06-16-2009 07:14 AM
In order to make this happen, you need to contact Tech Support regarding this. They will claim they don't support it. Make sure the tech escalates this to their Supervisor.
06-17-2009 03:46 PM
Most IdeaPads, if not all, have not had the option of enabling Intel VT on the BIOS configuration. Unfortunately for all IdeaPad owners, they will simply have to live with this option disabled by default.
This has been the case with the Y510, Y710, Y430, Y530, Y730, and now it seems that also the Y450, Y550, Y650 are "crippled" as well. Also, I'm sure that other IdeaPads also have this option disabled by default.
06-18-2009 08:26 PM
06-19-2009 10:37 PM
What I find so outrageous is the hardware's already in place. Why does Lenovo choose to cripple the 64-bit processors in our machines and prevent them from utilizing onboard VT support? It's ludicrous! You can bet I'll be making my call on Monday!
Here's an opportunity to make your voices heard. Call the technical support line folks. Perhaps we can make a difference!
06-20-2009 04:49 AM
06-20-2009 07:57 AM
I'm also aware from a marketing standpoint that Ideapads are considered "consumer" machines but why should this exclude VT support? Most notebook brands that contain VT supported CPU's, like Dell, Toshiba, HP, Sony, etc., provide BIOS options to enable the feature. This isn't some exotic attribute that should only be available on Thinkpads IMO.
And yes, all these machines run VMware... in 32-bit mode. However, if you try to load a 64-bit guest OS or take advantage of 64-bit programs in your virtual machine, you can't do it unless you have VT support. Kind of negates the advantage of a native 64-bit processors.
Bottom-line for me, if Lenovo chooses to cripple this function, they should at least advertise the fact. It didn't stop them from marketing the VT feature in their "Personal Systems Reference Intel ® PC Processors" tecbook, which is what I went by when I purchased a new Y530 a month ago.