Problem with Lenovo EDGE 13’3 Wi-Fi and Windows 8

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It seems that Lenovo have big fail with Windows 8 drivers

Few days ago I decide to reinstall my laptop from scratch. First I backed up all data on, and then I reformate my HDD and install Windows 8 x64 Enterprise. Everything seems to be fine except one thing. I couldn’t start my Wireless Network Card. Sad smile

I checked in device manager and drivers was OK. No exclamation marks or similar failures. But I couldn’t connect to my Wi-Fi network.

As far as we all know, Lenovo have hardware switch on some models. On EDGE there is no switch but you must start (enable) your Wi-Fi card by pressing Fn+F9. You are unable to do this if you don’t have Lenovo software installed. But Lenovo still didn’t write proper drivers for Windows 8.

Currently Lenovo have Beta drivers for Windows 8 @ Lenovo. Why for God’s sake they have Beta drivers? Windows 8 is out for more then three months.

Here is what you must do if you don’t want to install Beta drivers on your laptop (you will must to install just one)

  1. ThinkPad Power Management Driver, v1.66 beta, download (Windows 8 x86, x64)
  2. ThinkPad Power Manager, v6.32, download (Windows 7)
  3. Hotkey Features Integration, v3.80, download (Windows 7)
  4. Communications Utility, v2.09, download (Windows 7) – this one is needed to have Fn+F6 bring up properties for webcam, etc.

Yes, you must use Windows 7 drivers!

If some of this applications don’t want to install you will have to use compatibility mode.

After this you are able to get response after pressing Fn+F9., and you have possibility to enable your Wi-Fi card.

For some Lenovo models you can use Base Utility Package for Windows 8.

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