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SL410 recovery

2011-11-14, 3:13 AM

A friend brought me her SL410 Type 2842 and said it kept crashing.

 

It seemed to run fine, then would suddenly glitch out...I don't recall if it was BSOD or if it would reboot or what, but it would happily run for a while, then exhibit the problem again.

 

So I attempted a clean install using the blue button, but the installation was interrupted by whatever problem the system was having, and now when I turn it on I get the logo and the instruction to press the blue button if I want to interrupt normal startup, then the screen goes blank, with a flashing cursor in the upper left.

 

I was hoping to get it to run again, open the thing up, look for heat problems, loose RAM etc, so I booted up the system with an Ubuntu Linux disc.  Using this OS, the system ran continuously for several days.  I also popped the thing open, found it completely clean, no dust in the fan and the RAM and everything else seated correctly.  I thought of just installing Linux, but she needs it back with Win 7 Pro installed.  Problem is, she bought it used, and it did not come with recovery discs.

 

So I downloaded the PC Doctor disc from the Lenovo support site, and it ran all the tests beautifully.  But I cannot figure out how to activate the recover from the recovery partition using the DOS shell.  This is probably because DOS won't see an NTFS drive.

 

SO I downloaded the Rescue and Recovery utility, but instead of an iso file it was an executable, tvtvrnr43_1027en.exe .

 

I burned it onto a disc, but can't run it from the DOS shell (or can't figure out how to), and I even tried running it from Linux, but of course that didn't work.

 

I can see the recovery executable on the partition on the hard drive from Linux, but can't run that from Linux either.

 

Then I thought that perhaps executing the program would create a recovery disc, but when I ran it on MY ThinkPad, it looked like it was trying to do a recovery on MY system.

 

So what to do?

 

I've tried the the blue ThinkVantage button over and over, and can't seem to boot into that mode.

 

Any ideas?  Is there a way to force it into recovery if the ThinkVantage button doesn't work?

 

Or should I just install Linux, and wish her (the user) luck?

 

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Re: SL410 recovery

2011-11-14, 5:30 AM
you said you have a thinkpad so with yours create an R&R rescue disc (its a bootable disc) with it you will boot to recovery where you can do a factory reset or restore to a saved backup



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Re: SL410 recovery

2011-11-14, 10:51 AM

I thought of that, but assumed that because mine is an X200S with 64 bit Win 7 that it wouldn't work with this completely different SL410 running 32 bit Win 7.

 

So the R&R disk is universal, and should work with any Lenovo notebook?

 

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Re: SL410 recovery

2011-11-14, 16:30 PM
that may not work since you have x64 and its x32 I've never tryed but it doesn't hurt to try



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Re: SL410 recovery

2011-11-14, 18:35 PM

OK, I will try it and post results.

 

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Re: SL410 recovery

2011-11-14, 22:09 PM

It SEEMS to be working so far, made the Rescue disc with my X200s running Win7-64, booted upthe SL410 with it, everything looks normal, but it wants to restore from a previous backup. I just want to restore it to factory fresh, but couldn't find that option (or it was greyed out).

 

Right now I have selected the option that allows me to recover files from the hard drive that I select.  So I wasn't sure if I should select none, or if I need to select the recovery sector?  Or Windows?  Anyway, I selected both, and for 40 minutes a "Processing Data....Please Wait" pop-up has been running.

 

Maybe I will start over and look further for restoring just Windows.

 

 

 

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Re: SL410 recovery

2011-11-14, 22:45 PM

I went back and read the instructions, and the problem is that there are supposed to be 3 options, but I am only presented with 2, yet I know the recovery partition is there because I saw it when I booted with a Linux disc.

 

In Step 1 I am only presented with 2 options, and both involve restoring from a backup, which I don't have.  I tried to restore specifying C:\ as the backup, but that didn't work.

 

I just restarted, and I notice that up front, right in the beginning the Quick Restore option is greyed out.  Only Full Restore and Rescue files are available.

 

Everything I talked about in the first two paragraphs was after selecting Advanced Rescue and Recovery.

 

When running PC Doctor, I can see the E:\ drive partition: Lenovo but there doesn't seem to be any way to use it.

 

Maybe I DO need a recovery disc made for the SL410.

 

Maybe I need to spend $40 here:

 

http://www.thinkpadrecoverycds.com/confirm.html

 

 

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