Stories of Samsung laptops and Chromebooks being bricked abound on the Internet. Because the reported cases have been related to those working with Linux, it has been assumed that the cause is a Linux bug.
Not any more.
Matthew Garrett has reported a case of bricking that has nothing to do with Linux. According to him.
I bricked a Samsung laptop today. Unlike most of the reported cases of Samsung laptops refusing to boot, I never booted Linux on it – all experimentation was performed under Windows. It seems that the bug we’ve been seeing is simultaneously simpler in some ways and more complicated in others than we’d previously realised.
Read the gory details here.