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MattIT
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Registered: ‎08-22-2014
Location: Columbia, MD
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Lenovo Thinkpad T410 Virtualization - Can't enable

Hello,

 

I am trying to enable virtualization on a Lenovo Thinkpad T410 laptop at my workplace. I have read elsewhere that I need to initialize Virtualization in my laptop's BIOS (in VMware, I am told I need to "enable Virtualization Technology intel VT-X").

 

In the BIOS, under Config -> CPU (I have looked in other parts of the BIOS already, but there are no other Virtualization options except in this directory), I see the following options

Core Multiprocessing........................Enabled

Intel(R) Hyper-Threading..................Enabled

Intel(R) Virtualization Technology.....Disabled

Intel(R) VT-d Feature........................Disabled

 

Now, you would think I should simply be able to scroll down to the last two to enable ... that's not the case. I can scroll up and down (with up and down arrows) between Multiprocessing and Hyper-Threading, but not the last two.

 

I have read this thread: http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=113817&p=731447#p731447

The solution described does not help me as I can't even scroll down to Virtualization to attempt to enable it.

 

Does anyone know of a solution?

MattIT
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Message 2 of 14

Re: Lenovo Thinkpad T410 Virtualization - Can't enable

Is there no one that can help me with my problem? Lenovo Customer Support is a joke, has no idea what they're talking about and refuses to help me because my company can't afford to keep their hardware under warranty.

ggrabner
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Message 3 of 14

Re: Lenovo Thinkpad T410 Virtualization - Can't enable

I have the same Problem with a x240. In the Bios the options Virtualization and VT-d Feature are disabled and can not be changed – unfortunately I can not find any support by lenovo.

 

Guru
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Location: CA
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Message 4 of 14

Re: Lenovo Thinkpad T410 Virtualization - Can't enable

Which CPU do you have?

W520: 2960XM, Q2000M @ 1091/1380, 32GB RAM, 500GB&750GB HDD & 500GB SSD, FHD&MB168B+
X61T: L7500, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, XGA screen, Ultrabase
W550s: 5600U, K620M at 1164/1281, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 3K touchscreen
X200s: SL9400, 6GB RAM, 64GB SD card, WXGA+ screen
TPT1: 1839-23U
hobgoblin
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Message 5 of 14

Re: Lenovo Thinkpad T410 Virtualization - Can't enable

I have this identical problem on my T410 with an i5 520M. The processor definitely supports VT-x but the BIOS prevents its selection. The BIOS is at v. 1.28 which is old. Do you know how to fix it mate?

 

Cheers

Guru
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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad T410 Virtualization - Can't enable

I'd try to update the BIOS first, and see if the option works. Upgrade with the ISO method (use a USB instead of a CD if you want) to be safe.


W520: 2960XM, Q2000M @ 1091/1380, 32GB RAM, 500GB&750GB HDD & 500GB SSD, FHD&MB168B+
X61T: L7500, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, XGA screen, Ultrabase
W550s: 5600U, K620M at 1164/1281, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 3K touchscreen
X200s: SL9400, 6GB RAM, 64GB SD card, WXGA+ screen
TPT1: 1839-23U
hobgoblin
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Message 7 of 14

Re: Lenovo Thinkpad T410 Virtualization - Can't enable

Thanks mate, I just have one concern, from

 

http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/downloads/migr-74269

 

It says the bootable iso supports various Windows Oses, but I run Linux (Manjaro 32-bit). I don't see how a BIOS upgrade would be connected to the OS since they're separate systems, but I'm not an expert here and I really don't want to mess anything up. Is everything going to be ok with my Linux system if I just boot from iso to upgrade?

Guru
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Message 8 of 14

Re: Lenovo Thinkpad T410 Virtualization - Can't enable

Yeah I don't know why the ISO is specified as Windows only. ThinkWiki has a few articles on using the ISO without actually having to burn a CD, including one on loading directly with GRUB.


W520: 2960XM, Q2000M @ 1091/1380, 32GB RAM, 500GB&750GB HDD & 500GB SSD, FHD&MB168B+
X61T: L7500, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, XGA screen, Ultrabase
W550s: 5600U, K620M at 1164/1281, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 3K touchscreen
X200s: SL9400, 6GB RAM, 64GB SD card, WXGA+ screen
TPT1: 1839-23U
hobgoblin
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Message 9 of 14

Re: Lenovo Thinkpad T410 Virtualization - Can't enable

So I managed to update the BIOS to the newest v. 1.45 using the iso without any difficulty. Unfortunately, everything looks the same as it did before, it again doesn't let me scroll down to select the Virtualization options.

 

I did some digging through a lot of forums and it seems that the issue is that I'm entering the BIOS setup in "usermode," while to change certain settings I need to be in supervisor mode. I never set a supervisor password or any password for the BIOS before this, and while I bought it used I don't think the previous owner set any passwords either. However, in passwords settings, it does say that a Supervisor password is enabled, and in usermode the only thing I'm able to change is the Hard disk password.

 

In one forum post, it said that if you enter the first 7 characters of your hard disk password upon entering setup, you'll enter as the supervisor. So, I decided that maybe I should set a hard disk password. When I did, it allowed me to enter two passwords, one user password and another user + master password, so I set two different 9-character passwords and saved/exited.

 

Upon reboot and entering the setup utility, it now prompts me for one password first, for which the only one that works is my user password (the user+master and first 7 characters of either do not work). It then prompts me for another password, and the only thing that works here is a blank password (I tried everything else and no dice), and it takes me into user mode again Smiley Frustrated

 

So, my guess here is that I might be missing the supervisor password that would enable me to get into setup as supervisor. Is there any default password or something that I can use to get in?

 

Thanks a lot for your help

Guru
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Location: CA
Views: 7,052
Message 10 of 14

Re: Lenovo Thinkpad T410 Virtualization - Can't enable

Can you set a supervisor password from the way you're getting into BIOS now?

W520: 2960XM, Q2000M @ 1091/1380, 32GB RAM, 500GB&750GB HDD & 500GB SSD, FHD&MB168B+
X61T: L7500, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, XGA screen, Ultrabase
W550s: 5600U, K620M at 1164/1281, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 3K touchscreen
X200s: SL9400, 6GB RAM, 64GB SD card, WXGA+ screen
TPT1: 1839-23U

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