It seems that some unlucky Lenovo laptop owners (especially those with Legion) encountered a serious problem after they installed a BIOS update pushed through the Lenovo Vantage app. A BIOS update, available on both Windows 10 and Windows 11, is causing some nasty boot failures, according to various reports.
It should be noted that only some Lenovo Legion models are affected, and this includes the Legion 5 and 7 lineup. BIOS update version GKCN53WW causes random blue screen of death errors with a very vague stop code “DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE”.
We’ve noticed various reports of issues on Reddit and Lenovo support forums or social media platforms like Twitter and Telegram, with complaints about boot failures – low frame rate or crashes at black screen after installing BIOS update version GKCN53WW.
“I thought I was the only one. I recently noticed that the system would crash at random times. I did all the troubleshooting but none of them seemed to tell me anything definitively. I have not had this problem with the default BIOS that comes with my 15ACH6H,” one of the Affected users referenced in a Reddit thread.
Another thread on Reddit points out potential performance issues after installing a BIOS update, with some people claiming that their games run much slower than usual due to lower frames per second.
“I wanted to take care of my new Legion 7 by always keeping it up to date. So, as usual, I checked for updates in Lenovo Vantage. I saw an Important BIOS Update – GKCN53WW. I’m not a tech expert, so I (unintentionally) assumed ) that updates can only help. Another user complained of serious performance issues.
We own an affected device and can confirm that Lenovo Vantage is using a popup alert that appears on top of apps and games to recommend the wrong BIOS version.
As you can see in the screenshot above, the popup clearly states that “Lenovo recommends installing these updates to optimize your PC. Please note that the following updates may require restarting your system more than once.
- BIOS Update – Win10 / Win11
BIOS update is still offered via the Vantage app and Lenovo website, so if you’re considering this upgrade right now, you should avoid it. Make sure that the BIOS update option is unchecked when checking for updates in the Vantage app.
We don’t know how many users are affected, but complaints are scattered throughout the Lenovo Legion community. Reports of multiple devices and Lenovo’s silence on the matter are of course alarming.
Also, this BIOS has been flagged as an important update on Lenovo’s website, so there is a chance that many ignorant users will install it without doing any research.
How to uninstall Lenovo Legion BIOS Update GKCN53WW on Windows 10 and 11
This BIOS update sounds like a bad mess, but since we’re talking about Windows, there’s an obvious workaround.
As indicated in several of the above threads and we confirmed, removing and reinstalling the previous BIOS can solve the problem. However, this may or may not work for everyone, so if you give this workaround, you do it at your own risk.
To go back to the previous BIOS update, simply download and run the stable BIOS version (GKCN50WW).
If you can’t downgrade to an older BIOS directly from setup, make sure the hardware allows flashing the BIOS to an earlier version. To do this, enter Lenovo BIOS Setup Utility from the boot menu and look for an option related to BIOS rollback or flashing, and set it to Yes.
Press F10 to save the configuration settings and exit, and perform the BIOS downgrade again. While downgrading to an older BIOS version, do not shutdown the device in the middle of the process as this can cause serious damage to the system.
Another option might be to wait for Lenovo to identify the mess and hopefully issue an emergency fix. This is assuming that you can deal with the described problem or that you have a backup device.