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Edmund Dorf
09.09.2009, 06:11
For those of you who are interested, the bios flash can be downloaded and installed. Download, extract the files, and read the readme file to learn how to install the flash update.

Here is the link: http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/home.jsp?nav=Download

Message was edited by: Edmund Dorf

Akuma
09.09.2009, 06:17
It appears v1.50 has just been posted up. The BIOS changelog looks interesting, which includes some Win7 additions :)

gonza123
09.09.2009, 14:54
does it work for the nb200-10g PLL25E

Lars-539581805
09.09.2009, 15:14
Hi

The NB200-10G isnít listed on the Toshiba US page so it seems that this update isnít compatible with yours.

BIOS updates for your model (PLL25E) you can download on the Toshiba European page:
http://eu.computers.toshiba-europe.com => Support & Downloads => Download Drivers

Bye

jnjroach
10.09.2009, 17:15
I'm not recommending that anyone with a non-US model use this BIOS, but in the Readme it lists functionality for the EU and Japan. So I would expect that the other markets will see this BIOS soon. BTW - On my Windows 7 install I had to create a DOS Boot Thumb drive to flash the BIOS.

Jeff

spinomod
13.09.2009, 21:04
But when will be the new bios ready for download in Europe? I have a nb200-110

thx

spinomod
15.09.2009, 21:38
nobody can help me?

Edmund Dorf
15.09.2009, 22:01
The flash file posted on Toshiba US says it is for these models: NB200-SP2903R, NB200-SP2903A, NB200-SP2903C, NB200-SP2905A, NB200-SP2905C, NB200-SP2905R, NB200-SP2910A, NB200-SP2910C, NB200-SP2906C, NB200-SP2911C, NB200-SP2911A, NB200-SP2904R, NB200-SP2904C, NB200-SP2904A, NB200-SP2907R, NB200-SP2907C, NB200-SP2907A, NB200-SP2906R, NB200-SP2909R, NB200-SP2909C, NB200-SP2909A, NB200-SP2908R, NB200-SP2908C, NB200-SP2908A, NB200-SP2912R, NB200-SP2912C, NB200-SP2912A, NB200-SP2911R, NB200-SP2906A, NB200-SP2910R, NB205-N210, NB205-N310/BN, NB205-N211, NB205-N311/W, NB205-N312/BL, NB205-N313/P.

Is your model listed here? If so, you could download the file from the US site and install it.

spinomod
16.09.2009, 10:53
My model number is nb200-PLL20E
I must wait the european release of bios 1.50.....is true?

Luke
16.09.2009, 11:57
Hello

Yes, thatís true. The NB200 (PLL20E) isnít compatible with the BIOS update from the Toshiba US page.
Check the posting from Edmund Dorf.

For your notebook you can download BIOS updates here:
http://eu.computers.toshiba-europe.com => Support & Downloads => Download Drivers

Greets

spinomod
16.09.2009, 12:09
So...I must wait the release, I hope
thx

kobebrain
18.09.2009, 19:27
hi
i've try the new US firmware on my European NB200.
For me work fine.
i've a NB200-10z PPL20E

spinomod
18.09.2009, 23:30
Great!! But for some days i want wait for the european version....

Are you sure that all is ok??
The problem with the touchpad is solved also for you?

spinomod
19.09.2009, 11:12
I've flashed the 1.20 BIOS with the "american" 1.50, and all work fine now.

Thanks a lot

sb
02.10.2009, 02:11
> {quote:title=jnjroach wrote:}{quote}
> I'm not recommending that anyone with a non-US model use this BIOS, but in the Readme it lists functionality for the EU and Japan. So I would expect that the other markets will see this BIOS soon. BTW - On my Windows 7 install I had to create a DOS Boot Thumb drive to flash the BIOS.

The DOS boot thumb drive sounds interesting, Jeff. How did you create it?

The 1.20->1.60 changelog suggests that it would be a worthwhile upgrade for Linux users. However, the download from Toshiba is just a zipped .exe. Is there something in there that can create a bootable image?

Thanks,
/-sb.

jnjroach
02.10.2009, 02:37
Used this utility...

http://www.lowfps.com/creating-a-bootable-usb-thumb-drive

Then copied the bootable files from the floppy install of BIOS to the thumb drive and then rebooted...

Jeff

sb
02.10.2009, 17:33
> {quote:title=jnjroach wrote:}{quote}
> Used this utility...
>
> http://www.lowfps.com/creating-a-bootable-usb-thumb-drive
>
> Then copied the bootable files from the floppy install of BIOS to the thumb drive and then rebooted...
>
> Jeff

Thanks for the info Jeff, it led me in the right direction.

Quick summary: Linux users will need to get the DOS boot floppy image from Toshiba's US website.

Details:

It turns out that there is no floppy install in the BIOS update file that is provided by Toshiba Europe (I have an NB-200 PLL20E bought in the UK), which means no DOS-based flash utility.

This is the update file from Toshiba Europe:

http://support1.toshiba-tro.de/tedd-files2/0/bios-20090925081640.zip

Unzip it to get BIOS_V160_Win.exe with the following md5:

de1cc03a0c732c61638697c8df72d582 BIOS_V160_Win.exe

The .exe file is actually a 7zip self-extract archive:

% 7z x BIOS_V160_Win.exe
Extracting go.bat
Extracting avaa160a.rom
Extracting setup.exe

The BIOS is in avaa160a.rom. The setup.exe file is another self-extracting installer thing that contains winphlash.


Now, the US website has an even larger number of models for the NB200. I tried a bunch of them and they all point to the same file for the 1.60 BIOS:

http://cdgenp01.csd.toshiba.com/content/support/downloads/ll20v160.exe

This file is a self-extracting ZIP, and it contains _the exact same_ .exe that is found in the EU version, but under a different name:

de1cc03a0c732c61638697c8df72d582 buffalo10a_10b_10c_bios_v160_win.exe

Fortunately, it also contains a bootable CD image (ll20v160.iso) and a floppy image. The latter is named 2355d160.ima and can be found in the root directory of the CD image, as well as inside the 2355d160.exe self-extracting ZIP file.

In addition, the US update file comes with a nice readme and changelog. I suppose EU users are all assumed to use Windows and not be overly inquisitive about BIOS revision history.

A peek inside the floppy image shows the usual files you'd expect to find on a boot floppy, plus the DOS flasher (phlash16.exe) and BIOS image (avaa160a.rom). The latter is of course identical to the one found in the EU version. However, even if it weren't, one would simply loop-mount the floppy image R/W and copy the correct .rom to it. A bootable ISO is easily created from a boot floppy.

Either of the two images can be booted off a USB flash drive (this is left as an exercise for the reader :-) ). I made a bootloader (grub2) entry for the floppy image as I had an existing setup for this.

Finally, to summmarise the whole process for Unix users:

wget http://cdgenp01.csd.toshiba.com/content/support/downloads/ll20v160.exe
unzip ll20v160.exe 2355d160.exe
unzip 2355d160.exe
<boot floppy image 2355d160.ima however you like>

/-sb.

wanton007
28.11.2010, 12:38
I have an issue with mine and I believe it's a BIOS issue. I'm trying to upgrade, but I don't have the usb floppy / usb cd drive.

Using the method above, I've created a bootable USB drive with the update files.

When I boot up all I get is the Toshiba screen and does not load Windows XP

Pressing F2 to get into setup just returns "Entering Setup" and never gets past that screen.
Pressing F12 to change the boot device just returns "Entering boot device selection menu", and never gets past that screen.
Pressing ESC returns this:
KAVAA Bios Version v1.20
CPU - 1 Processors Detected
Intel Atom CPU N280 @ 1.66GHz
0000000000000000000000000 System RAM Passed

Is there anything I can do to get it to boot from the USB key so I can perform the BIOS update?