Bricked Clevo N150RD after EC Update

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  1. Kecelam

    Kecelam Newbie

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    Hi guys,
    Unfortunately, something went wrong after the EC flashing. Are there any recovery steps at this point or should I dump it? :-(

    Story behind:
    The laptop was running fine, but there were some chassis problems around like broken chassis, sturdy hinges, cracks, etc. So I decided to fix them. I disassemble the laptop, changed the thermal paste and test whether it is working. Everything was fine and running. In the meantime of the case fixing, I decided to update the BIOS as it has the older version of it: BIOS 1.05.01.

    So I downloaded the latest files here: https://repo.palkeo.com/clevo-mirror/N1xxRD/ > 1.05.15 B0515.zip and 1.05.04 E0504.zip

    I wanted to update the EC firmware 1.05.04 first, so I did that via USB and FreeDOS. And after the update, the laptop won't turn on. If I plug the AC cord in, the Power button LED lights. Nothing happens if I click the button. If I hold it for like 20 seconds, it turns off and lit again. On battery only, Power button LED is off, when I click it, it lit for a while and then shut down after a couple of seconds.

    Many thanks for any help!
     
  2. Danishblunt

    Danishblunt Notebook Prophet

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    The only thing you can do is try and locate the EC chip and hope its a regular SPI chip, if it is you can purchase a hardware programmer and reflash it. If the EC chip is some nasty multipinned chip, then your only choice is a new motherboard or solder an EC chip with the data needed.

    EDIT:Checked the schematic for your notebook, well tough luck, your IC chip is in a 128pin chip named ITE 8587. Reprogramming that one will be an absolute pain.

    Here is what you will need to save your notebook:
    Toolkit for EC
     
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  3. Kecelam

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    Damn it. Is it this one right? By the way I have found out it is a N150SD version. Still it seems that they are identical.
     
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    jep, that's the EC.
     
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    Hmm. It is easier to sell it then on spare parts. Thanks for you help.
     
  6. Falkentyne

    Falkentyne Notebook Prophet

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    Were you supposed to update the Bios first before the EC?
    Never seen an EC bricked this way, as long as it was actually for that system.

    There is a cheap adapter on aliexpress that will allow you to program an EC through the keyboard connector, hooking up through an existing programmer like a Skypro, since the EC chip uses the same interface as the keyboard port (long story), but the # of EC chips it supported was limited. I don't have the link but someone posted something way back, either on the Clevo overclocking thread or on the MSI forum. It had support for some windbond chips and a 'few' ITE chips but I don't remember if ENE was supported. It wasn't expensive.
     
  7. Kecelam

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    I have read that EC should be done first before the BIOS. So I blindly followed the instructions. Do you mean that it could work similarly to this approach:
     
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  8. t456

    t456 1977-09-05, 12:56:00 UTC Moderator

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    If you haven't already; remove ac, remove battery, remove cmos battery and hold power button for 20 seconds. It's the first order of business on any system that appears to be bricked.
     
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    Thanks for the tip. I just did that and still nothing. Everything is disconnected and once I plug in the AC, the power LED consistently lights.
     
  10. Danishblunt

    Danishblunt Notebook Prophet

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    You flashed an RD EC to an SD notebook, you will have to fix ur EC or get a new board. No amount of fiddling is going to fix your notebook.
     
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