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Unable to flash BIOS Lenovo M73 Tiny

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Unable to flash BIOS Lenovo M73 Tiny

#1 Post by Jake.Werecat » Wed Jan 12, 2022 9:39 pm

Soooo, as I have enough ThinkPads (for now), and until recently had no ThinkCentres at all, I decided to buy one. The M73 Tiny in decent shape and very reasonable price. I've just got it delivered and started wiggling around with it.
First thinkg - BIOS update, i went were I was supposed to:
https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/prod ... IOS%2FUEFI
and was pleasantly surprised that the newest version FHKT87A has just been released on 04 Jan 2022. Downloaded, followed the instruction, and went to an error.

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Unable to flash the system BIOS to a different level
Google a bit, and found the solution:
https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/solu ... e-m73-tiny
I was pretty happy, and tried to download fix provided there:
https://download.lenovo.com/pccbbs/thin ... iosfix.zip

But it appears that *.zip file asks for password. Recheck on other PC and different unzipper - same thing.
I then followed inviting bot-link "Chat with Lena to resolve the issue" which was underneath only to learn that my ThinkCentre is out of warranty (no surprise to me...), and I can go.....f....look elsewhere.
I tried talking with Live Agent as well. But after an hour of waiting with "Please wait for a moment, there is "1" person in the queue ahead of you." information on the screen I gave up.
What the hack? Lenovo? What? So I basically ran out of solutions.
Would much appreciate any hints, suggestion and help.
X61f, 2x X230, 2x T430, M73 Tiny

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Re: Unable to flash BIOS Lenovo M73 Tiny

#2 Post by Jake.Werecat » Wed Jan 12, 2022 11:02 pm

OK, I just found a workaround, instead of flashing via windows, I made a bootable USB stick with Rufus, downloaded the USB version of BIOS flashing utility and booted it up. Worked like a charm with no problems. I should have though about this earlier. Sometimes I'm getting a little bit "Windows-locked" sometimes.
So my problem is solved and I'm running newest available BIOS. :)
X61f, 2x X230, 2x T430, M73 Tiny

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Re: Unable to flash BIOS Lenovo M73 Tiny

#3 Post by RealBlackStuff » Thu Jan 13, 2022 2:40 am

FYI: M73 parts lists can be found here: https://support.lenovo.com/cz/en/solutions/pd029642 (3x PDF near bottom)
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Re: Unable to flash BIOS Lenovo M73 Tiny

#4 Post by Jake.Werecat » Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:25 pm

RealBlackStuff wrote:
Thu Jan 13, 2022 2:40 am
FYI: M73 parts lists can be found here: https://support.lenovo.com/cz/en/solutions/pd029642 (3x PDF near bottom)
Thanks, but I already have it. I got a habit of downloading documentation for my machines, i.e. User Guides, Parts list, Service manuals etc.
X61f, 2x X230, 2x T430, M73 Tiny

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