FN-CTRL swap on all Lenovo laptops [SOLVED]

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  1. dsavchuk

    dsavchuk Newbie

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    First of all, I support that this location of Fn and Ctrl is very annoying.

    I was wondering if this BIOS patch will work with Lenovo G530 (model 4151)? This mode is not listed on the first post, but it is a simpler version of G550.

    Thank you
     
  2. middleton

    middleton Notebook Consultant

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    It's much easier for me to make the changes you want by myself than to explain all details of ThinkPad's firmware to someone, especially because I've already forgot these details (CTRL-FN patch was created two months ago).
    Why I don't want to continue working on ThinkPad's firmware improvement, I wrote in my previous post.

    Now you can find a link to G530 patched BIOS on the first page.
     
  3. dsavchuk

    dsavchuk Newbie

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    Thank you very much, Middleton! It works like a charm without any problems at all on my Lenovo G530! I join to a crowd of people appreciating your patches. I hope Lenovo will hear us at some point.
     
  4. markatsalsa

    markatsalsa Newbie

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    thank you so much middleton, the bios worked like a charm on my thinkpad R400
    i'm a french employee of a big american consulting firm.
    We just moved from older dell laptops (CTRL-FN) to those thinkpads (FN-CTRL).
    This has been a huge issue since the new laptops have been distributed.
    A lot of colleagues would die for this! Of course now thanx to you i can help...

    It's a crazy world we live in when it's the end-user that have to re-generate a new bios by itself.

    As I thank you from the bottom of my heart, I must say to Lenovo how useless they are:
    Shame, shame, shame on you...
     
  5. unknown00

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    how bout for t510?
     
  6. middleton

    middleton Notebook Consultant

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    Hi Middleton,

    Not sure if any one has asked for the u330 firmware? I saw some folks asking about it in another forum. Granted it's an older machine but some of us still have it :)

    Don't want to burden you though if it'll be too much work and hassle. You've already done a lot for loads of people.

    Thanks!
     
  8. middleton

    middleton Notebook Consultant

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    Sorry but it's impossible for me at the moment. I'll try to explain.

    I have to know Embedded Controller's CPU model to make the CTRL-FN patch.
    U330 has EC firmware which is written by Insyde Software Corp. We can read on their website (www.insydesw.com) that Insyde makes EC firmware for Intel 8051 and Hitachi H8 based Embedded Controllers.

    I checked U330 BIOS, its code is neither Intel 8051 nor Hitachi H8 based. I can't disassemble EC firmware not knowing CPU type. If I knew CPU model I would make the CTRL-FN patch in 15 minutes (provided there is a disassembler for this type of processor).
     
  9. sammykismail

    sammykismail Notebook Consultant

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    Hi Mddleton,

    Not sure if this helps but this is the information i got from cpuid on the intel
    t4200 processor. The exact model number is U330 226758U & this does not have the ati graphics or the hdmi port.

    Thanks!

    [​IMG]
     
  10. middleton

    middleton Notebook Consultant

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    System information utilities (CPU-Z, Everest etc.) will never show you the type of Embedded Contoller. There are two ways to determine it:

    1) We can analyze EC's firmware (doesn't help in our case).
    2) You can disassemble your laptop, find EC chip on motherboard and read its marking. But even if you'll find out EC's type, there is a probability that we'll not be able to disassemble EC's firmware because there is no disassembler for this type of processor.
     
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