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Issues with restoring original factory software to a t42

#1 Post by Glaurung-quena » Thu Feb 08, 2024 7:37 pm

I wanted to set up a T42 with the original factory software for an authentic vintage experience. It hasn't gone well. Advice welcome.

The first road block was that the restore disks do not work with generic hard disks. It has to have the right firmware, or the restore process fails at the point of creating the primary OS partition. Original thinkpad HDDs work, and some other disks work, but otherwise, you are SOL. Also, naturally, cloning the original disk to a newer, faster one does not produce a bootable system, at least not with the software I normally use.

The second problem, once I finally realized I needed a blessed hard drive, was that the original wifi software does not understand WPA2 wifi connections. Unpatched (SP2), it throws an error before even trying to connect. Patch it to SP3, and it tries to connect for several minutes before failing silently.

I tried uninstalling the driver and installing the newest driver from Lenovo's EOL site. I tried uninstalling the driver and uninstalling Access Connections, then installing the updated driver. Neither worked.

What worked:
1. Disable the wifi card in BIOS.
2. do a factory restore, without wifi.
3. Uninstall the access connections software.
4. Enable wifi and install drivers manually.

Wifi works fine after that, but the radio control software (invoked with FN+F5) throws an error about needing to update your drivers, then only shows the bluetooth radio. So I guess I have to uninstall/reinstall the hotkey utility as well.

Things I would like help with:
Searching the forum for info on the hotkey software suggests that I need to install it and the wifi drivers in a specific order - what is that order?

Has anyone else found a better way to get modern wifi to work with the factory installation, without doing all the disabling/re-enabling of the wifi card?

Semi-related: the restore disks contain many encrypted zip files with an IMZ extension, and text files of the same name with a CRI extension. The CRI files appear to provide the password (usually HURRICANES) for unzipping the IMZs. However, using both 7-zip and winrar, that password does not work. Both programs recognize the IMZ files as encrypted zips and are able to show the files contained in them. But they can't unzip them. Is the password not actually "HURRICANES"? Or is there some other reason that I can't unzip those files with those tools?

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Re: Issues with restoring original factory software to a t42

#2 Post by Gonzaleitor » Thu Feb 08, 2024 9:07 pm

I'm replying using my T42p with Windows XP SP3. I never tried to install from the recovery disks, but from the multiple threads in the forum, IIRC, they are somewhat problematic. Why don't you install from a vanilla XP Install and install the software manually? Maybe it's less problematic that way. It's not the same setup experience, but the result should be the same, and you can use any disk you want (I'm using an M2 SSD in an IDE adapter from AliExpress).

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Re: Issues with restoring original factory software to a t42

#3 Post by ajkula66 » Fri Feb 16, 2024 8:20 pm

Glaurung-quena wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2024 7:37 pm
I wanted to set up a T42 with the original factory software for an authentic vintage experience. It hasn't gone well. Advice welcome.

The first road block was that the restore disks do not work with generic hard disks. It has to have the right firmware, or the restore process fails at the point of creating the primary OS partition.
There's something very wrong with that picture.

The only systems which required proper firmware (or a modded BIOS) in order not to trigger the boot error were T43/p. All other T4x series could use any old IDE laptop hard drive and be happy with it.

My best guess is that there's something wrong with the recovery media in this case.
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Re: Issues with restoring original factory software to a t42

#4 Post by Glaurung-quena » Mon Feb 19, 2024 12:13 pm

ajkula66 wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2024 8:20 pm
Glaurung-quena wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2024 7:37 pm
I wanted to set up a T42 with the original factory software for an authentic vintage experience. It hasn't gone well. Advice welcome.

The first road block was that the restore disks do not work with generic hard disks. It has to have the right firmware, or the restore process fails at the point of creating the primary OS partition.
There's something very wrong with that picture.

The only systems which required proper firmware (or a modded BIOS) in order not to trigger the boot error were T43/p.

All other T4x series could use any old IDE laptop hard drive and be happy with it.

My best guess is that there's something wrong with the recovery media in this case.
This isn't a boot error. It's the recovery software erroring out.
And I have confirmed with experimentation that the recovery process works perfectly if the hard drive has an IBM FRU# on it. They don't work with generic hard drives bought off of Ebay. With a generic hard drive, the recovery process errors out at the point where the recovery partition's software is supposed to create the C: partition (it doesn't create the partition and instead says it could not restore the system).

The recovery disks I have are the ones distributed by forum member theterminator93, the contents of which are byte for byte identical with the ones available for download from Archive.org.

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Re: Issues with restoring original factory software to a t42

#5 Post by ajkula66 » Mon Feb 19, 2024 7:04 pm

Glaurung-quena wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2024 12:13 pm

This isn't a boot error. It's the recovery software erroring out.
I understood that the first time around.
And I have confirmed with experimentation that the recovery process works perfectly if the hard drive has an IBM FRU# on it. They don't work with generic hard drives bought off of Ebay. With a generic hard drive, the recovery process errors out at the point where the recovery partition's software is supposed to create the C: partition (it doesn't create the partition and instead says it could not restore the system).

The recovery disks I have are the ones distributed by forum member theterminator93, the contents of which are byte for byte identical with the ones available for download from Archive.org.
Sorry, I'm not buying that explanation. Having restored hundreds of T4x systems with original software in the past, I've never come across such a problem.

You're looking at something along the lines of:

Bad recovery media.

Bad HDD.

All of the above.

Good luck.
...Knowledge is a deadly friend when no one sets the rules...(King Crimson)

Cheers,

George (your grouchy retired FlexView farmer)

One FlexView to rule them all: A31p

Abused daily: T520, X200s


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Re: Issues with restoring original factory software to a t42

#6 Post by Glaurung-quena » Tue Feb 20, 2024 12:58 am

ajkula66 wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2024 7:04 pm
Sorry, I'm not buying that explanation. Having restored hundreds of T4x systems with original software in the past, I've never come across such a problem.

You're looking at something along the lines of:

Bad recovery media.

Bad HDD.

All of the above.

Good luck.
You made me realize I had only tried to restore using a Samsung hard disk. I rummaged around and found a non-IBM hitachi disk, and what do you know, that works perfectly.

There is nothing wrong with the samsung disk that I can tell - it works fine for installing an OS directly, crystal disk info says it's healthy. It's just the restore process that errors out on it. Weird.

Now I just need to figure out how to get working wifi and working hotkey software at the same time, and I'll be able to get this T42 up and running again.

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Re: Issues with restoring original factory software to a t42

#7 Post by ajkula66 » Wed Feb 21, 2024 5:46 pm

Glaurung-quena wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2024 12:58 am


Now I just need to figure out how to get working wifi and working hotkey software at the same time, and I'll be able to get this T42 up and running again.
Glad to hear that you got it to work in the end...

What's the issue with hotkeys and wireless ?
...Knowledge is a deadly friend when no one sets the rules...(King Crimson)

Cheers,

George (your grouchy retired FlexView farmer)

One FlexView to rule them all: A31p

Abused daily: T520, X200s


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