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T470p firmware upgrade from Linux Ubuntu 18.04

2018-10-08, 23:52 PM

Hi,

 

I'm trying (unsuccesfully) to apply the latest firmware upgrade (1.18) to my T470p laptop, using the only OS I have: Ubuntu 18.04. I tried downloading the CD ISO (r0fuj18wd.iso), flashing it to a USB pen, but the laptop refuses to reboot from there.

Further notes:

-) from BIOS: I restored defaults, and I also secure boot; my current firmware is 1.17

-) I tried both flashing the .iso directly to the USB flash (that shows up as /dev/sda), using dd or other USB flashing tools (even unetbootin from a Windows laptop), and also to create a FAT32 or FAT16 partition, then flash into /dev/sda1, setting also the bootable flag on the partition with fdisk

The result has consistently been the same: when I reboot, after selecting boot menu and temporary boot device, I choose the USB drive, but it doesn't boot anything from there. On a related note, when I insert the USB disk, I see an empty disk labelled "R0FET44U".

Is there anyone who succesfully managed to install such a firmware upgrade from Linux and might have a useful hint ?

 

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Re: T470p firmware upgrade from Linux Ubuntu 18.04

2018-10-09, 0:08 AM

From what I have read, some USB / thumb drives just don't work properly.

(sounds stupid I know ... but ........................)

 

So my suggestion would be to write the image to several other "diverse" thumb drives and try them.........

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Re: T470p firmware upgrade from Linux Ubuntu 18.04

2018-10-09, 0:48 AM

Just hucking the ISO at a flash drive, or unpacking it to a flash drive, doesn't yield a usable result.


There are ways to make a flash drive that will do what you want using geteltorito.  Google "update thinkpad bios from usb" if you want to go that way.

 

These days Lenovo provides tools to do what you want, but you'll need a Windows machine or VM to get there:  Update ThinkPad BIOS with bootable flash drive

 

It looks like there's also a direct Linux solution via the Linux Vendor Firmware Service.  The T470p is on the list.  I haven't tried that method.

 

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Re: T470p firmware upgrade from Linux Ubuntu 18.04

2018-10-09, 1:07 AM

the machines do not work well with Linux, so install windows and the BIOS update should work fine

 

I own: T400 T500 X220 X230 all running Windows 10 Professional
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Re: T470p firmware upgrade from Linux Ubuntu 18.04

2018-10-09, 12:11 PM

 

take a look at the geteltorito script. It extract the boot image from the downloaded bios iso image.

Than dd  the boot image to an empty usb thumb drive.

 

update:  sorry,  I've missed the part where Z. already mentioned geteltorito in his answer.

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Re: T470p firmware upgrade from Linux Ubuntu 18.04

2018-10-09, 13:11 PM
"direct Linux solution via the Linux Vendor Firmware Service. The T470p is on the list. I haven't tried that method."

THIS ONE WORKED IMMEDIATELY! So many hours wasted trying to flash that .iso, d..n!

The only glitch is that, when you click on the ".cab" file, and then click the "Install" button, it seems that nothing happened, but the firmware upgrade actually happens at the very next reboot!
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