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 Post subject: Problem restoring X32
PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:00 am 
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Location: Middlesex, Vermont USA
Model 2672 A43
No recovery partition, no recovery disks

Used an OEM XP disk to get things going, but I have no Ethernet or wireless, thus cannot got to Lenovo for needed updates (or get online at all!)

I have downloaded the drivers (even got the Ethernet from Intel), on my T43, extracted them on to a USB jump drive and can see that they are there and ready to go, when viewed on the T43.

When I put the drive into the x32 the drivers do not show in Windows Explorer; I have also tried burning them to a CD, same result.

In Device Manager I have the Yellow Exclamations next to:
Ethernet Controller
Multimedia Audio Controller
Network Controller
PCI Modem
Unknown device
Video Controllers

Every time I boot it I am interrupted by the "Found New Hardware Wizard" but when I go to the CD or USB drive, I come up empty handed!

I then booted to a Live CD of Ubuntu 10.4 and this quickly finds the wireless card and gets me on line. When in Ubuntu if I browse to the USB jump drive, the drivers are visible but if I try to open them I get a long error message (I assume that is no surpirse, trying to open an XP driver in Ubuntu) that says, in part:

Archive: /media/8658-2213/PROWin32.exe
End-of-central-directory signature not found. Either this file is not
a zipfile, or it constitutes one disk of a multi-part archive. In the
latter case the central directory and zipfile comment will be found on
the last disk(s) of this archive.
note: /media/8658-2213/PROWin32.exe may be a plain executable, not an archive
zipinfo: cannot find zipfile directory in one of /media/8658-2213/PROWin32.exe or
/media/8658-2213/, and cannot find /media/8658-2213/PROWin32.exe.ZIP, period.

An irony as this X32 was a Ubuntu only machine that I was re-loading XP onto in order to make it useful to a sister in need, but now I am the one in need.


T23, X32 (2672-A43), T43 (2687D4U)

PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:16 am 
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Here is something to try...While booted with Ubuntu, copy the ethernet driver to a folder you will be able to locate later on the hard drive. Or, download the file to a location on the hard drive you can find. Then boot into Windows, execute the ethernet exe, which will extract the file to C:/Drivers...then either run the setup script from that folder or point the Windows installer to the folder (I don't remem ber which). That should get the ethernet driver installed so you can use System Update 3.14 to get the other drivers installed.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:53 am 

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Hi, what mini-PCI wireless card do you have installed in your x32? I would assume it is the Intel WM3B2100? If so, try downloading the Intel Pro/Wireless 2100 driver/utility program for XP Pro from the Intel website here: ... 2&lang=eng

Use your T43 to download it to a USB flash drive or burn it to CD. Pop it into your X32 and run it. It [should be] a self-extracting/self-executing program and will do the rest. You won't have to hunt around for folders or bother with Windows Found New Hardware wizard. Networks should pop right up. Once you get your wireless network detected you can go online and download the rest of your drivers via Windows update and the Lenovo website. Read this discussion also: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=97276

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:29 am 
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Joined: Thu Dec 01, 2005 8:16 pm
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Location: Middlesex, Vermont USA
THANK YOU, Neil!!!

That was the suggestion that got me on track, hours later (needing to update Explorer, add 2.0 NET, etc.) I am humming along.

For some reason the x32 would not see the files when I tried to access them either on a USB jump drive or a CD.

T23, X32 (2672-A43), T43 (2687D4U)

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