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BIOS Update Utility - ThinkPad R61 15.4 inch widescreen models, ThinkPad R61i 15.4 inch widescreen with IEEE 1394 models

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2.24-1.08
22-04-2010
README for BIOS Update Utility

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Windows 7 (32-bit)
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2.24-1.08
22-04-2010
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.

This release supports the following systems: (*1)
- ThinkPad R61 (15.4 inch widescreen models)
- ThinkPad R61i (15.4 inch widescreen model with IEEE 1394)

Note:
*1: Applicable for certain models only, please refer to the Supported system list in the readme file for more details.

The following operating systems are supported:
- 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 Vista and 7 64-bit support Intel Core 2 Duo mobile processors only.
(*2) If Windows Vista 64-bit is already installed on your system, then you must use the bootable CD ISO format of this BIOS update.
Additional information
Use the link below to obtain the BIOS in other file formats:

Contents
Summary of changes
Notes
Installation instructions
Initializing the BIOS
BIOS information
Memory Map information

Summary of changes

Version 7OETC4WW (2.24)

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

Version 7OETC3WW (2.23)

  • (New) Supports Microsoft Windows 7. (addition)
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where Intel Management Engine BIOS Extension (MEBx) might not function.
  • (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 7OETC2WW (2.22)

  • (Fix) Intel GM965 Video BIOS was updated to v1668 to fix blue screen issue on Windows Vista.

Version 7OETC1WW (2.21)

  • (Fix) Intel GM965 Video BIOS was updated to v1668 to fix blue screen issue on Windows Vista.

Version 7OETC0WW (2.20)

  • (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 7OETB8WW (2.18)

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

Version 7OETB6WW (2.16)

  • (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 7OETB5WW (2.15)

  • (Fix) The computer may hang while formatting CardBus ATA drive on Windows Vista 64-bit SP1.
  • (Fix) The hard disk password of hard disk installed in the Docking Station can not be replaced with your fingerprint.

Version 7OETB4WW (2.14)

  • (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 7OETB0WW (2.10)

  • (New) Microcode updates of the processors.
  • (New) Added the new BIOS Setup option to avoid system hang even if the AC adapter is removed from the ThinkPad Advanced Mini Dock while the computer is attached to it.
    • How to enable: Set the Legacy Devices on Mini-Dock option to 'Disabled' of Docking Station of Config in BIOS Setup menu.
    • Note: A serial and a parallel port on the Mini-Dock will be disabled with this setup.

Version 7OETA9WW (2.09)

  • (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 7OETA7WW (2.07)

  • (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 7OET28WW (1.07)

  • (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 7OET24WW (1.03)

  • (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 Vista 64-bit systems. Use the BIOS Update CD for BIOS updates for Windows 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.
Installation instructions

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 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 Save.
  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.

Extracting file

  1. Make sure to be logged on with an administrator account on the target computer.
  2. Make sure the AC adapter is firmly connected to the target computer.
  3. Locate the folder 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 the step 4.

Unattended update

Note:
This procedure is intended only for system administrators. The BIOS is updated without any user interaction.

  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 system.
  2. Turn on the system.
  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.
  4. The BIOS Setup Utility menu will be displayed. If a password prompt appears, type the correct password.
  5. password.
  6. Press the F9 key to load default configuration.
  7. Select Yes.
  8. Press the F10 key to save default configuration and exit.
  9. Select Yes.

Note:

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

BIOS information
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 system.
  2. Turn on the system.
  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.
  4. The BIOS Setup Utility menu will be displayed. If a password prompt appears, type the correct password.
  5. Check BIOS Version and Embedded Controller Version.
  6. Turn off the system.

Utility versionBIOS version
Previous release
Embedded Controller version
2.24-1.08
7OETC4WW (2.24)
Current release7KHT24WW (1.08)
2.23-1.08
7OETC3WW (2.23)
7ouj15us7KHT24WW (1.08)
2.22-1.08
7OETC2WW (2.22)
7ouj14us7KHT24WW (1.08)
2.21-1.08
7OETC1WW (2.21)
7ouj13us7KHT24WW (1.08)
2.20-1.08
7OETC0WW (2.20)
7ouj12us 7KHT24WW (1.08)

Memory Map information
Reserved Area

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

Notes:

*a: This area becomes free by disabling the Ethernet LAN Option ROM option under Config and Network in the 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.
  1. 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.