Total restore of Levono Thinkpad R61 - Anything I need to know?
Posted on 2012-08-15
I'm getting ready to reinstall XP onto my Levono Thinkpad R61 (77331CU). Manufactured in '96, I bought it refurbished last year, it came without any system disks. Since then I had my hard drive crash in Peru and had (illegal/part-Spanish) Windows 7 installed on the replacement drive. I want to go back to XP.
So I have XP Pro SP2, and plan on installing that and adding SP3 which I also have on CD. I've never installed a system onto a laptop, and just want to make sure I have every driver I need before I start. Should I expect the XP Pro XP2 CD to contain all the drivers I need for the keyboard, display, USB ports, WIFI, touch pad, ethernet port, etc? I've taken a look at Levono's site and downloaded a few things I think I *might* need, but not sure. I've already checked to make sure I have the latest BIOS.
So, any pointers? Anything I should check ahead of time? What's most important for me, other than being able to use keyboard, display, mouse immediately, is that my USB ports work, so I can install my wireless USB modem to get online and so I can hook up my external USB drive for important software and other restoration files. WIFI and Ethernet will be essential very soon as well, as I will soon be making a trip to the U.S. and won't be using my Peru modem.
And I can't recall if the XP Pro CD will let me reformat the partition prior to reinstall.. can someone tell me if that is the case?
Points for any good pointers! Thanks!