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Setting up system ID for thinkpad SL500

#1 Post by Vilkacis » Mon Jun 21, 2010 11:43 am

Hi, I just replaced the system board in a SL500, and I've got the HMD 1.75. But whenever I try to set the system ID i get the "EEPROM is write protected" error.

I'm running the disk off a USB floppy drive, and I've rebooted and tried hitting esc so many times I've lost count.

Any suggestions as to what I'm doing wrong?

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Re: Setting up system ID for thinkpad SL500

#2 Post by Vilkacis » Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:23 pm

For anyone that comes across the same issue, the SL series has its own separate HMD that you have to use.

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Re: Setting up system ID for thinkpad SL500

#3 Post by leoirssi » Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:16 am

Hey man i have the same problem. How did you solve it? I cant find that maintenance diskette anywhere. Can you send it to me please?

Regards. Leo

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Re: Setting up system ID for thinkpad SL500

#4 Post by Jeitiko » Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:14 am

leoirssi wrote:Hey man i have the same problem. How did you solve it? I cant find that maintenance diskette anywhere. Can you send it to me please?

Regards. Leo
maintenance diskette for SL series
<deleted link of proprietary software>

i test with my sl500.
working

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http://www.rom.by/files/maintenance_diskette_v2.0.rar

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Re: Setting up system ID for thinkpad SL500

#5 Post by RealBlackStuff » Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:44 am

Inside the .RAR file is a floppy-image with extension .DSK
To write this program to floppy, download the (30-day trial) program WinImage here: http://www.winimage.com/
In WinImage, create a floppy disk. Use it in a USB floppy-drive, works on any laptop as long as you have it enabled in the BIOS Startup.
That program WinImage can also unpack the .SDK file.
But even after pressing Esc upon booting to unlock EEPROM, the floppy software does not work.
It can read data, but not write. :(
I managed only to change the laptop's TYPE, using the BIOS update CD.
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Re: Setting up system ID for thinkpad SL500

#6 Post by RealBlackStuff » Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:47 pm

After trying the http://www.rom.by link's download, I got what I already expected. :evil:
The program is not V2.0 as indicated in that link, but V1.00.
And worse even: it does not work at all!
You really do need V1.01, as also indicated in the HMM:
SLx00 HMM wrote:LENOVO ThinkPad SL Series Maintenance Diskette Version 1.01 or later
Note: Download the file from the following Web site: http://www.lenovo.com/
spm
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