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Updating BIOS on Thinkpad T60 - no battery

2008-11-04, 14:35 PM

I have a Thinkpad T60 Type 2007. Unfortunately my battery no longer works. When I try and update the BIOS using the 'BIOS update utility' version 2.23 an error message appears telling me that I cannot proceed with the BIOS update as my battery is not fully charged (which I am obviously aware of). Is there a way of initiating the BIOS update without a fully charged battery?

 

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

 

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Re: Updating BIOS on Thinkpad T60 - no battery

2008-11-04, 18:11 PM

Hello,

 

unfortunately there is no normal way to update without a full charged battery.

 

 

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Re: Updating BIOS on Thinkpad T60 - no battery

2010-07-31, 20:47 PM

I have the same problems.

 

Is it really impossibile to update the bios without a battery ?

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Re: Updating BIOS on Thinkpad T60 - no battery

2010-08-01, 0:04 AM

 


wrote:

I have the same problems.

 

Is it really impossibile to update the bios without a battery ?


As said, no.

 

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Re: Updating BIOS on Thinkpad T60 - no battery

2010-09-26, 7:55 AM

It should be possible, if we could have the source code of the program.

 

Maybe an old flasher for dos which does not have such check

 

Found a fix here

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Re: Updating BIOS on Thinkpad T60 - no battery

2011-03-17, 3:46 AM

For the t61 lenovo I renamed the $01af000.fl1  to bios.rom and I renamed the $01af000.fl2 to platform.bin.  Then use the winphlash tool that is apart of the bios update download from lenovo (it is in the folder you download).  I browsed to the bios.rom file and ran the update with out problems.  the system rebooted and came up normaly.  I had the same problem with a battery error and this got around it.

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Re: Updating BIOS on Thinkpad T60 - no battery

2011-03-17, 23:56 PM

 


wrote:

It should be possible, if we could have the source code of the program.

 


 

While it most certainly is possible to flash BIOS with no battery installed, it is extremely unsafe to do so.


Interrupt a power supply and your ThinkPad becomes a doorstopper.


I'd buy a cheap used battery if I needed a BIOS flash that bad...beats swapping the planar any day of the week.


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Re: Updating BIOS on Thinkpad T60 - no battery

2011-08-11, 17:10 PM

It worked!

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Re: Updating BIOS on Thinkpad T60 - no battery

2012-07-02, 21:16 PM
jbabe3909's method worked for me.
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Re: Updating BIOS on Thinkpad T60 - no battery

2012-07-04, 15:59 PM

Why would you risk destroying your systemboard, you can buy a used battery, or a generic very cheap. 

 

 

ps. If you insist on taking such risks, then I'd recommend plugging your adapter into a UPS power supply, it only takes a fraction of a second of interrupted power to destroy your board during a bios flash.

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