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BIOS Update Bootable CD for Windows 8 (32-bit, 64-bit), 7 (32-bit, 64-bit), Vista (32-bit, 64-bit), XP - ThinkPad

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README for BIOS Update Bootable CD

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1.38
8/4/2013
BIOS Update Bootable CD
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46.25 MB
Windows 7 (32-bit)
Windows 7 (64-bit)
Windows 8 (32-bit)
Windows 8 (64-bit)
Windows Vista (32-Bit)
Windows Vista (64-Bit)
Windows XP (32-bit)
1.38
8/4/2013

The BIOS Update CD can boot the computer disregarding the operating systems and update the UEFI 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.

Use the link below to obtain the BIOS in other file formats:

Notes:

  • This program is language independent and can be used with any language system.
  • Please create the CD/DVD from the ISO image file and install it. The contents of the BIOS Update CD cannot be shown by Windows Explorer.
Contents
Supported ThinkPad Systems
Supported Operating Systems
Summary of changes
Notes
Creating the BIOS update disc
Update UEFI BIOS
Initializing UEFI BIOS
Determining which version is installed
Known limitations
Memory map information

 

Supported ThinkPad systems
  • T420s, T420si

 

Supported Operating Systems
  • Microsoft Windows 8 32-bit, 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit, 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows Vista 32-bit, 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3

 

Summary of Changes

Where:

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

Version 1.38
UEFI: 1.38 / ECP: 1.21

  • (New) Updated the CPU microcode.
  • (Fix) Corrected the help message for enabling the microphone in the BIOS Setup.

Version 1.37
UEFI: 1.37 / ECP: 1.21

  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where no sound was heard from the ThinkPad internal speakers while the computer was locked when SmartAudio was set to Multi-stream mode and headphones or external speakers were attached to the computer. This fix is to follow Windows' behavior.
    (Hints)
    1. To disable sound from the internal speakers in lock state, press the mute button on the keyboard.
    2. A beep sound may be heard when entering standby/sleep state, resuming normal operation from standby/sleep state, closing and opening the lid. To disable the beep sound, do either of the following settings.
    a) Open ThinkVantage Power Manager, select Switch to: [Advanced], select the Global Power Settings tab and uncheck the Beep when power state changes option.
    b) 1. Turn off and on the computer.
        2. While the "To interrupt normal startup, press the blue ThinkVantage button" message is displayed, press the F1 key.
        3. Select Config, then select Beep and Alarm.
        4. Set the Power Control Beep option to Disabled.
        5. Press the F10 key to save configuration and exit.
        6. Select Yes and restart the computer.
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue of Windows Memory Diagnostic failure with two memory modules.

Version 1.36
UEFI: 1.36 / ECP: 1.21

  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where specific SATA devices might not be detected after reboot.
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where Fn icon might not appear normally by pressing specific key.

Note:
Please refer to the README file under the "File details" section for a complete list of changes fixed by this driver update.

Notes
  1. This program is language independent and can be used with any language system.
  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 any one of the following types of optical drives.
    • ThinkPad internal
    • USB
  4. Any types of other optical device like ExpressCard device 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.

 

Creating the BIOS update CD

This section assumes to use Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer.

[Downloading file]

  1. Click once on the underlined file name. 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 Save. 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/BD disc, and make sure the CD/DVD/BD 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 the step 4.

Prepare the boot device

Confirm that the BIOS CD is set up as bootable and an optical drive is in the boot device list of your ThinkPad Setup.

[Windows 8]

  1. Turn on the computer to start Windows.
  2. Hold down the Windows logo key and press C to open the Charm bar on the screen.
  3. Select Settings, then Power from the menu.
  4. Select Reboot to restart the computer.

[Windows 7 and Windows XP]

  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. In "UEFI/Legacy Boot", make sure "Both" or "Legacy Only" is chosen.
  6. Choose Boot from the menu.
    Note the current boot priority order for restoration later if you need to modify your boot list.
  7. In "Boot Priority Order", make sure the following device is on top of "ATA HDD0".
    • "ATAPI CD0" (when using a ThinkPad internal optical drive)
    • "USB CD" (when using a USB optical drive)
  8. Press the ESC key several times to enter "Restart" menu and choose Exit Discarding Changes to exit from ThinkPad Setup, or press the F10 key to save the new setup and then select Yes.
  9. Restart the computer.

 

Updating UEFI BIOS

Notes:

  • If your computer runs satisfactorily now, it may not be necessary to update the BIOS. To determine if you should update UEFI BIOS, refer to the Determining Which Version is Installed section.
  • You need an AC adapter, a charged battery pack and any one of the following types of optical drives.
    • ThinkPad internal
    • USB
  • Remove the Power-on password prior to updating the UEFI BIOS in the remote deployment environments.

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.

Manual Update

[Windows 8]

  1. Firmly connect the AC adapter to the target computer.
  2. Make sure your ThinkPad computer has an optical drive installed.
  3. Insert the BIOS Update CD into the optical drive and turn on the computer.
  4. Turn on the computer to start Windows.
  5. Hold down the Windows logo key and press C to open the Charm bar on the screen.
  6. Select Settings, then Power from the menu.
  7. Select Reboot to restart the computer.
  8. While the "To interrupt normal startup, press Enter" message is displayed at the lower-left area or lower-center area of the screen, press the F12 key. The Boot menu will be displayed. If a password prompt appears,type the
    correct password.
  9. Select "ATAPI CD0" or "USB CD" to boot BIOS Update CD.
  10. Select Read this first from the menu and carefully read the information.
  11. Press the Esc key to return to the menu.
  12. Select Update system program and follow the instructions on the screen.
  13. After the information panel appears, remove the BIOS Update CD from the
    optical drive then press the Enter key to restart the computer.

[Windows 7 and Windows XP]

  1. Firmly connect the AC adapter to the target computer.
  2. Make sure your ThinkPad computer has an optical drive installed.
  3. Insert the BIOS Update CD into the optical drive and turn on the computer.
  4. Select Read this first from the menu and carefully 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 UEFI BIOS

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

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

[Windows 8]

  1. Turn on the computer to start Windows.
  2. Hold down the Windows logo key and press C to open the Charm bar on the screen.
  3. Select Settings, then Power from the menu.
  4. Select Reboot to restart the computer.

[Windows 7 and Windows XP]

  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 ThinkPad Setup menu will be displayed. If a password prompt appears, type the correct 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.

 

Determining Which Version is Installed

There are two ways to check the UEFI BIOS version and BIOS ID.

Checking on Windows

[Windows 8]

  1. Hold down the Windows logo key and press X to open a menu at the lower-left area of the screen.
  2. Select Control Panel from the menu.
  3. Make sure "View by Category" is selected, and select System and Security,
    select Administrative Tools, and then select System Information.
    - or -
  4. Select Run from the menu.
  5. Type msinfo32, and press Enter.
  6. On the System Information window, make sure System Summary is selected in the left side of the window.
  7. Locate the BIOS version/date line in the right side of the window.
    "LENOVO BIOS ID (BIOS version), date" will be shown.

If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.

[Windows 7/Vista]

  1. Click Start, click All Programs or Programs, click Accessories, click System Tools and then click System Information.
    - or -
    Click Start, type msinfo32 in the Start Search box and then click msinfo32 in the Programs list.
  2. On the "System Information" window, make sure System Summary is selected in the left side of the window.
  3. Locate the BIOS version/date line in the right side of the window.
    "LENOVO BIOS ID (BIOS version), date" will be shown.

If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.

[Windows XP]

  1. Click Start, click All programs, click Accessories, click System Tools and then click System Information.
    - or -
    Click Start, click Run, type msinfo32 in the Open box and then click OK.
  2. On the "System Information" window, make sure System Summary is selected in the left side of the window.
  3. Locate the BIOS version/date line in the right side of the window.
    "LENOVO BIOS ID (BIOS version), date" will be shown.
Checking on ThinkPad Setup

[Windows 8]

  1. Turn on the computer to start Windows.
  2. Hold down the Windows logo key and press C to open the Charm bar on the screen.
  3. Select Settings, then Power from the menu.
  4. Select Reboot to restart the computer.
  5. While the "To interrupt normal startup, press Enter" message is displayed at the lower-left area or lower-center of the screen, press the F1 key.
    The ThinkPad Setup menu will be displayed. If a password prompt appears, type the correct password.
  6. Locate the UEFI BIOS Version line and Embedded Controller Version line.
    "UEFI BIOS version (BIOS ID)" will be shown on the UEFI BIOS Version line.
  7. Turn off the computer.

[Windows 7 and Windows XP]

  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 "ThinkPad Setup" menu will be displayed. If a password prompt appears, type the correct password.
  4. Locate the UEFI BIOS Version line and Embedded Controller Version line.
    "UEFI BIOS version (BIOS ID)" will be shown on the UEFI BIOS Version line.
  5. Turn off the computer.

The following versions of UEFI BIOS and ECP (Embedded Controller Program) have been released to date.

Package UEFI BIOS
ECP
Release
1.38 1.38 (8CET58WW) 
1.21 (8CHT28WW)
1.21 (8YHT28WW)
Current release
1.37 1.37 (8CET57WW) 1.21 (8CHT28WW)
1.21 (8YHT28WW)
8cuj17us.iso
8cuj17uc.txt
1.36 1.36 (8CET56WW) 
1.21 (8CHT28WW)
1.21 (8YHT28WW)
8cuj16us.iso
8cuj16uc.txt
1.35 1.35 (8CET55WW)
1.20 (8CHT27WW)
1.20 (8YHT27WW)
8cuj15us.iso
8cuj15uc.txt
1.34 1.34 (8CET54WW) 
1.20 (8CHT27WW)
1.20 (8YHT27WW)
8cuj14uc.iso
8cuj14uc.txt
1.33 1.33 (8CET53WW) 1.19 (8CHT26WW)
1.19 (8YHT26WW)
8cuj13uc.iso
8cuj13uc.txt
1.31 1.31 (8CET51WW) 1.12 (8CHT25WW)
1.12 (8YHT25WW)
8cuj12uc.iso
8cuj12uc.txt
1.30 1.30 (8CET50WW) 1.12 (8CHT25WW)
1.12 (8YHT25WW)
8cuj11uc.iso
8cuj11uc.txt
1.29 1.29 (8CET49WW) 1.11 (8CHT24WW)
1.11 (8YHT24WW)
8cuj10uc.iso
8cuj10uc.txt
1.28 1.28 (8CET48WW) 1.10 (8CHT23WW)
1.10 (8YHT23WW)
8cuj09uc.iso
8cuj09uc.txt
1.25 1.25 (8CET45WW) 1.09 (8CHT22WW)
1.09 (8YHT22WW)
8cuj06uc.iso
8cuj06uc.txt
1.13 1.13 (8CET36WW) 1.08 (8CHT21WW)
1.08 (8YHT21WW)
8cuj05uc.iso
8cuj05uc.txt
1.12 1.12 (8CET35WW) 1.07 (8CHT20WW) 8cuj04uc.iso
8cuj04uc.txt
1.09 1.09 (8CET32WW) 1.05 (8CHT18WW) 8cuj03uc.iso
8cuj03uc.txt
1.05 1.05 (8CET28WW) 1.03 (8CHT16WW) 8cuj01uc.iso
8cuj01uc.txt

 

Known Limitations
  • After backing up a Windows XP system to a hard drive connected to the e-SATA port through Rescue and Recovery, when attempting to restore the backup image from the e-SATA hard drive through Rescue and Recovery, a blue screen error occurs. Rescue and Recovery can not access the e-SATA hard drive.

 

Memory map information
Reserved area

The following conventional memory addresses are reserved by the UEFI BIOS and others.

Intel HD Graphics model and NVIDIA NVS 4200M installed model

  • C0000-CFFFF : Reserved for Video BIOS
  • D0000-D0FFF : Reserved for Option ROM of Ethernet (*a)
  • E0000-FFFFF : Reserved for System BIOS

NVIDIA NVS 4200M installed model (Discrete Graphics mode)

  • C0000-CEDFF : Reserved for Video BIOS
  • D0000-D0FFF : Reserved for Option ROM of Ethernet (*a)
  • E0000-FFFFF : Reserved for System BIOS

*a: This area will be released in case of Ethernet LAN Option ROM was NOT used at system boot.

 

Usable area

The following memory address can be used by the memory manager such as EMM386.

Intel HD Graphics model and NVIDIA NVS 4200M installed model

  • D0000-DFFFF or D1000-DFFFF (*b)

NVIDIA NVS 4200M installed model (Discrete Graphics mode)

  • CEF00-CFFFF
  • D0000-DFFFF or D1000-DFFFF (*b)

*b: Memory address will be changed to D1000-DFFFF when Ethernet LAN Option ROM was used at system boot.

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


  • Alias ID: MIGR-77011, MIGR-77011-KR
  • Document ID:DS014963
  • Last Updated :23-06-2014
  • (c) 2014 Lenovo