Saturday, February 12, 2011

How to Enable 3G SIM CARD in Lenovo...

Once home, my setup began. I upgraded my RAM to 2GB and my Windows 7 from Starter edition to Home Premium. After everything is done, I got my unlocked Sierra Wireless MC8775 (HP HS2300) 3G modem. This by far is the easiest 3G install I've ever done. Surprisingly, the BIOS is not locked to specific hardware (no white list) so no need to hack it just to use the mini pci-e slot on a third party modules. And looking at the boot setup in the BIOS, it has an option to boot from SSD besides HDD, USB CD-ROM, SD Card Reader, and USB HDD. It means you can probably install a mini pci-e based SSD and have a HYBRID setup! Install your windows on the faster mini pci-e SSD and use the whole HDD as a storage device. However, in my case, I'd rather replace the HDD with an SSD so I can still use the mini pci-e slot for 3G purposes.

Here are some pics on how I installed a 3G modem on my newly-bought S10-3.

Loosening the 4 screws to open the back panel door. The screws are held in place in the panel cover by a washer. Make sure the battery is removed and the A.C. is not plugged in.


Cover removed to reveal the mini pci-e. The antenna is color coded unlike the one in the S10-3T. Red is MAIN and Blue is AUX. Memory has already been upgraded to 2GB too. 

A close up look at the mini pci-e slot. The slot didn't come with the screw that will hold the 3G modem in place so we're going to use the HDD screw adjacent to it. No need to worry as the HDD still has another screw to hold it in place.


Insert the module in a 45 degree angle. I inserted the screw already for easy mounting.


Tightening the screw. Just enough torque is applied to avoid a loose thread. Encircled in red is the SIM card already inserted in the slot.

Since the Sierra Wireless modem only has one antenna connector, just use the red colored cable and leave the plastic tube cover on the blue cable to avoid short circuit. Connecting the antenna is a bit tricky so take your time and wait until it snaps into place. Then while holding and pushing down the metal part, rotate the cable and slip it at the side for a clean look.

Here is how it looks like after the installation. The excess red antenna cable is cleanly routed at the side. The encircled part is where the screw that I used to hold the modem used to be.

After putting back the cover and the battery, boot the netbook normally. On some instances, windows would detect the modem and try installing a driver and then show that the driver is not installed successfully. Most of the time, it will not detect the modem right away. If that is the case, presss Fn-F5 to show the Lenovo Wireless Device Settings window. You will then see the 3G switch at the bottom. Click the circle beside the ON to enable the modem.
Once enabled, you will see the 3G symbol brights up. Windows will then see the modem and try to install the driver automatically. It will fail bacause for some reason the HP driver has to be installed manually.

Go to the Device Manager settings and you will see the unknown devices. Starting from the bottom (last serial port), right-click on it and select Update Driver Software. Then select "Browse My computer for driver software"and point it to the folder where the drivers are located. Once installed, repeat the process on the other devices going up.

Here is how it looks like after all the 3G modem drivers are installed.

Last step is just installing the Sierra Wireless 3G Watcher connection manager. After installation, run it and it will detect your SIM. Just check your profile settings and connect. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor Technology

New Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor Technology Brings 'HD-to-Go';Adds Security and Manageability Features, Boosts Speed, Battery Lifeand Wireless Range

Intel Corporation unveiled its Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor Technology products for laptops today, powered by five new Intel® Core™2 Duo processors. Close to 250 innovative consumer and business notebook PC designs are on the way, including those equipped with the right combination of powerful processors, graphics and battery life to enjoy viewing stunning high definition videos and myriad other computer and Internet activities

Intel also introduced the world's highest-performing dual-core mobile processor, the Intel® Core™2 Extreme processor running at a brisk 3.06 GHz, as measured by SPECint*_rate_base2006, an industry benchmark (www.spec.org)

Formerly codenamed Montevina, Intel Centrino 2 processor technology and Intel® Centrino® 2 with vPro™ Technology improve upon every facet of a laptop's main features, including performance and battery life via new processors and chipsets, faster draft 802.11n wireless (with WiMAX arriving later this year), and new business-class manageability capabilities.

Intel is introducing five dual core processors based on Intel's reinvented transistors (high-k metal gate formula) and advanced 45-nanometer manufacturing process. These processors come with a faster 1066MHz front side bus and up to 6MB of L2 cache, and three versions reduce laptop processor wattage about 30 percent, down to just 25 watts. Also featured is Deep Power Down Technology that turns off processing components such as core clocks and cache memory when the laptop is idle for greater energy savings.
more on Intel® Centrino® 2 with vPro™ Technology.....

Saturday, January 31, 2009

IdeaPad Y730 for gamers.



Ultimate gaming machine...

Introducing the Lenovo IdeaPad Y730 notebook. Designed to deliver the cutting edge technology you crave.
We're talking about spacious 17" widescreen displays, extreme processing, vivid audio and numerous special design features. Revel in 3D gaming at its most outrageous. And it's perfectly portable for on-the-go or at home.


Lightning-fast...

And now, the latest Y730 notebook has power to spare thanks to the new Intel® Core™2 Extreme processor and 4GB RAM. And it includes preloaded Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium from Microsoft®, to keep your system running smoothly.

The new IdeaPad Y730 also features a secondary hard drive that can be easily hot-swapped and used in other systems via slot or cable.

Mind-blowing graphics...

Avid gamers know that high-end graphics are critical to a great gaming experience. The newest IdeaPad Y730 features ATI Mobility Radeon HD – one of the fiercest graphics processors out there today. And a high-resolution 17.0 inch WUXGA TFT Vibrant View panel ensures you a vivid, life-like display.

Thundering audio...

Get amazing, theater-style surround sound thanks to Dolby® Home Theater™ premium audio. And so you can really get into it, the Y730 is fully equipped with five speakers (including a sub-woofer).

Special gaming features...
Lenovo is the front runner in exceptional engineering and mobile PC design. A nd, they sure know their way around a keyboard. Combine that notebook know-how with global engineering excellence, and you've got the ultimate portable gaming machine in your hands. That's why you'll love the many special gaming features and enhanced controls in our latest IdeaPad Y730.
GameZone
Located beside the keyboard, GameZone provides enlarged directional buttons for fast-fingered game play. There are even three user-defined keys that can be programmed as shortcuts.
Secondary display
Part of the GameZone interface, the secondary display allows you to monitor system settings and status - even get incoming e-mail alerts. This lets you dedicate the entire notebook display for gaming.
Multimedia Control Center
A special Turbo key (also part of the GameZone interface) enables CPU over-clocking to give you maximum processing power when you need it. There's also a Quiet mode that can temporarily reduce performance to save energy and battery power. The Y730 also features a Shuttle Key that serves as your volume control and helps you switch between equalizer and playback functions.
Full-size keyboard
Full-sized keys and keyboard allow for the ultimate gaming experience and plenty of room so you can really get into the game.

ThinkPad W700ds mobile workstation.

Dual-screen productivity wherever you go...
The ThinkPad W700ds offers you all the power and functionality of a stationary workstation, fitted inside a sleek mobile PC package. Slide out the supplementary 10.6” display for enhanced dual-screen productivity and an even more desktop-like experience, wherever you go. Take your W700ds with you and watch your ideas come to life – anytime, anywhere. Because with a ThinkPad W700ds at your side, the world is your workstation.


W700ds key features:
Mobile multitasking made easy...
The ThinkPad W700ds features a second, retractable 10.6® screen that expands the display area by 39 percent. Dual-screen functionality enables users to work in multiple applications simultaneously without switching views or compromising their workspace. Enhance your productivity and enjoy a more desktop-like computing experience with the dual-screen W700ds mobile workstation.

Ultimate graphics experience...

  • NVIDIA® Quadro FX® based graphics solution for optimized visual computing application performance.
  • OpenGL with up to 1GB of dedicated video memory enables graphics-intensive applications.
  • High-resolution, premium WSXGA+ or WUXGA panels provide a superior viewing experience.
  • Dual-link DVI uses next-generation DisplayPort technology to provide clearer, crisper images and a larger viewing area.
Integrated color calibration...
An industry exclusive, the ThinkPad W700ds offers a built-in X-Rite® color calibrator, providing you with greater image accuracy, precise PANTONE® color matching, and a consistently true display. Located on the keyboard just above the digitizer, the calibrator automatically adjusts the display’s color in half the time of many external calibrators, offering you the most accurate, true-to-life images in an integrated package.

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