On 2017-09-19 19:10, Martin Kepplinger wrote:
On 2017-09-18 04:02, Alexander Couzens wrote:
the x230 is quite good working,
... but recently some boards died (I know from 2 boards over the last
years). I'm still not sure why they died, but rumors that the EC
firmware ran into a bug when doing In-Circuit flashing.
I've an x230 myself and never managed to trigger that bug. I would
recommend you to update the EC to the newest firmware. The EC firmware
is updated together with the bios, so updating the vendor bios/uefi is
We can also desolder your spi chip, programm it and put it back. But
that's also a way I wouldn't recommend doing to often.
Oh, finally I hear about this. I triggered this bug. The machine totally
died. Nothing, at least nothing like flashing the original bios or
flashing whatever, could bring it back. It's lying here as a brick. I
*did* flash using flashrom online while running Debian.
I plan to get another X230 one day soon, but will only flash offline,
using my pomona clip :(
Would be good to have the wiki updated and possibly a bug filed I guess...
What I want to add is:
* This was a git checkout in June this year.
* I flashed a coreboot image (I can't remember what config) fine, and
used the laptop while everything (shutdown, suspend, reboot) worked.
Maybe the config is irrelevant, whatever.
* the machine didn't die "right after" or "during"
ran fine for a while. I can't remember if it suspended to and resumed
from RAM too, or even shutdown or reboot worked. IIRC after shutting
down it died. I guess the first shutdown after flashing, but I'm really
not sure at all.
* I had upgraded the EC and BIOS to the latest Lenovo version before
starting with coreboot.