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  1. amihail91

    amihail91 Notebook Evangelist

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    So my RBP crashed mid BIOS flash within Windows, I was reverting back to stock after some mods. It crashed at the "erasing boot block" section. Black screen and boot loop - I figure the BIOS chip is corrupted now, I've been here before.

    I whip out the ch341a and try to flash back the original file supplied by Razer ... Power button does nothing now o_O

    I flash one more time and some smoke comes out of the ch341a (???) and isn't picked up by my 2nd machine anymore ... Wtf is going on here and how do I fix it? Freaking out majorly here :S
     
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    BIOS chip now not responding at all for Flashrom - wtf is going on?
     
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    Joikansai Notebook Deity

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    Smoke doesn’t sound good. Maybe rise ticket, blame them releasing bios update that brick your unit. I saw this on other blade as well on Reddit I think, check there and see what OP did, if it’s out of guarantee…still blame them, officiall bios update shouldn’t fry the laptop. If they ask repair fee, which most probably replacing the motherboard which costs your arm legs and kidneys still depends your self since they release the bios update, hopefully you’ll get a repair discount, i think I saw also discount repair on motherboard usually it was over 1K but it could be half of the price, I think it’s the best you can do, better than having paperweight.
     
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    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    If the BIOS chip or motherboard is fried, OP should have to pay the full cost of a repair considering they were trying to flash the stock BIOS onto a system that they themselves modified. That's like asking a car company to cover a brake failure under warranty because you accidentally cut the hydraulic lines while installing performance pads. Performing the modification doesn't necessarily void your warranty, but anything you screw up in the process is not covered.
     
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    It was the official Razer Updater .exe that bricked the machine, breaking out the ch341a was in attempt to fix it - let's be clear.
     
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    UPDATE: ch341a was somehow fried - confirmed by brand new one reading/writing chips just fine. Stock BIOS is on there now and still no boot up ... If the programmer fried then something on the RB likely fried also?
     
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    Is it possible this machine refuses to turn on due to lower version Intel ME flash? I read downgrading is near impossible due to hardware lock on motherboard.
     
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