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Paper Tape
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BIOS v40 flash failed on Lenovo Z410. No boot (screen blank). InsydeH20 invalid image firmware!

My Lenovo Z410 came with v37 BIOS dated 2013.

I went to Lenovo website and downloaded and ran 8DCN40WW.exe

Instead of taking normal time to flash, Windows started rebooting after only a couple sec.

 

No bootup. No beep. No Lenovo logo. Power light comes on. Blank screen (no backlight).

 

After 50+ bootup attempts I sometimes get the blue error message at bootup:

InsydeH20 invalid firmware image.

 

After changing RAM positions, and trying the Lenovo "rescue" bootup button, I got a bootup.

CPU-Z still shows the BIOS is V37 (ie it didn't flash). I know I have Secure Boot enabled.

 

So, to fix this I believe I need to force flash the old v37 BIOS image.

 

SUGGESTIONS?

HELP?

Paper Tape
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Re: BIOS v40 flash failed on Lenovo Z410. No boot (screen blank). InsydeH20 invalid image firmware!

Forgot to mention.
I already tried "draining power". IE disassembling my laptop, and disconnecting the battery and AC adapter, and holding power button for 60sec+ many times.

It doesn't fix the issue.

Also, the RAM position etc, obviously has nothing to do with anything. I was able to bootup with exact same 2x DIMM config as originally.
Paper Tape
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Re: BIOS v40 flash failed on Lenovo Z410. No boot (screen blank). InsydeH20 invalid image firmware!

So, after some research, I see there are only 2 (reasonable) options:

 

Try flashing from DOS using USB flash drive:

https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Welcome-FAQs-Knowledge-Base/How-to-flash-InsydeH2O-EFI-under-DOS-enviro...

 

De-solder BIOS chip and reprogram:

http://laptopturn.com/how-to-reprogram-laptop-bios/

Paper Tape
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Re: BIOS v40 flash failed on Lenovo Z410. No boot (screen blank). InsydeH20 invalid image firmware!

My Lenovo Z410 has no POST, blank screen. But, very rarely (50-200 boots), its ok.

I easily wasted 20+ hrs on this.

Here's everything I tried (IE what doesn't work):
- Doesn't matter if powering up using Novo or Power button.
- Doesn't matter if 1 stick of RAM or 2. I tried diff sticks too.
- Tried the discharge many times.
- Tried Load BIOS defaults, disable Secure Boot, flashing in Windows again. Nope.
- Changes BIOS to Legacy mode and USB boot. Made DOS bootable flash drive with fla**bleep**.exe. Fla**bleep** gives not supported AT-p error.
- Tried the Intel DOS Flash utility. Doesn't detect DESCRIPTOR area.
- Used Andy's tool to find the BIOS name, and tried holding Fn+Esc, Fn+R, Fn+F, Fn+B, and Win+B at bootup. Tried all 3 USB ports.

- with battery still disconnected, after about 300+ bootup attempts today, it worked once.

I'M JUST LEAVING IT POWERED ON FOREVER.
Bit Torrent
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Re: BIOS v40 flash failed on Lenovo Z410. No boot (screen blank). InsydeH20 invalid image firmware!

You did not call Technical Support it seems and if you're out of warranty. This should have been updated well within the first year. I always check for update within the first week or two of any new machine and onwards as changes are released.

 

Updating the bios is a propriotory process developed by each manufactures tools. Generic methods may not work.

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Paper Tape
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Re: BIOS v40 flash failed on Lenovo Z410. No boot (screen blank). InsydeH20 invalid image firmware!

if you are a Lenovo employee tripplec, why wont you help - just blame??

I did call. Twice. Its a Lenovo Z410. Its 2017. Obviously out of warranty (1 year typ).

Its up to Lenovo and nobody else to QA their updates work safetly. They failed.
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