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Resources

These are some resources that might be useful to you.  It is an ever evolving list that changes periodically. First up are Lenovo links to commonly needed tools. You will also find my articles below on diagnostics.  Below you will see I've included Amazon affiliate links that I use to help support this blog.


Useful Corporate Links:
https://solutions.lenovo.com/resource-center/
http://psref.lenovo.com/
http://psref.lenovo.com/Resources
https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/migr-4u9pz7
https://ibm.com
https://newsroom.ibm.com
https://newsroom.ibm.com/announcements
 

Below is a directory of my articles
 

My Guide Articles:
What is IT infrastructure design?
IT Infrastructure Plan, Design, Deploy
Why is my Lenovo laptop keyboard not working?
How To Find Lenovo Parts
Laptop Buying Guide - How To Choose A Laptop
V7000 Storwize For Lenovo
How to Look Up and Purchase Accessories, Upgrades, and FRU/CRU Replacement Parts For Lenovo
Lenovo Battery and Power Adapter Replacement Finder
10 Smart Tips For Traveling With Your Laptop
Round-Robin DNS Setup

My Diagnostics Articles:
Lenovo Diagnostics Tools
Laptop Top 4 Hardware Issues
Lenovo Systems Diagnostics Tools
Thinkpad Hard Drive Firmware Update

Lenovo Accessories:
3 Cool Lenovo Accessories
Lenovo Battery and Power Adapter Replacement Finder
 

Also be sure to check out my:
Free 1) Primer on Laptop Repair
2) How To Find Lenovo Parts
3) Laptop Buying Guide
4) IT Infrastructure Plan, Design, Deploy






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T60p Expansion ROM Not Initialized - Intel NIC boot issue

A Thinkpad T60p with an Intel integrated NIC boot error recently came across my desk. The T60p on boot-up would pause with the following message:

Initializing Intel(R) Boot Agent GE v1.2.31

PXE-E05: The LAN adapter's configuation is corrupted or has not been initialized. The Boot Agent cannot continue. Then after a couple of seconds would beep and display another message:

ERROR
Expansion ROM not initialized - PCI on Motherboard
Bus:00, Device:00, Function:00

Press [ESC] to continue So after hitting the [ESC] key I entered the BIOS to look around at the settings. Everything was set properly but I changed the ‘Internal Network Option ROM’ setting to disabled just to see what effect it would have.
On reboot I still saw the same error message so I decided to upgrade the BIOS, but to no avail. The error was still there..

Decided it was time to search this issue on the web and see what other people were experiencing. Seems this is a fairly common problem and for some unknown reason the…

Palm Rest Removal - IBM/Lenovo T40/40p, T41/41p, T42/42p

Simple instructions for removing and replacing the palm rest for T4x Thinkpads.

Remove these parts in order to remove the palm rest.
-Remove the battery
-Remove the hard drive
-Remove the keyboard

Turn the Thinkpad over. There are five screws on the lip of the machine covered by black plastic tabs. You will need to remove these tabs, I use a razor blade and then save the tabs to re-apply them. After the tabs have been removed take out the screws and take note of their size and placement. The screw on the right side is a little longer and will need to be put back in the same place. There are also several other screws to remove a little farther up on the machine. They will have a small drawing of a memory chip next to them. These screws are different sizes as well so make note of their placement.



-Turn the Thinkpad over and open the display
-Remove the touchpad connector from the motherboard
-Pull the palm rest toward you slightly and lift it up and out.

Reverse the steps to install th…

Lenovo W500 Further Review and OS Install

This is a continuation of my previous look at the Lenovo W500 Thinkpad. Please read my first posting which lists the specifications and my initial impressions. In this review I cover installing Windows Vista, device drivers and software applications, including ThinkVantage System Update. Then I’ll wrap up with my final thoughts.

In the previous post I said the Thinkpad W500 model number is 4061-AC4 with the following specs:



*Processor is an Intel Core 2 Duo P9400(2.53.GHZ)
*ATI Mobility FireGL V5700 graphics
*Switchable Graphics(see below)
*15.4 inch WUXGA(1920 X 1200) LCD widescreen display
*160GB 7200rpm SATA hard disk drive
*4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 memory
*Mini PCIe 802.11 wireless – Intel 5300
*Intel 82567 1GB ethernet
*CDRW/DVDRW drive

It had Windows XP installed and was working great, all the components were recognized and was a stable system. I decided however to install Windows Vista because of the ability to switch between the graphics chipsets on the fly from within Vista. Windows…