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by ashleys
Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:13 am
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Win7 impression ??
Replies: 6
Views: 1395

Re: Win7 impression ??

Thanks for the Seach tip, I'll try and start using that. Problem currently is constantly switching between multiple systems either at work or home and using different techniques on each. I do like the jump lists from the pinned items and that is, for me, the only real benefit. My problem with the pi...
by ashleys
Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:19 am
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Win7 impression ??
Replies: 6
Views: 1395

Re: Win7 impression ??

Long time NT4/W2K user who was running XP Pro until last weekend on my T30. Upgraded my RAM from 768Mb to 2GB. Installed a WD Scorpio 250GB drive and did an upgrade install of Windows 7 Professional on the machine. I knew the graphics would be basic but I only really wanted to test drive Windows 7 P...
by ashleys
Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:51 am
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: T30 HD 40Gb ATA death and upgrading
Replies: 5
Views: 962

Re: T30 HD 40Gb ATA death and upgrading

I've been thorugh a number of hard drive upgrades for my T30, most recently a WD Scorpio 250GB last weekend, to enable me to do an upgrade install of Windows 7 over my XP system. I just backed up my system partition with Acronis True Image, swapped the drives over and then did a stand-alone restore ...
by ashleys
Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:42 am
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: IBM Rapid Restore on new HDD
Replies: 2
Views: 577

Re: IBM Rapid Restore on new HDD

I heard you cannot have a partition over 120 GB on XP natively?


Not true.
I've had many XP configurations with a partition over that size.
by ashleys
Wed Jan 20, 2010 3:54 am
Forum: ThinkPad Utility Work Area
Topic: backup system
Replies: 9
Views: 6497

Re: backup system

I've haven't looked at what Windows 7 itself offers. From using ntbackup years ago I suspect it's not going to be better than what I currently do. Traditionally the big problem with ntbackup was the stand-alone restore, which was clumsy. All products like Paragon and Acronis use a simple boot disk (...
by ashleys
Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:01 am
Forum: ThinkPad Utility Work Area
Topic: backup system
Replies: 9
Views: 6497

Re: backup system

Slightly different situation here as my desktop is my main machine and I use the Thinkpad as a hot spare/test machine for it, but the backup methodolgy works just as well. Always been happy enough to use proprietary backup software for system partition but as mentioned in original post, I like my ba...
by ashleys
Tue Jan 19, 2010 3:24 am
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: system migration tool for upgrade from vista to windows 7?
Replies: 2
Views: 738

Re: system migration tool for upgrade from vista to windows 7?

It somewhat depends on how your system is currently organised. Ever since NT4, I've always partitioned my systems so C: contains only the OS and installed programs and D: has ALL my user data. I've just installed Windows 7 Professsional on my T30 and I was just able to restore all the contents of D:...
by ashleys
Mon Jan 18, 2010 6:55 am
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Windows Search
Replies: 2
Views: 570

Re: Windows Search

I already do something similar to that on XP. I've got a DOS batch file that fires off a search request to an Outlook folder so I can see which bills are due this month and that haven't been paid :o As a temporary measure on W7 while I'm testing, I've set up a Library that includes just my PDF and W...
by ashleys
Mon Jan 18, 2010 6:22 am
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Windows Search
Replies: 2
Views: 570

Windows Search

Over the weekend I installed Windows 7 Professional on my old T30. I upgraded the RAM to 2GB and installed a 250GB WD Scorpio drive. This machine is now only used as a backup/test machine for my desktop and I thought it was worth trying out W7 on the T30 before I attempted any migration on the deskt...
by ashleys
Thu Nov 27, 2008 5:20 am
Forum: Windows OS (Versions prior to Windows 7)
Topic: Windows 2000 vs. Windows XP
Replies: 35
Views: 6841

Go with XP.
It is supported until 2014 and has far greater device support.

Moreover, as JDHurst said, configure it for performance and set Classic Windows. In that mode it looks and feels exactly like W2K.
by ashleys
Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:54 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Pata HDDs and older Thinkpads
Replies: 11
Views: 1851

Always been a long time fan of Hitachi Travelstar but needed to upgrade the disk in my T30 and as mentioned above, they are no longer in production. Quite happy with my Seagate Momentus (160GB) but the performance is not as good as the Hitachi was. This is not a real problem as my T30 is now only a ...
by ashleys
Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:48 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Rescue and Recovery confusion
Replies: 6
Views: 952

Sound advice.

My T30 is now only used as a backup/test machine. Should my desktop fail and I cannot recover it quickly, then I would switch to the ThinkPad. Furthermore, I regularly use it to try out changes to Windows etc, so I don't use Factory Restore but need my current system restored.
by ashleys
Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:10 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Rescue and Recovery confusion
Replies: 6
Views: 952

I don't plan to use Factory Restore and have deleted the hidden partition. I keep RnR up-to-date as that's my software philosophy. I only use it now for add-hoc (perhaps once a month) backups. I would say that for most people, Acronis True Image is a much superior product and indeed, that's what I u...
by ashleys
Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:06 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Rescue and Recovery confusion
Replies: 6
Views: 952

The latest RnR is the 4.21 version, see here http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-70034 I'm running that version on a T30 without any problems encountered, so far. The 4.10 update was a service pack type fix level that has been superseded by 4.21. I never upgrade RnR u...
by ashleys
Thu Sep 25, 2008 6:45 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Adaptive cpu speed ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1518

With Intel SpeedStep you can easily tell if the CPU speed has been reduced, as follows, Right click My Computer on the desktop Select Properties Select the General Tab On that screen in the bottom right-hand corner are your CPU details. The first speed rating (eg 2.80Gz) is the maximum and the secon...
by ashleys
Thu Sep 18, 2008 3:55 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Once again: Rescue and Recovery beginner questions
Replies: 2
Views: 901

In my experience, RnR has a compression ratio of about 2:1. Using this, you should be able to work out how much space you need to hold the required number of full backups you wish to save. Don't forget you can also do incremental backups with RnR so you may wish to take one full backup and then any ...
by ashleys
Mon Sep 15, 2008 4:25 am
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: Intervideo WinDVD
Replies: 11
Views: 1595

The latest version of the WinDVD software can be found here, http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-56646 It's a full install package and can be installed in legacy machines such as the T30 (I have it installed on mine). It does not rely on a previous ve...
by ashleys
Wed Sep 03, 2008 3:58 am
Forum: Windows OS (Versions prior to Windows 7)
Topic: T42 w/fresh Win XP SP2; which Microsoft .NET version needed?
Replies: 9
Views: 2078

I've been getting this message for three days now.


That message regarding the index server error is at the Lenovo end. It seems to have been (mostly) broken for a week now.
There's a thread about it on the Lenovo forum but it still hasn't been resolved.
by ashleys
Mon Aug 18, 2008 3:40 am
Forum: Windows OS (Versions prior to Windows 7)
Topic: Rescue & Recovery and Imaging Software Questions...
Replies: 6
Views: 1600

HPA is the so called hidden partition which RnR can use to restore your system to its factory default, ie as initially shipped. To me this is pointless, as if I wish to restore my system I need the latest copy of it, not, as in my case, a 5 year old version of it :shock: One of the first things I di...
by ashleys
Mon Aug 18, 2008 2:53 am
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: GOTCHA - Intel Application Accelerator V2.2 and HDD upgrade
Replies: 0
Views: 494

GOTCHA - Intel Application Accelerator V2.2 and HDD upgrade

With the impending demise of 2.5" PATA production (Hitachi having already stopped), I decided to upgrade the disk on my (over 5 year old) T30. This machine is now used as a "hot spare" for my desktop, should that run into trouble. It wasn't worth buying a 250GB WD Scorpio but a 160GB Seagate Momentu...
by ashleys
Sun Aug 10, 2008 1:14 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: How to store backup of OS + programs on ext USB HDD?
Replies: 30
Views: 4050

The other aspect for Acronis is that you can extract individual files and folders, which I gather R&R will not let you do, or certainly wouldn't last time I tried it a few years ago You've been able to recover individual files from an RnR backup for some time. I've successfully done this with both ...
by ashleys
Sat Aug 09, 2008 4:05 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: URGENT! Rescue and Recovery 4.2 Problem
Replies: 25
Views: 15366

I reverted the registry setting back to 1 and then applied the latest RnR fix.

The CHKDSK problem no longer appears, so yes, the latest fix does seem to work.
by ashleys
Wed Jul 09, 2008 3:46 am
Forum: Windows OS (Versions prior to Windows 7)
Topic: KB951748 Problem
Replies: 13
Views: 2368

Yep, same problem here.

It certainly affects ZoneAlarm, who are currently looking into the problem.
Recommendation from them is either,
a) Remove the fix
b) Leave the fix applied but run with Internet security level set to medium in ZA.

Don't know if any other Firewalls are affected.
by ashleys
Mon Jun 30, 2008 5:37 am
Forum: Windows OS (Versions prior to Windows 7)
Topic: Windows XP support extended till 2014
Replies: 4
Views: 1168

That article states, In an unprecedented move, the Redmond giant has had to suck it up and pledge assistance until 2014 which is journalistic exaggeration. Microsoft Life Cycle policy has been (since at least 2002) that product support will continue for 2 years after its replacement goes GA. It will...
by ashleys
Thu Jun 12, 2008 5:36 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: URGENT! Rescue and Recovery 4.2 Problem
Replies: 25
Views: 15366

Any ideas? where is the download stored through SystemUpdate so I can delete that and have it re-download it? You might be better off downloading the RnR install package and running the install manually. That's what I always do and it works for me. RnR download link here, http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/...
by ashleys
Fri May 30, 2008 9:19 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: tp software installer version...
Replies: 11
Views: 1099

No, I don't think I can, legally, that's why I asked.
by ashleys
Fri May 30, 2008 2:42 am
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: In praise of the T30
Replies: 27
Views: 3774

My T30 is now over 5 years old and still going :D
I now only use it as a hot-spare machine for my desktop but it's fired up regularly (at least twice a week) to keep the software up-to-date and do a weekly backup.
by ashleys
Fri May 30, 2008 2:36 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: tp software installer version...
Replies: 11
Views: 1099

do you know if there's any place i can get ahold of 4.x?


I tend to download all the ThinkPad software and then manually install it, so I do have a copy of that version that could be distributed. The question is, what would be the best route and would it be legal ?
by ashleys
Thu May 29, 2008 2:34 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: tp software installer version...
Replies: 11
Views: 1099

Yep, version 4.01.0615 was the last one I got, downloaded on 6th December 2006.
by ashleys
Thu May 08, 2008 6:45 am
Forum: Windows OS (Versions prior to Windows 7)
Topic: SP3 Windows XP... what's the verdict?
Replies: 75
Views: 21545

The link to the Full stand-alone install version was broken Tuesday evening (UK time) but was there Wednesday morning.

I downloaded it and it applied painlessly to a fully patched SP2 T30 system.

No problems or differences found so far.

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