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Hi. I have problem with my Alienware m18x R2. My GTX 675m broke and Mainboard shorted due to water condensation. (Don't ask how:distress:) Power Adapter plugged to motherboard without any components like CPU or RAM plugged in to it caused blue light of power adapter to switch off. I've ordered refurbished board from seller that claimed that he get it from Dell. When I've plugged everything up without GPU(running on Intel Integrated) laptop started for a second (Fans spinning, Fx light on, but nothing on screen. Only backlight) and after this it turned off. I've turned it back on and same situation however this time it gave me one beep code( BIOS/ROM corruption). Clearing CMOS resulted in story repeating. Laptop turn on -> Turn off -> I've turned it back on -> one beep code. I've checked RAM by using alone one module at time in different ports, Unplugged any component or device one by one, I've tried blind flashing to A03 but no luck. Replaced refurbishment board for another one from same seller but same story. Motherboard without CPU gave me 7 beeps what is I suppose normal without CPU. I wonder if problem could be because original shorted board was REV A00 and refurbished is REV A01. Also I wonder if shorted board could cause damage to CPU and now it is preventing machine from post. Unfortunately I don't have way to test CPU now. I wonder if this board would post with 3rd, 2nd or 1st generation i5 because I may be able to get it for test. Specs: i7-3610qm 6gb RAM (2GB+4GB) BROKEN GTX 675M 500gb HDD 240W power adapter BIOS on refurbished board A11 Please could someone help me?
Another day, another bios update... grab it while it lasts Dell link: Drivers and Downloads | Dell [united States] And of course it is also attached to the post so you can actually download it... lol. Cheers! M17x R2 - BIOS A08 -stock-.zip
I didn't realize this so far, but BIOS A03 for the M18x R2 is up on the Dell support site. According to the date there it got released the same day as the M17x R4 BIOS A05. So this might fix the GPU software overclocking issue as A05 did on the R4... would be interesting to hear! No change log included on the website... really a bad practice Dell started here, back in the early M17x R2 and M15x days they included a highly detailed change log as .txt file, they really should bring this back. [MENTION=4186]Alienware-Frank_L[/MENTION] , [MENTION=4614]Alienware-Luis_Pardo[/MENTION] or any other AW representative here... do you have any insights on the change log? Download links: Dos version Win version