Silly me, I forgot that makes a clean installation but leaves driver issues. And I can't convince the machine that the Intel (ABN? standard) wireless network adapter is in there. It just sees an unknown device. So I tried the Lenovo driver update page, loaded the most recent driver, and the system still doesn't see it.
I do have the option of using the factory OS Restore DVD's, but that would nuke my dual boot (I'm fairly certain, since it reimages a drive) and yes, I really need that DOS boot for some things that require DOS and a COM port, not a shell and kludges. Sad but true.
So...Can anyone remind me of how to stuff a driver down the machines throat? To get that Intel wireless recognized? Or does anyone have a "last best" driver set for the T61P with XP and service packs? (I have XP, I have a COA, no problems there. Although, the idiot thing wanted re-activation today, no doubt because I reinstalled to a new SSD last month and confused it.)
Or, is it possible to use the factory restore disks, but then remove the secret partition and shoehorn a DOS partition back in, without totally flummoxing XP?
I know, it might be simpler to get another old computer and make it a dedicated DOS box...I just don't want more clutter and more batteries to chase down.
-- Harboring a retired T61P with Vista/U/32 and housebreaking a younger W530 foolishly upgraded from Win7/64 to Win10.
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