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BIOS Update Utility - ThinkPad R61e, R61i (type 7650) 15.4 inch widescreen models without IEEE 1394
This BIOS Update Utility updates the BIOS (system program including the Embedded Controller (EC) program) stored in the ThinkPad system to fix problems, add new functions, or expand functions as noted below.

Supported ThinkPad systems:
- R61e
- R61i; 15.4 inch widescreen model without IEEE 1394 (Machine type: 7650)

Suported Operating Systems:
- Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit
- Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit (*1)(*2)
- Microsoft Windows Vista 32-bit
- Microsoft Windows Vista 64-bit (*1)(*2)
- Microsoft Windows XP (Home Edition and Professional)

Notes:
*1: Windows 7 or Vista 64-bit support Intel Core 2 Duo mobile processors only.
*2: If Windows 7 or Vista 64-bit is already installed on your system, then you must use the BIOS Update CD for the BIOS update.
- This program is language independent and can be used with any language system.
Additional information
Use the link below to obtain the BIOS in other file formats:

 

Contents
Summary of changes
Notes
Updating the BIOS
Initializing the BIOS
Determining which Version is Installed
Memory Map 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 2.23-1.08
BIOS: 2.23 / ECP: 1.08

  • (New) Added support for 1600x900 screen resolution on the external display.
  • (New) Added support for SanDisk SSD.

Version 2.22-1.08
BIOS: 2.22 / ECP: 1.08

  • (New) Supports Microsoft Windows 7. (addition)
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where the external display might have blank screen after closing the lid "When I close the lid: Do nothing" was selected in Power Options on Windows Vista.
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where the computer might not start when a new ThinkPad Hard Drive Bay Adapter was installed in the Docking Station.

Version 2.21-1.08
BIOS: 2.21 / ECP: 1.08

  • (New) Added the option to disable wireless switch in the BIOS setup.
  • (New) Added PCI Express Power Management disabling capability in BIOS setup.
  • (New) Enhanced Video BIOS function.
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue that caused a blue screen error on Windows Vista by updating Intel GM965 Video BIOS to v1668.
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where Windows XP installation might stop responding on the way.
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where reboot might not be done for all Physical Presence I/F command execution.
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where the computer with the Smart Card Reader resumed normal operation immediately after going into sleep mode at critical low battery state on Windows Vista.
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where some CardBus devices might have slow performance.

Version 2.20-1.08
BIOS: 2.20 / ECP: 1.08

  • (Fix) Buzzing sound around the fan with battery.
  • (Fix) The computer may hang if Rescue and Recovery is installed on Windows Vista 64-bit SP1.

Version 2.18-1.08
BIOS: 2.18 / ECP: 1.08

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

Version 2.16-1.08
BIOS: 2.16 / ECP: 1.08

  • (New) Enhancement of security function.
  • (New) Support for ICH8 revision B2.
  • (Fix) The error, 0191 System Security-Invalid Remote Change requested. may occur at the power-on.
  • (Fix) Some CardBus and IEEE 1394 devices may slow down the performance.

Version 2.15-1.08
BIOS: 2.15 / ECP: 1.08

  • (Fix) The computer may hang while formatting CardBus ATA drive on Windows Vista 64-bit SP1.

Version 2.14-1.08
BIOS: 2.14 / ECP: 1.08

  • (New) Microcode updates of the processors.
  • (New) Intel Memory Reference Code update.
  • (Fix) Boot error occurs at Intel ICH8M SATA initialization.
  • (Fix) The error code 2100 (Hard disk drive 0 initialization error) is displayed only occasionally after Setup Default is done in BIOS Setup Utility.
  • (Fix) The boot sequence is different from the expected one in case of Wake on LAN(WOL).

Version 2.10-1.08
BIOS: 2.10 / ECP: 1.08

  • (New) Microcode updates of the processors.

Version 2.09-1.08
BIOS: 2.09 / ECP: 1.08

  • (Fix) Looks like a system hang after continuous Fn-F7 hitting at BIOS Setup or DOS. EC could not handle large amount of interrupts.

Version 2.07-1.08
BIOS: 2.07 / ECP: 1.08

  • (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).
  • (Fix) Unexpected interrupts from the USB controller may occur.

Version 1.07-1.08
BIOS: 1.07 / ECP: 1.08

  • (Fix) A Bluetooth LED is On on the computer without the Bluetooth card installed.
  • (Fix) The LCD brightness always becomes maximum level after Windows starts.

Version 1.03-1.06
BIOS: 1.03 / ECP: 1.06

  • (New) Initial release

 

Notes
  • If you update to the BIOS version 2.07-1.08 or later, you are not able to get back to the older BIOS versions.
  • This package does not work on Windows 7 / Vista 64-bit systems. Use the BIOS Update CD for BIOS updates for Windows 7 / Vista 64-bit systems.
  • (Limitation) The secondary hard disk with hard disk password may not be detected when the following procedures are done on Windows Vista.
    1. Set the hard disk password in a secondary hard disk.
    2. Hot-attach the secondary hard disk to the computer.
    3. Go into standby mode and then resume normal operation to let Windows Vista recognize the hard disk.
    4. Input the hard disk password when a password prompt for the secondary hard disk appears.
    5. After the Windows desktop appears, double-click the Computer icon. But, the secondary hard disk may not be detected.

 

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 and a charged battery pack.
  • If your computer is attached to any kind of docking station or port replicator, 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 or suspend the computer 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

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.

[Extracting file]

  1. Make sure to be logged on with administrative privileges.
  2. Make sure the AC adapter is firmly connected to the target computer.
  3. Locate the directory where the file was downloaded.
  4. Locate the file that was downloaded and double-click it.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen.
  6. In the "Select Destination Location" window, click Next. If you would like to select a different folder, click Browse.
  7. In the "Ready to Install" window, click Install. All the necessary files will be extracted to the folder selected in the step 9.

[Updating the BIOS]

  1. Make sure the checkbox next to "Install ..... now" is checked and click Finish.
  2. Follow the instructions on the screen.
  3. Select Update ThinkPad BIOS and follow the instructions on the screen.
  4. After the update has been completed, the program shows a message 'Flash Update has been successfully completed...'. Follow the instructions on the screen to restart the computer.

Finally delete the file saved in Step 4.

Unattended Update
Note: This is intended for system administrators only.
  1. Refer to the "Manual Update" section, and download and extract the file.
  2. In the step 12 of the "Installing files" section, uncheck the checkbox next to "Install ..... now", and then click Finish to cancel installation.
  3. At the command line, execute WINUPTP.EXE with the -s option.
    Example: [Path where the files were extracted]\WINUPTP -s

To view the update result, refer to the WINUPTP.log file created at the same directory of the package.

 

Initializing the BIOS
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 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. The BIOS Version and the Embedded Controller version number can be viewed by entering 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 BIOS Version and Embedded Controller Version.
  5. Turn off the computer.
PackageBIOS
ECP
Release
2.23-1.08
2.23 (7PETC3WW)
1.08 (7KHT24WW)Current release
2.22-1.08
2.22 (7PETC2WW)
1.08 (7KHT24WW)7puj14us.exe
7puj14us.txt
2.21-1.08
2.21 (7PETC1WW)
1.08 (7KHT24WW)7puj13us.exe
7puj13us.txt
2.20-1.08
2.20 (7PETC0WW)
1.08 (7KHT24WW)7puj12us.exe
7puj12us.txt
2.18-1.08
2.18 (7PETB8WW)
1.08 (7KHT24WW)7puj10us.exe
7puj10us.txt
2.16-1.08
2.16 (7PETB6WW)
1.08 (7KHT24WW)7puj09us.exe
7puj09us.txt
2.15-1.08
2.15 (7PETB5WW)
1.08 (7KHT24WW)7puj08us.exe
7puj08us.txt
2.14-1.08
2.14 (7PETB4WW)
1.08 (7KHT24WW)7puj07us.exe
7puj07us.txt
2.10-1.08
2.10 (7PETB0WW)
1.08 (7KHT24WW)7puj05us.exe
7puj05us.txt
2.09-1.08
2.09 (7PETA9WW)
1.08 (7KHT24WW)7puj04us.exe
7puj04us.txt
2.07-1.08
2.07 (7PETA7WW)
1.08 (7KHT24WW)7puj03us.exe
7puj03us.txt
1.07-1.08
1.07 (7PET20WW)
1.08 (7KHT24WW)
1.03-1.06
1.03 (7PET16WW)
1.06 (7KHT22WW)

 

Memory Map information
Reserved Area

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

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

Note:

  • *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.

NameOperating SystemVersionReleasedAdd to
download list
Download
now
BIOS Update Utility
7puj15us.exe
2.22 MB
2.23-1.08 22 Apr 2010
README for BIOS Update Utility
7puj15us.txt
13.92 KB
2.23-1.08 22 Apr 2010


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