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T500 OS Issues

2008-12-20, 9:55 AM

Hello, I just got my new T500 Thinkpad in the mail the other day, but unfortunately I've run into a few problems.


I decided to only buy 1 GB of ram since I figured it would be cheaper for me to add more ram at a later time.  The thing is, this Thinkpad comes preloaded with Vista Home Basic and having only 1 GB of ram while running vista doesn't really allow me to run other programs smoothly (it's really laggy).  An easy (yet pricy) way of fixing this is to buy more ram, but I'm not prepared to do that quite yet.


I tried installing Windows XP Pro SP2, but everytime I boot from the install disc, I would get a BSoD.  I called Lenovo Tech Support, and the guy said it's impossible for me to run any other OS besides Vista (not even Linux) on this machine because of a lack of drivers.


I'm finding it hard to believe that no other OS will run on this machine.  Is there any way I can get XP or Linux (ideally Ubuntu) on my T500?  My friend suggested something called "slipstreaming" which will apparently have the needed drivers on the disc as well.  Does anybody know more about this?


Thanks in advance for any help you could give me.  I REALLY appreciate it.



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Re: T500 OS Issues

2008-12-20, 10:56 AM

noshoes, welcome to the forum,


change the BIOS settings in Config > SATA to Compatibility Mode from AHCI. This will allow you to install XP.


You can find drivers for the T500 here; start with the Windows Install Supplements first. You could also allow ThinkVantage System update to find the necessary drivers for you.


Please ensure you read the installation instructions for the drivers, some require others to be installed first.


Hope this helps



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Re: T500 OS Issues

2008-12-20, 17:03 PM
As AndyP stated, the problem your facing is the SATA setting in the bios. Change that to compatability and your computer will fly with XP until you decide to upgrade the ram
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