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Discussion in 'Lenovo' started by Arki, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. ColMaki

    ColMaki Notebook Consultant

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    Great guide.
    I think that for the installation of windows XP you've meant to install the Intel chipset driver and not the system interface driver. The system interface driver exists only on Vista.

    And on my x200 I didn't had to install the update for the camera. A message popped out told me that the system is newer. I did installed SP3 and had to uninstall the USB image and install the camera driver.
     
  2. Arki

    Arki Super Moderator

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    The Lenovo Interface Driver is also for XP.
     
  3. ColMaki

    ColMaki Notebook Consultant

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    Arki, Thanks for the explanation.

    So when do I need to install the chipset driver? You don't mention it in the installation process.
     
  4. Arki

    Arki Super Moderator

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    It's the first item to install on the list.
     
  5. ColMaki

    ColMaki Notebook Consultant

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    Sorry, missed that.
     
  6. YesMgmtGrp

    YesMgmtGrp Newbie

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    Lenovo Thinkpad T500 Model 2242-CTO running Windows XP Professional
    There is no external keyboard.
    System and Driver Update has been done

    I need to boot to "safe mode with networking" in order to try cleaning off some malware.

    I start the computer and begin pressing [F8] per instructions. It cycles through the Thinkpad "press the ThinkVantage button" screen, then beeps twice and provides a black screen stating
    Error
    0210: Stuck Key 42
    Press <F1> to Setup

    Press <F1> and I can't find anything about Safe Mode there.

    Setup doesn't get get me into Safe Mode so I [esc] and system continues to reboot.

    I have tried waiting to press [F8] until the Windows splash screen starts. No Safe Mode occurs.

    I have tried pressing the blue [Thinkvantage] button. No Safe Mode is found.

    Does anybody know why this is happening? Does anybody have a way to actually boot into safe
     
  7. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    I'd try turning it on and hittin the F8 key until you can't any longer. If you know which files need deleting, you can access the partition using a LinuxLive CD.
     
  8. YesMgmtGrp

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    Thank you ZaZ! It worked!
     
  9. sphin0101

    sphin0101 Newbie

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    Arki thanks a ton for the step by step guide....I recently purchased a Thinkpad X61s and did not get XP on it....it came with Vista Basic....after that I heard all kind of rumors that XP cannot be installed on a Vista machine....so called Lenovo 3 days after I bought it....then they said not only I have to pay extra $70 for the XP downgrade but also I couldn't get the President's Day sale price....so was really upset....after googling came across this forum and two of your threads...still was a bit apprehensive...but after unpacking my new Thinki yesterday, followed all your procedures step by step (took about 3 hrs or so)....and BLING X61s came alive with a clean XP OS.....hope others will get benefited as well like me from your post and feel all the excitement that I am feeling with a trustworthy old friend Win XP Pro :)..thanks once again
     
  10. Rodster

    Rodster Merica

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    I have a question regarding a clean T60 vista install. There are some drivers that Vista automatically finds such as, ATi X1400, HD Definition Audio, AHCI and Bluetooth. Is it still necessary to install video, audio, Intel Matrix Storage Mgr and Bluetooth drivers (something I don't use on my system anyways)? :confused:

    p.s. I have a copy of Vista Ultimate 32 and 64 MS sent me free. Which do you guys suggest I should use?

    Lastly is it necessary installing the Chipset driver? I've installed it in the past and did not see any additional entries in system devices.
     
  11. peti25b

    peti25b Newbie

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    Hello!

    I hope you could help for me. I bought a new Lenovo X200 (Nr.7458) notebook but it hasn't got WLAN card. So I have to buy a mini PCI-E WLAN card. In my notebook there is a webcam so I find only 2 wlan cable (1 black and 1 grey). The question is: witch is the best WLAN card for me?



    Intel 5100

    Intel 5300

    or

    ThinkPad 11a/b/g Wireless LAN Mini-PCI Express Adapter

    Please help me.

    I can use intel 5300 (it has 3 connection port) if I have only 2 cable?

    What is the correct FRU number for Intel 5100 or Intel 5300 for my computer?

    Thank you

    Peter
     
  12. Arki

    Arki Super Moderator

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    Please make a separate thread for your question, so others more hardware-knowledgeable may assist you.
     
  13. Solar Cubit

    Solar Cubit Newbie

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    Hi, Thanks for all the great info!
    I have a T61P running Xp Pro, 4GB ram, 160GB HD, NVIDIA FX570 256MB Viedo Card and Core2Duo T9300 CPUs that I run CAD + CS4 so improved performance would be great.
    I had to revert back to factory settings recently and think I would like
    to try the "Windows XP Clean INstall."
    I only know enough to get myself in trouble so I want to be careful
    that I don't get in over my head....
    Assuming I can make my way though the steps outlined, one issue is
    that I don't have an XP Disk?
    This is different from the System Restore Disks I made?
    Lenovo's instructions following a service call was to to run TVSU-UPDATE, then follow up with a full Microsoft updates, post system restore. That's where I'm at right now but before I start the long road of loading all my apps back onto the machine maybe it's best to try and clean up all the bloatware I don't want?
    If I can't run the clean install since I don't have the XP Disk, what's the best way to uninstall Thinkvantage/Norton programs I don't need?
    Might I be better to just leave the system as is?
    I just want to be careful I don't end up spending 20hrs disassembing/reassembling my system...to save time :rolleyes:

    Thanks for your help!
     
  14. maxjax800

    maxjax800 Newbie

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    The guide says to Insert Windows Vista install disc.

    However, my T500 did not come with any discs. Please help.
     
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    zachareth Notebook Guru

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    Hi Arkit,

    What exactly does the TPM chip do and do I need to install ThinkVantage Client Security Soln to utilize it?

    Much obliged.
     
  16. sphin0101

    sphin0101 Newbie

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    I have a X61s and when I downgraded to Win XP, I downloaded the drivers from the IBM webpage as posted in the instructions. But since then I had a series of crashes and it gave me a message which had to do with the video driver. I have an Intel 965 express chipset and the driver that Lenovo has on its website is the 7ld150ww version and no older versions. After a lot of googling I found how to fix this problem. I uninstalled the driver and then let microsoft find and install the driver. Once it did, Microsoft installed the older version which is the 7ld133ww. You can find this through google as well in some nonIBM websites. So no longer I have video driver related crashes. Just wanted to post this in case someone faces such a problem by downgrading to XP.
     
  17. joey-t

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    I have the same question as Maxjax800.

    I just bought a T500 which doesn't come with Vista discs.

    Will the 11 to 12 Thinkvantage Product Recovery CD's (I don't have a DVD burner) work in-place of the Vista discs?

    And do we need to reenter the Vista OEM activation license/key?
     
  18. miner

    miner Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    The lenovo restore CD/DVD's are not capable of doing a clean reinstall. They will just reset the system back to factory state. IF you want to do a 'clean' install without any of the lenovo installed software then you will need a regular Vista DVD.
     
  19. joey-t

    joey-t Notebook Consultant

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    I was afraid of that.

    I was told by at least 2 Lenovo techs that I would be able to accomplish a clean install by booting up with F11 and selecting the "Custom" recovery. I was told I could un-select everything I didn't want to install, including Thinkvantage. But when I tried F11, there was no Custom recovery option and the factory config was reinstalled on my system.
    The Recovery Help file even mentions/explains the Custom recovery option, but the Custom recovery option does not exist.

    So I called Lenovo Tech 2 days ago and told them I couldn't find a Custom Recovery option. The tech guy couldn't understand why I didn't have the Custom recovery option and that something must be corrupt. So his solution was to mail me the 3 Recovery CD/DVD disks, which he thought would have the Custom recovery options.

    But yesterday I read somewhere on the Internet that Lenovo deleted the Custom recovery option on the later models, like the T500.

    It is rather unbelievable that Lenovo has decided to take away every option to complete a clean install, except to buy a new Vista license.
     
  20. kungouf

    kungouf Newbie

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    hello, i wish to install windows 7 but trying to prepare my migration from vista as best as possible.
    i would like to keep the original vista partition (i believe a hidden partition on the drive) so i case i give or sell my computer i can still bring it back to the factory settings with Vista.

    if i install win 7 now, will the hidden partition erased?
    if not can i easily go back to the former factory setting by hitting F11 on the startup menu to restore everything after win 7 install?

    Thank you
     

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