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Update BIOS with Linux

2017-11-23, 8:56 AM

How can we update the BIOS if we are running Linux please? All the available downloads for BIOS only run on Windows!

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Re: Update BIOS with Linux

2017-11-23, 10:03 AM

This is why a lot of Linux users still duel boot Windows just for such tasks. Search around and find a Linux app that creates a bootable image that allows you to install the Bios image. https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Flashing_BIOS_from_Linux

This site should get you started on how to do it. 

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Re: Update BIOS with Linux

2017-11-23, 10:35 AM

Thanks,

That would work if Lenovo provided a BIOS image that we can install with other software, but they only provide a Windows executable file that I can't extract the image from.

 

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Re: Update BIOS with Linux

2017-11-23, 10:55 AM

Most PC makers do not support Linux very well, just not popular enough to spend resources on it. Can't help you much more, I know some have found ways to push the bios updates through Linux maybe with Wine or some other emulation.

I never had to go that route always booted Windows along with Linux. Best of luck

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Re: Update BIOS with Linux

2017-11-23, 16:21 PM

 

Is there a specific laptop you're asking about?  Newer model ThinkPad BIOS releases include a mechanism for making a bootable flash drive.  It's in the Windows executable so may need a Win machine or VM to extract:

 

Update ThinkPad BIOS with Bootable Flash Drive

 

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Re: Update BIOS with Linux

2018-07-14, 0:12 AM

This is a BIOS update, there should be no reason to need Windows for this. You can package it for Windows users to make it easier for them, but to leave Linux without the unpackaged files is just lazy on Lenovo's end and makes me not want to buy from them next time.

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Re: Update BIOS with Linux

2018-09-10, 3:42 AM

Lenovo is really going down the crapper (disabling virtualization, Windows-only BIOS updates, etc.). They clearly have no concern for their customers.  I'm done with them.

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Re: Update BIOS with Linux (FreeDOS)

2018-10-31, 3:00 AM

Use FreeDOS to update BIOS. Though I would suggest familiarizing yourself by first installing FreeDOS on Virtualbox. For a more detailed explanation, this post at linuxinsight.com explains fully.

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Re: Update BIOS with Linux

2018-11-03, 18:34 PM

Lenovo is supporting https://fwupd.org/ now - so you can do native firmware updates under Linux (on newer machines)

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Re: Update BIOS with Linux

2019-12-23, 18:53 PM

Lenovos behavior is quite disappointing in this regard. The Linux Vendor Firmware Service is not working on Ideapads nor does Lenovo care to release a BIOS update that can be used with another operating system than Windows. That's one crappy move.

 

However, for those who have Linux running on their notebooks and need to update the BIOS, here's one solution:

 

1) Download Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft - This can be downloaded for free

2) Get an app which allows you to create a mobile Windows installation - I used Win2USB

3) Install Microsoft Windows to an USB stick with Win2USB or similar apps - Needs a 32GB stick at least

4) Boot from the USB stick - This takes a while for the first boot. The first boot actually didn't work for me so I tried once more. Second run was succesful then.

5) After Windows started you can run the BIOS update file as administrator

6) BIOS update gets flashed and the notebook restarts itself

7) After restart the BIOS update gets finished and the notebook restarts once more. You can unplug the USB stick now and boot into your Linux.

 

Additional information: The BIOS update set all settings back to default. If this happens to you too you, Linux will not boot unless you set the SSD back to AHCI mode.

 

Such a hassle. Shame on Lenovo, this is just lame. Plain and simple as that.

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