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Author Topic: bios whitelisting  (Read 1817 times)

loonylion

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bios whitelisting
« on: January 28, 2016, 02:25:47 PM »

So my HP laptop (bought 2nd hand from fleabay for 150) has a totally cr@p wireless card in it that broke my debian install. No problem ill buy a decent Intel.

Nope. As soon as I put it in and turned the thing on it came up saying it had detected an illegal wireless card and disabled it. Much research later, it appears to have an RSA encrypted BIOS that cant be modified to remove the whitelisting and when I tried to manually flip the disable bit in the PCIe configuration space it wouldnt stick.

HP can go die in a fire, I'm never buying another of their products.
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Re: bios whitelisting
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2016, 08:40:48 PM »

Can I ask which specific model of laptop the HP is?
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loonylion

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Re: bios whitelisting
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2016, 08:54:30 PM »

its a Probook 6465b (AMD Llano) with an F.20 bios. fully loaded, I got a good deal aside from the damn whitelist and crappy wireless NIC. Probably cant upgrade the WWAN modem to LTE either because of said whitelist.
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Re: bios whitelisting
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2016, 02:24:28 PM »

after much more research as far as I can see I'm stuck with this crappy 1x1 broadcom card. HP aren't interested and just make excuse after excuse trying to justify the unjustifiable. Seems nothing short of a class action lawsuit would change their minds.
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Re: bios whitelisting
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2016, 02:01:03 PM »

What about using a usb WiFi dongle ?. :hmm:
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loonylion

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Re: bios whitelisting
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2016, 04:18:18 PM »

What about using a usb WiFi dongle ?. :hmm:

they're generally cr@p as well, plus I dont really want stuff sticking out where it could get knocked and broken
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Re: bios whitelisting
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2016, 04:33:22 AM »

I have this issue with my Dell laptops, really annoying.  In the case of the Dell on certain Intel chipsets you can get around this by using the "cover Pin 20 with insulating tape" technique, this works on my e6420 and might work for other laptops - not sure.

It does work but it is fiddly and super-annoying, you might want to google it in case its an option.

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Re: bios whitelisting
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2016, 10:31:08 AM »

I've had success with that pin-covering technique in the past, IIRC it was an HP laptop.
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