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

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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.

      Supported ThinkPad systems (15 inch normal screen models):
      - R61 (Machine types: 8942, 8943, 8944, 8945, 8947, 8948, 8949)
      - R61i (Machine type: 8943)

      Supported operating systems:
      - Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit
      - Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit (*1)(*2)
      - Microsoft Windows Vista 32-bit
      - Microsoft Windows Vista 64-bit (*1)(*2)
      - Microsoft Windows XP (Home Edition and Professional)

      *1: Supports the models with Intel Core 2 Duo mobile processors only.
      *2: If Windows 7 64-bit or Vista 64-bit is already installed on your system, then you must use the bootable CD ISO format of this BIOS update.
      - This program is language independent and can be used with any language system.
      Additional information
      Use the link below to obtain the BIOS in other file formats:

      Summary of Changes
      Updating the BIOS
      Initializing the BIOS
      BIOS version
      Memory map information


      Summary of Changes


      • 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 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



      This package does not work on Windows 7 (64-bit) and Vista (64-bit) systems for BIOS update. Use the BIOS Update CD for BIOS updates on Windows 7 64-bit and Vista 64-bit systems.


      Updating the BIOS


      • 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 and a charged battery pack.
      • 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.

      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 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.

      [Extracting files]

      1. Make sure to be logged on with administrative privileges.
      2. Make sure the AC adapter is firmly connected to the target computer.
      3. Locate the directory where the file was downloaded.
      4. Locate the file that was downloaded and double-click it. The file name ends with "US.EXE" for 32-bit, "U6.EXE" for 64-bit Windows.
      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 9.

      [Updating the 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.


      Unattended Update
      Note: This is intended for system administrators only. The BIOS is updated without any user interaction.
      • Refer to the "Manual Update" section, and download and extract the file.
      • In the step 12 of the "Installing files" section, uncheck the checkbox next to "Install ..... now", and then click Finish to cancel installation.
      • 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 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.

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


      BIOS version
      Each version of the ThinkPad BIOS Update 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
      7QET42WW (1.24)
      Current release7QHT15WW (1.00)
      7QET41WW (1.23)
      7QHT15WW (1.00)
      7QET39WW (1.21)
      7QHT15WW (1.00)
      7QET38WW (1.20)
      7QHT15WW (1.00)
      7QET37WW (1.19)
      7QHT15WW (1.00)
      7QET36WW (1.18)
      7QHT15WW (1.00)
      7QET35WW (1.17)
      7QHT15WW (1.00)
      7QET34WW (1.16)
      7QHT15WW (1.00)
      7QET31WW (1.13)
      Not released to the Web7QHT15WW (1.00)
      7QET30WW (1.12)
      7QHT15WW (1.00)
      7QET29WW (1.11)
      7QHT15WW (1.00)
      7QET27WW (1.09)
      7QHT15WW (1.00)
      7QET25WW (1.07)
      7QHT15WW (1.00)
      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


      • *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.


      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-68186, MIGR-68186-KR
      • Document ID:DS003349
      • Last Updated :23 Jun 2014
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