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Chipflasher’s Road towards RYF...

Dear Folks! Zerocat’s Chipflasher has been certified! First ten devices – tagged with the Free Software Foundation’s “Respects-Your-Freedom” (RYF) Certificate – are now available as a Limited Edition. Read the Full Story. See our Shop and help to further fund the project with your purchase!

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Infos and Legal Documents

Legal Documents like Imprint, General Business Conditions, Revocation Guideline and Revocation Form Template can be found at the bottom of this page – along with short infos regarding Jurisdiction, Tax, Shipment Costs & Delivery Time and Payment Options.

Products

ZC-X200 Free Software Laptop #009

GRUB Bootloader as Firmware Payload

GRUB Bootloader as Firmware Payload

Trisquel Login

Trisquel Login

Extended Battery

Extended Battery

Short Introduction

Thinkpad X200 refurbished, blobfree Coreboot 4.7 Firmware, GNU/Linux-libre pre-installed. To improve customer’s security and privacy, the firmware of the integrated Intel Management Engine has been deleted.

Hardware

  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo CPU P8400 @ 2.26GHz x 2
  • RAM: 2x 4GB = 8GB
  • BIOS Chip: Type MX25L6405D, 8MB, SPI
  • Disk: Intel SSD 160GB (SATA, 3.0 Gbps)
  • Grafics: Mobile Intel GM45 Express Chipset
  • Display: TMD-Toshiba LTD121EWVB 12,1 Inches TFT, matte, WXGA (1280x800 Pixel)
  • Keyboard: german (no stickers), with Trackpoint
  • Keyboard Illumination: LED at top of Display
  • WLAN: AzureWave AW-NE773 802.11abgn Half-size Mini PCIe Card
    • Dual Band, up to 300Mbit/s
    • Dual internal Antennas
    • Linux Kernel Driver: ath9k
  • Bluetooth: Integrated Bluetooth Adapter, Broadcom Corp.
  • Webcam: Integrated Lenovo Webcam
  • Fingerprint Sensor: AES2810 AuthenTec

Power

  • Lenovo AC Adapter, 20V, 90W
  • Lithium-Ion-Akku original Lenovo 47++
    • nominal 85Wh
    • Panasonic Cells, Capacity > 80%

Software

The system is ready to go and is using Free Software only. To the extend permitted by law, Free Software comes without any warranty. Use at your own risk.

Inside the BIOS Chip

  • Blobfree Coreboot 4.7 Firmware inside, preflashed by Zerocat!
    • No blacklists for 3rd-party WLAN or Battery
    • No CPU Microcode Updates (Binary Blob)
    • CMOS Option Table: 256MB Shared Video RAM
    • Note: The free firmware might not support all hardware features, yet.
  • GRUB 2.02 Bootloader
  • The Intel Management Engine (IME) Firmware has been deleted.

On Disk

  • Trisquel GNU/Linux-libre 7.0 LTS 64bit Operating System pre-installed and updated
  • The fingerprint sensor can be accessed through the library libfprint0 and the fprint-demo program, which both have been installed. However, using this sensor for authentication is not recommended due to security issues.

Hints and Condition

  • This is second-hand hardware, cleaned and refurbished
  • Corpus: In very good condition
  • TFT-Display: No pixel errors
  • Palm-Rest: small fissure in front right corner; stickers have been removed

Accessoires

ZC-X200 Free Software Laptop #026

GRUB Bootloader as Firmware Payload

GRUB Bootloader as Firmware Payload

Trisquel Login

Trisquel Login

Short Introduction

Thinkpad X200 refurbished, blobfree Coreboot 4.7 Firmware, GNU/Linux-libre pre-installed. To improve customer’s security and privacy, the firmware of the integrated Intel Management Engine has been deleted.

Hardware

  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo CPU P8600 @ 2.4GHz x 2
  • RAM: 2x 4GB = 8GB
  • BIOS Chip: Type MX25L6405D, 8MB, SPI
  • Disk: 160GB HDD (SATA, 7200rpm, 16MB Cache, 3.0 Gbps)
  • Grafics: Mobile Intel GM45 Express Chipset
  • Display: TMD/Toshiba-LTD121EWVB TFT 12.1 Inches, matte, WXGA (1280x800 Pixel)
  • Keyboard: german (no stickers), with Trackpoint
  • Keyboard Illumination: LED on top of Display
  • WLAN: AzureWave AW-NE773 802.11abgn Half-size Mini PCIe Card
    • Dual Band, up to 300Mbit/s
    • Two internal Antennas in use
    • Linux Kernel Driver: ath9k
  • Bluetooth: Integrated Bluetooth Adapter

Power

  • Lenovo AC Adapter, 20V, 90W
  • Lithium-Ion-Akku original Lenovo 47++
    • Type Panasonic 42T4696
    • Nominal 10.8V; 8.7Ah; 94Wh
    • Capacity > 90%

Software

The system is ready to go and is using Free Software only. To the extend permitted by law, Free Software comes without any warranty. Use at your own risk.

Inside the BIOS Chip

  • Blobfree Coreboot 4.7 Firmware inside, preflashed by Zerocat!
    • No blacklists for 3rd-party WLAN or Battery
    • No CPU Microcode Updates (Binary Blob)
    • CMOS Option Table: 256MB Shared Video RAM
    • Note: The free firmware might not support all hardware features, yet.
  • GRUB 2.02 Bootloader
  • The Intel Management Engine (IME) Firmware has been deleted.

On Disk

Hints and Condition

  • This is second-hand hardware, cleaned and refurbished
  • Corpus: In very good condition
  • TFT-Display: No pixel errors
  • Palm-Rest: loose fit at front left edge

Accessoires

Chipflasher “board-edition-1”, Limited Edition (1/10)

RYF-Sticker

Scope of Delivery, Clip included

Scope of Delivery, Clip included

Chipflasher in Action

Chipflasher in Action

Bottom View

Bottom View

Short Introduction

Free-Design SPI-Programmer, Coreboot-Flasher, Libreboot-Flasher.

When it comes to flash a Coreboot or Libreboot device, this chip programmer is the enthusiast’s choice, as it fits perfectly to the spirit of the free software movement.

This programmer is free-design hardware down to chip! Using Parallax’s P8X32A Microcontroller makes that possible for its design files have been published under the General Public License Version 3 (GPLv3).

This device helps you to replace the BIOS code of your laptop and to kick Intel’s Manageability Engine Firmware – free yourself from other people’s business ideas, regain control of your hardware!

RYF-Certified Device, First Series

This product respects User’s Freedom and has been RYF-certified by the Free Software Foundation in May 2018. It is one of ten first handmade devices which will each be shipped in a Personally Signed Container, Limited Edition (10). The elevated price now is intended to help us set up a small scale series production later on.

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) were kindly sponsored by ELMICRO Computer GmbH & Co. KG in Leipzig.

How to Operate the Device

This device is operated by free software only. Free software comes without warranty to the extend permitted by law. You are using the flasher at your own risk.

The proper firmware version v0.4.3 has already been installed. It can be updated by the user at any time.

This device is operated with a computer that has a serial port available and that is running a GNU/Linux operating system. We recommend to use the “ZC-X60 Free Software Laptop” with Docking Station, which we would love to offer you upon request.

Sources and Documentation

Find all sources and documentation freely licensed in the web, thus being able to judge or even build a flasher prototype in advance.

  • More infos on the flasher’s website

  • Get all sources, software and documentation onto your harddisk:

    • $ git clone git://zerocat.org/zerocat/projects/chipflasher
    • $ cd chipflasher
    • $ git checkout board-edition-1
  • Get a clear idea about how to start:

    • $ less doc/README.md

Scope of Delivery

  • One Chipflasher “board-edition-1”, fully populated, RYF-labeled
    • 100x80mm high quality PCB, soldered manually
    • P8X32A free-design microcontroller, socketed
    • handmade acrylic glass cover plate with power switch
  • Y-USB-Cable for 5VDC Power Supply
  • serial RS232 Cable for data transfer between host and flasher
  • SPI Data Cable with connectors for Pomona clip and DIL adapter
  • DIL8 Adapter for socketed BIOS chips
  • Pomona SOIC16 Clip, Model 5252
  • Metal Container for safe packaging with ESD protection, Personally Signed Limited Edition (10)
  • CD with Source Code
  • Product Information

Services

Coreboot/ Libreboot Flash Service

Clock Pulse at BIOS Chip

Clock Pulse at BIOS Chip

Flashing via Clip

Flashing via Clip

Short Introduction

Programming Service for Coreboot or Libreboot BIOS Firmware.

You want to flash your ThinkPad, but don't dare it nor you have time available? We are offering this affordable Coreboot/ Libreboot flash service to you for the following types of machines:

  • Lenovo ThinkPad X230 (Coreboot)
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X220 (Coreboot)
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X200 (Coreboot/ Libreboot)
  • Lenovo/IBM ThinkPad X60s (Coreboot/ Libreboot)
  • Lenovo/IBM ThinkPad X60 (Coreboot/ Libreboot)

We are using Zerocat’s Chipflasher, a free-design Do-it-Yourself tool for everyone, developed by ourselves.

How it works...

Tell us your exact model and type of CPU and RAM-DIMMs so that we can prepare ourselves and can send our job confirmation.

Send your working laptop. We check the device for hardware deficiencies upon reception and are going to flash it within three days. The procedure will be photo-documented in case you want to.

Alternatively, bring your device personally and witness the programming procedure. This endeavor lasts about three hours, preparation and tests included.

  • Venue: Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg), Germany
  • Time: Upon Agreement

Configuration

We avoid to use proprietary blobs within the coreboot image as far as possible, for we want to distribute and support free software only. In detail, the firmware of Intels’s integrated Management Engine will be deleted or at least stripped down (i.e. X220, X230).

Wifi cards and other hardware that is not compatible with free software will be extracted. We replace it by compatible hardware upon request and would love to send you our offer according to current stock status.

Finally, your laptop will boot up with Coreboot/ Libreboot, CMOS option table, GRUB Payload and Zerocat background image.

Booting from disk or USB media will be tested with a standard Trisquel GNU/Linux-libre installation. Changes on your disk are not intended.

Updates

Performing a firmware update will be possible at any time, from then on; an external programming device will not be required.

Hints

  • Microsoft Windows is not compatible and cannot be used as operating system. Upgrade to GNU/Linux!
  • The hardware is not yet fully supported by Coreboot/ Libreboot.
  • Power up from suspend modus (S3) will be tested but cannot be guaranteed for every combination of hardware.

Further Experiments

Help us to improve Zerocat’s Chipflasher and to extend this offer as well! Get in touch with us if curious for experiments on other devices!

Coreboot/ Libreboot Flash Service Extended

Flashing a T400 Sysboard

Flashing a T400 Sysboard

X200s needs Soldering

X200s needs Soldering

Test inbetween

Test inbetween

Short Introduction

Programming Service for Coreboot or Libreboot BIOS Firmware.

You want to flash your ThinkPad, but don't dare it nor you have time available? We are offering this affordable extended Coreboot/ Libreboot flash service to you for the following types of machines:

  • T60 (Coreboot/ Libreboot)
  • T400 (Coreboot/ Libreboot)
  • X200s (Coreboot/ Libreboot)

    • The X200s sysboard requires soldering as the Pomona SOIC Clip won't grip. Note not all hardware variants are compatible with Libreboot.

We are using Zerocat’s Chipflasher, a free-design Do-it-Yourself tool for everyone, developed by ourselves.

How it works...

Tell us your exact model and type of CPU and RAM-DIMMs so that we can prepare ourselves and can send our job confirmation.

Send your working laptop. We check the device for hardware deficiencies upon reception and are going to flash it within three days. The procedure will be photo-documented in case you want to.

Alternatively, bring your device personally and witness the programming procedure. This endeavor lasts about five hours, preparation and tests included.

  • Venue: Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg), Germany
  • Time: Upon Agreement

Configuration

We avoid to use proprietary blobs within the coreboot image as far as possible, for we want to distribute and support free software only. In detail, the firmware of Intels’s integrated Management Engine will be deleted or at least stripped down (i.e. X220, X230).

Wifi cards and other hardware that is not compatible with free software will be extracted. We replace it by compatible hardware upon request and would love to send you our offer according to current stock status.

Finally, your laptop will boot up with Coreboot/ Libreboot, CMOS option table, GRUB Payload and Zerocat background image.

Booting from disk or USB media will be tested with a standard Trisquel GNU/Linux-libre installation. Changes on your disk are not intended.

Updates

Performing a firmware update will be possible at any time, from then on; an external programming device will not be required.

Hints

  • Microsoft Windows is not compatible and cannot be used as operating system. Upgrade to GNU/Linux!
  • The hardware is not yet fully supported by Coreboot/ Libreboot.
  • Power up from suspend modus (S3) will be tested but cannot be guaranteed for every combination of hardware.

Further Experiments

Help us to improve Zerocat’s Chipflasher and to extend this offer as well! Get in touch with us if curious for experiments on other devices!

Customer Information