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BIOS Update (Bootable CD) - ThinkPad X300

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5/26/2009

This System Program Service Utility updates the BIOS (system program including the Embedded Controller (EC) program) stored in the system to fix problems, add new functions, or expand functions as noted below.

This release supports the following systems:

  • ThinkPad X300

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.

  • 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.
  • If your RecordNow! CD writing program does not have a "Burn Image" entry, please upgrade RecordNow!
  • Please create the CD/DVD from the ISO image file and install it. The contents of the BIOS Update CD cannot be shown by Windows Explorer.

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

Contents
Summary of changes
Creating the BIOS update disc
Update the BIOS
Initializing the BIOS
BIOS information
Memory information

Summary of changes

Version 1.10

  • (New) Supports Microsoft Windows 7. (addition)
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where the USB memory device might cause boot failure.
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where the Intel AMT menu of BIOS Setup Utility might not be displayed.
  • (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 1.09

  • (Fix) Corrected an description of VERSION INFORMATION in this README document.
  • (New) Added PCI Express Power Management disabling capability in BIOS setup.
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where the boot priority order did not work on selecting AMT remote console.
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where Windows XP installation might stop responding on the way.
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where USB Keys created for Intel AMT USB Key configuration might not be recognized.

Version 1.08

  • (Fix) Volume and ThinkVantage buttons are pressed unintentionally after Lid was closed.
  • (Fix) Buzzing sound around the fan with battery.
  • (Fix) Intel GM965 Video BIOS was updated to v1668 to fix a blue screen error issue on the Windows Vista.

Version 1.05b

  • (New) Enhancement of security function.
  • (New) Firmware update of Intel AMT ME.
  • (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.
  • (Fix) The tray of optical drive opens even if the Optical Drive option in BIOS Setup menu is set to Disabled.

Version 1.04b

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

Version 1.03b

  • (New) Enabling ODD Power Management, the power is off when Optical Device Drive is idling.
  • (New) Support WiMAX communication standard.
  • (New) Intel Memory Reference Code update.
  • (New) Update of Intel AMT 2.6 Management Engine Region Firmware (the models with Intel AMT 2.6 feature only).
  • (Fix) Boot error occurs at Intel ICH8M SATA initilization.
  • (Fix) The boot sequence is different from the expected one in case of Wake on LAN(WOL).

Version 1.02a

  • (New) Support for the Security Erase Unit command to Solid State Drive. (ThinkPad BIOS Setup Menu Extension Utility is required.)
  • (Fix) Correction of messages at Diagnostics Boot.
  • (Fix) Windows may not be able to control Wireless USB device. (This fix also requires Access Connections 4.51 or higher.)
  • (Fix) An unexpected error may appear at power-on after loading default configuration in BIOS Setup Utility.
  • (Fix) An optical drive icon may appear unexpectedly.

Version 1.02

  • (New) Initial release for ThinkPad X300.
Creating the BIOS update disc

NOTES:

  • In order to enable the BIOS update by booting the computer from the CD-R/CD-RW disc, it is necessary to prepare the CD-R/CD-RW writing software, such as RecordNow! writing software. If your version of RecordNow! does not have a Burn Image entry, upgrade RecordNow!
  • The CD-R/CD-RW disc for the BIOS update does not support any optical disc drives connected through USB devices, PC Cards, CardBus cards or installed into the Ultrabay of the Docking Station. It only supports internal CD-RW, CD-RW/DVD Combo and DVD Multi drives on the ThinkPad systems.
  • To boot the computer from an internal optical disc drive, your ThinkPad computer may need to change the boot device setting. Refer to the Prepare boot device section in this document.
  • The contents of the created CD/DVD can not be shown by Windows Explorer.

This section provides instructions using the RecordNow! program to make a bootable CD. Please refer to your other product manuals when using other CD writing programs.

  1. Make sure you have a ThinkPad system with a CD-RW, CD-RW/DVD combo, or DVD multidrive installed and a blank CD-R or CD-RW disc.
  2. Start Windows Vista, XP and logon with administrative privileges.
  3. Download the ISO file.
  4. For Windows Vista, click Start, then click Start Search.
    For Windows XP, click Start, then click Run...
  5. Specify the path where you downloaded the file, then click OK. RecordNow! or the default recording software will open.
    Example: C:\temp\7tuj10uc.iso
  6. Follow the instructions on the screen.
Prepare the boot device
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 computer.
  2. Power on the computer.
  3. Press the F1 key to enter the BIOS Setup Utility when the ThinkPad logo is seen on the screen. 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, set ATAPI CD0 to the top of the list, 1.
  7. 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 either of internal CD-RW, CD-RW & DVD Combo or DVD Multi drive for ThinkPad to to update the BIOS.
  • 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.

After information panel appears, remove the CD-R or CD-RW disc in the drive then press Enter key to restart the system.

  1. Print these instructions or display on another system.
  2. Firmly connect the AC adapter to the system.
  3. Make sure an either of internal CD-RW, CD-RW & DVD Combo or DVD Multi drive for ThinkPad is installed into the 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 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.

Notes:

  • 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 and the the Embedded Controller version number can be viewed by entering the BIOS Setup Utility.
  1. Turn off the computer.
  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.
Package versionBIOS version
Previous release
Embedded Controller version
1.10 7TET36WW Current release 1.01 (7THT16WW)
1.09 7TET35WW 7tuj09uc 1.01 (7THT16WW)
1.08 7TET34WW 7tuj08uc 1.00c (7THT15WW)
1.05b 7TET31WW 7tuj05uc 1.00c (7THT15WW)
1.04b 7TET30WW 7tuj04uc 1.00c (7THT15WW)
1.03b 7TET29WW 7tuj03uc 1.00c (7THT15WW)
1.02a 7TET26WW 7tuj02uc 1.00c (7THT15WW)
1.02
7TET25WW
Not released to the Web
1.00c (7THT15WW)

Memory Map information
Reserved Area

The following conventional memory addresses are reserved by the BIOS and others. (When Intel Turbo Memory is installed in your system, conventional memory addresses are reserved 12k bytes more.)

  • 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

Notes:

  • 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-69539, MIGR-69539-KR
  • Document ID:DS003103
  • Last Updated :6/23/2014 8:01:33 PM
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