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10-22-2009

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Re: U330 + Windows 7 Drivers Problem & Solutions

2009-12-14, 17:27 PM

my x64 ultimate is of questionable origin ;) but with all updates and activation enabled. but my x86 is legit, bought student copy of home premium...i kept the hidden partitions and everything....im tempted to onekey it back to vista where the switchable graphics works. is theres some tool that monitors which processes are run when u resume sleep?

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06-24-2009

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Re: U330 + Windows 7 Drivers Problem & Solutions

2009-12-14, 18:49 PM

@Feng & anyone using the SLIC 2.1 BIOS (from MDL): Full disclosure - I'm the one who cooked that one up and can tell you with complete honesty that nothing was changed from the original BIOS other than the SLIC table, Pub Key, and Marker. I didn't monkey around in the rest of the BIOS so if there is something wrong with the sleep states, that is a design failure on Lenovo's part that I am not a party to.

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10-16-2009

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Re: U330 + Windows 7 Drivers Problem & Solutions

2009-12-15, 2:58 AM

I don't want to seem like an a**, but I really REGRET getting this laptop. As a college, I didn't really have much money anyway, but my parents gave me money to get a laptop for school. Due to the horrible battery life (2 hrs- 3hrs) I stopped bringing it to school after my first semester. I am now in my thrid semester (2nd yr) and I just leave it at home, where it collects dust.

 

I recently brought it to school to study with. I was in the library with the battery at 75% and a time remaining showing 1:45 min. Ok, thats not so gret but ok. It died (turned off) within THIRTY minutes! It was on balanced mode, with screen brightness 2 from the lowest setting and on the ATi card.

 

This is with Windows 7 and the "new" BIOS upgrade. I really feel like I have wasted my parents money and it has become useless for me. Heck, my friends $400 15" acer from Staples last 4 hours!

 

This is the last time I ever buy a Lenovo, or even recommend a Lenovo to anyone.

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10-22-2009

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Re: U330 + Windows 7 Drivers Problem & Solutions

2009-12-15, 8:17 AM

Chipster, as a recent graduate, i can only suggest to you to use vista on it, and call them if still under warrenty to get you a new battery. you think its not a good use now, after you graduate and star working you'll have it plugged into your monitor all the time and never use it as a "portable" laptop.

 

Wow, does Lenovo not sell the u330 anymore?

 

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087&current-category-id=E43D2699BCE742179B81FE831165E337

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12-10-2009

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Re: U330 + Windows 7 Drivers Problem & Solutions

2009-12-21, 20:15 PM

is there no more news on this? i would really like a fix for this crap laptop! why has lenovo stopped supporting this product?

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10-22-2009

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Re: U330 + Windows 7 Drivers Problem & Solutions

2009-12-28, 21:30 PM

I called lenovo support again and they reproduced the sleep issue while i was on hold. SO. this sleep issue isnt just me, and they told me they have no hotfix for it. we can only wait. i told them to bring this issue up to the engineers and have a high priority on it. we can only wait my friends. MARK_LENOVO. Help us! help us underlings! the guy on the phone gave me the advice to just switch to discrete mode and use it that way. i was about to pop. why would i buy a laptop with switchable graphics if i just use it for discrete mode! the NERVE.

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11-18-2009

NJ

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Re: U330 + Windows 7 Drivers Problem & Solutions

2010-01-02, 18:56 PM

I don't understand why I do not have this problem. Also, the college idiot who bought a U330 only for mobile battery life only has himself to  blame. If battery life was your only concern with a laptop, then you should have researched that aspect. A low voltage processor would have served your needs. Or a 9 cell battery.

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10-16-2009

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Re: U330 + Windows 7 Drivers Problem & Solutions

2010-01-07, 4:27 AM

First of all, I am not a college idiot. I am doing very well in school and am working towards med school. Do you work at Burger King?

 

This laptop does not come with a 9 cell battery. The processor in this laptop is a low voltage processor, this laptop was ADVERTISED as having long battery life. 2 hours is no where near long. If battery life was my only concern, I'd have bought a netbook, however I also needed processing power. The U330 was supposed to be a light-weight, 5 hour, energy efficient laptop...

 

Next time, think before you open your mouth.

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10-31-2009

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Re: U330 + Windows 7 Drivers Problem & Solutions

2010-01-07, 7:55 AM

Everyone, everyone lets remember who the bad guys are here~

 

LENOVO!

 

Basically I think it is safe to assume we have been abandoned. We who are all here venting our frustrations are the only idiots. Have you also noticed how Mark has not made a message for months now? Perhaps he got fed up and left too.

 

Myself, on energy smart mode I'm getting just over 3 hours. I know it is no where near 5, but it is enough for me to get through the day. I don't notice the battery dying faster after hibernation though, it seems pretty consistent.

I should also mention that this is my only computer so I use it a lot, maybe the battery is not so efficient anymore.


Also as I mentioned before. If you go to Lenovo shop, they are selling replacement batteries. Interestingly, They are being advertised as "3 hours"

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10-01-2008

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Re: U330 + Windows 7 Drivers Problem & Solutions

2010-01-07, 10:40 AM

:smileysad:

 

Problems with the U330 have been documented since its release.

 

From Mark_Lenovo's post, "There seems to be a wide range of battery life being reported - some as little as 2-2.5 hours with minimal power settings, while another member claimed 4:45 hour while browsing with wireless.   The latter isn't too far off the marketing suggestion of 5.5 hours which probably represents ideal conditions.  Your milage may vary."

 

It then took Mark 9 months to post a configuration that actually achieves 5.5 hours. Throw in malfunctioning batteries, incomplete/poor Windows 7 hibernation drivers and you've got yourself a $1000 laptop that was largely sold under false pretenses/advertising while handcuffing you to Windows Vista, one of cnet's crave top 10 terrible tech products of 2007.

 

The only support we had was Mark providing infrequent, often unsatisfying/unfulfilling, forum posts that some sort of fix was around the corner. Although sometimes he was blunt and outlined to us that Lenovo has no real plans to support the U330 or the rest of the Ideapad line.

 

There's really no recourse either because it's quite obvious Lenovo doesn't care about non-Thinkpad customers.

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