09-06-2012 03:04 PM
X220 i7 2620m
8GB DDR3 1866mghz
Intel X25-E SSD
Intel MSATA 80GB SSD
Windows 7 Enterprise SP1
Decided to cleanup my X220 this past weekend, updated the bios, secure erased my SSDS, and tried to get the machine formatted.
Since the Bios Update to 1.33\1.21, I have been tearing my hair out with a growing anger.
I came from bios 1.24 and had my X25-E as my OS\boot SSD on UEFI, the 80gb MSATA as a storage SSD.
The following issues have arisen...
With the X220 to Legacy Only, I can boot to my external DVD-rom and launch the Windows 7 Installation media, It detects the SSD and will install the OS onto the SSD, after restart the machine hits the blue and grey boot menu. To resolve this I have to hard-power the machine on and then off, only after a hard power on and off will the X220 detect my X25E again.
I can then boot into windows, make changes, use the Operating System, but every time I reboot the X220 fails to see the X25E and my only choice is to hard power the machine.
If I try to use UEFI First\UEFI only, the machine will only post to the blue\grey boot menu\loader. At this point I can see my external DVD drive, but it will not launch any CD\DVD in the drive.
Similar results are found when using a USB flash-drive.
It seems clear to me that the only change is the BIOS Update, since the update the machine sometimes will not restart "Ctrl-alt-delete" and get past post with the SSD in the X220, it will stay paused at the "Thinkpad" logo startup screen and not progress.
Immediately the changes are removed if I pull the X25E out.
Sorry if this all seems rather complicated it was hard to put down in words whats been happening.
Any input would be appreciated.