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Lenovo Thinkpad X220 notebook from @refurbishedlaptopsdirect

Lenovo Thinkpad X220 notebook from @refurbishedlaptopsdirect

 

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IBM Lenovo ThinkPad X201, X220, T410 or T420 ? how can you choose between them ?

IBM Lenovo ThinkPad X201, X220, T410 or T420 ? how can you choose between them ?

i guess if you want Win 10 & webcam the problem is solved

are @sainsburys £99 #lowspec @hp ac100na @microsoftuk #windows notebooks a waste of time and money ? #mktg #fail

are @sainsburys £99 #lowspec @hp ac100na @microsoftuk #windows notebooks a waste of time and money ? #mktg #fail

the sainsburys hp ac100na is a low spec intel celeron N3050 with 2G ram and 30G disk

it is almost impossible to upgrade it from windows 10 1709 to 1803 or 1809 but if you have 100 spare hours and follow these hacks you can however you may just prefer to try and return it to sainsburys or throw it away in your nearest WEEE recycling bin

hacks required to upgrade to windows 10 version 1809 on a hp ac100na

  • turn on flight mode (to prevent auto updates over wifi)
  • run disk clean-up (this takes around 4 hours each run)
  • select delete all previous versions
  • watch out for the nasty disk clean-up bug (see below)
  • reboot
  • ensure you have at least 12G of free disk space
  • turn off flight mode (to allow auto updates to kick in)
  • allow auto update to run
  • restart after a few updates have downloaded (do not wait for all updates to download or you will run out of diskspace)
  • hopefully these partial updates will get installed on restart

REPEAT the above steps until windows 10 1803 and windows 10 1809 have been installed

and if you get any windows 10 version 1809 0x80070002 errors DO NOT click retry but keep REPEATING the above steps until windows 10 1803 and windows 10 1809 have been installed

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so if you havent given up and get lucky you should end up with a 1809 install confirmation screen

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the nasty windows 10 disk clean-up bug

disk clean-up randomly injects a compress your drive option into list of folders to clean up so you cannot just tick all the folders without reading every one carefully

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footnote MOST but not all intel celerons are rubbish for example the intel celeron N2840 used in lenovo ideapad flex 10 is actually amazing and appears to be 10x faster than the intel celeron N3050

 

The @DELL Windows 10 recovery media No Bootable Device error #windows10 #bios #uefi #fail

According to

if you get the error

No Bootable Device error when booting to Dell Windows 10 media

it is because all Dell Windows 10 recovery media (Win10 recovery DVD [Clean install only from DVD] or WIN10 recovery USB key) require the system BIOS to be configured in the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) mode.

There will be no changes made to the Dell Windows 10 recovery media because, as by Microsoft design, Windows 10 is intended to be used in the UEFI mode configuration.

but that CANT be true ? i am sure i have a Lenovo Thinkpad that only has BIOS (not UEFI) that works fine with Windows 10 !

ms windows 10 cortana & lenovo howtos

ms windows 10 cortana howtos

and if you are running windows 10 on a lenovo you can use the Wake Word + a Trigger Word to control your notebook

Hey Cortana, ask Lenovo to set audio to movies

or

Hey Cortana, have Lenovo optimize audio for music

and

Voila! Without a single click, your PC’s sound settings are adjusted.

 

hp & lenovo and #amd & #intel #memory bus nightmares

 

lost a few hours yesterday to some hp & lenovo and amd & intel memory bus nightmares started when i tried swapping DDR3 / PC3 / PC3L ram between an HP and two LENOVO notebooks

  • HP 255 G2 with AMD A4 memory bus FIXED at 1600Mhz
  • Lenovo T410 with Core i5 memory bus ONLY works at 1333Mhz
  • Lenovo Z50 with AMD FX7500 memory bus FIXED at 800Mhz

Basically the T41o refused to work with any of the other memory whereas i thought DDR3 ram was downwards compatible.

Actually just looking at my photos maybe PC3L is not downwards compatible with PC3 ?

modern notebook gotchas

modern notebook gotchas

  • UEFI
  • no recovery disks
  • 16GB USB stick or 24G external disk required to make a system backup
  • last hp i bought had no accessible hd or memory
  • last lenovo i bought only had only 1 memory socket soldered in despite space for 2
  • lots of preinstalled trialware (hp,lenovo,toshiba all guilty)

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Lenovo Thinkpad X201i v Lenovo Lenovo G50-30

Lenovo Thinkpad X201i v Lenovo Lenovo G50-30

Lenovo Thinkpad X201i

  • Round 20V power connector
  • FN then CTRL
  • BIOS access via blue ThinkVantage button above keyboard

Lenovo Lenovo G50-30

  • Square 20V power connector
  • CTRL then FN
  • BIOS access via black Novo button on left hand side

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