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Lenovo s10e-unreal issues after reformat-wont recognize ext. cd rom-usb modem-HELP

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Okay please give me a sec. This computer functions for a really wonderful charity that gives many poor underprivileged Chicago youth paid internships at Fortune 500 companies. The Lenovo se10, reformatted with a normal XP pro disc. The person who had this did not use the system recovery partition and used the disc instead. Now I look at it and cannot even get an external modem to connect to my network to get the drivers. It will not load any drivers for the LAN or Wi-Fi either. I cannot even get it to recognize the external CD ROM to try to get to the system recovery console to see if the original recovery partition is still there. Changed the boot order and everything. Can I just not have the hard drive load in the bios and let the CD rom do the work? WIll this take me back to the recovery console to see if the original manufacture partition is there? Boggled, simply boggled
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First thing I would do is put your network drivers on a USB stick and get the network going.

From there I would go to www.drivereasy.com its free and will detect and download all corect drivers .

As for cd rom not being reconized look here http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Laptops_Notebooks/A_3421-Diagnosing-a-bad-CD-DVD-Drive.html

Try this and post back to us .
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Ohh be sure to go into BIOS and set USB to on .
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I already the above. That was the first thing I did. I then figured I would download the lenovo utility. I have gotten a usb wirless modem to work but it will not get past the proxy settings. The CD ROM works fine on my other netbook. I even installed Firefox and it wont get past the proxy either. I want to try and reformat it or just get to the recovery screen to see if the original partition is there. I cant boot into it from the CD-ROm. This is the same CD ROM she just used at my office to reformat it. Now nothing. Any other suggestions please send along! THANKS!
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OKay now this has gotten extremely strange. Note: this computer did have a virus and she did reformat using quick NTFS if that matters. I cannot even get into setup by pressing F2.
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Have you tried useing Ultimate Boot CD to boot up and see how it runs.

Have you tried differnt cds to boot from to see if it will boot.

And if you go back into the BIOS the first boot device := CD/DVD .
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If worst comes to worst you may want to install xp from a flash drive.
http://www.ocia.net/articles/xpflashdrive/page1.shtml

What options is available to change to boot from in the BIOS.
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why was the system reinstalled?  if there were problems with the lan -  you cna have a bad lan..

i found this :  http://www.fantastic-netbooks.co.uk/2009/05/17/lenovo-s10e-specification/
"In addition to most of the normal netbook features, the Lenovo S10e also has an “instant-on” Linux operating system called  Lenovo QuickStart, which is a rebranded version of DeviceVM’s Splashtop software and allows you to boot the netbook in a few seconds."

so i would reinstall it by using the recovery partition or recovery cd!s
http://www.techiecorner.com/669/how-to-restore-to-factory-settings-in-lenovo-s10/
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If you want to reformat it with the stock image and all the drivers do this:

1.) reboot the LT and hit the blue thinkvantage and follow the prompts
Lenovo ThinkPads feature a blue ThinkVantage button that can be pressed during boot up to access the power to complete a full system recovery that takes you back to the factory settings. The Blue ThinkVantage button at boot up is designed to generate a menu of options or system recovery tools. These tools include a full system recovery of the preinstalled Windows operating system. You can also access this by selecting the blue Access IBM button if you do not have the blue ThinkVantage button on your laptop.

Simply press the button early on during bootup and choose the option to reset to factory settings. When you reformat the laptop in this manner, any data or programs outside of the operating system are wiped away, so you might want to save anything that you have placed on the laptop already.

***This will not work if the person who reformatted the machine deleted the stock system partition.
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already posted...
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Okay this got really messed up and thanks for all your help but this was how I fixed it. After many installs of XP Pro not working. Drivers not loading, no network card access, no wireless, anything I went out and bought a USB wireless card. I tried this thinking I could just get an all in one download on the Lenovo s10. Internet access was accomplished but still a mess. So I installed Ubuntu Linux OS. Worked incredibly. Had some driver issues but got most of then up and running. If you have a spare computer I recommend going the Linux route, its come a long way and to be honest I think its such a great structured operating system. SO HERE IS THE KICKER! When I couldnt get MS Office installed which was critical I rebooted to start over and saw that the Linux load screen to choose your partition found the lost partition of Windows!!! I hit it loaded it up and I was installing my original Windows Lenovo XP!! I guess it was just chance, but it may come in handy again. Netbook works great!
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tx for the feedback !
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I am really sorry but for some reason I was not able to assign points to anyone!!!! It just wouldnt work. Can someone tell me how to fix this so I can divy up the points to everyone that took the time to give me some help. I love this forum and have no problem paying monthly for it. I just REALLY, REALLY,want to make sure nobody thinks I dont give out points for solutions, feedback, any type of help! Please get back to me so I may divy up my 500 points evenly to everyone. This is very very important to me, you are all so wonderful and thank you for all your help.
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under each persons response you should see two big buttons- "accept solution" and "accept multiple solutions"  Click the multiple one and that will let you divvy up the points across people.
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if you need help - use the Resquest Attention to call the mods in !
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Hye everyone sorry I couldnt get to this. I have been in the middle of Verizon's experimental 4G rollout in Chicago. Its been a tough few days. I will finish this up now! Thanks for all your help once again!!
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