Board:lenovo/t420

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Status

Thanks for your interest in Lenovo T420 port. The code has not been merged yet. Issues:

  • The USB beside express card cannot funtion after S3 resume (work around: reload ehci-pci module)

Tested:

  • Ivy Bridge processor (you need to modify the config, and it needs more testing)
  • RAM module combinations of 4G+0
  • S3 (Suspend to RAM)
  • USB
  • Video (internal)
  • Sound (integrated speakers, integrated mic, external headphones, external mic)
  • mini-PCIe slots (wlan)
  • Linux (through GRUB-as-payload)
  • SD card slot
  • trackpoint
  • touchpad
  • Fn hotkeys (backlight control, suspend, thinklight)
  • Thinklight
  • dock (tested with a TYPE 4337)

Not Tested:

  • Video (VGA and Displayport)
  • Expresscard slot (including hotplugging)
  • Windows
  • mini pci-e wwan
  • LAN
  • Fingerprint reader.
  • Webcam
  • Thermal management
  • bluetooth
  • msata

proprietary components status

  • CPU Microcode
  • VGA option rom (optional): you need it if you wantgraphics in SeaBIOS but most payloads should work without it (text mode or corebootfb mode)
  • ME(Management Engine) => you do not have to touch it(just leave it where it is)
  • EC(Embedded Controller) => you do not have to touch it(just leave it where it is)

Flashing

T420 has an SOIC-8 flash chip of 8M. It's subdivided in roughly in 3 parts:

  • Descriptor (12K)
  • ME firmware (5M-12K)
  • System flash (3M)

ME firmware is not readable. Vendor firmware locks the flash and so you need to flash externally (unless until someone figures out a way around it).

Proceeds as follows:

  • Turn off your laptop, remove battery and AC adapter.
  • Disassemble the T420 laptop as the hardware maintenance manual says. You have to take out the mainboard, because the flash chip is under the magnesium stucture frame.
  • Connect your external SPI flasher to the SPI chip and flash it. Using an SOIC-8 clip is recommended.

When the laptop is running coreboot, you can reflash the firmware using flashrom:

 flashrom -p internal:laptop=force_I_want_a_brick -w <coreboot image>

Ivy Bridge processor support

Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processor use the same socket, so an Ivy Bridge processor can be installed. You must modify your .config file and replace all 'SANDYBRIDGE' to 'IVYBRIDGE' to support Ivy Bridge processor, otherwise system will halt when booting.

Up to now, an i7-3720QM(QS version) is tested. However, it's very unstable and causes kernel panics. And the native graphic init cannot work properly until kernel boots up and reinitialize the graphic system.