Hard drive firmware update on linux

Posted on So 03 Januar 2021 in Notebook • Tagged with notebook, linux, hardware

Doing it manually

Since I can’t use the tool provided by Seagate, the workaround is:

  • find the firmware in the ISO
  • apply it manually to both disks

Haystack, needle…

Mount the key (or the ISO):

> sudo mount -o loop ./Downloads/BarracudaLP-ALL-CC35.iso /home/fabien/plop/

Look up all those …


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Update Lenovo Bios on Linux

Posted on So 08 Februar 2015 in Notebook • Tagged with notebook, linux, hardware

Just put the extracted Bios Update utilities into the WinPE 4.0 64-bit Image and create a bootable usbstick. Then, from the admin console launch:

InsydeFlashx64.exe <BiosUpdate>.ROM

To extract the bios:

innoextract <Version>.exe

Command Comparison:

DOS Command UNIX or Bash Command Action
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Western Digital GreenPower Disks

Posted on Fr 08 August 2014 in Notebook • Tagged with notebook, linux, hardware

WD GreenPower disks have some problems under Linux with their “head parking” feature parking the head every 8 seconds. This destroys the disk over a short time span. For Linux, there's idle3ctl from the idle3-tools.

You can display the current value with the following command:

$ sudo ./idle3ctl -g /dev/sdX …

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ATA Secure Erase (SE) and hdparm

Posted on Di 01 Mai 2012 in Notebook • Tagged with notebook, linux, hardware

Warning

The instructions below will irretrievably destroy data. Moreover, as the hdparm manpage explains, "these switches are DANGEROUS to experiment with, and might not work with every kernel. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK."

Explanation

According to National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800-88: Guidelines for Media Sanitization …


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Monitor

Posted on Di 04 Januar 2011 in Notebook • Tagged with notebook, linux, hardware

calibration

This is the command to start the calibrator:

dispcal -v -y l -g 2.2 -t 6500 -q h target

There are a few options that can be set in this command by changing the values after the option flags (the dash followed by a letter):

Monitor type: -y …


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