03-24-2017 03:25 PM - last edited on 03-24-2017 04:35 PM by BiggAl
I have just acquired one of these although there is a coa (windows vista business) it doesnt have an operating system. Please can anyone advise:
1. Do I install 32 bit or 64 bit Operating system- I am going to put on windows vista as it will be a legal install
2. what is the maximum memory with a vista install (presently there is 4gb - two modules.)
3. Although it comes with a 160gb sata hard drive, I wish to install an additional drive. Would I need to obtain some sort of caddy - I can't see where just a hard drive would slot in on it's own.
4. What additional cables would I need (presently there is one hard drive and one DVD drive. I cant see any sockets that could plug into an additonal hard drive.
5. I would also consider installing a ssd drive. Would I need an adapter of some kind to get it in
Sorry to be a nuisance. Best wishes, ian
Mod: edited Subject line with M58 system type
03-24-2017 04:43 PM
1. Microsoft support for Vista ends in a month, I suggest you buy a cheap Win 7 license (good until 2020.)
Other questions: there's a ton of info on the M58 here, but was before my time. I suggest you use the search engine above right, do some research, and update those threads with any questions you may have. Also download and use the Hardware Maintenance Manual. Ty.
03-25-2017 10:41 AM
The specs between M58 and M58p are very similar (the 'p' designates that Intel vPro is supported, which helps with PC support in corporate environments), and you could also look at those threads. And there appears to be two generations of M58 over a 3 year run. For example, this recent M58p upgrade thread was for the later gen than yours, but still may provide some useful information. Check the model numbers against that data sheet as part of the validation process.
03-27-2017 06:02 AM - edited 03-28-2017 02:53 PM
I have A57 tower. The following series is your M58. My notes:
(1)32 bit OS with 4GB memory. GB 1,2,3 useable. GB4 is loaded high end with fixed items.
Net result, only 3GB usable.
(2)64 bit OS with 4GB memory. 3.8GB useable, .2GB with fixed items.
Install 64 bit OS.
(1)5.25 inch, DVD
(2)5.25 inch, empty <I added SSD here
(3)3.5 inch, floppy
(4)3.5 inch, 160GB HDD in Lenovo swing out caddy
On tower floor is 320GB HDD in Lenovo floor mounted caddy
Sata ports on motherboard (top to bottom)
(4)secondary 2 160GB HDD
(3)secondary 1 DVD
(2)primary 2 320GB HDD
(1)primary 1 120GB SSD
I had a extra power connector on the string in the machine to support the SSD.
(2)sata cable 2.0 to support the SSD
(3) $6 caddy bracket to hold the SSD. Yes It is securely in machine, on a tilt, lol.
I had to insert SSD with bracket from the front bezel. Easier that removing all power connectors and sata cables to get enough room.
You have to map out your current wires and sata connections for starters. It is LOTS of wires.
You may have to rearrange power connectors to make it all work. If you have more open slots, less mess inside the machine.
Hope this helps.
04-14-2017 12:27 PM
Thanks for this very helpful information.
I was just wondering: in relation to obtaining the caddy needed when installing an additional hard disk or ssd : is there any indication of what caddy is needed.
Also : the existing hard drive is a "slimline" hard drive.
If I wish to install a further hard drive (such a s a 2tb hard drive: I guess that won't be slimline:
Is there a caddy that can be had which can be used to house such a hard drive please.
When I bought the machine it had (and still has) 2x 2gb memory modules.
Are you indicating that the machine running vista can only use 3gb please.
Best wishes and thanks
04-14-2017 12:43 PM
I have one of the above and am thinking I would like to have two monitors attached to it.
However there is only a single monitor point at the back.
Please can anyone advise whether I can adapt it to have two monitors.
If so what upgrade part would I need to install on the machine
Thanks for your kind help
Best wishes, Ian
04-14-2017 05:26 PM
04-16-2017 09:59 AM
Thanks for showing me this solution
However both the monitors I have are vga. The computer has only one vga socket outlet
Please do you know if there is a way to add another vga socket to the computer.
04-17-2017 10:12 AM
From the very first paragraph in that link:
We are setting them up with one monitor connected to the VGA port and a 2nd monitor connected to the Displayport via a Displayport to VGA dongle.
And make note of item 3 in the pinned "help us to help you" thread.