>>43185421 Does it really make a difference in the price? If it did I imagine most people who already have the hardware needed to do so are already scouring auctions for these so they can resell them...
"Let's see X0's Thinkpad.Bryce takes it out of his pocket and hands it to Sacha. It shines with an ethereal glow in the dim light of the conference room, even though it is basically identical to the rest of their cards. Sacha says "Look at the subtle blue Enter button. The tasteful thickness of it. Oh my God. It even has a watermark!" He drops the laptop on the table. "Something wrong?" asks Luis. "sacha? You're sweating."
I have posted this before but I'll try again: approx. 5 days ago I bought an -almost- new ThinkPad x200. The BIOS had a supervisor password on it.
I opened the thing up, shortened out the SDA & SCL pins on the EEPROM chip. It skipped me straight to BIOS, without using a password, but options were still greyed out (couldn't edit them). I tried another method (from AllService.ro forum). Basically it involves building a small electrical circuit and hooking the EEPROM to a serial port.
I was able to dump my BIOS binary file but the password was not visible on the designated address. (because my bios is TCPA encrypted).
Now this forum called AllService is offering a service to unlock TCPA encrypted BIOSes. They modify your binary file with the password, and you'll have to cook it back. Because I don't want to spend 40 euros on that shit I want to try to do it myself. It seems quite logical.
I have found the hex address where the password resides. I am thinking about wiping it out and replacing it with 0's, then cooking it back to the BIOS. One of my concerns is the checksum of the binary file, and how the beast is gonna handle it.
Has anyone been through the same situation as me? I'd like some more information about the process because I'll probably end up bricking.
>>43185859 As far as I know, it is fucking useless unless you have a special piece of equipment to bypass the lock. My advice is to buy one then undercut the assholes online offering unlocking services.
I love my 6420. It's still awesome, but the orange gumming around the keyboard pan looks questionable (especially on a business notebook, but they did away with this in the 6430 I think).
>my favorite thing about thinkpads are the older style keyboards. are latitude keyboards better?
The keyboards aren't as good as those of really old Thinkpads, but in those days Latitudes had better keyboards than now as well. However nowadays the keyboards of Latitudes are quite a bit better than those of current Thinkpads. I like about Latitudes that they are built like a tank. The Tri-Metal case is amazing. I've dropped my notebook three times in lectures when letting someone squeeze through. It really only has minimal scratches. It's amazing. Otherwise Latitudes and Thinkpads are specc-wise essentially identical.
(also that are reflections not the scratches in pic, since aluminum is shiny)
Just got my new T410, I love it so far. Bought it on ebay for $270 refurbished. Cosmetically it looks great, there's only one small scratch on it. Just installed Debian and everything works like a charm. The 16:10 screen is nice as fuck, and the 1440x900 res is bad ass, all that vertical space.
I'm trying to refurb a pair of 701c(s) but I can't get any purchase on the keyboard screws which are Torx T1. It's a brand new driver so I'm worried the screw heads might be worn down, are there any solutions or am I totally fucked?
>>43185451 It requires soldering and a i2c programmer, and you need to disassemble the laptop to get at the chip. So it's worth maybe 100 off the price but it's a massive hassle. i would recommend looking for ones with no RAM or a fan error instead.
I don't play games much anymore, but my 8 year old Dell is starting to feel mushy and I'm seriously considering spending $60 on a mouse. The only thing putting me off is always hearing about friend's with their gayming mice always breaking on them after a few months.
>>43188743 Mine always get's stuck. Honestlyl, pushing it back in and out didn't help at all when i first put it in there. I had to open up the entire case of the laptop to find out what was going on.
I found out that the 3rd party pen I was using wasn't hitting the switch well enough for to be shot out. The solution was to push against the pen's eraser, from the side with the pen clip on it. Try that if it gets stuck.
I need some help /g/. Im thinking of upgrading the current WXGA screen of my T520 to a FHD one. The problem is in my country there´s only one compatible option, the model B156HW01 V.3, I know the V.4 is the top dog but I cant allow myself be picky.
My main worry is if it will really work without further modifications or cables. Everest says my current screen is N156BGE-L11 and panelook.com says: >Signal Interface : LVDS (1 ch, 6-bit) And for the B156HW01 V.3 I can get it says >Signal Interface : LVDS (2 ch, 6-bit) The channel thing is what worries me, as ive read some machines need a different cable to work.
Ive read other people upgrading to this display from 1366x768 ones like Elitebooks but they dont mention a cable either.
According to this https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Upgrading+the+Lenovo+ThinkPad+T520+Display/9763 >Any T520 will work with this upgrade. Even the most basic configurations can take advantage of a top of the line display. The Thinkpad T510, W510, T520, W520, T530 and W530 will all also work for this upgrade. It says any model will work. Will it?
>>43191246 I don't really notice any speed differences.
And I use both as boot drives. The msata has win8 installed, and the normal drive has a revolving door of linux distros. Still haven't found a good touchscreen one. Most of the time, I feel like linux boots faster, but I dont' think it's that noticable. It could be due to the drive or the OS, honestly.
>>43191275 I use a desktop for mass storage, personally. My laptop is used for online tutoring sessions, typing lab reports and the like, fucking with linux, and web browsing on the shitter. It's all in how you use it.
>>43193000 lets say that I tossed debian on it, and then switched back to win8 (stupid school programs and their idiotic incompatibility with wine). Im looking on lenovos website and drawing a blank, got a download link handy?
is there anything I should do in the bios settings after installing ganoo plus linux? I notice there's a screen that always quickly says something about how some boot failed and a cable is detached before proceeding to boot normally.
I was gonna flash my x60 with coreboot (libreboot) and had set bucts, but then I went to jack off and when I came back the computer went to sleep (fucking kde) and simply wouldn't boot to anything (no thinkpad screen). I nearly shit myself because I just bought it and felt so fucking stupid. In an act of desperation, I pried the keyboard out, unplugged the cmos battery waited like 10 seconds or some shit, put everything back together and it worked fine, just had to set the date in the bios and fix the filesystem. I just had to reset bucts, which is a register. I then realized I don't really give a fuck about a 100% FOSS operating system, so will stay away until I read into it more.
>>43193625 >>43193650 Touchpad sucks because of the lack of dedicated buttons fuck up the trackpoint.
Chicshit keyboards suck because of the wasted surface area between the keys and the lack of tactile feeling on the keycaps telling you where your fingers are on them. The thinkpad keyboard is better than any other chiclet keyboard I've seen. But the best form of a shitty thing is still a shitty thing.
The new keyboard and trackpads are straight downgrades, stop defending shit.
X220T with the 2520M for 500 dollars. I don't see much better on ebay or craigslist.
Should I bite?
Also, are there any aftermarket pens that I should pair this with? I'm not a professional or anything, but I do plan on using it to draw a good bit, and I hear the pressure sensitivity on the stock pen is kind of bad.
>>43193991 New Jersey. I was honestly really surprised, because I don't live out in the sticks or anything. I'm in a fairly densely populated area, so maybe I've just been unlucky with the times I've checked. >>43194015 Sure, I guess I can wait. I don't really need a laptop right this second.
>>43185206 what do you /g/ays think of generic thinkpad batteries? I paid about $300 for my x201 tablet, but the battery is half way depleted, and a new OEM one costs fucking $180. If I purchase a generic one off of Amazon, will I regret it? The reviews are pretty good for it, and it's only $30.
"This is a very durable Lenovo laptop, it is meant as a Desktop Replacement Computer. This thing is one of the most durable laptops ever made. Mine has a few scratches on it, as you can see from the photo. However, the insides (keyboard, trackpad, screen) are virtually spotless.
Intel Core i5 CPU @ 2.4 GHz 6GB Ram (Upgraded from 2gb) Very large 600GB HDD Nvidia Graphics Windows 7 Pro edition, including licence sticker Fingerprint scanner tested working with Windows 7 & bios WiFi, Bluetooth Ethernet, modem 4 USB slots(3 on left, 1 on right) eSata + USB combo port VGA Displayport PCI card slot CD/DVD R/RW drive Integrated audio and microphone, also has a 3.5 mm combo jack Thinklight and Touchpoint
>>43194978 >still the only reliable brand Well, they don't have one for my laptop... Do I really have to shell out $180 for another battery? That just seems so ridiculously high considering it's 2/3 of what I payed for the entire laptop. There's nowhere else reputable I could even purchase a new oem battery for cheaper?
>>43195031 No, i mean, they don;t have a battery that works with mine. I have an x201 tablet, and after looking into it more, that battery (the only one they have for x201's) don't work with the tablet version, which again, is what I have. :(
>>43194910 More or less on the mark >UNSW master race
>>43195087 The presumed issue is that the tablet batteries have different cell arrangements because of the hinge. In the X200/1 generation, the voltage was also different (not that it matters since the machine supports both ~14.4v and ~10.8v) because 4/8 cell arrangement on the tablet vs 3/6/9 on the normal.
>>43195289 battery "exploding" (leaking acid), discharging and killng hardware, horrendous lifespan... IDK, I'm really poor and in college, and Im just worried about breaking this thing or wasting precious money on a piece of shit. I've been trying to find people with personal experience with these kinds of things to tell me whether or not it's safe to go with chinkware.
>>43195935 It's just a damn shame. It isn't like ThinkPads immediately went to crap after Lenovo took the reins either, I mean they still made solid ThinkPads into this decade. The chiclet keyboard is a pretty huge blow, but in my opinion removing physical buttons for the trackpoint is an even bigger travesty.
Recently begun expanding my stable... from right to left:
X200 (pictured in its dock) has been my primary laptop since 2009. I've put a Boe-Hydis IPS screen, a 120GB SSD, and 8GB of memory in it.
X41 Tablet I got at an amateur radio swap meet from some guy who was giving it away as it had a BIOS password. Shorted the appropriate pins on the mobo and got it running Debian acceptably. Needs some work to be fully usable though. Nicely enough it came with a battery that actually works, plus a slice battery that also holds a charge.
W520 my roommate just gave me because it has a cracked screen and is missing memory, a hard drive, and a battery. Might invest in getting it working in the near future.
I took the bait and bought an X220 for £275 (excl postage). I couldn't find much better, so whatever. Gonna get a cheap mSATA disk too. Will I be able to swap in my 2 4GB RAM sticks (EBJ40UG8BBU0-GN-F) from my old laptop? Or should I invest in getting another 4GB stick identical to the one it's gonna come with?
>>43191420 S used to be the thinner ultrabook-ish model It has slightly less batterylife due to it being smaller. some difference in parts, 1.8" drives instead of 2.5" Wouldn't know on the 440 models, but from the reviews it seemd that the T440 not worth grabbing, I'd get an L440 if you weren't going to get the T440s
>>43195306 X300 were pretty cool, they are still pricey but I like them for travel. I love the feel on the palmrest the most
>tfw want something newer than my T60p but using that sweet UXGA IPS panel has spoiled me. Skimming Thinkwiki, it appears that newer models don't have a screen that can beat the one I currently have, is this correct?
I do a lot of photo editing, so having a good resolution and accurate color is important to me. IIRC, they don't even offer any IPS options in the W series (a fucking graphics workstation replacement, no less)
I know there's a lot of options for WUXGA screens, but do they have the wide viewing angles & color accuracy I've become used to? I love being able to tilt the screen all the way back & still read text.
I have an SSD in here, so it's fairly snappy, but unfortunately the mobo is limited to 3GB. It's enough for me now due to running Linux, but I know that fairly soon it's gonna be a huge limitation. tl;dr, are there any cheapish Thinkpads with better screen options than the T60p or should I just be happy with what I have?
>>43198544 The 1920x1080 panel in the W510/520/530 and WUXGA panel in the W701/ds have somewhat wider viewing angles than the typical TN panel they tape on. The W also has a colour calibrator option. And the panels are rgbled backlit high gamut, though there are complaints of being too saturated because of that, though some love it.
>>43185452 thats there is a mack leather - not carbon, and there speaks a man who has not spent 2hrs carfully cutting shit out to fit stuff like this - the extra $3 will be worth the 2hrs of not joy and 3 wasted sheets of materiel! - lifes too short!
>Buy T60, bad battery, for $25 just to test the koolaid >Install linux, set thinkvantage to pull up a terminal >It's delicious >Buy an X201t, SSD, Windows 7 Pro, 4 GB ram, with dock >Set thinkvantage to terminal again >Swap out jewtel WNIC for an open-source Ralink >The glory >Bring to school >Watch macfags get pulled over to check laptop serials >tfw my laptop will never be stolen >Take it to class, start doing notes on it >Professor sees me amongst the macfags surfing facebook >He starts drawing diagrams >Macfags stumped, have to resort to grovelling for paper >Flip screen over, start drawing diagrams in GIMP Best purchase in quite some time. I might get 8GB for the 201, and a multitouch display if I can. I want fangerprants all over my screen. ...can you just swap in a multitouch display?
>>43198427 >you probably just tighten the visible screws? Although they might just hold the cover and there's a second pair behind the cover at the steel hinges. The screws on the case (along the back and on the bottom) hold the actual hinge. There are also four to six screws holding the hinge to the lid; all but two of those are usally internal to the lid, the other two do double duty through the bezel and are covered with adhesive plastic caps. The hardware reference manual will show you all of them.
>>43198761 >The 1920x1080 panel in the W510/520/530 and WUXGA panel in the W701/ds have somewhat wider viewing angles than the typical TN panel they tape on. The W also has a colour calibrator option. And the panels are rgbled backlit high gamut, though there are complaints of being too saturated because of that, though some love it. I duspute the TN in the W701ds is wide viewing angle. Sitting in front of it, both sides are noticeably shifted. The saturation is intentional; you get get to NTSC gamut without insane saturation. The weridness is the color sources are pure, so instead of color fringes being soft, you get a very sharp red edge, a very sharp green edge and a very sharp blue edge. That takes some getting used to.
>>43199902 >theyre really expensive considering their age and colour accuracy, but ill probably grab one when the glue leaking finally gets too much for me There are also chinese outfits selling those screens with the glass and glue pre-removed. Avoid them. They also destroy the polarizer in the process, so they slap a cheap one on with crappy color shift properties. [the most expensive piece of an LCD... is not the LCD. It's the polarizer]
In theory I suppose, I'm not sure how you'd do it though. possibly after getting hte front glass off, soaking it in ethanol to remove the rest of the glue, then carefully polishing it up and reattaching it... the adhesive they used really is a serious bitch and a half all the way aaround.
>>43200215 >you'll also damage the internals with the heat hitting the glass, and spreading through the glue? surely if it gets hot enough to melt the glue during standard operation then a little heat applied when the panels not actually producing any heat wont be too bad
>>43200215 >liquid gets inside the panel how the fuck would that happen?
>>43200301 >with the heat hitting the glass, and spreading through the glue? surely if it gets hot enough to melt the glue during standard operation then a little heat applied when the panels not actually producing any heat wont be too bad The glue never goes runny, it gets just liquid enough to creep out slowly... over years... >how the fuck would that happen? Well, gee, if you've got something _leaking out_, it's _leaking in_ too.
>>43200563 >i thought the defect was caused by the heat produced by the panel causing the glue to heat up and leak Yeah. It takes four years for the glue to move enough to start causing trouble. >id be heating the glass panel, not the fucking circuit board Yeah, OK, you know what? Try it. Go forth and melt the entire fucking thing. You wanted advice from someone who's actually pulled these screens apart, I gave it, it you don't like it, do it your way. See how it goes.
>>43201532 Here's a hint if you're still listening: The glass is tough. The LCD panel itself is tough. The circuitboard is tough. The metal frame under the glass that ties it all together is tough.
The plastic _inside_ that makes up the waveguide, diffuser, prisms and recycling polarizer is not. The heat-pressed ribbons that attach the LCD to the circuitboard are also fragile.
And that adhesive is a fucking nightmare that gets all over everything like pine tar (come to think of it, it smells like pine tar too) and the chemicals that will actually get it off will also completely fuck the innards of the screen. And you won't notice until you turn it on and the backlight is full of giant bright blotches.
Here's some of what you're in for: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOg6AShKWqcAt8X6KDqFhvQ this guy spent *days* getting all the glue off. Notice that there's no final video of a working panel minus the glass after all that work.
>>43185859 congrats on getting that far - unfortunately maybe dead end... I've heard "crap?" about placing in very deep freez will reset car stereo codes... dunno if true but maybe if so it might work on laptop??? i think it required a real DEEP freez - 20 or lower for some time. If of course it is not just shit drivel...
>>43201532 >>43201607 > It takes four years for the glue to move enough to start causing trouble. >The plastic _inside_ that makes up the waveguide, diffuser, prisms and recycling polarizer is not. The heat-pressed ribbons that attach the LCD to the circuitboard are also fragile. >And that adhesive is a fucking nightmare that gets all over everything like pine tar (come to think of it, it smells like pine tar too) and the chemicals that will actually get it off will also completely fuck the innards of the screen. And you won't notice until you turn it on and the backlight is full of giant bright blotches. this is what i wanted to know.
clearly heat, even assuming the innards wouldnt be damaged by it, wouldnt be enough to do the job in a reasonable amount of time.
>>43202063 My guess as to how the chinese place reclaiming these screens is doing it: They pull the frame off and take the bonded-on LCD and circuit board with it. This leaves behind all the innards. They drop the glass/frame/LCD into a big vat of ethanol until the adhesive dissolves and the parts come apart. Then lots more alcohol rinsing. Apparently that fucks the polarizer, because all the ones I've seen have a non-stock (crappier) front polarizer.
Ok so a few months back I bought a thinkpad R40 for like $30 but theres no hard drive. I'm broke so I'm just using a flash drive for the storage since I don't need much on there anyway. I was using Xubuntu on it but it ran kind of slow, probably because its USB 1.1 (shit, I know. I plan on buying a cheap pc card usb 2 or 3 adapter eventually) It ran Slitaz great in live mode but when I tried installing it onto a flash drive as a normal install it installed fine but won't boot. I get to GRUB just fine but after that it gives me a bunch of errors. Any suggestions of lightweight distros that might work better? I want to actually be able to install them onto the flash drive rather than use a live USB so my shit stays there, and Live USB with persistence just doesn't do it for me. I know I can buy a cheap new IDE drive on ebay for like $20 but I'm seriously broke and I already have a bunch of flash drives lying around anyway.
>>43210457 I wish I knew other individuals who owned Thinkpads.
Literally the only people I know who use (I don't even know if they own them) Thinkpads are businesspeople I see on the train, and my lecturers at school.
I can't help but feel a little bit more official when I'm carrying my professional-looking X220 around, although it would look A LOT more professional if the left ctrl key werent fucking missing, and if i could buy a replacement keyboard for cheap using cash
LENOVO THINKPAD T510 i5 2.4GHZ 4GB RAM 320GB HDD WINDOWS 7 PRO 32-BIT
OS: Windows 7 Professional 32-bit CPU: Intel i5 520M 2.4 Ghz Memory: 4GB 533 Mhz RAM Hard drive: 320GB Hitachi SATA Graphics: 512MB NVIDIA NVS 3100M Screen size: 15.6" Max screen resolution: 1366x768 Optical drive: DVD-RW Web cam: Yes Battery: 9-cell extended life (6-7 hours battery life on full charge) Warranty: 90-days from time of delivery
>>43211202 >>43211144 >>43211021 It's killing me. Every used thinkpad I find in Canada is always more than the guide prices. Even if i find on ebay, the shipping prices make it well over the guide prices. I need a canadian to prove this wrong pls
>>43211530 Depends on where you live. I got mine for 6,000 mexican pesos, which is like 400 USD. Brand new (Not in box), 3 year warranty, backlit keyboard, 1600x900 screen (with horrible viewing angles, mind you) and a 9 cell battery.
The best thing you can do i to keep sniping for deals on eBay (Or whatever the equivalent is in your country)
I'm looking to pick up a portable for school - something I can haul to classes/clubs/etc when I'm not using my desktop in the dorms.
Ideally, it would run basic engineering programs (CAD and the like), have pen input for taking notes, and a good battery.
Was looking at the Surface Pro 3, but an X201t seems to be what I need for a much better value. Will I regret spending $300-$400 on a secondhand i7 version?
I'd assume the 8GB memory limit isn't in place with a full 3rd Gen i7, not that I'd need more than that. Software/OS installation doesn't scare me - I've partitioned and dual booted Unix systems alongside Windows before.
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