There are many ways propageted to update the BIOS of your Thinkpad, if you don’t have access to a native windows [ubuntuusers.de, thinkwiki.org, thinkwiki.org (X_Series)]. I tried some (via Grub or put the ISO image with dd on a flash drive — watch out to not destroy your drive!), but finally here is what works for me.

grub4dos

With the Method described at thinkwiki.org I was able to boot via the grub4dos package an CD image from the Lenovo Download site.

Note: in order to write grub4dos in the MBR of your flashdrive the right command is

sudo ./bootlace.com /dev/sdb

not sdb1, for instance.
Hope this helps!

 

Updating your BIOS at your own risk.

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