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pragmaticron
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ME Firmware Downgrade Error on Startup

I've had this XPS 8900 for a little over a year and just started getting error on startup.  A message appears in upper left hand corner of black screen during boot up.  Unfortunately, it doesn't stay active long enough to capture all of the message.  However, I do know that some failure is reported and the message includes ME Firmware Downgraded or something very similar.

Any ideas???

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RE: ME Firmware Downgrade Error on Startup

Hi pragmaticron,

Thanks for posting. 

Here is a Forum post that may be helpful.


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pragmaticron
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RE: ME Firmware Downgrade Error on Startup

I saw the thread earlier but questioned the recommendations.  It seems that the solutions presented had mixed results.  Also, when a second hard drive was installed and Dell helped me set it up for RAID-1 (Mirrored Hard Drives), Boot Mode BIOS settings had to be changed in order to complete the setup.  However, it should be noted that the RAID-1 setup was done a year ago and I did not experience the ME Firmware Downgrade error until yesterday nor have I changed BIOS settings since the RAID setup.

It just seems prudent to look into the problem in a little more detail.  Having said that, it would be nice to get a good explanation of just what "ME Firmware Downgrade" and "Request MeSpiLock Failed" really means.

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RE: ME Firmware Downgrade Error on Startup

The ME stands for INTEL MANAGEMENT ENGINE.


SPI lock has to do with failed bios update and internal MANANGEMENT ENGINE FIRMWARE.


http://dell.to/2lb6EWf


http://dell.to/2laUmgQ


Dell-Robert P
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