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ExpressCard SSD not a boot option

2009-06-13, 12:55 PM

Here is yet another strong request for a BIOS update. This has been discussed in many threads for other series (X-, T-, S-, Y-, etc)

 

I use a Z61p. I just bought a 64GB ExpressCard SSD, that I intended to use for a Linux install. I just took it for granted that PCI Express provided through the ExpressCard should make it a viable boot option. But no!

 

Lenovo, please fix this, ASAP!

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Re: ExpressCard SSD not a boot option

2009-09-14, 14:50 PM

Oh.. I didn't know that we could boot up from Express card SSD's.. If that's so, then Lenovo should really give us some BIOS updates. Maybe there are manual ways we can update the BIOS ourselves..

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Re: ExpressCard SSD not a boot option

2009-09-14, 15:41 PM

I have looked over threads again on this forum. No word from Lenovo. No advice on how to do it from other users.

 

Some confirmation from Lenovo that at least our messages have been read would be nice.

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Re: ExpressCard SSD not a boot option

2009-09-14, 16:36 PM

this a user to user help forum, most of the Lenovo staffs are only here to help with some hardware cases. The Thinkpad are never offered an option for the Expresscard or PCMCIA, unless they are explicitly stated that these machines support these features, Lenovo are in no way obligated to do so.

 

I am not sure even if it is possible with the Intel 945 chipset used in the Z61, R60, T60. 

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Re: ExpressCard SSD not a boot option

2009-09-14, 17:27 PM

Well, there is a gap from "would be nice" to "obligation"...

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Re: ExpressCard SSD not a boot option

2009-09-14, 17:33 PM

I agree with itpastorn. No one here was talking about obligations. If that's the case none of us here are obligated here to help others. We're here to help others with what we know. And get help if we need.

Hopefully some users will come up with similar experiences and maybe who knows, with a solution...:)

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Re: ExpressCard SSD not a boot option

2009-09-14, 17:44 PM

Lenovo and IBM are not known for releasing bios updates that unlocks or add certain features for older supersided laptops. 

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Re: ExpressCard SSD not a boot option

2009-09-14, 17:47 PM

the expresscard implementation in your thinkpad is USB-based, not PCI-based, so there is currently no way to make it bootable even with a change to the BIOS.   making it bootable would require a physical change to the hardware to change to a PCI-based expresscard slot.

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Re: ExpressCard SSD not a boot option

2009-09-14, 20:21 PM

So, I can boot from an external USB, but not from an Express Card drive attached through USB?

 

FWIW,I have given up on this solution. I will use MBR on  the hard drive and let GRUB do the heavy lifting.

 

If anyone has a few pointers to that solution, I'd appreciate all tips.

 

For the time being Linux just sits on a normal harddrive partition, besides XP (that I boot into about once every two weeks....)

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Re: ExpressCard SSD not a boot option

2009-09-14, 22:01 PM

wrote:

So, I can boot from an external USB, but not from an Express Card drive attached through USB?


that's correct.   as i understand it, expresscard SSDs only boot through PCI-e, not USB.   in a USB attachment they are simply seen as a mass storage device and not a boot device.   i'm not aware of any expresscard SSDs that can boot via USB.

 

sorry.   i wish i had better news for you.

 

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