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FN-CTRL swap on all Lenovo laptops [SOLVED]

Discussion in 'Lenovo' started by middleton, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. Markstar

    Markstar Newbie

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    Hi,
    I'm a fresh T60 user (can't afford a new one *sigh*) and after one week of using it my pinkie hurts from trying to Ctrl+Shift+Tab/F4, which I use quite a lot (programming, Firefox). So I was really happy to have found your post and I am looking forward to updating the BIOS to your version.

    I have, however, one humble question:
    Is there a chance that you could integrate your BIOS fix into Zenders whitlist BIOS, which allows people to use other Wifi cards besides Lenovo's? A good Wifi card from Lenovo costs ~100€, which more than half of what I paid for my laptop!

    I realize that combining both "fixes" effectively doubles the amount of work, but in my case, a BIOS for the T60 would be enough. :p

    Thank you for your time!

    Kind regards
    Mark
     
  2. middleton

    middleton Notebook Consultant

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    It's not a problem at all especially for T60. Check Embedded Controller's version of Zender's whitelist BIOS. This version should be 1.07. If it's so, then you have two options:

    - Replace the file *.FL1 in my patch by the same file from Zender's patch. Then flash my patch with "flash.bat" (see the first message of this thread).

    OR

    - Replace the file *.FL2 in Zender's patch by the same file from my patch. Then flash Zender's patch with "flash.bat".
     
  3. Markstar

    Markstar Newbie

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    Thank you for your reply! I will have to sit down and *very carefully* figure out what exactly you are talking about so I don't brick the thing. I'm quite afraid of that happening. :eek:

    I hope it is okay that I come back and ask for more assistance when I run into trouble.

    Thanks again!
     
  4. middleton

    middleton Notebook Consultant

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    Feel free to send Zender's patch on my email (middleton@list.ru) and I'll make a special version of CTRL-FN + Whitelist patch for you.
     
  5. Markstar

    Markstar Newbie

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    Alright, I have sent you an email. :)
     
  6. coolio22

    coolio22 Newbie

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    Hi to everybody.

    I've successfully flashed the bios to my LENOVO T500.
    Keys CTRL and FN were swapped.

    Does exist the way to flash original bios back??
     
  7. middleton

    middleton Notebook Consultant

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    Yes. Download the original BIOS and flash it with "flash.bat".
     
  8. coolio22

    coolio22 Newbie

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    Thank you, "way to back" working correctly...
     
  9. nont

    nont Newbie

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    any chance you could mod S10-3t new BIOS ?
    Appreciated.
     
  10. jtousek

    jtousek Newbie

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    OK, I've send you an e-mail with download link. Sorry for the delay.
     
  11. raydabruce

    raydabruce Notebook Carnivore

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    I don't know about Lenovo's other models, but the newest ThinkPads have an option in the BIOS to switch the CTRL & FN keys... no modding necessary.
     
  12. middleton

    middleton Notebook Consultant

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    Done.

    I received your BIOS dump. At first glance it seems I am able to make the CTRL-FN patch. So let's wait for an official BIOS update from Lenovo.
    But if you want to risk, then I can embed platform information from U450 into your BIOS dump.

    It's good. If I understand you correctly, you advise all owners of IdeaPads and old ThinkPads to throw away their machines and buy a new ThinkPad. Am I right :D?
     
  13. CanAmFinn

    CanAmFinn Newbie

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    Thanks middleton for your work!

    I had applied the previous BIOS mod to my Y560, but they have updated the BIOS to 30CN58WW. Your current one is for the "57" series. It was an essential update because of graphic problems on the Y560 and so I went ahead with it.

    I love the FN-CTRL swap! It made my laptop a no brainer for gaming and for basic copy and paste functions. Thanks for the help!
     
  14. middleton

    middleton Notebook Consultant

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    The patch for Y460 and Y560 has been updated.
     
  15. rithsv

    rithsv Newbie

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    Hi, there.

    I tried out your mod and it worked perfectly..

    I just updated to 97 today though, but the mod is now undone? The Fn and Ctrl keys are back to the way they were.

    Is this a problem with the mod or the particular update?
     
  16. wtoxxz

    wtoxxz Newbie

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    I'm using 2 laptops at the same time and one of them is a thinkpad. I "accidently" update the bios to version 3.14(official x200s bios) it's the latest version updated 2010-7-8, China only. Different key layouts drive me crazy now:( Could you help me with that?
     
  17. wtoxxz

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  19. middleton

    middleton Notebook Consultant

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    Sorry but I'm not David Blaine. I can't read your thoughts. Your phrase "I just updated to 97" has zero information for me. You should specify your laptop model if you want me to help you.

    I updated the patch for X200, X200s to version 3.14. Download it from the first page and flash with "flash.bat".
     
  20. wtoxxz

    wtoxxz Newbie

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    thanks a lot
     

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