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BIOS Update Utility for Windows 8.1 (32-bit, 64-bit), 8 (32-bit, 64-bit), 7 (32-bit, 64-bit), XP - ThinkPad X230 Tablet and X230i Tablet

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README for BIOS Update Utility

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Windows XP (32-bit)
Windows XP (64-bit)
2.59
6/11/2014

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 System
Supported Operating Systems
Summary of Changes
Updating the UEFI BIOS
Notes
Initializing UEFI BIOS
Determining which version is installed
Known Limitations
Memory map information

 

Supported ThinkPad system
  • X230 Tablet, X230i Tablet
Supported Operating Systems
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 32-bit, 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 32-bit, 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit, 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3
Summary of Changes

Where:

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

Version 2.59
UEFI: 2.59 / ECP: 1.14

  • (New) Improved the UEFI BIOS security feature.
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where the computer was not booted when the multi-LUN mass storage type of USB hard disk was attached to the computer.

Version 2.58
 UEFI: 2.58 / ECP: 1.14

  • (New) Updated UEFI Diagnostic Program. ( version 02.03.00 )
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where the key shift information might not be reported.
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where the system might not enter Startup interrupt menu.
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where the system might not resume by timer when the
    battey was in critical low state.
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where the system might be fail to remote boot.
    Note: From version 1.5.50, Intel Boot Agent no longer supports PXE
    option 61.
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where the DHCP Option 97 (UUID) was not available in UEFI
    PXE boot.
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where the USB BIOS might not be enabled if it is disabled
    with the previous UEFI BIOS version.

Version 2.57
 UEFI: 2.57 / ECP: 1.13

  • (New) Added support for new wireless devices.
  • (Fix) Fixed Help message on Intel TXT Feature in ThinkPad Setup menu.
  • (Fix) Fixed an issue where the system might be fail to remote boot.

Version 2.56
 UEFI: 2.56 / ECP: 1.13

  • (Fix) Corrected a description of NOTES in this README document.
  • [Important] Added support for Windows 8.1 32-bit,64-bit.
  • (Fix) Fix an issue where the system fail to boot from from USB device by configuration.
  • (Fix) Fix an issue where WMI interface has incorrect message.
  • (Fix) Fix an issue where the mouse pointer was moved when the LCD panel was closed.
  • (Fix) Fix an issue where the system could not resume from sleep state.

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

Notes
  • If the UEFI BIOS has been updated to version 2.55 or higher, it is no longer able to roll back to the version before 2.55 due to enhancing the security function.
  • If the UEFI BIOS has been updated to version 2.50 or higher, it is no longer able to roll back to the version before 2.50 because the new 10-digit part
    number and serial number format was once installed. The old UEFI BIOS with the 7-digit part number and serial number format can not handle the 10-digit
    format.
  • Be aware that the OS Optimized Defaults option in the Restart menu of ThinkPad Setup should not be normally changed. Lenovo recommends to use the factory
    default setting for it, as follows.
  •   OS Optimized Defaults
    For Windows 8/8.1 64-bit Preload models [Enabled]
    For Windows 8/8.1 32-bit or Windows 7 Preload models [Disabled]

    To install the retail edition of Windows 8/8.1 64-bit, the OS Optimized Defaults option should be [Enabled].

    If the OS Optimized Defaults setting is changed, Setup Default by the F9 key will not load the same default configuration, as follows.
    Furthermore, by the condition of Operating System installation, the computer may not be booted due to the setting change.

    If your computer runs satisfactorily now, you have no need to change the OS Optimized Defaults option.
    If you need to change the setting, consider well the effect of the setting change.

    "OS Optimized Defaults" setting [Disabled] case [Enabled] case
    Security

    UEFI BIOS Update Option

    • Secure RollBack Prevention
    Disabled Enabled

    Secure Boot

    • Secure Boot
    Disabled Enabled
    Startup
    UEFI/Legacy Boot [Both] [UEFI Only]
    UEFI/Legacy Boot Priority [Legacy First] (Not shown)
    CSM Support [Yes] [No]

    By the OS to be newly installed, you need to change the OS Optimized Defaults option, and load default configuration.

  1. Enter the ThinkPad Setup menu by following steps in [Checking On ThinkPad
    Setup] in the DETERMINING WHICH VERSION IS INSTALLED section.
  2. Select Restart, then select OS Optimized Defaults and press Enter.
  3. Select the following setting and press Enter.
    [Enabled] (for Windows 8/8.1 64-bit)
    [Disabled] (for Windows 8/8.1 32-bit, Windows 7 or Windows XP)
  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.
    The computer will be restarted automatically.
  8. (Caution)
    If both the Secure Boot option is Enabled and UEFI Secure Boot in the Main menu of ThinkPad Setup is shown as Off, restoring Factory Keys is needed. Do the following to restore Factory Keys.

  1. Enter the ThinkPad Setup menu by following steps in [Checking On ThinkPad
    Setup] in the DETERMINING WHICH VERSION IS INSTALLED section.
  2. Select Security, then select Secure Boot.
  3. Select Restore Factory Keys, and press Enter.
  4. Select Yes to restore Factory keys.
  5. Press the F10 key to save configuration and exit.
  6. Select Yes.
    The computer will be restarted automatically.
  • Lenovo recommends to install the USB 3.0 driver for Windows (Version 1.4.0.225 or higher) prior to updating the UEFI BIOS.
    Because the UEFI BIOS requires the modification in the USB 3.0 driver to fix USB 3.0 related issues.
  • To enable 30 Day standby feature of ThinkVantage Power Manager, the computer has to disable waking computer by network adapters and USB devices. Uncheck the checkbox next to "Allow this device to wake the computer" in the Power
    Management tab for each device in Device Manager.
Updating the UEFI BIOS

Notes:

  • Due to Security improvement, once updating UEFI BIOS to this version 2.03 (GCET63WW),
    it is prevented to update UEFI BIOS to 2.02 or older version.
  • If the BIOS has been updated to version 2.50 or higher, it is no longer able to roll back to the version before 2.50
    because the new 10-digit part number and serial number format was once installed. The old BIOS with the 7-digit
    part number and serial number format can not handle the 10-digit format.
  • 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 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 privileges 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.

( If this is first time to apply UEFI BIOS Version GCET61WW (Ver.2.01) or newer version, you have to do following steps. This procedure is required first time only.)

Windows 8/8.1:

  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. Go to the step 20.
  1. While the "To interrupt normal startup, press Enter" message is displayed
    at the lower-left area or lower-center area of the screen, press the F1 key.
    The ThinkPad Setup menu will be displayed. If a password prompt appears,
    type the correct password.
  2. Choose "Security" then "Secure Boot" to show the menu.
  3. Select "Restore Factory Keys" and press Enter.
  4. Select "Yes" to restore Factory keys.
  5. Press F10 key and select "Yes" to save and exit from Setup menu. Then the
    computer is restarted.
Silent Update

Note:

  • When updating the UEFI BIOS to version 1.11 (GCET22WW) or higher with using WINUPTP command, shut down (not reboot)
    the computer to take effect after WINUPTP command is done executing. Then, the computer will be automatically
    rebooted several times until the UEFI BIOS update is complete. Do not power off the computer during reboot. This is needed only once.
  • 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

( If this is first time to apply UEFI BIOS Version GCET61WW (Ver.2.01) or newer version, you have to do following steps. This procedure is required first time only.)

  1. Follow step 16 to 25 in Manual Update procedure to execute "Restore Factory Keys"

To view the update result, refer to the WINUPTP.log file created at the same directory of the package.

Initializing UEFI BIOS

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

Windows 8/8.1:

  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. Turn off the computer.
  2. Turn on the computer.
  3. Go to the step 5.
  1. While the "To interrupt normal startup, press Enter" 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.
  2. Press the F9 key to load default configuration.
  3. Select Yes.
  4. Press the F10 key to save default configuration and exit.
  5. Select Yes.
  6. Restart the computer.

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

Determining Which Version is Installed

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

Checking on Windows

[Windows 8/8.1]

  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-
  1. Select Run from the menu.
  2. Type msinfo32, and press Enter.
  3. On the System Information window, make sure System Summary is selected in the left side of the window.
  4. 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]

  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 8/8.1]

  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. Turn off the computer.
  2. Turn on the computer.
  3. Go to the step 5.
  1. While the "To interrupt normal startup, press Enter" 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
2.58 2.59 (GCET99WW)
1.14 (GCHT25WW) Current release
2.58 2.58 (GCET98WW)
1.14 (GCHT25WW) gcuj18us.exe
gcuj18us.txt
2.57 2.57 (GCET97WW) 
1.13 (GCHT24WW) gcuj17us.exe
gcuj17us.txt
2.56 2.56 (GCET96WW) 1.13 (GCHT24WW) gcuj16us.exe
gcuj16us.txt
2.55 2.55 (GCET95WW) 1.12 (GCHT23WW) gcuj15us.exe
gcuj15us.txt
2.54 2.54 (GCET94WW) 
1.12 (GCHT23WW) gcuj14us.exe
gcuj14us.txt
2.53 2.53 (GCET93WW) 1.11 (GCHT22WW) gcuj13us.exe
gcuj13us.txt
2.52 2.52 (GCET92WW) 1.10 (GCHT21WW) gcuj12us.exe
gcuj12us.txt
2.51 2.51 (GCET91WW) 1.10 (GCHT21WW) gcuj11us.exe
gcuj11us.txt
2.50 2.50  (GCET90WW) 1.10  (GCHT21WW) gcuj10us.exe
gcuj10us.txt
2.03 2.03 (GCET63WW) 
1.10 (GCHT21WW) gcuj09us.exe
gcuj09us.txt
2.01 2.01 (GCET61WW) 1.09 (GCHT20WW) gcuj08us.exe
gcuj08us.txt
1.11 1.11 (GCET22WW)
1.09 (GCHT20WW) gcuj06us.exe
gcuj06us.txt
1.10 1.10 (GCET21WW)
1.08 (GCHT19WW) gcuj05us.exe
gcuj05us.txt
1.09 1.09 (GCET20WW) 
1.08  (GCHT19WW) gcuj04us.exe
gcuj04us.txt
1.08 1.08 (GCET19WW) 1.06 (GCHT17WW) gcuj03us.exe
gcuj03us.txt
1.07 1.07 (GCET18WW) 1.06 (GCHT17WW) gcuj02us.exe
gcuj02us.txt
1.06 1.06 (GCET17WW) 1.06 (GCHT17WW)
Not released

 

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.

  • C0000-CFFFF : 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 5400M installed model

  • 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.