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Re: HOWTO - Brick a W540 in easy steps

2014-02-16, 21:54 PM

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Re: HOWTO - Brick a W540 in easy steps

2014-02-18, 13:16 PM

I had my system board replaced this week, after the laptop (E440) was bricked (black screen, only the red led on). I had picked it up from service today. What should I do?

 

I also have a problem with the touchpad: the text/objects selection is not stable, or the touchpad is making selections by itself. What should I do?

 

Thanks.

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Re: HOWTO - Brick a W540 in easy steps

2014-02-18, 14:03 PM

And to have a complete fun with a brand new Lenovo product, after my laptop returned TODAY from service (have I mentioned that the system board was replaced?), the system board crashed AGAIN - I know this because the same symptoms appeared: system doesn't even start (of course the scren is black), only the red led on. Second time, in only a week? With all the drivers updated, and the latest OS version?

 

What can you comment on my experience, as a customer? What can you to do improve this? 

 

Not to mention that I have received the warranty flyers with a phone number which is deactivated, and then I had to search the internet for it?

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Re: HOWTO - Brick a W540 in easy steps

2014-02-18, 16:04 PM

I am still thinking about buying a W540.

 

Can someone confirm that the new BIOS update solved the issue? I want to buy the version with 512GB Samsung SSD. I want to mainly use Debian Linux on this system (for work), but I still want to switch to the installed Windows 7 version after work if I want to.

 

Any news? Any experiences? Any alternatives?

 

Thanks for your help!

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Re: HOWTO - Brick a W540 in easy steps

2014-02-18, 16:06 PM
I updated UEFI, enabled Rapid Start and so far so good with Samsung 840 Pro.
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2014-02-18, 16:10 PM

Which operating system do you use? Have you (by chance) tested with Linux? Since when do you run the new UEFI?

 

Thanks a lot for your help!

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Re: HOWTO - Brick a W540 in easy steps

2014-02-18, 16:21 PM

I have been running with a Samsung 840 EVO 500 GB for a week now (cloned from the stock 180GB drive that came from Lenovo).  The problems in this thread were mostly with the Pro versions and I am runniing the EVO so I cannot speak for the PRO versions.  I believe the Intel Rapid Start combined with the BIOS was the problem.

 

I started first with the 2.05 Bios with the Intel Rapid Start disabled and now I'm running 2.08.  There doesn't seem to be a problem with either BIOS as long as Rapid Start is disabled.   I assume 2.08 has fixed the problem but I have no use for the Intel Rapid Start - it seems to slow down boot on fast SSD systems.

 

For the price - I would recommend an aftermarket 840  EVO ( I got mine for $330 on sale) - I believe the 512 option form Lenovo is an older Samsung SSD - I believe it is a samsung 840 but not the Pro or EVO.

 

I have also installed 32GB of (GKill Ripjaw 1866MHz)  RAM and the screen does go blank when you change Memory but it came back and started up fine (as stated before - I had BSOD's from memory not installed properly and had to re-insert).

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Re: HOWTO - Brick a W540 in easy steps

2014-02-19, 11:04 AM

wrote:

Here is the BIOS fix for W540.  It is version 2.08.  With this BIOS, the problem should not happen.  These files should be posted to support website next week but I provide them in my dropbox for now.

 

W540 BIOS 2.08 WinFlash package (flash from Windows):

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/62276273/W540%20BIOS%202.08/gnuj05us.exe

 

W540 BIOS 2.08 ISO package (flash from CDROM):

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/62276273/W540%20BIOS%202.08/gnuj05us.iso

 

T540p BIOS 2.07 WinFlash package (flash from Windows):

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/62276273/T540p%20BIOS%202.07/gmuj05us.exe

 

T540p BIOS 2.07 ISO package (flash from CDROM):

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/62276273/T540p%20BIOS%202.07/gmuj05us.iso

 

BIOS updates for other affected systems will come later.

 

To be clear, if you encounter this problem where the system cannot get past POST, your system board needs to be replaced under warranty.  After the system board is replaced, but before re-installing the SSD, the BIOS must be updated to the above verion.

 

I'm marking this thread as solved.  Any questions, please post them here.



Hey,


I recently bought this Lenovo L440:

http://www.campuspoint.de/lenovo-thinkpad-university-l440-20ass01f00.html

 

It has an Intel Core i3-4000M Prozessor (and actually no SSD). The UEFI BIOS Version is "J4ET37WW (1.10)" from 2013-11-12. There is no OS installed so far. I want to install probably Ubuntu or Debian.

 

Should i first update the BIOS or do something else to prevent my laptop from demage?

 

Thank you very much in advance!

Jasper

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Re: HOWTO - Brick a W540 in easy steps

2014-02-19, 11:41 AM

This thread has nothing to do with L-series laptops. Please ask in the appropriate forum instead.

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Re: HOWTO - Brick a W540 in easy steps

2014-02-20, 10:51 AM

Hi

I have same problem with E540p

Can you find me bios

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