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Re:P620 Bios Update Issue

2021-09-03, 21:20 PM

I just attempted the reinstall.  I'm still seeing this:

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Re:P620 Bios Update Issue

2021-09-03, 21:23 PM

Additional clarification. During the upgrade as expected the computer turned off and then on again attempted the upgrade and then shut itself down completely.

 

Based on the comments from the other people in this thread, it seems we are seeing the same issue.

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Re:P620 Bios Update Issue

2021-09-03, 21:39 PM
Agree.
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Re:P620 Bios Update Issue

2021-09-04, 1:40 AM

I am seeing the same problem. I was running the August BIOS (S07KT21A) prior to attempting to update to the September BIOS update (S07KT22A)

I initially attempted to install the BIOS update using the Windows installer and subsequently tried the EFI loader, as well. 

During the BIOS update, the machine shut down abruptly after Updating PSP FW Regions:

 

Recovery BIOS: PSP FW Update

Updating PSP FW regions

 

The Recovery BIOS: PSP Update appears to complete (or, near completion) and, then, the machine abruptly powers off.

Upon reboot, the BIOS does not update, and, the following message is displayed:

 

<American Megatrends Logo>

Version 2.21.1278.  Copyright (C) 2021 AMI

BIOS Date: 07/02/2021 18:02:13 Ver: S07KT21A

Warning: Recovery BIOS image in backup SPI ROM is corrupted due to unexpected break of last recovery BIOS update process. Please perform BIOS update again to flash recovery BIOS image.

 

 

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Re:P620 Bios Update Issue

2021-09-04, 1:45 AM

I believe I fixed the issue. People can try to move jumper 55 from 1-2 to 2-3 and update BIOS again.

I feel this is really stupid.

1> I've given enough hints suggesting backup BIOS might be the problem maker. I expect Lenovo engineer should be able to find enough input.

2> BIOS update process is definitely not well considered. Lenovo should put some clear message about the jumper and proceed only when jumper was set right. Or at least kindly fail with meaningful messages.

3> Now I question what is the use of the jumper. It is said to protect the backup BIOS. According to my experience, failure of the updating actually corrupted the backup BIOS. The jumper does not protect its target. If this is a dev jumper, why the production team leave it as 1-2 before handling over to end users.

4> My best guess is this time (1.34 BIOS) may update backup BIOS first and the system failed and shut down. Last time I updated to 1.33, it may update primary BIOS first and then update the backup BIOS. That could explain why I met the same shutdown after a long time but in the end the BIOS is updated.

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Re:P620 Bios Update Issue

2021-09-04, 1:55 AM

BTW: If anyone would like to take the risk, jumper 55 is located near the LAN port. It is pretty difficult to take it out by hand.

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Re:P620 Bios Update Issue

2021-09-04, 13:07 PM

@eugenev  

Exact same situation on my P620

 

History UEFI firmware

My P620 came with UEFI firmware S07KT0EA

In time updated with:

S07KT1BA -> S07KT1DA -> S07KT1EA -> S07KT1FA -> S07KT21A

and now unsuccesfully with S07KT22A

 

I tried:

1 - flashing S07KT22A UEFI bios from operating system S07KT22A again. -> Shutdown after "Updating PSP FW regions"

2 - flashing S07KT22A using EFI shell utility  -> Shutdown after "Updating PSP FW regions"

3 - flashing S07KT21A UEFI bios from operating system S07KT21A. -> Shutdown after "Updating PSP FW regions"

 

ThinkStation P620 is now on UEFI firmware S07KT21A with at boot:

"warning: Recovery BIOS image in backup SPI ROM is corrupted due to unexpected break of last recovery BIOS update process. Please perform BIOS update again to flash recovery BIOS image."

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Re:P620 Bios Update Issue

2021-09-04, 15:00 PM

I think that you are correct that there appears to be a component missing from the update. 

Hi, Lenovo! Looks like it’s time to make the donuts…..

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Re:P620 Bios Update Issue

2021-09-05, 1:07 AM

@HT Shan

 

You may have a point.

 

This shows the difference in BIOS updates from S07KT1FA (old) and the S07K20A and up

Read carefully.

 

From:

ThinkStation P620 Workstations
System BIOS Update Utility (EFI-based)

BIOS Version : S07KT1FA (old)

I get that the backup BIOS flashing is a separate procedure

It needs the jumper jp55 set to 2-3 so it can be written ( point 1)

 

*****************************************************************************
*                      Basic Installation Instructions                                             
*                                                                                                                 
*     There're two BIOS ROMs on this product: One is primary BIOS for   
*     normal boot and the other is backup BIOS for auto recovery if         
*     primary BIOS is detected to be corrupted.                                           
*                                                                                                                   
*     Follow below instructions to update primary BIOS:                             
*                                                                                                                   
*     1.  Please make note of any settings you have changed in the BIOS   
*         Setup utility. They may have to be re-entered after updating         
*         the BIOS.                                                                                           
*     2.  Please disable Secure Boot options in Security menu before         
*         flash BIOS.                                                                                        
*     3.  Use the flash update program by putting it in a USB storage        
*         key, or creating a CD with the ISO image. Power up the                 
*         system and make sure the device with the flash program is           
*         selected as a boot device.                                                                
*     4.  The current BIOS level on the computer is compared to that of    
*         the flash update. If the levels are the same, or the level on             
*         the update is older than the ROM, a message is displayed stating 
*         "BIOS ROM file is older than (or same as) BIOS ROM image.          
*         Continue anyway? (y/n)", type in 'y'.                                                
*     5.  Update may take several minutes. Do not power off or restart the
*         system during this procedure!                                                         
*     6.  After the flash update is complete, system will automatically     
*         reboot. Don't forget to remove the flash device or you may be  
*         got your BIOS re-updated.                                         
*     7.  Please enable Secure Boot options again after BIOS upgrade, this  
*         could protect the security of Windows 10.                         
*                                                                           
*     Follow below instructions to update backup BIOS:                     
*                                                                           
*     1.  Disable backup BIOS write protection by placing the jumper JP55
*         from default 1-2 pin to 2-3 pin location.                         
*     2.  Follow the same steps 1 and 2 mentioned above.                    
*     3.  Unzip S07J3xxUSA.ZIP and put all files except for startup.nsh in 
*         root directory of a USB key. Power up the system and select the
*         USB key as boot device. It will boot to UEFI shell.               
*     4.  Enter fsX: (where X is the filesystem index for the USB key) to   
*         change to the USB key root directory and run "recflash" command   
*         to start BIOS update process.                                     
*     5.  Update may take several minutes. Do not power off or restart the  
*         system during this procedure!                                     
*     6.  After the flash update is complete, reboot system manually.  
*         Don't forget to remove the flash device.                          
*     7.  Please enable Secure Boot options again after BIOS upgrade, this  
*         could protect the security of Windows 10. Also restore jumper     
*         JP55 to its default 1-2 pin to protect backup BIOS.               
*                                                                           
*****************************************************************************

 

 

From

ThinkStation P620 Workstations
System BIOS Update Utility (EFI-based)

BIOS Version : S07KT22A

I understand it is now one sequence during the same power cycle.

(Notice that there is no mentioning of jp55)

 

*****************************************************************************
*                      Basic Installation Instructions                      
*                                                                           
*     There're two BIOS ROMs on this product: One is primary BIOS for       
*     normal boot and the other is backup BIOS for auto recovery if         
*     primary BIOS is detected to be corrupted. They share the same        
*     BIOS image file.                                                     
*                                                                           
*     Starting from BIOS level S07J320USA (as primary BIOS), backup BIOS    
*     and primary BIOS will be updated in sequence during the same power   
*     cycle following the same method as below. The previous method of      
*     flashing backup BIOS separately is no longer supported.               
*                                                                           
*     Follow below instructions to update primary and backup BIOS:          
*                                                                          
*     1.  Please make note of any settings you have changed in the BIOS     
*         Setup utility. They may have to be re-entered after updating      
*         the BIOS.                                                        
*     2.  Please disable Secure Boot options in Security menu before        
*         flash BIOS.                                                       
*     3.  Use the flash update program by putting it in a USB storage       
*         key, or creating a CD with the ISO image. Power up the            
*         system and make sure the device with the flash program is        
*         selected as a boot device.                                       
*     4.  The current BIOS level on the computer is compared to that of     
*         the flash update. If the levels are the same, or the level on     
*         the update is older than the ROM, a message is displayed stating  
*         "BIOS ROM file is older than (or same as) BIOS ROM image.         
*         Continue anyway? (y/n)", type in 'y'.                             
*     5.  Update may take several minutes. Do not power off or restart the  
*         system during this procedure!                                     
*     6.  After the system reboots, the BIOS update process will continue   
*         with a simple graphic UI. Backup BIOS will be first updated with  
*         indication "Recovery BIOS:XXX" if it's a higher version(otherwise 
*         it won't be updated). Then comes the update process for primary   
*         BIOS with indication "Primary BIOS:XXX".                          
*     7.  After the flash update is complete, system will automatically     
*         reboot. Don't forget to remove the flash device or you may be     
*         got your BIOS re-updated.                                         
*     8.  Please enable Secure Boot options again after BIOS upgrade, this  
*         could protect the security of Windows 10.                         
*                                                                           
*****************************************************************************

 

To see the UEFI firmware (BIOS) revisions on my P620, I have:

 

1 - Disabled secure boot

2 - F12 - and booted the USB storage key containing EFI bios update without the startup.nsh

It boots into a shell

I ran

AfuEfix64.efi imageS07.rom /chksvn

 

 

It shows that my Primary BIOS Revision is 0x21 , what matches the current S07KT21A

It also shows that the recovery BIOS Revision is 0x00 and not 0x21

To me it looks like there is no Recovery BIOS at this point.

That could make sense, as I have always updated my UEFI firmware using the Flash from OS option

Never have I touched the JP55 jumper and initiated a recflash command as mentioned the 1F backup BIOS instructions point 4 of the EFI or ISO update instructions.

 

UEFI firmware S07KT21A, was my first firmware update that mention's the new method of updating both BIOS in sequence.

Also here I did not touch the jumper. The jumper is not mentioned in the update instructions.

But the update from 1F to 21 did not give the problem that 22 did.

 

That puzzles me a little, because if the backup BIOS would have been written it should have had a problem with the jp55 write protect jumper.

The above shown image I included however, shows Recovery BIOS revision is not 0x21 but 0x00.

I do not know if it shows revision 0x00 because it is corrupted, or if the image is never written.

What then raises the questions;

- Why did I not have the corruption warning at boot after the succesfull update from 1F to 21.

- After the failed update attempt to firmware rev. 22, the primairy firmware is still rev. 21 but now I do have the warning.

 

Maybe because  the "Lowest BIOS Revision for CPK CPU" (Castle Peak CPU's) , has changed to 0x20 after the rev 21 firmware update.

(Although this could explain why the firmware 1F to 21 update worked, it still does not explain why there was no corruption warning before, once on rev 21)

 

ThinkStation P620 Jumper JP55

If the jumper jp55 needs to be set back and forth, every time there is an update, that would be a problem for me to look at.

It would be nice to get some inside on how this is intended to work in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

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Re:P620 Bios Update Issue

2021-09-05, 13:52 PM

@HT Shan

 

I went along and set JP55 from position 1-2 to 2-3,

disabling the Write protection for the Recovery BIOS

Than I ran the s07jy22usa.exe Firmware Flash from OS utility.

Now the update was successful.

The warning when booting, regarding the corrupted Recovery BIOS in the backup SPI ROM, has disappeared.

 

I also checked the revisions again as described in my previous post.

 

 

Now both the Primary and Recovery BIOS have revision 0x22

 

This leaves the question:

Will future updates that fall within the Lowest BIOS Revision for CPK CPU, require the JP55 to be set to position 2-3 aswell,

or is it possible to fixate the Recovery BIOS to a different know good version than the Primary Bios by setting the jumper back to 1-2.

 

 

 

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