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T43 - Lost USB and wireless after full system restore

2010-03-31, 19:49 PM

Hi,

 

I've been struggling to get my work system back online for two days now.  It's a T43 which had become unbearably slow so after 3 years I decided to blow it away and use the system restore to set it back to factory.  However as seems to be the case all around, factory in this case means...nothing works and you have to manually install all of the drivers.

 

I upgraded my bios to 1.29 and embedded controller to 1.06

 

I installed drivers for every device and after a full day of futzing finally rid my device manager of unknown devices (mostly)  Here is a shot of it...

Device Manager

However the most troublesome things have been wireless and USB.  Given that I had no idea which wireless device was in my system I tried updating the driver through device manager and pointed it at each of the three available wireless adapters on the Lenovo T43 drivers page.  The first two I tried were rejected, but the third one took and the device finally started.  However, when I point it at my wireless network it just keeps switching back and forth between "Not Connected" state and "Aquiring address state".  I finally disabled it.  This device worked fine as did my wireless hub prior to the system restore.

 

Worst of all however is my USB.  After first doing the restore, all of the USB host controllers were unknown.  I could find no specific driver for them on the Lenovo site so I just right clicked on each of them and selected "update driver" and let it find whatever it could for them.  Low and behold they all popped right up one at a time and were identified along with the root hub.  At that point two new unidentified "other devices" were enumerated, one being my printer and the other my USB Western Dig backup drive.  The hard drive's power turned on indicating a signal from USB, however it never popped into the list of available drives in My Computer.   I was able to install the Samsung printer drivers from CD which took the printer out of the list of  "other devices", installed USB printing support, and set up the printer in the "my printers" directory.  However I can't print to it.  Print jobs just sit in the queue and the printer acts like nothing is happening.

 

It's terribly frustrating because all of my backed up work and environment settings is stored on my USB drive.  If I can't get USB working again, I'm in serious trouble.  Thus far, I've tried disconnecting the devices and reconnecting (it makes a system ding but nothing else happens).  I've tried uninstalling all USB devices from the manager and then doing a scan to reinstall them again.  Both times I've tried this, the devices once again come up as "other devices" and I have to repeat the earlier steps to get them property identified.

 

I can't find any excuse at this point these devices not to be working.  Can anyone please offer any further suggestions?  If I was unclear about anything I'll be happy to clarify the problem.  I'm despertate to get this thing working again fast.

 

Thank You !!

 

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Re: T43 - Lost USB and wireless after full system restore

2010-03-31, 20:39 PM

correction to my first post, I actually tried to update the embedded controller, a few times in fact after updating the bios, however when the system reboots and the update program starts it halts and gives me the message,

 

"The diskette in the default drive will not run on this system, press ctrl+alt+del to restart"

 

Also I verified in bios that there is power to USB.  I assumed this to be the case since the hard disk device is getting a power on signal even though I can't seem to use it.

 

Anyone...suggestions?

 

Thanks!

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Re: T43 - Lost USB and wireless after full system restore

2010-04-01, 2:52 AM

Welcome to the forum!


What is the 7-character model number of that T43? It should be on the sticker on the bottom, and starts with either 187x-xxx, or 26xx-xxx, that would help us resolve the wireless problem.


As for USB, you might be looking at a more serious issue there, but I'll wait until you've posted the model number with any additional advice.


Good luck and keep us posted.

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Re: T43 - Lost USB and wireless after full system restore

2010-04-01, 19:40 PM

Hi Georg

 

That would  be 1875-DLU

 

I've been able to mostly get the USB working again by downloading a newer version of the driver

Intel  82801FB/FBM USB universal host controller 7.2.2.1001

 

from a site other than the Levovo site.  The only issue I'm still having with it is that the OS is no longer dynamically assigning drive letters to my USB hard disk.  I have to keep going into the disk admin and manually assigning a letter to it.  Annoying but it gets the job done.  Any notions you'd have about the wireless adapter would certainly be welcome.

 

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Re: T43 - Lost USB and wireless after full system restore

2010-04-02, 3:02 AM

Your wireless driver (Intel 2200BG):


http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles/6hwc05ww.zip


After downloading/unpacking it, you will likely have to go into C>Drivers>Win>Wlanint and run the setup file from there.


Glad to hear that the USB issue has been taken care of, hope this helps.

Cheers,

George




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Re: T43 - Lost USB and wireless after full system restore

2010-04-02, 16:20 PM

George,

 

Unfortunately that's the same package I'd already downloaded and installed.  For grins I tried uninstalling the device and reinstalling the driver but it's giving me the same results.  It will no longer grab an address.  I'll tear into my netgear hub's config but I see no reason why it should have changed.

 

One thing that may be causing this is that there seems to be something wrong with their crappy installer.  When I try to run the actuall installer it says:

 

"Please make sure there are no open found new hardware wizard windows and that you haven't started this installer twice"

 

And then it quits on me.  The problem is neither of those conditions are true.  So I've had to right click on the unknown device in the device manager and point it directly to the folder that has the driver in it.  The potential problem with this is that there seem to be a lot of things in there which may not be getting installed propery since the actual installer refuses to run (I've even tried running it from a fresh reboot after uninstalling the current wireless drivers, same error)

 

It's all more than a bit frustrating.  I daresay, I've never met a more annoying laptop.  Nor have I ever met a factory restore disk that puts it's users through this nonesense.  I just don't know what they were thinking.

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Re: T43 - Lost USB and wireless after full system restore

2010-04-03, 2:48 AM

OK, let's try the older one:


http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-62875


You may want to delete the entire Win subfolder before installing it, though.


Now, honestly, I don't quite understand why recovery disks would skip this driver. I've restored hundreds of T43/p machines and have never encountered such an issue.


Good luck.

Cheers,

George




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Re: T43 - Lost USB and wireless after full system restore

2010-04-04, 4:52 AM

The wireless connectivity issue seams like you forgot to enter the credentuals to decrypt the signal. If the access point is encrypting the signal with WEP, WPA, or WPA2 you need to enter a password to access it.

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Re: T43 - Lost USB and wireless after full system restore

2010-04-07, 2:00 AM

The older driver seems to be fine, nice steady signal.  Did you by any chance make your own restore disks from a fresh installation?  I ordered these from Lenovo last year.  Literally every device was undriven.  The original drivers were all there in the drivers directory but none of them were installed.  Neither was any of the value add stuff.  Basically all I got was the raw OS plus their annoying reserved partition.  I probably would have been better off installing a plain jane XP and then installing the drivers.  I'd have a 60 gig hd intsead of a 50 gig :(

 

Thanks for the help.

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Re: T43 - Lost USB and wireless after full system restore

2010-04-07, 3:33 AM

Actually, I've been using the same 8CD set that I got with my first T43 several years ago, and apart from a BT driver deciding not to install on a T43p that I'm restoring for someone right now, I've never had an issue with any of the drivers.

Cheers,

George




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