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?how can I backup the BIOS settings on my Lenovo 8215-D1U?

In the past,
I have been able to save BIOS settings from my HPs to a FLOPPY disk.

Is there any way to
 backup the BIOS settings on my Lenovo 8215-D1U?

thanks!
Phil
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by:Dr. Klahn
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Here is one possibility, assuming that you can locate a copy of a DOS bootable BIOS upgrade floppy disk image for the machine in question -

Create the floppy disk from the image.

Print a copy of the autoexec.bat.

Delete the autoexec.bat.

Boot the floppy disk.

Now, you need to use the BIOS updater, but only to back up the BIOS.  To back up without changing the BIOS you must run it manually.

The updater command line will be found in autoexec.bat.  Most updaters show command help with a /? or -? switch.  There are many updaters and many revisions, so no specific instructions can be given.

Example: The updater command is "awdflash (something - or - other)"  The command line "awdflash /?" produces "Help: /S - Save old BIOS; switch y or n." So the command to back up the BIOS would be "awdflash /s"
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by:Rob Hutchinson
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Think you can just download the Windows version of BIOS updater from Lenovo, and then do a manual backup using the this utility:

For the model you gave above:
It says that this is a ThinkCentre A52
BIOS Version: 2EKT46A
Release Date: 2009/06/02
http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-60626

You can download this utility and run from Windows:
WinPhlash.exe

If you click the help file: WINPHLASH.HLP

You can find the command line parameters to run with the WinPhlash.exe:
Think this is the one you're looking for:
/RO[=name]      
Read contents of flash part and save to name. No flash performed. Default name = BIOS.BAK
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Rob Hutchinson earned 2000 total points
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Actually if you just run the WinPhlash.exe, you can make the backup via the gui interface:

WinPhlash.bmp
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by:philkryder
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just to "verify" I want to backup the SETTINGS -
does this backup both the BIOS CODE and the CURRENT settings?
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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Yes it saves the BIOS and your current settings, there is a command line version that ignores your settings and uses the default though.
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thank s
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