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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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1.39
29-04-2013
BIOS Update Bootable CD
iso
17356 KB
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)
1.39
29-04-2013

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.

Notes:
- 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.
- The contents of the BIOS Update CD can not be shown by Windows Explorer.
- If your RecordNow! CD writing program does not have a "Burn Image" entry, please upgrade RecordNow!

 

Use the links below to obtain the BIOS and Embedded Controller files in other file formats:

Contents
Supported ThinkPad Systems
Supported Operating Systems
Summary of Changes
Notes
Creating the BIOS update CD
Update the BIOS
Initializing the BIOS
Determining which version is installed

 

Supported ThinkPad Systems
  • L412, L512

 

Supported Opeating 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

 

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 1.39
 BIOS: 1.39 / ECP: 1.18

  • (New) Enhancement of security.

Version 1.38
BIOS: 1.38 / ECP: 1.18

  • (New) Updated CompuTrace ROM.

Version 1.37
BIOS: 1.37 / ECP: 1.18

  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where incorrect Embedded Controller version was shown in SMBIOS Type 0 and 11.

Version 1.36
BIOS: 1.36 / ECP: 1.17

  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where the upper part of backlight of a specifc LCD might not work correctly.

Version 1.35
BIOS: 1.35 / ECP: 1.17

  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where the computer did not charge the battery when turning off the computer or starting the DOS once the PeakShift scheduler had been activated.
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where Power Manager would show "charging" in battery status when the battery with battery firmware failure was attached to the computer.
  • (Fix) Added a fix for the "0x00000A0" error caused by the AMD Graphic Device Software version 8.813.0.0
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where keyboard beep might not work correctly.
  • (Fix) A DisplayPort Link Failure message was shown on the screen when a DisplayPort monitor was attached to the AMD graphics model and the monitor did not work.

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. If you encounter system hang, try to remove the AC adapter and battery from the computer and then attach them to the computer again, then see how it works.
  2. You should install the CD/DVD writing software which supports CD/DVD 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 either one of the following optical drives.
    • ThinkPad internal
    • USB
  4. Any types of 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 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 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 Enter" 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 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)
  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.

 

Update 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 Determining Which Version is Installed section.
  • You need an AC adapter, a charged battery pack and either one of the following optical drives.
    • ThinkPad internal
    • USB
  • If your computer is attached to any kind of port replicator or dock, turn off the computer and detach it before proceeding.
  • 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.

 

Manual Update
  1. Print these instructions or display on another computer.
  2. Firmly connect the AC adapter to the target computer.
  3. Make sure your ThinkPad computer has an optical drive installed.
  4. Insert the BIOS Update CD into the optical drive and turn on the computer.
  5. Select Read this first from the menu and carefully read the information.
  6. Press the Esc key to return to the menu.
  7. Select Update system program and follow the instructions on the screen.
  8. 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

BIOS Initialization is suggested for some problems. To initialize the 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, Windows vista, Windows XP:

  1. Turn off the computer.
  2. Turn on the computer.
  3. While the "To interrupt normal startup, press Enter" 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. 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.

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

 

Determining Which Version is Installed

Each version of the ThinkPad BIOS Update Utility contains the following system program (BIOS) and the Embedded Controller program (ECP). The BIOS Version and the and the the Embedded Controller version number can be viewed by entering the BIOS Setup Utility.

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, Windows Vista, Windows XP:

  1. Turn off the computer.
  2. Turn on the computer.
  3. While the "To interrupt normal startup, press Enter" 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 BIOS Version and Embedded Controller Version.
  5. Turn off the computer.
Package BIOS ID
ECP ID
Release
1.39 1.39  (81ET63WW) 
1.18  (81HT35WW) Current release
1.38 1.38 (81ET62WW) 1.18 (81HT35WW) 81uj21us.iso
81uj21uc.txt
1.37 1.37 (81ET61WW) 1.18 (81HT35WW) 81uj20uc.iso
81uj20uc.txt
1.36 1.36 (81ET60WW) 1.17 (81HT34WW) 81uj19uc.iso
81uj19uc.txt
1.35 1.35 (81ET59WW) 1.17 (81HT34WW) 81uj18uc.iso
81uj18uc.txt
1.33 1.33 (81ET57WW) 1.15 (81HT32WW) 81uj16uc.iso
81uj16uc.txt
1.30 1.30 (81ET54WW) 1.14 (81HT31WW) 81uj14uc.iso
81uj14uc.txt
1.29 1.29 (81ET53WW) 1.14 (81HT31WW) 81uj13uc.iso
81uj13uc.txt
1.28 1.28 (81ET52WW) 1.14 (81HT31WW) 81uj12uc.iso
81uj12uc.txt
1.27 1.27 (81ET51WW) 1.12 (81HT29WW) 81uj11uc.iso
81uj11uc.txt
1.25 1.25 (81ET49WW) 1.12 (81HT29WW) 81uj09uc.iso
81uj09uc.txt
1.24 1.24 (81ET48WW) 1.11 (81HT28WW) 81uj08uc.iso
81uj08uc.txt
1.21 1.21 (81ET45WW) 1.09 (81HT26WW) 81uj07uc.iso
81uj07uc.txt
1.20 1.20 (81ET44WW) 1.09 (81HT26WW) 81uj06uc.iso
81uj06uc.txt
1.19 1.19 (81ET43WW) 1.09 (81HT26WW) 81uj05uc.iso
81uj05uc.txt
1.16 1.16 (81ET40WW) 1.08 (81HT25WW) 81uj04uc.iso
81uj04uc.txt
1.14 1.14 (81ET38WW) 1.07 (81HT24WW) 81uj03uc.iso
81uj03uc.txt
1.07 1.07 (81ET31WW) 1.04 (81HT21WW) 81uj02uc.iso
81uj02uc.txt
1.04 1.04 (81ET28WW) 1.01 (81HT18WW)