Intel SPI Driver in Ubuntu 17.10 Release Might Corrupt Your Laptop Bios

Canonical has pulled their latest Ubuntu 17.10 release because there are many reports of Lenovo and other brand laptops experiencing corrupted BIOS when the OS is installed. At this time it looks like the Intel SPI driver is the culprit. Once a new kernel is compiled without these drivers the OS will be made available for download once again. If you downloaded this before this morning then you shouldn’t install on your laptop. In some cases only a motherboard replacement will fix the bad BIOS.

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Should your BIOS be corrupted, you may need to replace your motherboard if there isn’t  a removable flash chip. There are some reports that resetting the BIOS does work, but it’s too early to know if that works for everyone.

When the BIOS is corrupted by the Intel SPI kernel driver, the effects range from being unable to save BIOS settings to no longer being able to boot from USB devices.

The Intel SPI kernel driver is responsible for reading/writing to SPI serial flash. Due to the SPI serial flash holding the BIOS and other platform specific data, Intel’s driver is supposed to make the contents read-only, but clearly something is going awry with the driver in 17.10.


– Phoronix

This issue has been confirmed for several different lines of Lenovo laptops including the Yoga and IdeaPad products. There is also the reports of it affecting a few Acer, Toshiba and Dell laptops.

My comment on this?

Since this is an Intel driver issue is really doesn’t matter what OS it is on… And actually is Intel’s problems not Ubuntu’s…

Source

  • Ubuntu 17.10 Temporarily Pulled Due To A BIOS Corrupting Problem (phoronix.com)

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