NOTE: Internal flashing (from vendor firmware) to Libreboot is possible, on this board, but the steps are a bit more complex than using an external flasher. See: internal ivybridge flashing
Read the Ivybridge/Haswell common guide if you want more information. All of the following instructions assume that you’ve cloned lbmk and are operating from the root of that project. To do so, run
git clone https://codeberg.org/libreboot/lbmk cd lbmk
You can now follow the rest of the instructions.
You must patch the release rom with the necessary blobs and then flash it to your board.
Lbmk includes a script that will automatically inject the necessary blobs into a rom file. The script can determine the board automatically if you have not changed the name, but you can also manually set the board name with the
In order to inject the necessary blobs into a rom image, run the script from the root of lbmk and point to the rom image. Run the injection script pointing to the release archive you downloaded:
./update blobs inject /path/to/libreboot-20230319-18-g9f76c92_t440_12mb.tar.xz
The script can automatically detect the board as long as you do not change the file name. You can then find flash-ready ROMs in
Alternatively, you may patch only a single rom file. For example:
./update blobs inject -r x230_libreboot.rom -b x230_12mb
Optionally, you can use this script to modify the mac address of the rom with the
-m flag. For example:
./update blobs inject -r x230_libreboot.rom -b x230_12mb -m 00:f6:f0:40:71:fd
NOTE: this makes use of
nvmutil, which you can read more about in the nvmutil documentation.
You can use
dd to easily split your rom into the two separate portions for external flashing.
dd if=libreboot.rom of=top.rom bs=1M skip=8 dd if=libreboot.rom of=bottom.rom bs=1M count=8
Flash the top chip with top.rom, and tho bottom chip with bottom.rom. Don’t worry about knowing which chip is which on a standard setup; flashrom will let you know if the image size is incorrect for the chip you’re flashing.
Start by removing the battery. Remove every screw from the bottom of the machine marked with a keyboard/touchpad indicator.
Pry up the keyboard and separate it from the palmrest.
Unplug the ribbon cable from the palmrest and pry it off as well.
Pull up the protective cover to reveal the two soic chips for flashing.
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