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Thread: NB100 BIOS Update on Linux

  1. NB100 BIOS Update on Linux
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    Ok, I have found and downloaded the BIOS update file from Toshiba, I've not been able to find any instructions as to how to properly apply the update.

    For the Linux version, it's in the form of a .sh, however, it's not a standard shell script. Is this something to be just run from a command prompt? Anyone know or could someone point me to the documentation I don't seem to be able to find regarding this?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. Re: NB100 BIOS Update on Linux
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    A great question! Searched the manual and the web, I cannot find anything.
    Hope someone has an answer.

  3. Re: NB100 BIOS Update on Linux
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    I have spoken to the technical support today and they will come back to me on how to do the bios update in Linux.

    They said it was just a case of running the file. IT WOULD NOT on my machine.

    Will post the reply when I get it.

  4. Re: NB100 BIOS Update on Linux
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    Toshiba say download the file, extract it from the zip file, right click and set the execute bit, then run it.

    It does now run, but does not seem to have changed the bios version. I have Bios Version 1.10

    Before anyone else runs it can you please tell what the System BIOS Version they?

  5. Re: NB100 BIOS Update on Linux
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    Yes, I too just tried running the file, and got a message about incompatible modules types or something similar. The command wouldn't complete properly on either my partners NB100, which is exactly as came from the factory, nor on mine, which has been fully updated. I'm not sure what needs to happen at this point, but I am curious.
    C'mon Toshiba.. just give us a bit of info to work on.. just this once? pls?

  6. Re: NB100 BIOS Update on Linux
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    Part of the update creates a temporary file like this one:
    isfl_drv.ko: ELF 32-bit LSB relocatable, Intel *80386*, version 1 (SYSV), not stripped

    Its the format of this being complained about - wonder if its because the kernel is lpia architecture and not 80386?

    I'll keep digging...

  7. Re: NB100 BIOS Update on Linux
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    I have been in contact with Toshiba techs this morning, and I am still waiting for a reply. They say that the problem has been raised to level 3 (whatever that is) and they will be in touch soon.

  8. Re: NB100 BIOS Update on Linux
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    Guess, thats the level of support. ;)

  9. Re: NB100 BIOS Update on Linux
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    hi everyones,

    news for updates?
    i have some problems:
    boot freeze and stopped with the led A in the touchpad area, the pc do not restart at the suspensions ecc....
    i use ubuntu on my 3 pc from 2 years but only on this netbook i have this problems.
    :-(

  10. Re: NB100 BIOS Update on Linux
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    Toshiba have informed me that there is an issue with the bios upgrade, and is has now been taken off the website.
    They are hoping to issue an update within the next week, when they have resolved the issue. They will also be issuing instructions on how to do the update.

  11. Re: NB100 BIOS Update on Linux
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    I found a new bios on the website 1.60 but still having problems, module instert error if running from a terminal, nothing at all happenes if I run it as per readme

  12. Re: NB100 BIOS Update on Linux
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    The same for me. Just emailed Toshiba back with the results

  13. Re: NB100 BIOS Update on Linux
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    Does anybody know what the changes are in the new BIOS? The Toshiba site merely says "This Bios Update adds increased functionality to your system" which, frankly, is completely useless!

    It is usually said that you should not update the BIOS unless it fixes a specific problem that you have, but it's a bit difficult to know in this case...

  14. Re: NB100 BIOS Update on Linux
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    I did ask Toshiba but the answer seems to have been overlooked.
    I was asked to check the new bios upgrade this afternoon, but I still cannot get it to install, and I get the error

    'Module isfl_drv.ko insert error'

    and the bios is not updated.

    Toshiba say they have updated several with this new file, and do not understand why it does not work for me and a couple of others by the entries inf this forum.
    The instructions also forgets to tell you to make the file executable before trying to run it.

  15. Re: NB100 BIOS Update on Linux
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    I have exactly the same error, had they at least made a dos version available one could boot of a USB pendrive adn update like that

  16. Re: NB100 BIOS Update on Linux
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    news for update the bios???

  17. Re: NB100 BIOS Update on Linux
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    Here cometh the news.

    I was requested to do a complete recovery, using the CD. Which I did. OK

    I then did a BIOS Update using the file from the net, BEFORE doing any of the numerous updates.
    The BIOS Update worked fine. I now have BIOS 1.60.

    Below is my reply to TOSHIBA:

    This means that something in the OFFICIAL updates breaks the ability to
    do a bios upgrade. This is not really a satisfactory situation. You
    cannot expect users to be doing this when there is a bios update. Not
    everyone will be able to do it for a start.
    I now have to do all the updates, then repair the sound (as the updates
    breaks the sound), then put everything I had back on.

    We would still like to know:
    1. What does the updated bios fix, repair or improve?
    2. How will we do a bios upgrade in the future?
    3. Will you publish the necessary instructions alongside the bios
    update

    I hope that I will get a reply, or it will be posted by TOSHIBA iin the near future.

  18. Re: NB100 BIOS Update on Linux
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    if try to reinstall the original cd using the usb, when the software for partition start, release the error 20022...and quit the installation!
    but toshiba test your products or nothing?:-(

  19. Re: NB100 BIOS Update on Linux
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    *Reply from TOSHIBA:*

    ¨The reason for requesting that you recover the notebook in this
    circumstance was to eliminate any changes from the OS which was
    preventing you from updating the Bios. As per one of my original emails,
    we where unable to replicate this on any of our NB100's

    As Ubuntu is an "open source" platform, Toshiba cannot be liable for any
    updates which may result in further issues. On such occasions Toshiba
    will look into this however cannot guarantee that a resolution would be
    found. On such occasions, a product recovery may be suggested.

    This bios has been tested having no issues, therefore the suggestion
    provided was within the remit.¨

  20. Re: NB100 BIOS Update on Linux
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    Just out of curiosity since windows xp is a "commercial product" will Toshiba be asking us to do a full recovery of that operating system as well? I'm sure Toshiba cannot be liable for any updates which Microsoft may release and may result in further issues!
    I find the reply lame to say the least, since Toshiba sells the product that has the "open source platform" installed it should be responsible for it !

    Just as I am sure it discusses problems with MS I see no reason for it not to do the same with Canonical considering that the "open source platform" that it speaks of is officially only a OEM product

    RGDS
    an insulted customer

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