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x220 and x230 , can i install normal ssd drive and msata card drive in my x230

Q: x220 and x230 , can i install normal ssd drive and msata card drive in my x230

hi,i just wanna know if i can to install normal ssd drive and msata card drive in my x230 laptop Many Thanks

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A: x220 and x230 , can i install normal ssd drive and msata card drive in my x230


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Hi guys I have a fairly old, but still none too shabby, X230 (Type 2325-SW9). I use it solely for my Astrophotography captures, and it does the job brilliantly i have to say. It has a 180GB SSD, which is great, but recently i've been thinking of expanding the hard drive space. Trouble is, i really, really don't want to have to re-install everything, as i have a LOT of programs on there, and the machine is very stable, so i don't want to mess with it. All of which made me think to install a 500GB mSata drive, as everything i had read online lead me to believe that it was a fairly easy procedure on the X230. So i ordered a 500GB Samsung 860 Evo mSata drive and tried installing it this evening.  I didn't get very far. When i popped the kleyboard and palm rest out, i could see the slot ok, but there were no red and blue cables anywhere. I've attached a picture below.  So i had no choice but to just put it back together again.  Before i send the mSata drive back (thankfully i hadn't broken the seal on the packaging!), can some kind person please tell me i'm not just doing something stupid here? Are there models of X230 that just don't have these cables? Thanks in advance guys! 

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I have an X220 that recently just had the warranty expire on it, and now the motherboard is shot.  I was wondering if logistically, I could buy an X230, and simply install my old solid state harddrive from the X220, and would the computer function?  If possible, that would be a lot easier than taking the hard drive, having someone back it up, and then reinstalling all of the software and files on the new computer?  Thanks in advance for any help!

A:X220 Hard Drive to New X230

It should work fine. I would run ThinkVantage System Update in case there's some hardware on the X230 that wasn't on the X220, but apart from that you should be good to go.

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Just got two new X230 laptops. Will this model take an mSATA SSD? Is the mSATA slot 6 Gbs or 3Gbs? Any recommendations are appreciated.


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yes it takes the mSATA in the WWAN mPCIe slot under the palmrest. mSATA speed is 3Gbs.

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Hey again, This is my third thread on this topic. So I had an x220 which did not boot anything after a BIOS update and I assumed that the problem will be solved by buying a new laptop (x230) at the nearest shop. So I went and did, I tried my USB drive at the store and it did boot up. The HDD they wanted to sell it with booted up as well, everything like a charm. I came home, and tried my other HDD (from the x220) and while it could see it, the same problem arose. I could not boot up the HDD (even though my main PC can) and now I could not boot up the USB as well. Does anyone have an idea what might be the problem? Is it the HDD, or is it possible that the Thinkpad sees it as bootable but unable to boot? Then why would the USB do not boot up as well? Thanks in advance. Getting really anxious about all this.

A:x220 and x230 not booting at all

Mods, please close this. The problem was bad memory, one of the newly purchased ones were corrupted for some reason. Still showed up in the BIOS and the diagnostics did not find anything. In the x220 the system got bricked as well, so that was mostly a goner. The main thing was the memory, it simply did not boot with a bad memory even though there was usable, good memory. Thanks for everyone who helped me out. Cheers,John

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my x220 has type 29 battery and my x230 has type 44 battery so I need the FRU numbers for the 4, 6 and 9 cell batteries any generic batteries that work on both machines?  

I own: T400 T500 X220 X230 all running Windows 10 Professional

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I bought mSATA SSD to speed up my x230, I planned to install OS and most used programs on SSD and keep HDD as data storage, but I have problems with OS installation (Win10) to SSD and booting ntb from this SSD. Is there some problem (i read somewhere that this mSATA is not bootable what sounds pretty stupid to me)? Is somewhere step-by-step instruction how to install windows on mSATA? Thanks...

A:x230 mSATA - bootable?

It is bootable.  You need to make sure the bootloader is also on it.  First, back up any needed user data.  The easiest way is wipe the mSATA drive or remove all partitions.  Clear the 2.5" drive and  remove it from the machine, and then do an install with the mSATA as the only drive in the machine.  Install the 2.5"drive and it will be a data drive.

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Hi all, I'd like to say first this is an awesome forum for Lenovo owners and everyone seems to get answers .I just bought a used X230 (i5) (with OEM 8GB RAM) recently to replace my X200s. Can't wait to upgrade some stuff So I did some searches here and I got some answers about max RAM.  Seems the X220 is capable of 16GB. My gf has the X220 (i7) currently has 2x4GB G.Skill (upgraded right away when it was brand new) . To save a little bit of $ I'd like to buy 4x8GB RAM 1600 for both our laptops. 1) Is it realistic to do this?2) Can the X220 utilize 1600?  3) Is there a "right RAM" that will work for both laptops?4) What CAS, Latency and Voltage should I get that is stable?5) Which brand works well? Was thinking of G.Skill (had good experience with them). Note: At the end of the day if it doesn't work then I'll get them separately.   Off topicHow do I get to make my signature work properly? Do I need to code it? I don't know how to code


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Are there X230 models that have mini PCIe ports that aren't connected to a SATA controller? Would I be able to see it in Lenovo diagnostics (the F10 tool)? I recently purchased a X230 model 2425BW1 and Samsung 128GB mSATA. Upon installing, I noticed immediately that it wasn't being detected in the BIOS. I've tested the drive and confirmed it is working. When I messaged the seller I was told that the mini PCIe slot was for connectivity only (WWAN, WLAN etc.). So I decided to look into the PSREF to show him that the port accepts a mSATA drive as well, but I couldn't find anything on my particular model (2425BW1). I also do not have access to a other mSATA drive nor do I have a WWAN card to try. I'm trying to determine whether it is my drive that's incompatible with my X230 or a defective/malfunctioning mini PCIe port that isn't seeing the drive. I have updated to BIOS 2.70 and EC version 1.14. Couldn't find anyone else with an issue like mine. I thought ALL X230 with WWAN upgrade option could take an mSATA drive.  Thanks!

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Hello, I have an X230 ThinkPad, and I want to upgrade the hard drive to a 4TB Samsung SSD.  My understanding is that if I converted the drive to GPT; created a single NTFS partition; and boot the laptop up in UEFI mode, that Windows 10 Setup should be able to install the operating system on that single partition.  When Windows 10 Setup gets to the part where it displays the partition information, it indicated not 1 but 2 partitions, one of 2TB, and a second of slightly under 2TB.  It also indicated that neither of the 2 partitions were suitable for installing Windows 10.   Does anyone know if the X230's motherboard or BIOS are incompatible with a 4TB drive?  As I mentioned, I booted the laptop up in UEFI mode, and am running the latest BIOS version. Thanks in advance for any suggestions or troubleshooting tips!

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BSOD occurs at random intervals including five times today on multiple PC's.
Error Codes are the same.
Lenovo/IBM (Atlanta) confirm this is a Windows Software issue.
Need resolution.
Codes are:
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A:BSOD - ThinkPad x230, x220T, x220 - Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-Power

We do need the actual DMP file as it contains the only record of the sequence of events leading up to the crash, what drivers were loaded, and what was responsible.  


You may be able to get the DMP files without crashing by booting into safe mode (F8) with networking.
If you are overclocking stop.  (chances are if you dont know if you are, you are not)a
To enable us to assist you with your computer's BSOD symptoms, upload the contents of your "\Windows\Minidump" folder.  

The procedure:
* Copy the contents of \Windows\Minidump to another (temporary) location somewhere on your machine.
* Zip up the copy (compress them)
*Please upload them to a file sharing service like Skydrive or"Rapidshare" and put a link to them in your reply.

Link for how to  upload below.

To ensure minidumps are enabled:
* Go to Start, in the Search Box type: sysdm.cpl, press Enter.
* Under the Advanced tab, click on the Startup and Recovery Settings... button.
* Ensure that Automatically restart is unchecked.
* Under the Write Debugging Information header select Small memory dump (256 kB) in the dropdown box (the 256kb varies).
* Ensure that the Small Dump Directory is listed as %systemroot%\Minidump.
* OK your way out.
* Reboot if changes have been made.

Please also run MSinfo32 and upload the output as well.
To run MSinf... Read more

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Hi, does anyone know if it is possible to use the Thinkpad x230 with USB 3.0 DisplayLink to drive 3 external display monitors? The 3 monitors only have DVI, VGA and HDMI connections. Also I have a Type 4338 docking station (with ESATA) should I upgrade this to the one with USB 3.0? or should I buy the USB 3.0 docking station instead? thanks

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I apologize for my english in advance.
Yesterday I update my laptop to Windows 8.1(full specifications are available in my profile).
Then I noticed the following: The icon of DVD drive was changed and:
"Drive is powered off. To turn on the optical drive, press the eject button on the optical drive".
After pressing the DVD drive is powered on, but after few minutes it powered off again.

Thanks in advance for the help.

A:DVD drive is powered off, Lenovo X230, Windows 8.1 64 bit

i think thats normal behavour , it will work when ever you need to use it ,can you right click on the icon and click on eject to open it [i cant check mine right now on iam my mac]almost positive mine is like that

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Hello, I had my X230 Working fine with Win7x64 clean-install on a GPT Msata SSD.  However, I didn't like how my backup program reacted to GPT so I reformatted the drive to MBR and clean installed Win7x64 again.  Now, when I try to go to F1 BIOS/UEFI I get a blank black screen, no cursor.  Nothing happens if I wait.  I also often get the blank screen when trying to boot to Windows or F12.  I have to restart the computer several times to get it to continue the boot process (but it does boot eventually.) Rebooting many times does not get it into the F1 setup though. Escape does not work.  The Lenovo button doesn't work.  Hard-booting (pressing power for 30 seconds without battery) does not work. Going to Setup through F12 doesn't work. I have tried downloading the BIOS update again and flashing it but the utility just says my BIOS is already current, so it won't re-flash. (Any way to force it?) In my previous, GPT, Win7 installation I had the fingerprint reader enabled.  Now I'm wondering if that is causing the problem.  (It is turned off in Windows now, and the Bios asks for a password at boot.  Re-installing the Fingerprint software and resetting the fingerprints didn't help. Can anyone help?________________________________X230 (non-touch) (out of warranty)Win7x64mSata SSD & 500GB HDD (MBR)UEFI boots CSM Legacy mode (no Secure boot)UEFI v2.66 (latest)8GB RamExtended battery (6 months old)My experien... Read more

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HI, I have just purchased a x230 and from the beginning it is really slow. From the 1st boot it takes lot of time to boot and apart from that it takes ages to access to some document or launch and application. Just by opening the default Google chrome it pops up a window saying that the hard drive is overloaded by a process. I have launched the hard drive test and it says everything is ok But its not just the hard drive. The CPU also goes crazy and usually goes up to 90-100% performance by doing nothing, which makes impossible to do anything. Just to point out that there is just taken out of the box,with nothing installed and my raspberry is faster than this

A:X230 Extremely slow CPU and hard drive

Hi Viserion,
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
I?m really sorry to hear that your Lenovo ThinkPad X230 is having performance issues, out of the box.
Ensure that air vents are not blocked and there is a proper air flow. Also, check the speeds at which the fan is spinning.
1. Remove all external devices and restore factory default hardware configurations by uninstalling all non-bundled devices.
2. Power on the machine with AC adapter and battery then check whether the problem still exists.
3. Go to BIOS by tapping F1 while Lenovo logo appears. Choose Config -> Power and ensure the below settings are as recommended.

Intel(R) SpeedStep technology [Enabled]
Mode for AC [Maximum Performance]
Mode for Battery [Maximum Performance]
Scheme for AC [Maximum Performance]
Scheme for Battery [Maximum Performance]

Then press F9 [Save and Exit].
4. Ensure Power Manager is configured correctly. Open Power Manager, Click Switch to: "Basic", Click "Power Plan" tab, Select "Maximum Performance", Press Apply then click Ok.
5. Bootup and press F8 to enter Safe Mode to check if the bootup speed is normal.
6. Input "msconfig" and click the tab "Startup" to disable all. Reboot and then shut down. If problem resolved, narrow down to specific startup file.
7. Run a complete virus scan.
8. Run Lenovo Solution center diagnostics and check if there is any hardware failure.
9. Run Lenovo system update and Windows update.
Hope this helps! Post back if issue persis... Read more

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Hi, I have a Thinkpad x230 machine. Currently the main disk is broken so I have purchase the new disk as replacement. The issue shows when I want to restore the x230 media to the new drive. When I choose boot as USB it didn't show anything. Below are the files inside my USB Media (I created it from Lenovo Recovery programs from the old disk before it's broken)   Please advise what should I do. Thank you.

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Hi. I have a Thinkpad x230.To escape from the issue of the lack of hard disk (128G, SSD), I decide to replace the old SSD hard drive with a new 1TB SSD. However, I don't know how to reinstall windows 10 on a new hard drive. The original OS on my laptop was Windosw 7 and I did free upgrade to Windows 10. I have only an original back up USB drive. No Windows 10 installation USB or CD. No Window 7 or 10 CD key. I can guess that I need a Windows 10 installation USB and a CD key which I don't have.Please advise me the procedure which I need to do to reinstall successfully. Thanks.

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I was on the phone with tech support, and they told me they were shipping Windows 7 and a replacement hard drive. It took 9 days to get the recovery media because someone forgot to add my apartment number to the address. When I called to ask about the drive, they said there had been an error and it will be shipped out that day. I finally get the drive, install Windows 8 and all the Lenovo drivers, and in the end, I can't activate Win 8 because my activation code that came with the computer is only good for Windows 7. I call back to see if they can send me the correct installation media, and it's $69 now. Look i'm in medical school, I really need a computer that works. My computer is still under warranty, doesn't that count? I paid my extra money for the extended warranty, but it seems that deal is no good today. Any tricks on getting the correct installation media mailed to me? Are there work-arounds for activating Win8.1? Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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What's the purpose of installning Power Mgmt Driver?

A:X230 Laptop (ThinkPad) 23301E0 - Power Mgmt Drive...

Dear kstrid, Welcome in lenovo community, Installning Power Mgmt Driver, will organize your machine power consumption and will improve the battery performance. Regards,Joseph

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I have an X230 i5 processor with a 1 TB SSD and I recently picked up a X230 with a i7 processor and a much smaller hard disk.  Can I just swap my big SSD into the new X230 (moving that version of Windows 7 Pro) and then install the smaller hard disk (with its version of Windows 7 Pro) into the i5 machine. (Will be swapping the memory so the i7 has the 16 GB and the i5 has 8 GB).  I know that if they were completely different computers this would not work, but since both are X230 will it work?  I'd rather not have to restall all the programs if I can avoid it!

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I have an older ThinkPad x230 with a factory-installed Sierra Wireless MC7700-Gobi 4000 for AT&T LTE & HPSA+ adapter and SIM Card for AT&T LTE. I now have a new ThinkPad x260 with a factory-installed Qualcomm Snapdragon X7 LTE-A (Sierra Wireless EM7455). There was no option to specify a SIM card like last time. Can I just remove the SIM card from the older x230 and put it in the newer x260? Or will I need a different SIM card?

A:Can I use SIM card from x230 with x260?

Hellox260 supports micro SIM card while x230 supports standard sized SIM card. Of course, you know these cards' sizes are incompatible.

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Hi folks! I hope to get some help here.I have a X230 with latest BIOS and bought a 256GB SDHC card, to extend space "a bit". Sometimes the transfers of some GiB seem to take ages, and it looks like the controller doesn't report the real speed. Is there any update to the firmware of the card reader? I'm using a pretty recent Linux distro based on Arch. I tried with differently formatted SDHC card... Thanks David

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Dear community, I have a Lenovo X230 Tablet. Windows 10. 8 GB. 256 GB SSD.Area Europe, Netherlands. So far I have tried three WWAN cards.The first Ericsson H5321 generated a 1802 error.The second Sierra Wireless 8355 does not generate an error but does not work: the network 'window' in the system part says "Verizon Wireless. Account not active".Then I de-installed my (working) A Gobi 2000 modem from my old Lenovo X201 Tablet and mounted it in my X230 Tablet.  No luck! Can someone point me to the most definitive WWAN card that will work in my Lenovo X230 Tablet? Many thanks!Job 

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Hey all.I swapped my HDD with new Crucial MX500,booted W10 from USB but unable to install it,with following message on the picture below.What is the problem?

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I am trying to install openSUSE on a Thinkpad x230 using a new SSD there are two peculiar behaviours - perhaps unrelated 1) during the install (from a USB drive) everything nearly looks normal except: The system does not detect "wrong mouse button pressed" and ask me if I am left handed (I am)I cannot manually intervene to reverse mouse buttons (screen unresponsive) 2) Install seems normal but for being right handed - arrive at KDE logon screen - cannot use the menu or any of the other features of a normal desktop- try using KDE alternative IceWM - everything seems to work as it should including the KDE stuff. Any thoughts or suggestions gratefully received 

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Hello everyone !- sorry but the english is no my first lang -I installed (replace) a Intel Advanced-N WiMAX 6250 in my laptop X230 running under Windows 10, but the system no recognise the card.I ve allready tried :-intall the card driver-a BIOS update-a motherboard diagnostic (to check if any problem in the Pci ports or in the motherboard itself)-a thinkvantage system update-checking on BIOS if the network cards appears (actually says disable, and no way to "enable it")-check if the card (hardware) was propely connected into the PCI port. it seems to me that the PCIe  is no working but why it could happens? I used to think that my laptop  had no wireless adapter so i bought one, when I installed it I realised that it was one (a native Realtek) ! i ve put it anyway but nothing changed.. ps . i bought this laptop almost new and without warranty (i guess). any idea ?cheers !Memo

A:my x230 cannot recognise the wireless card adapter...

Hello, memodialYou wrote:> checking on BIOS if the network cards appears (actually says disable, and no way to "enable it")This is a key feature to troubleshoot IMHO.What settings do you mean? WirelessLAN Access or WiMAX Access? WiMAX features don't influence to the WLAN (WiFi) ones, they utilize the different interfaces for data, but the card might be controlled (power on/off) via the single bus lane #20 (I'm not sure though).To enable BIOS Settings changes check out the LockBIOS Setting.Make sure wireless radios switch is enabled (on the laptop onboard).Do you see unknown devices in the Device Manager? For devices w/out drivers installed they might be in the Other Devices category. There might be a problem with drivers as Intel doesn't provide them for this card and win10. What drivers did you install?

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HelloI have a Lenovo ThinkPad X230 with windows 10 manually installed.It doen't have any unknown devices in device manager, i install all drivers.As is clear, This laptop have a sim card slot under battery and i insert my sim card into it.The Problem is that i don't know how to i connect to sim card internet.Thanks

A:How to use sim card internet on Lenovo X230 with windows 10

Hello and welcome to the forumIs there a wwan modem inserted in the laptop? As it's not new laptop, you should check it out under keyboard & palmrest.

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Hi there,I was wondering if Lenovo ThinkPad x230, will get BIOS update in which it will support 5G WWAN module?Intel® XMM? 8160 Powered Global 5G Module And could this work? M.2 to Mini PCI Express Card Any idea?(ofc when it is available for purchase) 

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I had problems with the old wifi card on my x230 so I decided to change it. The new model is a Intel Centrino N 6205, white-listed in the BIOS and compatible with the system. I did follow all the steps as described in the hardware maintenance manual, reassembled the whole thing and when I tried to start it again, nothing happened. The power light briefly flashes but that's it. I tried reinstalling the old card (no effect), pressing the power button for 30 seconds and unplugging the CMOS battery (no effect). What is wrong here?

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Hi, I have a ThinkPad X230, which originally had Windows 7 installed on it.  When I accepted the upgrade to Windows 10, everything worked fine apart from one thing:  the built-in SD Card reader. When I insert an SD card into the reader, the computer eventually recognizes it as a SD card, but when I click on it I get the following message: "D:\ is not accessible.  A device attached to the system is not functioning." I have tried all kinds of things to get it to work, based on various other posts on this forum.  For example installing new drivers from Lenovo website, installing them in Compatibility Mode etc.  But none of these have fixed the issue.  If I right-click on the SD Card icon for my D: drive, and select Properties, it doesn't detect any used space or any free space. If I open Device Manager when there is a SD card inserted, I see "Ricoh SD Disk Device" under the section entitled "Disk Drives", and I see "Ricoh PCIe SD/MMC Host Controller" under the section entitled "Memory technology devices".  I also see " D:\" under the section entitled "Portable Devices". I updated my laptop's BIOS not long ago.  I have BIOS version 2.65. I have an mSATA card (about 120GB) for Windows OS and applications, and a separate 500GB traditional hard drive for my Data.  I have had this mSATA / HDD configuration since the very beginning. Does anybody have any idea what I need to do to fix this problem... Read more

A:How to get SD card reader to work on ThinkPad X230...

Mark, did you try the updated SD card driver? http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/thinkpad-x-series-laptops/thinkpad-x23... Hope this helps.

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Have just bought an express card for my X230. When I put it in the express card slot of my X230, It fell a bit unsmooth and harsh. As I remember the same express card slot on my old HP was smoother and had an actuation point where you have to push harder to hear a click sound and push again to release the card then take it out of the slot, I found the express card slot on my X230 very weird. There is no said actuation point or any click sound, the card just slid in the slot until it reached the connector (the end of the slot). This process on the X230 was very rough that i even had to push the card very hard for it to reach the connector. But still, there was no click sound or anything indicating the card had been properly installed. Here are several images to let you see the situation clearly:  Notice how deep the the card sits in the slot. A better view. I have to sorry for the crappy quality of the photos since they were taken from my cheap phone. I would like to ask if this situation is normal and if my express card slot is broken. How is your X230's express card slot?Deeply appreciate your help.   

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I've lost the taskbar battery meter after yesterday's Win 10 install on the x230. On a related noted also unable to install the Think Vantage app after attempting several times after a restart.

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I am trying to install the Pure OS, translate Debian-Buster on an Lenovo X230 2325 with a wireless of _  Intel Corporation Centrino Advanced-N 6205 (Taylor Peak) rev34.   I have found the group of Wireless modules on Debian Buster,  firmware-lwlwifi_20190114-2.all, which is supposed to have the correct Module, someplace in there.   I know the command is sudo dpkg -i lwlwifi_20190114-2.all.deb    returns file not found that is if I have that set of wireless modules in the correct place, and what I have downloaded and extracted does not show .deb on the end,  I am not sure having .deb is necessary.   I do know that I do not see how to enter the beginning file name, if for instance the group of extracted packages were in the Download folder, my computer does not show the begining of the names to get to the Downloads folders.  I guess I am supposed to just know?  Yes, I do know that I used the name beach when I created this install, and that in some places that is beach-PC.  I am close.   Anyone tell me what I am doing wrong, or perhaps I am just typing something wrong.  I will post this on the Pure Forum as well. Thanks for any advice.

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In the last few weeks I have noticed my laptop sound works on a normal (not restart) boot, but then it disappears. I have to restart the laptop and then it's fine. The next day I boot up from cold, same problem. To clarify, on a normal boot I hear the Windows 7 startup noise, however, shortly after if I play a media file there is no sound. If I restart the laptop, everything is okay. I did install some updates through System Update which I'm guessing caused it. However, I have uninstalled them all now but the problem still exists. I have uninstalled my sound driver and let Windows reinstall it several times- no fix. Does anyone know what this exact issue is? UPDATE: Just realised when I ran System Update it did update some firmware. I wonder if that's what caused it (obviously I couldn't roll that back)

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Hi, i buy a wireless card. Before i used the FRU list part for my Lenovo E540, and the list say i can upgrade to Intel Wilkins Peak 2 7260 2*2 11ac+BT4.0 HMC Module, So i found the Intel Wireless 7260HMW. I buy this, i instales and boom, black screen with the error...  

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Hello there,  Few days ago,  i bought Lenovo ThinkPad x230!  ( So far i love it! It's awesome !!!! ) After using it for few days i found out that you can get SIM card for it, and use mobile broadband on it. I loved that idea, so i went out and i got new SIM card for my laptop.  After inserting it i found out that my ThinkPad doesn't have WWAN Card installed! SO RIP !?   I googled and googled and googled....and i found list of WWAN Cards that are compatible with my Thinkpad List of WWAN Cards , and then i found a video Youtube Video in which i learned how to install WWAN Card in my Thinkpad!  Then i went to a website in my country that sells new/used PC parts... and i found this card " F5521 ", and i bought it.... ( Now on the card i bought, it says " F5521gw"...is that fine or ? ) Guess what happened? I installed it, i tried booting the laptop, and it showed me this : 1802: Unauthorized network card is plugged in - Power off and remove the miniPCI network card. (03f0/3a1d) . I powered off and removed it...and i turned on my laptop normally.... Now, what can i do, in order to use this card? ( I found a bunch of "Hacks" online, but i didn't want to risk anything...so that is why i am asking here... i will post pictures of the WWAN card....if that will help... ) Please help me!     

A:Unauthorized network card (03f0/3a1d) -Thinkpad x230

Welcome to the CommunityIndeed, F5521 is one of the wwan modems that x230 supports. But the specific modem you have is for HP systems, not Lenovo ones. So, x230 doesn't work with this modem with error you've faced. Replace it by x230' supported modem with Lenovo p/n (FRU).

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It has been some time since I have been to sevenforums. I have missed you guys!

I was here almost every hour on the hour back when I built my PC and was installing windows7 for the first time. Now I have a new laptop and I would like some expert advice!

I bought a new, to me, Lenovo X230 Thinkpad recently and it came with windows7 installed. I am a person who enjoys simplicity, uncluttered space, and efficiency. In my desktop, and overall in my OS. Are there any tips, or guidelines for trimming down many of the programs and extraneous applications that come along with nearly every manufacturers' computers today? Should I reinstall a clean version of windows7? Is that possible with only the recovery partition on the laptop?

For example, I don't need 2 battery power applications. Either disable or remove the windows battery manager, or the Lenovo. Things like that.

I would also like to remove and backup the recovery partition from the laptop, but it doesn't have an optical drive. Then I could have more space, and only one partition. Not sure the best way to go about this. I have an external drive that I can backup the partition to.

If you want any more information about the current state of the laptop, just ask! I enjoy conversing and learning from the good people here.

Thanks again guys... glad to be back!

A:New Lenovo X230 Laptop! Help trim default windows install down please.

See here: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Includes instructions for downloading a legal copy of Windows 7 with SP1 included.

Definitely the best way to go to get rid of all the bloatware OEMs install.

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Hi! I am interested in the Lenovo G500 i7-3612QM and I would like to be able to install a mSATA SSD drive on it. I have read that these drives can be installed on a PCI Express Mini Card slot, and according to the Hardware Maintenance Manual (p. 29) the computer has two of these slots:   -Wimax/WIFI  x  1  -SSD  x  1 The problem is that, although the Wi-Fi slot is easily visible (it appears in a picture in the manual, p. 45), I can't find the second slot, neither in the manual nor in the picture of the inside of the notebook I found in this web (The text is in hungarian, but I haven't been able to find any other picture). Does anybody know if the second PCI Express slot really exists, please? Thank you very much!

A:G500 - Is it possible to install a mSATA SSD drive?

Hi MestreKaito,
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
I?m sorry to inform you that the Image is un-available for the second slot; I would Strongly Suggest Calling Technical Support for Assistance. Click here to open a link where you can select the country and get the exact contact support number. I?m sure they will be a great help.
Do post us back for further queries.
Best Regards

Shiva Kumar

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I have a cache drive and want to install it.  When I try it says "no boot drive" and just won't start at all.

A:How to install MSATA Cache Drive

So you have a hard drive in it and the computer has never has an mSATA drive in it before? Is the mSATA drive blank? Have you set the SATA mode in the BIOS to RAID?  Your service manual Have you tried tapping F9 as you power up to make sure the system is booting from the hard drive? 

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I have a T530 that I had bought with a 500GB hdd installed and with a 16GB mSATA Sandisk ExpressCache. I decided toupgrade to 500GB SSD and that made my 16GB mSATA redundant. I would like to know if I can remove the mSATA disk and replace it with a WWAN card. Thanks,-shishir

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Hi! I've purchased used Lenovo x230 and now I'm trying to find the answer to the question whether it is possible to have a 3G/LTE connection here.I tried to find it in the numerous topic but there are no full step-by-step manuals on how to:1. Check if my laptop is WWAN ready (option vs built-in)2. Find out which slot it uses (whether it is not used by any other part e.g. SSD or something)3. Find the list of supported WWAN cards for my model4. Find out which WWAN card support which country and carrier and so on... Could somebody describe this process in details for me?Thank you in advance!

A:Step-by-step guide on WWAN card for x230

Welcome to the Community1. laptop's MTM is needed to answer for the 1st question2. PCIe wwan modem can be fitted in the only slot under palmrest & keyboard3, 4 I hope you read in Russianhttps://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-X230/Lenovo-ThinkPad-X230-??????-3G-??????/m-p/3682407#M89Another helpful threads with Q&As:https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-X-Series-Laptops/X230-Laptop-4G-LTE-in-the-UK/m-p/2258890https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-X-Series-Laptops/x230-WWAN-for-UK-4G-3G/m-p/3940252https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-X-Series-Laptops/buying-WWAN-on-the-ThinkPad-X230/m-p/2265089

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Hello, I'm fairly new to these forums but would like to request help for upgrading my laptop. I am thinking of adding a 120GB Msata and 1TB HDD to it (to replace 500GB). My question is how would I go about transferring my dat,a(Pictures, music, videos) to the new hard drive and setting the Msata as a boot drive(for OS and programs)? I would also like recommendations on which Msata/hdd to put in it? I have been considering these:

Amazon.com : MyDigitalSSD 128GB (120GB) 50mm Bullet Proof 4 BP4 50mm mSATA Solid State Drive SSD SATA III 6G (120GB)(128GB) : Computer Internal Solid State Drives : Computers & Accessories

Amazon.com: Seagate 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive SATA 6Gbps 64MB Cache 2.5-Inch ST1000LM014: Computers & Accessories

but would like to know if there are better options available? Thanks in advance

A:How to migrate data to bigger hard drive and set Msata as boot drive?

I don't think you can use the Msata SSD as boot drive. It is configured in Raid with the spinner and serves solely as cache. It is just a fancy SSHD.

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I have read conflicting advice regarding replacing the existing mSATA 32gb drive on my Inspiron 15R SE 7520 laptop. Some say larger drives (upto 480/500gb) will work some say they won't.
I was trying to buy the following drive from Dell's web-site:
Samsung mSATA 250gb Manufacturer Part # MZ-M5E250BW, Dell part # A8313020.
Can Dell support confirm if this mSATA SSD is compatible with my 7520 before I buy this item.
Is there a video available to show how I can replace my existing mSATA drive as I could only find videos on replacing the 1TB hard drive.

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Q: x230

Hi I have laptop x230 with win 10 and a wireless keyboard rii mini i8.When the laptop go to sleep I can't wake it up from the wireless keyboard.I have a desktop thinkcenter and the keyboard work just fine with it.I tried to set it up in power option that the usb selective suspend seting will be disable and it dosen't help.

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I'm looking at purchasing a used X230 laptop from someone and trying to confirm the LCD panel it has.  The description is listed at 2325-DN3 and I can't find any info on that model in any of the reference books.  The Lenovo website shows it with IPS but indicates it's a generic listing. The buyer is a large website so sort of difficult to have them send me the serial #. Any ideas how I can confirm before making the purchase? Thanks!

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