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This page is meant to describe ways to update the BIOS on a Think Pad that only runs Linux for users that don't have ready access to Windows. Follow these steps: Use "geteltorito" to extract the update image from ISO image, downloaded from Lenovo's drivers page.

If you have Windows on your Think Pad you can just boot into it and follow instructions on the Lenovo website. Write the extracted image to a USB Flash drive using dd.

This is a huge drawback for anyone wanting to use SSDs, because it is so much slower. Besides, many people don't even have a floppy drive on their Think Pad.

Also, it is not possible to install some wireless cards, because only certain models are whitelisted by IBM/Lenovo. See the wikipage Middleton's BIOS for installation instructions, downloads, and more description. If you really want to do it with a floppy, some tips: BIOS, ECP, CD/DVD and Harddisk firmware disks can be booted over the network with PXELINX as part of the SYSLINUX package.

You can also check the Lenovo Support website's driver matrix. This worked on the R31, X22, T21, T30 and T41p with various firmware updates.

Lenovo/IBM provides firmware upgrades in a variety of packages: The Linux diskette is just the Diskette package that runs on Linux instead of Windows/DOS. On the X22, it worked with ECP 1.30 but not with BIOS 1.32 Lenovo recommends reseting your BIOS settings to their factory defaults after a firmware update.

Since the v03is a totally new BIOS revision path, it may allow the video card to work, or it may not.

But the v03BIOS revision would be the only hope you have of a newer video card working.

Note: If your BIOS-Update tool says that no update is needed, then simply downgrade the Bios first: On Lenovo's drivers download page, the old Bios files are listed at the very bottom of the page. This requires that you have a DHCP and tftp server configured and setup properly on your network, and is probably not for the faint of heart.

A list of links to firmware downloads can be found at BIOS Upgrade Downloads for most Thinkpad models. Make sure the firmware bootdisk is in linux 'dd' format, as the self-extracting disks from the IBM website cannot be booted directly as such.

All I can say is v2.28 has no ill effects whatsoever on the 8200 Elite's running W10.

In any event, your video card working or not working, won't matter which v03BIOS update you try.