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Windows 7 on T43 - Links and Info!

#1 Post by Xenomorph » Mon Apr 06, 2009 1:14 am

Update: October 27th, 2009

Lenovo System Update 4.0 is out now. It is for Windows 7 only.
http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site. ... VSU-UPDATE

Since Windows 7 has been RTM for a few months, Lenovo has posted many updated programs and drivers.

After running System Update 4, it detected new UltraNav drivers, Power Management driver and software, new FingerPrint scanning software, updated HotKey driver and applications, and an updated Active Protection system.

System Update 4 scanned my system and simply found updates to my existing software, and didn't offer extra junk or other miscellaneous files I remember older versions doing. So it seems like a great option for someone looking for updates while still trying to keep they system clean of unnecessary files and fluff.

However, if you still do not wish to use System Update 4 to autoscan for updated Lenovo drivers and software, many of the links I posted below have the updated software available!

Also, be sure to check out XdN Tweaker, which has been updated to fully support Windows 7 and many of the new features it includes.

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The original post was from April using a mix of beta, pre-RC and RC release installs.
I updated this on August 30th, 2009 with information on getting Windows 7 RTM (the final version) working on a ThinkPad T43.

I've been using build 7600 (RTM) without any issue so far on my ThinkPad T43.

There are a few necessary steps for getting Windows 7 (or Vista) working perfectly on the ThinkPad T43. Unfortunately, it's not as a simple as installing Windows and going with defaults, as some drivers aren't installed by the OS, and some of IBM/Lenovo's design choices require their special software installed for everything to work.

I use a T43, 2668-71U. This is the one with the ATI video card. Setup should be similar to the T43 systems with Intel video.

Lets start at the beginning.

With a clean install of Windows 7, you end up with these missing their drivers in Device Manager:

- Biometric Coprocessor
- Audio
- Network (Intel WiFi)
- Unknown
- Unknown
- Unknown

At that point it was just easy for me to plug in an Ethernet cable and then hit Windows Updates.
Windows Updates will find drivers and/or driver updates for these devices:

Audio - (SoundMAX Drivers)
ATI Radeon X300 Drivers
Intel WiFi - (9.1.1.15, 6/23/2006)
ThinkPad Power Management Driver (Old)
56k Modem Driver
Updated ThinkPad IR Driver
Updated Bluetooth Driver
Fingerprint Coprocessor (new since Beta)

Go ahead and install all those, and reboot.

After you reboot, you will find just one missing driver now:

- Unknown Device (ACPI\NSC1100\4&21d0e4f8&0) - Winbond Trusted Platform

For the "Unknown Device", grab the Winbond Trusted Platform drivers from here:

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site. ... MIGR-58656
Less than 1 Meg, Version 5.1.47.2011, 2007/01/26 (Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Win7)

There. All drivers installed. Now, for some updated drivers and software.


1)
System Interface Driver
http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site. ... MIGR-67228

2)
Power Management Driver (this is newer than the one on Windows Updates)
http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site. ... IGR-4GXPEG

3)
HotKey Driver & Apps
http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site. ... MIGR-68000


4)
ThinkVantage Active Protection System (Hard Drive "Air Bag")
http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site. ... MIGR-53150

5)
UltraNav Driver (to enable middle-click and 2-finger scrolling)
http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site. ... MIGR-66898

6)
Power Manager (to show Battery on Task Bar along with power control)
http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site. ... MIGR-70601

7)
Intel WiFi Drivers & Apps (for Fn + F5) - 11.05.0
http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site. ... MIGR-70505



I highly recommend this program:

Two-Finger Scrolling:
http://code.google.com/p/two-finger-scroll/

Here is a Logon Screen changer:
http://tweaks.com/software/tweakslogon/

This one also helps if you feel your fan is too loud:

TP Fan Control:
http://www.staff.uni-marburg.de/~schmitzr/donate.html

Everything works great for me with Windows 7. And yes, even the Fn+F5 key brings up the window to turn off and on my Bluetooth and WiFi adapter.

Please, let me know if this helps you any setting up Windows 7 on your T43.
Last edited by Xenomorph on Tue Oct 27, 2009 11:37 pm, edited 4 times in total.
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Re: Windows 7 on T43 - Links and Info!

#2 Post by chan_man » Mon Apr 06, 2009 3:27 pm

Great writeup!!

I now have ultranav working as well as the middle button. Thanks.

I tried the two finger scrolling but when I tried installing, it was complaining about a missing register key. Could this be the same one you mentioned after the hot-key reference?

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#3 Post by yak » Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:28 pm

Xenomorph wrote:UPEK's latest Windows 7 software:
http://www.upek.com/support/downloads/w ... /w7x86.asp
I didn't know UPEK released some special Windows 7 driver. I simply used their latest XP/Vista driver package together with Lenovo's Fingerprint Software and everything seems to work. On a T60 but I don't think this matters much.
Xenomorph wrote:Two-Finger Scrolling:
http://code.google.com/p/two-finger-scroll/
Nice. I'm browsing the forum, read some random post and I see a program I wrote being suggested. Cool :)
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#4 Post by Xenomorph » Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:13 pm

chan_man wrote:Great writeup!!

I now have ultranav working as well as the middle button. Thanks.

I tried the two finger scrolling but when I tried installing, it was complaining about a missing register key. Could this be the same one you mentioned after the hot-key reference?

I am running windows 7 build 7068 on a T60
The first time you run Two-Finger Scrolling, make sure to Run As Admin. It needs to set a registry key in a protected location.

Once you run it as Admin (and reboot), you can then run it normally after that to enable two finger scrolling.

Two Finger Scrolling is better than the UltraNav's "virtual scrolling", and better than that the middle-click scrolling. It's great.
yak wrote: I didn't know UPEK released some special Windows 7 driver. I simply used their latest XP/Vista driver package together with Lenovo's Fingerprint Software and everything seems to work. On a T60 but I don't think this matters much.
Older version of some stuff (like the 5.6 Fingerprint software vs the 5.8 software) may work, but the latest UPEK drivers allows you to enroll your fingerprints and use quick fingerprint logins WITHOUT installing the Lenovo Fingerprint software. Windows 7 has built-in fingerprint scanner support (if you have the correct Windows 7 compatible drivers).
The last Windows 7 release of fingerprint reader drivers didn't work with the built-in Windows 7 fingerprint software, and none of the drivers on Lenovo's site works with it either (you'd have to install the Lenovo fingerprint software as well).

I don't do anything super-important with my T43. Having a quick login is nice, and my daughter gets a kick out of using 1 finger to log in.

I'm not a big fan of installing tons of stuff, so knowing that Windows 7 I just have to run one UPEK installer and get full fingerprint logins working is nice.
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#5 Post by megapinky » Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:37 pm

hi the Two Finger Scrolling can work on T42? i install W7 and Synaptics_Driver_v10_1_8_Vista32 (cause the other dont work) but i can not use it :(

how do you enable, just press with two fingers or first one and then the other.

help :)


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#6 Post by Xenomorph » Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:42 am

megapinky wrote:hi the Two Finger Scrolling can work on T42? i install W7 and Synaptics_Driver_v10_1_8_Vista32 (cause the other dont work) but i can not use it :(

how do you enable, just press with two fingers or first one and then the other.

help :)


pd sorry about poor english
I'm not sure if it works on the T42, as I've only tried it on my T43.

- Grab the latest UltraNav drivers for your system from Lenovo.com. Install them and Reboot.
- Download and extract Two-Finger Scrolling to somewhere (such as C:\Program Files\TwoFingerScroll\).
- Run "TwoFingerScroll.exe" as Admin to create the needed registry keys/entries. Reboot.
- Run "TwoFingerScroll.exe" again (as a regular user), check off "Start with Windows" and hit Ok"
- Place 2 fingers on the touch pad at the same, then slide up or down. Remove both fingers at the same time when you're done scrolling.
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#7 Post by chan_man » Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:21 am

Thanks!!! running the two finger install as admin and then running it again, I now have this running. It works just like a power book for scrolling, does this support rotation?

Now I have to see if this works on XP on my son's laptop, he will be asking...
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#8 Post by yak » Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:41 am

chan_man wrote:Thanks!!! running the two finger install as admin and then running it again, I now have this running. It works just like a power book for scrolling, does this support rotation?

Now I have to see if this works on XP on my son's laptop, he will be asking...
No, rotation isn't supported yet. The tool's main requirement is a Synaptics TouchPad. If your son's laptop has one (and not Alps for example), there is a big chance it will work (some play with drivers might be needed thou).

If you like the tool, please consider donating:
http://code.google.com/p/two-finger-scroll/

Circular scrolling was on my mind for some time now, I might add it if time permits.

BTW, here's a link to the original thread which triggered the creation of TwoFingerScroll:
http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=66785
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#9 Post by chan_man » Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:48 pm

Yak,

Good read on the original thread.. Thanks for all the great work. Yes, my son(s) have Thinkpads, a T43 and a R50P. I will visit your page to donate...
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#10 Post by yak » Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:27 pm

chan_man wrote:Yak,

Good read on the original thread.. Thanks for all the great work. Yes, my son(s) have Thinkpads, a T43 and a R50P. I will visit your page to donate...
It should work on a R50. I also suggest to disable the virtual scrolling in TouchPad properties because it interferes with TwoFingerScroll.

I got your donation. Thank you. Much appreciated. :D
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#11 Post by Xenomorph » Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:29 pm

Strange...

I just wiped, and did a clean install of 7077.

Many of the things found on Windows Updates before were NOT found this time.

A big thing - no ATI drivers were detected.

I don't know if its something where they only detect up to build 7068, or if ATI pulled them or something...
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#12 Post by Xenomorph » Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:02 pm

Drivers not found in Windows Updates

UltraNav for Windows Vista
version: 9.1.3.7, release: 2008/12/10
http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site. ... MIGR-66898

Lenovo/OEM ATI drivers for Vista:
release: 2007/04/26
http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site. ... MIGR-67663

Updated Power Manager for Vista:
version: 2.43, release: 2009/04/14
http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site. ... MIGR-70601

Full T43 driver matrix:
http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site. ... MIGR-58597
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#13 Post by Xenomorph » Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:59 am

On a hunch, I wiped 7077 and put 7068 back on.

The ATI drivers still didn't show up on Windows Updates. Drivers for the 56k modem showed up as I mentioned in the first post. I wonder why they don't show up when I checked under build 7077.

I know as of the "9.4" drivers, ATI has dropped support for older cards like the X300. It's weird for them to pull the drivers from Windows Updates though. :evil: :( :( :(

I installed the linked Lenovo ATI Vista drivers, and some modified 9.1 drivers for Vista, but the Windows 7 build-in video acceleration wasn't working with HDTV. Installing the AVIVO decoder (something required under XP) did get acceleration back.
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#14 Post by Xenomorph » Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:47 pm

I was able to recover the installed drivers from an old install of Windows 7.

They are based on 8.12. They are signed drivers that use to show up for me in Windows Updates, but not longer.

http://xenomorph.net/files/drivers/ati- ... 7-x300.zip (~14 Megs)
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#15 Post by Xenomorph » Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:20 pm

What a not-so-fun adventure.

My TV viewing seems to be a little off under build 7100. I get a 1-second pause every now and then.
I don't remember it being there in 7077, and I don't think I've seen it once while running Windows XP.

Besides the TV card issues, the HotKey service no longer wants to load (so the WiFi control with Fn + F5 stopped working), and of course ATI's Windows 7 X300 drivers are *still* missing from Windows Updates.
ATI closed my thread on the issue, and told me to just use Vista drivers for it.

Not only that, one of the coolest new features of Windows 7, XP Virtual Mode or whatever, requires the CPU have hardware virtualization on it. Neither the ThinkPad T43 or even my 64-bit Dual-Core Desktop system support that. So that is one feature I will be without - assuming the TV card, HotKey, and ATI driver issues are fixed as well.

I believe there is a new (April 2009) UPEK/fingerprint scanner driver on Windows Updates.
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#16 Post by Xenomorph » Tue May 05, 2009 9:38 am

Updated info for RC:

- I saw ATI drivers return to Windows Update. They have a "5/2" publish date. They may be the same 8.12 drivers that were available from Jan-Apr.
They would NOT download for me. Everything else on Windows Updates did except though. Even when I tried to manually grab ATI drivers from the Windows Update catalog site, the download always fails.

Something new:
- UPEK fingerprint scanner drivers/software now auto detects and auto installs via Windows Update!

So no need to manually install drivers, update an EXE, etc. Just install the update, reboot, and load up Control Panel and type "bio" to start the setup of Fingerprint login.
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#17 Post by Procter » Sat May 09, 2009 12:53 pm

This is so stange. I had the Fn+F* working until an hour ago when I uninstalled and reinstalled the Presentation director for a couple of times. Initially, despite the registry error when installing the hotkey software, it was all functional. Fn+F5 I could see the wireless and BT radio, FN+F7 I could get the presentation director menu out (it had some problems though).

Now on screen display only shows the volume, brightness and the lamp. Fn+f5 now turns ON and OFF the bt module, and FN+F7 switched the display output.
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#18 Post by Pawelek » Mon Jul 27, 2009 11:44 am

Finally I have my FS 120GB HDD installed. The full image of an old HDD has been made. But I have problems with Fn+F3 and Fn+F5 shortcuts (others on screen. features seem ok) They have worked correctly and now they dont. No screen blanking option and Wi-Fi/BT dialog window. Reinstalled a couple of times with no satisfying results. Maybe new HDD generates some incompatibility in Win7?
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#19 Post by Xenomorph » Sun Aug 30, 2009 2:08 am

I may post a slightly updated version of this.

I have Windows 7 RTM on my ThinkPad T43 now.

The installation steps are a bit different than what is in the first post.
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#20 Post by Xenomorph » Sun Aug 30, 2009 9:23 pm

Old stuff here removed, and updated in the original post.
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#21 Post by lukee » Sat Oct 17, 2009 4:42 am

Hello, thanks for that information! SoundMAX driver works correctly, however the sound output is going only to internal speakers. When I try to connect external speakers directly to jack, or jack on docking station (ThinkPad Dock), just hear silence. Any idea?
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#22 Post by Xenomorph » Tue Oct 27, 2009 11:40 pm

lukee wrote:Hello, thanks for that information! SoundMAX driver works correctly, however the sound output is going only to internal speakers. When I try to connect external speakers directly to jack, or jack on docking station (ThinkPad Dock), just hear silence. Any idea?
Thanks.
I've yet to use anything but the built-in speakers.

Are you familiar with the new Vista/Win7 Sound Mixer? It works differently than XP, and many sound features may seem to be hidden.

Also, the original post has been updated. Lenovo has released multiple software and driver updates in the month of October since Windows 7 finally hit store shelves.
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#23 Post by lukee » Wed Oct 28, 2009 11:20 am

Hello, just one question about Windows 7 on T43p and ATI FireGL V3200 graphics chip. Because ATI not released driver for this card for Windows 7, laptop is using driver delivered via Windows Update = graphics potential&power of card is not used for 100%. Is here some way, how to work in Windows 7 with original ATI drivers? (Vista & XP drivers won't work). Thanks.
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#24 Post by Xenomorph » Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:44 am

Update February 2010.

Three new updates just appeared on System Update for the T43.

Updated Active Protection (1.71)
Updated UltraNav drivers.
Updated Power Manager (3.11a)

I didn't really notice updated with Active Protection or UltraNav, but the Power Manager update changed the task bar icon visually - there is now a curved border on the left side of it to give the System Tray a nice 3D/raised look.
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#25 Post by tonylama » Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:06 pm

http://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/produ ... /downloads

Select you OS, download all drivers.

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