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NZHawk
15-02-2011, 12:08 PM
IBM ThinkPad T43 (type 2668, Model 84M)
had 40Gb ide hard drive
upgraded to a WD 80Gb hdd

but wont accept -
when boot get a warning: "The hard disc you have installed doesn't qualify for use in this computer."

- is recognized in the bios
- IBM website had hard drive firmware update utility, ran, recognized the WD hdd, and said no firmware update is necessary.

Thinkpad bios 1.29 (1YET65WW) 2006-08-21

Can this hard drive work in the ThinkPad,
if so, how can I get it to be accepted?

pctek
15-02-2011, 01:29 PM
What a piece of ****!!!

However, Try this :

http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Problem_with_non-ThinkPad_hard_disks

NZHawk
15-02-2011, 01:45 PM
Thank you pcTek, I share your sentiments.
I have read & understood & have chosen the sledge hammer.

Agent_24
15-02-2011, 02:46 PM
Why not just do the BIOS mod?

NZHawk
15-02-2011, 03:10 PM
I didn't see anything in the bios that would allow a modification to accept the hdd.

Speedy Gonzales
15-02-2011, 03:14 PM
You need some kind of hack. It wont be in the BIOS. But if you do it wrong, you'll probably kill it completely

Agent_24
15-02-2011, 03:28 PM
I didn't see anything in the bios that would allow a modification to accept the hdd.

I mean you would reflash the BIOS with a modified one.

See here: http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Problem_with_non-ThinkPad_hard_disks#Use_unofficial_modified_BIOS

Looks like he's got a flash program and the new BIOS all in an archive.

Just download the correct file, extract the contents and run the program. Select the new BIOS file if you need to, and do it.

Note it's a winflash program so you will need to put the old drive back in I guess.

pctek
15-02-2011, 05:24 PM
Thank you pcTek, I share your sentiments.
I have read & understood & have chosen the sledge hammer.
Why not try the suggestions there first?
1)Bios
2)Compatible HDD