Please help...Lenovo T61...I should have stuck with Toshiba

By nikki ·
Unfortunately I bought a Lenovo T61 because I needed a second laptop. I love my Toshiba, but decided to buy a Lenovo because I read such glowing reviews. I hate I got it with Linux instead of Windows which I've never used. When I first used it, I didn't want to put in a password but it made me (it has the fingerprint reader but the $1,000 computer doesn't come with a manual so I had a hard time figuring out anything). I thought I just used a one letter user name & password but after I let the thing sit there for a month or two without touching it, I have tried every password I can thing of and cannot get in. I'm not even sure what my user name is. I thought it was N. It does have "N" to the left of the login screen where it has Username:_______. Does this mean it's my user name or do all Lenovo's have an N there? This computer is driving me nuts. I wish I could take it to Discount Tire and pitch it through the window.

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Ignore a lappy with disregard and disrespect ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Please help...Lenovo T61. ...

What do you expect back ?

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Why not just add Windows on it insteed?.

You can add any system you want, you do not have to be tied to one Os.

Please post back if you have anymore problems or questions.

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I was going to switch to Windows

by nikki In reply to Why not just add Windows ...

but I have to login to do so, right?

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Wrong - unless you're talking about a Boot Password ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to I was going to switch to ...

In which case you're snookered.

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Well I've read the answers and I'm confused

by OH Smeg In reply to Please help...Lenovo T61. ...

If you just want to **** away the version of whatever Linux came installed on this computer you don't need to log into Linux to wipe the HDD.

You enter the BIOS set the Boot Order to Optical Drive then HDD and insert a Boot CD into the Optical Drive and boot the computer. However if you wish to change the OS you need to wipe the HDD first as Linux by default installs 3 Partitions for better security unlike Windows that just throws everything in together on the OS partition. So you need something like Boot & Nuke to wipe the HDD here and that is available free here

When it comes to the Password Linux by default well most of them at least require you to enter a User Name and Password and Linux is Case Sensitive unlike Windows where you can just throw anything at the OS as a password and it is accepted. If you entered the password in different cases you need to enter it the same way to open the OS. It's also not possible to have the same password as the Users Name. Not sure which version of Linux you have loaded here so it's hard to offer any more advice other than reenter the password exactly as you originally entered it and it will open. If you where silly enough not to copy down the password and then left the computer alone for months you are getting exactly what you deserve and this would happen with any OS that was installed. Doesn't matter if it's Linux or Windows if you don't know the password the OS fails to open which is exactly what a Password is in place for. The only difference here is that Windows allows you not to use a Password so that anyone can access your Data when they steal your NB. Linux requires a Password to attempt to secure your Data so that most people are unable to access your Data when they steal your NB. Maybe you don;'t consider this important but you have to remember it's your Bank Account that will be emptied not mine so you basically get rewarded for what you do here. If you correctly setup the Password though you should just need to select the User Account and then place the same finger on the Scanner to open the OS.

Of course this fails if you lost the finger since you originally setup the computer but this isn't overly common most times and then you have the out of entering the correct password to get back in to add a different finger tot he Biometric Data Base.

I'm assuming that you purchased a NB with Linux on it because it was cheaper than the same model with Windows so you have got exactly what you have paid for a Secure System that actually works and if you want to persist with Windows you will have very little security on otherwise excellent hardware and when it gets stolen your Data and all your Records will be wide open to whoever chose to look. Then if you do any On Line Banking all your Financial Records will be freely available to the thief who will not hesitate to help them self to your money.

With Windows it's not a case of you get what you pay for it's a case of pay for this and get the most expensive Virus on the face of the planet that is sold as a OS.

As you failed to give a complete Model Number I can not point you to the Lenovo Drivers only part way to the Available drivers where you need to enter the full Model Number and the version of the OS you want to use that is here

Lenovo should only have Windows Drivers Listed because there are no special drivers required by most versions of Linux.


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Please help...Lenovo T61...I should have stuck with Toshiba

by rAllcorn In reply to Please help...Lenovo T61. ...

Your LENOVO is an "excellent" machine ...
The problems you are having are with the operator and his lack of experience in the OS that he selected. However, you can do a re-install of the latest version of LINUX on it and get back wonderful, user-friendly results ...

Get to another machine where you can burn a CD and go to:
Click on GET IT and then choose the NETWORK INSTALL option.
It will download what is called an 'eye-soh' image (.iso) that you can then use to create a "BOOT CD" following the instructions on that same page at the bottom.

Once you've created this CD, boot your notebook on it. It will boot up and offer to INSTALL the very latest OpenSUSE 11.4. Choose to install it. You will need to make sure you have a network cable connected to the notebook, or you are near a wireless access point (WAP). The software is "FREE" and it will install onto your system right from the Internet. I just upgraded mine from Windows XP Professional to this and it is fantastic! It works faster, cleaner, and has all of these wonderful "options" you can download/install using the SOFTWARE installation/update utility.

This OS is wonderful ... and you will have a new appreciation for your IBM/Lenovo T61 Notebook PC.

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