Lenovo X220 X Series ThinkPad :: Microphone Quite After Fresh Windows 8 Install?

Mar 30, 2013

I just did a system restore of windows 8 (clean wipe) and went through the process of reinstalling all the drivers.  I installed the latest version SmartAudio (  In Google hang out it said the microphone wasn't working, then I clicked on the settings and made the internal mic the default, I got good mic for 1 second.  Did it again and the same thing.  But this is only for a single second.  In skype I tried the same thing and it is just super quite, it doesn't register on the scale unless I blow directly into the mic (so I know it's picking something up).  Last week I had my upgraded from win 7 Windows 8 install working just fine with the microphone (zero problems ever before with this thing).  I checked in mic properties and DB and volume are set to max. So what is it about the fresh install that is making the mic all cracked out? (I checked the SmartAudio settings too) I'm having issues with my Bluetooth mouse too(disconnects at restart and have to reinstall) and Power Manager (it doesn't show up as a toolbar anymore).  P.S.. I've gone to the X220 site and downloaded the latest drivers and installed system update.

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Lenovo X Series ThinkPad :: Wiping Out X220 And Installing Fresh Windows 7 Ultimate

Apr 1, 2014

I want to do this: Wipe out my Lenovo Thinkpad X220 HDD and install a fresh operating system, so what are the things to do before wiping out my laptap.
What I have:
1. 4GB usb with Windows 7 installer
2. My laptap have 1 hdd, partitioned into two
 a. 97.9 GB ( where my OS is installed)
 b. 200 GB (where my personal files is stored)

How to wipe out my laptap, delete partiton and delete all data and instal fresh OS, Bios etc...

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Lenovo X Series ThinkPad :: X220 Ultranav Driver Won't Install - Synaptic Device Not Found

Jun 2, 2014

I'm struggling to get the touchpad on my x220 to work. The UltraNav driver for it won't install, complaining that the "Synaptics device not found!"
I know the touchpad is there, because i can see it. I have done all the obvious things like updates, bios settings etc.

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Lenovo X Series ThinkPad :: Windows 8.1 Fast Startup On X220

Nov 21, 2014

Having some troubles with my X220 and windows 8.1 and fast startup.

It has been working flawlessly for a few months now with Windows 8 and an SSD but has recently decided it does not want to fast startup - every time I try and boot with the feature enabled the laptop immediately shuts off completely after the boot animation. On pressing the power button again the laptop boots 'normally' i.e. at 'normal' startup speed.

I've tried disabling the feature, using the 'powercfg -h off' and 'powercfg -h on' commands to recreate hiberfil.sys and enabling it again, which worked at first but now it has started having the problem again and this no longer works.

ThinkPad X220i - first ThinkPad and won't be the last

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Lenovo X Series ThinkPad :: X220 Integrated Camera Windows 8.1 Not Showing Up?

Sep 10, 2014

Im using X220 with Windows 8.1 Pro. Under Fn + F6 i have TouchPad, Wireless, Battery, Audio
I installed:
- Lenovo Power Management Driver
- Lenovo Settings Dependency Package
- Lenovo Solution Center
- Lenovo System Update 5.06.0016
- On Screen Display 6.71.00
- Ricoh_media_driver_v2.22.18.01
- ThinkPad UltraNav Driver
- ThinkVantage Active Protection System
And from Microsoft Store:
- Lenovo Settings - which run when i hit fn+f6
Non of driver updater find the built-in camera, same with Deviace Manager. Lenovo System Update dont download any camera related software. I understand that somekind of driver need to be installed to be able to turn on the camer. But non i found activate it.
From what I read it should be in Lenovo Settings with Audio settings, but sadly nothing there.
When I start the build in app "camera" from Windows, it tells me there is no atached camera.
Those are the Lenovo x220 related installed application that showed up in Add/Remove Software.
 Sadly the only camera driver from Lenovo page which is: Integrated Camera Driver for Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit), Vista (32-bit, 64-bit), XP - ThinkPad , doesn't work.

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Lenovo X Series ThinkPad :: X220 Card Reader Not Working On Windows 8.1

Dec 13, 2013

So I installed Windows 8 (Clean install, no upgrades) on the machine and since then the card reader isnt working. I downloaded and installed the drivers from Lenovo Website and after failing from Driver Genius and then from ThinkVantage System Update 5.03. Still doesn't work, I install them, but after I reboot it is installed but the card reader doesn't work (It was working before on Windows 7 on the same day I installed W8). I updated to 8.1 and the problem continues.

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Lenovo X Series ThinkPad :: PNY 240GB SSD Upgrade Drive Not Recognized On X220 When Restarting Windows 8.1

Jul 17, 2014

I was able to install a new: PNY Optima SSD7SC240GOPT-RB 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) in my ThinkPad X220 model 4287. I installed the latest BIOS before the upgrade and did a clean install of Windows 8.1 Pro. The installed went smooth with no issues. I proceeded in installing all Drivers and utilities. Then I noticed that when I restart Windows, the BIOS does not recognize the drive and proceeds to try to boot from the Network, Intel Boot Agent. It does not seem to recognize the SSD drive.

The only way I can get it to boot from windows again is to TURN OFF using the power button and then turning it back ON. I tried the Lenovo SSD firmware update utility to see if my drive needed an update but it did not find any update for my drive. I also tried to the PNY support site and downloaded the firmware update to see if it found any updates for my drive and none where available. I hope LENOVO can release an update to their SSD firmware update tool to fix my problem. I am also not sure if any of the utilities that I installed may be the root of the problem. So right now the only way I can get Windows to load is to turn off and turn back on the laptop. Windows restarts will not work.

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Lenovo P/Y/Z Series :: Y580 With Windows 8 - Fresh Install Of Windows 7

Dec 1, 2012

My Y580 should be arriving shortly. I got it on the Black Friday Special and it comes with Windows 8. I bought a SSD to replace the HDD and I am wanting to downgrade it to a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate or Pro and I have a couple questions:
How to do this for the Y580? I have not been able to locate one.
Also I am assuming I would not want to use the Windows 8 device drivers correct? Do I use the Windows 7 device drivers?
Would use the drivers from the Lenovo site or each devices specific website? I am going to try to save them on a DVD in advance and want to be prepared.

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Lenovo X Series ThinkPad :: X220 Stuttering System - Screen Automatically Dims Itself While Starting Windows

Feb 3, 2011

My x220 is driving me crazy these days. Some days ago I experienced very strange behavior of my system. I was just using the notebook as always as it started to stutter.

With stuttering I mean everything is working for 1-2 seconds then is stuck for 1-2 seconds, working, stuck, working so on so forth.

With everything I mean the mouse movement, hard disk load, graphics movement, audio, everything simultaneously. This problem does show up not only if Windows is up but also when Windows is booting or if I start a live linux distribution.

I also noticed that sometimes when I'm moving around the ultranav trackpoint the cursor jumps to one display edge and opens a context window as if I had pressed the right mouse button.
What I did so far:

Reboot my system several times.
Checked Task-Manager: nothing out of the ordinary
Reset BIOS to factory settings
Updated everything to newest stuff
Started a live Linux distribution instead of Windows 7
Decrypted my system (TrueCrypt)
Deactivated Power Management/SpeedStep via BIOS settings
Switched to Single-Core processing via BIOS settings
Swapping RAM from 2x8GB CORSAIR to 2x4GB KINGSTON
Swapped SSD with original HDD
Try booting windows in safe mode

I'm almost at a point to say this can't be a software issue and that it is something mainboard/CPU/GPU related, but I want to be certain before contacting the support.

Another thing I noticed: The stuttering starts exactly when the windows logo shows up and the screen automatically dimmes itself while starting windows. Something is happening in that moment. I may need to add that I did not install anything prior to the current situation. That does support the hardware relation.

Lenovo X220 (Model: 4290-G51) | Intel Core i7 2460M | Intel HD 3000 | 2 x 8 GB CORSAIR DDR3-1333 RAM | 256GB SAMSUNG 840 Basic SSD | 9-Cell orig. Lenovo Battery 29++ (FRU: 42T4942, LGC) | BIOS V1.29 | Power Manager V6.65.1 | Power Management Driver V1.67.04.05 | Windows 7 Professional 64Bit (up-to-date)

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Lenovo X Series ThinkPad :: X220 - Which Is USB 3.0 Port

Feb 10, 2011

I have the x220 with intel i7 chip and one of the 3 usb ports is suppose to usb 3.0 - which one is it?

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Lenovo 11e E/Edge :: ThinkPad E535 / Win 7 Fresh Install - No Brightness Control

Jan 11, 2013

I fresh installed Windows 7 and installed all the drivers from Lenovo's website. Still I cannot adjust the brightness. It stays on MAX and drains the battery in 1h30min. All other F hotkeys work but not F7 & F8 for brightness control. Is this a BIOS/Drivers issue?

ThinkPad Edge E535
Model: 3260-CTO
AMD A10 4600m apu
Windows 7 64 Home Premium

New just turned on a few hours ago. Brightness control was working before fresh install. Did fresh install to get rid of bloatware.

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Lenovo X Series ThinkPad X220 :: How To Bypass Fan Error

May 7, 2014

I am in a urgent need to access my data for work. I tried to press esc but it does not work, both holding down, press frequently, etc.
how to boot the windows regardless the fan does not functioning.

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Lenovo X Series ThinkPad :: X220 Low Volume Audio

Mar 13, 2011

Even cranked all the way up, the sound on the x220 seems somewhere around half as loud as the x120e and even my wife's iPad blows it away.  It's a litle embarrassing.
I think it's the sound card/driver not the speakers as even with headphones plugged in it is very very soft at 100% volume.

x220 | 4286-CTO | i5-2520M | 8Gb G.Skill | OCZ SSD
Win 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit

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Lenovo X Series ThinkPad :: X220 - Fan Constantly On / Revving Up And Down

Apr 5, 2011

Got the X220 today, and I'll get to the chase here:

There seems to be a problem with the fan. It seems to always hover at about 90% capacity even if the computer is doing nothing. That would have been acceptable somewhat, except for the fact that it will spin at 90% speed (just estimating here) for 5 seconds, then rev up to 100% for 1 seconds, then down to 90% for 5 seconds, then 100% for one second. It's very irritating.

I believe this is related to the BIOS for two reasons:

1. All the professional reviews online kept mentioning how quiet the machine is. This is not quiet by any means. Perhaps their review machine had an older BIOS that did not exhibit this problem.

2. This happened during the installation of Windows as well, which, of course, does not use any drivers, so the Lenovo Power Manager is not the culprit.

Back to #2: The fan issue can be solved by setting the fan setting in the Lenovo PM program to "reducde fan noise dynamically" instead of the other two options. Then the fan will be silent. But why can't I use the other two options? Why must they make the fan work at full speed all the time? This is why I think this is a BIOS issue at hand.

When testing take note: Switching to "reduce fan noise dynamically" reduces the fan to silent, and you can then switch to the other two options and the fan will remain quiet. But it will only remain quiet for a minute or two, then rev up to full speed. So don't be hasty in thinking that switching to reduce fan noise dynamically will then allow you to use either of the other options without excessive noise.

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Lenovo X220 Series ThinkPad :: Unable To Update BIOS

May 3, 2010

I am unable to update the BIOS on the Thinkpad listed below.I have tried to run Boot CD version of the update program (using CD player in dock) and it reports the error:"The system program file is not correct for this system"..The Windows based BIOS update program reports the error (in or out of dock):
"The process does not recognize this system. The process has been cancelled"..The Lenovo support page lists the new BIOS as being appropriate for this model. The BIOS reports the correct model and serial number.I desire to update the BIOS only as part of a software reload / refresh of the laptop. No actual problem with current BIOS to my knowledge.
Thinkpad X220
Model 4287 2VU
Current BIOS 1.11 (8DET41WW) 2011-03-28
Attempting to apply BIOS (2013-02-06)

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Lenovo X Series ThinkPad :: X220 - No Response From Charger When Plugged In

Jul 5, 2013

My laptop charger suddenly stopped working. Last night it was still working perfectly normal. I tried using my friend's charger and it charges, so it's not the battery's problem. It's not the problem with 'Plugged in, Not charging' , but actually there is no response when I plug in the charger.  Is it the software problem or is it the charger's problem? Is there a way to fix the charger? 

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Lenovo X220 X Series ThinkPad :: MSATA Card Not Being Recognized?

Mar 29, 2014

Lenovo x220
Winodws 7 64bit, up todate
MyDigitalSSD Super Cache2 50mm SATA III (6G) mSATA SSD
I have installed my mSATA card as instructed and that part went fine. Like a couple of other folks the drive is not being recognized by Windows 7. I have checked the storage management in windows 7 and the drive is not there in any form. I have disabled all caching as suggested in some posts in the polices for the drive in windows 7. Again no drive being recognized.

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Lenovo X Series ThinkPad :: X220 Drivers - Hang At Shutdown Then BSOD

Oct 31, 2014

X220 Tablet .... After hours of troubleshooting, I finally found the cause of my Windows 7 Pro Shutdown issue.
The Tablet would hang at Shutdown, then BSOD.  I systematically removed drivers until I found the cause. The current installed version of the Thinkpad Tablet Button Driver, Version as installed by System Update was the culprit.  As soon as I uninstalled that driver, no more issues.

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Lenovo X220 ThinkPad Yoga S Series :: How To Set Maximum Charging Limit

Jun 10, 2014

In my Win 7 X220 and Win 8 Yoga11s, both had Lenovo programs (Power Manager and Lenovo Energy Management respectively) that allowed me to maximize battery health by setting a charging threshold. In the TPY, is there any Lenovo programs that does that too?

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Lenovo X Series ThinkPad :: Samsung 840 Evo With X220 Gives Common 2100 Error

Jan 23, 2015

Problems with the Thinkpad X220 and my Samsung 840 Evo 256gb SSD drive. Let me give you a rundown of my past 4 months...
October 2014. Purchased Thinkpad X120E. 1.5ghz processor and low memory made it horrible. Put in 8gb and bought the Samsung 840 Evo 256gb SSD drive. It made the laptop much more responsive but it still sucked...so I sold it. I kept the SSD drive for my 'future' thinkpad.I did the firmware update on the SSD as it required it. It currently has the most recent firmware. When I bought the SSD drive, I plopped it in, installed windows then openSUSE and enjoyed it for a bit. Never gave me an issue at all.

January 2015: Purchased an off-lease X220 with the 2.6ghz processor. Has a 320gig 7200rpm drive in it. Put in 16GB of memory and love it.After playing with it for a bit, I did the most recent BIOS upgrade (1.39) and prepared it for the SSD install.I put in the Samsung 840 evo. Turning on the laptop it sits at thinkpad logo a lot longer then usual. After a bit it goes to the Error 2100.I went into the BIOS, HDD is not detected at all.I kept trying to boot/restart but no go. I always see that Error 2100. I can tell when it won't boot because the thinkpad logo sits for a long time and it seems that the HDD light is always on.I tried to boot with and without UEFI...no go.

I tried to boot with SATA as AHCI or compatibility, no goI put the Samsung drive into a dock and attached it to a laptop. Disk management see's the drive. I can format it and all.I put the SSD drive then into a friend’s computer tower. I formatted the drive using the Samsung software. I tried to put it back into my laptop last night, no go. Drive is not being read.My friends desktop detects the drive in his BIOS just fine...

I believe this is an issue between the BIOS and the SSD/firmware. I looked at some of the updates for SSD's and the thinkpad BIOS, they identify a small part of the model number of the samsung drive but it is not the same.

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Lenovo X Series ThinkPad :: X220 Change Harddrive SSD Or SSH With Capacity Of 500GB

Sep 5, 2014

I get a Thinkpad X220 and I would like to change the harddrive. I was thinking about a SSD or SSHD with capacity of 500 Go. Have you got references SSD or SSHD to give me? Did I have any other things to do if I change it? Do you think that these models can be used? Seagate ST500LM000 2.5 " 500 Go serial_ata150 5400 trs/minSeagate ST1000LM014 Laptop SSHD 2,5" SATA III 1 ToCrucial CT512M550SSD1 M550 Disque Flash SSD interne 2,5" SATA III 512 GoSamsung MZ-7TE500BW SSD interne Série 840 EVO BASIC 2,5" 500 Go SATA GrisOne other question concerning the RAM, what is the maximum possible, and is there any model restriction?

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Lenovo X Series ThinkPad :: X220 - Rapidboot Error In Event Viewer

May 19, 2011

I am getting the following persistent error in Event Viewer on my brand new x220:
Faulting application name: HyperW7Svc64.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x4cf5de0b
Faulting module name: HyperW7Svc64.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x4cf5de0b
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x000000000000d248
Faulting process id: 0x35c
Faulting application start time: 0x01cc1678fdbedc11
Faulting application path: C:Program FilesLenovoRapidBootHyperW7Svc64.exe
Faulting module path: C:Program FilesLenovoRapidBootHyperW7Svc64.exe
Report Id: 41b6ea8b-826c-11e0-af33-f0def15ccf15

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Lenovo X Series ThinkPad :: X220 IPS Display - Bright Spot On The Screen

Sep 25, 2011

Yesterday I have noticed a problem with the display in my X220 (type 4290-W1B). There is a small, white spot (about 1 mm diameter), clearly visible on the screen. It doesn't look like a normal bad pixel, but like a problem with the background light, or something. It is not visible when black color is displayed. The laptop was bought about 3 months ago and everything was OK until yesterday.

I have attached some pictures of this dot, but it is difficult to capture it with the camera (it is much more visible in real). I have marked the spot (it is in the middle of the circle). The pics are in high resolution so you can zoom in.  

What should I do now? I have heard , that the Lenovo bad pixel policy is 3 bad pixel per display...
Pictures: [URL] .....

X220 i5-2520M IPS + Intel 310 mSATA SSD

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Lenovo X Series ThinkPad :: X220 - Sound Is Coming From Speaker But Not From Internet Videos

Dec 19, 2014

Sound problem of ThinkPad X220. Audio CD is no problem, and sound comes from speaker. Headphone is also working when pluged into 3.5mm jack. But no sound from Internet Video such as ABC news or YouTube. Recently, I have installed Cisco TeleConference software, and I have uninstalled that software, but the conditions have not changed.

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Lenovo X220 Series ThinkPad :: Card Reader Not Showing In Device Manager

Oct 5, 2008

I've tried putting in an SDHC card in my laptop but it doesn't show up.  Looked at Device Manager and there isn't even anything showing up.  I tried installing the drivers provided on the support site but it still isn't working.

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Lenovo X Series ThinkPad :: X220 - Can't Find A Way To Permanently Change Boot Order

Nov 19, 2014

I added a mSata second drive.  Works fine.  Lenovo X220, Bios 1.16.  PC boots from the new drive.  I don't want an operating system on the new drive, just want it for storage.  So I entered the bios by pushing the blue thinkvantage button and can't find a way to permanently change boot order.  I hit F12 to TEMPORARILY change boot order, every time I boot the PC.  Major PAIN!  I tried to enter the Intel Boot Extension Management Engine, but it needs a password and I don't have a password.  

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Mar 20, 2011

So my X220 with the Intel 6205 card is having issues reconnecting to WiFi when resuming from sleep or hibernation. It takes about a minute for it to do so, though occasionally it will reconnect right away. Maybe 1 out of 20. When doing a cold boot or restart, it connects immediately upon the desktop showing up.
This was not always the case, in fact when I first got my X220 in June, I have not had this issue.... In fact, I don't know when it started happening, but it was maybe a couple months ago. I just thought it was my old router going bad. Well I got a new router, and it still happens. I have the latest Intel WiFi drivers from Lenovo, and I even tried downgrading to the previous driver from Intel's site. Still the same problem. I tried setting a default profile in access connections, and that does not work. In fact, it behaves the same way if I totally uninstall access connections as well. In fact I tried this on three different brand routers, and I can reproduce it on all of them (Asus, Netgear & TP-Link) so I think this is not a router issue. Other devices in the house reconnect right away with no issues (iPhone 4, PS3, Mac desktop, Dell laptop).
I currently have BIOS 1.24, but this was happening with 1.21 and 1.23 as well. My X220 originally came with 1.16, and I haven't updated it until 1.21. Unfortunately I don't remember that far back, if the problem started occuring then.
There was a brief discussion about this in another thread, but it went nowhere so perhaps this will get more attention. At least one other user reported the same issue.
Here's a clip of exactly what happens. When i press the button or open the lid from sleep, the windows wifi icon will start spinning for a few seconds, then turn into an X. then only about a minute later, does it quickly connect to the wifi and I have full signal. Manually clicking on the icon and selecting the access point does not speed up the process. It will only connect when it wants to, about a minute after resuming from sleep/hibernation.

| X220 i7-2620M | 12.5" IPS | Intel 520 Series 180GB Main SSD | Mushkin 120GB mSATA SSD | 8GB RAM | Intel 6205 WiFi | BT | Win7 Pro 64 SP1 |

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Jan 23, 2012

We bought around 40 of these X220 I5 before xmas and now more than 20 of them have failed. The company we bought them from tried everything but they ended up switching the mainboard on the first two that failed.

We were told it was a batch issue with the serial number R9-HNXXX and now all of those are changed into T420. But today we had the same problem with serial number R9-HXXXX that was bought two weeks earlier and with different config - I7 and SSD.

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Sep 25, 2014

I am trying to install windows 8 from the 3 disks that came with the X1 Carbon. There is no DVD drive and we have no external disk drive, so I need to create a bootable USB for this. The laptop came with windows 7 on it.
It is easy to use DISKPART to ready the USB as a bootable device, but how to I take the data from the 3 DVDs and put it onto the USB so that it works? The first one only has drivers but the OS install is split onto two disks. I referred to a KB article but it was talking about autorun files that are not present on these DVDs.
The DVDs I have are labeled as

(1) Applications and Drivers Recovery Disk,
(2) OS Recovery Disk Windows 8 Pro [Disk 1 of 2], and (2) OS Recovery Disk Windows 8 Pro [Disk 2 of 2].

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Sep 17, 2014

I have a new W540, and the microphone mute button does not work properly. When I press fn+f4. the red LED turns on, the slashed out microphone appears on the screen, and the volume settings for both the "Microphone" and "External Mic" are muted in Windows. However, audio from the microphones still capture audio, and it can be recorded on applications like Audacity and Skype.
Manually muting the microhphones via the Sound dialog in Windows has the same effect. The LED and OSD come on, but the microphone does not stop recording. As of now, I have found no way to mute the microphone outside of muting sound input in each individual applicaton.

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