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[M14x R2] VBIOS mods - unlocked overclocking limits, voltage tweaks, modified clocks

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A08 isn't released yet... it only comes pre-installed on the latest boards, but I can't download it at the Dell site.

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A08 isn't released yet... it only comes pre-installed on the latest boards, but I can't download it at the Dell site.

Hmmmmmm..... maybe i will mail them... Thnx anyway! :)

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Just seen on Dell's website that the A08 has been released (just today actually). Aaaand again, no changelog... By the way, thanks again svl7.

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Just seen on Dell's website that the A08 has been released (just today actually). Aaaand again, no changelog... By the way, thanks again svl7.

Finally a new bios on the Dell website, maybe svl7 can mod it. :) May next question is: i cant find a guide on how tot overclock, have someone aan link?

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That's a good read when it comes to CPU ocing in the current AW systems: http://forum.techinferno.com/alienware/1533-%5Bguide%5D-alienware-overclocking-overvolting.html

What is your advice if I want to play games with higher settings or better fps? overclock cpu +GPU or only GPU, because i'm not really in this sort of things... anyway thnx! :acne:

What is your advice if I want to play games with better settings or dx11 and better fps? overclock the cpu or gpu or both? Thnx anyway! :D

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Do a light overclock on cpu and then find the most you can go on gpu and call it good there. So small cpu overclock and concentrate most on gpu clock.

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Yeah, I know... but I need to learn some more things about A08 / A09, don't want that you guys accidentally brick your system due to the updating procedure.

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it's kinda weird that they released two versions one after another by one day, however they have problems with the download servers and no information available about it yet... still, the Alienware have implemented the hardware bios recovery so anytime you do something wrong with the bios... to recover it: remove the power cord (mandatory), remove the battery (sometimes not necessary), plug in your usb with the bios on it in the USB 2.0 (the left usb, the one with power share), press and hold END while you plug in the power cord... some beeps for like 1minute and voila, the system is on... so ya, no problem testing bios here :D

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Yeah, I know... but I need to learn some more things about A08 / A09, don't want that you guys accidentally brick your system due to the updating procedure.

Thats right, taken your time! So we don't destroy our laptops! :P in don't understatement why Dell/Alienware don't show us aan changelog.... :doubt:

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@svl7, you may find the original BIOS 09 which I already flashed on my host (because dell host has problems and I got it from a dev from forum community) Index of /~vlad.ichimescu/MOD/alienwarem14xr2

Visible modifications added:

-uefi support and menu, simple metro red loading progress bar

-problems waking from sleep (BSOD after pressing any button or UI)

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thanks for the great effort! Would it be possible to downgrade from my stock 04 bios to your modded 03 ? Or are there any required steps needed ?

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thanks for the great effort! Would it be possible to downgrade from my stock 04 bios to your modded 03 ? Or are there any required steps needed ?

You may upgrade/downgrade as you wish from 03 to 04 or vice-versa, HOWEVER remember that bios 09 (maybe 08 too, I didn't tested 08) introduce uefi and secure boot for Windows 8 meaning you will not able to flash 09 to 03 from Windows, only with recovery bios with the END button (I tried simply running 04 bios .exe in Windows - I'm using 09 bios now and an error occurred saying can't flash, however I used the recovery method running 09 and I placed the 04 on the usb, worked and now sleep is ok)

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Hi everyone, i m toatlly new to this forum, i owned a M14 R2 with GT650M GDDR 5, could anyone tell me what version of nvflash should i use in order to flash this baby..i have tried most of the version but still couldnt get it done, always came out with the same issue(EEPROM not supported)

i would appreciate very much for ur help..thanks in advance

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if you want to flash from Windows, just use the .exe provided with the Bios from Dell... if you want to flash skipping every check and security measure, extract the .fb file from the Dell .exe bios file with 7-zip, rename it to M14R2.fb and put the file on a fat32 formated usb disk.. shutdown, remove the power cord, plug the USB disk in the USB 2.0 (the left one), hold the END key down and plug in the power cord... beep beep beep for like 1-2minute and it automatically shuts down with the new bios... congrats and enjoy

having an SSD I used to have BSOD after wake because of the Intel AHCI Sata Controller drivers so I'm using the Microsoft's driver now and everything is OK on Bios 09 - waiting for the 09 vbios mod to make this machine fly :D

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which method is better for overclocking? flashing vbios or using nvidia inspector (nVIDIA mobile Kepler 6xx MASTER overclocking guide. Workaround for max clocks/OC stability.)

Also, is it a good idea to disable CPU Turbo Boost 2.0 in BIOS when overclocking GPU this high?

As for instructions on flashing my BIOS, i would just run the insyde application from my desktop, reboot -> F2 select Default settings and Exit saving changes and that should be it? No enabling overclocking in BIOS or anything like that? After flashing can i delete the A03 VBios File?

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Hi I've got a problem

I cant run the Indydeflashx64 file. When i start it, i get this error message and I have to close the program

the error message says:

IHISI: Flash write error in SMI!

SMI Return Code: 0x25

Anyone have any advice?

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which method is better for overclocking? flashing vbios or using nvidia inspector (nVIDIA mobile Kepler 6xx MASTER overclocking guide. Workaround for max clocks/OC stability.)

Also, is it a good idea to disable CPU Turbo Boost 2.0 in BIOS when overclocking GPU this high?

As for instructions on flashing my BIOS, i would just run the insyde application from my desktop, reboot -> F2 select Default settings and Exit saving changes and that should be it? No enabling overclocking in BIOS or anything like that? After flashing can i delete the A03 VBios File?

The moded Bios only increase gpu voltage @3D, it doesn't overclock it, you need to overclock using any software - I use nvidia Inspector; the bios allows you to overclock over the standard max 135Mhz.

Hi I've got a problem

I cant run the Indydeflashx64 file. When i start it, i get this error message and I have to close the program

the error message says:

IHISI: Flash write error in SMI!

SMI Return Code: 0x25

Anyone have any advice?

Extract the .fb file from the Dell .exe bios file with 7-zip, rename it to M14R2.fb and put the file on a fat32 formated usb disk.. shutdown, remove the power cord, plug the USB disk in the USB 2.0 (the left one), hold the END key down and plug in the power cord... beep beep beep for like 1-2minute and it automatically shuts down with the new bios... congrats and enjoy

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The moded Bios only increase gpu voltage @3D, it doesn't overclock it, you need to overclock using any software - I use nvidia Inspector; the bios allows you to overclock over the standard max 135Mhz.

Extract the .fb file from the Dell .exe bios file with 7-zip, rename it to M14R2.fb and put the file on a fat32 formated usb disk.. shutdown, remove the power cord, plug the USB disk in the USB 2.0 (the left one), hold the END key down and plug in the power cord... beep beep beep for like 1-2minute and it automatically shuts down with the new bios... congrats and enjoy

Thanks. But im all that savvy when it comes to stuff like this .can you please simplify the bold part please :/

Whats a fat32 formated usb disk? Would a normal 4gig usb be fine?

I found the FD file (M14R2A03 I believe). but where do I find the Dell.exe? how do i extract it?

Sorry for my noobness...

Does ANYONE know how to do this??

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I just now flashed using InsydeFlash. Was a complete success and had absolutely no problems. The only thing i see out of the ordinary is the BIOS file being [invalid] in nvidiaInspector, but i'm assuming that's ok. Will report back with some results

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UPDATE (310.54 Beta Drivers)

Unclocked results: (CPU Turbo 2.0 Enabled)

+0 & +0 http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/4986204 (P2327 3dmark11)

+315 & +800 http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/4986809 (P3107 3dmark11)

+330 & +950 http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/4986853 (P3158 3dmark11)

+345 & +950 http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/4986945 (P3190 3dmark11)

Clocked results: (CPU Turbo 2.0 Disabled)

+185 & +500: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/4986409 (P2770 3dmark11)

+235 & +750: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/4986440 (P2985 3dmark11)

+285 & +750 http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/4986485 (P3004 3dmark11)

+300 & +875 http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/4986521 (P3058 3dmark11)

+315 & +900 http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/4986554 (P3095 3dmark11)

+330 & +925 http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/4986589 (P3121 3dmark11)

+330 & +950 http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/4986712 (P3122 3dmark11)

Temperatures did not reach over 63C

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When applying +300 core clock, the graph shows no change from 745 mhz

Laptop recently started idling @ 745 core & 2001 memory instead of 270 & 405

See here: http://i.imgur.com/SDbGb.jpg

Normal: http://imgur.com/HLl4A

Anything higher than +330 core & +950 memory artifacts or crashes

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Using MSIAfterburner

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The 310.54 beta driver is broken crap. The only reason I have still installed it is Black Ops II. My card idles at 405MHz instead of 135MHz, and clocks do not match with the overclocked values. I think you experience similar troubles, pretty sure the driver is to blame.

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The 310.54 beta driver is broken crap. The only reason I have still installed it is Black Ops II. My card idles at 405MHz instead of 135MHz, and clocks do not match with the overclocked values. I think you experience similar troubles, pretty sure the driver is to blame.

that's the exact reason i have them installed lol. i read over at a couple different forums where some folk were saying the 310.54 wasn't warming up to overclocks. Hopefully the stable version is released soon

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