Take a look at our
ThinkPads.com HOME PAGE
For those who might want to contribute to the blog, start here: Editors Alley Topic
Then contact Bill with a Private Message

OK to use old version of Lenovo Power Manager on older Thinkpad models?

X60/X61 series specific matters only.
Post Reply
Message
Author
axur-delmeria
ThinkPadder
ThinkPadder
Posts: 1738
Joined: Mon May 28, 2012 5:49 am
Location: Metro Manila, Philippines

OK to use old version of Lenovo Power Manager on older Thinkpad models?

#1 Post by axur-delmeria » Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:41 pm

I'm currently setting up an X60 with Windows 7, but hesitating to install Lenovo Power Manager-- I've noticed that even with my X220 with SSD, it doesn't start up quickly, which leads me to suspect that it's a bloated piece of software.

I've managed to get an older version (3.67) which is smaller (15mb exe file vs. 25mb on the current version) and also supports Win 7. Is it a good idea to install this version instead?
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
Toy: X60/s Frankenpad Core Solo U1300
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E, X61 T7500
:cry:

ajkula66
SuperUserGeorge
SuperUserGeorge
Posts: 16075
Joined: Sun Feb 25, 2007 11:28 am
Location: Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania, USA

Re: OK to use old version of Lenovo Power Manager on older Thinkpad models?

#2 Post by ajkula66 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:45 pm

axur-delmeria wrote:
Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:41 pm
Is it a good idea to install this version instead?
If it does what you need it to do without hindering the performance, I see no reason why it wouldn't be.
...Knowledge is a deadly friend when no one sets the rules...(King Crimson)

Cheers,

George (your grouchy retired FlexView farmer)

AARP club members:A31p, T43pSF

Abused daily: T61p

PMs requesting personal tech support will be ignored.

dr_st
Senior ThinkPadder
Senior ThinkPadder
Posts: 7247
Joined: Sat Oct 29, 2005 6:20 am

Re: OK to use old version of Lenovo Power Manager on older Thinkpad models?

#3 Post by dr_st » Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:09 pm

Yep, it did get progressively more and more bloated. And I did experience some glitches trying to use new versions on old Thinkpads, so using an older version may actually work better for you. In any case, you can always experiment until you find one that works well for you.
Current: Thinkpad 25 (20K7), Yoga 14 (20FY), X220 4291-4BG, T410 2537-R46, T60 2007-QPG, T42 2373-F7G
Collectibles: T430s (IPS FHD + Classic Keyboard), X32 (IPS Screen)
Retired: X61 7673-V2V, T60 1952-F76, A31p w/ Ultrabay Numpad

MisterB
Junior Member
Junior Member
Posts: 289
Joined: Wed Oct 26, 2011 7:23 pm
Location: Southwest USA

Re: OK to use old version of Lenovo Power Manager on older Thinkpad models?

#4 Post by MisterB » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:44 pm

All of my Thinkpads have the version of Power Manager they came with from the restore partition image or the one I installed when I first set it up. Once it works, I never upgrade. In the case of my newer Thinkpads, the W520, X201T, X220T and W701, I use the most recent version because I downloaded drivers and software for them in the last two years. In these Thinkpads, the Power Manager has a running wattage meter which is nice but it doesn't work in the W500, W700 and T6X and X6x and older Thinkpads so there is no reason to have the extra bloat. In one of my T60Ps, I downgraded to a version that originally was for Vista but compatible with Win7. I can't remember the exact reason but I think it had something to do with being able to transfer settings from my T40 running Xp to a T60 with Win7. It was a while back.

As long as the basic power management functions work, I don't see any problem using an older version. In the case of older Thinkpads running Xp and older OSes, it is the only option. The T60P I'm typing this on is using 1.85 dated 2005 and 2010 in the about splash screen.
Currently using: A W500, a W520, two X201Ts, an X220T, an X61T, a 14" T60P, a 15" UXGA T60P, and a W701.
Currently idle: A spare W500, a spare X61T, a 14" T61, a 15" SXGA+ T60, a 14" T60, and my first Thinkpad, a 770X.

kfzhu1229
ThinkPadder
ThinkPadder
Posts: 1113
Joined: Tue Sep 22, 2015 10:59 pm
Location: Toronto, Canada

Re: OK to use old version of Lenovo Power Manager on older Thinkpad models?

#5 Post by kfzhu1229 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:54 pm

Well the thing is, if you use new enough version of power manager on old enough version of ThinkPads (for example, the T4x family), it simply gets unstable and freezes the system. I had that plaguing my T42 and my T43, thinking that my battery was the one to blame, until I learnt that the hard way.
Patience, boys. All good things to those who wait. – Mother Gothel (Tangled)
_________________________________
T23 PIII 1.13ghz 1gb W7
2xT43 14.1" 2.26 SXGA+ 2gb 1*fp W10
T530i 15.6" i7 16gb fp W10
Flexview UXGA:
A30p PIII 1.2 1gb W7 (IDTech)
T43p 2.26 2gb fp W10

axur-delmeria
ThinkPadder
ThinkPadder
Posts: 1738
Joined: Mon May 28, 2012 5:49 am
Location: Metro Manila, Philippines

Re: OK to use old version of Lenovo Power Manager on older Thinkpad models?

#6 Post by axur-delmeria » Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:47 am

Thanks for the encouraging replies. I went ahead and installed Power Manager 3.67. No problems s far.
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
Toy: X60/s Frankenpad Core Solo U1300
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E, X61 T7500
:cry:

Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to “Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 8 guests