Firmware upgrade using Linux tool, requires no hardware

Adjusting BENQ Blur Reduction and DyAc (Dynamic Acceleration) including Blur Busters Strobe Utility. Supports most BenQ/Zowie Z-Series monitors (XL2411, XL2420, XL2720, XL2735, XL2540, XL2546)
davidm71
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Re: Firmware upgrade using Linux tool, requires no hardware

Post by davidm71 » 02 Feb 2019, 10:41

If anyone can take a backup dump of their XL2411Z "MX25L1605" firmware I would appreciate it. Begging please if someone can do that for me? Not the "MX25L1605A/E". I need a copy of the first one that comes up when you list the firmwares.

Please..


Thank you.

davidm71
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Re: Firmware upgrade using Linux tool, requires no hardware

Post by davidm71 » 02 Feb 2019, 15:49

Look I'll make a donation for a copy of that first flash file for the XL2411Z "MX25L1605" firmware.

Not the second one. I got that.


Thanks guys


Your all awesome..

davidm71
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Re: Firmware upgrade using Linux tool, requires no hardware

Post by davidm71 » 02 Feb 2019, 16:24

RoSenpai wrote:I was about posting a full guide incluiding this, but I think is unfair since I just changed some permissions.
So please, go on.
The exact problem it solved was the Errno 5, and I think it should work too with Errno 6.

Also, you could update the svn co svn://flashrom.org/flashrom/trunk@1846 flashrom to svn co https://code.coreboot.org/svn/flashrom/trunk@1846 flashrom , I don't know if you did it already.

And for anyone who need it, I have attached the update I used. XL2720Z V5.
It's compressed as rar instead of zip because of the size, sorry.
Didn't work for me at all.

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Re: Firmware upgrade using Linux tool, requires no hardware

Post by davidm71 » 02 Feb 2019, 18:17

I AM VERY HAPPY TO REPORT THAT I FINALLY FIXED IT!!!!!!! WOOHOOO!!!! 8-)


I just wanted to detail how I was able to finally have some success. Ok here goes. Intel iGpu will F it up. Didn't work for me from across 4 different machines with integrated igpus. Kept on getting errno 6 errors. So finally I dusted off my old Gigabyte Z87X-UD5H hackintosh system and fired up Ubuntu 18.04. I had an Evga 730GT video card in there and used a DVI-RGB cable adapter. I had to break off 4 pins around the horizontal pin to get it to fit. Anyhow its weird how some dvi vga adapters have a long pin extension and others are short but those 4 pins on top and below wasn't letting it go into the dvi port on the back of the card.

So I had to change "deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty main restricted universe multiverse" to "deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic main restricted universe multiverse" because 14.04 is already obsolete. I used a copy of flashrom that someone had posted ten pages back and compiled it. Followed the instructions as best I could before bricking it but alls well that ends well. Now on V4 and will be testing this out and see what this all brings to the table.

Want to thank everyone that offered to help via PM. Everyone else that I harassed I do apologize and ask you ignore my messages.

So Nvidia to the rescue today!!!

Thank you

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Re: Firmware upgrade using Linux tool, requires no hardware

Post by akhyg » 05 Feb 2019, 04:54

can someone update the tutorial for linux and upload links for xl2411z ? i got v1 now

davidm71
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Re: Firmware upgrade using Linux tool, requires no hardware

Post by davidm71 » 06 Feb 2019, 21:40

akhyg wrote:can someone update the tutorial for linux and upload links for xl2411z ? i got v1 now
Just follow the tutorial on page 21.
download the prepatched Flashrom package that was posted on page 50:

https://www110.zippyshare.com/v/qacsLHgR/file.html

Just copy the folder to your desktop and compile it after you
make sure you 'sudo apt-get install build-essential' before you compile Flashrom
use Ubuntu 18.04 instead but instead of: "deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty main restricted universe multiverse"
change trusty to bionic. Actually that line already exists but its bionic not trusty anymore. Just add universe multiverse to it.

Use nvidia graphic card. Intel IGPU failed me. Have a couple backup computers to experiment with. Bricking may happen without warning...

Good luck.

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Re: Firmware upgrade using Linux tool, requires no hardware

Post by The_System » 08 Feb 2019, 04:59

I successfully flashed my BenQ XL2720Z to the Zowie V7 firmware. Thank you all for the tutorials! :D

syXzor
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Re: Firmware upgrade using Linux tool, requires no hardware

Post by syXzor » 10 Mar 2019, 05:18

Yesterday and earlier today I tried to upgrade from v1 to v7 for my XL2720Z using ubuntu 14.04 lts and the instruction given here: viewtopic.php?f=13&t=779&start=490#p35095.

It all went smooth until the final step ,where I would get an error stating:

ubuntu@ubuntu:~/flashrom$ sudo ./flashrom -p mstarddc_spi:dev=/dev/i2c-1:49 -c "MX25L1605A/MX25L1606E" -w XL2720ZV7.bin
flashrom v0.9.7- on Linux 4.4.0-142-generic (x86_64)
flashrom is free software, get the source code at http://www.flashrom.org

Calibrating delay loop... OK.
Info: Will try to use device /dev/i2c-1 and address 0x49.
Info: WILL reset the device at the end.
Found Macronix flash chip "MX25L1605A/MX25L1606E" (2048 kB, SPI) on mstarddc_spi.
Reading old flash chip contents... done.
Erasing and writing flash chip... Erase/write done.
Verifying flash... FAILED at 0x00000000! Expected=0x02, Found=0xb0, failed byte count from 0x00000000-0x001fffff: 0xfe
Your flash chip is in an unknown state.
Please report this on IRC at chat.freenode.net (channel #flashrom) or
mail flashrom@flashrom.org, thanks!

After that nothing happened when i tabbed the power button.

Luckily I could revert to my backup firmware, which made it work again.

Just now, I finally tried upgrading from my backup v1 to the v5, which turned out to work, so it\s only the v7 that is not working for my XL2720Z.

So thanks a lot for providing all the info in this thread.
Last edited by syXzor on 10 Mar 2019, 07:35, edited 1 time in total.

davidm71
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Re: Firmware upgrade using Linux tool, requires no hardware

Post by davidm71 » 10 Mar 2019, 07:14

Try using a different video card adapter and try again.

Cecil
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Re: Firmware upgrade using Linux tool, requires no hardware

Post by Cecil » 10 Mar 2019, 14:12

davidm71 wrote:
akhyg wrote:can someone update the tutorial for linux and upload links for xl2411z ? i got v1 now
Just follow the tutorial on page 21.
download the prepatched Flashrom package that was posted on page 50:

https://www110.zippyshare.com/v/qacsLHgR/file.html

Just copy the folder to your desktop and compile it after you
make sure you 'sudo apt-get install build-essential' before you compile Flashrom
use Ubuntu 18.04 instead but instead of: "deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty main restricted universe multiverse"
change trusty to bionic. Actually that line already exists but its bionic not trusty anymore. Just add universe multiverse to it.

Use nvidia graphic card. Intel IGPU failed me. Have a couple backup computers to experiment with. Bricking may happen without warning...

Good luck.
thanks alot that worked for me!

i was able to update my 2nd XL2720Z to V008 (as the other one had this by default). tho i didnt really see what the difference between V7 and V8 is...

i'll leave it here so someone might find this useful:
"BenQ_XL2720Z_FW_V008_20160815_backup.7z"
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ugWXkA ... sp=sharing

take care

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