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Some Dell systems are not booting due to BIOS upgrades

Certain models of Dell laptops and desktops are experiencing boot issues due to the latest BIOS updates. (Image: Erick Cerritos)
Certain models of Dell laptops and desktops are experiencing boot issues due to the latest BIOS updates. (Image: Erick Cerritos)
Some Dell owners have stated that their devices are having major boot problems after installing the latest BIOS updates. Particular models of Alienware, Inspiron and Latitude systems are affected. Many devices are displaying bluescreens and other errors.

Bleeping Computer reported that certain models of Dell PCs are affected by boot issues due to new BIOS updates. Users described their boot issues on the Dell community site and social media. These issues typically involve blue screens and shut downs, and while some devices will turn on, their displays will remain off. Other Dell owners have stated that their systems will turn off after a few seconds of being powered on. 'Time-of-day not set' errors are also appearing on some laptops.

Among the models experiencing problems are the Alienware Aurora R8 (BIOS version 1.0.18) and Dell Inspiron 5680 (BIOS version 2.8.0) desktops as well as the Dell Latitude 5320 and 5520 (BIOS version 1.14.3) laptops.

Some users have discovered a solution for laptops showing the ‘Time-of-day not set’ error by downgrading the BIOS. However, only devices that can boot have a chance to be fixed and the procedure is not simple, especially for common Dell owners. Furthermore, the boot issues may persist until the battery is removed and the fixes are not guaranteed to work. Thus, it is recommended that affected users contact Dell Support, utilize Dell’s official guides or wait for a working BIOS update.

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Aleem Ali
Aleem Ali - Tech Writer - 72 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2021
I became fascinated with computers from the age of 5 years old, starting with Windows 95. Since then, I have developed a passion for human interactions. After completion of my undergraduate degrees, my interest in technology grew and propelled me to push into new areas. Now, I seek to expand my knowledge of technology, people, and business; and I write articles about new and exciting technology and experiences. I also enjoy gaming and design.
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Aleem Ali, 2021-12-27 (Update: 2021-12-27)