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Rick441
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BIOS Update 2.71 on W530

I have a Thinkpad W530 (2438-4KU) running Windows 7 Pro, with a 3rd-generation (Sandy Bridge?) Intel processor (Intel Core i7-3630QM).

 

Even though BIOS Update 2.70 had been listed in the Critical tab in Lenovo Update -- presumably because it addressed the Spectre and/or Meltdown vulnerabilities -- I purposely held off on installing it. Doubly so after reading comments on this board about pc’s running at hot and widely-varying temperatures after installation.

 

Well, just now I ran Lenovo Update again, and was expecting to still see a BIOS update listed in the Critical tab since I hadn’t applied it. But I was surprised to see that the only BIOS update listed is now in the Recommended (not Critical) tab -- Update 2.71 -- and the only vulnerability it states as addressed by the update relates to Intel Active Management.  (There are no updates of any kind listed under Critical now.)

 

So is 2.71 cumulative, i.e., does it have the Meltdown/Spectre patches even though not listed in the specs? And if so, shouldn’t it still be listed as Critcal in my run of Lenovo Update since I never applied 2.70?

 

In addition, I’d appreciate any feedback from W530 users with Sandy Bridge as to how BIOS 2.71 (or for that matter, 2.70) is working for you -- particularly if you have Windows 7. Any heat issues? And what kind of practical performance hit did it cause (comparing to 2.69 or earlier)?

 

Thanks

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Re: BIOS Update 2.71 on W530

Hello,

 

Yes, BIOS updates are cumulative, so the 2.71 BIOS (UEFI) update contains the patch from 2.70.

 

Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky

 



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Re: BIOS Update 2.71 on W530

Hello Aryeh,

The latest BIOS 2.71 is causing shutdowns and CMOS issues on my Lenovo W530
OS Name Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Version 10.0.18362 Build 18362
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name JVLW530
System Manufacturer LENOVO
System Model 24382MU
System Type x64-based PC
System SKU LENOVO_MT_2438
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3920XM CPU @ 2.90GHz, 3101 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date LENOVO G5ETB4WW (2.74 ), 3/27/2019
SMBIOS Version 2.7
Embedded Controller Version 1.13
BIOS Mode UEFI
BaseBoard Manufacturer LENOVO
BaseBoard Product 24382MU
BaseBoard Version Not Defined
Platform Role Mobile
Secure Boot State Off
PCR7 Configuration Binding Not Possible
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "10.0.18362.1"
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 32.0 GB
Total Physical Memory 31.8 GB
Available Physical Memory 27.7 GB
Total Virtual Memory 36.6 GB
Available Virtual Memory 31.7 GB
Page File Space 4.75 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys
Kernel DMA Protection Off

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Re: BIOS Update 2.71 on W530

Hello,

 

If you are having CMOS issues, it may just be time to replace the CMOS/RTC backup battery.  They do not last forever, and need to be replaced every few years.

 

Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky

 



I am a volunteer and neither a Lenovo nor a Microsoft employee.

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