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How to run a Bios update on an Alienware Computer



BIOS Updates for your Alienware System


  1. BIOS Explained
  2. Is your BIOS up to date?
  3. BIOS update downloads
  4. System does not startup after a BIOS update

This article shows the importance of BIOS updates as well as the process to update and confirm your BIOS version

Supported Systems:

All Alienware Systems

BIOS Explained

The Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) is the first program you computer runs when its turned on. It initializes all the components of your computer and allows you to configure and manage them.

You can turn features on and off, disable integreated components, change boot settings and see your system's information.

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Is your BIOS up to date?

To check your BIOS version do the following:

  1. Right Click on the lower left hand of your screen
  2. Click Run
  3. Type msinfo32 and press Enter
  4. Look for BIOS Version/Date on the list

The BIOS starts with A and is followed by a two digit number, A07 for example.

  1. Click on the button
  2. Click Run
  3. Type msinfo32 and press Enter
  4. Look for BIOS Version/Date on the list

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BIOS update downloads

To download the latest version of your system BIOS go to dell.com/drivers/

Expand the BIOS section to get the download link

The BIOS update file is a self executable installer, just run it and follow the On-Sceen instructions

Warning:

  • If your BIOS version is too old you may need to flash to other versions before getting to the latest.
  • Click Other versions available under the BIOS section at the drivers site, if your BIOS version is 2 or more versions older than the latest version available then flash to each previous version
  • Never turn the system off during the update process as this may damage your system.

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System does not startup after a BIOS update

No image on the screen after the BIOS update:

  1. Turn off the system
  2. Unplug the AC Adapter or the power cord
  3. Unplug the battery (Mobiles Only). Click HERE for help on how to remove the battery
  4. Press and Hold the power button for 30 seconds
  5. Connect everything back
  6. Press and Hold the Fn key while turning on the system, let go when you see the Alienware logo

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Article ID: SLN148359

Last Date Modified: 02/06/2017 04:23 AM


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