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Guide lines -T400...first thing to do

2008-09-07, 14:49 PM
 Hello all,


I’m waiting to receive a new T400 with Vista Home Premium (btw...never used the Vista… only the XP).


I am wondering (never have a laptop before) if there is anything in particular that I should/need to do starting when I will plug the T400?


I start to check if there are some guide lines in one place regarding the first thing to do when you receive the T400.


From your experience, what you believe is important to do… to avoid (at least we try) any future problems?


Which steps need to follow (one by one)?



Yes…I have many questions…For example:


1) Battery questions:


- Battery came full charged or should I charge it up first?

- I was wondering whether I should leave my battery (9-cell Lithium Ion) in when using AC power… If I leave it in, will it degrade the battery?  

- did you use ThinkVantage Power Meter or VISTA to maximize the lifespan of your battery by configuring the power profile?

- How you keep your battery charged?... start charging when below 36% and stop charging at 40%.?- how to do if it true?


2) Vista questions:


- What is the first thing to do?

- If something go wrong with Vista which are the steps to restore the system to the factory state?...I understand there are 3 DVDs: Operating system disc+ Product recovery disc+ Supplemental disc (???)

-To be more precisely: How can exactly/properly made/use the recovery discs?

-Did somebody from you used or how can be used the "Create Product Recovery Media" tool under Thinkvantage to create the discs?

Thanks in advance for any help!





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Re: Guide lines -T400...first thing to do

2008-09-08, 21:05 PM

1. Charge your battery, it comes at around 40-60 percent capacity.

2. Create Recovery disc, 1 cd + 3 dvd using the Create Recovery Media option under Thinkvantage

3. Read the general maintenance guide here:





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