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      BIOS update utility - ThinkPad X61, X61s, Reserve Edition

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      This BIOS Update Utility updates the BIOS (system program) and 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:
      - X61, X61s
      - Reserve Edition

      Supported Operating Systems:
      - Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit (*1)
      - Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit
      - Microsoft Windows Vista 64-bit (*1)
      - Microsoft Windows Vista 32-bit
      - Microsoft Windows XP (Home Edition and Professional)
      - Microsoft Windows 2000

      (*1) 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.
      - On Windows 7 64-bit and Vista 64-bit, the BIOS itself is supported, however, this package for BIOS update does not work.
      - 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
      Additional information
      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 2.22
      BIOS: 2.22 / ECP: 1.03

      • (Fix) Fixed an issue where OS boot with Tivoli OS from USM memoru key might fail.

      Version 7NETC1WW (2.21)
      BIOS: 2.21 / ECP: 1.03

      • (New) Added support for 1600x900 screen resolution on the external monitor.
      • (New) Updated the Computrace part in the BIOS.

      Vesion 7NETC0WW (2.20)
      BIOS: 2.20 / ECP: 1.03

      • (New) Supports Microsoft Windows 7. (addition)
      • (Fix) Fixed an issue where the AMT menu of BIOS Setup Utility might not be displayed.

      Version 7NETB9WW (2.19)
      BIOS: 2.19 / ECP: 1.03

      • (New) Added PCI Express Power Management disabling capability in BIOS setup.
      • (Fix) Boot priority order does not work on selecting AMT remote console.
      • (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 performance.

      Version 7NETB8WW (2.18)
      BIOS: 2.18 / ECP: 1.03

      • (New) Intel Video BIOS update.

      Version 7NETB7WW (2.17)
      BIOS: 2.17 / ECP: 1.03

      • (Fix) Buzzing sound around the fan with battery. Note: To use this feature, you need to install following drivers. Power Manager for Windows 2000, XP (1.40 or later) Power Manager for Windows Vista (2.30 or later) Power Management driver(1.44 or later)
      • (Fix) The computer may hang if Rescue and Recovery is installed on Windows

      Version 7NETB6WW (2.16)
      BIOS: 2.16 / ECP: 1.03

      • (New) Support for Intel ICH-8 step B2.

      Version 7NETB4WW (2.14)
      BIOS: 2.14 / ECP: 1.03

      • (New) Security function was enhanced.
      • (New) Firmware update of Intel AMT ME.
      • (Fix) Data transmission speed of CardBus and 1394 device gets slow.

      Version 7NETB3WW (2.13)
      BIOS: 2.13 / ECP: 1.03

      • (Fix) System hangs while formatting CardBus ATA HDD drive under Windows Vista 64-bit SP1.

      Version 7NETB1WW (2.11)
      BIOS: 2.11 / ECP: 1.03

      • (Fix) WOL (Wake on LAN) may fail. (BIOS)
      • (Fix) Boot error occurs at Intel ICH8M SATA initialization. (BIOS)

      Version 7NETA8WW (2.08)
      BIOS: 2.08 / ECP: 1.03

      • (New) Intel Memory Reference Code update. (BIOS)
      • (Fix) POST 2100 for Hard Disk Initialization error may be displayed at reboot after exiting from BIOS Setup Utility. (BIOS)

      Version 7NETA7WW (2.07)
      BIOS: 2.07 / ECP: 1.03

      • (New) Support for the models with new microprocessors. (BIOS)
      • (New) Microcode updates of the processors. (BIOS)

      Version 7NETA6WW (2.06)
      BIOS: 2.06 / ECP: 1.03

      • (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). (BIOS)
      • (Fix) Unexpected interrupts from the USB controller may occur. (BIOS)
      • (Fix) When a certain HDD User Password is set, re-boot may fail. (BIOS)

      Version 7NET30WW (1.11)
      BIOS: 1.11 / ECP: 1.02

      • (Fix) When Load Deafults(F9) in BIOS Setup is performed, AMT SOL(Serial-Over-LAN) session may be disconnected. (BIOS)
      • (Fix) The brightness becomes maximum at the start of Windows XP even if the maximum brightness has not been set with Fn+End key in previous session. (BIOS)

      Version 7NET29WW (1.10)
      BIOS: 1.10 / ECP: 1.02

      • (Fix) An error message may be displayed after the system with smart battery entered Intel(R) AMT Management Engine BIOS Extention screen. (BIOS)
      • (Fix) Data transmission speed of the hard drive gets slow from 66 MB/s to 33 MB/s in SATA AHCI mode. (BIOS)
      • (Fix) The computer may hang at the power-on if device configuration is changed in the BIOS Setup immediately after resuming normal operation from hibernation mode. (BIOS)
      • (Fix) An error may occur at the power-on after ThinkPad BIOS Settings for Windows runs and then the computer goes into hibernation mode. (BIOS)
      • (Fix) When Power button of Power Options in Control panel is set to "Do nothing" for "When I close the lid of my portable computer:" in Extended desktop, Extended desktop is kept even by closing portable computer. (BIOS)

      Version 7NET27WW (1.08)
      BIOS: 1.08 / ECP: 1.02

      • (Fix) Unexpected display modes may be selected with docking station on Windows Vista. (BIOS)
      • (Fix) SMBIOS type22(Battery information) handling on PC with damaged battery was improved. (BIOS)
      • (Fix) Fingerprint authentication fails once at power-on time, power-on password prompt appears immediately. (BIOS)
      • (Fix) Memory address more than 4GB can't be accessed under Vista WindowsPE. (BIOS)

      Version 7NET25WW (1.06)
      BIOS: 1.06 / ECP: 1.02

      • (Fix) The computer with Intel Turbo Memory Controller may hang displaying a Blue screen when it wakes up from hibernation mode. (BIOS)
      • (Fix) System performance sometimes gets lower when "SATA Controller Mode Option" is set to "AHCI" in BIOS Setup Utility. (BIOS)
      Version 7NET24WW (1.05)
      BIOS: 1.05 / ECP: 1.02
      • (New) The ENERGY STAR logo is displayed during POST. (BIOS)
      • (New) Support for new WWAN card. (BIOS)
      • (New) Support for ThinkPad Reserve Edition
      Version 7NET22WW (1.03)
      BIOS: 1.03 / ECP: 1.02
      • (Fix) Cooling FAN control improvement. (EC)
      Version 7NET21WW (1.02)
      BIOS: 1.02 / ECP: 1.01
      • (New) Support for ThinkPad X61, X61s.




      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 file]

      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 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 directory 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 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.

      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 the BIOS

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

      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.


      BIOS version

      Each version of the System Program Service Utility contains the following system program (BIOS) and the Embedded Controller program (ECP). The BIOS Version and the date can be viewed by running ThinkPad Configuration from your operating system and selecting the System Information button or by invoking 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.
      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 computer.
      Previous release
      1.03 (7MHT25WW)
      Current release
      7NETC1WW (2.21)
      1.03 (7MHT25WW)
      7NETC0WW (2.20)
      1.03 (7MHT25WW)
      7NETB9WW (2.19)
      1.03 (7MHT25WW)
      7NETB8WW (2.18)
      1.03 (7MHT25WW)
      7NETB6WW (2.16)
      1.03 (7MHT25WW)
      7NETB4WW (2.14)
      1.03 (7MHT25WW)
      7NETB3WW (2.13)
      1.03 (7MHT25WW)


      7NETB1WW (2.11)
      1.03 (7MHT25WW)
      7NETA7WW (2.07)
      1.03 (7MHT25WW)
      7NETA6WW (2.06)
      1.03 (7MHT25WW)
      7NET30WW (1.11)
      1.02 (7MHT24WW)
      7NET29WW (1.10)
      1.02 (7MHT24WW)
      7NET27WW (1.08)
      1.02 (7MHT24WW)
      7NET25WW (1.06)
      1.02 (7MHT24WW)
      7NET24WW (1.05)
      1.02 (7MHT24WW)
      7NET22WW (1.03)
      1.02 (7MHT24WW)


      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 12 Kbytes more.)

      • 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 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-67982, MIGR-67982-KR
      • Document ID:DS013564
      • Last Updated :23 Jun 2014
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