ThinkPad SuperGuide

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  1. 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
     
  2. Arki

    Arki Super Moderator

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    Please make a separate thread for your question, so others more hardware-knowledgeable may assist you.
     
  3. 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!
     
  4. 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.
     
  5. zachareth

    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.
     
  6. 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.
     
  7. joey-t

    joey-t Notebook Consultant

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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?
     
  8. 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.
     
  9. 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.
     
  10. 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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