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Products

Zerocat X220 Hyperbola Machine + HPM – swedish

Zerocat X220 Hyperbola Machine

Zerocat X220 Hyperbola Machine with GNU IceWeasel Web Browser

Intro

This is a very friendly machine – fully encrypted, fully documented, with hardened systemboard. If you are looking for a device to put trust in, take this one! No spyware, no aggressive business, no vendor lock-in. Free tools and free licences will make a safe and secure IT experience possible, now and in future.

Highlights

  • Write protected SPI Flash (8MB) with Zerocat ROM

    • Flash configuration: Hardware Protection Mode (HPM)
    • Zerocat ROM
      • New Firmware Descriptor and Access Permissions
      • IME switched off, IME Firmware cleaned and stripped down
      • New GbE LAN Configuration with Custom LAN MAC Address
      • Coreboot Firmware without CPU Microcode Blob
      • GRUB2 Payload with Zerocat Bootmenu and Logotype
  • SPI Flash Interface below keyboard

    • Hardware Protection Mode (HPM) enabled via Jumper
  • Fully encrypted SSD (SanDisk SSD Plus 480GB), new!

    • Hyperbola Milky Way v0.4 GNU/Linux-libre preinstalled
    • without bootloader, started by GRUB2 Payload
    • simple Applications for Office and Internet
    • ICE Window Manager

Specs

  • Intel Core i5-2520M CPU @ 2.5GHz (4 logical CPUs)
  • Standard TFT Display 1366×768
  • RAM 8GB (2×4GB)
  • Original Keyboard, swedish Layout (se) | ThinkLight
  • Qualcomm Atheros Wireless Network Adapter 2.4GHz
  • Broadcom Bluetooth Device BCM2025B
  • WebCam | Stereo Loudspeaker | Stereo Microphone | Headset Jack
  • 3×USB2.0 | LAN | VGA | Full Size DisplayPort Connector
  • SD-Card Slot | ExpressCard/54 Slot | Docking Port
  • Radio Kill Switch | Kensington Lock Jack
  • 65W AC Adapter | 6 Cell Battery

Condition

This is a refurbished Laptop. All components come in used condition. The battery’s capacity is not known. Suspend and Hibernation Modes are disabled.

User’s Tools

Addon Options

  • Hyperbola Milky Way v0.4 Live Stick
  • Backup HDD with USB-SATA Adapter

Zerocat X220 Guix Machine + SPM – faeroese

Zerocat X220 Guix Machine

Zerocat X220 Guix Machine with Boot Menu

faeroese Keyboard Layout

faeroese Keyboard Layout

Xfce4 Desktop Environment swedish

Xfce4 Desktop Environment – swedish

Intro

This is a very friendly machine – fully encrypted, fully documented, with liberated systemboard. If you are looking for a device to put trust in, take this one! No spyware, no aggressive business, no vendor lock-in. Free tools and free licences will make a safe and secure IT experience possible, now and in future.

Highlights

  • Write protected SPI Flash (8MB) with Zerocat ROM

    • Flash configuration: Software Protection Mode (SPM)

      Protection bits are set by the flash at power-up.

    • Zerocat ROM

      • New Firmware Descriptor and Access Permissions
      • IME switched off, IME Firmware cleaned and stripped down
      • New GbE LAN Configuration with Custom LAN MAC Address
      • Coreboot Firmware without CPU Microcode Blob
      • GRUB2 Payload with Zerocat Bootmenu and Logotype
  • SPI Flash Interface below keyboard

  • Fully encrypted SSD (SanDisk SSD Plus 480GB, new)

    • GNU Guix System preinstalled
    • without bootloader, started by GRUB2 Payload
    • Applications for School, Office, Internet and Multimedia
    • Xfce4 Desktop Environment

Specs

  • Intel Core i5-2520M CPU @ 2.5GHz (4 logical CPUs)
  • Standard TFT Display 1366×768
  • RAM 8GB (2×4GB)
  • Original Keyboard, faeroese Layout (fo) | ThinkLight
  • Qualcomm Atheros Wireless Network Adapter 2.4GHz
  • Broadcom Bluetooth Device BCM2045B
  • WebCam | Stereo Loudspeaker | Stereo Microphone | Headset Jack
  • 3×USB2.0 | LAN | VGA | Full Size DisplayPort Connector
  • SD-Card Slot | ExpressCard/54 Slot | Docking Port
  • Radio Kill Switch | Kensington Lock Jack
  • 65W AC Adapter | 6 Cell Battery

Condition

This is a refurbished Laptop. All components come in used condition. The battery’s capacity is not known. Suspend and Hibernation Modes are disabled. Use “Alt+Shift” to select alternate Keymaps (se, de, us).

User’s Tools

Addon Options

  • GNU Guix System Live Stick
  • Backup HDD with USB-SATA Adapter

Zerocat X220 Guix Machine + HPM – swedish

Zerocat X220 Guix Machine

Zerocat X220 Guix Machine with Slim Login Manager

Intro

This is a very friendly machine – fully encrypted, fully documented, with hardened systemboard. If you are looking for a device to put trust in, take this one! No spyware, no aggressive business, no vendor lock-in. Free tools and free licences will make a safe and secure IT experience possible, now and in future.

Highlights

  • Write protected SPI Flash (8MB) with Zerocat ROM

    • Flash configuration: Hardware Protection Mode (HPM)
    • Zerocat ROM
      • New Firmware Descriptor and Access Permissions
      • IME switched off, IME Firmware cleaned and stripped down
      • New GbE LAN Configuration with Custom LAN MAC Address
      • Coreboot Firmware without CPU Microcode Blob
      • GRUB2 Payload with Zerocat Bootmenu and Logotype
  • SPI Flash Interface below keyboard

    • Hardware Protection Mode (HPM) enabled via jumper
  • Fully encrypted SSD (SanDisk SSD Plus 480GB, new)

    • GNU Guix System preinstalled
    • without bootloader, started by GRUB2 Payload
    • Applications for School, Office, Internet and Multimedia
    • Xfce4 Desktop Environment

Specs

  • Intel Core i5-2520M CPU @ 2.5GHz (4 logical CPUs)
  • Standard TFT Display 1366×768
  • RAM 16GB (2×8GB)
  • Original Keyboard, swedish Layout (se) | ThinkLight
  • Qualcomm Atheros Wireless Network Adapter 2.4GHz
  • Broadcom Bluetooth Device BCM2045B
  • Upek Biometric Fingerprint Sensor
  • WebCam | Stereo Loudspeaker | Stereo Microphone | Headset Jack
  • 3×USB2.0 | LAN | VGA | Full Size DisplayPort Connector
  • SD-Card Slot | ExpressCard/54 Slot | Docking Port
  • Radio Kill Switch | Kensington Lock Jack
  • 65W AC Adapter | 6 Cell Battery

Condition

This is a refurbished Laptop. All components come in used condition. The battery’s capacity is not known. Suspend and Hibernation Modes are disabled. Use “Alt+Shift” to select alternate Keymaps (de, us). GNU Guix System is not configured to use the Fingerprint Sensor.

User’s Tools

Addon Options

  • GNU Guix System Live Stick
  • Backup HDD with USB-SATA Adapter

Zerocat X230 Hyperbola Machine + HPM – german

Zerocat X230 Hyperbola Machine

Zerocat X230 Hyperbola Machine and GNU IceWeasel Web Browser

Intro

This is a very friendly machine – fully encrypted, fully documented, with hardened systemboard. If you are looking for a device to put trust in, take this one! No spyware, no aggressive business, no vendor lock-in. Free tools and free licences will make a safe and secure IT experience possible, now and in future.

Highlights

  • Write protected SPI Flash (12MB) with Zerocat ROM

    • Flash configuration: Hardware Protection Mode (HPM)
    • Zerocat ROM
      • New Firmware Descriptor and Access Permissions
      • IME switched off, IME Firmware cleaned and stripped down
      • New GbE LAN Configuration with Custom LAN MAC Address
      • Coreboot Firmware with CPU Microcode Blob
      • GRUB2 Payload with Zerocat Bootmenu and Logotype
  • SPI Flash Interface below keyboard

    • Hardware Protection Mode (HPM) enabled via jumper
  • Fully encrypted SSD (160GB)

    • Hyperbola Milky Way v0.4 preinstalled
    • without bootloader, started by GRUB2 Payload
    • simple Applications for Office, Internet and Multimedia
    • ICE Window Manager

Specs

  • Intel Core i5-3320M CPU (4 logical CPUs) @ 2.60GHz
  • Standard TFT Display 1366×768
  • RAM 16GB (2×8GB)
  • Original Keyboard, german Layout (de) | ThinkLight
  • Qualcomm Atheros Wireless Network Adapter (Dual Band)
  • WebCam | Stereo Loudspeaker | Stereo Microphone | Headset Jack
  • 3×USB2.0 | LAN | VGA | Mini DisplayPort Connector
  • SD-Card Slot | ExpressCard/54 Slot | Docking Port
  • Radio Kill Switch | Kensington Lock Jack
  • 65W AC Adapter | 6 Cell Battery

Condition

This is a refurbished Laptop. All components come in used condition. The battery’s capacity is not known. Hibernation Mode is disabled.

User’s Tools

Addon Options

  • Hyperbola Milky Way v0.4 Live Stick
  • Backup HDD with USB-SATA Adapter

Zerocat T60 Guix Machine + SPM – german

Zerocat T60 de Guix Machine

Zerocat T60 Guix Machine with Boot Menu

german Keyboard Layout

german Keyboard Layout

View below Keyboard

View below Keyboard

Xfce4 Desktop Environment, german

Xfce4 Desktop Environment, german

GNU Icecat Web Browser

GNU Icecat Web Browser

Intro

This is a very friendly machine – fully encrypted, fully documented, with liberated systemboard. If you are looking for a device to put trust in, take this one! No spyware, no aggressive business, no vendor lock-in. Free tools and free licences will make a safe and secure IT experience possible, now and in future. Note this is precious, old hardware, which is not compromised by an integrated Management Engine.

Highlights

  • Write protected SPI Flash (2MB) with Zerocat ROM

    • Flash configuration: Software Protection Mode (SPM)

      Protection bits are set by the flash at power-up.

    • Zerocat ROM

      • Coreboot Firmware without CPU Microcode Blob
      • GRUB2 Payload with Zerocat Bootmenu and Logotype
  • SPI Flash Interface below keyboard

  • Fully encrypted SSD (SanDisk SSD Plus 480GB, new)

    • GNU Guix System preinstalled
    • without bootloader, started by GRUB2 Payload
    • Applications for School, Office, Internet and Multimedia
    • Xfce4 Desktop Environment
  • Very powerful Fan and Cooling, taken from T500 ThinkPad Model

Specs

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T7400 CPU @ 2.16GHz (2 logical CPUs)
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
  • Intel HD Audio AD1981HD
  • RAM 3GB (1GB + 2GB)
  • WiFi Controller: Qualcomm Atheros AR5212 802.11abg NIC (2.4GHz)
  • 14.1″ TFT Display 1400×1050 (SXGA+) | ThinkLight
  • Original Keyboard, german Layout (de)
  • UltraNav (Trackpoint/Touchpad)
  • Stereo Loudspeaker | Microphone
  • Stereo Earphone Jack | Microphone Jack
  • 3×USB2.0 | LAN | VGA | Docking Port
  • CardBus Slot (Type 2) | ExpressCard/54 Slot
  • UltraBay Slim CD/DVD Multi II Recorder
  • Radio Kill Switch | Kensington Lock Jack
  • 90W AC Adapter | 9 Cell Battery (Lenovo)

WiFi Controller

$ sudo lspci -nnv -d168c::0200
02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Qualcomm Atheros AR5212 802.11abg NIC [168c:1014] (rev 01)
  Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad 11a/b/g Wireless LAN Mini Express Adapter (AR5BXB6) [1014:058a]
  Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 17
  Memory at d4200000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
  Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2
  Capabilities: [50] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit-
  Capabilities: [60] Express Legacy Endpoint, MSI 00
  Capabilities: [90] MSI-X: Enable- Count=1 Masked-
  Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting
  Capabilities: [140] Virtual Channel
  Kernel driver in use: ath5k
  Kernel modules: ath5k

Condition

This is a refurbished Laptop. All components come in used condition. The battery’s capacity is not known. Suspend and Hibernation Modes are disabled. Use “Alt+Shift” to select alternate Keymap (us).

Issues

Upon boot, this ThinkPad fails to load the driver for its integrated Gigabit Ethernet Controller. Workarounds are provided on ThinkWiki.org: Problem with e1000: EEPROM Checksum Is Not Valid

User’s Tools

Addon Options

  • GNU Guix System Live Stick
  • Backup HDD with USB-SATA Adapter
  • Docking Station with RS232 Port (e.g.: operate the Chipflasher)

Zerocat T60 Guix Machine + SPM + 1TB – german

Zerocat T60 de Guix Machine

Zerocat T60 Guix Machine with Boot Menu

Xfce4 Desktop Environment, german

Xfce4 Desktop Environment, german

LibreOffice Suite

LibreOffice Suite

Intro

This is a very friendly machine – fully encrypted, fully documented, with liberated systemboard. If you are looking for a device to put trust in, take this one! No spyware, no aggressive business, no vendor lock-in. Free tools and free licences will make a safe and secure IT experience possible, now and in future. Note this is precious, old hardware which is not compromised by an integrated management engine.

Highlights

  • Write protected SPI Flash (2MB) with Zerocat ROM

    • Flash configuration: Software Protection Mode (SPM)

      Protection bits are set by the flash at power-up.

    • Zerocat ROM

      • Coreboot Firmware without CPU Microcode Blob
      • GRUB2 Payload with Zerocat Bootmenu and Logotype
  • SPI Flash Interface below keyboard

  • Fully encrypted HDD (Toshiba, 1TB)

    • GNU Guix System preinstalled
    • without bootloader, started by GRUB2 Payload
    • Applications for School, Office, Internet and Multimedia
    • Xfce4 Desktop Environment
  • Very powerful Fan and Cooling, taken from T500 ThinkPad Model

Specs

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T7400 CPU @ 2.16GHz (2 logical CPUs)
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
  • Intel HD Audio AD1981HD
  • RAM 3GB (1GB + 2GB)
  • WiFi Controller: Qualcomm Atheros AR5212 802.11abg NIC (2.4GHz)
  • 14.1″ TFT Display 1400×1050 (SXGA+) | ThinkLight
  • Original Keyboard, german Layout (de)
  • UltraNav (Trackpoint/Touchpad)
  • Integrated Fingerprint Reader
  • Stereo Loudspeaker | Microphone
  • Stereo Earphone Jack | Microphone Jack
  • 3×USB2.0 | LAN | VGA | Docking Port
  • CardBus Slot (Type 2) | ExpressCard/54 Slot
  • UltraBay Slim CD/DVD ROM Drive
  • Radio Kill Switch | Kensington Lock Jack
  • 90W AC Adapter | 9 Cell Battery (Lenovo)

WiFi Controller

$ sudo lspci -nnv -d168c::0200
02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Qualcomm Atheros AR5212 802.11abg NIC [168c:1014] (rev 01)
  Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad 11a/b/g Wireless LAN Mini Express Adapter (AR5BXB6) [1014:058a]
  Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 17
  Memory at d4200000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
  Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2
  Capabilities: [50] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit-
  Capabilities: [60] Express Legacy Endpoint, MSI 00
  Capabilities: [90] MSI-X: Enable- Count=1 Masked-
  Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting
  Capabilities: [140] Virtual Channel
  Kernel driver in use: ath5k
  Kernel modules: ath5k

Condition

This is a refurbished laptop. All components come in used condition. The battery’s capacity is not known. Suspend and hibernation modes are disabled. Use “Alt+Shift” to select alternate keymap (us). The TFT Display offers limited brightness and contrast. The fingerprint reader has not been tested.

User’s Tools

Addon Options

  • GNU Guix System Live Stick
  • Backup HDD with USB-SATA Adapter
  • Docking Station with RS232 Port (e.g.: operate the Chipflasher)

Chipflasher “board-edition-1”

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 Management Engine Firmware – free yourself from other people’s business ideas, regain control of your hardware!

RYF-Certified Device

This product respects User’s Freedom and has been RYF-certified by the Free Software Foundation in May 2018.

How to Operate the Device

This device is operated by free software only. Free software comes without warranty to the extent 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
    • 100×80mm 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
  • CD with Source Code
  • Product Information

Chipflasher WSON-Cable

WSON-Cable with soldered Wire Tips and Solder

WSON-Cable with soldered Wire Tips and Solder

Short Introduction

Handmade cable, intended as equipment for the Zerocat Chipflasher “board-edition-1”. This cable suits your needs in case you want to flash a BIOS Chip in WSON Package, which is not compatible with a SOIC Clip.

Technical Specs

  • 9-pol. Plug for the Zerocat Chipflasher “board-edition-1”
  • 8 Wires, isolated by varnish, lenght approx. 20cm, with soldered tips

Hints

Each single wire has to be soldered to the corresponding pin of the chip in question. To help you out with solder, approx. 50cm each of different size and quality solder is shipped along with the cable. Note a thin, pencil-like iron will be needed.

Pomona SOIC-Clip Model 5250, New

Pomona SOIC-Clip Model 5250, 8 Pins

Pomona SOIC-Clip Model 5250, 8 Pins

Short Introduction

Pomona® SOIC-Clip Model 5250, brandnew, in original sealed packaging, to be used for in-circuit programming of SOIC/SOJ microchips.

Technical Specs

  • Manufacturer: Pomona Electronics Inc.
  • Pins: 8
  • Chip Lead Spacing: 1.27mm
  • Gold Plated Lower Contacts

Fits surface mounted SOIC and SOJ chips with gull wing or “J” leads and body width from 3.81mm to 8.89mm wide.

Hints and Condition

  • brandnew
  • original, sealed Package

This clip is suitable for SOIC8 chips and should be used in case a SOIC16 clip cannot be attached due to spatial restrictions.

Pomona SOIC-Clip Model 5252, New

Pomona SOIC-Clip Model 5252, 16 Pins

Pomona SOIC-Clip Model 5252, 16 Pins

Model 5252 in Detail

Model 5252 in Detail

...at ThinkPad X230

...at ThinkPad X230

Short Introduction

Pomona® SOIC-Clip Model 5252, brandnew, in original sealed packaging, to be used for in-circuit programming of SOIC/SOJ microchips.

Technical Specs

  • Manufacturer: Pomona Electronics Inc.
  • Pins: 16
  • Chip Lead Spacing: 1.27mm
  • Gold Plated Lower Contacts

Fits surface mounted SOIC and SOJ chips with gull wing or “J” leads and body width from 3.81mm to 8.89mm wide.

Hints and Condition

  • brandnew
  • original, sealed Package

This clip is suitable for SOIC8 chips as well, as to be found in ThinkPad X230 Notebooks, for example (see photo).

Services

SPI Flash Interface + Write Protection Jumper

SPI Flash Interface with Write Protection Jumper below Keyboard

SPI Flash Interface with Write Protection Jumper below Keyboard

Introduction

This service is about a very important hardware addon that greatly improves the integrity of your machine: The SPI Flash Interface with Write Protection Jumper

We are offering this addon for the following types of machines:

  • Lenovo ThinkPad T530
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T430
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X230
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X220
  • IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad T60

How it works...

Send your laptop, ready for proper operation. We check the device for hardware deficiencies upon reception and are going to add the SPI Flash Interface to your systemboard. Second, the Hardware Protection Mode will be a) configured and then b) activated via jumper. Finally, the machine is booted for testing purposes. Upon success, it is sent back to you. Your machine will start with write protected firmware from now on!

Description

A small pinheader plug will be added below the keyboard or below the RAM Slot Cover. The plug can then be used to access the systemboard’s flash chips, safely, without a test clip.

Dedicated register bits of the onboard flash chips will be set to configure the chips for Hardware Protection Mode. The mode itself is then activated via jumper, which is placed into the new plug.

With this jumper set, your laptop will boot with write protected firmware! That gives you a great feeling, as it assures that your machine always boots up with the same code, thus greatly improving integrity.

The SPI Flash Interface carries the jumper, but of course as well eases flash access in case of a firmware update.

We recommend to use Zerocat’s Chipflasher, a free-design tool transparently documented, as it provides convenient access to chips’ register bits via menu.

See Zerocat Flash Access for detailed documentations.

Zerocat Flash Service

Clock Pulse at BIOS Chip

Clock Pulse at BIOS Chip

Flashing via Wire

Flashing via Wire

Flashing via Clip

Flashing via Clip

Short Introduction

Programming Service for Coreboot/Libreboot BIOS Firmware.

You want to flash free firmware onto your ThinkPad, but don't dare to do it nor you have time available?

We are offering this flash service for the following types of machines:

  • Lenovo ThinkPad W530, T530, T430, T430s, X230, X230-Tablet, T520, T520i, T420, X220, X220-Tablet, X201, T500, T400, T400s, X200, X200s

  • IBM T60, X60, X60s

The onboard flash chips will be programmed by means of Zerocat’s Chipflasher, a free-design tool for everyone.

The ROM Image itself will be generated by means of Zerocat Coreboot Machines Toolchain Scripts. These scripts are free software, provided per gratis download.

You might as well ship your own Coreboot or Libreboot ROM, of course.

Hints

  • Microsoft Windows cannot be used as operating system. Upgrade to GNU/Linux-libre!
  • Your hardware might not be fully supported by Coreboot, yet.
  • Power up from suspend modus (S3) will be tested but cannot be guaranteed for every combination of hardware.

How it works...

Send your laptop, ready for proper operation. We check the device for hardware deficiencies upon reception and are going to flash it within one week.

Alternately, bring the device on your own and witness the programming procedure. This endeavor lasts about three hours, preparation and tests included.

Configuration

We avoid proprietary blobs within the ROM as far as possible, for we intend to distribute and support free software only. In detail, the Intel Management Engine will be turned off, its firmware will be deleted or stripped down. The onboard LAN controller is re-configured. Firmware access permissions are refined.

Hardware that is not compatible with free software will be removed or unplugged. Wifi cards are replaced by compatible hardware upon request, stock status and agreement.

Finally, your laptop will boot up with Coreboot, CMOS option table, GRUB2 Bootloader, Zerocat’s Background Image and Boot Menu. Secondary Payloads like NVRAMCUI, Coreinfo or SeaBIOS might be invoked fromout the menu. A password can be set up as well.

Booting from SSD, disk or USB media will be tested with a GNU distribution, e.g.:

Changing your disk is not intended.

Future ROM Updates

In case your hardware is compatible with Libreboot, an external device will not be necessary in order to apply an updated ROM (e.g.: X60/X60s, X200, T400, T500). Otherwise, usage of Zerocat’s Chipflasher is recommended.

Customer Information