Warning: the latest BIOS updates can destroy your Dell, Alienware or Inspiron PC

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If you have a Dell PC, you may want to be a little more careful when installing the latest system updates. According to many social media reports, there is a new BIOS version that could end up destroying Dell Latitude 5320 and 5520 laptops, Inspiron 5680 desktop PC and even the Alienware Aurora R8.

There are three specific BIOS versions that cause problems. On the Dell Latitude 5320 and 5520, the BIOS number is version 1.14.3. On the Dell Inspiron 5680 this is version 2.8.0, and on the Alienware Aurora R8 it is version 1.0.18. Based on social media accounts, after installing this BIOS version, users report that these systems cannot boot to Windows. In some cases, users cannot even access their files and other important content.

On the Dell Latitude community, a user complains only after the annoying BIOS update powering on a Latitude laptop turns on the power button, but the system shuts down again with an error code. A similar situation is also supported by a Redditor’s own experience with a Latitude laptop. This user mentioned that this specific Latitude 5320 model is very popular in their organization and warned that hundreds of people could be facing the issue.

On the Alienware side of things, with the Aurora R8, a user running the Ubuntu operating system on the device reports that after installing the problematic BIOS, the system hangs and hangs. The system also reboots sometimes in an endless automatic repair loop. Using Recovery Mode, Recovery USB, and Ubuntu Recovery Key does not resolve the issue. Although this has not been confirmed, this user specifically believes that it could be a motherboard issue, related to the BIOS update.

Dell has yet to release an official response to these issues, but according to Tom’s gear, the company no longer offers these BIOS updates on its website. There are also workarounds to restore affected PCs, including BIOS downgrade. That implies download the old BIOS on the problematic PC, and create what is known as a BIOS recovery tool. Dell offers step-by-step guides and instructional videos on its website, although it is aimed at more advanced users.

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