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Thinkstation P720 BIOS update error

2021-04-03, 0:16 AM

Hello,

 

I recently acquired a P720 Thinkstation Type 30BA001EGE which is still running the initial BIOS version S04KT11A from 2017.

 

I tried now to update the BIOS to the current version S04KT52A which fails with the error: Unknown BIOS Vendor.

 

Since I found some references, that some bios versions in between 11A and 51A might be necessary.

But even when trying older BIOS versions, is still does not work.

 

Up to BIOS version S04KT20A I get the following error message:

BIOS ROM file is older than BIOS ROM image or project ID unmatch

 

Starting with the next BIOS version, which is S04KT22A the error message changes to:

Unknown BIOS Vendor

 

Same behavior with using CMD in windows or EFI from USB-flash.

 

A bit strange, that in the BIOS release notes version S04KT12A is listed as initial Production release.

So for me it looks like I have a pre-production version on my system.

 

What do I need to do to get my Thinkstation to the current BIOS Version S04KT52A ?

 

Best regards

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Re:Thinkstation P720 BIOS update error

2021-04-05, 14:11 PM

Yep, according to the release notes, BIOS 12A was the initial production level BIOS for the P720 platform.  It appears that the first web released BIOS was BIOS 13A. 

https://download.lenovo.com/pccbbs/thinkcentre_bios/s04j913usa.iso

 

Perhaps, try flashing to BIOS 13A initially before proceeding to other BIOS revisions?

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Re:Thinkstation P720 BIOS update error

2021-04-05, 17:00 PM

Hi,

 

I tried this again with version 13A as before.

Unfortunately still no success. I tried it from CD-ROM and USB via EFI as well as via Windows CMD.

 

Same result with all methods :-(

 

Is it possible to flash the version while skipping the version test?

 

I still believe that is has to do with the fact, that my Thinkstation is running Pre-Production Version 11A instead of 12A.

Could this be a factor?

 

I really need to do the BIOS updates as I am now more than 30 versions behind and am missing quite a few necessary fixes.

 

 

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Re:Thinkstation P720 BIOS update error

2021-04-05, 19:32 PM

Thanks for checking.  Let me run this by our BIOS team to see what they would suggest doing here.  

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Re:Thinkstation P720 BIOS update error

2021-04-05, 20:15 PM

Out of curiosity, did you get this system from Lenovo directly or a 3rd party supplier? 

 

Does the system contain a serial number on it? If so, can you please provide this to me directly through a private message?  This is usually a sticker located on the front of the system above the 5.25" bays.  

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Re:Thinkstation P720 BIOS update error

2021-04-05, 21:52 PM
Thanks for the support, I just sent you the requested infos via PM
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