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Hospitality
What's DOS?
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Registered: ‎10-08-2012
Location: Fargo
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Drivers for T420, T420S, T430S and other musings...

First time poster here!  Thanks!  I like the Thinkpad series, but I do have some questions.

 

Drivers for T420, T420S, T430S...The drivers page for these models is confusing. We overwrite the image that comes factory for our thinkpads.  So when I load Windows 7 there's still obviously a handfull of drivers you still need as well as maybe  some of the options from Lenovo that "improves" functionality. 

 

The confusion for me is around the network cards, wireless...LAN.  The problem we have currently is that the previous image we made/deployed for our laptops contained a mix of conflicting drivers for wireless.  I think I have it fixed on the new image but I want to make absolutely sure we're cool.  We have a mix of both LAN, wireless LAN, and wireless WAN users that we support.  At any rate, what might help is a list of all the specific drivers I need based on my full model number.  Any takers out there for this one?  I doubt this sort of list exists on their website.  When I visit the Lenovo drivers page and search for and click on the link for my full model, i.e. T420s-xxxx, I get a multitude of networking driver options! 

 

Also just curious, what are some of the non essential software from lenovo that you guys like on your systems?  I hesitate to download it all but I think the Thinkconnections piece works very well for wireless to LAN switching...

orangebuddha
Serial Port
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Location: australia
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Re: Drivers for T420, T420S, T430S and other musings...

Hi, welcome to thinkpad ownership!!

 

on the support page, if you type in your product type, from the sticker at the bottom of the laptop, you will get exactly the dirvers for your machine. My company does the same thing - we buy thinkpads, then we put our own image on it.

 

Personally i like the Access Connections and the Power Manager. I have LAN, Wifi and WWAN, and Access connections is great for swtiching between them, and for being able to change things like the default printer.

Guru
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Re: Drivers for T420, T420S, T430S and other musings...

Just make sure to have the latest Lenovo Power Management driver package and the hotkey package. Everything else is slightly less essential.

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Hospitality
What's DOS?
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Re: Drivers for T420, T420S, T430S and other musings...

I understand what you're saying.  But when i type in the T420S-4171, there are mutliple network drivers.  Are you telling me from top to bottom you download and install every single driver?

alvinwong
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Registered: ‎09-15-2012
Location: Hong Kong
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Re: Drivers for T420, T420S, T430S and other musings...

What about the System Update software? Will it automatically selects them for you?
Hospitality
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Re: Drivers for T420, T420S, T430S and other musings...

The system update tool is nice, but it doesn't seem to work the same way everytime.  For example, on some I can delete all wireless devices from device manager and the update tool will pick up on that I need drivers....other times it will not.

orangebuddha
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Registered: ‎08-02-2011
Location: australia
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Re: Drivers for T420, T420S, T430S and other musings...


@Hospitality wrote:

I understand what you're saying.  But when i type in the T420S-4171, there are mutliple network drivers.  Are you telling me from top to bottom you download and install every single driver?


Sorry i wasn't clear, i meant the type, e.g. for my T420s its 4174-bz7. This brings up the configuration of your machine and a list of drivers for your specific hardware. You then choose based on your hardware - for some things e.g. WWAN there might be multiple hardware so you choose yours. You can check device manager if you are unsure.

The Type is on the sticker at the bottom of the laptop. See here for locating it: http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/basic.page?DocID=HF002641

 

maveric
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Registered: ‎10-04-2012
Location: Finland
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Re: Drivers for T420, T420S, T430S and other musings...

anybody problems to download Power Management Driver with thinkvantage system update program?

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