Here at the new job I got a Lenovo T400 laptop, and it’s been a bit of trouble. Has a habit of randomly logging me out as if it’s going to suspend, but then never suspending. Which means a cold boot. That wreaks serious havoc on virtual machines, let me tell you. Sometimes it just goes for the classic bluescreen, too.
The help desk has exhausted their “supposed to fix it” fixes, including:
* Do a blue-button system/bios update.
* Disable the fingerprint scanner (I love help desks. Who’da thought?)
* Swap out the dock. Swap out the AC adapters.
Best guess is that it has something to do with power management, since that’s normally when the computer would think it has the right to go ahead and shut you down – because you’ve got critical battery. But this happens consistently on a machine that is plugged into AC with 100% battery. I’ve mucked with the power management (including hitting combinations that basically say “never shut down no matter what the battery is” to no avail).
What’s really annoying is that this seems to be a systematic problem, as other T400 users in the company report the same problems, so it’s certainly a systematic thing and not just a random bad machine. Sad, seems like a good box otherwise – built in webcam, 120gig drive…
Anybody run into the problem who found some other odd, “disable the fingerprint scanner” type of solution that actually worked?