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Anyway to download the complete Lenovo software?

2012-03-20, 22:39 PM

Ok this is driving me nuts. My new W520 came pre-installed with Win7 (as you know). So I installed VirtualBox so I could do my development at work. I failed to install Fedora in VB so I wiped the disk and installed Fedora 16 natively. That worked, but F16 refused to recognise my external VGA port so I couldn't connect it to a monitor. So the laptop was pretty useless to me. I wiped Linux and installed Windows 7 from a work DVD and the installation worked but there is no support for ethernet, wireless or USB. So I can't do anything with the laptop.

 

I'm downloading individual drivers on my Macbook and I'm going to burn them to a CD. Is there anyway to download the complete Lenovo package? This is all rather painful and I'm this close (pinches fingers together) to returning the laptop and getting a MacBook Pro.

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Re: Anyway to download the complete Lenovo software?

2012-03-20, 22:44 PM

You need two things:

1. Wireless or ethernet driver installed.

2. ThinkVantage System Update http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?LegacyDocID=MIGR-73695

 

Then just run the ThinkVantage System Update to select what you want or don't want to install.

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Re: Anyway to download the complete Lenovo software?

2012-03-20, 23:33 PM
Thanks, I'm in the process of burning a cd with some drivers. I think the recovery partition still exists. Is it possible to boot from partition even though the MBR was replaced? Thanks
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Re: Anyway to download the complete Lenovo software?

2012-03-21, 0:58 AM

Everything is re-installed but graphical performance is horrendous. The Intel/Nvidia drivers are installed but redraws are slow and moving a window makes everything lag. I guess something isn't configured properly.

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Re: Anyway to download the complete Lenovo software?

2012-03-22, 0:00 AM

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Thanks, I'm in the process of burning a cd with some drivers. I think the recovery partition still exists. Is it possible to boot from partition even though the MBR was replaced? Thanks

No, however you can use the Windows Automated Installation Kit to restore the .wim drive image files to the drive. Those files are labeled with the drive partition they go on. The sdrive.wim is the first partition (boot partition) on the disk and the cdrive.wim is the system patition. There is also a text file in there that has the partition sizes in it. The forum post linked below outlines the steps required.

 

http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkVantage-Technologies/Need-help-with-recovery-partition-create-recovery-media/m-p/447227#M16024

 

EDIT: I almost forgot, once you restore the drive with those image files you will be able to burn a restore disc set (what you should have done when you first got the machine) after you boot into Windows for the first time. If you no longer have that partition you can order a set from Lenovo or from http://www.thinkpadrecoverycds.com/ .

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Re: Anyway to download the complete Lenovo software?

2012-03-22, 2:21 AM

wrote:

Ok this is driving me nuts. My new W520 came pre-installed with Win7 (as you know). So I installed VirtualBox so I could do my development at work. I failed to install Fedora in VB so I wiped the disk and installed Fedora 16 natively. That worked, but F16 refused to recognise my external VGA port so I couldn't connect it to a monitor. So the laptop was pretty useless to me. I wiped Linux and installed Windows 7 from a work DVD and the installation worked but there is no support for ethernet, wireless or USB. So I can't do anything with the laptop.

 

I'm downloading individual drivers on my Macbook and I'm going to burn them to a CD. Is there anyway to download the complete Lenovo package? This is all rather painful and I'm this close (pinches fingers together) to returning the laptop and getting a MacBook Pro.


For Linux, you need to set the BIOS to either use the Integrated or Discrete GPU.  I don't think Optimus is supported so it probably just defaulted to a lame VGA driver.

 

For Windows, all of the drivers are on the download area at support.lenovo.com.  You would also have them if you would have saved the SWTOOLS directory on the factory image.

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Re: Anyway to download the complete Lenovo software?

2012-03-22, 3:14 AM

I sometimes use the ThinkVantage System Update to do the "download" only task (defer the installations).

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Re: Anyway to download the complete Lenovo software?

2012-03-22, 6:29 AM
You can use the ThinkVantage update retriever to download the drivers and save it on a separate folder.

*Non Lenovo employee*

I have a Y530 ... Feel free to highlight any post which you have posted on the forum to me if no one have chimed in.
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