10-20-2019 05:50 AM
I bought this laptop secondhand, knowing it didn't quite work. But I didn't realise quite how perplexing it would be.
First, the touchpad and keyboard don't work. The caps lock key lights up, but then as soon as the Lenovo logo appears, it turns off, and the keyboard doesn't respond at all.
So, using a usb keyboard and mouse, I formatted the laptop, and put a fresh copy of Windows 10 on it. But then, when it went to restart, it just stopped on the blue restart screen. Everything still worked, I could move the mouse, and it looked like the hard drive was reading something, but four hours later, still no restart. So, I use the power button and hard reset. This leads to a series of problems, where the laptop won't consistently boot. But after a few attempts, I can get into Windows.
Now, from inside Windows, everything seems fine, the system loads quickly, wifi connects. But when I run windows update, it freezes - the system works, but update itself just freezes. When I run Lenovo system update, it stops at 97%. Firefox won't load, but Chrome will.
So, I boot into BIOS. There's a newer version available, so I boot back into Windows, and run Win64 which is supposed to flash the BIOS. But to do that, it needs to reboot the system, which as I said earlier, doesn't happen.
So, in windows, I try to run Phoenix UEFI Winflash, which tells me "Please select the correct BIOS image". I'm using bios.cap from 2WCN42WW from here: https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/no/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/lenovo-v-series-laptops/v510-15ikb/...
So, I figure maybe I can do it from the command prompt, so I use the Windows 10 USB stick and get to the command prompt, run win64.bat, and it still needs to reboot. Which doesn't happen. I also try accessing UEFI from here, which freezes the system.
So, I figure maybe I can do it from FreeDOS. I make a FreeDOS boot USB, run win64.bat and am told the software can't be run from DOS.
So, I figure maybe I can do it from Linux. I install Ubuntu using wubi, and try to boot into it, but after a hefty amount of time on a black screen, I get a bluescreen of death. I try to boot linux from USB, but same problem.
So, I check event viewer to see what's happening when I'm rebooting, and I get this error message:
: The embedded controller (EC) did not respond within the specified timeout period. This may indicate that there is an error in the EC hardware or firmware or that the BIOS is accessing the EC incorrectly. You should check with your computer manufacturer for an upgraded BIOS. In some situations, this error may cause the computer to function incorrectly.
But, I have no idea how to update the BIOS.
Can anyone help me? I'm going slightly mad.