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BIOS Update (Bootable CD) - ThinkPad R61 15.4 inch widescreen, ThinkPad R61i 15.4 inch widescreen with IEEE 1394

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4/22/2010
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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.

This release supports the following systems:
- ThinkPad R61 - 15.4 inch widescreen models
Machine types: 8930, 8932, 8933, 8934, 8935, 8936, 8937
- ThinkPad R61i - 15.4 inch widescreen model with IEEE 1394
Machine type: 8932

The following operating systems are supported:
- 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: Windows Vista and 7 64-bit support Intel Core 2 Duo mobile processors only.
Use the link below to obtain the BIOS and Embedded Controller files in other file formats:


Contents
Summary of changes
Notes
Creating the BIOS update CD
Update the BIOS
Initializing the BIOS
BIOS information
Memory 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)

  • (New) Added PCI Express Power Management disabling capability in BIOS setup.
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where Windows XP installation might stop responding on the way.
  • (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 and IEEE 1394 devices might have slow performance.
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue that the computer might hang with black screen when using a USB device attached to the computer immediately after power-on.

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.
  • 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.
  • To boot the computer from the BIOS Update CD, you should have any one of the following type of optical drives.
    • ThinkPad internal
    • Any other types (USB, PC Card, CardBus PC Card, ExpressCard, Ultrabay of Docking Station or others) are not supported.
  • 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.
  • The contents of the BIOS Update CD can not be shown by Windows Explorer.
  • (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.
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 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.

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

Note:

  • The resulting CD-R or CD-RW disc includes an operating system and is bootable on the supported ThinkPad models.
  • Note: The System Program Service Utility bootable CD supports only the ThinkPad Ultrabay Optical Disc Drive in the ThinkPad Ultrabay. (Not in the Docking Station Ultra bay)

Please confirm that an Optical Disc Drive is in the boot device list of your BIOS setup.

  1. Power off the ThinkPad, if it is turned on.
  2. Power on the ThinkPad.
  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 the following device is on top of "ATA HDD0". - "ATAPI CD0" (when using a ThinkPad internal 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.

Note: Please write down the current boot priority order for restoration later if you need to modify your boot list.

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 Version Information section.
  • You need an AC adapter, a charged battery pack and an internal optical drive for ThinkPad.
  • 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.
  1. Print these instructions or display on another system.
  2. Firmly connect the AC adapter to the computer.
  3. Make sure an internal optical drive for ThinkPad is installed into your ThinkPad computer.
  4. Insert the BIOS Update CD into the 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 in the drive then press the Enter key to restart the system.
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. 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.

Notes:

  • After initialization you may need to reapply some settings that you had changed previously.
BIOS information
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 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. 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 system.
Utility versionBIOS version
Previous release
Embedded Controller version
2.24-1.08
7OETC4WW (2.24)
Current release 7KHT24WW (1.08)
2.23-1.08
7OETC3WW (2.23)
7ouj15uc 7KHT24WW (1.08)
2.22-1.08
7OETC2WW (2.22)
7ouj14uc 7KHT24WW (1.08)
2.21-1.08
7OETC1WW (2.21)
7ouj13uc 7KHT24WW (1.08)
2.20-1.08
7OETC0WW (2.20)
7ouj12uc 7KHT24WW (1.08)


Memory information
Reserved BIOS 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.
  • 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.

 


  • Alias ID: MIGR-68185, MIGR-68185-KR
  • Document ID:DS002025
  • Last Updated :6/23/2014
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