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08-20-2010

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Re: [T410] discrete gfx - Problem with Video Card and Windows Aero -anyone using 4Gb memory modules?

2010-08-20, 19:02 PM

Model 25223FG
BIOS version (Latest)
OS loaded (Win 7 64bit)
Lenovo default OS? yes
Issue happen on Battery / AC / Both
Updates from TVSU completed? yes
Updates from Windows Updates? yes
Graphic card driver version 8.16.11.8955
Power Manager Version 3.25
Power Management Driver 1.60.0.4
RAM installed (brand and 1 x 4gb, 1 x 2gb, 2 x 2gb?) Fairchild CL7-7-7 DDR3-1066 00000000 1015 SO-DIMM Synchron DDR3 4GB/64 @ 1GHz

AMI EBJ21UE8BDS0-AE-F B90E03E0 0949 SO-DIMM Synchron DDR3 2GB/64 @ 1GHz
Any error notification before issue occurred? no
3rd party application installed before issue happen? Zemax (actual version: April 14, 2010)
Any particular application which is running on the time this issue arises? Zemax
Running on battery? AC? Docked on station? both
Are you able to recreate this issue again? If so, how? Moving/resizing windows in Zemax
Additional comments which you think might help.
Workaround which you are currently using, are there limitations when using these workarounds?

With rednasy's hints (tanks a lot rednasy) I just installed NVIDIAs driver (version 258.96) and everything works fine, brightnes control inclusive.

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Re: [T410] discrete gfx - Problem with Video Card and Windows Aero -anyone using 4Gb memory modules?

2010-08-24, 1:28 AM

Hi all - I tried rednasy's method and while it cured by Aero crashing issue I seem to now have system freezes where the PC totally freezes and I need to push the power button to restart the system

 

Can anyone else replicate?

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Re: [T410] discrete gfx - Problem with Video Card and Windows Aero -anyone using 4Gb memory modules?

2010-08-25, 14:41 PM

I also tried rednasy's driver hack workaround today but unfortunately with no success. Got to the login screen where the system just hanged and eventually got a BSOD.

 

To Lenovo: please give us some feedback on this topic, this is starting to get tiresome.

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04-21-2009

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Re: [T410] discrete gfx - Problem with Video Card and Windows Aero -anyone using 4Gb memory modules?

2010-08-25, 14:49 PM

jonseattle, Pecka

 

What version of driver are you trying to use?

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Re: [T410] discrete gfx - Problem with Video Card and Windows Aero -anyone using 4Gb memory modules?

2010-08-25, 14:55 PM
Rednasy, I used the latest one 258.96.
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Re: [T410] discrete gfx - Problem with Video Card and Windows Aero -anyone using 4Gb memory modules?

2010-08-25, 14:58 PM

I'll try this version tonight, and will report back.

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Re: [T410] discrete gfx - Problem with Video Card and Windows Aero -anyone using 4Gb memory modules?

2010-08-25, 16:20 PM

wrote:

I'll try this version tonight, and will report back.


I'm using 257.21

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Re: [T410] discrete gfx - Problem with Video Card and Windows Aero -anyone using 4Gb memory modules?

2010-08-26, 8:28 AM

jonseattle,

 

The only problem I've found so far is that sometimes when I plug my computer to outlet the screen goes black and the only way to use computer is close the lid wait till computer goes to sleep and then reopen lid.

Pecka,

 

Can you send me a .dmp file from C:\WINDOWS\MiniDump folder that was created during your last BSOD?

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04-15-2009

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Re: [T410] discrete gfx - Problem with Video Card and Windows Aero -anyone using 4Gb memory modules?

2010-08-30, 18:06 PM

I just tried rednasy's solution with the latest nvidia driver from:

http://www.nvidia.com/object/notebook-win7-winvista-64bit-258.96-whql-driver.html

 

All seems to be working so far.  Normally, I could easily kill Aero by launching VS2010 and vigorously resizing the window. I've tried that and a few other problematic programs, and Aero's still going.

 

Lenovo seriously needs to update their driver.  How old is that thing anyway?  I ran the driver detection on Nvidia's website and it said the driver that was installed was version 189.something...

 

My configuration is 8GB RAM and two 24" dvi panels connected via the docking station.

 

Thanks for posting the solution - this problem has been driving me crazy ever since I bought my T410.

 

- Mark

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08-31-2010

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Re: [T410] discrete gfx - Problem with Video Card and Windows Aero -anyone using 4Gb memory modules?

2010-08-31, 5:59 AM

I wanted to update this KB because its been stagnant for a while now and it seems there are still people experiencing issues out in the wild. I see Lenovo still has not released a driver update since March/April. I was having Aero issues on both the latest Lenovo driver and the one prior.

I used the latest driver available from Nvidia (258.96) and while Aero was stable I got a lot of screen flickering (usually associated with having an incorrect video driver install). This flicker looks more like an artifact-type problem rather than a resolution issue.

I then installed the original driver mentioned by rednasy on pg 8. and applied the same INF fix. This driver is working much better. No flickering, aero is stable and only minor issues have been identified:

- Can increase and decrease screen brightness though OSD is now missing (only for brightness, volume toggles etc are still working).
- At the Win7 logon screen I can see a lower colour depth and this seems to be the case across all of Windows. Some images are a little bit grainier as if some colours are missing from the palette. However I have the highest colour and resolution settings enabled.
- The graphics adapter is displaying as having only 224MB of dedicated memory instead of 256MB as it did previously.

In either case I recommend installing the driver suggested by rednasy on pg. 8 (257.21) and following the instructions to ammend the INF file entry.

I am running a T410, Win7 x64, 4GB RAM (unsure of number of modules), 256MB NVS3100M and an Core i5 M520 @ 2.4GHz.

Thanks for the helpful workaround, its not fullproof but its better than having to troubleshoot Aero issues every 5 minutes.

EDIT 09-09-10: More issues identified. When using the ThinkVantage Power Manager 3 software, if the power usage bar (in Basic view) is slid lower than half way the computer will freeze completely. Upon restart it will not get past the logon screen. I had to run a system restore and revert to a maxium performance setting as anything less than this will cause the graphics card and driver to bomb out. NOTE: I am using an Enterprise level image of Windows 7. This is not a home/personal use installation.

 

However afore mentioned driver is still working well and as described above.


Cheers,
Iggy

 

 

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