I need to update the firmware of a Thinkpad Ultra Docking Station to V3.3.1, which has been released last year. I got no laptop running Windows 7/8/10 and Lenovo does not provide this update via LVFS, but only as an
Is it possible to flash the firmware update onto the dock under Linux? Or does somebody know another way to update the dock’s firmware?
A few approaches I am considering:
What I already tried so far:
Thanks to all your answers, I finally was able to install the update:
vbox-img convert --srcfilename ~/VBoxVMs/Windows 10 USB/Windows 10 USB.vdi --dstfilename ~/usb.hdd --srcformat VDI --dstformat RAW
dd'ed the raw image onto the USB drive:
sudo dd status=progress if=~/usb.hdd of=/dev/sdb bs=512K
PD Controlversion and finally raise the following error: "Update timeout, please remove all devices from the Dock, and reboot computer to try again.").
Please be aware that at least with Win10_20H2_English_x64.iso this procedure won't quite work any longer as Microsoft now switches to their so-called S mode when booting a previously VirtualBox provisioned image. Unfortunately, in S mode one can neither install the required graphics drivers nor launch the docking station update!
Correct answer by dirdi on December 22, 2020
If Lenovo doesn't provide the firmware in a bootable ISO or other system-neutral format (and shame on them), then your best bet in terms of a) foolproof and b) not wasting your valuable time, is probably to install a copy of windows on an external drive (or restore the system to an external drive if you still have the factory restore files). Boot from that drive, make sure you've got all the drivers needed so the firmware can see the dock, then run the firmware update within Windows. You can skip typing in the activation key and still have a usable system that will let you get the firmware patched.
Use Windows 7 or 8 if your laptop supports it, lately 10 requires the creation of a Microsoft account, and lots of personal information like your phone number (!) before it will let you get past setup to the desktop.
Answered by Glaurung on December 22, 2020
I might be missing something...
If you can stand to format the existing drive or have a spare HDD Just install windows 10 preform the upgrade, then switch back to your Linux installation. You do not need a key to install a trial copy of windows 10. Just select "I don't have a key" while installing.
Answered by Honk on December 22, 2020
For running firmware update on Linux, you don't really need a whole working Windows environment. In most cases, a DOS environment is enough.
FreeDOS is a complete, free, DOS-compatible operating system. While we provide some utilities, you should be able to run any program intended for MS-DOS. Pretty much any program that works on MS-DOS will work on FreeDOS.
The article Flashing BIOS from Linux discusses creating a boot USB for FreeDOS. Perhaps the simplest method uses rufus, most likely available as a package in your Linux distribution, with no need to download FreeDOS.
A detailed desctiption is available in the article Creating a Bootable DOS USB Stick. In a nutshell, start rufus as admin, select the USB stick to be formatted and select FreeDOS, and click Start to create the boot media.
After the boot media is created, copy to it the
.exe software for flashing
the firmware, boot it, and execute the software.
For help with working with DOS in general and FreeDOS in particular, see the article A gentle introduction to FreeDOS
Answered by harrymc on December 22, 2020
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