Phoenix firmware updating failed
One of them is the ability to boot ISO images directly off USB flash drives. grub4dos is a GNU GRUB fork with interesting features.It's unknown if a boot image can be extracted from it. Also, please consider updating the List of DMI IDs after updating your BIOS.
These Think Pads are limited to SATA1 in their BIOS even though the hardware is SATA2. So, even though Lenovo is now offering "Linux diskette" updaters, that will create a bootable floppy under Linux, using a floppy is still not recommended. This allows you to replace a boot floppy by a boot CD in nearly all situations. IMG, is extracted from the .exe, it can be booted directly through GRUB without the need of burning a CD, using the SYSLINUX image-loader memdisk. You can search for it with find: By following any of the instructions here you are accepting the very real risk of turning your Think Pad into a big expensive paper weight, as a firmware update gone wrong can create unfix-able problems. You must first download the bootable iso file from the Lenovo Website. At the DOS command prompt, type "updflsh" and then follow the prompts by pressing "Y" or Enter. Thanks to it, a bootable CD can be made with a bootable floppy image in such as way that the CD believes that it is a 2.88 MB floppy drive. Warning: this formats the USB flash drive and all data will be erased! Once complete (you could test if it boots at this point), copy the extracted BIOS files from the temporary folder you created to the USB flash drive. Boot from USB flash drive by pressing F11 within the BIOS boot logo.Especially usable when CDROM is not available, tested on X140e, but should work in most recent firmwares as these supports UEFI, much simpler than older methods outlined in this and other pages. Rund vfdwin.exe, go to the Driver tab and hit Install and Start. Here's how to update the bios in this case: download the spsdi833 bios update and create the update floppy. Remove the W98 bootdisk and put the disk with the BIOS update in the drive.You should have a USB mass storage device you can erase. Reboot, enter BIOS setup, enable UEFI only (or 1st priority) at startup options, save and reboot. Interrupt boot, press F12 and select USB mass storage device as boot source. The BIOS update utility should run and you should succeed in flashing BIOS. Then go to the Drive0 tab, click on Change and select A:. This should give you a virtual floppy drive the file will extract files to. If you have trouble creating this disk, download an archive with the files and put them on a floppy. If you would now run UPDTFLSH you would get the battery message, so don't do that.