ThinkPad T61p

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  • Laptop Specs 2008 - 2009

    For Fall 2008, the selected laptop computer is the Thinkpad T61p with the following specifications, at a cost of $1,950 for the complete Mobile Computing Package:

    laptop

    Hardware

    Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 processor at 2.5 GHz
       (6 MB L2 cache, 800 MHz FSB, 64-bit CPU)
    3GB RAM
    15.4” WSXGA+ (1680x1050) TFT display
    160GB 7200RPM hard drive
    256MB NVIDIA Quadro FX 570M graphic processing unit
    CD writer/DVD writer (dual layer)
    10/100/1000 on-board Ethernet and 56K modem
    802.11a/b/g/n integrated wireless
    Ports: 3 USB 2.0, Docking/Port Replicator, External Display,
       Headphone / Line out, Microphone / Line in
    PC Card Slot, ExpressCard Slot, Media Card Slot
    UltraNav (touch pad/TrackPoint) pointing device
    Fingerprint Reader
    Bluetooth
    Firewire (IEEE 1394)
    9-cell Lithium-ion battery (one-year warranty)

    Four-year manufacturer's warranty
    Four-year ThinkPad Protection (accidental damage)

    Pre-Installed Software*

    Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit)
    Microsoft Office Pro 2007

    Maplesoft Maple - symbolic algebra program
    MathWorks MATLAB
    National Instruments LabVIEW
    NX5 (Unigraphics) - CAD package
    MapInfo Professional
    Bentley Microstation
    Adobe Premiere Elements
    Adobe Photoshop Elements
    Adobe Acrobat Pro
    Symantec anti-virus software suite
    and more!

    * The software is pre-installed on the laptop computer. Right-to-use licenses are included but installation media, such as CDs, and manuals are not.

    backpack

    Also included:

    • Laptop security cable with lock
    • Ethernet cable
    • Kelty laptop carrying case (padded backpack shown above)
    • iClicker personal response unit

     

  • Checklists & Basics

  • Using Rescue and Recovery

    Follow the steps below to restore your T61p to its "out-of-the-box" state.

    Note: This will erase everything from your hard drive.

    When Rescue and Recovery is complete, you will need to configure your laptop following the steps in the configuration checklist at http://www.rpi.edu/dept/hd/forms/laptops/T61pConfigChecklist.pdf.

    Your laptop must be plugged in to a wall outlet and not on battery power. The entire process will take about one hour.

    1. Shut down and power off the laptop.
    2. Power on the laptop. When the ThinkPad logo appears, press the blue ThinkVantage button and wait. The Rescue and Recovery 4 logo appears. Wait.
      Note: Sometimes after pressing the blue ThinkVantage button, the laptop will boot into the Startup Interrupt Menu . Choose F11 to get back to Rescue and Recovery.
    3. When the System Services starting window appears, you can choose to view the license agreement. Click Continue.
    4. The Simplified Interface appears - Welcome to ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery. At this time, you need to use the Advanced Interface. On the bottom left, select Launch Advanced Rescue and Recovery.
    5. In the left panel, under Rescue and Recovery, select Restore your system. (From this window, you can also perform other operations to repair your machine, such as access the BIOS and download files.)
    6. In the Step 1: window, select the first option Restore my entire hard drive, including all personal data and settings from a backup. Click Next. (If you’ve used Rescue and Recovery to create your own backup, you have other options at this point.)
    7. In the Step 2: window, under Local Hard Drive, select Sysprep Base Backup. Click Next.
    8. In the Step 3: window, select I do not want to save any files. Click Next.
    9. You will skip to Step 6: Restore your system. Select Do not preserve My Windows User ID and password. Click Next.
    10. Click OK – A progress bar appears. The entire process should take about one hour. Do not power off during this process. When it is complete, it leaves you back at the License Terms Window of the initial Windows configuration process.

     

  • Critical Software Updates - T61p

    NOTE: Make sure you are connected to the network before doing any of the updates described below.

    1. Virus Updates
    Computer viruses pose a constant threat to the security and safety of the data stored on your laptop, and it is your responsibility to keep your laptop virus-free. The Symantec AntiVirus package has been installed on your laptop. You need to keep it up-to-date to provide the protection for which it has been designed. Symantec continually publishes updates to the virus signature databases used to detect or clean a new virus, should it find its way to your system.

    The default configuration is set to automatically update the virus signature database daily provided your laptop is connected to the network.

    If you disable this setting, you must follow the steps below at least once a week.

    1. Either right-click the shield on the quick-launch toolbar (bottom right of your screen) and select Open Symantec AntiVirus... or left-click on the Start menu (Windows icon,) select All Programs, scroll to and left click on Symantec Client Security, and then left click on Symantec AntiVirus.
    2. In the window that appears, click the LiveUpdate… button.
    3. A LiveUpdate window appears. Click the Next button to begin downloading the anti-virus software files.
    4. When the downloading is finished, click the Finish button. Wait for the update process to complete.
    5. Finally, click Exit to close Symantec AntiVirus.

    2. Automatic Windows and Office Updates

    Microsoft periodically issues updates for Windows and Microsoft Office. Some of these updates increase the security of your computer. Other updates fix bugs, improve performance, and add functionality.

    Windows Vista recognizes when you are on line and searches for these high priority Windows updates from the Microsoft Update web site. They will be installed automatically.

    The first time you run a Microsoft Office produce, you will be asked if you want to enable automatic updates for Office. We suggest you do this.

    Periodically, we suggest you check for non-critical updates which can improve the performance of your system, update drivers, etc. You can find them by going to the Start menu and selecting Start -> All Programs -> Windows Update.

    3. Windows Defender Updates

    At the recommendation of Symantec, Windows Defender has been disabled because Symantec now provides similar functionality. However, Windows Updates will still continue to keep Windows Defender current on your laptop.

     

  • Protecting Your Personal Files and Laptop Software

    There are two aspects to protecting your entire laptop system - the laptop image (including the operating system and software) and your personal files.

    It is recommended that you regularly backup your system (monthly or quarterly) and especially before a big change such as a Microsoft Service Pack.

    Your personal files should be backed up weekly.

    Using ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery™, you can

    Options to Backup Your Personal Files
    Set a Restore Point

    Backup Your Laptop - Using ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery™

    Note: Before you begin this process, plug in your AC adaptor!

    To backup your machine,

    • Left-click on Start. Scroll up to All Programs then ThinkVantage. Select Rescue and Recovery. The Rescue and Recovery window will appear.
    • Left-click on Launch Advanced Rescue and Recovery. Select Backup your hard drive. When the Create a backup window appears, enter a Name for your backup. Left-click OK.
    • A “Do not power off during this process!” warning dialog window will appear. Left click OK to proceed. The backup process will begin and a progress window will appear. Wait until the backup is complete.

    Restore Selected Files - Using ThinkVantage Rescue & Recovery™

    Note: Before you begin this process, plug in your AC adaptor!

    You can restore selected file from your backups.

    • Left-click on Start. Scroll up to All Programs then ThinkVantage. Select Rescue and Recovery. The Rescue and Recovery window will appear.
    • Left click on Launch advanced Rescue and Recovery. Select Restore your system from a backup. In the Restore your system window, select Restore my entire hard drive, including all personal data and settings from a backup. Click Next.
    • Select the backup to restore from. Click on Next.
    • Select the save file option you'd like to run before the restore.
    • In the Restore your system window, select Preserve my Windows(R) User ID and password: Continue using your current Windows User ID and password following this restore option. Click Next.
    • A “Do not power off during this process!” warning dialog window will appear. Left-click Continue to proceed.

    Restore Your Laptop - Using ThinkVantage Rescue & Recovery™

    Should your machine ever suffer from irrecoverable system errors that cannot be repaired by normal means, you now have the ability to restore your laptop to its "RPI as-shipped" image (named Sysprep Base Backup) or to one of your backup images.

    REMEMBER, RESTORING YOUR MACHINE TO THE “SysPrep” STATE WILL ALSO DELETE ALL YOUR PERSONAL FILES FROM YOUR MACHINE!! This is an excellent reason to make sure you back up your files regularly by using one of the methods listed under "Options to Backup Your Personal Files" below .

    Follow the steps below to restore your T61p to its "out-of-the-box" state. Before you begin this process, plug in your AC adaptor! The entire process will take about one hour.

    Note: This will erase everything from your hard drive.

    When Rescue and Recovery is complete, you will need to configure your laptop following the steps in the configuration checklist at http://www.rpi.edu/dept/hd/forms/laptops/T61pConfigChecklist.pdf.

    • Shut down and power off the laptop.
    • Power on the laptop. When the ThinkPad logo appears, press the blue ThinkVantage button and wait. The Rescue and Recovery 4 logo appears. Wait.
      Note: Sometimes after pressing the blue ThinkVantage button, the laptop will boot into the Startup Interrupt Menu . Choose F11 to get back to Rescue and Recovery.
    • When the System Services starting window appears, you can choose to view the license agreement. Click Continue.
    • The Simplified Interface appears - Welcome to ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery. At this time, you need to use the Advanced Interface. On the bottom left, select Launch Advanced Rescue and Recovery.
    • In the left panel, under Rescue and Recovery, select Restore your system. (From this window, you can also perform other operations to repair your machine, such as access the BIOS and download files.)
    • In the Step 1: window, select the first option Restore my entire hard drive, including all personal data and settings from a backup. Click Next. (If you’ve used Rescue and Recovery to create your own backup, you have other options at this point.)
    • In the Step 2: window, under Local Hard Drive, select Sysprep Base Backup. Click Next.
    • In the Step 3: window, select I do not want to save any files. Click Next.
    • You will skip to Step 6: Restore your system. Select Do not preserve My Windows User ID and password. Click Next.
    • Click OK – A progress bar appears. The entire process should take about one hour. Do not power off during this process. When it is complete, it leaves you back at the License Terms Window of the initial Windows configuration process.

    Options to Backup Your Personal Files

    Using DVD/CD-RW Drives
    The ThinkPad T43 comes with a combo DVD/CD writer . You may purchase writeable DVDs or CDs at the Campus Computer Store, located on the main floor of the Voorhees Computing Center. The most convenient way to use a writeable DVD or CD for backup is to simply copy files from your hard disk to the DVD or CD. IBM Rescue and Recovery™ and the Windows Backup program can write to a writeable DVD or CD, but to back up the entire hard drive will require multiple DVDs and even more CDs (by a factor of 5).

    Using USB Hard Drives Drives
    A large capacity external USB hard drive is a convenient way to backup files. You can use an external USB hard drive with IBM Rescue and Recovery™, the Windows Backup program, or simply copy files to the external USB hard drive. One advantage of a USB hard drive is that it can be used with other computers in addition to your laptop.

    Using the EZ-Snapshot Backup Service
    Although the EZ-Snapshot utility, which provides file backup service exclusively to the members of the Rensselaer community, has been pre-installed on your laptop, you must still register for the service before you can use it. Students are entitled to as much as 8GB of compressed storage a year free-of-charge. We strongly recommend that you apply for, and take advantage of, this important backup service.

    You may find more information about the EZ-Snapshot service on-line at URL http://www.rpi.edu/web/ezsnap/. This page provides links to the printable forms, which are available in PDF format and can be completed on-line, then printed for signature and date.
    Return your completed registration form to the VCC Help Desk. If you would like more information on the EZ-Snapshot service, have specific questions, or wish to report a problem, you may contact the support staff by directing electronic mail to ezsnap-support@rpi.edu.

    Memory Keys
    Portable storage the size of your thumb! A Memory Key is designed as a portable compact flash memory device which allows you to exchange information between systems via a functional USB port. These are great for file transfer, sharing or backup between systems. The Memory Key will appear with a separate drive letter like your CD-ROM. You can then copy your important class files to the Memory Key.

    Before Installing Software - Set a Restore Point (Optional)

    System Restore
    You can use System Restore to undo harmful changes to your laptop and restore its settings and performance. System Restore returns your laptop to an earlier time without causing you to lose recent work. Any changes that System Restore makes to your laptop are completely reversible. To start the System Restore wizard, click on Start, select All Programs, then select Accessories, System Tools, and finally System Restore. Before installing any software, simply run the System Restore wizard and select the option, Create a Restore Point.

    Note: For more information on using System Restore, left click on Start then left click on Help and Support. In the Search field, type in system restore and press Enter.

  • Modem Driver Repair Instructions

    1. Power on the ThinkPad T61p and log on.
    2. Right-click on the Computer icon on the desktop and select Properties from the drop down menu.
    3. In the Control Panel-->System window, left-click on Device Manager under Tasks on the left side of the window.
    4. In User Account Control window, left-click on Continue to give permission to modify the laptop's devices.
    5. The Device Manager window opens. ThinkPad Modem #2 should be displayed under the Modems category. If ThinkPad Modem #2 is not displayed, left-click on the plus sign (+) to the left of Modems to display the individual devices (i.e., ThinkPad Modem #2).
    6. Right-click on the ThinkPad Modem #2 and select Uninstall from the drop down menu.
    7. In the Confirm Device Uninstall window, be sure Delete the driver software for this device is NOT checked or selected. Left click on the OK button.
    8. In the Device Manager window, from the menu bar at the top, select Action-->Scan for hardware changes.
    9. Bubble notifications in the lower right corner will track the ThinkPad Modem device installation.
    10. After the ThinkPad Modem is successfully installed, the Modems list will collapse and the ThinkPad Modem will not be displayed. From the menu bar, select File-->Exit to close the Device Manager window. Close the Control Panel-->System window.