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[M14x R2] [M17x R4] [M18x R2] - UEFI fast boot / secure boot GPU issues *SOLVED*

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User with any of the M14x R2 / M17x R4 / M18x R2 notebooks with a current BIOS have reported issues when using the Secure Boot / Fast Boot options in combination with the dedicated Nvidia / AMD GPU.("Can't detect MXM card GOP driver" in case of the R4 / M18x R2)

The reason for this is simple - Dell never provided a vbios update which includes the necessary graphic drivers to make those feature work. The only UEFI compliant drivers in the system have been the ones of the Intel HD iGP.

A very big failure on Dell's side if you ask me, especially since this has been reported here and in other forums as well on the dell community site and it was said that people would look into this... absolutely nothing happened.Not that this really surprises me... looking at the latest BIOS releases and also at the behavior regarding release notes for such updates. Seems we need to look for the updates ourselves.

Anyway, Dell actually ships the very latest systems with updated vbios on the dedicated GPUs.

Attached to this post you can find a new vbios for the Nvidia GTX 680m, 660m as well as the AMD 7970m. Both include the required UEFI drivers, and should therefor fix this issue.

Thanks @Zyron for the 680m vbios.

I don't have a version for the 675m so far, so if anyone has an updated vbios for that card, please let me know or post it.

Flashing instructions for Nvidia: http://forum.techinferno.com/general-notebook-discussions/2166-%5Bguide%5D-nvidia-vbios-flashing.html

Flashing instructions for AMD: http://forum.techinferno.com/general-notebook-discussions/1738-%5Bguide%5D-amd-vbios-flashing.html

As for the M14x R2, a new, yet unreleased BIOS (A10) has made it's way to the web. You can find it here: http://forum.techinferno.com/alienware-m14x/2655-%5Bm14x-r2%5D-a10-bios-fixes-uefi-issues-nvidia-card.html

Check the third post. Also I took a quick look at it and wrote down the most important changes (post #4).

EDIT: M14x R2 BIOS A10 is now officially available on the Dell drivers site.

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M14x R2-Dell GTX 660m - 80.07.39.00.0F.zip

M14x R2-Dell GTX 680m - 80.04.5B.00.02.zip

M14x R2-Dell 7970m - 015.022.000.001.000000.C42904A1.119.zip

M14x R2-Dell 675m - 70.24.4E.00.10.zip

 

M17x R4-Dell GTX 660m - 80.07.39.00.0F.zip

M17x R4-Dell GTX 680m - 80.04.5B.00.02.zip

M17x R4-Dell 7970m - 015.022.000.001.000000.C42904A1.119.zip

M17x R4-Dell 675m - 70.24.4E.00.10.zip

 

M18x R2-Dell GTX 660m - 80.07.39.00.0F.zip

M18x R2-Dell GTX 680m - 80.04.5B.00.02.zip

M18x R2-Dell 7970m - 015.022.000.001.000000.C42904A1.119.zip

M18x R2-Dell 675m - 70.24.4E.00.10.zip

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I have the 80.04.5B.00.02 VBIOS on my card and can confirm that fast boot is working perfectly

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how to find out what version of vbios I currently have?

You can use gpuz or nvidia inspector.

Sent from my GT-N7000

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Just flashed my 7970m's in M18x R2 and now i can use win8 fast boot. Thanks SVL7. Can you make to work that vbios with a vbios patcher? I will donate to you :D

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Thank you so much. Finally downloaded and flashed. Lets see what improvements I will get. I quick question though (if nobody minds): Will I have to reinstall the operating system if I use UEFI fast boot mode? Thank you once again for the wonderful work SLV7. Hope to see you soon on the other forum as well :)

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Thanks a bunch, a problem is probably any custom clocks we have on modded vbios files though right?

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Thanks a bunch, a problem is probably any custom clocks we have on modded vbios files though right?

It's like this - if you want to make use of a customized vbios, you will need to enable legacy option roms, and therefore can't use any of the secure boot / fast boot features.

I only modified the legacy stuff, cause it doesn't make sense to go into modifying an uefi driver, it won't get loaded anyways if secure boot is on, and if secure boot is turned off you can simply use the legacy stuff.

Finally! Why doesn't dell post these on their site? Thanks for the files!

No idea, really, especially since I told the Dell reps ages ago that it's caused by the vbios. It seems that it's rather difficult for the Dell communitiy representatives to really reach out to the technicians, or people responsible for releasing updates on the Dell drivers site. Dell is a huge company, so I can imagine that this may be the problem, but there should be a way for them to react quicker, else it kinda defeats the great idea of having community reps online - especially if the community provides the updates to the masses faster than Dell.

The vbios files have been around for quite a while now, maybe [MENTION=4474]Alienware-L_Porras[/MENTION], [MENTION=4664]Alienware-Natalia_J[/MENTION] or any of the Dell reps could somehow try to speed up things, but I think they already did the best they can in their position, Dell is simply slow when it comes to providing updates to the masses.

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Hello,

woah - really cool stuff, can't believe that the community is again faster than dell self.

Thanks !

~greetings

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It's not at all surprising. Dell is a big company with lots of disparate divisions. It takes time for instructions and changes to migrate through a big company. Never mind that the web services guys probably don't work nights, weekends or holidays while the support side is a 24-hour shop.

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The vbios was compiled in August... yeah, it takes a while. :upset:

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So I have A09 and I installed this Vbios for my 680m and I still cant get a secure boot with my nvidias loaded, always boots with the intel

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You flashed both cards successfully? You have Windows 8 installed on a GPT, as required for secure boot?

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Hey svl7 thanks for replying :) Yes the HD is GPT (three 512GB SSDs raid 0) which I set legacy boot, then go in secure mode and it shows as a UEFI loader (might be the issue though?) Whenever I reboot though the machines does a quick on, quick off and quick on almost like the cards are not picked up and back to Ivy Bridge.

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Three 512GB SSDs in raid 0... now that's an awesome system! :D

It's kinda hard for me to figure out what's wrong, I never installed Win8 so far, and I don't have a similar system to check the bios settings in detail. I take it that you have disabled legacy option roms?

EDIT: I see you have fixed it by reinstalling everything.

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I have a quick question. With my 7970m on my M17x R4 should I have Enduro active or disabled when flashing the updated vBIOS?

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As you flash from DOS it doesn't matter, the enduro driver isn't loaded at that point.

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Ok. That's what I was wondering. It does affect if the iGPU is active or not so I wanted to be sure. (i.e. if enduro is off the Intel HD 4000 doesn't show in the bios at all, if it is on then it does show up)

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So this issue won't affect new M17x r4s, correct? I ordered mine yesterday, so I'm just trying to soak up as much information about the M17x and Dell 680m as I can. Thanks guys :D

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Nope, your system should get shipped with that vbios, unless Dell messes up.

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Nope, your system should get shipped with that vbios, unless Dell messes up.

Thanks svl7, I'll double check to make sure, hopefully it's one less thing I'll have to work on before getting to the good stuff (overclocking, benchmarking, then gaming :D)

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