X2100 BIOS/EC Updates
The X2100 BIOS is finally at a stage where it’s usable for most people. The main BIOS has been modified to have a sensible PL1/PL2 values and CSM has been switched off to reduce/avoid screen tearing on the 3K panels. The EC has also been patched for better battery detection among other improvements.
For BIOS users, remember to turn on CSM to boot legacy BIOS OS.
I’ve also written a easy to use script to update the BIOS and EC in 2 stages. Just download the BIOS update in Linux (or a live CD) and run the commands to start the patch.
All machines that are shipped will come with this version of BIOS.
I’ve recently acquired a batch of 102 brand new bottom cases. These are verified new old stock and took a lot of time and effort to find and get them. They will be employed for the upcoming X230 motherboard project.
X230 New motherboard
I’ve learnt enough from the X2100 project to stop giving ETAs and information until things are firm. As such, no ETA and no information until things are firm. Pulling a Valve is a lot less tiring and easier compared to hyping things up.
COVID won’t affect things much this time round but the silicon shortage is here to stay for a while so no ETAs for now.
These are the information I can confirm right now though:
- It will happen; I’ve taken a semester off school to focus on this project.
- It will only be equipped with Intel chips for coreboot support.
- It will be equipped with better displays.
- No boot guard, no whitelists, no limits on firmware and repairability. FOSS will be first class citizens here as much as possible.
- No name for this project yet until it drops.
X330 Display adapter board
I’ve recently switched to using solder paste instead of wire solder and it results in much less issues with the adapter board. I’m also going to update the soldering guide for the 2K adapters including recommendations for solder pastes and soldering equipment.
I’m currently in the process of building a new website with automated order placements. It will also host the crowdfunding and other info with a much nicer layout. I will also be terminating some communication methods as I spend upwards of 2hrs a day on emails/replies, leaving me little time to focus on more important stuff.