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ZC-X200 Free Software Laptop CPU-P8400

GRUB Bootloader as Firmware Payload

GRUB Bootloader as Firmware Payload

Trisquel Login

Trisquel Login

Extended Battery

Extended Battery

Short Introduction

Thinkpad X200 refurbished, blobfree Coreboot 4.7 Firmware, GNU/Linux-libre pre-installed. To improve customer’s security and privacy, the firmware of the integrated Intel Management Engine has been deleted.

Hardware

  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo CPU P8400 @ 2.26GHz x 2
  • RAM: 2x 4GB = 8GB
  • BIOS Chip: Type MX25L6405D, 8MB, SPI
  • Disk: Intel SSD 160GB (SATA, 3.0 Gbps)
  • Grafics: Mobile Intel GM45 Express Chipset
  • Display: TMD-Toshiba LTD121EWVB 12,1 Inches TFT, matte, WXGA (1280x800 Pixel)
  • Keyboard: german (no stickers), with Trackpoint
  • Keyboard Illumination: LED at top of Display
  • WLAN: AzureWave AW-NE773 802.11abgn Half-size Mini PCIe Card
    • Dual Band, up to 300Mbit/s
    • Dual internal Antennas
    • Linux Kernel Driver: ath9k
  • Bluetooth: Integrated Bluetooth Adapter, Broadcom Corp.
  • Webcam: Integrated Lenovo Webcam
  • Fingerprint Sensor: AES2810 AuthenTec

Power

  • Lenovo AC Adapter, 20V, 90W
  • Lithium-Ion-Akku original Lenovo 47++
    • nominal 85Wh
    • Panasonic Cells, Capacity > 80%

Software

The system is ready to go and is using Free Software only. To the extend permitted by law, Free Software comes without any warranty. Use at your own risk.

Inside the BIOS Chip

  • Intel Management Engine (IME): Proprietary Firmware has been deleted.
  • Blobfree Coreboot 4.7 Firmware inside, preflashed by Zerocat!
    • No blacklists for 3rd-party WLAN or Battery
    • No CPU Microcode Updates (Binary Blob)
    • CMOS Option Table: 256MB Shared Video RAM
    • Note: The free firmware might not support all hardware features, yet.
  • GRUB 2.02 Bootloader
  • Zerocat Background Image

On Disk

  • Trisquel GNU/Linux-libre 7.0 LTS 64bit Operating System pre-installed and updated
  • The fingerprint sensor can be accessed through the library libfprint0 and the fprint-demo program, which both have been installed. However, using this sensor for authentication is not recommended due to security issues.

Hints and Condition

  • This is second-hand hardware, cleaned and refurbished
  • Corpus: In very good condition
  • TFT-Display: No pixel errors
  • Palm-Rest: small fissure in front right corner; stickers have been removed

Accessoires

ZC-X200 Free Software Laptop CPU-P8600

GRUB Bootloader as Firmware Payload

GRUB Bootloader as Firmware Payload

Trisquel Login

Trisquel Login

Short Introduction

Thinkpad X200 refurbished, blobfree Coreboot 4.7 Firmware, GNU/Linux-libre pre-installed. To improve customer’s security and privacy, the firmware of the integrated Intel Management Engine has been deleted.

Hardware

  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo CPU P8600 @ 2.4GHz x 2
  • RAM: 2x 4GB = 8GB
  • BIOS Chip: Type MX25L6405D, 8MB, SPI
  • Disk: 160GB HDD (SATA, 7200rpm, 16MB Cache, 3.0 Gbps)
  • Grafics: Mobile Intel GM45 Express Chipset
  • Display: TMD/Toshiba-LTD121EWVB TFT 12.1 Inches, matte, WXGA (1280x800 Pixel)
  • Keyboard: german (no stickers), with Trackpoint
  • Keyboard Illumination: LED on top of Display
  • WLAN: AzureWave AW-NE773 802.11abgn Half-size Mini PCIe Card
    • Dual Band, up to 300Mbit/s
    • Two internal Antennas in use
    • Linux Kernel Driver: ath9k
  • Bluetooth: Integrated Bluetooth Adapter

Power

  • Lenovo AC Adapter, 20V, 90W
  • Lithium-Ion-Akku original Lenovo 47++
    • Type Panasonic 42T4696
    • Nominal 10.8V; 8.7Ah; 94Wh
    • Capacity > 90%

Software

The system is ready to go and is using Free Software only. To the extend permitted by law, Free Software comes without any warranty. Use at your own risk.

Inside the BIOS Chip

  • Intel Management Engine (IME): Proprietary Firmware has been deleted.
  • Blobfree Coreboot 4.7 Firmware inside, preflashed by Zerocat!
    • No blacklists for 3rd-party WLAN or Battery
    • No CPU Microcode Updates (Binary Blob)
    • CMOS Option Table: 256MB Shared Video RAM
    • Note: The free firmware might not support all hardware features, yet.
  • GRUB 2.02 Bootloader
  • Zerocat Background Image

On Disk

Hints and Condition

  • This is second-hand hardware, cleaned and refurbished
  • Corpus: In very good condition
  • TFT-Display: No pixel errors

Accessoires

ZC-X60 with Zerocat Toolchain

Coreboot with Zerocat Configuration

Coreboot with Zerocat Configuration

Zerocat Toolchain on Desktop

Zerocat Toolchain on Desktop

Docking, extended Battery, DVD-Recorder

Docking, extended Battery, DVD-Recorder

Introduction

Thinkpad X60 refurbished, blobfree Coreboot 4.8.1 Firmware, Trisquel 8.0 GNU/Linux-libre 32bit OS and GNU Guix Package Manager pre-installed.

This Machine offers full support for the Zerocat Chipflasher through its docking station and through pre-installed free software from Libreboot, Coreboot, GRUB, Seabios, Flashrom, Parallax and Zerocat. In conjunction with Zerocat’s RYF Certified Chipflasher, this laptop helps you to re-program selected target boards with free firmware.

Hardware

Laptop

  • CPU: Intel Core Duo CPU T2400 @ 1.83GHz x 2
  • RAM: 2GB + 1GB = 3GB in total
  • BIOS Chip: Type SST25L1605D, 2MB, SPI
  • Disk: 160GB SATA 1.5Gbps, 7200rpm, 16MB Cache
  • Display: TFT, matte, 1024x768 Pixel
  • Keyboard: german (no stickers), with Trackpoint
  • Keyboard Illumination: LED at top edge of Display
  • WLAN: Atheros Chipset, 802.11bgn Half-size Mini PCIe Card
    • 2.4GHz band up to 56MBit/s
    • two internal Antennas
    • Linux Kernel Driver: ath9k
  • Bluetooth: Integrated Bluetooth Adapter, Broadcom Corp.

Docking

Docking Station with RS232 port, DVD-Multi-III recorder and original pair of keys.

Power

  • Lenovo AC Adapter, 20V, 90W
  • Lithium-Ion-Akku, extended
    • nominal 77Wh, Capacity > 70%

Software

The system is ready to go and is using Free Software only. To the extend permitted by law, Free Software comes without any warranty. Use at your own risk.

Inside the BIOS Chip

  • Intel Manageability Engine: Old hardware, not available :-)
  • Blobfree Coreboot 4.8.1 Firmware inside, preflashed by Zerocat!
    • native Display initialization, no proprietary VGA ROM in use
    • without blacklists for 3rd-party WLAN or Battery
    • without proprietary CPU Microcode Updates
    • CMOS Coreboot Configuration, modifiable via NVRAMCUI
  • GRUB 2.02 Bootloader
  • Secondary Payloads NVRAMCUI, Coreinfo and SeaBIOS “rel-1.11.2”
  • Zerocat Background Image

On Disk

  • Trisquel GNU/Linux-libre 8.0 LTS 32bit Operating System
  • GNU Guix 0.15.0 Package Manager
    • Propeller Development Suite, the full toolchain of Parallax’ Free-Design Microcontroller
  • Zerocat Chipflasher Toolchain
  • Zerocat Coreboot-Machines Toolchain

Hints and Condition

  • This is second-hand hardware, cleaned and refurbished, in very good condition.
  • Some hardware features might not yet be supported by the free firmware.
  • The Zerocat Chipflasher is not part of the scope of delivery. Please order seperately.

Accessoires

Chipflasher “board-edition-1”, Limited Edition (6/10)

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

RYF-Certified Device, First Series

This product respects User’s Freedom and has been RYF-certified by the Free Software Foundation in May 2018. It is one of ten first handmade devices which will each be shipped in a Personally Signed Container, Limited Edition (10). The elevated price now is intended to help us set up a small scale series production later on.

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) were kindly sponsored by ELMICRO Computer GmbH & Co. KG in Leipzig.

How to Operate the Device

This device is operated by free software only. Free software comes without warranty to the extend 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
    • 100x80mm 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, Personally Signed Limited Edition (10)
  • CD with Source Code
  • Product Information

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).

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.

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.

ZC-X230 Coreboot Laptop & Qubes R4.0 Kit

GRUB Bootloader as first Coreboot Payload

GRUB Bootloader as first Coreboot Payload

with Extended Battery

with Extended Battery

Introduction

Thinkpad X230 refurbished, A-Grade quality, no fissures, no cracks. Blobfree Coreboot 4.8.1 Firmware on board, with GRUB 2.02 Bootloader as first payload. More payloads available: SeaBIOS “rel-1.11.2”, NVRAMCUI and Coreinfo. Furthermore: Zerocat Background Image.

To improve customer’s security and privacy, the proprietary firmware of the integrated Intel Management Engine has been stripped down.

This Laptop is accompanied by a Qubes R4.0 Installation Kit, which empowers the customer himself to install the Qubes R4.0 Operating System on a brand new Solid-State-Drive (SSD). All hardware components have been tested and are guaranteed to be compatible with each other.

Hardware

Laptop’s Specs (Selection)

This Laptop is second-hand hardware, cleaned and refurbished, A-Grade quality. Corpus is in good condition, Palm-Rest comes without stickers, TFT-Display does not show any pixel errors.

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3320M @ 2.60GHz
  • RAM: 2x 4GB = 8GB
  • BIOS Chip: 12MB SPI
  • Grafics: Mobile Intel 3rd Gen Core Graphis Controller
  • WLAN: AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter 802.11bgn
    • Half-size Mini PCIe Card
    • Two Internal Antennae
    • Linux Kernel Driver: ath9k
  • Display: TN-TFT, 12.1 inches, matte, 1366x768 Pixel, LED Backlight
  • Keyboard: german (no stickers)
    • with Trackpoint
    • two step illumination within the keyboard itself
  • Thinklight LED at top of Display
  • Webcam: not available
  • Bluetooth: not available
  • Fingerprint Sensor: not available
  • Disk: – to be inserted by customer –

Power

  • Lenovo AC Adapter, 20V, 65W
  • Lithium-Ion Battery original Lenovo 44++
    • nominal 84Wh
    • Capacity >= 70%
  • ...or equivalent 3rd-party battery

The Qubes R4.0 Installation Kit

Qubes R4.0 Installer

Qubes R4.0 Installer

Qubes Installation Kit

Qubes Installation Kit

  • 8GB USB pen drive with standard Qubes R4.0 OS ISO Image, compatibel with the SeaBIOS “rel-1.11.2” Payload. Note this device might differ the depicted version in shape and color.
  • One slow RAM Module, 2GB, which will satisfy the Qubes Installer
  • WD GREEN Solid State Drive (SSD), 120GB, New!
    • Original Package and Papers. No Operating System, no Caddy.
    • Stripes of rubber will help you to avoid loose fit.
  • Zerocat’s Qubes Installation Guide, based on weird experiences with the Qubes R4.0 Installer according to different moon phases :-/
  • Gratis Installation Demo upon personal Pick-Up
    • Bring some hours of time, we will have to try it more than once!
    • Prepare yourself with some nice passwords! You will have to provide one for disk encryption and one for the user account. Note your passwords should match the us-english keyboard layout.

Software

This Laptop is not yet ready to go!

The customer will install his Qubes R4.0 Operating System by means of the material provided by the accompanying Qubes Installer Kit. We are using important Free Software projects like Coreboot Firmware, GRUB Bootloader, SeaBIOS and the Qubes R4.0 Operating System. To the extend permitted by law, Free Software comes without any warranty. Use at your own risk.

Inside the BIOS Chip

  • Onboard Ethernet: Proprietary Firmware
  • Intel Management Engine (IME): Proprietary Firmware, stripped down
  • Coreboot 4.8.1 Firmware, blobfree
    • No CPU Microcode Updates (Binary Blob)
    • No proprietary VGA ROM
    • No blacklists for 3rd-party WLAN or Battery
    • CMOS Option Table: 224MB Shared Video RAM
    • Note not all hardware features might be supported, yet
  • GRUB 2.02 Bootloader as Coreboot’s first payload
    • upon request: full authentication support
  • More payloads available:
    • SeaBIOS “rel-1.11.2” (allows for booting the Qubes R4.0 Installer from USB)
    • NVRAMCUI
    • Coreinfo
  • Zerocat Background Image: “Coreboot Inside, preflashed by Zerocat!”

On Disk

  • Brand new disk without Operating System

On USB-Stick

  • Standard Qubes R4.0 ISO Image (Qubes-R4.0-x86_64.iso)

Accompanying Papers

Services

Coreboot/ Libreboot Flash Service

Clock Pulse at BIOS Chip

Clock Pulse at BIOS Chip

Flashing via Clip

Flashing via Clip

Short Introduction

Programming Service for Coreboot or Libreboot BIOS Firmware.

You want to flash your ThinkPad, but don't dare it nor you have time available? We are offering this affordable Coreboot/ Libreboot flash service to you for the following types of machines:

  • Lenovo ThinkPad X230 (Coreboot)
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X220 (Coreboot)
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X200 (Coreboot/ Libreboot)
  • Lenovo/IBM ThinkPad X60s (Coreboot/ Libreboot)
  • Lenovo/IBM ThinkPad X60 (Coreboot/ Libreboot)

We are using Zerocat’s Chipflasher, a free-design Do-it-Yourself tool for everyone, developed by ourselves.

How it works...

Tell us your exact model and type of CPU and RAM-DIMMs so that we can prepare ourselves and can send our job confirmation.

Send your working laptop. We check the device for hardware deficiencies upon reception and are going to flash it within three days. The procedure will be photo-documented in case you want to.

Alternatively, bring your device personally and witness the programming procedure. This endeavor lasts about three hours, preparation and tests included.

  • Venue: Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg), Germany
  • Time: Upon Agreement

Configuration

We avoid to use proprietary blobs within the coreboot image as far as possible, for we want to distribute and support free software only. In detail, the firmware of Intels’s integrated Management Engine will be deleted or at least stripped down (i.e. X220, X230).

Wifi cards and other hardware that is not compatible with free software will be extracted. We replace it by compatible hardware upon request and would love to send you our offer according to current stock status.

Finally, your laptop will boot up with Coreboot/ Libreboot, CMOS option table, GRUB Payload and Zerocat background image.

Booting from disk or USB media will be tested with a standard Trisquel GNU/Linux-libre installation. Changes on your disk are not intended.

Updates

Performing a firmware update will be possible at any time, from then on; an external programming device will not be required.

Hints

  • Microsoft Windows is not compatible and cannot be used as operating system. Upgrade to GNU/Linux!
  • The hardware is not yet fully supported by Coreboot/ Libreboot.
  • Power up from suspend modus (S3) will be tested but cannot be guaranteed for every combination of hardware.

Further Experiments

Help us to improve Zerocat’s Chipflasher and to extend this offer as well! Get in touch with us if curious for experiments on other devices!

Coreboot/ Libreboot Flash Service Extended

Flashing a T400 Sysboard

Flashing a T400 Sysboard

X200s needs Soldering

X200s needs Soldering

Test inbetween

Test inbetween

Short Introduction

Programming Service for Coreboot or Libreboot BIOS Firmware.

You want to flash your ThinkPad, but don't dare it nor you have time available? We are offering this affordable extended Coreboot/ Libreboot flash service to you for the following types of machines:

  • T60 (Coreboot/ Libreboot)
  • T400 (Coreboot/ Libreboot)
  • X200 Tablet (Coreboot/ Libreboot)
  • X200s (Coreboot/ Libreboot)
    • Note not all hardware variants are compatible with Libreboot.

The X200s and X200 Tablet sysboard requires soldering as the Pomona SOIC Clip won't grip.

We are using Zerocat’s Chipflasher, a free-design Do-it-Yourself tool for everyone, developed by ourselves.

How it works...

Tell us your exact model and type of CPU and RAM-DIMMs so that we can prepare ourselves and can send our job confirmation.

Send your working laptop. We check the device for hardware deficiencies upon reception and are going to flash it within three days. The procedure will be photo-documented in case you want to.

Alternatively, bring your device personally and witness the programming procedure. This endeavor lasts about five hours, preparation and tests included.

  • Venue: Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg), Germany
  • Time: Upon Agreement

Configuration

We avoid to use proprietary blobs within the coreboot image as far as possible, for we want to distribute and support free software only. In detail, the firmware of Intels’s integrated Management Engine will be deleted or at least stripped down (i.e. X220, X230).

Wifi cards and other hardware that is not compatible with free software will be extracted. We replace it by compatible hardware upon request and would love to send you our offer according to current stock status.

Finally, your laptop will boot up with Coreboot/ Libreboot, CMOS option table, GRUB Payload and Zerocat background image.

Booting from disk or USB media will be tested with a standard Trisquel GNU/Linux-libre installation. Changes on your disk are not intended.

Updates

Performing a firmware update will be possible at any time, from then on; an external programming device will not be required.

Hints

  • Microsoft Windows is not compatible and cannot be used as operating system. Upgrade to GNU/Linux!
  • The hardware is not yet fully supported by Coreboot/ Libreboot.
  • Power up from suspend modus (S3) will be tested but cannot be guaranteed for every combination of hardware.

Further Experiments

Help us to improve Zerocat’s Chipflasher and to extend this offer as well! Get in touch with us if curious for experiments on other devices!

Customer Information