04-09-2011 05:09 PM
Can anyone provide a solution to the error 2100 on boot with SSD's? Mine is a Crucial C300 128gb and I cannot even load the OS yet.
Running latest BIOS on laptop and the SSD is the latest firmware (currently ver 6). I was able to see the drive and partition using a USB3 HDD external case. After placing drive in primary HDD0 was only able to "see" the drive if I set the BIOS sata to "compatibility mode"
Drive passed all the BIOS tests while in "compatibility mode" but OS install still does not complete. If BIOS is set to AHCI mode (which is the correct setting for SSD’s) the W510 boots to an error 2100 and does not recognize the drive.
Thanks for any help provided!
04-09-2011 06:59 PM
Thanks for responding!
First boot device is DVD, second is HDD when I have the standard seagate 320 HDD in HDD0 it all works fine. When SSD is in, 2100 error hits. THe best I ever got was compat mode and 10% of install then failed.
04-16-2011 06:00 AM
I was able to load the OS finally.
Now I only get a 2100 error 50% of time from cold boot, when cold boot error occurs a 3 finger salute usually brings it right in to os now. When I perform a warm reboot from OS about 25% of time I get the 2100 error. It really is a shame that Lenovo will not even try to resolve this.
FYI for those that suggested the firmware fix from Lenovo, that only supports a limited list of SSD's (probably only the ones they sell directly) and not the Crucial C300
What I am now asking of the forum community is: anyone running a c300 on a W510 4810 w/o the boot error?
04-16-2011 02:54 PM - edited 04-16-2011 02:55 PM
Crucial C300 SSD's are known for this. Prior to the boot there's a startup check in the SSD's PCB, a sort of self-check. That one is prone to failure in the Crucial SSD disks. I experienced it twice but thankfully was able to recover from it. This happened with the lastest firmware version 00006.
Aside from that, the Cucial seems a bit flaky on sata3 as well. I would suggest return the C300, or if impossible, ditch it on eBay or so, and get an Intel 510 or an OWC. I did so and never looked back. (The OCZ Vertex 3 currently are suffering from bad production batches, hence the shortage, I have a good one, but for now I'd stay clear of them)
03-25-2012 02:10 PM
shame on Lenov, as they sent a used hadd to replace my damaged hdd in new T420s. did they ever state in the service agreement that they can do so? Please do not support lenovo. This is my first and last notebook from them
BTW, i just got oCA vertex 3 240 ssd, to my suprise, first it is a little too big for the slot. Anyway I managed it in. However, when the system started up, it does not recognize the ssd, showed the same error 2100, hadd initilization error. I chekced with other computer with the ssd, it works perfect fine. Worst was that I called lenovo technical support to ask which brand and type of ssd I should purchase to replace the hdd in order to improve the hdd failure chances. they said that you shall know it well if you want to replace it. Then, I bought oca vertex 3, it does not work with T420s at all. what a shame. we shall let more people know that lenovo support is suck.
03-25-2012 03:14 PM - edited 03-25-2012 03:21 PM
Yes, your service agreement says that parts can be replaced with new or serviceable parts. Replacing parts with "serviceable" parts has been common for years. Usually, the parts are actually unused, but if it had been returned, it must get an orange "refurbished" sticker.
The T420s primary HDD slot is for 7mm drives. SSDs are either 7mm or 9.5mm. Some come with removable shims to allow them to fit in the 7mm slots. The Ultrabay can handle 9.5mm SSD or HDD. People have reported that Intel and Samsung SSD units work without difficulty (with the exception of the Intel 510 which needs a soon to be released BIOS fix).