I have a Alienware 18, i7 windows 7, 16 RAM etc. My BIOS shows up as X21. When I go to the download site to update the chip-set (completed) and the BIOS, it only shows up AW18A05. When I go to install it the installer states
"Dell does not recommend that you flash your BIOS to a previous version."
even though the new BIOS is from this month, and the current one is from Mar 2013 So here is the question,
1. What is the most current BIOS for the Alienware 18 here is the info from my computer below from msinfo32
OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer Alienware
System Model Alienware 18
System Type x64-based PC
Processor Intel® Core i7-4800MQ CPU @ 2.70GHz, 2701 Mhz, 4 Core(s),
8 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Alienware X21, 3/13/2013
SMBIOS Version 2.7
Windows Directory C:\Windows
System Directory C:\Windows\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7601.17514"
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 16.0 GB
Total Physical Memory 15.8 GB
Available Physical Memory 12.8 GB
Total Virtual Memory 31.6 GB
Available Virtual Memory 28.4 GB
Page File Space 15.8 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys
Secondly what is X21, and which should I be using?
My overall question is should I use X21 which is the current or install A05 which dell support site lists under my service tag? I am asking this because I get a BSOD about once per week. Especally when I go from pluged in to battery and back. Might be something with the NVIDA dual card in it, dont know. But after troubleshooting theBSOD code, microsoft and dell told me to update the drivers. I did the chipset, and need to know about the BIOS thing.
Lastly it takes about 5 mins for the computer to shutdown. And I do mean 5 mins, not playing I clocked it at 4 mins and 30 secs.