02-26-2009 09:19 PM
I just got this Lenovo 3000 N500 4233 - 52U from Tiger Direct to replace my Acer which has some issues. Vista is useless to me, and my intent was to take Vista Home Basic off of this Lenovo and install Windows XP Pro/SP2.
I formatted the HD with Partition Magic - wiped it out. Basically starting with no OS.
I set the bios to boot from disk. Installed Win XP Pro. It installed fine (it's what I have on my Acer).
However, when I go into System/Hardware/Device Manager, right below Mice and other pointing devices there is a yellow question mark titled "Other devices": Listed in that group (and also all marked in yellow) are:
Base system Device
Base System Device
SM Bus Controller
Video Controller (VGA Compatible)
I couldn't get anything to work. To remedy this I dug through the posts on this board and found this one:
I double-checked my bios setup again, re-formatted C (System) drive again, did a clean reinstall again and followed Jossen's instructions step by step, using all the drivers he listed as well.
I still have the same problem. No audio, no video, no LAN, no Ethernet, can't get online, no wireless, no camera. Remember that the HD has been reformatted. There is no legacy left from Lenovo's install of Vista Home.
I did everything in that post, and yet I am back at square one again. Would someone please be kind enough to walk me through this? You would have my eternal gratitude.
02-26-2009 09:54 PM
02-26-2009 10:16 PM
Thank you Vijay,
I did use that same driver list, and I followed the directions that were on that post I mentioned, but no luck. It would be better if somebody could walk me through the steps so I know where I went wrong at, I think. It's either that or I will have to return this laptop and get my money back, because if it can't run without Vista, I don't want it.
02-26-2009 10:22 PM
02-26-2009 11:19 PM
I got that hot fix, thanks!
I installed it, and it just makes matters worse - it associates with a modem. Also, several of the yellow marked lines are now double entries. I am not a techie, I don't speak the language and I don't do DOS. I need help, or somebody to ghost their system over onto mine, or the disks that came with a Lenovo loaded with WinXPPro/sp2. Maybe that would fix it. - D
02-27-2009 08:54 AM
Forgot to mention that you have to install KB888111 and then the audio driver.
KB888111 only installs the UAA [universal audio architecture] bus driver. Both the audio and the modem are connected through the UAA bus.
02-27-2009 02:34 PM
That's probably why I got the blue screen of death then.
Guess I have to do a clean re-install of winxp for the 4th time to clear that error off the hard drive.
I would appreciate somebody giving me step by step instructions, without "forgetting" a step.
Do not assume that I know more than NOTHING.
If you leave out a step, then I leave out a step.
If you do, it's a waste of your time. It's a waste of my time also.
Let me re-interate my process here:
1. I clean install winxppro/sp2
2. when go into systems and I check the hardware, it shows me a line of yellow problems
- see my earlier post for the list.
a. I followed the the exact sequence of installation that was laid down by the guy who did a no OS clean install of winxppro/sp2 on the same make and model of Lenovo that I have.
- see my earlier post for the link to his post.
b. have all the Lenovo site drivers I am supposed to need for win XP Pro.
c. I still have a whole list of yellow hardware problems.
3. I install the driver packages. They go where they are supposed to go, courtesy of the installer program. The driver packages appear to install just fine.
4. I reboot after each install of each driver.
5. The "found hardware" wizard pops up after reboot, announces it has found something, and asks me what driver to associate with the hardware it has found.
here is the problem:
I do not know how to select the *correct* driver for whatever the hardware wizard is asking for.
There is a big list of companies and products for me to look through on the wizard.
Again, I do not know what driver to select, I do not know a lot of computer terminology.
If I take a guess and select, most times the "found hardware" wizard it says it isn't certified.
If I install/associate the wrong driver with the wrong hardware, the only way I know how to fix this is to wipe out the c:system drive and reinstall Win XP and start over.
I am lost with computer terminology.
I don't know what a UAA bus is, unless you are talking about transportation by bus to the University of Anchorage, Alaska.
Yes, I am CL?UELESS.
You are dealing with a N00B.
03-05-2009 05:39 PM
03-05-2009 07:00 PM