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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How to delete EISA recovery partition from Windows

 

I had problem with deleting EISA partition on several old disks from IBM/LENOVO computers. Usually solutions was to contact manufacturer for some tools but I found this solution on www.mydigitallife.info

Solution is for Windows Vista but it also works on Windows XP.

Here is quotation of solution:

Here’s the trick to delete and remove the EISA recovery or diagnostic partition in Vista. Before proceeding with the deletion action, make sure that at least a set of Recovery Disc Media has been created. Else, you won’t be able to restore your computer to working and factory default condition when any problem on PC requires reinstallation.

  1. Open a command prompt as administrator.  (On Windows XP just open Command Prompt)
  2. Run Diskpart application by typing Diskpart in the command prompt.
  3. In the “Diskpart” prompt, enter rescan command and press Enter key to re-scan all partitions, volumes and drives available.
  4. Then type in list disk and press Enter key to show all hard disk drive available.
  5. Select the disk that contains the partition you want to remove. Normally, with just 1 hard disk, it will be disk 0. So the command will be:

    select disk 0

    Finish by Enter key.

  6. Type list partition and press Enter key to show all available and created partition in the disk selected.
  7. Select the partition that wanted to be deleted by using the following command, followed by Enter key:

    select partition x

    where x is the number of the EISA based recovery partition to be removed and unlocked its space. Be careful with the number of this partition, as wrong number may get data wipes off.

  8. Finally, type in delete partition override and press Enter key.

Once the partition has been deleted, exit from Diskpart, and now users can use the much familiar and much easier Disk Management tool in Windows (diskmgmt.msc) to manipulate the freed unallocated partition. Users can create a new volume (partition) with this space, or simply merge it to existing partition by extending the size of the existing partition.

 

And here is picture of diskpart

Diskpart Window

Windows 7 and iPhone tethering

It seems that iPhone and Windows 7 have problems with tethering over Bluetooth on Lenovo notebook.

When you try to connect your iPhone with notebook using Bluetooth you will receive driver error for “Bluetooth peripheral device”. Of course you can control everything on your iPhone but you couldn’t connect to internet using tethering.

I don’t know why is this happened but solution is simple.

You must go to Control Panel – Devices and Printers. Right click on your iPhone then Properties – Services

Uncheck option Wireless iAP

Click OK

Now right click on your iPhone again

Then Connect Using – Access Point

And now you are connected to internet using Bluetooth on your iPhone