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17 R1, Blind bios update

Please advise on how to do bios update blindly.

my screen is running black, and I don’t have options only to do it without screen.

i need to run the update since the GPU i install has to get the updated bios configuration.

i saw video to do bios update any of you knows how to do it blindly, is there shortcut button to press and it will update, please advise !

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Re: Blind bios update Alienware R1 2015 model

Follow these steps to solve this problem: 1. Install Dell SupportAssist. 2. Install all the updates and firmware software that the app recommends. These steps ought to solve the problem.
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Re: Blind bios update Alienware R1 2015 model

I cannot do that since the screen is black.

 

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Re: Blind bios update Alienware R1 2015 model

Get a new GPU:

https://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Graphics-Upgrade-Replacement-Alienware/dp/B0819S648R/ref=sr_1_1?dchil...

Alienware 18 R1 4940MX 4.6GHz, RTX 2080, 32GB DDR3
Alienware 17 R5 i9-8950HK 4.5GHz, GTX 1080 OC, 32GB DDR4 2666MHz
Alienware 15 R1 4710HQ 4.1GHz, GTX 980M, 16GB DDR3
M18x R2 3930MX 4.1GHz, SLI GTX 980M, 16GB DDR3 1600MHz
M17x R5 Core i7-4700MQ 3.7GHz, GTX 980M, 32GB DDR3 1600MHz
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Re: Blind bios update Alienware R1 2015 model

I bought one from Ali Express but not Nvidia however the seller insisted that it works and i just have to update the bios, GPU Eshakre GTX 970M.

attached picture for your reference guys.Image.jpeg

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Re: 17 R1, Blind bios update

What GPU did yo install and do you have the 120Hz 3D display?

Current Machines
Alienware M18x R2 - i7-3920XM - GTX 1070 -16GB 1866MHz
17 R1 - i7 4910MQ - No GFX
17 R1 - i7 4710MQ - N0 GFX - Test Machine
M17x R3 - i7 2670QM - GTX 580M - 16gb
M15x - i7 720QM - GTX 660M - 8gb
M15x - i7 840QM - GTX 460M - 8gb
M14x R2 - i7 3630QM - GT 650M - 6gb - Dead Board
X51 R1 - i7 3770 - GTX 1060 - 16gb
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Re: 17 R1, Blind bios update

I think he has the nvidia option if he had the 120Hz option if I'm not wrong.

Alienware 18 R1 4940MX 4.6GHz, RTX 2080, 32GB DDR3
Alienware 17 R5 i9-8950HK 4.5GHz, GTX 1080 OC, 32GB DDR4 2666MHz
Alienware 15 R1 4710HQ 4.1GHz, GTX 980M, 16GB DDR3
M18x R2 3930MX 4.1GHz, SLI GTX 980M, 16GB DDR3 1600MHz
M17x R5 Core i7-4700MQ 3.7GHz, GTX 980M, 32GB DDR3 1600MHz
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Re: 17 R1, Blind bios update

If he's trying to install a 980M with the 120Hz display he needs to set the BIOS to UEFI and reinstall Windows. I don't think the 980M will work in Legacy mode. It could be a reason for the black screen.

He would have to put the old card back in and set UEFI mode, Disable Legacy ROM, Disable Windows 8 Secure Boot and then reinstall Windows.

Current Machines
Alienware M18x R2 - i7-3920XM - GTX 1070 -16GB 1866MHz
17 R1 - i7 4910MQ - No GFX
17 R1 - i7 4710MQ - N0 GFX - Test Machine
M17x R3 - i7 2670QM - GTX 580M - 16gb
M15x - i7 720QM - GTX 660M - 8gb
M15x - i7 840QM - GTX 460M - 8gb
M14x R2 - i7 3630QM - GT 650M - 6gb - Dead Board
X51 R1 - i7 3770 - GTX 1060 - 16gb
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Re: 17 R1, Blind bios update

He should download windows 10 instead of windows 8 because of all the weird issues with windows 8 such as it being made for a touchscreen instead of a laptop unlike windows 7 or 10 and plus support for 8 already stopped ever since people chose 7 over 8 and 10 over 8.

Alienware 18 R1 4940MX 4.6GHz, RTX 2080, 32GB DDR3
Alienware 17 R5 i9-8950HK 4.5GHz, GTX 1080 OC, 32GB DDR4 2666MHz
Alienware 15 R1 4710HQ 4.1GHz, GTX 980M, 16GB DDR3
M18x R2 3930MX 4.1GHz, SLI GTX 980M, 16GB DDR3 1600MHz
M17x R5 Core i7-4700MQ 3.7GHz, GTX 980M, 32GB DDR3 1600MHz
My YouTube channel = Area 51 A L X


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Re: 17 R1, Blind bios update

The Windows 8 secure boot option is in the BIOS. It isn't related to what OS is installed. The option is still there and enabled when Windows 10 is installed. 

EDIT: I mean Windows 8 Fast Boot, not Secure Boot

Current Machines
Alienware M18x R2 - i7-3920XM - GTX 1070 -16GB 1866MHz
17 R1 - i7 4910MQ - No GFX
17 R1 - i7 4710MQ - N0 GFX - Test Machine
M17x R3 - i7 2670QM - GTX 580M - 16gb
M15x - i7 720QM - GTX 660M - 8gb
M15x - i7 840QM - GTX 460M - 8gb
M14x R2 - i7 3630QM - GT 650M - 6gb - Dead Board
X51 R1 - i7 3770 - GTX 1060 - 16gb
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