R61i motherboard can't handle Penryn?

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R61i motherboard can't handle Penryn?

#1 Post by wujstefan » Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:03 pm

Hello,

I got a nice R61i lately, and was asked by my father-in-law to prepare it for him.
However, after modding it to middleton 2.24-1.00 it is unable to start on T9300. T7300 works fine and stable but extra power and less heat.

I got a bit confused, since I did the BIOS reflashing on more than 50 R61i units and never faced such thing. I was scanning the forum for some information but found two conflicting opinions about the board's capability.
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Re: R61i motherboard can't handle Penryn?

#2 Post by 600X » Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:20 pm

My R61 is running a Penryn CPU as well. I had to flash the 15.4" R61 Middleton BIOS in order to get it working.
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Re: R61i motherboard can't handle Penryn?

#3 Post by wujstefan » Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:01 pm

Looking at your systems I presume you've flashed 2.24-1.08 BIOS on 15,1" unit, right?
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Re: R61i motherboard can't handle Penryn?

#4 Post by 600X » Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:04 pm

I can't remember for sure but I believe so, yes. My R61 is a 15.0" unit.
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ThinkPads: 600X (i3), A31p (FlexView), X41, T43, T60 (FlexView), T61p (4:3), R61 (QXGA), X301 (AFFS), W500, X220t, X1

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Re: R61i motherboard can't handle Penryn?

#5 Post by wujstefan » Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:08 am

Worth giving a shot.
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R61f - kids
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Re: R61i motherboard can't handle Penryn?

#6 Post by wujstefan » Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:46 am

Tried, but with no happy end. I get the message "BIOS image file cannot be found".

The system is 8943-dsg.

I am wondering whether the CPU is 100% OK... it's not I'm getting the thermal error message, the screen simply lies blank after swap. Wil try with another penryn.
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R61f - kids
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Re: R61i motherboard can't handle Penryn?

#7 Post by RealBlackStuff » Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:31 am

A 15" R61 needs a different approach, doing so with a Merom CPU installed.
First install Middleton's 1.24-1.00 BIOS.
Extract the files from M's 2.24-1.08 BIOS, run Winphlash.exe in Windows and browse to the extracted $01B3000.FL1
Ignore the warning message about the BIOS versions not matching.
After the flash you can install a Penryn CPU.
That's what I did with your latest R601FL.
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Re: R61i motherboard can't handle Penryn?

#8 Post by wujstefan » Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:54 am

RBS, you're like the Christmas Song. I was fighting it for a couple of weeks - it worked straight away now, and the system runs BRILIANTLY.

I'm seriously considering selling my top-end pimped T601 now. R6x build quality is just so dmn good and runs way cooler (even having in mind my T601 runs hardware modified T61p's fan). Put in a X9000 w/Dual-IDA and I can have a laptop computer, hammer, buckler and cutting board all in one.

Or maybe I'm just extremely used to A31 :)
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HP Elitebook 8740w - multimedia
R61f - wife
R61f - kids
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Re: R61i motherboard can't handle Penryn?

#9 Post by RealBlackStuff » Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:52 am

Good to hear!
Just in case: 1304 Firewire no longer works after that particular double flash, but who really cares?

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