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 BIOS Versions & NoWhiteList

I’ve uploaded all the officially available S205 BIOSs to GoogleDrive in the following structure:

  1. /[BIOS_VERSION].exe – The original Phoenix UEFI Flash Tool + BIOS ROM from  Lenovo (you can download it directly from Lenovo Support).
  2. /[BIOS_VERSION].sha, [BIOS_VERSION].md5 – Checksums. (Use these with e.g. Total Commander to verify the exe file’s integrity).
  3. /[BIOS_VERSION].txt – ReadMe file from Lenovo.
  4. /Extracted/WinFlash.zip – [1] in extracted format (taken from C:\Users\[UserName]\AppData\Local\Temp\).
  5. /Extracted/WinFlash.sha, WinFlash.md5 – Checksums for the zip file.

These BIOSs are obviously safe to flash. If you have an older BIOS (you can check it on the BIOS home screen), upgrading to the latest (4BCN24WW) version may be a good idea, especially if you are planning to (re)install Windows 7 / 8. From the changelog:

4BCN24WW:
Fix the hang up issue when installing non-OEM version Windows 7 Operation system.

If you’ve bought your S205 without any pre-installed operation system, you should wait for my upcoming tutorial on creating a bootable BIOS flashing pendrive.

Official Lenovo IdeaPad S205 BIOS:

  • 4BCN21WW (Version 21, 23 May 2011)
  • 4BCN22WW (Version 22, 27 July 2011)
  • 4BCN24WW (Version 24, 17 Aug 2011)

I wouldn’t recommend flashing the modded BIOS unless you want to replace your WiFi card or install a new WWAN (3G, 4G) card that is not supported by Lenovo (see the list of supported devices below). Flashing a modded bios can brick your laptop. Do it at your own risk!

WLAN Card Support List
————————————————————–
VID PID SVID SSID
Cbt RT3090 Wistron M PCIE NB HMC VEN_1814&DEV_3090
Liteon AR9285 HB95 BGN Wistron NB VEN_168C&DEV_002B

WWAN Card Support List
————————————————————–
PID VID
Ericsson F3307 R2 HSPA 850/1900MHz WWAN VID_0BDB&PID_190E
Ericsson F3307 R2 HSPA 850/1900MHz WWAN VID_0BDB&PID_190F
Huawei EM770W WCDMA+GPS VID_12D1&PID_1404
Huawei EM820 HSPA+850/900/1900/2100MHZ VID_12D1&PID_140C
Huawei EM660 EVDO+GPS VID_12D1&PID_1001
TC Leadcoretech TD-SCDMA LC5740 VID_1AB7&PID_5740
Frankin M600 EVDO 3G/4G USB HUB VID_0424&PID_2412
3G:CDMA VID_1FAC&PID_0151
4G:WiMAX VID_198F&PID_0220

Modded Lenovo IdeaPad S205 BIOS:

  • 4BCN24WW (Version 24, 17 Aug 2011) – NoWhiteList
    • The latest official BIOS with the WiFi/WWAN WhiteList removed.  WhiteList is a device filter in BIOS which prevents you from using any WiFi/WWAN card other than the ones on Lenovo’s list.
    • It has been confirmed to work with the Intel 6200 WiFi card (Lenovo FRU 60Y3191).
    • All credits go to Camiloml and BIOS-Mods. You can download it directly from their BIOS repository.

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. 🙂

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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