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Installing classic keyboard into X230 with EC firmware mod

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Re: Installing classic keyboard into X230 with EC firmware mod

#361 Post by skx » Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:07 pm

matrushko wrote:
Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:36 pm
skx wrote:
Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:55 am


Here you have your issue. Did you read the github instructions? You should downgrade your bios first to 2.76 (G2ETB6WW). 2.77 cannot have its EC modified! It is clearly mentioned in the 1st paragraph of the github instructions. So downgrade BIOS and try again.
Yes, i did.
Sorry I forgot to mention that I DOWNGRADED to 2.76, when I said "2. I solved it with linux,....".

Of course, now i'm with 2.76 but it was precisely when I did it, to solve battery issue, than the keyboard issue appeared.

And now I have tried and tried but nothing achieved on my side.


thanks

thinkpad-ec script has keyboard patch enabled by default and battery patch disabled. so if you only need battery validation patch, you need to disable the keyboard patch and enable the keyboard patch. try again and flash your ec. you just did something in wrong.
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Re: Installing classic keyboard into X230 with EC firmware mod

#362 Post by RoamingAndy » Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:28 am

I just lost keys c, d, e, 3. The mod worked great for 6 months. Anyone have any idea what would cause that?

The other keys are working great

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Re: Installing classic keyboard into X230 with EC firmware mod

#363 Post by axur-delmeria » Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:41 am

RoamingAndy wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:28 am
I just lost keys c, d, e, 3. The mod worked great for 6 months. Anyone have any idea what would cause that?
A keyboard that's starting to go bad.
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Re: Installing classic keyboard into X230 with EC firmware mod

#364 Post by matrushko » Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:15 pm

skx wrote:
Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:07 pm

thinkpad-ec script has keyboard patch enabled by default and battery patch disabled. so if you only need battery validation patch, you need to disable the keyboard patch and enable the keyboard patch. try again and flash your ec. you just did something in wrong.
I don't understand that. .. maybe you mistake one "keyboard" by "battery"? or I shall do that , first enable keyboard patch then disable it?

Look:
First time i just put make patch_enable_battery clean among the commands.

But second time I had to do it, I think i went to the github web and copied and pasted "make keyboard patch" or something.

If I just "disable" that, it doesn't work. Or at least, it didn't , last time I did it.

¿Can I boot a Pendrive with just THAT keyboard command, and reboot windows with that pendrive?

I am a bit lost.

I need step by step instructions, from now on, I mean, from my actual state:

bios 2.76, battery Ok, keyboard not.

for instance: "go to linux, copy this... then that.... then flash the pendrive...then reboot... " etc.

I'm not a linux programmer, 100 light years from being it.

thanks. !"

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Re: Installing classic keyboard into X230 with EC firmware mod

#365 Post by skx » Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:29 pm

matrushko wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:15 pm
skx wrote:
Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:07 pm

thinkpad-ec script has keyboard patch enabled by default and battery patch disabled. so if you only need battery validation patch, you need to disable the keyboard patch and enable the keyboard patch. try again and flash your ec. you just did something in wrong.
I don't understand that. .. maybe you mistake one "keyboard" by "battery"? or I shall do that , first enable keyboard patch then disable it?
yes, I am sorry, that is a typo obviously. first disable keyboard patch and secondly enable battery patch

can you re-try the whole process and post command line output over here including your instructions?
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Re: Installing classic keyboard into X230 with EC firmware mod

#366 Post by matrushko » Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:41 am

[/quote]

yes, I am sorry, that is a typo obviously. first disable keyboard patch and secondly enable battery patch

can you re-try the whole process and post command line output over here including your instructions?
[/quote]

Ok!

I will do it, this way (First, I write here my instructions, and after that, I put the former error or "no such file or directory" message that appears if you write it for the first time (keyboard or battery patch), and then, the same mesage but without "no such file or directory" . The point is that no matter it, the battery issue is solved, so I guess that error message doesn't affect keyboard patch either.

I put this and then in other post, I will report the whole linux output.


sudo apt-get install build-essential git mtools libssl-dev

git clone https://github.com/hamishcoleman/thinkpad-ec

cd thinkpad-ec

make patch_enable_battery clean

make patch_enable_keyboard clean

make patched.x230.img

connect a usb

lsblk

sudo dd if=patched.x230.img of=/dev/sdc


AND THE ERROR OR MESSAGE IS:

ubuntu@ubuntu:~/thinkpad-ec$ make patch_enable_battery clean
Makefile:133: .config: No such file or directory
Generated dependancies from descriptions
cp defconfig .config
echo "CONFIG_BATTERY = y" >>.config
rm -f .d/generated.deps \
patched.*.iso patched.*.img *.FL2 *.FL2.orig *.img.enc \
*.img.enc.orig *.img.orig *.bat *.report \
*.img \
*.txt.orig
rm -rf *.iso.extract *.iso.orig.extract
ubuntu@ubuntu:~/thinkpad-ec$

SAME about keyboard.


But if i write it again, firs line doesn't show again "no such file..."


I am going now to work with it.


Thanks !

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Re: Installing classic keyboard into X230 with EC firmware mod

#367 Post by matrushko » Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:46 am

Hi,

I recorded badly the whole process in video.

Hope it works for you,

https://youtu.be/QUKmTgEXzfI

The following shows the process of putting on battery again, and EC flashing message

https://youtu.be/98Lk0E5vnso

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Re: Installing classic keyboard into X230 with EC firmware mod

#368 Post by skx » Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:53 am

matrushko wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:41 am
make patch_enable_battery clean
make patch_enable_keyboard clean
make patched.x230.img

I understood you only want the battery patch, so you disable the keyboard patch.
make patch_enable_battery clean # Uses the battery validate patch
make patch_disable_battery clean # Turns off the battery validate patch
make patch_enable_keyboard clean # Uses the keyboard patches
make patch_disable_keyboard clean # Turns off the keyboard patches
so in your case, using stock X230 keyboard but aiming to remove the battery validation check you should do:
make patch_disable_keyboard clean
make patch_enable_battery clean

build the modified firmware and flash it with an OEM x230 battery inside your X230.
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Re: Installing classic keyboard into X230 with EC firmware mod

#369 Post by matrushko » Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:41 am

[/quote]

build the modified firmware and flash it with an OEM x230 battery inside your X230.
[/quote]

Ok thanks..let's see:

i did just this (several times):
...enable battery...
...disable keyboard...

but nothing happens. the point is:

I don't have an OEM battery, just this: "ROHS" : li-ion battery pack model x220 (AAAH, is from the 220 anyway, not origina), 5200mah/58wh.

I flashed the usb with those linux orders , reboot without the battery inside, (just cable) etc, and after reboot, i put off and on again the pc, and, already with the non-OEM battery, erverything's fine about "she" but not about "him" (keyboard) (in ispanish they have gender)

Do you think that the problem of the keyboard comes out from a NON OEM?

Tell me , cause if it is so, i won't buy such an expensive one. I can't risk to buy it in amazon an then get it back...

what a pitty .


Thanks.

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Re: Installing classic keyboard into X230 with EC firmware mod

#370 Post by seasonshu » Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:16 am

RoamingAndy wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:28 am
I just lost keys c, d, e, 3. The mod worked great for 6 months. Anyone have any idea what would cause that?

The other keys are working great
I had the same problem after I installed the taping on the connector, I lost keys in two rows, in a similar fashion. Try to apply (reasonable) force to the metal outside of the connector using a plier. It worked for me on the second attempt or so.

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Re: Installing classic keyboard into X230 with EC firmware mod

#371 Post by roachie54 » Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:20 pm

Could anyone tell me please if the trackpad & fingerprint reader from an X230 fit into an X220 palmrest? I'm fairly confident the trackpad would but I've read conflicting reports about the fingerprint reader. I realise I could buy an X220 palmrest with both already fitted but there's a price/availability difference. Would also rather avoid cutting either the classic keyboard or the X230 palmrest.

Also, does the X220 keyboard bezel fit the X230 neatly? I've tried my T420 keyboard in the X230 so can see that swapping the bezel isn't necessary, but it'd make the end result a bit sweeter. Cheers

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Re: Installing classic keyboard into X230 with EC firmware mod

#372 Post by RealBlackStuff » Wed Apr 01, 2020 1:05 am

xx10 and xx20 keyboards all have the same dimensions and are interchangeable.
And the X220 KB-bezel perfectly fits on the X230.
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Re: Installing classic keyboard into X230 with EC firmware mod

#373 Post by Yao2000 » Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:13 am

RealBlackStuff wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 1:05 am
xx10 and xx20 keyboards all have the same dimensions and are interchangeable.
And the X220 KB-bezel perfectly fits on the X230.
yes 100% correct. x220 palmrest fits perfectly on the x230 and looks so much better and allows the classic keyboard to fit perfectly, no cutting or modding necessary

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Re: Installing classic keyboard into X230 with EC firmware mod

#374 Post by tpgh » Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:43 pm

i have an x230, trying to install a keyboard from a t520.
this is a t520 keyboard that i took right out of a working t520. if i put the keyboard back in the t520 the keys and buttons all work fine

i haven't flashed the EC firmware yet, but was hoping to get a few questions answered

1. is it normal for the power button on the classic keyboard to not work before the EC flash?
2. is it normal for other keys to maybe not work? for example, the DOWN ARROW key doesn't work when i plugin it into my x230, but works fine when connected to my t520
3. is there any validity to needing to mask off some of the pins, as mentioned in the OP? i don't see any mention of that in hamish's readme - https://github.com/hamishcoleman/thinkpad-ec

thanks!

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Re: Installing classic keyboard into X230 with EC firmware mod

#375 Post by atagunov » Fri Sep 25, 2020 5:23 pm

tpgh wrote:
Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:43 pm
3. is there any validity to needing to mask off some of the pins
I believe there is a universal consensus that yes the pins need to be isolated. I've been advised to use Kapton tape. I've also been given this URL at some point which I'm carefully saving until I get around to use it: https://imgur.com/a/fsRe6 this btw seems to be one of the most commonly referred descriptions of the process of modding. I guess it's overall easier if you also fit an X220 palmrest - apparently then you don't need to file off plastic tabs from the keyboard.
tpgh wrote:
Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:43 pm
2. is it normal for other keys to maybe not work? for example, the DOWN ARROW key doesn't work when i plugin it into my x230, but works fine when connected to my t520
I wouldn't be surprised
tpgh wrote:
Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:43 pm
1. is it normal for the power button on the classic keyboard to not work before the EC flash?
Sorry no idea. That would have alarmed me too.
X220, 2 *T520

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Re: Installing classic keyboard into X230 with EC firmware mod

#376 Post by m11k » Sun Sep 27, 2020 4:36 pm

I've done this mod on an X230, T430 and W530. It isn't too hard in the grand scheme of things, and the X230 was the easiest. I highly recommend getting an X220 palm rest. You will save yourself some frustration with needing to cut off some of the tabs on the bottom of the keyboard. However you will still need to cut off two bits of plastic underneath the key cluster containing the power button and volume controls. This allows the keyboard to slide in place under the front bezel. If you don't do this, the front bezel will bow up and the lid may not close properly. There's plenty of guides on this forum and elsewhere indicating how to do this. If you can't find one I can dig up a link.

[/quote]
tpgh wrote:
Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:43 pm
1. is it normal for the power button on the classic keyboard to not work before the EC flash?
No, this is not normal. The power button has always worked prior to flashing the EC mod. The only possible cause I can think of (other than a bad keyboard or poorly seated connector, is if you have done the step where you tape over three of the pins. If so, make sure you got the right pins, and didn't accidentally cover up any others. Also, if you've moved around the tape on these pins trying to get it in the right spot, it's possible some residue may have been left behind on some other pins, so it can't hurt to clean them off with some isopropyl alcohol.
tpgh wrote:
Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:43 pm
2. is it normal for other keys to maybe not work? for example, the DOWN ARROW key doesn't work when i plugin it into my x230, but works fine when connected to my t520
I don't recall whether the down arrow worked before the EC mod. I thought it did, but don't remember. There's a list of what should work and what shouldn't prior to the EC mod here, but I don't see an entry for the arrow keys: http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Install_C ... _ThinkPads.
tpgh wrote:
Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:43 pm
3. is there any validity to needing to mask off some of the pins, as mentioned in the OP? i don't see any mention of that in hamish's readme
Yes, you really should do this. It's a little tricky and you'll probably need some kind of spudger or other thin tool to help get the cable back in the right spot. The consensus seems to be that if you don't, it will burn out a keyboard backlight fuse on the motherboard, meaning that if you re-install an X230 backlit keyboard, the backlight function won't work any more. If you've already installed the keyboard and didn't tape over the pins, it may be too late and the fuse on the motherboard may have blown already. This shouldn't affect the operation of a classic keyboard though.

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Re: Installing classic keyboard into X230 with EC firmware mod

#377 Post by tpgh » Sun Sep 27, 2020 5:55 pm

thank you both, that clears up a lot

i already did the x220 palmrest swap because my old one was cracked anyway

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Re: Installing classic keyboard into X230 with EC firmware mod

#378 Post by OtisGotIt » Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:23 am

matrushko wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:46 am
Hi,

I recorded the whole process in video.

Hope this software will work for you,

https://www.worktime.com/employee-monitoring

The following shows the process of putting on battery again, and EC flashing message

https://youtu.be/98Lk0E5vnso
Thank You!
That`s exactly what I`ve looked for

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