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Other business laptops are also welcome in /tpg/ (e.g. Dell Latitude/Precision, HP EliteBook/ZBook).
David Hill on the ThinkPad retro at CES:
If you're looking for purchase advice, READ THE BUYERS GUIDE FIRST. Then post, stating budget and requirements (e.g. size and performance).
Don't buy anything OTHER THAN T, X AND W/P SERIES if you want the Real ThinkPad Experience™
T420 - 14", normal size
X220 - 12.5", lightweight
Why ThinkPad? (also applies to other business laptops)
>They’re really cheap when you buy a used one.
>Keyboards feel excellent while typing (yes, even the newer ones).
>Great durability thanks to the inclusion of rollcages and use of glass fiber reinforced plastic for the chassis. The keyboard is splash proof and spilled liquids will drain out.
>Utilitarian design - e.g. indicator LEDs, 7 row keyboard layout on older models.
>Docking solutions that easily turns your laptop into a desktop.
>Easy to repair, upgrade and maintain thanks to readily available service manuals for almost every model. Spare parts are easy and cheap to obtain.
>The best trackpoint (that red thing on the middle of the keyboard). Great for those who type a lot or hate swiping their fingers all over a touchpad.
>Excellent GNU/Linux & *BSD support.
Used ThinkPad Buyers Guide:
EPP discount for new ThinkPads (USA & Canada only, usually 15%+ off):
ThinkWiki - Info on ThinkPads and running GNU/Linux on them:
ThinkPad service guides w/ tutorial videos:
got my comfypad just wish the bluetooth would work.
there are windows installs the driver, you just have to play with the settings.
In order of acquisition:
>T420s (only mine briefly, bought for a friend)
Next in line is probably a W520 or W530 with the keyboard swapped. Maybe a non-ds W701 just for the novelty of having such a ridiculously huge laptop.
yeah i've checked and i've checked all the cables and all plugged in, i think the module might be dead just as it worked for 5 minutes in W8.1, but it hasn't shown up and even installing seperate drivers didn't fix it, so i might just pick up a BDC4.0 on ebay cheap.
use a livecd of a distro of your choice to check if it's detected under linux
could be windows 10 fucking around with the drivers
i've had trackpoint issues because it always installs the older drivers over the newer ones i've personally installed
thinking of joining the masterrace. realistically how would a x220 or x200 with arch handle?
presumably it wouldn't stuggle with just office and shitposting but i dont wanna sleepwalk into any performance or usage annoyances
help me, /g/, i'm stumped.
i have to decide between an x220 and an x230 right now. the main differences are:
- x220 has fingerprint reader, x230 has camera. i don't need either, but i sure as fuck won't ever use the fingerprint reader while i MIGHT use the camera.
- x230 supports 1600mhz ram with higher data throughput, x220 only 1333mhz (although the wiki says it does 1600, which imho is wrong since the cpus can't make use of it)
- x230 has the new keyboard, which means keyboard backlight, not only the top light. i like that and make use of it, but it wouldn't be a deal breaker not having it
- x230 has two usb 3.0 ports, the x220 has none
- x220 in question comes with bigger battery than x230 in question
i will be running linux either way. can i have some opinions on why choosing one over the other?
thanks in advance.
X61t, X41t, X200, X21, T60p, T40, R60, Z61p. iSeries 2621, A21m, 570E, 560X, R40, R32, 600E, 701c, 760XL, 345CS, 390E, A31, PC 110.
Any idea on when (besides Feb 2016) the new *60 series will drop and thus when the T440s will finally go below €800 or so? Currently, they go for between €800-1000, and I doubt that they will be useable for about 10 years. I really need a "new" machine.
X220, what the hell are you gonna use USB 3.0 for? Get an expresscard slot and a standalone web cam if you need those features.
You won't even notice RAM speed. If you like better keyboards then get the X220 m8.
Why not both?
They will be usable. I'm on a T410 and don't see a reason to upgrade since I have a desktop computer as well.
The more of a dinosaur laptop it looks, the cheaper it will become. Knowing that recent series are slimmer and macbook-like you can then see why the don't drop in price.
Actually, the newer **40 series dropped the hardest in price since hardly any wants to buy them used. Not sure what's in store with the **50 series yet, since they have the trackpoint buttons again.
i don't have an absolute need for neither camera nor usb3.0. it's more of an aesthetics/autism issue with the camera: i hate having the fucking fingerprint reader that i'm never ever going to use, while there is at least a slim chance i might use the camera for something. usb3.0 simply because it's 2016 now and it's simply a nice to have.
as for the ram, it's also a bit of an autism issue: why not get slightly better, potentially longer lasting hardware if it doesn't make a difference otherwise.
it seems to all boil down to this: how much worse does the keyboard actually feel? i know how nice the x220's is, i typed on it few weeks ago. is the island style that bad? keep in mind the island has backlighting and a slightly neater arrangement.
>I have a desktop computer as well.
I dont, so I need power and portability. And thanks to that fucking stupid 16:9 shit, I cant stay with 12", as I used too, so I need to get a 14" "ultrabook". And design wise, they are all shit anyways. Anything newer than the 61-series with their fuckhuge bezels sucks. At least from the bezel sizes, the T440s is a step in the right direction.
That, and Broadwell/Skylake has been horribly unstable with pretty much every brand of computers currently out, mostly graphics driver crashes.
Intel 14nm has been a nightmare so far.
graphics on skylake are really stable at least on the desktop chips, as i had to use the integrated on my desktop for a few months and that was fine, if anything the CPU part of skylake is a nightmare,
also is there any thinkpad with iris graphics?
shit was a hundred quid and it's got a quad core i7 in it.
when i next get paid i'm getting a 1600x900 screen, just be been trying to find one which isn't a pile of shite, or i might just say fuck it and get the cheapest panel i can find.
If you saw the post I made in reply to your last post, I found two Attributes keys within the path you listed in the registry. I figured setting those Attributes values to 0 would make the "Processor Idle Disable" option appear in the advanced power settings in the control panel, since I don't have that option currently.
However, I couldn't get it to appear.
Specifically which Attributes key do I set to 0? After trying setting the two I found to zero and seeing seeing no results, I searched for more keys within the same directory. I found a bunch more, but they didn't seem like they had anything to do with idling.
How can I get that option in the control panel settings to appear?
depends on what you expect, if you just want it to not shit itself and doesn't expect 500MB/s speed (cuz you only gonna get 300) it should be good enough, mine didn't kick the bucket yet so I assume it's better than risking nobrand_noname_ebay_cheap_superfast_ssd
>- x220 has fingerprint reader, x230 has camera
you don't need either of them but if you're lazy you might use FP more tham camera
>- x230 supports 1600mhz ram with higher data throughput, x220 only 1333mhz (although the wiki says it does 1600, which imho is wrong since the cpus can't make use of it)
your ho is shit, flash bios (which you should anyway) and it should support even 1866MHz, thou mine seems to not like 1866, 1600 works fine, and as someone said you won't notice difference if you aren't looking
>- x230 has the new keyboard, which means keyboard backlight, not only the top light. i like that and make use of it, but it wouldn't be a deal breaker not having it
>- x230 has two usb 3.0 ports, the x220 has none
personal preference, do you really need it? you can get express card for it
>- x220 in question comes with bigger battery than x230 in question
bigger, ehm, higher capacity battery is allways nice
also you didn't mention games so I assume that better graphics in x230 means nothing to you
so it comes down to price...
you know that there is still hole with plastic filler if you don't get FP, right?
My X200 arrived. Haven't started it up yet, but from outward appearance nothing seems amiss.
That is, until I put it on the table. Turns out one of the battery's rubber feet is gone, making the whole laptop a wobbly mess. Any suggestions for replacing it?
>and Broadwell/Skylake has been horribly unstable with pretty much every brand of computers currently out, mostly graphics driver crashes.
No, I am not trying to be an ass, but I'd really like to read some more about that. Not really following too much tech news at them moment.
so Power Manager says that my battery FRU no. is 42T4879 but on label is 11S'42T4880'Z1ZJRJ2XXXXX
on other one is 42T4940 but on label is 11S'42T4868'Z1ZJBDXXXXX
anyone know how to determine one out of other?
>>- x220 has fingerprint reader, x230 has camera
>you don't need either of them but if you're lazy you might use FP more tham camera
i don't know, i feel the other way around. then again i agree i don't really need either one anyway.
>>- x230 supports 1600mhz ram with higher data throughput, x220 only 1333mhz (although the wiki says it does 1600, which imho is wrong since the cpus can't make use of it)
>your ho is shit, flash bios (which you should anyway) and it should support even 1866MHz, thou mine seems to not like 1866, 1600 works fine, and as someone said you won't notice difference if you aren't looking
i might be wrong, but how is this a bios issue? ark says the cpu only does 1333mhz --> http://ark.intel.com/products/52229/Intel-Core-i5-2520M-Processor-3M-Cache-up-to-3_20-GHz
>>- x230 has the new keyboard, which means keyboard backlight, not only the top light. i like that and make use of it, but it wouldn't be a deal breaker not having it
true. i'm still on the fence in terms of keyboard, it actually is the decisive factor.
>>- x230 has two usb 3.0 ports, the x220 has none
>personal preference, do you really need it? you can get express card for it
need is such a strong word. i don't regularly transfer large quantities of data via usb. it really is more of a nice-to-have
>>- x220 in question comes with bigger battery than x230 in question
>bigger, ehm, higher capacity battery is allways nice
>also you didn't mention games so I assume that better graphics in x230 means nothing to you
so it comes down to price...
correct. and price isn't an issue, i can afford both and don't care either way.
>you know that there is still hole with plastic filler if you don't get FP, right?
sure about that? it was available without the fpr, so i'm assuming i'm getting the flat cover.
i'm actually also looking for complete personal preference opinions. have at it, it would be appreciated.
>tfw no thinkpads with decent discrete graphics other than quadro bullshit
Problem solved, I'm a dumbo. I just removed the "unused" foot that doesn't touch the ground anyway and put it on the battery. It's slightly uneven still because that foot isn't worn down but that's nothing a file can't fix.
been thinking of getting a thinkpad so i can do programming/web design away from my main rig.
>i dont know shit about thinkpads
>just want a $300 laptop
Do the cheaper thinkpads handle graphic design software well(such as photoshop/illustrator)?
Okay, it wasn't a registry problem, it was just that I changed the power plan from Energy Saving to Balanced. Is it normal for idle temps to be literally in the upper 60s on Balanced? Only when I switch back to Energy Saving do my temps return to the 40-50 range.
What plan is everyone with X220s using and what are your temps?
Also, I found the correct Attributes key in the registry that enables the power settings option that supposedly gets rid of coil whine, so there's that. Just have to test it now.
just repair it yourself
>Easy to repair, upgrade and maintain thanks to readily available service manuals for almost every model. Spare parts are easy and cheap to obtain.
I got custom plan but OpenHW monitor says I'm idling on 50°C +-2 even when on performance, but I have turbo disabled and I did repaste CPU
well, if you don't buy obviously broken thing, there is nothing to worry about, the only thing that shat itself on me was the thing I was breaking knowingly
I've had one board fail after 2 years and a palm rest replaced due to it breaking in the first day.
both times lenovo sweatshop workers completely fucked up putting the case back together, like clips and shit not even seated and bulging seams. if you do have to use warranty expect to have to rebuild the laptop when you get it back. that said the service is good, 1-2 days they pick it up from your house/work and takes less than a week to return it "fixed".
>I got custom plan but OpenHW monitor says I'm idling on 50°C +-2 even when on performance, but I have turbo disabled and I did repaste CPU
I have turbo boost disabled also. You're talking about Lenovo's turbo boost that you can toggle in the built in power manager, correct?
Would repasting the CPU actually make that big of a difference?
Actually, what's weird now is that I switched Balanced back on and it's idling at normal temps, 44 C right now.
I'm so confused.
Do you have to restart the machine when you change the plan in order for it to take effect?
aight tp bros got two questions:
1) How to make the trackpoint more sensitive on a T420 running Debian Wheezy (Window Maker)? I'm looking for an elegant and permanent solution which involves the least amount of praying to St IGNUcius and having to write a 420 line bash script.
2) How to make my M$ Intellimouse 1.1 scroll wheel scroll faster (more)?
Thinkfags confirmed low energy cucks
Problems with power saving (dpms) and multi monitor are some examples, very immature mesa driver (at least it was pretty bad october-december). I had to compile linux-next from october 2015 to the day kernel 4.4 came out for everything to at least work. BIOS support was similarly bad - I could run the igpu with 64MB of memory allocated and set to 1866mhz. A BIOS update from december allowed me to allocate 512MB and at the same time set my memory to its actual XMP speed of 2666mhz without corrupting the graphics output. Now it's fine with linux 4.4 and the latest version of mesa.
All I wanted was to put this mSATA SSD into this x220. I want through the whole fuckin process of dismantling the entire fucking thing to get to the buried top-secret mSATA slot deep within the wires and components and then the last pivotal screw was fuckin worn down by the previous owner and unable to be removed.
Now I've got to take this to a repair shop to see if he can assist with the task.
It was so easy putting an mSATA SSD into my Ideapad Y580. But it's another level of bullshit with the Thinkpad x220. Plus I prolly fried something or other through static.
im thinking of buying my first thinkpad
is 340 dollars for a 420 with these specs
- i5-2450m CPU
- HD+ 1600x900
- 4GB RAM
- 320GB HDD
- NVIDIA NVS 4200M näytönohjain, Nvidia Optimus support
- F5521gw 3G
worth the money?
>8GB DDR3L RAM
>120GB mSATA Intel 530 SSD
>1TB HGST HDD
>Illuminated keyboard + ThinkLight
>fingerprint reader, camera
>9cell battery capable of powering the laptop for 12 hours of browsing the internet
>Thinkpad 4337 docking station on my desk with ultrawide monitor connected to it
Best laptop I've ever had. I've also decided to get rid of my main desktop computer to have this x230 + 660Ti eGPU (which is coming to me next week, also 16GB 1866MHz RAM)
>worn down by the previous owner and unable to be removed.
>Now I've got to take this to a repair shop to see if he can assist with the task.
Superglue and a screwdriver is all you need nigga.
>You're talking about Lenovo's turbo boost...
Power Manager just toggles bios settings between turbo>balanced>low where turbo=turboboost balanced=no_tuoboost low=permanent800MHz and yes, this is what I meant
>Would repasting the CPU actually make that big of a difference?
honestly, I am not sure
>Do you have to restart the machine...
no, it is instant
as someone said use rubberband trick
>enjoy sata 2 speeds
enjoy your meme
Thinking of getting this:
3GB of RAM
>Upgrades offered by the seller
250GB Hard Drive – Extra £10
500GB Hard Drive – Extra £20
Upgrade to 4GB Ram – Extra £10 on sale price
Upgrade to 6GB Ram – Extra £20 on sale price
Upgrade to 8GB Ram – Extra £30 on sale price
I'm not sure if I have use for 8GB of RAM, not going to do anything really intensive. Are those price decent anyway or I'm getting jewed on the RAM?
Plan B is a T400 with 2GB of RAM for 110€.
8gb of ddr3 is about £30 used, but as ddr4 is taking over ddr3 prices will rise so it's worth getting it now, but an SSD would have more of an affect, and don't go T400 as it's getting a little long in the tooth just as core 2 duos are showing their age.
Got your point, and I know a T400 would be good for office but nothing else.
My point on the ram is the price, almost 40€ for a 5GB increase, if installing it ain't hard I think I can get a better price if I do some research.
Which think pad would best handle running multiple trading platforms, stock scanners like equity feed and the odd nukige in the background with additional hardware upgrades?
Hey goys. Trying to improve my booting speed. Got a ultrabay adapter and I'm looking for a SSD of the same form factor. Do you goys have any recommendations/own a 9.5mm SSD? Also bought a 9cell battery to replace an old one. It's a Lenovo 70++. Did I shop good /g/?
Contemplate your abject failure as a human being and then kill yourself.
having a t61 since ages with a docking station.
i never put my thinkpad into the docking station.
does the dock have any other functions other than more usb - etc.-ports?
this will come across as autistic as fuck..
Has anyone tried to paint use paint to change the slight colorscheme of their thinkpad? Like the red lining here above the trackpad, maybe painted to blue? I have some blue trackpoint nibs and I couldn't help but want to make it match even more.
All of this post could have been written by me, and I just don't remember writing it. Although last week I tore down a T61p with the A2 revision NVidiot chip and replaced the motherboard.
I don't understand what discrete shit would contribute to either of those. HD3000 (Sandy) machines and later have outstanding perf/wattage for what they cost now. If anything, space-heater GPUs would just make reliability far worse.
docking stations make sense if the laptop is your only computer just so you just place it in in the dock so you can have an external monitor ethernet, usb, and audio through one plug instead of having to do it individually.
I plan to eventually.
It's just that the 70 C idles only happened for some time. It is now set to Balanced and the idles are perfectly normal, even dropping into the 30s.
What could have caused the huge spike?
Don't have pics on my phone, but a few people have painted their entire case with krylon. Saw one in orange, another black/white. At least one dude with an older model sanded down the top and polished the magnesium rollcage shiny.
For what you're doing, just get some enamel hobby paint and go nuts.
yep I got a blue clit, and with fedora being all blue it just makes me think if going for the fine touches for an all blue'd up thinkpad might look.. Like you say, not worth it but I do wonder
I'm sure any paint I applied would just rub off easily over time
Does anybody know.anything.about docking stations? I have two X220s, one with i7. Are there any docking stations with usb 3? Or with hdmi? is the ultrabase a good option? which other ones r gud?
Not a ThinkPad, but I have a Dell Latitude E6410 with a first gen i5 and 4GB of RAM. I put a 750 GB HDD in it, and dual boot Windows 10 and Arch LInux (Though Windows 10 boot is not working right now).
I need this laptop to last another 2-3 years, which is when I plan on upgrading. My question is this, would it be worth it to upgrade the RAM to 8GB, or should I just stay on 4GB for the remainder of it's lifetime. I hardly ever use Wndows, I usually just stay in Linux for the majority of the time. I don't do any intensive gaming, usually just Half-Life source. I had a friend who used an older ThinkPad with Ubuntu with only 2GB of RAM, and it seemed to work fine.
I know 4GB is low, but I don't want to drop an extra $50-$100 if I don't have to.
Is the T420 good for web development/design? I will also be doing digital art on the side.
I also see a lot of different ones on eBay and Amazon; some come with 128GB SSD, others with 250/320GB HD, others with a 1366*768 screen, others with a 1600*900 screen. How do you value these laptops?
The most important thing is that you're able to get a feel for what people on various resolutions would see when they visit your website. I absolutely wouldn't consider a 1366x768 display, but I don't think it would prevent you from getting the job done. Digital art needs a bit of clarification though. Are you just drawing?
In that case, what would you recommend? People mentioned Chromebooks as well elsewhere but I am still unsure. I don't want to spend a fortune on a MBP at the moment but need a laptop.
I really considered doing that, but since if you change the color of the lining and clit, then you'll have to change the dot in the thinkpad logo, including the one that has a light.
I just got an expresscard usb 3.0 adapter for my T520 and theres something slightly weird going on, its basically giving me the same speed as if the drives were connected to the sata ports.
Not that I have a problem with it but I thought there was always some speed penalty with these cards.
Get a T520 instead. The panel quality on 15" Thinkpads is a million times better than on 14" ones. I have a T420 with the 1600x900 screen and a T510 with the same resolution and the T510 blows it out of the water.
Bought a used x120e for around 130 today /g/. Did I do well? My fingers are in heaven, and coming from someone who uses/has been using an MBA, I love the amount of ports, the firmness of the hinges, and the fact that the screen can bend back 180 degrees. Probably gonna dual boot loonix on it soon.
I'm looking for a laptop for uni. Performance isn't a concern because I have a desktop, but I would like good portability, durability and battery life. I'd prefer to stay under ¥30,000 ($300). Would going thinkpad here be the right choice? Any particular models you could recommend?
I'm not a big fan of smaller screen sizes and compact keyboards, because I'm planning to study CS, and would probably be typing (programming) a lot as a result. On a similar note, these all come with Japanese keyboards, would it be difficult to transplant an EN-US layout keyboard?
I'll probably be buying from here (just search model numbers): http://kakaku.com/used/pc/ca=0020/?kwquery=t420
m8s I don't come here often but I need a laptop as I had to get rid of pc. Heartbroken. I've came into some money and now looking to set myself up again.
Not at home much now so a desktop won't do, what with studies and work. When I can I would like to do some gaymen in between.
I study and work in CAD so it would have its uses for that and probably would look to spend around £1000-1500. Pounds remember as britfag here.
Sorry if this post is pleb tier its 5am and I start work on 30 mins.
I think I could be fine with a single red dot although I know how these things are... once you start customizing there will always be something not right.
Id really like to see those pics, sounds pretty awesome
I've been looking around this whole time and I'm thinking of getting an x220 (because x220s isn't available) for about 18k yen, and picking up a US keyboard for 7.5k yen. Keyboard is a little pricey but english keyboards aren't exactly high in demand here, so it's the best I can do. Any thoughts?
Guess forgot to post video:
I guess ~20% or so of the non-s FHD mods produced some strange flickering. The s versions all work fine.If they manage to work out the issue and sell the kit again, then I'd buy it and a decent panel, finally.
Thread is here: http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=118070
Sitting in my cold Buffalo apartment, wrapped in a blanket, dreaming of my Thinkpad Retro. The way David is talking about it really makes me want to get it on launch(if it launches) just to show market presence. I should start saving for that. How much do you guys think it will cost?
X120e is alright, but if you like that I would suggest, if you have the money and interest, trying out an X230. An overall higher quality machine, same style keyboard, and ports-a-plenty. I just recently picked one up for $220.
>mfw trying to install Kali on it but there are no cd drive to x200 and I don't have a pen drive therefore I'll have to do it via network
Anyone else having problems resuming from sleep on their T60's with anything later than latest linux-lts and arch?
I bought a used thinkpad (T510) but how do I check if it is the version with intel or Nvidia Graphics?
Where is it best to get drivers and/or driver detectors? Intel or Lenovo?
Huh, didn't know wheelchair physicist used an X220t. Apparently he has 2 of the i7 models
wupdate and/or ThinkVantage system update will tell you. Otherwise just search in the hardware tree or bios
Hey /g/, looking to buy my first Thinkpad.
I found what I think is a sweet deal on a local marketplace, a T430 at $270.
>i5 3320M 2.6Ghz0
>HD+ 1600x900 display
It has no prominent scratches or marks. Also, I live in Europe, so keep in mind that normally I would have to pay more on shipping and import taxes if I got one from ebay.
I plan on hooking a 1080p monitor and adding an extra 8GB of RAM for ~$40, as well as an extra HDD and a 9cell memory somewhere in the next 6 months.
What do you think?
I heard (but I havent used one myself) that the *30 series is shit. *40 is supposed to be a big improvement in built quality (and another step down in the input department) and *50 are finally sane and good laptops again, save for the weird, non-standard keyboard layout.
but as said, this is just from hearsay! Anyone can confirm?
>HD+ 1600x900 display
Why the hell this shit is called HD+, i will never understand. That's at maximum LR- or SD, but not HD. for me, that would be a deal breaker. "FullHD" is the absolute minimum I would pay money for, unless the screen is smaller than 10", and for bigger than 20", I wont go below 4K.
But besides all that, it probably is powerfull enough for anything you would want to do on a laptop, for a few years to come.
>I heard (but I havent used one myself) that the *30 series is shit. *40 is supposed to be a big improvement in built quality (and another step down in the input department) and *50 are finally sane and good laptops again, save for the weird, non-standard keyboard layout.
but as said, this is just from hearsay! Anyone can confirm?
Well, I watched a lot of reviews and been reading many opinions and potential issues the T430 might have and the only notable problem I could find is the occasional fan noise issue (which seems to have been fixed with a later BIOS update). But right now I have a shitty noise factory HP DV7 with an overheating problem which sits at 70C in idle with 3 extra fans placed right under the CPU and GPU (!!!), so I wouldn't even mind if it had that problem.
>Why the hell this shit is called HD+, i will never understand. That's at maximum LR- or SD, but not HD. for me, that would be a deal breaker. "FullHD" is the absolute minimum I would pay money for, unless the screen is smaller than 10", and for bigger than 20", I wont go below 4K.
1600x900 is more than enough for me. I plan on using it as a workstation for programming, occasional video rendering and playing oldies, so I don't mind.
>I plan on using it as a workstation for programming
So that would be the prime reason for a high res screen. much easier on the eyes, but yes, it certainly is workable. Could be worse. Could be a 15" 720p "HD" screen from Mediamarkt…
Then let me put it this way. I can't afford anything over $300-350 right now and I'm in dire need of a laptop for work. 1600x900 had my old laptop as well (17) and it was alright for programming, display-wise.
Cool. What number exactly?
The bios doesn't even list the graphics card.
ThinkVantage detected it as Nvidia Quadro
It also suggested that the bios and integrated camera need updates... Shoud I do it? Can the ThinkVantage bios update screw something up or is it foolproof.
Thanks a bunch!
Also check the sticker/config I guess which you then put into the lenovo support site for full specs. It's in the form of XXXX-YYY where X is all numbers and Y can be letters and numbers
Though as a guess, the T510s had NVS5100m
As for BIOS update, personally I don't touch things unless they're broken but it's up to you
System Update usually wants to push all the other lenovo shit on you. Pick and choose what you want/need
Anon who bought an X200 with a nine-cell here./sys/class/power_supply/BAT0/energy_full_design = 93240 [mWh]
/sys/class/power_supply/BAT0/energy_full = 90150 [mWh]
Battery lottery has been won.
this is mine, gotta get me a newer batt
Yea, I didn't mess with the BIOS after all.
It's among the weaker T510's according to the link from the OP (thinkwiki.org)
i5 2.4Ghz, NVS3100m, 1600x900, 4 gigs RAM... Which is enough for me since I'm not gonna use it for gaming.
I am going to transplant an SSD into it (Samsung Pro 840), should provide a good boost.
Can someone give me a short explaination about why Thinkpads are so good? I'm thinking about buying a laptop to play csgo mostly and anything else. Is there any reason why i should consider Thinkpads?
They're good, cheap as fark, and easy as hell to maintain, plus they have great linux support.
I bought a t420 for 100 bucks, thew a 60 dollar SSD in it, and spend 110 more bucks on little repair parts.
hmm..a little disappointed. Compared to the X220 I borrowed a couple years ago, the keyboard doesn't feel nearly as nice. I also got the fuzzy trackpoint cap, gross. At least that is replaceable. The fan is also really loud for some reason, so I'm looking into that.
But it's still a cool laptop with a unique aspect ratio, so I guess I'll work with it.
The X230 tablet I have is still under Lenovo's warranty. If I contacted them, could I get them to send me a replacement keyboard and battery? I got the machine used recently and both are in rough shape.
From what I read the warranty is tied to the machine, not the buyer so you should be ok I think. When I bought my T520 it still had a year left, all you need is the s/n I believe.
X220 is far better, if the price makes sense plus battery and charger (check prices on those) then yes, it's going to be far better than whatever terrible plastic AMD education Thinkpad you've got.
Just checked and its good. Fug now I found another great deal from the same seller for a T420, the larger screen res and ability to use normal 9.5mm drives in addition to the ultrabay are tempting me, its only slighty larger anyway.
Up to you, I think the T420 is pretty much in the ideal portability range because it's just about as big as your average one-inch three-ring binder. They're both good models though and you'll probably be satisfied with either one.
I scored a T430s but it only has 4GB 1600mhz RAM. I've two slots.
- Is getting a stick of 8GB 1600mhz RAM and adding it to the different brand / different CL / different timings stock ram okay?
Am I better just getting 2 x 4GB of paired RAM?
1x 4 + 1x 8 won't give me dual channel will it?
Yeah T420 is the perfect size, doesn't feel like i'm going to break it when I lift it up.... just the screen man.
Sometimes I wish I had the 900p screen or even 1080p if that chinese kit didn't have the flicker problem. But other than that it's the perfect size.
hi guys, does this look like a legit purchase?
mind you i'm in canada so it will be about $321 CAD shipped and customs
maybe i should just wait for the canadian dollar to get a little better but i want a qt 220 ._.
So I've found an auction for a T420 with a top model i7 near where I live, how much should I pay for it? Pretty much perfect condition with a 300gb HDD and 4gb ram.
ctestore.com, though they don't seem to be running any great deals at the moment.
And yeah, I'm happy with it. Battery is in good shape, but I was a little annoyed to find it didn't ship with a power adapter. Added a SSD and another 4GB RAM, and it's a nice little machine.