URGENT: AW 17 R2 BIOS update failed!

URGENT: AW 17 R2 BIOS update failed!

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God_King_Raidriar

I was on BIOS A02, and my temperature was exceeding 85 degrees C, so I was planning on updating to A05 in hopes of better thermal management, the computer shut off halfway through flashing and stayed with fans on. Naturally, I unplugged the battery and turned it back on to see what happened. Just a black screen. Took the RAM out, system beeps 2 times indicating no RAM. Put RAM back in, back to black screen. Is there an emergency BIOS flashing/recovery procedure?

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thepharcyde

I'm assuming since your online, you have access to another machine.. Lets fix yours..
We're going to do a AMI BIOS Bootblock recovery.. It requires a USB stick.. clear.png Simple fix.

Follow these instructions to get back on your system WITHOUT a MB replacement.

1. Do a bootblock recovery to flash the proper rom.

2. If you have access to another machine, format a USB stick to FAT32.

3. Run AW15A05.EXE /writehdrfile. (Or whatever version you used BEFORE you bricked, as usually the bootblock isn't updated, but with some BIOS updates, it can be, so your more safe to use the same version you had on the machine BEFORE it bricked from improper flash.)

4. Now take this HDR file and rename it to AAP10.hdr. Put it on the root of the USB.

5. Now make a copy of this file and rename it AMIBOOT.ROM (all caps) so now there's 2 files on the USB key, AMIBOOT.ROM and AAP10.hdr. (Unconfirmed if uses old AMIBOOT.ROM or the new filename I found.. New aptio platform we haven't really played with yet, so lets use both..)

6. Now here's the fun part, you need the technical guide from dell and disconnect your MAIN battery, not the CMOS battery.. And unplug the PSU..

7. Now, insert your USB stick, hold down END key, plug PSU back in with battery removed.

8. It should turn on and after 5-10 mins, you should see USB activity.. Wait the FULL 10 mins. (Or until it shuts off on its own). Some have reported it took 2 mins when we were testing.

9. After this, try to shut it down using POWER if it didn't on its own, but it should. Then turn it back on.. You should be back on your system.

You don't need to flash again after, as this recovery will flash the complete ROM.. And don't' forget to reconnect your battery..

as above from a poster on notebook review.


God_King_Raidriar

thepharcyde said:
I'm assuming since your online, you have access to another machine.. Lets fix yours..
We're going to do a AMI BIOS Bootblock recovery.. It requires a USB stick.. clear.png Simple fix.

Follow these instructions to get back on your system WITHOUT a MB replacement.

1. Do a bootblock recovery to flash the proper rom.

2. If you have access to another machine, format a USB stick to FAT32.

3. Run AW15A05.EXE /writehdrfile. (Or whatever version you used BEFORE you bricked, as usually the bootblock isn't updated, but with some BIOS updates, it can be, so your more safe to use the same version you had on the machine BEFORE it bricked from improper flash.)

4. Now take this HDR file and rename it to AAP10.hdr. Put it on the root of the USB.

5. Now make a copy of this file and rename it AMIBOOT.ROM (all caps) so now there's 2 files on the USB key, AMIBOOT.ROM and AAP10.hdr. (Unconfirmed if uses old AMIBOOT.ROM or the new filename I found.. New aptio platform we haven't really played with yet, so lets use both..)

6. Now here's the fun part, you need the technical guide from dell and disconnect your MAIN battery, not the CMOS battery.. And unplug the PSU..

7. Now, insert your USB stick, hold down END key, plug PSU back in with battery removed.

8. It should turn on and after 5-10 mins, you should see USB activity.. Wait the FULL 10 mins. (Or until it shuts off on its own). Some have reported it took 2 mins when we were testing.

9. After this, try to shut it down using POWER if it didn't on its own, but it should. Then turn it back on.. You should be back on your system.

You don't need to flash again after, as this recovery will flash the complete ROM.. And don't' forget to reconnect your battery..

as above from a poster on notebook review.

YOU ARE A GOD! + REP and +INFINITE THANKS to you! The system is resurrected!

However, I still have bad temperatures, and I read the best way to get the fans active again is to install BIOS A00. Any tips on how to do this? I'd rather avoid this heart attack again!


God_King_Raidriar

Just ran the A00 update file, executed without a problem. Everything is all well and good now!
 


Lord Zog

God_King_Raidriar said:
thepharcyde said:
I'm assuming since your online, you have access to another machine.. Lets fix yours..
We're going to do a AMI BIOS Bootblock recovery.. It requires a USB stick.. clear.png Simple fix.

Follow these instructions to get back on your system WITHOUT a MB replacement.

1. Do a bootblock recovery to flash the proper rom.

2. If you have access to another machine, format a USB stick to FAT32.

3. Run AW15A05.EXE /writehdrfile. (Or whatever version you used BEFORE you bricked, as usually the bootblock isn't updated, but with some BIOS updates, it can be, so your more safe to use the same version you had on the machine BEFORE it bricked from improper flash.)

4. Now take this HDR file and rename it to AAP10.hdr. Put it on the root of the USB.

5. Now make a copy of this file and rename it AMIBOOT.ROM (all caps) so now there's 2 files on the USB key, AMIBOOT.ROM and AAP10.hdr. (Unconfirmed if uses old AMIBOOT.ROM or the new filename I found.. New aptio platform we haven't really played with yet, so lets use both..)

6. Now here's the fun part, you need the technical guide from dell and disconnect your MAIN battery, not the CMOS battery.. And unplug the PSU..

7. Now, insert your USB stick, hold down END key, plug PSU back in with battery removed.

8. It should turn on and after 5-10 mins, you should see USB activity.. Wait the FULL 10 mins. (Or until it shuts off on its own). Some have reported it took 2 mins when we were testing.

9. After this, try to shut it down using POWER if it didn't on its own, but it should. Then turn it back on.. You should be back on your system.

You don't need to flash again after, as this recovery will flash the complete ROM.. And don't' forget to reconnect your battery..

as above from a poster on notebook review.

YOU ARE A GOD! + REP and +INFINITE THANKS to you! The system is resurrected!

However, I still have bad temperatures, and I read the best way to get the fans active again is to install BIOS A00. Any tips on how to do this? I'd rather avoid this heart attack again!

Install A00 and keep your USB handy. And I'm glad my guide helped you. I'm trying to find the steps for other models now also.

To help with the guide, since I've never done it on this model yet, did you do all the steps? Or was there anything that I can change? I got the file names from the BIOS itself.. lol.


God_King_Raidriar

Lord Zog said:
God_King_Raidriar said:
thepharcyde said:
I'm assuming since your online, you have access to another machine.. Lets fix yours..
We're going to do a AMI BIOS Bootblock recovery.. It requires a USB stick.. clear.png Simple fix.

Follow these instructions to get back on your system WITHOUT a MB replacement.

1. Do a bootblock recovery to flash the proper rom.

2. If you have access to another machine, format a USB stick to FAT32.

3. Run AW15A05.EXE /writehdrfile. (Or whatever version you used BEFORE you bricked, as usually the bootblock isn't updated, but with some BIOS updates, it can be, so your more safe to use the same version you had on the machine BEFORE it bricked from improper flash.)

4. Now take this HDR file and rename it to AAP10.hdr. Put it on the root of the USB.

5. Now make a copy of this file and rename it AMIBOOT.ROM (all caps) so now there's 2 files on the USB key, AMIBOOT.ROM and AAP10.hdr. (Unconfirmed if uses old AMIBOOT.ROM or the new filename I found.. New aptio platform we haven't really played with yet, so lets use both..)

6. Now here's the fun part, you need the technical guide from dell and disconnect your MAIN battery, not the CMOS battery.. And unplug the PSU..

7. Now, insert your USB stick, hold down END key, plug PSU back in with battery removed.

8. It should turn on and after 5-10 mins, you should see USB activity.. Wait the FULL 10 mins. (Or until it shuts off on its own). Some have reported it took 2 mins when we were testing.

9. After this, try to shut it down using POWER if it didn't on its own, but it should. Then turn it back on.. You should be back on your system.

You don't need to flash again after, as this recovery will flash the complete ROM.. And don't' forget to reconnect your battery..

as above from a poster on notebook review.

YOU ARE A GOD! + REP and +INFINITE THANKS to you! The system is resurrected!

However, I still have bad temperatures, and I read the best way to get the fans active again is to install BIOS A00. Any tips on how to do this? I'd rather avoid this heart attack again!

Install A00 and keep your USB handy. And I'm glad my guide helped you. I'm trying to find the steps for other models now also.

To help with the guide, since I've never done it on this model yet, did you do all the steps? Or was there anything that I can change? I got the file names from the BIOS itself.. lol.

Yes, I followed the guide to the letter and it worked perfectly fine. I knew where to look for the recovery flash names on the M17x R3 and R4, but I didn't know how to do it on this computer because of the weird way the BIOS update is, I couldn't extract it using the conventional method. Glad you found out how to do it. I should stay on A00 for now right? I noticed my temps dropped considerably, as the fans are more active now than before. No more temps in the mid-high 80s.


Lord Zog

God_King_Raidriar said:
Lord Zog said:
God_King_Raidriar said:
thepharcyde said:
I'm assuming since your online, you have access to another machine.. Lets fix yours..
We're going to do a AMI BIOS Bootblock recovery.. It requires a USB stick.. clear.png Simple fix.

Follow these instructions to get back on your system WITHOUT a MB replacement.

1. Do a bootblock recovery to flash the proper rom.

2. If you have access to another machine, format a USB stick to FAT32.

3. Run AW15A05.EXE /writehdrfile. (Or whatever version you used BEFORE you bricked, as usually the bootblock isn't updated, but with some BIOS updates, it can be, so your more safe to use the same version you had on the machine BEFORE it bricked from improper flash.)

4. Now take this HDR file and rename it to AAP10.hdr. Put it on the root of the USB.

5. Now make a copy of this file and rename it AMIBOOT.ROM (all caps) so now there's 2 files on the USB key, AMIBOOT.ROM and AAP10.hdr. (Unconfirmed if uses old AMIBOOT.ROM or the new filename I found.. New aptio platform we haven't really played with yet, so lets use both..)

6. Now here's the fun part, you need the technical guide from dell and disconnect your MAIN battery, not the CMOS battery.. And unplug the PSU..

7. Now, insert your USB stick, hold down END key, plug PSU back in with battery removed.

8. It should turn on and after 5-10 mins, you should see USB activity.. Wait the FULL 10 mins. (Or until it shuts off on its own). Some have reported it took 2 mins when we were testing.

9. After this, try to shut it down using POWER if it didn't on its own, but it should. Then turn it back on.. You should be back on your system.

You don't need to flash again after, as this recovery will flash the complete ROM.. And don't' forget to reconnect your battery..

as above from a poster on notebook review.

YOU ARE A GOD! + REP and +INFINITE THANKS to you! The system is resurrected!

However, I still have bad temperatures, and I read the best way to get the fans active again is to install BIOS A00. Any tips on how to do this? I'd rather avoid this heart attack again!

Install A00 and keep your USB handy. And I'm glad my guide helped you. I'm trying to find the steps for other models now also.

To help with the guide, since I've never done it on this model yet, did you do all the steps? Or was there anything that I can change? I got the file names from the BIOS itself.. lol.

Yes, I followed the guide to the letter and it worked perfectly fine. I knew where to look for the recovery flash names on the M17x R3 and R4, but I didn't know how to do it on this computer because of the weird way the BIOS update is, I couldn't extract it using the conventional method. Glad you found out how to do it. I should stay on A00 for now right? I noticed my temps dropped considerably, as the fans are more active now than before. No more temps in the mid-high 80s.

Stay on A00..



kitchen5

Excellent thanks - basic process worked for me, with a small variation in that I had to hit the power button after the first power down to continue.

Note also, for anyone else wondering why the fans aren't kicking in after the END+PSU Connect, It's the End/Pause key on the top row of the keyboard, not the End key on the numeric keypad. 


Violent Kain

Hi, I'm having the same problem. I was downgrading the bios from a09 to a00 because a09 broke all usb ports (this only happened when I install the nvidia drivers).

So, while it was flashing it crashed while flashing the EC controller.

I have tried this procedure but what I only get is the fans spinning at full speed. I think my AW it's not picking the usb drive as I can't see any activity on it. I've tried a SD card also, no luck.

Can someone help me out?

Thanks


PG77

Hello, I had this issue when updating from A06 to A09. Did all the steps above and the computer shut down after some usb activities, but some how it just won't boot and no indicator show up when PSU is plugged in. Tried different bios including A06,A08,A09 but achieved no difference.  

 

Any advice for my situation?

 

Thanks