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Windows 7 RC Clean install on T400

2009-05-01, 12:55 PM

Steps for clean install of Windows 7 RC (Thinkpad model 2764-CTO) 

Overall installation experience is better than clean install of Vista, Vista SP1 or Vista SP2.

My objective was NOT to install every component of Lenovo drivers, rather the least.

 

All drivers mentioned here are T400 Vista (32 or 64 bit drivers).

Not taking chances, I ran all of them using "Run as administrator" mode.

Some of them might fail, but Windows 7 will suggest to run in compatibility mode. Say yes, and should be good.

 

Steps:

- Install W7-RC; W7 picks-up most of the drivers;

- Post installation Windows Update will pickup Lenovo PM device and update for Intel 82567 Network adapter

- Download and install

   Management Engine Interface (Intel AMT 4.0) driver (7vr109ww.exe)

   Local Manageability Service and Serial Over LAN (Intel AMT 4.0) driver  (7vr212ww.exe)

   Intel Turbo Memory Driver for Windows Vista if you have Turbo memory installed (7zin73ww.exe)

- Hotkey driver (Gives registry failure error, and OSD doesn't show-up)

- UltraNav driver (If you want better customization of track-point sensitivity)

- If you are using Wireless-WAN, Access Connection Utility and your WWAN driver

- You may consider installing Active Protection System Windows 7 beta driver.

 

At this stage ALL drivers should be good.

 

From here on, different uses have different expectations (All Lenovo tools or none).

I tried above steps both in W7-RC 32bit as well as 64 bit, and seems fine, except for OSD issue.

 

Notes:

I do not have fringer-print-reader.

Though I have built-in web-cam (recognized by Windows 7), I didn't care to test.

 

Except last two, for those uses who prefer minimal-components, the above steps should be good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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08-20-2008

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Re: Windows 7 RC Clean install on T400

2009-05-02, 6:42 AM

does ur system have switchable graphics? is it properly detected and installed automatically?

 

thx. 

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05-02-2009

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Re: Windows 7 RC Clean install on T400

2009-05-02, 7:34 AM

The reason people post their model number is so that you don't need to waste time figuring out what type of system they have.

 

See page 58 of tabook and keep this link handy to save future questions....

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Re: Windows 7 RC Clean install on T400

2009-05-02, 13:26 PM

I can confirm that the fingerprint reader works brilliently!

 

After installing the RC it doesnt work. Windows Update downloads a driver though. After that you can goto biometrics in Control Panel and register your finger(s). The built-in biometrics seems alot quicker than the old UKIP software Lenovo supplied.

 

I haven't tried Password Manger yet though.

 

 

Andrew

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Re: Windows 7 RC Clean install on T400

2009-05-03, 21:47 PM

Hi fellow Win7 Testers :)
is the Vodafone WWAN working for you? I'm having serious trouble with mine. I can get the device to be recognized by Windows but I haven't been able to establish a connection (I've tried using the Vodafone client and plain Windows Dial-Up).
Also, does the power control work for you? I find I have to start the power control for wireless devices manually from it's application folder because it won't run when I use the Fn-Hotkey...
Thanks!

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Re: Windows 7 RC Clean install on T400

2009-05-03, 21:54 PM
Oh, just to clarify: my model is 2767-1RG and and I'm running the x64 RC (however these issues have been in all previous builds)
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Re: Windows 7 RC Clean install on T400

2009-05-06, 0:55 AM
nice rundown but the big question is, switchable graphics?
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Re: Windows 7 RC Clean install on T400

2009-05-12, 13:13 PM

Sorry, I took some time replying. Hoping someone else might answer.

 

I didn't try switchable graphics. As a matter of fact, I have disabled switchable graphics and using Discrete graphics only.

This is not due to driver or OS issue alone.

 

I have two docking stations (one at home and another at office) with different monitors (Dell and HP), and prefer to leave the lid closed when using docking station. I also use my T400 during commute.

 

Between many permutations (docked/undocked, with/with-out monitor/ sleep/wakeup, hibernate/un-hibernate), etc. there are many hick-ups. For example when docked, BIOS throws the power-on password prompt to VGA port or internal monitor. And I have worse issues when I try to use ThinkPad screen as second-monitor.

 

Between all such variations, I had wasted countless minutes experimenting, and I am done with the hype.

 

Following pattern works:

1. Disable Integrated graphics in BIOS and leave Discrete graphics ON.

2. During long distance travel, I diable Discrete Graphics and Enable Integrated Graphics in BIOS to save battery.

 

BIOS is happy and OS is happy with this compromise.

 

Here is a silver-line...

 

Unlike Vista, multiple-monitor support works predictably with Windows-7.

You can use Thinkpad screen as secondary (or primary monitor) with an external monitor.

Switching between the two is simple, predictable and works as expected.

But... with 'EITHER' discrente or integrated Graphics enabled, and not 'BOTH'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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