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BIOS Update (Bootable CD) - ThinkPad R61 15 inch models (Machine Type: 8942, 8943, 8944, 8945, 8947, 8948, 8949), R61i (Machine Type: 8943)

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BIOS Update Bootable CD

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1.24
11/20/2009
README for BIOS Update Bootable CD

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1.24
11/20/2009
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 (15 inch normal screen models):
- R61 (Machine types: 8942, 8943, 8944, 8945, 8947, 8948, 8949)
- R61 (Machine type: 8943)

Supported operating systems:
- Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit
- Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit (*1)
- Microsoft Windows Vista 32-bit
- Microsoft Windows Vista 64-bit (*1)
- Microsoft Windows XP (Home Edition and Professional)

Notes:
*1: Supports the models with Intel Core 2 Duo mobile processors only.
- This program is language independent and can be used with any language system.
Additional information
Use the link 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
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 7QET42WW (1.24)
BIOS: 1.24 / ECP: 1.00

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

Version 7QET41WW (1.23)
BIOS: 1.23 / ECP: 1.00

  • (New) Supports Microsoft Windows 7. (addition)
  • (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 7QET39WW (1.21)
BIOS: 1.21 / ECP: 1.00

  • (New) Added PCI Express Power Management disabling capability in BIOS setup.
  • (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

Version 7QET38WW (1.20)
BIOS: 1.20 / ECP: 1.00

  • (New) Intel Video BIOS update.

Version 7QET37WW (1.19)
BIOS: 1.19 / ECP: 1.00

  • (New) Support for Intel ICH-8 step B2 (added).
  • (Fix) Buzzing sound around the fan with battery.
    • Note: To use this feature, you need to install the following drivers.
      • Power Manager for Windows Vista (Version 2.30 or higher) or Power Manager for Windows XP/2000 (Version 1.40 or higher)
      • ThinkPad Power Management Driver for Windows 98 SE/Me/2000/ XP/Vista (Version 1.44 or higher)
  • (Fix) The computer may hang if Rescue and Recovery is installed on Windows Vista 64-bit SP1.

Version 7QET36WW (1.18)
BIOS: 1.18 / ECP: 1.00

  • (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 7QET35WW (1.17)
BIOS: 1.17 / ECP: 1.00

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

Version 7QET34WW (1.16)
BIOS: 1.16 / ECP: 1.00

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

Version 7QET31WW (1.13)
BIOS: 1.13 / ECP: 1.00

  • (New) Intel Memory Reference Code update.
  • (Fix) The error code 2100 (Hard disk drive 0 initialization error) is displayed only occasionally after "Setup Default" is done in BIOS Setup Utility.

Version 7QET30WW (1.12)
BIOS: 1.12 / ECP: 1.00

  • (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 7QET29WW (1.11)
BIOS: 1.11 / ECP: 1.00

  • (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 7QET27WW (1.09)
BIOS: 1.09 / ECP: 1.00

  • (New) (Intel video models only) A design change that the screen is set to extended desktop mode with an external display and "When I close the lid of my portable computer" option in the power option is set to "Do nothing", and when the lid is closed:
    • (Old) The extended display mode is canceled and video output is switched to the external display only, so icons on the desktop will be moved.
    • (New) The extended display mode is kept and video output is not switched, so icons on the desktop are not moved.

Version 7QET25WW (1.07)
BIOS: 1.07 / ECP: 1.00

  • (New) An error may happen during the BIOS update.
  • (Fix) Resuming normal operation from hibernation mode may fail with Intel Turbo Memory on Windows Vista.
  • (Fix) The screen resolution of external display attached to the docking station will be changed after undocking/docking the computer.
    Note: To resolve this problem, the following display driver must be installed, as well as the BIOS update. - Intel Display Driver (Intel 940GML/945GM/GL960/GM965) Version 6.14.10.4860 or higher.
  • (Fix) Improvement of handling of SMBIOS type 22 (Battery information) with damaged battery.
Version 7QET22WW (1.04)
BIOS: 1.04 / ECP: 1.00
  • (New) Initial release

 

Requirements
  1. 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.
  2. For that purpose, it is necessary to have the CD/DVD/BD writing software (with CD/DVD/BD creation function from the ISO image file) prepared separately.
  3. Any one of optical drives that are the USB types or Ultrabay Slim types for ThinkPad UltraBase of CD-RW, CD-RW & DVD Combo, DVD, DVD Multi, BD or others should be prepared. Hereafter it is called as "optical drive". (Hereafter these drives are called as "optical drive".)
    • ThinkPad internal optical drive
  4. To boot the computer from the BIOS Update CD, you should have either ThinkPad internal optical drive or USB optical drive. 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.

 

Creating the BIOS update CD

This section assumes to use Internet Explorer and Explorer.

[Downloading files]

  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/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 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 "USB CD" (for the USB optical drives) or "ATAPI CD0" (for the Ultrabay Slim optical drive for ThinkPad 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.

 

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 BIOS Version section.
  • You need an AC adapter, a charged battery pack and either one of the following optical drives.
    • ThinkPad internal optical drive
  • 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, 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 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:
  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.
  4. The "BIOS Setup Utility" menu will be displayed. If a password prompt appears, type the correct password.
  5. Press the F9 key to load default configuration.
  6. Select Yes.
  7. Press the F10 key to save default configuration and exit.
  8. Select Yes.
  9. Restart the computer.

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

 

BIOS version
Each version of the System Program Service 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.

Utility versionBIOS version
Previous release
Embedded Controller version
1.24
7QET42WW (1.24)
Current release7QHT15WW (1.00)
1.23
7QET41WW (1.23)
7quj15uc.iso
7quj15uc.txt
7QHT15WW (1.00)
1.21
7QET39WW (1.21)
7quj14uc.iso
7quj14uc.txt
7QHT15WW (1.00)
1.20
7QET38WW (1.20)
7quj13uc.iso
7quj13uc.txt
7QHT15WW (1.00)
1.19
7QET37WW (1.19)
7quj12uc.iso
7quj12uc.txt
7QHT15WW (1.00)
1.18
7QET36WW (1.18)
7quj11uc.iso
7quj11uc.txt
7QHT15WW (1.00)
1.17
7QET35WW (1.17)
7quj10uc.iso
7quj10uc.txt
7QHT15WW (1.00)
1.16
7QET34WW (1.16)
7quj09uc.iso
7quj09uc.txt
7QHT15WW (1.00)
1.13
7QET31WW (1.13)
Not released to the Web7QHT15WW (1.00)
1.12
7QET30WW (1.12)
7quj07uc.iso
7quj07uc.txt
7QHT15WW (1.00)
1.11
7QET29WW (1.11)
7QHT15WW (1.00)
1.09
7QET27WW (1.09)
7QHT15WW (1.00)
1.07
7QET25WW (1.07)
7QHT15WW (1.00)
1.03-1.06
7QET22WW (1.04)
7QHT15WW (1.00)

 

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 Internal Network 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.