06-20-2009 08:54 AM - edited 06-20-2009 08:55 AM
06-21-2009 03:37 AM
I went to a comp shop three weeks ago, and purchased y550 (p8600 cpu 4 gb ddr3 ram and 500 gb hdd)
And tried to run a guest 64bit host on vmware (host is you know vista x64 home premium)
No Intel VT Support? Actually it does perfectly support. But somehow Lenovo disabled it from Bios and we can't even enable it from there.
I live in Turkey and i tried to contact Lenovo Support. However...
I can't call during my work schedule which is 9 am to 9 pm
Great because Lenovo Turkey don't support customers 24/7. We have to call only weekdays Monday to Friday.
I'm perfectly happy with my laptop except this weird limitation.
Please tell me an acceptible explanation why it is disabled and why i can't get support from Lenovo when i want to?
Why should i call to get support?
Can't i use email support or something like that?
If you don't want to provide customers a bios update or a solution to this limitation i am ready to give my laptop back at no cost.
Sorry if i did sound rude, but these are my thoughts.
06-21-2009 08:33 AM - edited 06-21-2009 08:34 AM
Actually, not every dual core mobile processor supports VT. Here are the specs for the p7450 in the y450. http://processorfinder.intel.com/details.aspx?sSpe
You'll notice there is no mention of VT support. But if you look at the p8600 here:
It actually does have VT support as already mentioned here. Intel purposely removed VT support on some OEM spec processors to make them available at cheaper prices to go into laptops that probably won't need VT. Apple actually paid intel to include VT support in a p7350 processor that doesn't normally have it.
In summary, while the most likely situation is that lenovo has disabled it through the bios, there is a slight possiblity they had intel remove the VT support in the processor to save money for their consumer line of laptops.
06-21-2009 08:49 AM - edited 06-21-2009 08:56 AM
There are enough Ideapads out there that have VT capable processors installed that makes it a bit weak trying to blame the capabilities of the processor for a lack of functionaility in the BIOS that Lenovo could easily provide users access to --the motherboard and chipset support a processor that supports VT and the bios does if VT support were an enabled option. Users without VT capable CPUs could upgrade to a VT capable processor if they chose to. Then things like using Xen hypervisor for run guest OS's near bare metal, 64 bit guests under vmware and all sort of other virtualisation things these laptops are capable of doing and the reason I bought this laptop (it has a reasonably fast drive, 4gb memory, 64 bit processor, and reasonable graphics for my use). Just lacking VT! Please fix.. Well I will be phoning to complain. Thanks to the person that posted the number in the thread.
--do think that your summary is probably spot on. the problem can be fixed if Lenovo would update the bios in these machines.
06-21-2009 08:59 AM
In regards to your post smakdown61, we're probably getting off on a tangent here since the initial poster's model has been confirm as a Y550 w/P8600 CPU. However, even Lenovo's own literature proclaims VT support for applicable processors. In fact, their CPU reference guide states that even the P7450 has VT support (pg. 9 of Personal Systems Reference Intel ® PC Processors).
06-21-2009 10:11 AM
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