This is the kind of post that I do from time to time that sticks around. I have a couple “Helpful Hints” (you can search that) that get read every day by a couple folks. This particular one is how to remove an annoyance from the Thinkpad when Windows is installed. If you are following along on how to do a “Bare Bones Install” of operating system and mostly open source software, hop onto this link after you read my rant below.
To whoever is in marketing at Lenovo that made this decision, I hope you end up working as a fry cook in a low end burger joint because you truly have no clue how to market to your customers.
After going through all the steps of installing software, I had been constantly annoyed by a pop up… but I am getting ahead of myself here.
The laptop is a Lenovo Thinkpad T60. I installed Windows 7 64 Bit onto it, and all the Lenovo software and drivers. I also installed a laundry list of software onto it that you can see by doing a search back for anything with the tag “Implementation”.
Since this is a laptop, it gets plugged into the wall from time to time or the plug gets kicked out when I’m half awake at 6am trying to get the dog out.
Here is my complaint. When ever the power state changes from plugged to unplugged and vice versa, I get a rude message that begins with “Genuine Lenovo Battery Not Attached”.
The person who upgraded the battery in this machine made the choice for me, repaired it for me, and was kind enough to give it to me complete. It works. The battery works. The battery holds a charge and will power the laptop for an acceptable length of time.
So who are you, my dear friend, the Marketing Drone at Lenovo to question the wisdom of the market by putting this 6 or 7 line bubble up on my desktop and hold it there longer than I would prefer questioning my sanity with “Genuine Lenovo Battery Not Attached”?
Now I went out and found out how to turn that rude message off. There should be a check in the message to allow me to dismiss it forever, but no, you in your infinite lack of wisdom deigned that from on high I should have to see this blather until I get annoyed enough to try all sorts of things.
Including search on the web on how to turn that hateful message off.
I found it and will share it.
First, with Windows up and running, mouse down to the task bar.
Find the Power Management icon that resides next to the Wifi Icon on the right of your task bar.
Right click on Power Management (The Battery Icon) and click on “Launch Power Manager“.
When the window comes up, click on “Options” tab.
There is a check box next to “Show Power Manager Gauge in Task Bar” – clear that box, then click on “Apply“.
You will now not have the battery in the task bar from Lenovo but SURPRISE! under Windows 7 you will still have the battery information reported from Windows itself. If you right click on the Windows battery, you can get to the Power Manager by selecting it there.
There. Message Banished. Now lets find that Marketing Drone and tell him just what we think of him.
What would this blog be without a rant, now and again, I ask you?!?!?