Bios upgrade for lenovo

Asked by literally.awake on 2008-07-20

Hi

Recently I bought a Lenovo laptop computer (Lenovo 3000 C200 8922-4lg).

It turned to have some really bad hardware issues when run on Ubuntu (8.04, Gnome). I'm not sure which of them are due to the hardware and which are due to the system.

But I did notice there is an upgrade on the IBM site for this kind of BIOS, which IBM highly recommends to install (stating "This BIOS contains a critical processor microcode update to improve system reliability. Lenovo highly recommends that you apply this BIOS update").

As expected, there is no upgrade for Linux on the official page:

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-67008

I can only download an .exe file for windows. I managed to extract it with wine or cabextract, but then I get stuck. There is nothing like disk image in there, as I hoped (and is stated in a similar problem about another IBM computer here: http://www.bergek.com/2007/06/06/upgrade-thinkpad-bios-from-ubuntu/).

I do not have any version of Windows installed on my machine. Is there any utility to make the upgrade? Or how can proceed manually?

Thanks in advance.

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Thomas Aaron
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Best Thomas Aaron (tom-system76) said : #1

Hello,

We do not support Lenovo computers. We only support System76 machines.

We have created instructions in the past for flashing the bios in our own machines. You can find them here...
https://bugs.launchpad.net/system76/+bug/114677
...beginning with the post that has this header...
Thomas Aaron wrote on 2007-05-25: (permalink)

Instructions for creating a bootable usb drive are in steps 1 through 6. The remainder of the instructions are
geared towards our own computer models. You will have to substitute the appropriate files for your Lenovo.

Best Regards,
Tom Aaron
System 76 Technical Support
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720-226-9269 x603

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New question #39782 on System76:
https://answers.launchpad.net/system76/+question/39782

Hi

Recently I bought a Lenovo laptop computer (Lenovo 3000 C200 8922-4lg).

It turned to have some really bad hardware issues when run on Ubuntu (8.04, Gnome). I'm not sure which of them are due to the hardware and which are due to the system.

But I did notice there is an upgrade on the IBM site for this kind of BIOS, which IBM highly recommends to install (stating "This BIOS contains a critical processor microcode update to improve system reliability. Lenovo highly recommends that you apply this BIOS update").

As expected, there is no upgrade for Linux on the official page:

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-67008

I can only download an .exe file for windows. I managed to extract it with wine or cabextract, but then I get stuck. There is nothing like disk image in there, as I hoped (and is stated in a similar problem about another IBM computer here: http://www.bergek.com/2007/06/06/upgrade-thinkpad-bios-from-ubuntu/).

I do not have any version of Windows installed on my machine. Is there any utility to make the upgrade? Or how can proceed manually?

Thanks in advance.

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Thank you for your answer. I didn't realize this is all about the system 76 machines. I will try to manage out, your advise made me to see the whole thing in a more clear way.

Thanks Thomas Aaron, that solved my question.

Jarno Suni (jarnos) said : #4

How did you manage to flash BIOS by that FREEDOS USB pen drive? Did you just run AdRomLdr.exe? The update utility is a Windows application with all those dlls and such, right?

Jarno Suni (jarnos) said : #5

Besides, there is not room for all the files in the FREEDOS drive, if made according to the instructions given.