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BIOS Update Utility for Windows 8 (32-bit, 64-bit), 7 (32-bit, 64-bit), Vista (32-bit, 64-bit), XP - ThinkPad

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README for BIOS Update Utility

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1.38
8/4/2013

This package updates the UEFI 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.

Use the link below to obtain the BIOS in other file formats:

 

Contents
Supported ThinkPad Systems
Supported Operating Systems
Summary of Changes
Updating the UEFI BIOS
Initializing UEFI BIOS
Determining which version is installed
Memory map information
Known limitations

 

Supported ThinkPad Systems
  • T420s, T420si

 

Supported Operating Systems
  • Microsoft Windows 8 32-bit, 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit, 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows Vista 32-bit, 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3

 

Summary of Changes

Where:

  • UEFI: UEFI BIOS version
  • ECP: Embedded Controller Program version
  • [Important] Important update
  • (New) New function or enhancement
  • (Fix) Correction to existing function

Version 1.38
UEFI: 1.38 / ECP: 1.21

  • (New) Updated the CPU microcode.
  • (Fix) Corrected the help message for enabling the microphone in the BIOS Setup.

Version 1.37
UEFI: 1.37 / ECP: 1.21

  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where no sound was heard from the ThinkPad internal speakers while the computer was locked when SmartAudio was set to Multi-stream mode and headphones or external speakers were attached to the computer. This fix is to follow Windows' behavior.
    (Hints)
    1. To disable sound from the internal speakers in lock state, press the mute button on the keyboard.
    2. A beep sound may be heard when entering standby/sleep state, resuming normal operation from standby/sleep state, closing and opening the lid. To disable the beep sound, do either of the following settings.
    a) Open ThinkVantage Power Manager, select Switch to: [Advanced], select the Global Power Settings tab and uncheck the Beep when power state changes option.
    b) 1. Turn off and on the computer.
        2. While the "To interrupt normal startup, press the blue ThinkVantage button" message is displayed, press the F1 key.
        3. Select Config, then select Beep and Alarm.
        4. Set the Power Control Beep option to Disabled.
        5. Press the F10 key to save configuration and exit.
        6. Select Yes and restart the computer.
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue of Windows Memory Diagnostic failure with two memory modules.

Version 1.36
UEFI: 1.36 / ECP: 1.21

  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where specific SATA devices might not be detected after reboot.
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where Fn icon might not appear normally by pressing specific key.

Note:
Please refer to the README file under the "File details" section for a complete list of changes fixed by this driver update.

 

Updating the UEFI BIOS

Notes:

  • If your computer runs satisfactorily now, it may not be necessary to update the UEFI BIOS. To determine if you should update the UEFI BIOS, refer to the Determining Which Version is Installed section.
  • You need an AC adapter and a charged battery pack.
  • Remove the Power-on password prior to updating the UEFI BIOS in the Remote Deployment Manager environments.

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 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 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 10.

[Updating the UEFI 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.

Silent Update

Note: This is for system administrators' use 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 UEFI BIOS

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

UEFI BIOS Initialization is suggested for some problems. To initialize the UEFI BIOS settings:

[Windows 8]

  1. Turn on the computer to start Windows.
  2. Hold down the Windows logo key and press C to open the Charm bar on the screen.
  3. Select Settings, then Power from the menu.
  4. Select Reboot to restart the computer.

[Windows 7 and Windows XP]

  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 ThinkPad Setup 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.

 

Determining Which Version is Installed

There are two ways to check the UEFI BIOS version and BIOS ID.

Checking on Windows

[Windows 8]

  1. Hold down the Windows logo key and press X to open a menu at the lower-left area of the screen.
  2. Select Control Panel from the menu.
  3. Make sure "View by Category" is selected, and select System and Security,
    select Administrative Tools, and then select System Information.
    - or -
  4. Select Run from the menu.
  5. Type msinfo32, and press Enter.
  6. On the System Information window, make sure System Summary is selected in the left side of the window.
  7. Locate the BIOS version/date line in the right side of the window.
    "LENOVO BIOS ID (BIOS version), date" will be shown.

If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.

[Windows 7 / Vista]

  1. Click Start, click All Programs or Programs, click Accessories, click System Tools and then click System Information.
    - or -
    Click Start, type msinfo32 in the Start Search box and then click msinfo32 in the Programs list.
  2. On the "System Information" window, make sure System Summary is selected in the left side of the window.
  3. Locate the BIOS version/date line in the right side of the window. "LENOVO BIOS ID (BIOS version), date" will be shown.

If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.

[Windows XP]

  1. Click Start, click All programs, click Accessories, click System Tools and then click System Information.
    - or -
    Click Start, click Run, type msinfo32 in the Open box and then click OK.
  2. On the "System Information" window, make sure System Summary is selected in the left side of the window.
  3. Locate the BIOS version/date line in the right side of the window. "LENOVO BIOS ID (BIOS version), date" will be shown.
Checking on ThinkPad Setup

[Windows 8]

  1. Turn on the computer to start Windows.
  2. Hold down the Windows logo key and press C to open the Charm bar on the screen.
  3. Select Settings, then Power from the menu.
  4. Select Reboot to restart the computer.
  5. While the "To interrupt normal startup, press Enter" message is displayed at the lower-left area or lower-center of the screen, press the F1 key.
    The ThinkPad Setup menu will be displayed. If a password prompt appears, type the correct password.
  6. Locate the UEFI BIOS Version line and Embedded Controller Version line.
    "UEFI BIOS version (BIOS ID)" will be shown on the UEFI BIOS Version line.
  7. Turn off the computer.

[Windows 7 and Windows XP]

  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 "ThinkPad Setup" menu will be displayed. If a password prompt appears, type the correct password.
  4. Locate the UEFI BIOS Version line and Embedded Controller Version line. "UEFI BIOS version (BIOS ID)" will be shown on the UEFI BIOS Version line.
  5. Turn off the computer.

The following versions of UEFI BIOS and ECP (Embedded Controller Program) have been released to date.

Package UEFI BIOS
ECP
Release
1.38 1.38 (8CET58WW) 

1.21 (8CHT28WW)
1.21 (8YHT28WW)

Current release
1.37 1.37 (8CET57WW) 1.21 (8CHT28WW)
1.21 (8YHT28WW)
8cuj17us.exe
8cuj17us.txt
1.36 1.36 (8CET56WW) 
1.21 (8CHT28WW)
1.21 (8YHT28WW)
8cuj16us.exe
8cuj16us.txt
1.35 1.35 (8CET55WW)
1.20 (8CHT27WW) 8cuj15us.exe
8cuj15us.txt
1.34 1.34 (8CET54WW) 
1.20 (8CHT27WW) 8cuj14us.exe
8cuj14us.txt
1.31 1.33 (8CET53WW) 1.19 (8CHT26WW)
1.19 (8YHT26WW)
8cuj13us.exe
8cuj13us.txt
1.31 1.31 (8CET51WW) 1.12 (8CHT25WW)
1.12 (8YHT25WW)
8cuj12us.exe
8cuj12us.txt
1.30 1.30 (8CET50WW) 1.12 (8CHT25WW)
1.12 (8YHT25WW)
8cuj11us.exe
8cuj11us.txt
1.29 1.29 (8CET49WW) 1.11 (8CHT24WW)
1.11 (8YHT24WW)
8cuj10us.exe
8cuj10us.txt
1.28 1.28 (8CET48WW) 1.10 (8CHT23WW)
1.10 (8YHT23WW)
8cuj09us.exe
8cuj09us.txt
1.25 1.25 (8CET45WW) 1.09 (8CHT22WW)
1.09 (8YHT22WW)
8cuj06us.exe
8cuj06us.txt
1.13 1.13 (8CET36WW) 1.08 (8CHT21WW)
1.08 (8YHT21WW)
8cuj05us.exe
8cuj05us.txt
1.12 1.12 (8CET35WW) 1.07 (8CHT20WW) 8cuj04us.exe
8cuj04us.txt
1.09 1.09 (8CET32WW) 1.05 (8CHT18WW) 8cuj03us.exe
8cuj03us.txt
1.05 1.05 (8CET28WW) 1.03 (8CHT16WW) 8cuj01us.exe
8cuj01us.txt

 

Known Limitations
  • After backing up a Windows XP system to a hard drive connected to the e-SATA port through Rescue and Recovery, when attempting to restore the backup image from the e-SATA hard drive through Rescue and Recovery, a blue screen error occurs. Rescue and Recovery can not access the e-SATA hard drive.

 

Memory map information
Reserved area

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

Intel HD Graphics model and NVIDIA NVS 4200M installed model

  • C0000-CFFFF : Reserved for Video BIOS
  • D0000-D0FFF : Reserved for Option ROM of Ethernet (*a)
  • E0000-FFFFF : Reserved for System BIOS

NVIDIA NVS 4200M installed model (Discrete Graphics mode)

  • C0000-CEDFF : Reserved for Video BIOS
  • D0000-D0FFF : Reserved for Option ROM of Ethernet (*a)
  • E0000-FFFFF : Reserved for System BIOS

*a: This area will be released in case of Ethernet LAN Option ROM was NOT used at system boot.

Usable area

The following memory address can be used by the memory manager such as EMM386.

Intel HD Graphics model and NVIDIA NVS 4200M installed model

  • D0000-DFFFF or D1000-DFFFF (*b)

NVIDIA NVS 4200M installed model (Discrete Graphics mode)

  • CEF00-CFFFF
  • D0000-DFFFF or D1000-DFFFF (*b)

*b: Memory address will be changed to D1000-DFFFF when Ethernet LAN Option ROM was used at system boot.

Note:
Certain addresses in this area will be reserved for optional devices by Operating Systems. The addresses vary and depend on the design of each Operating System.


  • Alias ID: MIGR-77010, MIGR-77010-KR
  • Document ID:DS014992
  • Last Updated :6/23/2014 8:08:23 PM
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