\ command prompt. If so, you've successfully booted into dos
    6) Now you will need to run the command "FLASH.BAT" (without the quotes)
    7) It will run the unlocking bios tool (CREATED BY SVL7 - FULL CREDIT TO HIM) in order to write to the bios
    8) Once run, it will tell you ready to flash. Press any key to continue.
    9) Once you've pushed any key, it will flash. Wait for the flash to finish.
    10) You'll see a message that says data is IDENTICAL of somthing along those lines. That means flash in complete!
    11) Once you see that message AND you see the "C" prompt (C:\) you'll know the flash is done!
    12) Reboot the laptop...
    13) Remember that with this BIOS MOD I've changed the default Primary Display to IGFX (FOMR PEG), so you don't need to worry about the 8-beeps issue while in legacy mode!
    14) Once you've rebooted the laptop, go into the BIOS and change the settings to whatever you had them set as before!
    15) LASTLY - IMPORTANT - If you are running Windows 8 or higher, you MAY have to reinstall the OS, but by flashing this BIOS MOD, you will be able to install Windows 7 with FULL 900 Series GPU support. It works perfectly!
     

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    jhsd1124013561 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Help! I created a BOS BOOT DISK and use legacy to boot in DOS.

    But it is saying that "An operating system wasn't found".

    I have extracted all the files into my external hard drive (format: NTFS)
     
  7. captain008

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    @Raidriar many thanks for the hard work. I just have a few questions to make sure I do this right. From what I have read, I need to do the following things:

    1. Flash down to A11 Bios (I am on A14)
    2. Ensure legacy boot and iGPU are enabled
    3. Create boot disk and run flash off of Boot disk
    4. Profit

    Will I run into issues downgrading from A14 to A11? I have tried svl7's method on Tech Inferno and ended up bricking and replacing my motherboard. Just want to make sure I get the steps down. I am running Anthem on my m18x R2 and on dual 680m SLI, my system is starting to show its age. I would like to take the plunge and go dual 980m. Many thanks for you time.
     
  8. Maxware79

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    So this BIOS will get rid of the annoying Atheros Boot Agent screen from the other unlocked BIOS? Would I need to flash back to the Dell A11 from my current Unlocked A11? Cheers.
     
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    Yes
     
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    Awesome. Was that yes to both questions?
     

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