Upgrade kit finally arrived. Upgrade went smoothly and it’s all in good working order as far as I can tell. None of the magic smoke escaped and none of the data cables got crispy.
Shipped with the 3.02 firmware, so I had to update it myself. The hardest part was figuring out how to fix my bootloader afterwards. (Tip: you don’t have to boot off external media, you can get into your existing install by explicitly telling the laptop to boot a specific EFI, even if it won’t automatically boot it until you’ve reinstalled and reconfigured GRUB, or at least that worked for me.)
All the other updates I made (matte screen, stiffer hinges, bigger battery) went really well as well. The biggest disappointment is the ridiculous whistling from the CoolerMaster case I’ve got my old mainboard installed in. Gonna have to figure out how to modify that case to fix that later.
Soo… attempting to show off the laptop to my co-workers resulted a strange sequence of events.
All was going great until, I connected it to one of those curved high resolution screens with build-in ethernet/camera/speakers.
Plugging it into usb-c top left it switched to using the external monitor only at a very low resolution (charging started, I did not check to see if any of the peripherals were recognized)
At this time I believe the framework keyboard and track-pad stopped responding. so I connected an apple keyboard using a usb-c (lower-right) to lightning cable. and a mouse on usb-a (lower-left) and could continue using the system.
Then plugged it into the usb-c top-right and the screen used full resolution.
At full resolution I thought it be sweet to show off some Minecraft graphics and speed. The game loaded perfectly and started generating terrain of a new off-line world.
As soon as I started flying around the epileptic white bars started to interfere with the graphics.
Using F3 Minecraft showed me it was running low on memory, so I assigned more and restarted to no avail.
At this point the laptop decided to go into sleep mode every couple of seconds (now the fingerprint module really helped to get back into the system quickly). changing the power-saving mode made no difference.
As the systems behaviour (also white bars outside of Minecraft and non-responsive keyboard/track-pad and the going to sleep) I decided to reboot the system.
After rebooting the keyboard/track-pad was still not responding.
Now I decided the demo was over and I just completely shut it down and put it away.
Back at home I booted up and all appears to be fine again (keyboard/trackpad are functional again… no more sudden sleeping)
As far as I can find… most of the above is already known by the community/framework and is being worked on to resolve in various other threads.
Replacement laptop arrived today. Assembled everything and this time it went completely smoothly. Posting this from it now. It’s definitely really nice, big upgrade over my older Thinkpad X1 Carbon. Keyboard is really nice to type on. The G.Skill DDR5-5600 CL40 memory worked perfectly.
As an update to my own issues as well, RMA arrived quickly and is working perfectly.
Only weird thing is that with the 7840u version, my cpu appears to run much slower than the reported boost speed of 5.1ghz.