Lenovo T431s

Disassembly Instructions

You must remove the following parts before flipping the mainboard off the main frame:

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  • Base cover
  • Hard disk drive
  • Battery pack
  • Keyboard

Its Hardware Maintenance Manual could be used as a guidance of disassembly.

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The WSON-8 flash chip (surrounded with red circle in the photo above) sits on the opposite side of the mainboard, under a piece of insulating tape. If solders between the chip and soldering pads fortunately overflows beside the chip as tiny tin balls attached to soldering pads, it will be possible to use a pomona 5250 clip to hold the chip, with its metal tips just attached to tin balls, thus connecting the chip to the programmer.

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Flashing firmware externally supplying direct power

Currently, detecting the model of soldered RAM at runtime and loading the corresponding SPD datum from CBFS is not implemented yet. You may have to dump the SPD data when running the vendor firmware with inteltool, and replace the content of the SPD hex with what is dumped.

(the mechanism may be similar to that on x1_carbon_gen1 and s230u, but I do not know how to find gpio ports for that, and SPD data stored in vendor firmware.)