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T30 BIOS upgrade

2013-09-07, 19:33 PM



I'm trying to revive an older T30 for my niece. I did as much as I could in safe mode. But it reboots after about a minute in regular mode (XP) after a blue screen (0x0000007E). I'm pretty sure its the BIOS. Its listed as 2.03 and should be 2.10.


I tried downloading the diskette BIOS update to try it from a USB stick (no external floppy).    http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/research/hints-or-tips/detail.page?&LegacyDocID=MIGR-42358   When I click on the download button, it just spins back to all of the updates - nothing downloads. I tried it the non-diskette update in safe mode. No go. It gives me "CreateFile() returns 2". I assume that's because its in safe mode. I try to install the BIOS update in regular mode before the blue screen happens. It goes through the four installation screens and then just goes back to first of four, nothing happens, then the reboot occurs because of the blue screen.


If anyone has any suggestions or knows where I can find the diskette update for the BIOS, it would be greatly appreciated.




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Re: T30 BIOS upgrade

2013-09-07, 20:05 PM

Hello and welcome,


There doesn't seem to be a download link for that version of the BIOS.


If you click on "learn more" you'll get a page with links for previous versions up to 2.09.


Don't know if that helps...




[edit] See Andy's warning about flashing BIOS on an unstable system.

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Re: T30 BIOS upgrade

2013-09-07, 20:11 PM

Good day and welcome to the community.


If you revisit the link you listed and return to the BIOS section and diskette-version item, click on the "Learn more" link. On the resulting page, scroll down near the bottom and you'll see a grid with previous BIOS versions. While v2.10 is not linked (not sure why), v2.09 is. If you modify the v2.09 link with ".txt" at the end, you can read the documentation to see if anything looks applicable to your situation.


All the usual caveats apply regarding doing BIOS updates, so please proceed with caution.





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Re: T30 BIOS upgrade

2013-09-07, 21:01 PM

Hi Alkaline16, welcome to the forums,


to be honest there is no way in this world that I would attempt to update an unstable system's BIOS without first finding out where the problem lies; the error code suggests defective or incompatible hardware which could well cause a failure during the update resulting in bricking the system.


A known problem with T30 systems was the soldering on one of the memory slots, the one toward the middle of the system if I remember correctly.  If you have any memory in that slot it would be worth removing it to see if you experience the same problem afterwards and just in case I've got the "faulty" slot wrong try swapping memory around in the slots as a process of elimination to confirm / rule out the slots being the cause.



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