After installing Windows 7 beta on one of my home machines, I decided to go on and put it on my company T61p.
Since I had Bitlocker enabled, I decided to do clean install there too. I won’t go through details again, but in short: all went smooth and nice and about 30 min after I started I had working Windows 7.
I’d like to share here some tricks, which I had with my notebook. Win 7 is still a beta and I already encountered the first glitch I had. It was connected with my Thinkpad’s sound.
The issue was very annoying: I had my audio drivers installed and Windows was reporting them working OK. However, no sound was coming out from my speakers and/or headphones. You know the small green bar, which shows the level of the sound, right? That bar was also moving, indicating that sound should come out, but alas… silence!
I did some mad searches and nothing. Tried to replace the drivers (no need, by the way, out of the box drivers work just fine), and still nothing.
I phoned a colleague, who shared that he was experiencing the same issue, but “the sound magically came out after some time”. Good to hear, but still not an option.
So I stared to dig in the issue. After like 1h I already had it resolved.
The issue was simple (once you resolved it), and quite dumb 🙂 . The main problem comes from the fact that:
- Thinkpad has additional volume buttons on the keyboard
- We’re very used to them and we expect they work seamlessly every time
- However, in Windows 7 beta regarding this issue the things are still.. beta!
As I already said, the issue was stupid. If you mute your audio with audio mute button, the audio gets muted, but Windows does not catch that event. So the icon remains visible as “non-muted” and Windows (software) does not care to “unmute” the audio, if you move the slider. No matter what do you. Restart does not help.
The only thing, which will help you in this case, is to press “volume up” or “volume down” buttons, the ones just right the “volume mute” button. Once you do that, the Thinkpad enables the sound back, and then you’re just fine.
I’m sure that will be fixed for the RTM (I already reported the issue, and I’m sure it’s not only me). However, that was the first “struggle” with Win 7. I’m sure there will be more (it’s beta after all!), but that’s the risk of installing and using beta software 🙂 .