Need alienware bios v2.06 for m5550
Hi....I realize this is an older thread/post, but I'm in a situation where I have an Alienware m5500i-R3 that I got secondhand and it has the bios version 2.04. The screen resolution is 640x480, I believe, and it is stuck on 4 bit color, which has me tearing my hair out. There are ten vertical rows of dashes(4 lines up & down in each row) across the screen.
I was thinking that this was a graphics card problem, but now think that it is a bios problem, possibly caused by the previous owner not updating the bios properly.
I've clicked on your url to attempt to download a newer bios but it appears to go nowhere or is dead.
Can you help me by possibly sending me the 2.06 or 2.07 bios and the updater program, or do you think I should possibly downgrade to an earlier version bios.
Any help....whether it be a url that will get me the bios/update software, or if you can email me, I'd really appreciate it.
Thank you...I was also able to get the 2.07 bios in the meantime and successfully flashed the bios to 2.07. Where can I find info on what the improvements(history) of the bios?
Being a gaming machine, I was under the impression you had a lot of control over settings in the bios for OC'ing it. I was surprised how limited it was.
It seems the bios didn't clear up my problems with the 640x480 - 4 bit resolution limitation and now I have no sound where I had sound before I flashed. I keep getting...Modem device on High Definition Audio bus coming on boot up. Have tried to find the proper audio/modem drivers but to no avail. I went on the Alienware site and found drivers(separate) for audio and modem for the M5500 but not specific to the mm5500i-R3. They did not work. Any spot that you know of, where I can find the drivers? Are they from Realtek and how would I find out what the sound card actually was in my laptop?
I did manage to find a url on the web, but it looks Russian to me and am a bit worried about downloading from there.
Also, since the laptop is out of warranty and I had nothing to lose, I did the "Oven-Bake" method on the MXM card and it was a success. I now have maximum control over the resolution.
I finally got it to accept a driver...WDM-268 from Realtek, to get sound, but I'm still getting the "Modem Device found on High Definition Audio Bus" at start up. I'm going to try the modem driver for the m5500 MJ12 (base or earlier model of laptop), but worried it might mess up my audio I have finally got working.....I never use an external modem, but just hate the annoyance of the startup "found new device" messages and the little yellow exclamation mark in device manager.
I am running the Windows MCE 2005 edition. It has 2 gb of ram in it, but is it true, that with the bios version 2.07, that I can swap in 4 gb's?
I'm going to order another MXM board for backup in case the "Baked" card decides it was only "half-baked", LOL