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X61T with SP1 won't boot

2008-05-09, 8:13 AM
Hi,
  After running the Lenovo System updater the other day, SP1 suddenly appeared on my Windows Update (without me having to make any registry hacks, etc.).
 
  So I figured all the driver issues were sorted out and let it install.
 
  My machine doesn't currently boot - it seems to hang during the process (after the boot screen with the marching ants and before the screen with the Vista logo). If I then power it off and try to boot again, I'm given the option of startup repair. There it tells me that it failed with error code 0xC000000F and the error message is "The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible."
 
  I'm curious what when wrong.
 
  But more importantly I have to get this thing working again. I have a complete backup, so if I have to I can destroy all my data (i.e. wipe the machine), but I'd prefer not to do that.
 
  Final question (yes, too many in one post). How many people wipe out Lenovo's install and repave with a virgin copy of Vista/XP and then just add the required drivers? The wireless functionality on this machine has seemed sub-par compared with vista on my old Toshiba m200 (where the Vista default wireless did the work). Also, the rescue and recovery (R2R) periodically makes my machine totally unusable and I'm not 100% what functionality I gain with it. Of course, perhaps that R2R is exactly what is going to help me out here. :-)
 
  Cheers,
    Gordon.
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04-25-2008

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Re: X61T with SP1 won't boot

2008-05-09, 14:00 PM
Regarding your last question, my machine also came with XP Tablet Edition.  If you've read Lenovo's Vista upgrade instructions, then you're aware of the fact that you had to de-install just about everything to make the upgrade possible.

I found that even doing so, some things (like WinDVD etc) never uninstall cleanly, and I was forced to wipe the image and do a complete Vista install from scratch.
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Re: X61T with SP1 won't boot

2008-05-09, 14:18 PM
Thanks, goestoeleven. My machine came with Vista so I'd not seen the upgrade guide. Is that what others have done when they upgraded to SP1? Or do they generally avoid it? -Gordon.
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Re: X61T with SP1 won't boot

2008-05-10, 2:24 AM
i have upgraded to sp1 since it RTMed, but I used the standalone installer (file download from microsoft.com). the upgrade was painless
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x61 Tablet | 1.8Ghz LV7700 | 4GB RAM | MultiView/MultiTouch | Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit :)
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Re: X61T with SP1 won't boot

2008-05-15, 3:20 AM
jasperjugan -- did you have to uninstall anything before upgrading to SP1?  I have MS updates set to notify me before doing anything to avoid an automatic lock up on my machine...issued by Microsoft.
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Re: X61T with SP1 won't boot

2008-05-15, 8:06 AM
Hi,
  So, Rescue and Recovery got the machine to boot again. After it rebooted, I looked around, looked like everything was ok (but pre SP1) and then shut it down. The next time I tried to boot, it failed. Further, Rescue and Recovery claimed "can't find any backup" - so my machine was a pseudo-brick.
 
  Because of the backup I had lost nothing -- wiped the machine and started again. Used a Microsoft version of the install and then installed just drivers from Lenovo. Have SP1 at this point, and I am happy again. Fortunately, wasted very little time on this.
 
  It sounds to me like I must have installed something bogus on the machine that interacted with the SP1 install and really screwed me up. Price I pay for everything I install!
 
  Cheers,
    Gordon.
 
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05-16-2008

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Re: X61T with SP1 won't boot

2008-05-16, 11:14 AM
My upgrade to SP1 was also done via download from microsoft and was painless.  However, I have noticed that it takes a few seconds longer to recover from sleeping.  Also, whereas I used to use a full start up as an excuse to get a cuppa, now I can use it as an excuse to brew a whole new pot.
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Re: X61T with SP1 won't boot

2008-05-16, 11:16 AM
Ha! Well, I have to say, now that I've done the fresh install, and put on a minimum of Lenovo's utilities, this thing is fast! The first time I did a restart I had to do it again because I wasn't sure it had actually happened. I really don't want to install software on it for fear of slowing it down. :-)
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Re: X61T with SP1 won't boot

2008-05-16, 11:43 AM
Gordon, do you have any thoughts on what think-ware or other start-up stuff that can be safely eliminated.  There's a lot of advice on this topic, but I haven't found any that seems definitive.
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Re: X61T with SP1 won't boot

2008-05-16, 11:59 AM
Hi,
  I'm not sure. I've currently got on my machine
 
  • ThinkPad Modem
  • ThinkPad Power Management Driver
  • ThinkPad Tablet Button Driver
  • Thinkpad Trackpoint Driver (!?)
  • ThinkVantage System Update (with auto-startup disabled)
  • SoundMax
  • A bunch of the Registry patch's
  • Lenovo System Interface Driver
  • Intel Turbo Memory and Itel Matrix Storage
  • Intrl(R) PRO Network Connections Drivers
  • Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator Driver

  So far, pretty much everything is working excep the auto-rotate when I close the lid. But your milage may vary. I think most of the components that Lenovo provides do add something -- but it is up to you to figure out if they do something you want!

  Cheers,

    Gordon.

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