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Dead BIOS

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LizardFromKKK
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Dead BIOS

#1 Post by LizardFromKKK » Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:22 am

I get old X60 from my friend and thing is great, but ex-owner mess with coreboot, so it just beep and doesn't load anything.
Can i restore BIOS without soldering or search of Pomona clips(i didn't found any here in Russia)?
On some laptops it possible to reflash BIOS with only the thumb drive, it possible on X60?
And sorry for broken english, it's not my native language.

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Re: Dead BIOS

#2 Post by axur-delmeria » Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:38 am

With a bricked unit like that, I doubt it.

Pomona clips? Use "SOIC-8 clip" as a search term.
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Backup: X601 Core 2 Duo T8100
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Re: Dead BIOS

#3 Post by LizardFromKKK » Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:46 am

axur-delmeria wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:38 am
Pomona clips? Use "SOIC-8 clip" as a search term.
Thank you, i guess i try.

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Re: Dead BIOS

#4 Post by jursky » Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:01 am

axur-delmeria wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:38 am
With a bricked unit like that, I doubt it.
I was always wondering why everybody was re-using/keeping his/her BIOS's blobs and not using someone's else from the Internet (not taking into consideration now that BIOS images downloaded from the Internet might contain rootkits).

Can't just someone else with working X60 send him his BIOS and externally flash it back? I never done this before so I am just guessing here now that he'd end up with a ThinkPad with an existing Serial Numbers - but in real world that shouldn't be a big deal, or would it be? Or maybe motherboard serial numbers are stored somewhere else completely and it doesn't matter at all.
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