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EFI Firmware or IRST driver in Linux (nvme, mdadm) broken.

Q: EFI Firmware or IRST driver in Linux (nvme, mdadm) broken.

I would make a statement with good confidence that either the P70/Xeon EFI firmware or Intel's RST Matrix driver (md raid) is broken. It is not possible to run 2 Nvme drives in RAID on Linux on the P70. None of the Linux distributions I tried (Redhat, CentOS, Arch) seems to be able to see the the disk array. RST & Nvme modules and Nvme-CLI are loaded, but mdadm and nvme-cli are unable to see the array. Everything seems to work, as long as the SATA controller is NOT put into RAID mode. Bummer. Hardware:P70/Xeon(EFI 2.12) + 2x Intel 6000p Nvme (FW1.0)

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Preferred Solution: EFI Firmware or IRST driver in Linux (nvme, mdadm) broken.

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)


There is a new firmware release (FWNV15) for the NVMe SSD of the X1 Carbon 5th. I'm wondering if there is a way to perform the upgrade on a machine with no Windows installed on the internal SSD?
I've installed Ubuntu on the NVMe SSD and have a external USB Drive with Windows 10.
I tried to run the Firmware Update Utility on the "external" Windows 10 but no luck so far. Windows reboots and after it's up again the utility just shows some generic error message.
Also, there doesn't seem to be a booteable ISO.
Any recommendations on how to upgrade the firmware with my setup?
Moderator Note: Edited subject to match content.

A:Upgrade NVMe SSD firmware to FWNV15 (X1 Carbon 5th Gen) on Linux

The upgrade utility sometimes fails before it reboots windows with a message like "can't initializie linux system". So I investigated further and found that the updater in fact is an ELF binary  $ file fwupdater_i686_Win10_LPMoff
fwupdater_i686_Win10_LPMoff: ELF 32-bit LSB executable, Intel 80386, version 1 (SYSV), dynamically linked, interpreter /lib/ld-linux.so.2, for GNU/Linux 3.8.13, not stripped Which also seems to be pretty easy to use: $ ./fwupdater_i686_Win10_LPMoff
PROGRESS --- start firmware update.
Usage ./fwupdater_i686_Win10_LPMoff <Model> <Serial> <Firmware> [Option]
Model : Drive Model Name.(Mandatory)
Serial : Drive Serial Number.(Mandatory)
Firmware : Firmware Image file path.(Mandatory)
Option : Additional Option string starts with `-'.(Optional)
PROGRESS --- completed with status(8). And the necessary info which firmware to use is in a file called fwwinsd.pro: $ cat fwwinsd.pro
"THNSF5512GPUK TO","5KLA5102","5KLA5104","TINYCORE","fwupdater_i686_Win10_LPMoff","5KLA5104_NVME.sig","L","TOSHIBA"
"THNSF5512GPUK TO","5KLA5103","5KLA5104","TINYCORE","fwupdater_i686_Win10_LPMoff","5KLA5104_NVME.sig","L","TOSHIBA" However, I'm not absolutely convinced I'm brave enough to run this utility  Is anyone from Lenovo in this forum who is willing to confirm my findings?

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I boot up the Win 7 using USB device and now i could not proceed further
to install win 7 , since it could not find the   PC300 nvme sk hynix m.2 SSD , so
i need the driver files which comes with extension as .inf,  .sys,  .cat. to detect the  hard drive. Please help.

Sathish S

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Hi guys!

Trying to get a software RAID-1 array to work the way I want it to...

I'm using the program mdadm to create my array

I use this program because it's under development and supports a feature to send a mail when something goes wrong in the array...

I used this command to create the array:

# mdadm --create --verbose /dev/md0 --level=1 --raid-devices=2 /dev/sda /dev/sdbClick to expand...

That works just fine, the array is created and the mirror made (takes a while of course)

When it's done the array is started...

But if I shut down my server and then start it again the array will not automatically start...

So I need to manually give it this command:

# mdadm -A /dev/md0 /dev/sda /dev/sdbClick to expand...

However I would want this to happen automatically... (I assume the array should also be stopped when the server is shutdown/restarted?)

I could of course just add it to the same file I use to start apache and everything else but I'm not sure that is the right thing to do...

I.e. what runlevel would be the right one to initiate it on?

Keep in mind that I'm a total newbie to Linux, this is being done on a Red Hat 9 test server but when successfull will also be implemented on the Techspot server running RH7.3...

I guess what I'm really looking for is a guide on this(a book perhaps?) i.e. you should do it like this and that because of that and that...

A:mdadm (software RAID in Linux)

I would add the line "mdadm -A /dev/md0 /dev/sda /dev/sdb" to a file called raidinit. Place the file in the /bin directory & mark it as "exectutable".

Then it's only a matter of doing a symbolic link of the file to the different directories in /etc/rc.d/ that correspond to runlevel 1 to 5.

To do so, type the command "ln -s /bin/raidinit /etc/rc.d/rc1.d/raidinit" to add the raidinit to the startup of the Runlevel 1.

I believe you also mentionned a command to properly shutdown the RAID array ( "mdadm -A /dev/md0 /dev/sda /dev/sdb" ).

Create a file called raidshutdown & copy it to the bin directory & then do a symbolic link to the /etc/rc.d/rc0.d/ & /etc/rc.d/rc6.d/ ( 0 = Shutdown, 6 = Reboot ).

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up until windows preview build 14986, the pcie driver "Mobile 6th Generation Intel(R) Processor Family I/O PCI Express Root Port #5 - 9D14" (v10.1.1.27) correctly detects the "Standard NVM Express Controller" storage controller and the Toshiba THNSN5512GPU7 NVMe disk attached to it. starting with windows preview build 15002 (and 15007), the included pcie driver has troubles detecting the storage controller - during bootup, it is detected 4 times, with each time on a different device id. subsequently, the drive is also added 4 times, resulting in boot controller errors & timeouts and failed sleep mode/shutdowns. the included chipset driver in these latest builds seem to have been bumped to v10.1.1.33. the problem can easily be replicated by using unmodified recovery boot usb sticks made from the official isos, and then checking in a recovery console. it is thus not related to anything installed in my system.

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My Samsung NVME SSD MZVPV256 has firmware 2L6QBXW7, I want to update it to the newest vesion 6L6QBXW7. However,  the update utility only allows SSD with original firmware version 5L6QBXW7 to update; can I manually change the checking parameter in fwwinsd.pro (it is a plain text file) and proceed the update? will i brick my SSD??

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Hi, For my ThinkPad P51, the firmare update fails. It will show an update, and reboot into a black screen. I must then hard power off the machine, and then it reboots into a failure message (screenshot attached). I am running the Intel RST driver, BitLocker off, no BIOS/HDD password. Might mention I am running Win 10 17134. I have tried disabling my Antivirus (ESET).   

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Hello, I bought my P50 in October 2016. It has a SAMSUNG 961 OEM NVMe SSD (SAMSUNG MZVKW1T0HMLH-0000). The Firmware version is CXA7100Q (the drive shipped with this firmware). Since a few weeks I'm experiencing slow performance issues (Windows 10 Pro, 1803). Reinstalling didn't help. There have been some throttling issues as well which is a known bug of the firmware my drive has:https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/samsung-sm961-ssd,4608-5.html. This issue has been resolved in a later firmware version. There are newer firmware versions out (the latest at the time of this writing seems to be 7L6QCXA7) but the P50 NVMe Firmware update utility does not include this firmware for the 1 TB version of this drive (only for models up to 512 MB).   Is there any way to obtain the latest firmware for the 1TB version/are there any plans to include the 1 TB model firmware in one of the upcoming FWNVxx firmware update utility versions for the P50 model? Regards, Marcel

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Sometime in the last week a firmware update came out for nvme drives on the p50 from Lenovo. I tried installing it, but it refuses to update the firmware. Here's the process: Run fwwinsd.exe - which is a Windows appit Finds drive - strangely enough it shows a serial number of all zeroesI tell it do the updateit reboots into tiny linux or something like thatat this point it can't find the firmware image to updatesystem reboots and I see the following windows dialog Update FailedFirware update was not processed because software condition is not ready to update due to some reason. Model: SAMSUNG MZVKV512Serial #:0000_0000_0000_0000Firmware: 6L0Q I also tried putting the installer on a USB thumbdrive but I get the same result. This is probably a case of "if it isn't broke..." but it is not how I roll.  Any ideas on how this updater is supposed to work? Brad

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There is a new firmware release (FWNV15) for the NVMe SSD of the X1 Carbon 5th. I'm wondering if there is a way to perform the upgrade on a machine with no Windows installed on the internal SSD? I've installed Ubuntu on the NVMe SSD and have a external USB Drive with Windows 10. I tried to run the Firmware Update Utility on the "external" Windows 10 but no luck so far. Windows reboots and after it's up again the utility just shows some generic error message. Also, there doesn't seem to be a booteable ISO. Any recommendations on how to upgrade the firmware with my setup?

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I have X1C5 with INTEL SSDPEKKF256G7L 256GB running linux. I am not sure if it matters, but I have FAT32 ESP and root Ext4 partition encrypted with LVM on LUKS. My current firmware version is 118P. I'd like to install latest SSD firmware via nvme-cli as described here. I downloaded fwnv28 (but also tried fwnv16) zip archive, used nvme fw-download pointing to the NVME_End2End_Lenovo_256_dvt_OPAL_Encrypt_and_Signature.bin binary with successful result (Firmware download success). However I cannot commit (does not work with --action 1 or 2); it fails with The firmware image specified for activation is invalid and not loaded by the controller (107).Any idea why? Any recommendation? Many thanks.

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Hello everyone, I see there is an updated firmware for Samsung PM961 512GB NVMe SSD model "MZVLW512". Here is the link: https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/gb/en/products/LAPTOPS-AND-NETBOOKS/THINKPAD-T-SERIES-LAPTOPS/THINKPAD-... Does anyone know whether this update is valid for "SAMSUNG MZVLW512HMJP-000L7"? I ask this because I tried to install this update but failed. This updater said there is no update firmware for this SSD. Currently, the firmware of this SSD is "5L7QCXY7". Any suggestions? Thanks in advance. Regards,CnZhx

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hi everybody i need to update my SSD firmware but i don't find anything on toshiba site or hp site. how can i update it? thanks a lot

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My X1 Yoga has a SAMSUNG MZVPV256 SSD Tried to install the NVMe firmware update from here: http://support.lenovo.com/gb/en/products/Laptops-and-netbooks/ThinkPad-X-Series-laptops/ThinkPad-X1-... It boots Linux however at some point it can't find the folder.When Windows started again, it ran FWLINBRDG automatically. This one shows the following error: 

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I noticed a huge performance drag after updating the firmware and drivers of my XPS 15 9550. The update took place on August 4, 2016.
Performance of my usual apps (Chrome, development tools and IDE, etc.) went dramatically down. Typically, I would say things take about 3 times longer to happen. I checked CPU usage (normal) as well as memory consumption (also normal) to find out that the issue comes from the SSD drive.
On this laptop: 500Gb NVMe thnsn5512gpu7 NV (toshiba). Attached are the results of a benchmark run with AS SSD. All write speeds are abysmal, to say the least... that explains a lot, but I have no idea how to solve that issue, and whether or not it is really related to the latest firmware+drivers update shipped by Dell.
(Note: I checked the BIOS, it seems that the SSD is currently configured in RAID mode. Never touched that option before.)
Any idea? Other users impacted in a similar way. Thanks in advance.

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Hey,  After I do the  NVMe  SSD Firmware Update FWSD47, the machine go to reboot and after that dosn't go on to WIN10 and also dosn't have the option to enter bios, it's stuck like the photo 

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I'm having issues installing linux on my second NVMe drive because of this bug: https://ask.fedoraproject.org/en/question/128422/one-of-two-identical-m2-nvme-drives-disabling-due-t... This is a known issue with Intel's firmware and they have issued an update:https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/28320/Known-Issue-Intel-SSD-760p-Pro-7600p-Series-SubNQN-C... However, the NVMe Firmware Update Utility seems to not include this most recent version. Is there any timetable for when this will be merged in to Lenovo's firmware? I've read that if the drive comes from an OEM like Lenovo we should wait until they issue their own firmware -Gabe 

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Ran the update, computer rebooted. none of the info displayed during the reboot/update process indicated there were any errors. When Windows started again, it ran FWLINBRDG automatically. This one shows the following error: I don't think I have the HDD password enabled. Where would I check for that? Or is this error unrelated to the HDD password (which I am not sure is set)?

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I've read dozens of pages and searched and could not find anything to help. I have a p50 (Xeon ECC nvme SSDs) 1) If I use the Intel RST raid linux fails to see any devices for installation. - Doesn't really bother me because lvm striping is probably fast enough for me. I just wanted to mention it. 2) If I install Qubes, Fedora, Ubuntu, they fail to boot. - I've tried with EFI only, or both/EFI first and both/Legacy First. - rEFInd works fine from the usb and allows me to boot the installed OS as expected. - rEFInd does not work if I install it to the nvme EFI partition. - Boot-Repair does not make the system bootable. I am considering ordering a small 2.5" SSD and the SATA cable and use it for the EFI only if it will work. I'm having trouble decoding the part number. I believe this is the "right" drive that the original disk comes in, but the threads I found have been people searching for the other cable.  3) If anyone knows the correct part number to order for the SATA drive cable for the bay next to the nvme drives I have installed, I would appreciate that! - Is this the kit I need to install the SATA hard drive in the bay next to the NVMe drives?- http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/itemdetails/4XB0L63274/460/7EF7D50A5A7047049A355BF42AAF3C5C#overview

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Hi all, this is a Linux only maschine and I'm trying to flash the internal SSD to latest firmware:M710s, 16GB RAM, Ubuntu 18.10 with kernel 5.0.0-050000rc5-genericSSD SAMSUNG MZVLW256HEHP-000L7 with FIRMWARE 4L7QCXB7nvme version 1.7 I have downloaded fwsddt03.exe - extracted with innoexctract:$ ls -l
insgesamt 9176
-rw-rw-r-- 1 rtraut rtraut 1048576 Nov 16 12:50 5L1QCXB7.bin
-rw-rw-r-- 1 rtraut rtraut 1048576 Jan 20 2018 5L7QCXB7_NF_ENC.bin
-rw-rw-r-- 1 rtraut rtraut 1048576 Jan 20 2018 7L7QCXY7_NF_ENC.bin
-rw-rw-r-- 1 rtraut rtraut 2584239 Mär 17 2017 nvmeredrive_v2_2_3_3_x86
-rw-rw-r-- 1 rtraut rtraut 3664896 Feb 8 2018 RaidFWUpdate_V1_1_6.exe
$ sudo nvme id-ctrl /dev/nvme0 | grep fr
fr : 4L7QCXB7
frmw : 0x16
$ sudo nvme fw-download /dev/nvme0 --fw=5L1QCXB7.bin
Firmware download success
$ sudo nvme fw-commit /dev/nvme0 --slot=0 --action=2
NVME Admin command error:FIRMWARE_SLOT: The firmware slot indicated is invalid or read only. This error is indicated if the firmware slot exceeds the number supported(2106)
$ sudo nvme fw-commit /dev/nvme0 --slot=0 --action=1
NVME Admin command error:FIRMWARE_IMAGE: The firmware image specified for activation is invalid and not loaded by the controller(2107)Does anybody know why it fails?Am I using the wrong firmware for the drive? ThxRainer

A:M710s nvme SSD flash under Linux fails

I'm getting closer: $ sudo nvme fw-commit /dev/nvme0 --slot=1 --action=2
Success activating firmware action:2 slot:1, but firmware requires conventional resetBut after reboot the firmware is still the same old one:$ sudo nvme id-ctrl /dev/nvme0 | grep fr
fr : 4L7QCXB7
frmw : 0x16And I cannot activate it like the manpage example:$ sudo echo 1 > /sys/class/nvme/nvme0/device/reset
bash: /sys/class/nvme/nvme0/device/reset: Keine Berechtigung

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I am looking to addd EM7455 4G module and NVME bracket from T470p to put M.2 Samsung 960 Pro. My question is whether I can have both of this, or they use same lines and slots? I am using linux. Also, I need poiner for correct part number of NVME bracket. Thanks in advance. 

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Hello, I think this is a Intel RST driver issue. When I'm trying to install Ubuntu 18.04 on a BIOS created RAID-0 array with two NVMe M.2, the installation cannot find the raid array. When using two SATA drives - it works flawlessly. Is there a way to solve this issue? Any driver I can update in the Ubuntu installation? Please help! 

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Hello I need help  with the utility to update the firmware of the ssd of my T470 "NVMe Solid State Drive Firmware Update Utility for Windows 10 (64-bit), 7 (64-bit) - ThinkPad". Error: Tested with Lenovo Compagnion, Lenovo Vantage and the utility from the Lenovo support center download. Any ideas ? Thanks  Jenny   

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Hi, what is the RAID controller on the P51, and where to find drivers for it for Windows 10, Linux and VMware? (I could only find a user, on some forum, posting driver for Windows 10, but I prefer to download them from the source).

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I'm running a T440s with two type A02 Ultra Docks. My OS is Linux Mint (currently 18.3, shortly to be 19.3). I have one dock (manufactured 14/06) with out of date firmware that I'd like to update to see if it resolves a problem (flickering display when laptop reconnects -- I've been using a KVM switch with two laptops). The newer dock is a replacement which hasn't exhibited the problem. It may be a hardware fault but would like to try a firmware upgrade. How can I do this? (ie., without re-installing Windows just to run this) My laptop doesn't undock properly -- I get a blank screen on both laptop and monitor. I know of but haven't tried the dockd solution available from github; I'll wait until I've tried a newer Linux kernel first. It would be helpful to know from now on what minimum kernel release is required for docking station functionality to work.

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Dear ALLHow I could install the firmware sp64611.exe, in a COMPAC-Presario-CQ57-421SS, with LinuxMInt installed?Best regards

A:install firmware in Linux

@efueyo Basically, you can't -- which is why many of us retain dual-boot systems -- because most, if not all, of the system utilities provided by manufacturers run ONLY in Windows. HP distributes their utilities as compressed archives -- and the only tool I know of personally that can extract the components is 7-ZIP -- another Windows utility. If you CAN extract the components, you can see what they are, but most likely, the only executable parts are going to be MS Windows only.

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Does anyone have any infomation regarding Lenovo's plans for extending their support of LVFS to ThinkCentre machines? ThinkPads and ThinkStations are becoming well-represented but it seems as if Lenovo is intentionally choosing to ignore Linux users who choose ThinkCentre.

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I'm running CentOS 7 on E7470, and a few of the devices aren't working, like smart card reader, fingerprint reader, etc. According to some sources, deploying the latest ControlVault firmware/drivers package may fix some of those.
The native installer is built for Windows, and I was wondering if it'd be possible to do the upgrade by either booting a Windows portable/live version and running the upgrade, or, copying the installer to a USB and doing an upgrade in the way it's done with BIOS upgrades on Linux?
Perhaps LVFS? (Although compiling that on CentOS 7 is not really straight forward)

A:E7470 firmware upgrade on Linux

Here's another (risky?) idea: There's a Windows 10 VM running on top of libvirt/KVM, and I can do USB passthru of Broadcom 5880. Driver isn't applied by default, so I'm tempted to try how wrong might things go if I were to install ControlVault2 firmware and drivers for these devices as they're passed thru to the VM.
Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.

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Hello, I received the mail from Lenovo about the Thunderbolt Software and Firmware updates but from the documentation[1], I see the software update is only available for Windows 10. Is Linux affected? Should I update only the firmware? [1] https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/it/en/solutions/ht508988

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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 fdiskThe 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 ? Thanks!

A:T470p firmware upgrade from Linux Ubuntu 18.04

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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Is there any way to read out version of firmware on wd15 docking station from linux?
Is there any way to update firmware of the wd15 docking station from linux or bios?
Does instruction https://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/19/SLN171755/updating-the-dell-bios-in-linux-and-ubuntu-environments?lang=EN
work for wd15 firmwares or is that only for laptop bios?
if instruction works do I need to use seperate wd15 firmware
or one bundled with windows driver package

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I own a S440 and I like to upgrade the firmware for the Seagate SHDD ( http://support.lenovo.com/de/en/products/Laptops-and-netbooks/ThinkPad-S-Series-laptops/ThinkPad-S44...) There is no bootable iso or anything I can use directly. At least I need the correlation between the extracted *.LOD files and the compatibles HDD. Seagte does not have any further information about this firmware upgrade. (https://apps1.seagate.com/downloads/request.html  , Part Number: 1EJ162-073) I guess some OEM restrictions.FreeDOS did not work. with this guide you could at least try to flash the firmware under *nix:https://github.com/jandelgado/general/wiki/Firmware-update-of-Seagate-harddisk-using-Linux Which firmware file do I need? (ST500LM000-SSHD-8GB)Why lenovo do not release at least a bootable WinPE for flashing firmwares?

Thinkpad T500 2082-52gHDD changed into SAMSUNG HM500LIMicrosoft Windows 6.1 Built 7600 - Windows 7

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I am running Ubuntu 19.10 on a recently-purchased X1 Extreme gen 2. The installed BIOS version is 1.26. I looked in the Drivers & Software page and I see that 1.27 was released on 29 October. However, running `fwupdmgr --get-updates` says "No upgrades for 20QVCTO1WW System Firmware, current is 0.1.26: 0.1.23=older, 0.1.23=older". How long does it usually take for firmware updates to be available via fwupdmgr? Should I manually update? I downloaded the BIOS Update Utility for Linux and the README. The directions in the README are clear, but nowhere do I see the 20QVCTO1WW ID mentioned above and want to make sure that I have the correct files. The BIOS Update Utility download is called `n2oul06w.zip` and contains 3 CAB files: N2OET40P.cab, N2OET40W.cab and N2OHT32W.cab. Is this the right file? Which one should I apply? Thanks in advance,-Mario.

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Hello, maybe someone can help me out with the problem I have upgrading the firmware of my T470s. The installed version is 1.11 (from June 2017, I think.). It runs archlinux and is no dual boot system i.e. there is no windows version on it anymore. I have learned that one of the usual ways to update is using the tool fwupdmgr. When I run the tool with "fwupdmgr update", the output is "No releases found for device: Not compatible with firmware version 0.1.11, requires >= 0.1.14" Maybe it is possible to install the current system firmware (which is 1.33) directly with "fwupdmgr install <xyz>.cab", but I don't dare to do so because I don't want to brick the hardware. So my question is: Can this be done savely and if not, is there any other way to upgrade the firmware without using windows? Thanks and kind regards

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A warning for X1C6 users on Linux. With the latest Intel Management Engine Firmware update, versioned, S3 sleep is broken. The system will drain a fully charged battery in a matter of hours under the new firmware, and it is impossible to downgrade the firmware. This is with the "Linux" sleep state option enabled in BIOS, and everything was working correctly before the upgrade. Lenovo, please address this issue and ensure proper QA for your Linux user base going forward - this is unacceptable.

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I am trying to upgrade my current BIOS (1.21) on my p51s running ubuntu 18.04.2.  to the current 1.38  (n1vet48w.cab).  When I follow the instructions in the readme here https://download.lenovo.com/pccbbs/mobiles/n1vet48w.txt  of using fwupdmgr install n1vet48w.cab I get "No supported devices found"or if I try fwupdate -lfrom insided the extraced cab file, it returns noting. What am I missing?  How do I upgrade the firmware on my laptop?  

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Anybody any clue as to how to perform the update under [email protected]: please bear in mind that not all your customers run Microsoft... support for Linux systems would be much appreciated! https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/nl/en/products/LAPTOPS-AND-NETBOOKS/THINKPAD-X-SERIES-LAPTOPS/THINKPAD-...

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In the past, I've found that a broken mp3 player's hard drive can come in handy as an external if you can find an adapter/enclosure to fit it.
Recently, my friend's iPod ended up broken, so I decided to try it with the HDD that was in it.
HDD: toshiba mk8010gah
So here's the issue: I tried erasing/formatting the drive with Windows 7, XP, and OS X.
XP doesn't even list the drive in the disc manager, but still lists it under hardware manager. Windows 7 lists it in hardware manager, but can't format or erase. OS X recognizes it and sees its size/model etc, but can't erase.
I've done a lot of digging, and read that even HDDGURU's Wipe Tool and Atola's HDD Capacity Restore aren't effective. Apparently Apple has put an HPA/DCO on the drive, and then special firmware... and the only way to remove this is with special hardware.
Any ideas or thoughts?
I'd like to find a hard drive firmware repair tool that I can buy online, but it seems most companies only list product info on their sites (no online buying option).

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Hi, since a couple of weeks, system update prompts me to update my NVMe disk firmware. It downloads and runs Lenovo Storage Device Firmware Update Utility, but it always fails with the same error: Update Failed: Firmware update FAILED! RC=0x1 Stopped by a device reason.  This happens to me with the last version of the firmware update toot (FWNV29), but also has happened to me with previous versions. Also, downloading FWNV29 and running it independently from system update leads to the same error. Can someone help? Thanks. The log from fwwinsd.exe (fwwinsd.log) shows the following:[2019/03/27 07:47:09]: CFWWinDlg::OnInitDialog - IN
[2019/03/27 07:47:09]: CFWWinDlg::OnInitDialog - OS : Windows 6.2 Build 9200
[2019/03/27 07:47:09]: CFWWinDlg::OnInitDialog - Current path : C:\Users\fpiris\Desktop\FWNV29
[2019/03/27 07:47:09]: CFWWinDlg::openProfile - IN - fwwinsd.pro
[2019/03/27 07:47:09]: CFWWinDlg::OnInitDialog - Profile verified to exist
[2019/03/27 07:47:09]: CFWWinDlg::disableAutoODDPowerOffFeature - IN
[2019/03/27 07:47:09]: CFWWinDlg::disableAutoODDPowerOffFeature - Open registry key : Software\Lenovo\PWRMGRV\Data
[2019/03/27 07:47:09]: CFWWinDlg::displayDrives - IN
[2019/03/27 07:47:09]: CATADrivesScanner::scan - IN
[2019/03/27 07:47:09]: CATADrivesScanner::cleanUp - IN
[2019/03/27 07:47:09]: CATADrivesScanner::enumerateDevice - IN : GUID=0x53f56307
[2019/03/27 07:47:09]: CATADrivesScanner::enumerateDevice - Device info se... Read more

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