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Page on getting coreboot installed on the X201

Opening up the x201


U can use flashrom to backup and write your flash.

flashrom download: https://www.flashrom.org/Downloads

Raspberry PI

Here's how to connect the Raspberry pi GPIO to the chip.

 ===  front (display) ====
 3.3V (pin 17 or pin 1)   N/C          (S)CLK/SCK (pin 23)  MOSI (pin 19)
      |        |             |              |
 dot  |        |             |              |
 CS (pin 24)   MISO (pin 21) N/C           ground (pin 25)
 ===  back (touchpad) ===

The Raspberry PI might not be able to provide enough power for the chip. Find a different 3.3v source, provide PSU-power to the laptop, desolder the chip or improvise.

You can read the flash via (asuming you have the MX25L6445):

./flashrom -p linux_spi:dev=/dev/spidev0.0 -c "MX25L6436E/MX25L6445E/MX25L6465E/MX25L6473E" -r x201-flash.bin

Do this twice and compare files to check for read errors.


  • as per 2016-03-15 the last working coreboot version was: a3e41c089602c58409e8dfd4aceecbdd7d4f4a5b


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