Originally Posted by Hammerhead
This isn't true Flapjacks. Alienware uses standard bios versions that are issued by the mobo manufacturer. You'll always get fully functional bios's with full options from Alienware.
The only custom bios issue I've ever seen is the flashing eyes on the laptops, but I think AW just had that added to the bios, they didn't rewrite the whole thing...
Their laptop BIOS, particularly the 5500/766 that I have is quite locked down. I know this is true because AW accidentally allowed an unlocked BIOS version (1.13ish iirc) to be DL'ed from their FTP site that allowed control of memory speed/timing, CPU clocks, etc.
My current BIOS offers no options other than lighted eye control, and whether the wireless card is on or off. There are a couple more options (neither of which are useful), but nowhere near as many as a desktop mobo.
I know they will let you update the BIOS, that's not the question...the question is whether they will let you install a non-AW approved BIOS. Even if you call Tech Support, as is the correct procedure, they still won't approve of a non-AW BIOS...possibly voiding the machine's warranty if the procedure is completed.