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Question about X220 Drivers...

2012-08-27, 3:23 AM

OK, I wasn't in to the Lenovo bloatware, so I installed a clean copy of Win 7 x64 and used the Activation Key that came with this laptop and all seems to be working well in that regard.  I just wanted a clean Windows install where I decide what all goes on the computer so it's not bloated with stuff I don't want or use.

My question is... is there a list of driver's I need to update thas would not be included in the Windows install?

Things like:

Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (DONE)
Intel Centrino(R) Advanced-N 6205
Monitor Driver
Keyboard Driver
Clickpad Driver
Etc, Etc...

If anybody knows of a working check list that exists, please let me know...

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Re: Question about X220 Drivers...

2012-08-27, 3:36 AM

Welcome to community!

 

Visit the X220 driver matrix: http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/research/hints-or-tips/detail.page?&LegacyDocID=MIGR-77280

To download and install Thinkvantage System Update. Once installed, run it and see what it offers you. You can decide to install individual drivers, or not, as your needs dictate. After you're finished with that you can double-check the matrix for any newer drivers, as TVSU can sometimes lag slightly behind.

 

One thing I would recommend is to *not* use TVSU to install any BIOS updates. I feel strongly that those require extra care and forethought.

 

If you have any questions about any drivers or apps in the matrix or TVSU, please do post back so we may help further.

 

Cheers.


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Re: Question about X220 Drivers...

2012-08-27, 11:48 AM

Hello,

 

Before you erase the X220's factory pre-loaded image, you may wish to make the recovery media for it and store it in a safe place.  That way, if there is ever a catastrophic problem, or perhaps you merely wish to give away or sell the X220, you can restore it to the factory state.

 

I would also suggest making a separate backup copy of the C:\SWTOOLS\ directory, which contains the installation files for pre-loaded software, just in case you want to reinstall a specific piece of pre-loaded software in the future.

 

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Re: Question about X220 Drivers...

2012-08-27, 15:51 PM

I installed a new hard drive and still have the factory hard drive.  Plus, I have the Lenovo OEM install disks that I got when I called them and told them I just had to have them because before long they will be offering zero support.  They guy agreed with that statements, and sent all 4 install discs.  I have an external CD-Rom drive so restoring to factory state would be no problem.

I was thinking it would be better to just install individual drivers, one at a time, since Lenovo would really make sure all their stuff gets back on my computer, which is what I do not want.

I was just curious if there was a list of items I need a driver for.
As I go forward, I'll have to make my own if one doesn't exist.

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Re: Question about X220 Drivers...

2012-08-28, 8:52 AM
Hmmm .... You might need the following. Others might want to add on ...

1. WLAN driver
2. Video driver
3. LAN driver
4. Hotkey patch (for your Fn Keys)
6. Power Manager
7. Power Management driver

Others may want to add more?

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Re: Question about X220 Drivers...

2012-08-28, 14:35 PM

Excellent, thanx!

I'm taking notes and writing down the list... if you happen to think of any others, please let me know.

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Re: Question about X220 Drivers...

2012-08-29, 7:23 AM

Hello,

 

The ThinkVantage System Update software could be installed and used to check for missing and updated drivers.

 

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Re: Question about X220 Drivers...

2012-08-29, 15:24 PM

I'm trying to not re-install their bloatware... I really don't want their software on the laptop unless it's something that just absolutlely will not work otherwise, and then I'd onlt want the driver only.

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Re: Question about X220 Drivers...

2012-08-29, 15:39 PM

Aryeh and i have both suggested TVSU.

it won't install anything you don't specifically tell it to. and, similar to windows update, you can 'hide' updates you've decided not to install.

 

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Re: Question about X220 Drivers...

2012-08-30, 9:04 AM

Hello,

 

The ThinkVantage System Update software is pretty lean, actually, and can just be run manually whenever you feel like checking for updates to your ThinkPad's specific software.  You do not have to install any of the updates it offers.  I am not on a ThinkPad now, but from what I recall, there is an option to hide or defer any update you do not wish to install.  It really does take a lot of the hassle out of manually hunting down the drivers, downloading and installing them.

 

I do not like 'bloat' on my systems, either, but on my ThinkPads, I typically leave all the software installed, I just disable the services, drivers, components that run at startup and so forth.  That way, they are not using any memory or processor time, just disk space, and if I ever need to run one of the programs, I can always do so manually without having to look for a copy on Lenovo's web site and install it.

 

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