Lenovo Thinkpad x131e Chromebook successful

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  • Franz Holtzhäuser

    Hello there, exit8.

    I just wanted to let you know that this method also worked without any issue whatsoever on one of my x131e Chromebooks. I planned to use it myself but ended up giving it away to my dad, but he could do very little with it due to the browser being so old and the system no longer receiving any updates (none, zilch, nada).

    So I went ahead and followed your steps and flashed the device, then installed CR on it. Now it runs just fine. And I can even use so-called "blacklisted" network cards with great success, even swapping spare batteries belonging to other devices in the same model range -- due to the fact that the bios has been flashed to a completely different one.

    I wonder if it would be possible to do the same thing on my non-Chromebook x131e (it sports a i3-2367M @1.4 GHz and 16 GiB of RAM. And a mSATA drive for the main system (Linux Lite) and one ordinary SATA disk for backups). At any rate, I would like to be able to upgrade my network card and be able to use batteries from other units -- something which is not possible due to Lenovo putting checks in at boot time.

    I haven't gone through the code in any of these files. But do you think it would be feasible to flash a non-Chromebook (still a x131e) and still be able to run the device fully functionally?

    Faithfully,

    Franz Holtzhäuser

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  • Joe

    Doing that for the non-Chromebook is not needed Simply just make the USB and install regularly

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  • exit8

    Hi, Franz,

    For some reason, notification about your post went into my SPAM folder.

    Joe is right. Nothing special needed for the Windows version of the X131e.

    I am a big confused thought because the X131e that I had and later sold had a regular SATA hard drive.

    Anyway, the X131e Windows version had a wiped hard drive, and I simply installed the latest version of Windows 10 which activated.

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  • Franz Holtzhäuser

    Thanks for your reply, @exit8.

    Well, I am perfectly aware that I can install whatever OS I want on this device. It came with Windows on it by default, which I replaced with an Ubuntu-Debian variant.

    However, I want to be able to install a much better wifi card in the device but Lenovo has embedded a check at boot where it compares the card to a list, a so-called 'whitelist'. But flashing it to this would remove such limitations. I could even use some spare batteries from other x13* series if I flashed to this one, which is also not possible due to restrictions in the current BIOS.

    Best wishes,

    Franz

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  • exit8

    Since you want what you want, I don't see that you have a choice except to change the BIOS.

    MrChromebox.tech's BIOS should work for you.

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  • Franz Holtzhäuser

    Excellent, that is all I needed to know. Thanks a lot for the help and for your time.

    BTW, CloudReady appears to be a damn fine solution. My dad likes it and is quite satisfied with it. He was basically thinking that the device was ready to be thrown away until I stumbled upon your solution and the work done by whoever it is that maintains MrChromebox.tech to be what it is.

    I just love these X13* devices. They are more or less perfect for my purposes.

    Thanks again and greetings from Scandinavia!

    Faithfully,

    Franz

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  • exit8

    Hi, Franz,

    I don't like that Google stops security updates on ChromeOS after 5 years. Ridiculous!

    The X131e is very sturdy and has many years of use remaining.

     

     

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  • toddh

    Thank you for this. It was a life saver. It actually took me a long time, I thought I could skip some steps, and I messed up a few times along the way. But I ended up going back and doing exactly what you said and it worked!

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  • exit8

    toddh,

     

    Glad this helped.

    Give lots of prop to the guy who writes the MrChromeBox.tech BIOS. 

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