**bit more info**>> UPDATE <<<<
The "region code" in question is really weird - not sure if it flys thru and dosent do anything - however also might be something to do with NEW WIN 8 ( upgraded security) & prevention of BACKDOOR SLICerts being loaded etc etc ,,,,, who knows
However I have noticed few things that look "weird"
a) BIOS is eg = 1.1x.11xx version however the BIOS Update Utility version its seems to be ONE SUB VERSION HIGERER eg 1.2x.11xx
Noticed this on my neighbours SL500 that I updated few nights ago. While doing this update( vis Sys Updte) the 'Region Code" clear was there , but there seems to be NO SAFE WAY to 'pause' this updates going thru without bricking the machine.
I did this update on SL500 just to see if the newer bios had these 'region codes" - AND it seems to only be in the "BIOS Update Utility" section. Since this 'update utility' is often the key thing for NEXT UPDATE of any Bios ,,,,, humnnn,,,,, mind wonders....
I have yet to load Win8
(avalible also from this post here) on my TPx220 - just waiting for a 7mm HD to hit the door .... and me find time for that install!