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by BillP
Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Where to download old versions of Power Manager?
Replies: 7
Views: 801

Re: Where to download old versions of Power Manager?

Version 6.20 (same as 6.11 according to release notes) is here: https://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles/g6u410ww.exe Version 6.30 is here: https://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles/g6u420ww.exe Version 6.32 is here: https://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobile...
by BillP
Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W510 complains about power supply wattage
Replies: 5
Views: 3208

Re: W510 complains about power supply wattage

tpribors wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:47 am
I did check it, the thing does supply DC so it's probably the sensing/configuration resistor.
Did you measure the resistance from the sense pin to ground? I don't have a 135W power supply but my 170W supply measures 1900 Ohms from the sense pin to ground.
by BillP
Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: (T21) Screen goes blank, HDD starts to spin and then stops, and laptop stays on.
Replies: 6
Views: 4258

Re: (T21) Screen goes blank, HDD starts to spin and then stops, and laptop stays on.

There have been several threads about this on the forum over the years. This one is quite good: viewtopic.php?p=218045#p218045

Without the hassle of trying to rewrite the EEPROM, replacing the system board is the only option.
by BillP
Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: T43 Unknown Device :(
Replies: 3
Views: 3236

Re: T43 Unknown Device :(

Many many versions of Power Manager have been released over the years. Some releases fail to install or fail to function on some Thinkpads. The older the Thinkpad, the more likely there will be issues. For the T43, it is so old that the docs are not maintained or checked for accuracy. Finally Lenovo...
by BillP
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: T43 Unknown Device :(
Replies: 3
Views: 3236

Re: T43 Unknown Device :(

I installed XP on my T43 this past summer. This was from recovery disks, not a retail or oem XP disk. There are no unknown devices in device manager but I did do some manual driver updates. Lenovo's advice on their power manager driver version is not helpful for the T43. The latest XP power manager ...
by BillP
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: ** HOW TOs & FAQs **
Topic: Any way to like posts on forum thread?
Replies: 6
Views: 7448

Re: Any way to like posts on forum thread?

Perfect. Don't need or want "like" feature. Been on a few cigars and whisky forums with this and it's nothing more than an popularity contest. Leave the attention seekers to social media and facebook. I agree 1000%. I am a member of another forum that has the "like" feature and it constantly detrac...
by BillP
Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T500 Win7 32bit to Win8.1 64bit
Replies: 5
Views: 1262

Re: T500 Win7 32bit to Win8.1 64bit

Also try Lenovo's System Update to get the latest drivers.

https://download.lenovo.com/pccbbs/thin ... 7.0088.exe
by BillP
Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: T23 - Battery Options?
Replies: 8
Views: 4302

Re: T23 - Battery Options?

Problem is the original batteries are OLD. Lithium batteries age, even if you don't use them. I simply ordered a new one off eBay, and that has been running fine. Generalizations like this are sometimes wrong. I have a Panasonic battery for my T23 that is close to original capacity after more than ...
by BillP
Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Windows update not working after re-install
Replies: 7
Views: 2129

Re: Windows update not working after re-install

Out of curiosity I nuked Windows 7 on my T43 (1872-4AU) and installed XP SP2 from recovery discs. Wireless WPA2 security is not supported in SP2 but is in SP3. Download SP3 from https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=%28KB936929%29. You need to get Internet Explorer 8 next to get Win...
by BillP
Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Windows update not working after re-install
Replies: 7
Views: 2129

Re: Windows update not working after re-install

The WSUS history file says:
Version 9.2.1 -- 05.05.14
- NOTE: This version will be the very very last one supporting Windows XP and Office 2003

Have you used a WSUS version newer than 9.2.1 to update Windows XP? Does version 9.2.1 work to update XP now, more than 5 years after its release?
by BillP
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: I need a T500 driver for Lenovo PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4714

Re: I need a T500 driver for Lenovo PM

https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-T400-T500-and-newer-T/Latest-Power-Management-Driver-Conflicts-with-Lenovo-OSD/td-p/4187198/page/7 The link above is a Lenovo forum discussion of this issue. Driver package 1.67.14.07 was evidently released to fix this problem. The revision notes are below. 1.67...
by BillP
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: I need a T500 driver for Lenovo PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4714

Re: I need a T500 driver for Lenovo PM

Here is the list of recent Power Manager releases. As you can see there is a revision number in addition to the Build ID. For 1.67.14.04 there are three different build ID's and five revisions, at least for n20ku09w. So of the ten variations of 1.67.14.04, which one do you want? Note that there are ...
by BillP
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: I need a T500 driver for Lenovo PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4714

Re: I need a T500 driver for Lenovo PM

Power Management Driver n20ku10w.exe 1.67.14.04 rev 01 was released 2018/05/14 Power Management Driver gtku09ew 1.67.04.05 was released 2014/08/12 so it is more than 3 1/2 years older than 1.67.14.04. The last two digits of the version number are least significant, marking a minor revision. If you u...
by BillP
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: I need a T500 driver for Lenovo PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4714

Re: I need a T500 driver for Lenovo PM

The link for drivers and documents for end of life Lenovo product is https://download.lenovo.com/eol/ After opening the page for the Thinkpad T500, the Power Management Driver listed is 1.67.04.05, located at http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles/gtku09ww.exe. This driver is listed ...
by BillP
Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Uncorrectable Hardware Error Blue Screen
Replies: 14
Views: 3548

Re: Uncorrectable Hardware Error Blue Screen

Bios 2.12 had cpu updates. Update your bios to the latest.
by BillP
Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: BIOS Flash Question
Replies: 4
Views: 1890

Re: BIOS Flash Question

For the T60 bios 2.12 had a CPU update. <2.12> - [Important] This BIOS contains a critical processor microcode update to improve system reliability. Lenovo highly recommends that you apply this BIOS update. - (New) Expands allocated memory size for the CSS Hardware Password Reset Service. - (Fix) Up...
by BillP
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: T21 won't power on
Replies: 6
Views: 5295

Re: T21 won't power on

I've read that the ADP3421 current sense circuitry drifts and ultimately prevents the computer from powering up. When you are at the end of the road and nothing has revived the computer, try shorting pin 27 to pin 28 of the ADP3421. That should disable the current sense circuitry in the chip. The da...
by BillP
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Who is Bing [Bot]?
Replies: 3
Views: 1072

Re: Who is Bing [Bot]?

Bing is a web search engine owned and operated by Microsoft.
by BillP
Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Help needed restoring a couple of 600X thinkpads
Replies: 6
Views: 3349

Re: Help needed restoring a couple of 600X thinkpads

https://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=126014 lists recovery images for sale. https://thinkpads.com/support/Thinkpad-Drivers/download.lenovo.com/lenovo/content/ddfm/600x.html has the Windows 98 supplement file near the bottom of the page. Here are instructions for installing the APM file: ...
by BillP
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Why I don't want anything Amazon Alexa...
Replies: 10
Views: 4353

Re: Why I don't want anything Amazon Alexa...

MikalE wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:43 am
I have physically disconnected the microphones in all of my Thinkpads and un-installed the software. The cell phones are kept in another room from where I normally spend time.
All conversations in my house are conducted in the Cone of Silence as seen on the American television show "Get Smart".
by BillP
Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Mini PCI BT + daughter card BT, will both work?
Replies: 5
Views: 3295

Re: Mini PCI BT + daughter card BT, will both work?

ko wrote:
Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:00 pm
Both *MAY* work if you use a different Bluetooth stack for each card.

As for upgrading your Bluetooth daughter card, yes. I currently have a Bluetooth 4.0 daughter card in my T60, it should definitely work in the T500.
What's the part number of the Bluetooth 4.0 card in your T60?
by BillP
Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: ThinkPad T23 Arrival
Replies: 60
Views: 18897

Re: ThinkPad T23 Arrival

My network is rated for 60Mb/s download. Using a T23 with P III 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, Atheros wireless N (42T0825), Firefox 48.0.2, and Windows XP SP3 I recorded a best download rate of 64Mb/s. The speed varied depending on which server I accessed for the test. I don't have a wireless USB dongle to compa...

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