PLEASE PETITION for DELL to provide BIOS UPDATES for Spectre & Meltdown vulnerabilities
Some of us cannot afford to purchase a new laptop every 5 years.
I have a wonderful M11x R3 (Latest A05 BIOS), I've maxed out the RAM (16GB) as well as upgraded internal drive to 1TB SSD.
This has the Intel iCore i5, which according to Intel's site, they have an UPDATED MICROCODE!
I would EVEN BE WILLING to PAY $25 to $50 bucks for the upgraded BIOS.
THANKS FOR YOUR TIME & CONTINUED SUPPORT.
I have the Intel i5 2467M 1.6GHz
Per Intel's Microcode Revision Guidance document (posted Apr 3, 2018),
They've provided MCU (Microcode Update) to OEM's.
The downside with only an OS patch (i.e. Windows 10), is the potential for not running at Optimal performance.
Spectre & Meltdown Vulnerability Status
System is Meltdown protected: YES
System is Spectre protected: NO!
Microcode Update Available: YES
######### Performance: SLOWER ##########
Intel® Core™ i5-23xx/24xx/25xx-T/S/M/K Processor,
206A7 12 Production --- --- 0x2D
Microcode is nearly always erased at reboot anyhow. It's not a permanent update to the CPU in nearly all cases. A BIOS update would load Microcode on every boot much like a windows update would do.
The sad fact is that it is unlikely older systems will receive a BIOS upgrade (although it doesn't hurt to ask) due to the time/cost/risk involved.
The hit to CPU performance varies with the tasks performed and what I've read the performance between OS microcode updates and BIOS microcode updates is minimal at best. It's the same basic code being uploaded to the CPU.
The Aurora R3 needs BIOS updates all around. It was still a very new PC and they wouldn't even update it for Windows 8, nevermind Windows 10 or Meltdown/Spectre.
Sadly, PC still works great (updated video card and put in an SSD), but that Aurora R3 is the last Dell/Alienware product we'll ever purchase thanks to shoddy, even unethical, support. Even now, Dell tries to sell me an extended warranty (not that I'd buy it!) - and for what? No new BIOS, no new drivers, and the last part I ever received was a used part that was utterly filthy with dirt from the old PC it had been yanked from. They couldn't even use some canned air on it before sending it my way.
Shame on you, Dell! You've lost several thousand dollars in PC sales just from my husband and I, but other PC makers no doubt want to thank you!