Best BIOS for Lenovo S205?

Today Name (@Che_kist) brought a new modded BIOS to my attention which unlocks two hidden menus named Advanced and AMD.

advanced

The most important option seems to be the UEFI Boot toggle which can hopefully solve the well-known Windows and Linux installation problems of the S205.

advanced-boot

Since I’ve been using a NoWhiteList BIOS to be able to replace the Ralink WiFi adapter with an Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200 (which is btw way better than the original), I’ve decided to combine the two versions.

So here is the new modded BIOS which disables the harware restrictions and unlocks the hidden menus:

4BCN24WW (Version 24, 17 Aug 2011) – NoWhiteList + Hidden menus

It’s tested and works perfectly.

Here are the flashing instructions:

  1. Make sure that the AC adapter is connected and close all unnecessary programs
  2. Flash BIOS using Flash.bat

To enable the hidden menus enter BIOS, go to “Configuration” and disable the setting “Hidden Page”. Save settings, reboot, and you will see the new menus.

All credits go to bios-mods members camiloml and xsmile.

Happy New Year!

Image source:
bios-mods (xsmile)

Fix – Lenovo Active Protection System on Windows 8 and 8.1

APS Fix for Win8

Edit  (2013-07-24): Uploaded the x86 patch.

Download the patch for Windows 8 from here:
x64
x86

Edit (2014-02-06): Uploaded x64 & x86 patches for Windows 8.1.  This time I have uploaded only the patches – you can find the installers in the previous links. The installation procedure is almost the same except this time you have to reboot.

Download the patch for Windows 8.1 from here:

x64
x86

Lenovo has only released a ThinkPad version of Active Protection System for Windows 8 (Version 1.77.0.9).
The latest version available for IdeaPad S205 on Lenovo Support (Version 1.70.11, Windows 7) is not compatible with Windows 8 (it crashes immediately due to compatibility issues).

Fortunately, I’ve found a way to run the APS on this netbook (and probably on other unsupported devices as well) by combining these two versions.
It turned out that the .cpl (Control Panel Extension) was the non-working module. I hope that Lenovo will release a proper, fixed version. Until then, here is a quick installation guide:

Installation

1. Run the APS 1.70.11 installer.
Select English when asked for language. Don’t change the default installation folder.
It isn’t necessary to reboot.
2. Run patch.bat
3. Reboot
4. Check Lenovo – Airbag Protection in Control Panel.

Supported devices (according to S205 Support page)

Lenovo B470, B570, V370, V470, V570, IdeaPad S205

If you haven’t already seen it, check out this tutorial to play a small game using the accelerometer driver 🙂

Lenovo S205 (Unofficial) Windows 8.1 Drivers (2014-12-31)

Windows 8 Logo

I’ve created this post to provide you the latest Windows 8 Drivers. Since Lenovo doesn’t support Windows 8 on our device, these drivers are either taken directly from the vendors or from other Lenovo notebooks’ official support. The plan is to update this page regularly so it would function as an unofficial S205 – Windows 8 support page. I’m going to upload the drivers to Google Drive as well.

Big thx to Romagnolo1973 for his tips.

Audio

Device Download Size Version Released
AMD High Definition Audio Device See video See video See video See video
  • Source
  • Known issues

Energy Management 

It doesn’t work properly on Windows 8/8.1. Volume, brightness, enable/disable wifi and bluetooth works built-in so you shouldn’t install this.

Device Download Size Version Released
Lenovo Energy Management Download 45.3 MB 8.0.2.20 n/a
  • Source
    • Lenovo IdeaPad S205 Official Support (not available anymore)
  • Known issues
    •  OSD (on screen display notification for Fn key combinations) doesn’t work
    • Causes BSOD (?)

Card Reader

Device Download Size Version Released
Realtek RTS5139 USB 2.0 Card Reader (USB2.0-CRW) Download 11.6 MB 6.3.370.70 2014/12/31
  • Source
  • Known issues
    •  –

Touchpad

Device Download Size Version Released
Synaptics PS/2 Port TouchPad Download 118.1 MB zip 17.0.19 n/a

Networking: LAN (Ethernet)

Device Download Size Version Released
Realtek RTL8139/810x Fast Ethernet Adapter Download 5.7 MB 8.036.0826.2014 2014/11/28

Networking: Wireless LAN

Device Download Size Version Released
Ralink RT3090 802.11n 1T1R PCI-E Wireless Network Adapter Driver Download 21.9 MB 5.0.37.0 12/24/2013
  • Source
    • Ralink (MediaTek from January, 1st, 2013.)
  • Known issues

Bluetooth

Device Download Size Version Released
Broadcom BCM2070 Bluetooth 2.1+EDR USB Device Download 92.9 MB 12.0.0.4051 (12.0.0.4300) ?

Video

Device Download Size Version Released
AMD Mobility Radeon™ HD 6300 Series Graphics (HD 6310M / 6320M)

Download(x86)

Download(x64)

212MB / 288MB Omega (14.12) 12/9/2014
  • Source
    • AMD
    • Contains both video and audio drivers
  • Known issues

Lenovo – No Official Windows 8 Support for S205 :(

Not Supported

This post is dedicated to Microsoft’s latest operation system: Windows 8.

It looks like even though Lenovo released the Windows 8 drivers for our laptop, they did not function correctly and now they’ve removed them from the support page and on Lenovo’s Windows 8 Upgrade Capable Systems S205 is listed as Not Supported. 😦

UPDATE: I’ve created a post to provide you the Windows 8 Drivers (different sources). The plan is to update this page regularly so it would function as an unofficial S205 – Windows 8 Support Page. I’m going to upload the drivers to Google Drive as well. 🙂

Lenovo S205 Driver Repository (Google Drive)

I’ve created a public Google Drive folder for the Lenovo S205 Drivers. The main advantage is that now you will be able download all the drivers as a single .zip archive.  Also, the download speed should be better than the official Lenovo site’s.

I can’t garantee that I’ll update the drivers as soon as they are released (I don’t have enough time and bandwith) but I’d be glad to give edit rights to anyone willing to contribute to this project.

– The first drivers are still being uploaded. –

Driver Update – Ralink RT3090 WiFi Driver v5.0.2.0 with Windows 8 (!) Support

The new Ralink WiFi Driver is now available. Download it directly from Ralink Support.
Follow this tutorial to install the drivers properly.

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