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Problem with Windows Deployment Services on a Lenovo Thinkcentre Edge 92z

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We have just purchased 72 new Lenovo Thinkcentre Edge 92z Desktop Computers and are currently unable to deploy an image onto them! We are able to PXE boot from the network card and when the option comes up to either capture or image, as soon as I select Image the system locks up and you have to reboot! The images work perfectly fine on our other PC's and Laptops. Any ideas?
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by:James Haywood
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Have you installed the latest NIC drivers into your boot image?

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?&DocID=HT073746
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Hi,

Is there any WinPE drivers for the Lenova laptops? I believe that the machine is not contacting the WDS due to the driver.
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Hi guys ... we do have the latest NIC and the machine is contacting the WDS, it locks up after that point!
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At exactly what point does the machine lock up?? Are there any error messages? What is the last text on the screen?
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I've solved the problem! That model of Lenovo Desktop has a faulty BIOS and needs to be upgraded. Not only does the faulty BIOS not allow you to network boot and deploy an image but it also does not allow you to boot from a CD or DVD either! You need to create a USB Boot drive and run the BIOS upgrade from that.
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by:Tintern
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No other solutions offered a BIOS upgrade as a solution. I believe we are the first users to discover this problem!
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