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Will X220 ever get a BIOS microcode patch for the Spectre?

Q: Will X220 ever get a BIOS microcode patch for the Spectre?

https://support.lenovo.com/tw/zh/solutions/len-18282 In this official support page of Lenovo, the X220 is not among the listed machines. I think there are still a lot of people out there using this xx20 series laptops(X220, T420..), will lenovo ever release the BIOS update for this laptop?

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A: Will X220 ever get a BIOS microcode patch for the Spectre?

Good day and welcome to the community.Please watch this page: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/len-18282 for developing information.

As this topic is being addressed in the Security forum: https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Security-Malware/bd-p/Security_Malware please search and engage discussion there.

This thread is now locked to avoid duplication, which only splinters discussions.
Regards.

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Lenovo please update the BIOS for your older PC with the available microcode from Intel to help avoid Spectre.  When will Lenovo add Sandy Bridge based Intel cpus, and many others, to the list of products at "Reading Privileged Memory with a Side Channel" linked here https://support.lenovo.com/gb/en/solutions/len-18282 I see Intel have already released new microcode for Sandy Bridge cpu's to mitigate Spectre and many other cpus.  See the long list here https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/27431/Linux-Processor-Microcode-Data-File Lenovo need to post far more target dates for BIOS updates, with the new microcode, beyond the recent PCs listed!  I see HP are ahead here, they have aready published dates for their products using Sandy Bridge cpus.  See this link https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c05869091  Several HP products on this page use Sandy Bridgde cpus and already have target dates for new BIOS/microcode.  For example the HP Compaq 8200 Elite gets new BIOS and microcode on 19th Jan 2018 - well done HP - a very simlair business class PC to the Thinkcentre M91p. 

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I was wondering if Lenovo has issued a BIOS update for the ThinkPad X220 to protect against the Spectre security issue.

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Hi! Recently Spectre fixing BIOS patch F1KT73A was released for ThinkCentre Edge 72. Web page and change history states that only Ivy Bridge microcode patch was included.So, what about Sandy Bridge? We have different models with Sandy i3-2130 and with Ivy i3-3240.According to Intel's Microcode Update Guidance, Sandy Bridge fix was released too. Are there any Lenovo plans to release BIOS containing both Sandy and Ivy microcodes soon?We just want to protect all our workstations, not just half of them...  

A:Spectre BIOS patch for ThinkCentre Edge72 - what about Sandy Bridge?

Same problem

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Hi.

Just posting here because I have a Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101 and after running the checker tool available on the net regarding the machine vulnerability against Spectre and Meltdown, I am concerned by Spectre.

Here after a link to another thread where I arrived after a search.
https://forum.toshiba.eu/showthread.php?98147-BIOS-update-to-protect-against-Meltdown-and-Spectre
I include a link to a Toshiba page with some information on that critical subject.

Seems there is, as of today, no schedule date for my machine.

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When the PC boots it brings error 1801 could you help me slve this . or do i install a new O.S

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Greetings, I have many M82s in my organization, a little over 4 years old. However, I am not seeing M82 listed on the Lenovo support page here for the products that do/will have the microcode mitigation for the Spectre vulnerability CVE-2017-5715. Does that web page contain the complete list of products for which firmware will be updated? Or will older models be added? I am hoping that Lenovo will continue to support products that were sold in the recent past, such as M82s and perhaps even some earlier models, particularly for PCs that are targetted to businesses.

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I'm not having any luck with this one at the HP/Compaq forums.

Compaq Presario 5000 (exact model number 5SPXE1)

I have updated the processor from Pentium 4, 1500-MHz to Pentium 4, 2400-MHz. I now receive a pause on POST requiring me to press F1 to continue:

1801 Microcode Patch Error. Missing or invalid Processor Microcode Patch. Please contact Compaq Computer Corporation for a new ROM BIOS to support the new processor stepping.
 

A:Solved: 1801 – Microcode Patch Error

So what's your question?

Courtney

P.S. Take a look at the last sentence you typed. Hint: Why do you get the message? See your sentence before the last.
 

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The spectre microcode update (KB4090007) contains microcode updates for most modern intel cpus. 

The Broadwell-E family of CPUs (6800K, 6900K, etc) with CPUID 406F1 is NOT listed in KB4090007, and the update in the catalog reports "not applicable" when attempted.

Intel released microcode updates for Broadwell-E along with the other CPUs, so I'm curious why it would be excluded from KB4090007.

Is the Broadwell-E omission intentional or accidental?  The CPU is reported to be vulnerable to spectre.

Thanks for any clarification you can provide, or correction to KB4090007.

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I have installed the "pulled" BIOS update for Spectre/Meltdown, and now have significant stability issues. There are no instructions on this page of how to rollback this update: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/len-18282 In this situation, does Lenovo advise re-installing an older BIOS? Or is there a solution coming very soon? It's been several week without any updates.

A:How to rollback withdrawn BIOS (CPU Microcode) Update? - T550 BIOS 1.19

Downgrade to older BIOS version will not help, as installer won't be able to downgrade CPU microcode. Currently Lenovo and Intel are working to provide a solution which allow downgrade to previous microcode. They have adviced to wait till downgrade method will be developed. But... you can do something to restore stability of your system. It was found, that stability issues are present, when OS is using fixes against meltdown/spectre. Actually, you can disable them. Below you'll find a guide:https://winaero.com/blog/disable-meltdown-fix-amd-cpus-installing-kb4056892/ Personally, I've tested it on few devices and stablility issues were no longer present.





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Hello Lenovo! I expected to see a new BIOS-Update for my X220 at end of february: https://support.lenovo.com/de/en/solutions/len-18282 I was glad to see that, because Intel is just unable to make any clear statement and refuses to fix older CPUs. This is now removed, without a notice! Dangerous security issues must be always fixed, there is not out of support in general. Despite that, the X220 was sold till 2013 and 2018 is in the ususal five year warranty range of the ThinkPads. Can you tell us please, what is going on? I hope you will follow your own path of good support and not Intel. Interestingly there are still listed Microcodeupdates for SandyBridge (Server), same architecture. Thanks

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Hi, the changelog of the BIOS 1.29 states that it contains an update of the CPU microcode.Afetr I upgraded successfully to that new BIOS, I've been surprised to notice that the microcode wasn't updated.Booting on lunix, I can see that the CPU is still running the old revision 0x24 of the microcode: [ 3.081408] microcode: sig=0x306d4, pf=0x40, revision=0x24
[ 3.081446] microcode: Microcode Update Driver: v2.2. I expected to find the revision 0x25 which was released by intel several months ago (see: http://metadata.ftp-master.debian.org/changelogs/non-free/i/intel-microcode/intel-microcode_3.201705...) By comparing the line below extracted from that link to the boot message I reported above, you can verify the CPU signature and the processor flag mask associated to that microcode update perfectly match my CPU. sig 0x000306d4, pf_mask 0xc0, 2017-01-27, rev 0x0025, size 17408 So I wonder why that micocode update was not included in the BIOS 1.29.Is it a mistake ? or did Lenovo have a good reason to omit it ?

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I have several dc7800 (2 SFF & 1 CMT) I would like to update the BIOS & Microcode so I can upgrade the processors to the supported Q9400 CPU's I have sitting here. Can somebody help me on the process to upgrade the BIOS & MicroCode?  

A:dc7800 BIOS & MicroCode Update

Hi: Here is all the info you need to update the microcode for your dc7800's. Files are the same for the SFF's and CMT's. You have to copy the DOS flash files in the microcode update folder to a bootable usb flash drive, with DOS command files on it. Put the flash drive in the PC, turn it on and the PC should boot to the usb flash drive. At the command prompt, type Flashbin.exe and hit the enter key. Follow the on screen instructions to update the microcode. I zipped up and attached the utility to make a bootable flash drive below, the DOS command files you need, as well as the dc7800 microcode update files. You make the bootable flash drive first by running sp27608. After the utility has formatted the drive and made it bootable, copy the dos files to it, then copy the Microcode update files to it. Copy just the files in the folders, not the folders. After you update the microcodes, I will give you the instructions to update the BIOS.  I don't want to confuse the attached microcode files with the BIOS files. So, you can let me know when you have completed that process. Updating the BIOS will be easier.

























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Is there any chance that LGA771 Xeon CPU will work in LGA775 Systemboard without BIOS microcode update? 1. My Systemboard is HP-DX2400MT - IPIBL-LB (MoBo) and it supports Pentium Dual Core/Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Quad CPUs. I want to buy any same spec Xeon CPU and I want to know if if it is possible or there is a change that it will work without microcode update?  2. or Generally is it possible ? do normally 775 MoBo BIOS has 771 microcodes?  P.S I know that it may domage PC, not recomended and shouldn't do such upgrade, thanks... 

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I ran the Insppectre Tool from https://www.grc.com/inspectre.htm this tells you if you have the Meltdown or Spectre bugs. I ran it and i have Spectre. I know i have to update my BIOS but i cant find the patch on the Asus site. Help! please! lol Thanks
 
Here are my System Specs.
 
Operating System
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
CPU
AMD Phenom X4 9600B
Agena 65nm Technology
RAM
2.00GB
Motherboard
ASUSTeK Computer INC. M2N-SLI DELUXE (Socket AM2 )
%1 Chipset
Graphics
VCB4xxx_AM000U ([email protected])
1024MB ATI AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series (Sapphire/PCPartner)    31 °C
Storage
931GB Western Digital WDC WD10 EZEX-00BN5A0 SCSI Disk Device (SATA)    29 °C
978MB Kingston DataTraveler U3 USB Device (USB)
Optical Drives
ATAPI iHDS118 6 SCSI CdRom Device
ATAPI iHAS524 D SCSI CdRom Device
Audio
AMD High Definition Audio Device
 
Motherboard
 
Manufacturer    ASUSTeK Computer INC.
Model    M2N-SLI DELUXE (Socket AM2 )
Version    1.XX
BIOS
Brand    Phoenix Technologies LTD
Date    29/10/2007
 

A:Confused about how to Patch for Spectre.

Bleeping Computer link says end of January for your system.Scroll down on Bleeping home page and its on page two.

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Intel recently acknowledged the existence of serious problems in the Skylake processors and promised a new microcode for processors of this series.Can we be sure that in your BIOS 1.40 from may 31, 2017 for Lenovo notebook P50 was added it is this firmware that resolves this serious problem:https://siliconangle.com/blog/2017/06/25/critical-flaw-intels-skylake-kaby-lake-cpus-can-result-appl...At least in the changelog for version 1.40 BIOS says that was updated microcode. But was this microcode exactly designed to eliminate those same problems?

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Looking through the list of downloads for Spectre/Meltdown here: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/product_security/len-17297I see nothing for the M715q. I assume it isn't safe from these issues is it? Will it be getting a fix anytime soon?

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Hello, I wonder if there is any patch of Intel and where to download it. Thank you very much in advance. Best regards.
 

A:How do I find the Intel patch for Spectre?

My motherboard is a ASRock H110M-HDV R 3.0 and has an Intel Core i7-7700 QuadCore processor, 4200 MHz (42 x 100). Thanks a lot. Best regards.
 

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I have been going crazy as I am sure others have been trying to get my computer patched.  I ran Powershell commnds to see if I am ok.  I found out it is incomplete without a patch from Lenovo.  It would be a mistake to not issue a patch as this would seem to be a betrayal of trust for those of us who bought Lenovo products. Please issue. Here is an explanation. The image means that your system received patches for the Meltdown bug, but has received incomplete patches for the Spectre bug.This was to be expected, as Google said yesterday that Spectre is harder to exploit, but also harder to patch.What the red text means is that you need additional chipset firmware updates. Microsoft and Google say that OEMs will need to provide users with these additional firmware updates to complete the Windows OS-level Spectre patches. Depending on your computer's age, some OEM might not make these firmware updates available, meaning you'll be stuck with an incomplete Spectre patch.If your laptop/desktop/server vendor has provided extra chipset firmware updates, you can get them from their official sites, install them, and complete the patch. 

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Have any patch for fix spectre / meltdown explicit ? 

A:Lenovo Ideapad 500-15isk meltdown/spectre patch

Good day and welcome to the community.Please monitor this page: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/len-18282 for system-specific updates.
 
Hope this helps.Regards.

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Hi, I have a mixture of Windows 7 and Windows 10 machines on my work network all Intel. Today they started to install the Microsoft Spectre Patch for Windows 7 KB4056894 and
Windows 10 KB4056892. All the computers the have installed on sart to display that the copy of Windows is not Genuine Windows, I reboot them and then it goes to the Windows Startup repair and t can repair the computer at all. Also the Reset feature in Windows
10 won't even reset. I've had to disable Microsoft Updates via GPO, but even when I did that it still installed! I've had to disable the Microsoft Update Service using GPO also to counteract this. It's turning in to nightmare, does any one have experience
with this as I need to advice so I don't has to go to all machines around my sites and re-image them. All help would be most appreciated.
Thanks

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Last update: 4th January 2018 @10.44pm GMT

CVE-2017-5753, CVE-2017-5715, and CVE-2017-5754 (Meltdown and Spectre) Windows antivirus patch compatibility

 

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Hi, I have a mixture of Windows 7 and Windows 10 machines on my work network all Intel. Today they started to install the Microsoft Spectre/Meltdown Patch for Windows 7 KB4056894
and Windows 10 KB4056892. All the computers the have installed it on startup they display that 'This copy of Windows is not a Genuine Copy of Windows', I rebooted that had the issue and then it goes to the Windows Startup repair and wont repair
the computer at all. Also the Reset feature in Windows 10 won't even reset. I've had to disable Microsoft Updates via GPO, but even when I did that it still installed! I've had to disable the Microsoft Update Service using GPO also to counteract this. It's
turning in to nightmare, does any one have experience with this as I need to advice so I don't has to go to all machines around my sites and re-image them. All help would be most appreciated.
Thanks

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After applying KB4056894 to my windows 7 laptop, visual studio 2010 stopped working, manifesting all sorts of subtle bugs which did not go away even after fully repairing Visual Studio 2010.  In addition, the import settings operation returns fourteen
errors consistently, also new with KB4056894.  I just restored from a Nov 2017 system image and now everything is stable and functional again.
I have now blocked all future windows 7 updates, which is fine with me.  These updates always consumed a lot of time and I'll be happy to go without them starting now.
I also have windows 10 installed on the same laptop which I stopped using several months ago, in favor of Windows 7 due to the latest Windows 10 being such a horrible operating system.  It's even worse than Windows 8.  Sorry to say this, but it's
true!
At least in windows 7 all control panel settings reside in one control panel! I believe that Microsoft has been working on the new metro/universal app for settings since 2011 starting in windows 8!  It's now 2018 and these settings are still split between
the UWP settings app and the desktop control panel.  I thought I took a lot of time to get things done, however Microsoft takes the cake when it comes to taking time to get things done.
If my tone seems to be a bit snotty, it is, but it is upsetting to hear talk of AI and Neural Networks when the CPU architecture and windows OS seems to have been neglected to such a great ext... Read more

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Intel says the unexpected reboots triggered by patching older chips affected by Meltdown and Spectre are happening to its newer chips, too.
Intel confirmed in an update late Wednesday that not only are its older Broadwell and Haswell chips tripping up on the firmware patches, but newer CPUs through to the latest Kaby Lake chips are too.
 

http://www.zdnet.com/article/meltdown-spectre-intel-says-newer-chips-also-hit-by-unwanted-reboots-after-patch/

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Hi all,We've updated our X220 Notebooks with the newest 1.42 BIOS and it seems that a few devices have now an USB issue.The X220 are connected into the ThinkPad Port Replicator Serie 3.All works well but after BIOS Update, all USB Ports on the Dock are not working during POST Boot. As soon as Windows has been started, also the USB Ports are working.So.. bevor Windows will start, it's not possible to use the USB Keyboard or Mouse. Any Idea....?Thanks in advance

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I got my X220 yesterday, so far I really like it, but it's very difficult to get access to the BIOS or the startup device select screen.  If I press the ThinkVantage button at the POST screen usually either nothing happens or the recovery partition boots.  Pressing F1 for BIOS or F12 for startup device seems to work if I get the timing just right, but I frequently have to try 10 times (rebooting the machine) before I can get in.  I've seen this problem on firmware 1.16 and 1.17.  What do I need to do here?  I've seen someone on another forum having the same issue, is there a fix?

A:X220 BIOS hard to access

I agree that there is opportunity to improve startup key recognition, but what I do I press the button repeatedly until the POST screen acknowledges it... e.g. twice a second or something like that.  It works for me, because pressing F1/F12 just a single time is definitely not enough.

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Hi, I have the ideapad 300-14ISK (80Q6) were it comes with a HDD of 1Tb, I recently updagre it with a 250Gb SSD from Sandisk, and the computer does not detect the HDD at first power one, but if I restart with ctrl + alt + supr it restarts and then loads win 10 without problems. bios version is: D5CN43WWEC version is: D5EC43WW I have reset default settings, enter the secure boot to setup mode, reset factory ec from bios, swap to legacy (just testing because win 8 and up must be on UEFI) and nothing works but problem was very identified because only happend when is SSD and detect until second boot. if I power on, then power off and then power on, it be considered as two cold power on so it does not detect HDD, for detect drive must restart after the first boot does not detect in order to work.  

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Hi, After a bios update I am unable to login to Windows 7 (64bit). Normally I use the fingerprint reader to login but it will not recognise my fingerprint. So i try to logon with my password, this is also not working. Access to the bios is no problem, changed some settings but no luck. I did not erase the fingerprint memory, i can use the fingerprint reader to get access to the bios. When i try to access windows and the fingerprint reader, it wil not recognise my fingerprint, i get a Lenovo pop up box, username (not able to change this) is lenovo and i have to type a password. No password i normally use wil work Bios file used : 8duj29us.iso , BIOS version: 8DET74WW (1.44) I ame able to load Lenovo Diagnostics, no hardware problems. I need some help here  

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Summary, my X220 fan is loud as heck and is driving me crazy! what happened:- Lenovo system update app tells me I need to get the latest BIOS- I download and install itA couple of days later...- I eject the laptop from the dock while the computer is on.- Suddenly the fan start running very loudly.- Now I'm back in the dock. Whenever I do something CPU intensive like load a new application or open a bunch of web tabs, the fans revs up again and it sounds realy loud and harsh like I've never heard it before. I tried downloading the TPFC (Thinkpad Fan Controller) app but it still gets loud and buzzy when it runs Any ideas how to resolve this? It's driving me crazy and I'd rather not buy a new laptop but that's my next best alternative

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Hi guysHave an issue with an X220 where the system was ready to be sent to the user, I did system update the night before deploying which included a firmware update, next morning the wifi was disabled. (original bios 1.28 I think, new bios 1.4).The wifi card is no longer detected by the system at all, indicating the firmware has disabled the card. I managed to force it back to a previous BIOS revision but the issue persists, I then rolled to 1.4 official again and have tried the modded bios v1.4 (without wifi whitelist).I have tried the original card in a different unit and it works, and have tried the spare units wifi card (same model card) in this X220, also not detected. So it seems the BIOS is still blocking all similar Intel cards. Interestingly if I try a Broadcom card from a different model Lenovo, it is detected in the mini wifi slot.So this confirms the slot is operational.I cannot use it however since it is a full size card and does not fit in the mini wifi section in the x220.Last idea I had was to try all the cards in the 2nd (full length) slot but that will not pick up any Wifi cards at all. Anybody have an idea where to look to enable the Intel cards again? I have seen mention of a pin which is used for this but surely with the modded bios this should not be an issue? Note that with any of the intel cards inserted no devices are detected in Dev Man, and no option to switch them on via Fn+F5 (wifi option missing) Thanks for any suggestion... Read more

A:X220 wont detect Intel mini wifi, detects full size Broadcom, BIOS 1.4 w/o whitelist

HiWhat's the wifi card model, its p/n, Lenovo FRU? If this card isn't approved to use in x220, do you get the lock screen with error 1802 message during the laptop booting with original BIOS? Regarding the patched BIOS any question should be addressed to its author, it's not a deal of this official forum.BIOS v.1.4 wasn't released ever. Intitial, factory released version 1.04 dated 2011 year is outdated. The recent version is 1.43. It's impossible to rollback this version to any previous version, 1.28 including.

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Is there going to be a bios update with the intel microcode fixes for the Y50-70? Preferably one that doesn't make the laptop restart every 30 seconds like 3.03 does?(See https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Lenovo-P-Y-and-Z-series/Y50-Bios-3-03-problem/td-p/2178818 about the restart thing)

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Hi, I own a Lenovo Z50-70 laptop with an Intel i5-4210U CPU, affected by the infamous bug Spectre.Does anybody know if and when Lenovo intends to release a BIOS update that fixes it? I tried to search on this support page https://support.lenovo.com/it/en/solutions/len-18282, but I did not find my product.

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I need to go into BIOS screen.  My computer does not prompt me to go into BIOS because it is configured to goes into windows login screen right away, sort of quick boot.  I tried F8 key, F10 key with and without Fn, and with and without Esc. What is the correct key combination to go into BIOS Setup?

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Running Win10 Pro 1709, the FEKT9DA update for the M93z slowed my system way down.I reverted the BIOS, things sped up again...I applied Microsoft's microcode update from https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4090007/intel-microcode-updatesand I didn't lose speed (at least in my usage) and I am now fully protected.Just an FYI for anyone who has these machines.

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Recently bought a new msi gt62vr 7re gaming laptop and I'm quite terrified about the news...What should I do?Should I even worry?
 

 
MSI has just released a new BIOS today with:

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Model : MS-16L2 (KBL)
MKT Name : GT62VR 7RD / GT62VR 7RE ;****************************************************************************; New BIOS : E16L2IMS.30C
ROM CheckSum : 2FCDH
Release Date : 2018/1/9
 
;--------------------------- Description ------------------------------------;
 
Update CPU microcode.
 
 

 

 
But I'm honestly quite scared of doing it after going through the instructions...What should I do?
 

 
 
Do you think I should even bother and risk updating the BIOS?I'm kind of thinking that the risk that I break something is higher than the risk that I get hacked with the Spectre vulnerability...I've never ever updated BIOS and I'm unable to take my laptop to any technician because of my disability.

A:Meltdown/Spectre BIOS update

MSI has a BIOS update (version E16L2IMS.30C) which addresses the recently discovered security flaw in Intel. ARM, and AMD processors.  This was released on 01/09/2018.  Is this the update you are considering?
 
How did you become aware of this update?
 
It was recently announced that Intel (and other manufacturers)  has a large security problem with their CPUs.  The BIOS update offered by MSI addresses this issue, Microsoft has released a update to address this as well.
 
Updating the BIOS (also known as flashing the BIOS) was fraught with potential problems which left enthusiasts wary of updating.  It had become the accepted norm not to update the BIOS unless there was a hardware change which required a BIOS update to resolve the issue.  But as you have read above there are now more important reasons to update the BIOS.  It is easier to do now, but you need to have a firm understanding of the steps involved in the process.  Have you read through the instructions in the manual for this computer?

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BIOS updates for Meltdown and Spectre - any info on when they will be ready/released?

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Will there be BIOS updates for the T410 to address the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities?

A:T410 BIOS updates for Meltdown and Spectre

Good day and welcome to the community.Please watch this page: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/len-18282 for developing information.
 
As this topic is being addressed in the Security forum: https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Security-Malware/bd-p/Security_Malware please search and engage discussion there.
 
This thread is now locked to avoid duplication, which only splinters discussions.
Regards.

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I have a homebuilt workstation using an Intel motherboard and an Intel Processor (Sandy Bridge Xeon and S1200BTL). Am I just...completely out of luck for updates to address Meltdown and Spectre because this didn't come from an OEM, or will Intel release updates for their own hardware?
 
Thanks folks

A:Meltdown/Spectre Firmware/Bios for Homebuilt PC

No, it will depend of the company that made your motherboard.
 
For example, I just had a look at ASUS, and they are releasing BIOS updates with microcode updates (released by Intel). https://www.asus.com/us/support/FAQ/1035291
But you could be out of luck, when your motherboard manufacturer doesn't release new BIOS updates.
 
Although your OS could also help. What OS do you run on your workstation, Windows or Linux?

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