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Alienware Laptop Bios Releases

M11x-R2 A04
* Modify GPIO setting to correct DRAM reset

M15x A09
* Fixed LFM state issue
* Fixing Wrong key behavior
* Fix media board OSD scancode incorrectly reported problem

M17x-R1 A06
* Improve the touchpad polling rate
* Made improvements in the charging algorithm

M17x-R2 A10
* Modify EC code to get PSID delay 1 second
* Modify the bad battery stop charge reason ID code for debug

Notes - The PC should be plugged into the AC adapter. I would disable all anti-virus software before running the update. Once you start it, do not power the PC during the process.

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dcluck
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Re: Alienware Laptop Bios Releases

Chris,

Could you have someone translate what the M11xR2 A04 BIOS update is fixing?

Modify GPIO setting to correct DRAM reset is somewhat vague.

Thanks!

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Re: Alienware Laptop Bios Releases

The details are Dell Confidential. Even if they told me (which they do not) I could not tell you. I am surprised engineering even released what they did.

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jd636
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Re: Alienware Laptop Bios Releases

Hmmm the standard down load unzips to my hard drive but no update tool launches the bios update.

I tried running it off of a flash drive through command prompt and get an error saying the program is not compatable with my version of windows (7 64bit)

So now I just tried the M15XA09.iso booting from a CD  it updated WDC something but not the bios as it still showed A08

Now won't boot to windows ;-7

Have to wait till I get home to run the startup repair.



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jd636
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Re: Alienware Laptop Bios Releases

w00t windows now boots but bios still at A08. anyone else having a problem?



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jd636
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Re: Alienware Laptop Bios Releases

Got it A09 and EC 1.18



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rich000
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Re: Alienware Laptop Bios Releases

I like the way they did the a08 release where it created a bootable flash drive. I followed the instructions and get icompatible with 64 bit version of windows.

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paulchinnz
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Re: Alienware Laptop Bios Releases

Hi Chris just tried the M11xR2 update in windows and it tells me it's incompatible with 64 bit windows?! I didn't realise this laptop came in any other OS flavours...is the BIOS update screwy or is it something I did?

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Re: Alienware Laptop Bios Releases

Compatibility =
Alienware Laptop M11xR2
Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit

* You downloaded R289597.exe to your Windows desktop
* It extracts to its own folder (C:\dell\drivers\R289597)
* Open the folder
* You then double-click Win_M11xr2a04.exe

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paulchinnz
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Re: Alienware Laptop Bios Releases

My bad tried opening the other executable file. Works fine (although the fans going full throttle during the installation is a bit alarming!)

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