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Old 29-07-18   #1
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Bricked Thinkpad


Guys,

Thinkpad X230T bricked after a system BIOS update. I did not do the flashing intentionally . Tried BIOS recovery (after surfing the entire Google), and the system is as it is, no POST but system fan churns up, HDD led blinks, wi-fi indicator is on. No POST at all.
Anyone here who can help me reflashing the BIOS? Thanks in advance.
P.S. I am neither a pro, nor a techie. Have absolutely no knowledge about reflashing or BIOS recovery. I will bear the expense, if there are pro repairers. Thanks once again buddies for reading.
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Re: Bricked Thinkpad

Only option I know is to flash the bios physically
That is, remove the bios chip from motherboard, put it in a bios programmer, flash with bios and put the bios chip back on board.

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Re: Bricked Thinkpad

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Only option I know is to flash the bios physically
That is, remove the bios chip from motherboard, put it in a bios programmer, flash with bios and put the bios chip back on board.

Bro Chetan, I read about that but I do not have that mechanical knowledge. I heard that these old Thinkpad's were rolled out with BIOS chips soldered on. No removable BIOS chip. Don't know what to do. I tried the "Wincrisis recovery method", no luck !
Could you please help me flashing the BIOS with an external eprom,?
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Bro Chetan, I read about that but I do not have that mechanical knowledge. I heard that these old Thinkpad's were rolled out with BIOS chips soldered on. No removable BIOS chip. Don't know what to do. I tried the "Wincrisis recovery method", no luck !
Could you please help me flashing the BIOS with an external eprom,?
Let me ask my repair guy if that is even possible

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Let me ask my repair guy if that is even possible

Bro Chetan, you have helped me a lot in the past too! You even traveled miles just to help me. I have not even meet you yet personally. Unable to find words, what to say!
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Bro Chetan, you have helped me a lot in the past too! You even traveled miles just to help me. I have not even meet you yet personally. Unable to find words, what to say!
Oh come on man. Don't embarrass me.


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Guys, any idea of reliable service centers in Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata or Mumbai, professionals who can flash this chip physically?
I prefer Chennai as I have a friend there who can receive the laptop in problem and take to that professional. Any help is highly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Bricked Thinkpad

Sent the laptop to Chennai to a friend. I found one RAM INFOTECH, so I will ask my friend to take it there. Have to wait for the result.
A lesson learnt. It was Lenovo's own "system updater" which notified me for a BIOS update and did the flashing through their system updater. Gone kaput!
Have flashed lots of BIOS in the past, but this is the first experience. A good lesson.
Thanks guys, thanks all, especially bro @chetansha !
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