Thanks for the help oldfred
Ok, i'll contact Lenovo and see what they say, although i worry that they will simply tell me that they do not officially support linux. That's really why i was hoping for support on this forum.
I am not currently booting with UEFI on windows 7, and was surprised to see this info in the BIOS update readme file. Above the instructions for Windows 7 that i posted previously, the instructions for windows 8 are:
Are you suggesting that since this is not a EUFI machine, that i do not have to worry about the update as the key won't be enabled. I had worried that the instructions below were suggesting that the update to the BIOS would add a secure boot feature to the machine. My concern then was that i would lose access to my ubuntu install.
1. Turn on the computer.
2. Restart the computer from OS menu.