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IBM Thinkpad under Vista- some driver issues


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#1 g52ultra

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Posted 08 August 2005 - 11:53 PM

anybody got any idea what the driver is for using the IBM volume up/down buttons under Vista? It's a G40 model that has the IBM up/down/mute buttons.

I've downloaded drivers off of IBM's website, but most of the you can't install under Vista. You have to go into hardware drivers under System and seek them out. Despite this, although I have updated the Audio drivers, I still can't get the IBM's desktop volume up/down key to work.

Any thoughts? Flames?

Edited by g52ultra, 09 August 2005 - 09:10 PM.

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Posted 09 August 2005 - 11:04 AM

You were able to find vista audio/video drivers for the G40 ? Or were they already bundled into Vista?

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Posted 09 August 2005 - 08:58 PM

as it turns out i got the hotkeys working for the volume control..

I did all the updates before I loaded Vista (while on XP Pro) and copied the updates (C:\Drivers) onto a backup drive.

This is what I got happening:

1. Soundmax audio driver. Will not load using the IBM installer. Gotta pick it out of the directory using System Devices (Vista will default load an Intel Driver)
2. On screen menus and hot keys for volume control and eject CD. Used IBM's generic On Screen Configurator exec file. Worked like a charm
3. Can't update Video or graphics accelerator. Not sure if I need to, but I did notice that when using IE7 on IBM's website, you cant read the graphics! As a sidenote I did load Firefox 1.0.6 and it displayed them fine.
4. Belkin wireless card. It'll allows you to load the program, but it doesn't seem to "hook" the driver. Gotta go into System Devices and pick it off the CD. Worked fine thereafter.
5. MS Activesync 3.8 for my HP IPAQ PDA. Cinch.
6. IBM power management and driver. Not sure if I really need it though.
7. Couldn't help but notice that I was able to write to a DVD RAM drive without any writing software. Good thing, cos Pinnacle Instant CD/DVD 8 crashed Vista hard.
8. McAfee 2004 or 2005 will not load.

I'm gonna be throwing lots more at it later
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Posted 09 August 2005 - 09:09 PM

I ran the Vista Drivers utility and it said "no drivers available"

I copied new drivers and installed them (all IBM's drivers are in executables) into a Directory and them backed up the directory onto a DVDRAM disc. That's what I used to get what I have right now. Fortunately, the ones I needed the most worked. Some of the IBM installer programs wont work, but in the case of the soundmax audio driver I was able to find it using the device menu.

Same with the Belkin wireless card. I know I'm repeating myself from my previous post, but I'm doing it to emphasize a point:

I suspect as I move on to loading more things, that a lot of installers will not work in this early Vista stage (duh). Doesn't necessarily mean, however, that you cannot get the device to work. You'll just have to and pick ot the drivers manually in Sys Devices.
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Posted 09 August 2005 - 10:30 PM

I agree...manually installing the drivers seems to "possibly" work in certain situations. For example some creative cards can get some sound out by manually extracting the drivers and doing a manual install of them rather than using the setup utility.

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Posted 10 August 2005 - 01:26 AM

I agree...manually installing the drivers seems to "possibly" work in certain situations.  For example some creative cards can get some sound out by manually extracting the drivers and doing a manual install of them rather than using the setup utility.

yep, been through that. I was running one of the original Audigy cards when I "migrated" to SP2 on my desktop ( I now have an Augigy 2, which loaded the OEM drivers just fine straight off the CD). Couldn't load that Creative Labs stuff worth a durn. Even their updates. These guys are horrible for driver support and their tech support is even worse.

Edited by g52ultra, 10 August 2005 - 01:26 AM.

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Posted 10 August 2005 - 10:07 PM

Yeah ive been searching high and low for information on a vista beta driver for creative cards. There are a bunch of posts on their forum but no official response as of yet.

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Posted 15 August 2005 - 08:06 PM

are you using an audigy 2?

I got an Audigy 2 to load right from the software onto a Windows 2003 Enterprise Server OS, with full functions and remote control.

Only thing is that you have to disable DVD Audio when loading the software.. it's cause the server OS to crash for some reason.

The original SB card that was in the server computer would not work at all no matter what update I tried. It's pretty horrible to navigate through the Creative Labs website, too.
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