However getting back to compatible hard drives, do you know if the following would be compatible as the primary boot drive:
Lenovo ThinkPa hard drive 160GB internal 2.5" SATA-150 5400rpm buffer8MB.
The main bay on a T43 requires a PATA (Parallel ATA) drive. SATA won't plug in.
It is a little (or a lot) confusing since the T43 chipset expects a SATA drive (IIRC) but uses additional logic to convert that interface to a PATA connection for the actual hard drive. That's where the Lenovo-blessed drives come in. There is somethig about that conversion that requires certain capabilities (or suppression of capabilities) in the drive. Hence the model/firmware test in BIOS.
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