As customers, we’re typically conditioned to implicitly belief software program and updates that come from the individuals who make our computer systems. However these persons are additionally, effectively, individuals, and generally make errors. Such seems to be the case for a rising variety of laptops and desktops made by Dell, and not less than some offered underneath its Alienware sub-brand. Current BIOS updates for some Inspiron, Latitude, and Aurora computer systems are inflicting them in addition into blue screens.
As chronicled appropriately by Bleeping Laptop, Dell buyer boards and Reddit threads are filling up with complaints from house owners of Lattitude 5320 and 5520 laptops (BIOS model 1.14.3), Inspiron 5680 desktops (BIOS model 2.8.0), and the Aurora R8 desktop collection (BIOS model 1.0.18). Upon making use of the related updates, customers report that the computer systems will boot to a blue display after which instantly shut down once more. Some others are getting “Time-of-day not set” error messages, adopted by shutdown with any enter.
A number of customers have reported success by downgrading their BIOS to the earlier model, however that’s a difficult course of that’s past the consolation zone of the everyday laptop computer or desktop purchaser, and it isn’t working for everybody. The method additionally requires the inner battery to be eliminated and an influence button sequence on the Lattitude laptops.
We’ve contacted representatives for Dell and are awaiting a reply on these points.
Michael is a former graphic designer who’s been constructing and tweaking desktop computer systems for longer than he cares to confess. His pursuits embrace people music, soccer, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no explicit order.