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BIOS Update (Bootable CD) - ThinkPad X61, X61s, Reserve Edition

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README for BIOS Update Bootable CD

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This package provides the ISO image file of BIOS which is compatible with CD/ DVD writing software to create the CD/DVD for the BIOS update.
The BIOS Update CD can boot the computer disregarding the operating systems and update the BIOS (including system program and Embedded Controller program) stored in the ThinkPad computer to fix problems, add new functions, or expand functions as noted below.

Supported ThinkPad systems:
- X61, X61s
- Reserve Edition

Supported Operating Systems:
- Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit
- Microsoft Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit
- Microsoft Windows XP (Home Edition and Professional)
- Microsoft Windows 2000

This package is compiled into an ISO format, which is compatible with CD writing software such as RecordNow!(*), and writable to a CD-R or a CD-RW disc.

Note:
- If your RecordNow! CD writing program does not have a "Burn Image" entry, please upgrade RecordNow!
Additional information
Use the links below to obtain the BIOS and Embedded Controller files in other file formats:
Contents
Summary of Changes
Requirements
Creating the BIOS update CD
Update the BIOS
Initializing the BIOS
BIOS version
Additional information
Memory information

 

Summary of Changes

Where:

  • BIOS: BIOS version
  • ECP: Embedded Controller Program version
  • [Important] Important update
  • (New) New function or enhancement
  • (Fix) Correction to existing function

Version 2.22
BIOS: 2.22 / ECP: 1.03

  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where OS boot with Tivoli OS from USM memoru key might fail.

Version 7NETC1WW (2.21)
BIOS: 2.21 / ECP: 1.03

  • (New) Added support for 1600x900 screen resolution on the external monitor.
  • (New) Updated the Computrace part in the BIOS.

Vesion 7NETC0WW (2.20)
BIOS: 2.20 / ECP: 1.03

  • (New) Supports Microsoft Windows 7. (addition)
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where the AMT menu of BIOS Setup Utility might not be displayed.

Version 7NETB9WW (2.19)
BIOS: 2.19 / ECP: 1.03

  • (New) Added PCI Express Power Management disabling capability in BIOS setup.
  • (Fix) Boot priority order does not work on selecting AMT remote console.
  • (Fix) Windows XP installation may stop responding on the way.
  • (Fix) System reboot should be done for all Physical Presence I/F command execution.
  • (Fix) The computer with Smart Card Reader resumes normal operation from sleep state unexpectedly.
  • (Fix) The computer with RICOH CardBus Controller has slow data transfer performance.

Version 7NETB8WW (2.18)
BIOS: 2.18 / ECP: 1.03

  • (New) Intel Video BIOS update.

Version 7NETB7WW (2.17)
BIOS: 2.17 / ECP: 1.03

  • (Fix) Buzzing sound around the fan with battery. Note: To use this feature, you need to install following drivers. Power Manager for Windows 2000, XP (1.40 or later) Power Manager for Windows Vista (2.30 or later) Power Management driver(1.44 or later)
  • (Fix) The computer may hang if Rescue and Recovery is installed on Windows

Version 7NETB6WW (2.16)
BIOS: 2.16 / ECP: 1.03

  • (New) Support for Intel ICH-8 step B2.

Version 7NETB4WW (2.14)
BIOS: 2.14 / ECP: 1.03

  • (New) Security function was enhanced.
  • (New) Firmware update of Intel AMT ME.
  • (Fix) Data transmission speed of CardBus and 1394 device gets slow.

Version 7NETB3WW (2.13)
BIOS: 2.13 / ECP: 1.03

  • (Fix) System hangs while formatting CardBus ATA HDD drive under Windows Vista 64-bit SP1.

Version 7NETB1WW (2.11)
BIOS: 2.11 / ECP: 1.03

  • (Fix) WOL (Wake on LAN) may fail. (BIOS)
  • (Fix) Boot error occurs at Intel ICH8M SATA initialization. (BIOS)

Version 7NETA8WW (2.08)
BIOS: 2.08 / ECP: 1.03

  • (New) Intel Memory Reference Code update. (BIOS)
  • (Fix) POST 2100 for Hard Disk Initialization error may be displayed at reboot after exiting from BIOS Setup Utility. (BIOS)

Version 7NETA7WW (2.07)
BIOS: 2.07 / ECP: 1.03

  • (New) Support for the models with new microprocessors. (BIOS)
  • (New) Microcode updates of the processors. (BIOS)

Version 7NETA6WW (2.06)
BIOS: 2.06 / ECP: 1.03

  • (New) Added the new error code 1830 to indicate that a single DIMM is not installed in the memory slot 0. Solution for the error code: With a single DIMM, install the DIMM into the memory slot 0 (a slot different from having used it). (BIOS)
  • (Fix) Unexpected interrupts from the USB controller may occur. (BIOS)
  • (Fix) When a certain HDD User Password is set, re-boot may fail. (BIOS)

Version 7NET30WW (1.11)
BIOS: 1.11 / ECP: 1.02

  • (Fix) When Load Deafults(F9) in BIOS Setup is performed, AMT SOL(Serial-Over-LAN) session may be disconnected. (BIOS)
  • (Fix) The brightness becomes maximum at the start of Windows XP even if the maximum brightness has not been set with Fn+End key in previous session. (BIOS)

Version 7NET29WW (1.10)
BIOS: 1.10 / ECP: 1.02

  • (Fix) An error message may be displayed after the system with smart battery entered Intel(R) AMT Management Engine BIOS Extention screen. (BIOS)
  • (Fix) Data transmission speed of the hard drive gets slow from 66 MB/s to 33 MB/s in SATA AHCI mode. (BIOS)
  • (Fix) The computer may hang at the power-on if device configuration is changed in the BIOS Setup immediately after resuming normal operation from hibernation mode. (BIOS)
  • (Fix) An error may occur at the power-on after ThinkPad BIOS Settings for Windows runs and then the computer goes into hibernation mode. (BIOS)
  • (Fix) When Power button of Power Options in Control panel is set to "Do nothing" for "When I close the lid of my portable computer:" in Extended desktop, Extended desktop is kept even by closing portable computer. (BIOS)

Version 7NET27WW (1.08)
BIOS: 1.08 / ECP: 1.02

  • (Fix) Unexpected display modes may be selected with docking station on Windows Vista. (BIOS)
  • (Fix) SMBIOS type22(Battery information) handling on PC with damaged battery was improved. (BIOS)
  • (Fix) Fingerprint authentication fails once at power-on time, power-on password prompt appears immediately. (BIOS)
  • (Fix) Memory address more than 4GB can't be accessed under Vista WindowsPE. (BIOS)

Version 7NET25WW (1.06)
BIOS: 1.06 / ECP: 1.02

  • (Fix) The computer with Intel Turbo Memory Controller may hang displaying a Blue screen when it wakes up from hibernation mode. (BIOS)
  • (Fix) System performance sometimes gets lower when "SATA Controller Mode Option" is set to "AHCI" in BIOS Setup Utility. (BIOS)
Version 7NET24WW (1.05)
BIOS: 1.05 / ECP: 1.02
  • (New) The ENERGY STAR logo is displayed during POST. (BIOS)
  • (New) Support for new WWAN card. (BIOS)
  • (New) Support for ThinkPad Reserve Edition
Version 7NET22WW (1.03)
BIOS: 1.03 / ECP: 1.02
  • (Fix) Cooling FAN control improvement. (EC)
Version 7NET21WW (1.02)
BIOS: 1.02 / ECP: 1.01
  • (New) Support for ThinkPad X61, X61s.

 

Requirements
  1. If you update to the BIOS version 2.06-1.03 or later, you are not able to get back to the older BIOS versions.
  2. You should install the CD/DVD/BD writing software which supports CD/DVD/BD creation function from the ISO image file to create the BIOS Update CD.
  3. To boot the computer from the BIOS Update CD, you should have the following optical drive.
    • Ultrabay Slim optical drive installed in the ThinkPad X6 UltraBase
  4. Any types of USB, PC Card, CardBus PC Card or ExpressCard optical drive are not supported.
  5. To boot the computer from the BIOS Update CD, you may need to change the boot device setting in your ThinkPad computer. Refer to the "Prepare boot device" section in this document.
  6. The contents of the BIOS Update CD can not be shown by Windows Explorer.
  7. If you use Windows Vista, before applying this BIOS into the system, you should install Windows Vista KB 937500. The information of KB937500 is located in the following Microsoft's site.

To verify if KB937500 is installed properly,

  1. Click Start, then click Control Panel.
  2. Find Programs and Features and click. If this option does not exist on the window, choose Classic View to find it.
  3. On Tasks pane, click on View installed updates.
  4. Verify that KB937500 is included in the list of installed updates.

 

Creating the BIOS update CD

This section assumes to use Internet Explorer and Explorer.

[Downloading file]

  1. Click once on the underlined file name with the left mouse button. Once this is done, some pop-up windows will appear.
  2. Follow the instructions on the screen.
  3. In the window to choose Run or Save, click the Save button.
  4. Choose the folder you would like to download the file to and click the Save button. A different window will appear and the download will begin and complete. Once the download has completed, there may or may not be a message stating that the download completed successfully.

[Creating BIOS Update CD]

  1. Prepare a computer with an optical drive installed and a blank CD/DVD disc, and make sure the CD/DVD writing software is installed into the computer.
  2. Locate the folder where the file was downloaded.
  3. Locate the file ending in ".ISO" that was downloaded, then double-click it. A writing software will open.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to finish writing and complete creating BIOS Update CD.

Finally delete the file saved in Step 4.


Prepare the boot device

Confirm that an optical drive is in the boot device list of your BIOS setup.

  1. Power off the computer.
  2. Power on the computer.
  3. While the "To interrupt normal startup, press the blue ThinkVantage button" message is displayed at the lower-left area of the screen, press the F1 key.
    The BIOS Setup Utility menu will be displayed. If a password prompt appears, type the correct password.
  4. Choose Startup from the menu.
  5. Choose Boot from the menu. Note the current boot priority order for restoration later if you need to modify your boot list.
  6. In "Boot Priority Order", make sure "ATAPI CD0" (for the Ultrabay Slim optical drives for ThinkPad X6 UltraBase) is on top of ATA HDD0.
  7. Press the F3 key to exit, or press the F10 key to save the new setup and then select Yes.
  8. Restart the computer.

 

Updating the BIOS
Notes:
  • If your computer runs satisfactorily now, it may not be necessary to update the BIOS. To determine if you should update the BIOS, refer to the Version Information section.
  • You need an AC adapter, a charged battery pack, ThinkPad X6 UltraBase and an Ultrabay Slim optical drive.
  • Remove the Power-on password prior to updating the BIOS in the RDM (Remote Deployment Manager) or similar environment.

Attention: Do not turn off, suspend the computer or remove the BIOS UPDATE CD until the update has been completed. IF YOU DO THAT WHILE THE UPDATE IS STILL IN PROGRESS, THE SYSTEM BOARD MAY HAVE TO BE REPLACED.

  1. Print these instructions or display on another system.
  2. Make sure your ThinkPad computer has an optical drive in the ThinkPad X6 UltraBase attached.
  3. Insert the BIOS Update CD into the optical drive and turn on the computer.
  4. Select Read this first from the menu and carvefully read the information.
  5. Press the Esc key to return to the menu.
  6. Select Update system program and follow the instructions on the screen.
  7. After the information panel appears, remove the BIOS Update CD from the optical drive then press the Enter key to restart the computer.

 

Initializing the BIOS

Note:

  • After initialization you may need to reapply some settings that you had changed previously.

BIOS Initialization is suggested for some problems. To initialize the BIOS settings:

  1. Turn off the computer.
  2. Turn on the computer.
  3. While the "To interrupt normal startup, press the blue ThinkVantage button" message is displayed at the lower-left area of the screen, press the F1 key.
    The "BIOS Setup Utility" menu will be displayed. If you have set a supervisor password, the BIOS Setup Utility menu appears after you enter the password.
  4. Press the F9 key to load default configuration.
  5. Select Yes.
  6. Press the F10 key to save default configuration and exit.
  7. Select Yes.
  8. Restart the computer.

 

BIOS information
Each version of the System Program Service Utility contains the following system program (BIOS) and the Embedded Controller program (ECP). The BIOS Version and the date can be viewed by running ThinkPad Configuration from your operating system and selecting the System Information button or by invoking the BIOS Setup Utility.
  1. Turn off the computer.
  2. Turn on the computer.
  3. While the "To interrupt normal startup, press the blue ThinkVantage button" message is displayed at the lower-left area of the screen, press the F1 key.
    The "BIOS Setup Utility" menu will be displayed. If a password prompt appears, type the correct password.
  4. Check the BIOS Version and Embedded Controller Version.
  5. Turn off the computer.
BIOS
ECP
Release
7NETC2WW(2.22)
1.03 (7MHT25WW)
Current release
7NETC1WW (2.21)
1.03 (7MHT25WW)
7nuj21uc.iso
7nuj21uc.txt
7NETC0WW (2.20)
1.03 (7MHT25WW)
7nuj20uc.iso
7nuj20uc.txt
7NETB9WW (2.19)
1.03 (7MHT25WW)
7nuj19uc.iso
7nuj19uc.txt
7NETB8WW (2.18)
1.03 (7MHT25WW)
7nuj18uc.iso
7nuj18uc.txt
7NETB6WW (2.16)
1.03 (7MHT25WW)
7nuj16uc.iso
7nuj16uc.txt
7NETB4WW (2.14)
1.03 (7MHT25WW)
7nuj14uc.iso
7nuj14uc.txt
7NETB3WW (2.13)
1.03 (7MHT25WW)
7nuj13uc.iso
7nuj13uc.txt
7NETB1WW (2.11)
1.03 (7MHT25WW)
7nuj12uc.iso
7nuj12uc.txt
7NETA7WW (2.07)
1.03 (7MHT25WW)
7nuj10uc.iso
7nuj10uc.txt
7NETA6WW (2.06)
1.03 (7MHT25WW)
7nuj09uc.iso
7nuj09uc.txt
7NET30WW (1.11)
1.02 (7MHT24WW)
7nuj07uc.iso
7nuj07uc.txt
7NET29WW (1.10)
1.02 (7MHT24WW)
7nuj06uc.iso
7nuj06uc.txt
7NET27WW (1.08)
1.02 (7MHT24WW)
7nuj05uc.iso
7nuj05uc.txt
7NET25WW (1.06)
1.02 (7MHT24WW)
7nuj04uc.iso
7nuj04uc.txt
7NET24WW (1.05)
1.02 (7MHT24WW)
7nuj03uc.iso
7nuj03uc.txt
7NET22WW (1.03)
1.02 (7MHT24WW)
7nuj02uc.iso
7nuj02uc.txt


Memory information
Reserved Area

The following conventional memory addresses are reserved by the BIOS and others. (When Intel Turbo Memory is installed in your system, conventional memory addresses are reserved 12 Kbytes more.)

  • C0000-CFFFF : Reserved for Video BIOS
  • D0000-D1FFF : Reserved for Option ROM of Ethernet (*a)
  • E0000-FFFFF : Reserved for System BIOS

Notes:

  • (*a) This area becomes free by disabling the Ethernet LAN Option ROM option under Config and Network in BIOS Setup Utility. This choice will disable PXE and WOL features.
Usable Area
The following memory address can be used by the memory manager such as EMM386.
  • D2000-DFFFF

Note: Certain addresses in this area will be reserved for CardBus Controllers or others by Operating Systems. The addresses vary and depend on the design of each Operating System.

 


  • Alias ID: MIGR-67983, MIGR-67983-KR
  • Document ID:DS013746
  • Last Updated :23-06-14
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