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Lenovo laptop and Kingston SSD

by on Jan.26, 2011, under Computing

I came by a Kingston SSD the other day. Installed in a Lenovo T61 with Lucid Lynx. Performance is great!

Strange thing, however,  is the SSD would not respond to a warm-restart and the T61 would report a HDD error during POST; cold starts were fine. After some messing around trying to figure out a solution, I changed the SATA setting from AHCI to Compatibility mode. Things started working fine from there onwards although I’m not pleased since its a workaround.

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Thinkpad T42 Atmel TPM driver

by on Dec.08, 2010, under Computing

I was building MadHatter’s T42 with WinXP SP3 the other day. All the drivers installed easily from Lenovo’s support site (always felt it was comprehensive) except for the device  ACPI\ATM1100\4&61F3B4B&0.

This turned out to be the Atmel Trusted Platform Module device for which the driver can be downloaded at http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-58054.html

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IBM Thinkpad T30 BIOS password

by on Jul.15, 2008, under General Jazz

I came by a IBM Thinkpad T30 with a power on password enabled. The original owner threw it out because he couldn’t remember the password and IBM told him that he had to change the planar (the notebook equivalent of the motherboard.) Followed the instructions on SoDoItYourself and constructed a serial port interface, downloaded the software and I was very quickly able to get the power-on password!

Neat!

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