Ashtrix Posted January 24, 2022 Share Posted January 24, 2022 To all Alienware 17 R1 Ranger owners this is a re-created archived post of the now retiring NBR forums. Please feel free to post your adventures with it. Thank you Dedicated to NBR users - Striker1234, Papusan, Mr.Fox, MogRules, Reciever, MahmoudDewy, Eeposaurus, loafer987, Javers, Pythonic2016 (who unlocked the BIOS), Remek002, Nomad, IVHOTEP, Mr.MogWai, Maxware79, Clamibot, Raidriar, Baqir, ssj92, J95, Woodzstack ++++ all other NBR refugees and owners & BIOS modders - Prema, Svl7, Johnksss. Unleash your beast with this long awaited Unlocked A14 BIOS !! Use the same Sleep bug and flash & you can always roll back if you need any warranty support. Much thanks to Striker for this, He has been really proactive for pushing the Zotac mod and this, +rep bud for the invaluable contribution. - Remember this BIOS Mod is made for the Striker's 4940MX CPU so when you are flashing this onto your machine make sure you are doing an NVRAM reset first to let the BIOS settle for the default values for your CPU /RAM HW before it bricks itself upon changing the custom values, Make sure you know what you are tinkering with, NVRAM reset on these machines is a PITA. OR Please request the modder/hacker to do the same for you with a little of donation which keeps them pushing for this kind of work. - Also I had requested another hacker to share his work on Techinferno for the support of this machine to host an Unlocked sBIOS, It was a month back. If anything comes up I'll keep it updated. Below are some of the quick links for getting out most of your Alienware 17 R1 Ranger - Cheatsheet for the Alienware 17 regarding Windows 10 / Pascal / Maxwell / Fan mod / EDID etc (The above linked site "TechInferno" has Crypto miner, It might infect your machines with malware, Caution Advised, risk. It has so much info please use AV if you want to use this site, thank you sorry for the trouble I will try to move that info to NBR here, thank you for your understanding) - Booting with Maxwell / Pascal without "FULL UEFI" without Dell's support is very hard unless someone ports the code from the Alienware 18 to the Alienware 17 like Swick did it for the M18x R2's updated Unlocked BIOS mod. - A few more tips for this machine - Dolby driver, OC tips (old thread), Resource Index Mr. Fox, Alienware 17 Teardown pics by Mr. Fox, Battery tip for maxing the life, Looking to mod the battery cells ? (2021 - Alienware 18 Battery Mod info page 1 and page 2 thanks to tomX and Senso) - NVRAM reset Step by step by Mr. Fox - Blackscreens - 980M ? (This thread has more useful info too which can help with other GPU upgrades or issues) - 120Hz upgrade for Alienware 17 by Mogrules - A must if you want to run Pascal I suppose. - Pascal MXM upgrades >> Quadro P5000 M17x R4 Upgrade (Should work with AW17 too but need 120Hz) / Zotac 1070 Upgrade / MSI 1070N upgrade - (2020 update) NBR Cooler Mods on Notepal U3 - thread 1, thread 2, post 1, post 2 Svl7, Mr. Fox, Woodzstack Finally the Alienware 17/18 got the unlocked BIOS thanks to the exploit in the secure flash lol. Update #1 Intel DPTF & the Custom Fan tuning via BIOS (Only for MX/ Extreme Unlocked CPUs) Update #2 Service Tag fix in case you already flashed the provided update by Striker instead of a personal BIOS mod BEWARE Info below should be pinned to the first post: Flashing modded BIOS from here will "inject" OPs service tag into Your machine. If You want to keep Your tag You MUST ask pythonic for personal mod Update #3 Updated Intel Microcode (v22) BIOS, the effect on OC/UV isn't tested on this machine at the time of updating this. PLUS also how it fares vs the Microcode bug hack on Haswell is yet to be determined. Update #4 How to Recover from a "Corrupted BIOS" + Knowledge on Recovery BIOS defaults <- Very very Important. Please read you'll know what to do after performing this Recovery task without ending up with a GPU related Beep code, especially on a dGPU only machine. note: this is different from the traditional NVRAM reset on Haswell Alienwares. Update #5 Updated Unlocked BIOS (A14+), New Year gift from javers, Has nice updates for the 'BIOS Recovery' + a lot of stuff baked in. Check post for more juicy details. Update #5.1 As since the original zip isn't there with all files, Please use this zip (SHA -1 b08b095640236b52636078903f2034fc78e20d30) which has all the files required for the "bios.bin" unlocked BIOS flashing, make sure you extract the A14+ bios.bin to this zip contents and then copy all files to C:\ then proceed with the instructions below (posted from the original readme.txt file you can find in the zip) flashing: use the Sleep Bug ! Unpack the archive and copy the into 😄 HD root place ! Then open Comand Promt with Admin Rights (CLI window C:\), put your laptop into Sleep Mode and then Wake-Up It, atger this execute these comands from CLI window : fptw64 -f bios.bin -bios Note - this zip doesn't have bios.bin, please use the above (update5) / below (update6) for the bios file. Update #6 Happy New Year 2019 fellow Rangers, a revision A16 for the lovely lady 17 is here from remek002 with v22 microcode only and driver module upgrades. So no Spectre performance downgrade. Also mind you there seems to be a few BIOS defaults that might differ to the A14+ and remember to change the service tag. Update #6.1 *Only for Windows 10 users* If you are running an sBIOS even with a lower microcode = v22, there is a high possibility that your Win10 installation automatically updated your microcode to the latest, meaning your CPU will have all mitigations for the Spectre and Meltdown, which will cause significant ST (Single Thread) performance loss, so to avoid that, before doing anything on the Windows10 installation, just disconnect the Internet and please follow below, clicking both the links below. - Controlling the Microcode update file in System32 folder, thanks to Unclewebb - More information on the same, thanks to Papusan. They will allow you to control the Win10 OS level BIOS Microcode patches instead of MS. Archived Links for future reference (one, two, three), also just an FYI, Haswell 4th gen Core processors are not effected by Plundervolt (SGX issue) which causes to lose the ability of Undervolting. Update #6.2.1 (2022) The BIOS links are out of date. I will update with the A14+ BIOS with a mirror. Updated the links 6/5/2022 with Unlocked BIOSes to choose from. Javers version of A14+ - LINK Remek002 version of A16 with Microcode downgraded to v22 a.k.a no Spectre and Meltdown - LINK BIOS Files needed for Flashing, simply copy the bios.bin and follow instructions in the zip (Readme.txt) - LINK Service Tag changes that you need to do (need HxD tool to hexedit) Javers - CHANGE1 is what you should look for in HxD and replace with your Service Tag. Remek002 - YOUR_ST, follow readme.txt. 2 2 1 Helios (WIP) i9 10900K // Trident Z Royal C16 4000MHz B-Die 32GB // ASUS Maximus XIII APEX // Noctua DH15 Chromax // RTX3090Ti FE // Alienware 360Hz G-Sync Ultimate IPS FHD // Seasonic Prime TX 1000 Titanium // Fractal Meshify 2XL Ethereal Ranger Alienware 17 R1 // i7 4710MQ // 16GB DDR3L 2133MHz // 980M 860M loaner // Windows 8.1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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