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Lenovo R61i (8932) BIOS v1.03 processor upgrade T8300

#1 Post by vjeko1701 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:41 pm

Hello, I'm having some problem with my R61i upgrade. As far as I can see, the version is 8932, 15.4" version with IEEE 1394. BIOS version is 1.03. I've upgraded the memory to 2gb RAM.

The problem comes when I try to replace the T5250 with T8300. I have two T8300 processors both tested in HP Compaq 6280s and functional. When I put either of them in my R61i, I just get a black screen for a few seconds and then it shuts down. When I return the original processor, everything works well.

The only possible solution I found is the BIOS upgrade but I cannot do it as the battery in the R61i is not functional so the BIOS upgrade utility won't allow me to continue.

What I want to know is why won't the T8300 work, is it the old BIOS or complete incompatibility of the laptop with it. If so, what's the best compatible processor for it?

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Re: Lenovo R61i (8932) BIOS v1.03 processor upgrade T8300

#2 Post by Droider » Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:47 pm

I have come across the same issue myself once with anoher laptop not a thinkpad but a toshiba. It had GM965 chipset, so it should have naturally supported penyrn cpu's but i have never managed to boot it with any penyrn cpu. After some investigation on the internet, found out somewhere mentioning the first batch of mainboards with 965 chipset produced in 2007 couldn't handle 2008 penyrn cpu's. While the 2nd batch mainboards produced in 2008 had natural penyrn support. I ended up putting T7700 in that machine.
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Re: Lenovo R61i (8932) BIOS v1.03 processor upgrade T8300

#3 Post by vjeko1701 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:04 pm

Hmm, so t7700 should work without any trouble? I see that it's almost as good as t8300 performace wise and with a bigger cache. It's also about 5$ on ebay.

What about custom bios? Any chance that would work? There is one popular for the thinkpads, can't remember the name right now.

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Re: Lenovo R61i (8932) BIOS v1.03 processor upgrade T8300

#4 Post by axur-delmeria » Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:37 pm

vjeko1701 wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:04 pm
What about custom bios? Any chance that would work? There is one popular for the thinkpads, can't remember the name right now.
Middleton BIOS. It still needs a working battery though.
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Re: Lenovo R61i (8932) BIOS v1.03 processor upgrade T8300

#5 Post by RealBlackStuff » Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:53 am

Make a battery "extension cord" to use any other battery from that era: viewtopic.php?t=104989
Then install the correct Middleton BIOS.
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Re: Lenovo R61i (8932) BIOS v1.03 processor upgrade T8300

#6 Post by vjeko1701 » Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:10 am

The problem is, I have three laptops, all with bad batteries so I have to buy one. If I do, it will be for r61i. What about winphlash? Any guides how to use middleton's with them. I have downloaded it and it comes with winphlash but there's no Flashabl.rom.

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#7 Post by RealBlackStuff » Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:38 am

Unpack the downloaded .RAR using 7-zip.
Then read the readme.txt file and see what's in the sub-directories, they have everything, including 2 flash-files.
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Re: Lenovo R61i (8932) BIOS v1.03 processor upgrade T8300

#8 Post by vjeko1701 » Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:20 am

I have downloaded
Dual-IDA_SATA-II_Whitelist_SLIC2.1_Thermal_Sensing_Error_ThinkPad_R61_15.4_(8930_8932_8933_8934_8935_8936_8937)_R61i_15.4_with_IEEE_1394_(8932)_BIOS_(2.24-1.08)

These are the files and folders:

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I also found a case where the direct update from the starting 1.03 BIOS version to the Middelton's soft bricked the Laptop. X61 series if I remember.

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Re: Lenovo R61i (8932) BIOS v1.03 processor upgrade T8300

#9 Post by RealBlackStuff » Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:42 am

Install the original Lenovo BIOS 2.24/1.08 first: https://thinkpads.com/support/Thinkpad- ... uj16uc.iso
Reboot, and only then M's BIOS.
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Re: Lenovo R61i (8932) BIOS v1.03 processor upgrade T8300

#10 Post by onespeedbiker » Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:59 am

vjeko1701 wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:41 pm
Hello, I'm having some problem with my R61i upgrade. As far as I can see, the version is 8932, 15.4" version with IEEE 1394. BIOS version is 1.03. I've upgraded the memory to 2gb RAM.

The problem comes when I try to replace the T5250 with T8300. I have two T8300 processors both tested in HP Compaq 6280s and functional. When I put either of them in my R61i, I just get a black screen for a few seconds and then it shuts down. When I return the original processor, everything works well.

The only possible solution I found is the BIOS upgrade but I cannot do it as the battery in the R61i is not functional so the BIOS upgrade utility won't allow me to continue.

What I want to know is why won't the T8300 work, is it the old BIOS or complete incompatibility of the laptop with it. If so, what's the best compatible processor for it?

https://i.imgur.com/Yqbuza6.jpg
Why not but a cheap battery? https://www.amazon.com/AC-Doctor-INC-Ba ... way&sr=8-3

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Re: Lenovo R61i (8932) BIOS v1.03 processor upgrade T8300

#11 Post by vjeko1701 » Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:37 am

Won't deliver to my country, but I'm thinking about this one

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/5566728 ... 2e0eXGLDjy

But I'm also thinking about getting a T7700, it's almost as good as T8300 and I0m worried about getting the battery and then bricking my laptop. It is a spare laptop and more of a hobby project to get him as fast as I can so it wouldn't be the end of the world but I also love it.

As for the BIOS, so it's important to first install the new Lenovo's BIOS before I do the Middleton's? That's really good to know. Thank you.

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