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Thinkpad Edge 15 - Bricked during BIOS update

#1 Post by novevite » Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:05 am

I have a Thinkpad Edge 15, model 0301-J6G. Last month I tried to update the BIOS using the files from the Lenovo Legacy Hardware site, using the Windows-based updater. After a bit the screen went black and the laptop became unresponsive; not knowing what to do, I waited a couple of hours and then powered it off.
From that moment on the laptop will not boot to bios, it just stays there with a black screen and full speed fans.

I already tried the CMOS battery thingy, to no effect. Does anyone know if there is a recovery mode of some sort, that lets me try to flash the BIOS through USB? The USB port gets power, so maybe all is not lost?

EDIT: on a side note, does anybody know the name pf the BIOS they put inside the Thinkpad Edge 15?

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Re: Thinkpad Edge 15 - Bricked during BIOS update

#2 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:57 am

Likely, your board is fried unless you know how to flash the BIOS using wires directly soldered to the BIOS chip.
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Re: Thinkpad Edge 15 - Bricked during BIOS update

#3 Post by RealBlackStuff » Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:52 am

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Re: Thinkpad Edge 15 - Bricked during BIOS update

#4 Post by novevite » Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:23 am

RealBlackStuff wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:52 am
See if this helps: https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Lenovo-Ide ... -p/2210834
It doesn't seem to be the same model :(
I cannot seem to find the "novo" button anywhere.

Does anybody know if there is a recovery mode for this specific laptop, or how to search for it?

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Re: Thinkpad Edge 15 - Bricked during BIOS update

#5 Post by RealBlackStuff » Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:49 am

AFAIK it's a tiny opening on the left side, near the front, in which you push a paperclip or similar, to reset the laptop.

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Re: Thinkpad Edge 15 - Bricked during BIOS update

#6 Post by novevite » Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:24 am

RealBlackStuff wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:49 am
AFAIK it's a tiny opening on the left side, near the front, in which you push a paperclip or similar, to reset the laptop.
Ok so, it seems the Novo button is present in the "Lenovo Edge 15" laptop, not the "Lenovo Thinkpad Edge 15": they are totally different laptops :mrgreen:, the second one is from 2009 I think, while the Edge 15 should be from 2014.

Here's the Lenovo Thinkpad Edge 15's side (it's not my laptop, but it's identical)
https://www.notebookcheck.it/fileadmin/ ... eb2b1f.jpg

And here's my laptop's left side, for posterity
https://i.imgur.com/Vnrz2zS.jpg


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