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Anakta
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Alienware m15x Bios flash crash.. Unable too boot up anything. need help.

I realy dont understand what happend. I downloaded the new bios firmwire A03 and followed the steps. once it restarted it never logged back on.

it cant even boot up anything. tried recovery cd's. even tried to flash it back to A02 firmwire. but still now boot up.. the screen just goes blank after the screen with press F2 for BIOS and F8 for boot sequence. 

I've flashed the bios before without any problems. the only diffrence with A03 firmwire is that it flashes the bios from windows.

Please has this happend too anyone else? realy need some help here guys.

Sorry if theres any miss typing, my english isnt the best.

 

 

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nashbridges
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Re: Alienware m15x Bios flash crash.. Unable too boot up anything. need help.

I don't have this machine, but I've had failed BIOS flashes in the past. 

Have you managed to flash the BIOS with an older version from a USB key or other external device?

If you hit F2, does it display the BIOS?  Or does it go to a blank screen?

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Anakta
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Re: Alienware m15x Bios flash crash.. Unable too boot up anything. need help.

Thanks for replying.

when i hit F2 it enters the BIOS, everything looks normal there. it even says its updated to A03 firmware.

I have only try'd to flash an older version with a cd.

Its like it cant boot up anything. f.eks where it usualy boots up to windows 7. it goes blank. with this symbol "|" on the top left corner.

ill try with a usb key

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Anakta
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Re: Alienware m15x Bios flash crash.. Unable too boot up anything. need help.

I try'd with a usb key. same problem there, it cant boot it. the screen goes "black"

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jsteng
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Re: Alienware m15x Bios flash crash.. Unable too boot up anything. need help.

Same thing here.

The bios simply wont boot anything at all.

No Boot = cant modify the BIOS back to any older version at all!

Our Alienware is now, what we call, BRICKED!

 

BIOS A03 is STUPID!

Now HOW IN HELL DO WE GET IT BACK TO WORKING??????

RETURN TO FACTORY AND WAIT 4 WEEKS?

 

FYI. BIOS FLASH did not crashed. It ended like it did and it autoshutdown!!!!

BIG BIG GOOF OFF! We need HELP!!!! How do we unbrick this $3,000 machine back to life without waiting a month?

 


 

 

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Anakta
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Re: Alienware m15x Bios flash crash.. Unable too boot up anything. need help.

well after googling for a while, looks like this has happend to alot of people. :S

hehe.. unbrick the machine, without waiting a month.. good one 🙂

dell are kinda slow.

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nashbridges
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Re: Alienware m15x Bios flash crash.. Unable too boot up anything. need help.

OK, I don't know all the details, but for the BIOS flash that you know works on CD:

  1. Get the image on a USB flash drive
  2. Boot from the flash drive, run the BIOS executable
  3. reboot

Or, try to boot with a Windows CD from the CD/DVD drive.  If you can get to Windows setup from the CD, answer back.  The CD might be able to alter your BIOS to point to the right boot sector.

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ehl1
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Re: Alienware m15x Bios flash crash.. Unable too boot up anything. need help.

Great ideas.

Doesn't work.

You can switch order of the boot sequence from within the full BIOS setup or using the F12 key, but no matter what you do, the screen goes blank after that with flashing cursor in the upper left - you never get access to whatever device you are trying to boot from, so there is *no method* of reflashing to an earlier BIOS.  We need a backdoor to reset the BIOS...and noone has come up with it yet

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nashbridges
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Re: Alienware m15x Bios flash crash.. Unable too boot up anything. need help.

Great ideas.

Doesn't work.

You can switch order of the boot sequence from within the full BIOS setup or using the F12 key, but no matter what you do, the screen goes blank after that with flashing cursor in the upper left - you never get access to whatever device you are trying to boot from, so there is *no method* of reflashing to an earlier BIOS.  We need a backdoor to reset the BIOS...and noone has come up with it yet

Man, I'd love to have something else for you to try, but I got nothin'.  If it won't start after POST then you're kinda SOL.  Sounds like it it isn't handing off boot.

Has anyone tried pulling all power to the motherboard yet?  Any and all power and battery power?

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ehl1
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Re: Alienware m15x Bios flash crash.. Unable too boot up anything. need help.

Sounds like that has been tried by several in an active posting at notebookreview.com Alienware forums

One guy was on with support for 2 hours trying everything - pulling CMOS battery, etc...nothing

Something is preventing from getting beyond POST to any kind of boot - including the embedded diagnostics if you hold down F12 while powering on (you can choose it, but then you get flashing cursor screen of death (just blank screen with the cursor in the upper left))

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