10 lost hours – my Thinkpad

I needed a new machine at work and wanted to try something else than HP this time. Checking out the specs of the Lenovo Thinkpad T400 convinced me to go for it, it looked like an OK machine for my type of work. It came with Vista, it made me hesitate a bit but I was willing to try – I thought hey if all failes I can upgrade to XP, since it came with a free convertion cd.

It all started out well at the office, I connected it to the dock and started to set it up. Installed my software, configured it and started using it. Suddenly when Vista asked for admin rights and the screen started to flicker it crashed. Blue screen of death. How fun. Then it all began.

I rebooted and ran the Lenovo update, no updates.. I checked out their forum and saw that others were having the same problem and that they were working on it so I thought I should give it a chance.

When I came home I set it up on my private wlan, that worked well. I installed my Nokia Communication software to transfer my photos via bluetooth, it started and began transfering the images. But then I lost connection to the wlan.

I right-clicked to repair but it didn’t help. I disabled the wlan then tried again without success. When the bluetooth transfer were complete I used the hardware switch to turn off all radios on the machine, then on again. There was my wlan! My first thought was that the bluetooth interfered with the wlan but I couldn’t believe that – we’re in 2008 right!? I tested, activated bluetooth and there my wlan went offline again.

Ok, so I can’t use bluetooth at the same time. Then I noticed that after each 15th minute I lost contact with the wlan, the blue circle disappeard over the tiny monitors. I waited 5-6 seconds then it came online again. I shut down the PC and went to bed, lets just say that I was disappointed.

The next day at the office I tried using wlan, the same thing happened there. After 15 minutes it lost contact with the wlan, the blue circle disappeard and then after 5-6 seconds it came back.

I checked the settings, disabled the n-protocol, tcp/ip v6 and rebooted. Same problem.

Later I noticed that the Lenovo connection manager had a copy of my wlan settings, it seemed like the connection manager and the native Vista connection manager were quarreling. They both wanted control of the connections! I tried to uninstall the connection manager but then it all became a mess, I lost other things as well and it didn’t want to connect to anything longer.

I ran recovery and set back the time.

Then I deleted the wlan profile in Lenovo Connection manager, it seemed to help a bit but it was still unstable.

The day after I ran the Lenovo update again, it had a bunch of updates. Awesome I thought and started to download and install them. Rebooted and started to test. It seems that they solved the blue screen of death when Vista flickers the screen but the wlan was not fixed. Except… Now I could use bluetooth and wlan at the same time.

Something else is weird too, when I try to burn or copy files it take ages. I was making a backup of my files and noticed that it was down to 1,5MB per second, I tried to copy to several location, same speed everywhere.

Then I decided… bye bye Vista on a Thinkpad T400. Now I have booted with the Windows XP recovery cd, it is still working on something but I don’t know what. Its been 3 hours since I started it.

Why can’t they do anything right?

I checked out more of the Lenovo forum now and found out that I am not alone, several others have the same problems at me.

I will never again choose a PC without checking out the forums. I would never choose the T400 if I saw what was going on.

Links:
Swedish article about this series
Norwegian article about its sister

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Øyvind Lasse Høysæter

Born in 1971, fell in love with computing in 1983 because of Sinclair's masterpieces. Continued on the magic surrounding the C64, Amiga and moved to the PC world in 1990. Loves science fiction, programming, astronomy, my family and my job. (developer) :)

10 Responses

  1. I am so ignorant in these matters. I call my son, who knows much more than me and ask him to make my choices. All things computer must be idiot proof in my world.

  2. oyvind says:

    Debbie I have much to learn from you, the first thing I should have done is to return the PC – not trying to fix it myself. I never learn..

    It is comforting though to see that many struggle with the same problem as me on this model. Kind of rude to say but…

  3. Margaret says:

    Gosh what a nightmare!

    I purchased a Toshiba Satellite in March which came with Vista (which I upgraded to Ultimate) and have enjoyed the power and versatility of this unit ever since. It’s the first non Dell or HP computer I’ve ever owned and I must say I’m impressed with it.

    I do have an issue with it dropping my wlan signal at home after a period of operation, but it keeps it fine here at work, so think that has more to do with the router I’m using at home than with the computer itself.

    I’ve had virtually no compatibility issues with Vista which I think was one of the main arguments people had against it when it first came out, but so many have upgraded their drivers to work with Vista now, it’s not as much of an issue. I seem to remember issues with XP when it first came out as well, so think that might be the nature of the beast.

    I am having trouble with VPN software. The VPN we use at work is supposed to work with Vista, but it’s an uneasy partnership at best. I find my Outlook crashes and some of my other Microsoft software throws up errors after awhile working through the VPN. I’ve discovered a few work-arounds for the more aggravating issues, so am able to telecommute with only minor inconveniences.

    I do hope you get your issues resolved! It’s a real pain to not be able to do your work!

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  4. oyvind says:

    Thanks Margaret, yeah its a real pain. I am so happy I chose to have the XP option when I ordered it. The installation is finished in a moment now I think.

    I had issues with Cisco VPN on Vista, it was difficult to find a version that wouldn’t crash me. Lots of our customers use Cisco so we’re kind of forced to use it.

    My Outlook 2007 crashed as well, but the latest service pack help me.

  5. Shon says:

    Hey Oyvind,

    You should get a macbook…

    Ive got one and never looked back…no more virus(for now) and now more blue screens of death…

    And you can install XP!!

    You can get the old macbooks for a good price since they came out with the new ones…

  6. oyvind says:

    For the home I would love an iMac, with a huge monitor. 🙂

  7. Liljefot says:

    Så artig at du har både engelsk og norsk-skrivende blogg! Og jeg er visst den eneste som skriver på norsk…! 😯

    Dette ble litt utenom-snakk, men hvordan har du ordnet deg med begge språk? Oversetter du selv, eller er det maskinen din som gjør det?

    Utrolig hvor mye data du kan. Og at mac ser ut til å være den beste maskinen du kan få for pengene i motsetning til en vanlig pc. Tror jeg skal satse på det samme selv neste gang.

    Takk for kommentarer på bloggen min, artig med nye lesere 😀

  8. oyvind says:

    Hei Liljefot 🙂 Jeg skriver manuelt på engelsk og norsk, bruker en plugin som heter JLanguage som finner ut om besøkende er norsk eller ikke. Så viser den riktig språk. Engelsken min er så som så men jeg ser på det som god trening.

    Det er ganske tungt av og til om jeg har skrevet en lang post men jeg liker å ta del i utenlandske blog-miljøer og da er det moro å ha mulighet til å være i slike samtidig som jeg er i norske. Jeg tror faktisk jeg har flere engelskspråklige lesere enn norske. 🙂

  9. Liljefot says:

    Dette blir litt utenomsnakk igjen, men hvis ikke du liker det, så må du gjerne slette kommentaren min. Siden du kan så utrolig mye data, tror du at du kan fortelle meg om jeg har mulighet til å forandre på designet mitt inne på min egen blogg?

    Du lærte meg jo hvordan man skulle lage sånn kontaktskjema, og det har jeg visst glemt å takke deg for. Så tusen takk, snille Øyvind! 😀

    Jeg vil gjerne beholde selve formen på bloggen min, men tenkte å skifte den blå bakgrunnen med noe ferskengult eller oransje. Liker lyse, trivelige farger, det er nok mest derfor. Og for at leserne skal føle seg velkomne enda mer 😉

    Og hvis det går an å skifte fonten med litt kalligrafisk-font, så ville jeg blitt enda gladere:) Men hvis jeg må kjøpe meg mitt eget domene for å få det til, så får jeg vel heller vente.

    Tror jeg skal lese mer her snart. Mange fine blogger der ute, men ikke alltid jeg får tid til å lese alt! Bare akkurat de nyeste postene.

    Ha en fin søndag 😀

  10. Phoenix Air Conditioning Repair says:

    What a bummer that you had to deal with all these problems on a new computer. I wouldn’t have put up with it. I would have called and complained until I was blue in the face. Hopefully everything gets worked our for you.

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