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THINKPAD GENERAL

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THINKPAD GENERAL
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i use a thinkpad T60 for irc, browsing and study. the only thing i dislike about it is its 3 hour battery

and you, /g/?
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>>43213947
T410s as my main.
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Serious question:
I need legit replies, not just people suggesting whatever model they bought.

- I need a computer for programming, and 2D + SIMPLE 3D game development.

It will also be my main computer:
-Web browsing
-Streaming movies/shows
-Playing 2D games

Programs I will be using -
-Win7 OS (might dual boot with linux)
-Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate
-Android development software
etc.


My Budget is around 250$ including shipping.

What used/ older model thinkpad should I get for this purpose that can handle all of the things listed with ease?

And what specs should I need minimum?
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>>43213987
T60
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gonna be getting a t42 from a friend, cleaned out and shit. Anything i should expect?
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>>43214001
no option for SSD
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just got the thinkpad yoga 12.5 with the i7, 256ssd 8gb ram and the digitizer screen.

[spoiler]
for $999, jelly fag
[/spoiler]
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>>43214018
Judging by that picture, it looks like shit.
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I hope my x201i comes in the mail soon
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Just dropped half of a cup of tea in my T420s, luckily all the liquid accumulated in the fan area, and some came out of the keyboard drains. Just had to disassemble it, dry some thing and assemble again. Works perfectly now
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>>43214033
Thats what you get for being a britbong
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>>43213931
Bought a T410 with a 540m, upgraded it to 4 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. Runs great. Costed around $175, I got the SSD from a friend.
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>>43214045
I'm an American trap.
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>>43214018

>triple the price of an x201t
>far shittier
>thinking anyone will be "jelly"

Also, this is a thinkpad thread so please go somewhere else
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>>43214082
fuck you, don't impersonateme degenerate.
>>43214045
I'm not British, nor American.
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>>43214028

google thumbnail, fucker.

this shit is IPS 1080 glory and draws on like a fucking cintiq for half the cost and twice the power.

fuck you.
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I have a 160gb HDD in my x201 that I plan to use for college. I have a 30gb partition of Linux Mint with 130gb partiion of Windows 8.1 I'm thinking should I get a 1TB HDD or a 256GB SSD.
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>>43214114
>not realizing there is a thinkpad yoga

i bet you think youre based too
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>>43213987
find a cheap 420 or a 410
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>>43214018
you silly cunt. the point of thinkpads are to buy earlier models that are still perfectly adequate for your needs
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>>43214119
>his think pad is so shitty, it can only handle saving google thumbnails
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>>43214161

the point of the original reply was sharing a sweet deal, poorfag
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>>43214154

Grade A** 14" HD+ Business Laptop PC ~
Lenovo ThinkPad T420 (4180-FB6) ~ 2nd Generation Intel Core i7 (i7-2640M) @ 2.80GHz ~
320GB HDD!! ~
8GB DDR3 RAM! ~
DVDROM (Multi-Player) ~
Integrated WEBCAM!! ~
GENUINE Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64-Bit) Installed + Warranty!

is this overkill for what I need?
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>>43214187
leave me alone
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>>43214238
Don't bully ;_;
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hey /g/, i've started to enjoy elementary OS, i have almost no experience with linux, but i like the layout and design decisions they've made. unfortunately, my touchpad sensitivty is too great, and adjusting the slider in the touchpad settings window makes no difference. does anyone know of a terminal command that might help?
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My X200s really needs a new battery. Are there any good ones or do I have to spend the price I spent on it on a legit one?
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>>43214210
depends, how big are your programs and how demanding are your games?
odds are it wil be overpowered, but the hd 3000 from sandy bridge will be a lot nicer than the shitty hd 5700 (or whatever its called ) in the t410
if its a good deal id go for it, otherwise id wait and see if one with an i5 or an i3 shows up for cheaper
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>>43214132

>if something calls its-self something that means it is

I bet you think north korea is a democracy
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>>43214284
Korea is the greatest democracy in the world.
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Sitting on 4 T40's, a x230 and a w510

The T40 has to be the nicest thinkpad ive been able to use
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>>43214267
>>43213996

Thanks.
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x220 reporting in

>i5
>8gb RAM
>250gb SSD
>6-cell and 9-cell batteries
>usb 3.0 expresscard

I know there's a lot of people here who look down on the x220 for various reasons, but I love this laptop. I mainly use it for on the go coding, and just general usage. It runs virtual machines fine. I don't really have any complaints. A 1080p screen would be cool.

If you're thinking about getting an x220, and the 16:9 screen/slightly modified keyboard aren't deal breakers for you then I suggest going for it if you can find one for a decent price that fits your budget.

Here's what I ended up paying
>x220 i5 4gb ram with warranty (~$260) used/basically mint condition
>another 4gb ram ($38) new
>usb 3.0 expresscard ($8) new
>OEM 6-cell battery ($30) new
>250gb SSD ($140) new
total = ~$475
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I got me an x301
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>that feel when you had to buy a used thinkpad someone had already molested
>installing weird tweaks to solve problems like no native usb 3 support
>realising that im using a 7 year old laptop when computer hardware is rendered obsolete even after a few weeks in todays environment

where does it end
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>>43214082
even worse
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>>43214511
Nice, I think I'm going to have to grab some ram and a usb 3.0 expresscard. Just recently got an x220 from a family member who was switching to a macbook and love it so far.
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>>43214586
>computer hardware is rendered obsolete even after a few weeks in todays environment
Obsolete to who? I think it depends on what the computer is being used for that determines whether it's obsolete or not.
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>>43214001
Using it right now with crunchbang, shitposting on 4 chan is a bit laggish.
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Is there any replacement track pad buttons for t420's? I think the red stripe looks like shit.
Should I just marker over that crap?
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>>43214677
By replacement I mean't all black/chrome or something.


Also, I'd like to cover the "lenovo' logos. What do. Any cool laptop (metal-like) stickers I can cover them up with
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Motherfucking Thinkpads.
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I got some juice from a peach I was eating onto the right click button and now it's sticky. how to clean?
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Has anyone ever attempted a thinkpad debadge?
I think it would look fucking awesome
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>>43214018
Enjoy the ghosting on your screen
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just got a x230 off ebay. how the fuck do i reset the cmos? tried pulling the battery, only resets clock as far as i can tell, all the other settings stay the same. I'm autistics so i want to reset to as close to factory state as possible.
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any x240 owners here? I need a laptop with amazing battery life as I'm commuting to college and won't really have time to charge up as I'll probably be there all day. I also have extra money due to my current financial state so I figured I'd treat myself to a new laptop. any advice, reviews, or anything?
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>>43214959
It's probably a piece of shit considering it has 2 out of 5 stars on lenovo.com

If you insist on getting a new thinkpad then you should look into the t440s model. Good luck.
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>>43214511
>>43214625
>usb 3.0 expresscard ($8) new

According to the thinkwiki the expresscard reduces battery life. Wouldnt it be better to get one of the i7 x220 that come with usb3.0 as standard?

Having said all this i love my i5 x220 and I use it for on the go coding, with ssd it cant be beat.

im keeping my wwan so I can clone my simcard and internet on the go without having to drain my mobile phones battery
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Anyone here have experience with making their ThinkPad a hackintosh? I got Mac OS on my ThinkPad with something called Niresh, but it didn't install WiFi drivers and my resolution is locked at 1024x768. I'm not sure if I need to start the install over or what. I already linked it to my iCloud and all that stuff.
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>>43213987
>Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate
How are you liking it? It should be a lot more performant than 2012, yeah?
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>>43215184
This is the first version of Visual Studio I've tried.
So I can't compare. I like it though. ( much better than code::blocks anyway)
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which thinkpad would you guys recommend me to get if i intend to run cubase or any other daw with sound libraries?
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>>43215067
>>>43215067
>According to the thinkwiki the expresscard reduces battery life. Wouldnt it be better to get one of the i7 x220 that come with usb3.0 as standard?

I don't notice any unusual battery drainage with the usb 3.0 expresscard mounted. I'm sure there's a reduction in battery life when it's in use lol. The i7 model would actually give you worse battery performance than an i5 model with a usb 3.0 expresscard. The i7 model is also about $80 more than the i5 model, and harder to come by. It's not worth the extra money imo.
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>>43215214
IIRC, there's a lot of performance gains in things like startup, solution load, opening large solutions, etc. I don't really remember too much about other fancy features as I didn't use 2012 as much, and I've since moved onto VS14CTP.

Care to share more about your experiences btw? How do you use it? I use it about 70 hours a week so I'm a bit familiar with things.
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I just got my x220 in today!! I'm really happy with it so far. I'm thinking to run Xubuntu on it but I need to make a bootable usb first.
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Just installed a 120gb 840 evo msata in my x220

installing windows now
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>>43215396
ok
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Looking for a portable Thinkpad
prefer 15inch, settle with 14.
64bit
Budget around $500

Going to be used as a semi desktop replacement
>Running VM's
>Android programming

Will be looking to upgrade to a SSD

So far I've come up with the T410, can pick one up for $380 AUD cheapest.
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>>43215396
>installing windows now
what do you do on Windows?
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>>43215414
My brother has a W520 supplied by his work (Symantec) and he runs VMs all day long. He's got 32GB of RAM in it. I've never used VMs to do any actual work, just to try to play a game, so I'm not sure what sort of hardware is needed. I have a T420 that works pretty well with whatever I throw at it.

With a T410, I guess I'd decide if what you're going to do is GPU-intensive or not. My T420 has switchable graphics, but I believe the T410 can only come with integrated.

I got my T420 for $430 or so off eBay I think.
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Ok, so thinkpads are gorgeous, versatile, and modular moreso than other laptops available.

BUT, why do all of you guys foam and drool over computers that are for all intents and purposes really not that impressive as far as specifications are concerned? /g/'s level of obsession with these computers astounds me considering your tendency to spew vitriol at someone who purchases an apple computer. You're the same as the macbook fanboys, if not worse because of your incredibly misguided superiority complex.

Don't even know why I posted this, guess the idiotic echo chamber of bad ideas that is /g/ finally broke me.
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>>43215499

Reported for shitposting/trolling outside /b/
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>>43215452
I'm not too fussed on GFX, the most I'd be doing is streaming some sports occasionally.

The T410 I'm looking at has a 256mb geforce gfx card lol

The cheapest T420 on ebay atm is $590 including postage. This includes the Intel 3000 card. Too expensive imo,
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>>43215505
It was an honest question. Why? Tell me why you spend days scouring eBay for a dirty laptop that's 10 years old. Tell me why you obsessively switch out every single component to squeeze the last drop of performance out of your geriatric machines. But above all of that explain how this makes you superior to anyone.

I fucking own a colorware t60 so it's not like I'm some idiot. I'm just not a foaming freak like all of you.
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>>43215499
I don't know about other people, but the specs are more than enough for my usage.
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>>43215499
Build quality and decent power to price ratio.
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>>43215499
You seem to almost understand. I guess I'd add on "great GNU/Linux compatibility and documentation" to your reasons.

Because of the cult following ThinkPads have, you can find answers to some pretty obscure problems you urn into.
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>>43215499
I think a majority of /g/ is made up of poor NEETs (no offense intended, I'm a NEET myself) and that makes used ThinkPads appealing. Companies by them in bulk because they're business-class laptops. After the company decides they're old and order their employees new ThinkPads, there are suddenly hundreds of ThinkPads on eBay. At this very moment you can get a ThinkPad with a sandy bridge CPU, discrete GPU, and 8GB of RAM for under $500.

I think all this probably also applies to the Dell and HP equivalents of ThinkPads
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>>43215593
i can afford a newer laptop, but my T60 really does everything i need from a laptop, the only downside being less battery life, but i've not yet been in a situation where i haven't been able to plug in somewhere
basically, it's cheap and adequate, and the keyboard is SO much better than anything i've tried in recent years
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>>43215499
>as far as specifications are concerned
being this pleb

you can't really do a ThinkPad justice by spelling out its specs, nigga. for one thing the keyboard is fucking peerless, the build quality is to this day one of the very best (at least all the models that /g/ recommends), and OS support is just unmatched. What good will a laptop built on the latest platform do you when you can't even utilize it to its full potential because of the shittastic modern OSes available today? Not to mention the rest of the hardware is often shit. Shit keyboard. Shit display. Shit expandability. ThinkPads are old, but they are dependable in a way that nearly all modern computers are not. They look damn good as well.
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>>43215676
I got a T60p that disappointed me quite a bit. I didn't really trust that an SSD and more RAM would fix all my issues with it, so I just saved up and got a newer ThinkPad instead. I'm mostly happy with my T420, but I honestly don't like laptops that much in the first place.
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>>43215521
butthurt Mac user detected

Yo Semite!
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>>43215826
what was wrong with it? i've had two with no problems whatsoever
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>>43215826
An upgrade from 512mb to 2GB did wonders for my $13 r60.
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>>43215841
I put CrunchBang on there. It's a lightwight distro so I didn't think there'd be any issues. When pressing keyboard shortcuts like Super-F for file manager or Super-W for web browser, it just took way too long to open, and it couldn't handle many tabs being open in the browser.

I have a WD Velociraptor as my CrunchBang HDD in my desktop and most likely a 5400rpm HDD in the T60p, so that alone was likely the cause for the difference in loading times. Aside from the crummy drive, it only has 1GB of RAM instead of 3GB of RAM.

I don't have an income, but if I ever do I plan on upgrading the T60p to its max potential to see what could've been. I like the look and feel a bit better than my T420's, I wish I could just shove the specs of the T420 into the T60p.
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>>43215883
more RAM would probably help a lot considering how RAM-heavy web browsers have become
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>>43215894
That's true, but it was still pretty frustrating how I could count multiple second after pressing a shortcut before the thing would appear. I had only really experienced that issue on Windows before.

Next time I play with my T60p I'll probably try to put Arch on it. I haven't spent much time with Arch, but I believe if I really apply myself I can get an autistic setup like Arch and a tiling WM to run pretty smoothly.
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Looking for a laptop under $800 to do some midlevel gaming on. Not trying to run crysis or anything, but I also want to be able to play some recentish games without a problem? Should I go for Lenovo's gaming laptop line or can cheaper laptops run games without a problem? Sorry for the noobish question but I've never bought a laptop before. I'm running old ass hardware on my desktop (pretty much upgraded Pentium 4 lol) and a chromebook.
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Xubuntu works like a charm on my X220! The only ting that doesn't work out of the box is the rotation button. But I will need to make a command for that
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>>43215973
>buying a laptop for gaming

ffs.
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>>43215414
>>43215520

Still here /g/ents
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>>43215973
Why not use 600 to make a decent desktop and just buy an x200 or something?
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>>43216011
i know right but I can't get both right now and I think I'd rather get a laptop than a desktop for the portability factor.
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>>43216080
idk I'm still figuring this stuff out.
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How much should I pay for a T420 in Australia?
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>>43216095
Preferably under $500, maybe under $400
But it all depends on how desperately you want it, along with its configuration and how it's been treated
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>>43216125
I've got a cheapish laptop that is looking like it's in its final few years of service, but I'm not in a hurry. Something with a little more than integrated would be nice too. Hard drive isn't an issue as I keep all my media on an external anyway, and if speed was bothering me I would buy an SSD.

I don't have too much Thinkpad related knowledge as I just recently decided to start looking for a new laptop.
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>>43214511
That feel when I got the X220 Tablet with an i7, 8 gigs ram, 128 GB ssd , 9 cell battery for $485
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>>43213987
You probably will want something better than Intel video, as well as a 16:9 "gamer" screen. So, a **10 or **20 model.
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>>43214284
I bet you think America is the land of the free and the home of the brave.
North Korea is the best Korea.
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I just got x220. I am quite happy with it, but gow do I find out type of screen matrix without disassembling it?
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I have $250, what chinkpad should I buy?
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>>43214677
Use some dye to make them full black.
>>43214692
Make your own custom sticker.
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>>43214581
Love the rice.
What distro are you using?
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>>43214581
looks cute
what os you running on there
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My baby.
I also can't rice for shit so I'm using stock mint with just a different gtk theme
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>>43216095
If you manage to find one with switchable graphics, I'd say it's worth a lot more than a normal one. Not even because of the difference in performance, but because of most of the T420 ThinkPads having only integrated from what I've seen.
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>>43216467
>picture is on the side
for fucks sake
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>>43216479
what do you mean by switchable graphics?
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>>43216494
You can turn the graphics on or off
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>>43216511
W-what does that do? (not him)
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>>43216518
>>43216494
Every single T420 has Intel integrated graphics, some T420 models also have an Nvidia GPU inside. Nvidia Optimus GPUs allow you to switch between integrated to use less power and discrete to increase performance. It's common in laptops.
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>>43216542
Aren't nvidia models supposed to be faulty and avoided?
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Looking for a case/sleeve for my T440 with an extended 9-cell battery!
Will it fit in a 15" MBP case...?

I haven't got the battery yet.
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>>43216552
No. You're probably thinking of one single very old ThinkPad. The T61p had some thermal issues that caused part of the motherboard to melt over time or something. Not even every T61p was affected by the issue.
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>>43213947
T61 here, I wish the GPU was better, but I hear the nVidia based ones are quite faulty, It says to in the ThinkPad infographic.

Shits more than fast enough for development.
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>>43216570
>>43216542
Thanks.
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>>43214030
>>43215313
I can't wait for my X220 to arrive. I ordered it on Wednesday night, but the eBay seller hasn't dispatched it yet. If he hasn't done it by Monday I reckon I'll get back in contact with him. Still, it's all very exciting.
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>>43214581
The X30* has the best keycaps from the Lenovo era.
Does it have the single height Delete? I forgot.
Does the keyboard flex or not?
As a bonus, all X30* have NMB key switches.
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I got a x200 a few days ago and have just installed crunchbang. Damn, I think I've fallen in love.
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>>43214009
I had an ssd in my t42, you just need to find one.
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Yesterday I got my T420. What should I do now?
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>>43216910
buy a dragon dildo
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>>43216910
Ejaculate on it then put it in storage for 10 years.
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>>43216910
I don't know, but please post again when you think of something. I was getting bored of my T420 and tried to turn it into a hacktinosh, but the WiFi drivers didn't install correctly and the resolution is locked at 1024x768 so I just kinda set it on the floor and decided to watch some anime.
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I love my E320!
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Just bought a t21 to install centOS for some basic compiling, networking and Admin shit?? Anybody think It will be sufficient?
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>>43216979
oh and it was only $20
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>>43214581
What battery life are you getting?
What's the heat / noise like?
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The DVD drive of the ultrabase of my X201 doesn't work. I installed all drivers. The strange this is that it lights up for a second when I start the computer. I am even able to open the drive then.
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>>43214018
Did you try to install Linux on that thing?
Honestly interested.
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Old and new
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>>43216973
Post pics. I don't know much about any of the oddball series ThinkPads. I've only really looked into X, T, W.
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>>43216979
>>43217005
>t21
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>>43217055
What models?
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>>43217090
w510 and t440s
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>>43217084
I ment t30, My bad haha
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>>43217105
How long does it take to get used to having no physical mouse buttons for the TrackPoint? Does the area with the red lines at least feel different? How hard is it to push down?
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x200 here

x220 and x230 look weird and every x240 owner should be instantly killed.
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Anyone got a thinkpad buying guide?
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>>43215904

Prices are outdated I think.
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i'm considering buying the equipment to do a hard bios mod on my x230 since the cocksuckers at lenovo have a wireless card whitelist and it's the only way to install an 802.11ac minipcie card in my laptop and have it function.

just curious if anyone here has done this before.
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Hej
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>>43218400
noice m8
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>thw perfectly working 8gb ram t430 for under 300 euros

Thank god for job-hopping tech illiterates.
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Ordered an X200 last night. It comes with Win7 and a battery that's said to hold a charge of just under two hours. Will any distro improve the battery life?
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>>43218679
>
windows
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>>43218679
I'm >>43216675
When fully charged although it says I should get 1 hour 40, with no wifi etc. I get about an hour. I plan on getting a new battery soon, maybe you might want to do the same.
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>>43218564
>perfectly working
>missing key
do you even know what "perfectly" means?
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>>43216171
X220 Tablet doesn't come with 9-cell, biggest battery is 6-cell.
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>>43217136
I tried an X1 Carbon at the Microsoft Store last night for shits and giggles. I don't think the clickpad is as bad as everybody on /g/ makes it seem like, but I definitely don't like the keyboard over my T420's.

Speaking of, I upgraded to a T420 from a T61 and I was a little disappointed with the build quality difference. I was bothered at first by the 16:9 screen, but it's not a hard adjustment to get used to. I still prefer 16:10 for laptops, though. I also miss all my activity LED's. Going from a lot of activity LED's to only two of them is depressing. And finally, KEYBOARD FLEX. My T61 had no keyboard flex whatsoever but I was really put off by seeing the T420 has a slightly flexible keyboard. It's not a deal breaker, but it is a little unfortunate seeing the build quality of these great laptops slowly decline
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>>43213931
will thinkpads ever be un-dead?

I gave up on them after they introduced that model with the clickpad. Still use my X201, but I've no hope for the future.
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>>43215414
>Looking for a portable Thinkpad
>prefer 15inch

>portable
>15.6" laptops
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>>43214284
They do actually vote for members of a parliament.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supreme_People%27s_Assembly

The voting is about as free as you'd expect, but shockingly there are more than one party. (all subservient to the Korean Workers Party)
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any britbongs here? people seem to be getting x220 for bargain prices in murica, but what would be a decent price for an ex-business machine in excellent cosmetic condition and with a warranty until 9/15?
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>>43218679
Do you have the Lenovo Power Manager installed?

No, Linux will not net you better battery life.
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How much better are newest Thinkpads than T420?

I don't want shitty keyboard but I also don't want a deprecated laptop
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>>43219531
Is the keyboard properly set and both screws actually tightened down?

I've missed one or both screws a couple times when putting back together my T420 and that makes a huge difference if they aren't tightened down, especially the one underneath the trackpoint buttons.
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>>43219759
Go for a W520.
>>
I can pick up a used T61 for $150. Is this a good deal? I just need a laptop with decent battery life, good loonix support, and good internet/typing capabilities.
>>
>>43219931
no that's terrible
>>
Just got my W700 in the mail. Screen is a little off, other than that it looks good.
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Yesterday I finally got my first thinkpad, an x200. It was a pain to get one in my country, going to every used computer shop and browsing e-stores for months (I'm from Chile, South America), but I got one for 135 USD approx without charger (the charger costed me about 28 USD). I'm using it since last night, uninstalled windows 7 and now I'm running LXLE 14.04 (everything worked out of the box). I'm fucking in love with this machine.

I'll begin saving for an 8-cell battery, and maybe an SSD.

Thanks for all the advice you gave me on choosing and buying this. You /g/uys are awesome!
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>>43219795
>W520
32gb ram
1080p screen
quad core i7
all for a cool price of $320 buy it now and i missed it because i overslept
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>>43220310
get SSD asap anon
the difference is night and day
>>
>>43220411
I know, some anons have told me that. However, getting one with decent size is expensive as fuck. I think I will be getting one around 60-90 GB when I get the money for it. Thanks for the advice, anon.

Can I upgrade the screen on the x200? Is it difficult/dangerous to do?
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>>43220346
What do you do with 32 GB?
What are W series used for exactly? desktop replacements?
>>
>>43220685
Yes, (W)orkstation.
>>
>>43216391
Bump.
>>
>Bought a T60p
>Screen res is nice but there's much dust in the screen so it looks like shit
>CPU and GPU run really hot
>battery lasts 1h even though it is a 9 cell one
>HDD seems slow as fuck
>>
>>43220878
It might be clogged with dust.
Did you reinstall the OS?
>>
>>43220915
>It might be clogged with dust.
Will check later.
>Did you reinstall the OS?
Not yet, but it being slow is not one of the main problems. Biggest problem is that the screen is fucked up. Is there a way to clean the backlight layer of an LCD? I cant fin anything on that topic.
>>
>>43220953
Have a look at http://xiphmont.livejournal.com/53172.html
That's for an X61T, but pulling the T61p screen completely apart is similar.
>>
I want to switch the display on my x220 to an 16:10 1080p or better display, any pointers on how I'd do this?
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>>43221008
Thanks. Picture related, shit in my screen.
>>
>>43221104
You sure someone else hasn't already been inside it? Those things are sealed up...
>>
>>43221129
Got it like this.
>>
Okay so i need a portable laptop for Uni.
it has to have fucking amazing battery life since i maybe using it all day. Will be used for: coding, browsing the internet.
>>
>>43221144
...new from Lenovo?
Or from some guy who flipped the machine after he fucked up a DIY job and decided the buyer wouldn't notice until it was too late? Looks like there's crap between multiple layers.
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>>43221208
The second.
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>>43221178
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>>43221208
>>43221104
More crap in the screen
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>>43221234
OK. A few tips for once you open it up.

The silvery polarizer on the back of the LCD-proper scratches if you touch it with practically anything. If canned air can't take any stuck-on dirt off of it, cut a Q-tip in half, stick some double-stick tape on the stick (not the cotton) and try to pull it off carefully under a magnifying glass without touching the polarizer. Obviously, don't get fingerprints on it! Wear unpowdered latex gloves.

The layer right under the LCD is either a prism or a diffuser depending on the screen model. The diffusers are coated polyester; don't use the q-tip trick because if you do accidentally touch it with tape, you'll probably rip the coating off. canned air only.

The prisms are polyester. No coating. But they scratch easy.

Dirt under the prism layer won't show unless it's huge or is sticking layers together.

Hopefully canned air alone will fix you up. Unless you scratch the hell out of something or fuck up a diffuser, nothing is overly fragile. Don't use chemicals! Use clean air and be careful.
>>
I've had a used T61 for a year and a half, and I bought a WXGA+ T400 a few days ago for just $46 plus shipping. It appears to boot to BIOS, and the seller has been left positive feedback for selling others at the same price. All it needs is more RAM and a boot drive, but I've already got those covered.

>>43219931
No. Unless everything is intact and in excellent condition, has 4+GB RAM (remember, it's DDR2) and a newer hard drive, stay away. I think the T400 is beginning to supplant the T61 as the budget 14.4" Core2 Duo workhorse at that price range. You may not be able to get as good a deal as I did on the T400, but just don't pay more than $100 for a T61 at this point, if that.
>>
>>43221387
[under the prism is another diffuser, then the clear acrylic waveguide, then the rear lambertian reflector behind that. Dirt there isn't going to be visible unless it's like full of boogers or something]
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>>43221387
Thanks! It is the UXGA Flexview screen if this helps. I'm not sure if I should open it, it seems to be dieing already: when I close or open the screen sometimes black and white lines appear in a part of it. Any way of fixing that?
>>
>>43221449
Oh, that's not good. Very not good. Yes, it's dying.
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>>43221515
So it would be easier to just get a new screen.
>>
>>43221543
Definitely easier. The lines possibly mean one of the heat-bonded ribbon cables is coming apart, and there's no DIY fix for that. Once the connection breaks, it's done.
>>
>>43221178
Don't listen to
>>43221277
Get a cb5-311 (Once it comes out) or a c720-3404 and install GNU/Linux on it.
>>
>>43221578
What do you think about the QXGA screen?
>>
>>43221008
Beautiful.
>>
>>43221717
No idea. Never even touched one.
>>
>>43214635
*to whom
>>
>>43216467
>Desktop icons

>>43221178
T440s
>>
>>43218400
>pizza box
what's the enclosure for?
>>
>tfw own shit x200T
>tfw want gud x200 notebook
>tfw no one on craigslist will buy my x200t
>>
>>43214018
If that had three physical buttons for the trackpoint, I'd seriously consider getting it.
>>
>>43214959
Well, you could pick up an x220, get a 9 cell, ultrabay battery, and ssd for cheaper, and with similar performance and much better battery life
>>
>>43225491
X-series don't have ultrabays
>>
i just bought a used t530 with a 128gb ssd

it was 420$

i do good?
>>
>>43225777
not really
>>
>>43225777
*t430
>>
>>43225783
damn

it came with the hd+ screen, a dock, and the ultrabay battery
>>
I bought a used Thinkpad x201 Tablet. Got Debian installed with BSPWM and I'm pretty satisfied.

Only problems are:
1) Battery i got was kinda old, so doesn't hold charge that long. Looked online and official batteries go for over $100, and third party ones get shit reviews.

2) Tablet portion worked right away, except I can't get programs to recognize the eraser button on the stylus.
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Does anyone here have experience doing an eGPU setup with their Thinkpad's micro/mini ExpressCard slot?

It seems like these guys are the only ones that sell these things... http://www.hwtools.net/eGPU.html and they aren't exactly cheap.
>>
>>43225939
See if you can buy any old dead batteries for it, buy cheapo chinese cells and reuse the controller. Dirt cheap.

Thats what all refurb'd official batteries are anyway.
>>
>>43225967
Oh, that's a good idea. I'll have to read more about refurbing batteries
>>
I should add, this model doesn't have the nVidia Optimus graphics.
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>>43216467
X61 or T61 what should I buy?
>linux dedicated laptop
>learning system and programing
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Why do some fags say that a GNU/Leenucks distro is better than Windows for Programming.
I've been reading Java/Python lately, so I will start programming some day, and in my T60 I have W7. I don't really play games. So are there any benefits for programming or it's just /g/?
>>
>>43225939
install TLP too if you haven't
>>
>>43225939
Are you using Xournal?
>>
>>43226172
Join the church of EMACS.
>>
>>43226172
It's less intrusive, creating an tranquil and optimal development environment
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bought this earlier. also got a brand new 8 cell battery and a 120 GB SSD. I got some random laptop sticks laying around that I'm gonna test.
Anything else I can upgrade on it?
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>>43226172
/g/ doesn't do programming. I've worked with some really smart people, and the only ones who ever said "I use X, it's better for programming" are the ones who couldn't actually program.
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still trying to sell my x230 tablet

sigh
>>
>>43226496
Price?
>>
>>43226471
Do you think I will get some perfomance boost?
>>
what's the best thinkpad for battery life and being lightweight? x200s? only need it for web browsing and other minor tasks.
>>
>>43226212
Yeah, I checked xinput and eraser is listed, but Xournal doesn't detect the red eraser button.
>>
>>43226537
Fug. It's a Core Duo with 2 g ram.
>>
>>43226547
If you're buying used, you may have to spend time getting a better battery. Some used ones come with batteries that only last 1/3 of what they originally did.

Almost every auction had listed, "battery holds charge but amount untested." Expect to pay more for whatever laptop your buying calculating a new battery in.
>>
>>43226504
$850 or best offer
I'm hoping to get at least $700 for it

specs: i5, 180gb SSD, 8gb RAM, multitouch display
>>
>>43226595
How does /g/ identify a good battery. Or do I have to buy an original overpriced battery always?
>>
>>43226537
If there is a performance boost, and I highly doubt there is, you would have to be higher than Bell Labs level of skill to notice it.
>>
>>43226609
I'll give you $500
>>
>>43226537
How is the speed of your thought and fingers affected by the distro?
>>
>>43226712
Compiling large scripts may or may not be optimized for different OS's
>>
>>43226712
I meant as in the overall speed of programs/applications. I'm out since you are probably going to blow the fuck out me next reply.
>>
>>43226712
|If your OS is unriced shit, your brain capacity drops accordingly
>>
>>43226630
I'm not in a huge hurry to sell, or else I'd seriously consider that
>>
>>43226757
baka
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bought a t510 on fleabay on the 21st, still haven't received it or a tracking number. I'm a bit rustled.
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>be the first in my office to get brand new W540
>feels flimsy, laptop isn't even heavy
>power brick weighs a metric asston somehow
>having to carry this heavy POS through airports and all over creation

The specs are awesome and it was exciting to unbox, but doesn't have a thinkpad feel to it.
>>
>>43216391
As in whether you got TN or IPS?

Tilt your screen forward so you look at it from the top at a very steep angle. If the colors distort, you have a TN. If they stay roughly the same, it's an IPS.
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>HD+ screen
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T410 or X201?
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>>43227678
should have gotten a Dell
>>
Whats a light-weight, IBM-era thinkpad? I just want it for general computer. No gaming, so I don't need any graphics, decent processor and RAM though for programming and Matlab/ACL2.
>>
>>43228483
Decent RAM and IBM era don't mix well.
Perhaps an X200 would be your best option.
>>
http://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-Thinkpad-T42-Intel-Pentium-M-CPU-DVD-CD-ROM-Loaded-14-1-Laptop-/301256654891

Seems sketchy
>>
>>43228483
I forgot to mention, all CPUs in IBM era were single core.
>>
>>43228649
there's nothing sketchy about that. that laptop is worthless though. don't buy anything lower than a core 2 duo (and you're really dumb for buying something with a core 2 duo)
>>
>>43226626
You have to buy original to be sure, but the worst that normally happens with bootlegs (very often, YMMV) is to get about 80% of the capacity.
>>
>>43226172
Most of the market is on Windows, but you will find more exotic languages on *nix.
>>
>>43228483
Matlab is a bit too demanding for most IBM era thinkpads, some of the Lenovo ones are shit. ACL2 should run on anything.
>>
>>43226172
It's easier to create an ideal, personalized environment because Linux is open source and more conducive to customization and choice.

>>43226471
>/g/ doesn't do programming

I do. You obviously do. We are /g/.
>>
>>43216675
Got an x200 two days ago, currently running xubuntu 14.04 im indeed in love with this thing.
>>
>>43218974
if he's smart he'd just replace the keyboard with one from the t420 so it wouldnt matter
>>
Thinkpad Helix or Yoga? I need something with a digitizer
>>
X220 thinkpad
SPECIFICATIONS:
- Intel Core i5-2540M Processor
- 12.5" (1366 x 768)
- 256GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
- 6GB DDR3
- ExpressCard/54, SD Card Reader, Fingerprint Reader
- Classic "Think Lamp" & 7-Row Keyboard
- 9 Cell Battery (Upto 12hrs!)

for $450?

It has an SSD and 9 cell so is the extra money justified? (guide says high 300)
>>
>>43230271
X230 Tablet
>>
I'm looking at getting T410. What's the maximum memory it can support? Most of what I've found says every version supports 8GB (2x4GB) but a few say the later versions also support 16GB (2x8GB).
>>
>>43230279
9-cell battery is pretty standard, from what I've seen, majority of ThinkPads have the extended batteries.

250gb SSD is not worth $150. Even the good brand new ones aren't that much.
>>
>>43230271

Neither are thinkpads and both are shit, fuck off
>>
>>43230320
8gb is the maximum, no 16gb support until Sandy Bridge

Except for the W-series - because they had 4 RAM slots.
>>
>>43230279

No, get an x201, the x220 not only is not worth the extra but is arguably worse
>>
>>43230370
how so?
>>
http://www.ebay.com/itm/371107486930?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
is this a good deal guys?
>>
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>>43230279
No
>>
>>43216455
>>43216441
thanks
its Arch with 2bwm and docky

>>43214581

it has the single height and no flex.
god-tier keys tho

>>43217040

Battery life is meh but practically no heat or noise
>>
>x201 still hasn't arrived yet
It's gonna be the highlight of my week
>>
>>43230408

16:9
Worse keyboard
Worse build quality
>>
>I will never get a thinkpad
>>
>>43231350
>worse keyboard

doesn't it use the same keyboard as the T420 and T520 and W520...
>>
>>43231372

Maybe, but a different and worse keyboard to the x201 which is what it's being compared too
>>
>>43231372
Protip: The keyboard is only half the story. The other half is the underlying structure.

>>43231350
Trade off is that the X201 has significantly worse battery life.

>>43231352
:^)
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so I was supposed to be getting a t510 i7 8gb ram 500gb hdd for 260 off ebay, then today I get this, mind you I won auction and paid on the 21st

What should I do?
>>
>>43231445
Might as well get it driveless then buy you own drive of your preferred brand.

>scorpio black 4 lyf
>>
>>43213931
R52, yay or nay?
>>
x121e christfag cutfag linux alpha master patrician-god-tier race
>>
>>43231445
get an SSD
>>
>>43231516
why.mov
>>
>>43231516
only if free
>>
>>43232040
what if cheap
>>
>>43220832
>e(X)tremely portable
>really great business (T)ool
>(S)uper obscure
>(G)et a load of this 50kg piece of shit
>(A)re you an old man or what
>>
>>43218400
is that in odense? the exterior seems familiar
>>
>>43231445
Get the discount without the harddrive and get a better one or an SSD.
>>
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>>43231528
>x121e
>>
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The B key has come off of my X200s and to reattach it you're supposed to hook it on the small hooks in pic related but they're bent down. Is it safe to bend them back?
>>
IBM Thinkpad G40 master race
1gb of ram
Pentium 4
Lubuntu 14.04
>>
>>43233647
Okay, so I managed to get the key back on and working but it feels mushier than the other keys
>>
>>43225948
T520 - ran without problems after updating the BIOS. The eGPU basically replaced the integrated nVidia and all functionality was present

T540p - not enough address space to allocate the eGPU. Had to kick the integrated Intel GPU from the address space for the eGPU to work in Windows. No picture on internal screen, but the external one works OK.
>>
>>43233975
Looks like the scissor mechanism is missing?
There should've a little plastic pantograph thingy that keeps it straight and the key cap itself clips right onto that.
>>
>>43234719
That was on the key, it attached on with a little MacGyvering but I think I screwed up somewhere as the key feels different and is a little more recessed than the others.
>>
I'm looking into selling my T400. It has the 1440x900 display an switchable graphics. It comes with a Ultraby HDD adaptor and the docking station. It's in good condition, but has a small crack in the palm rest. Pretty standard hardware, 2.4 GHz C2D, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD.

How much should I get for this?
>>
x61t owner here
Using Crunchbang.
Is there anyway I can get the cursor on the screen to change from the arrow to a dot or something similar when I move the pen digitizer near the screen? Like how it works on windows.
>>
>>43225939
Holy shit where do I buy that bag?
>>
>>43228669
The 00 series with 3rd gen core 2 duo has similar performance as use 10 series with 1st gen core i. Arrandle is pretty shit.
>>
>>43234909
I got a similar spec except half ram and hdd for 90 last year.
>>
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Typical thinkpad owner
>>
>>43236789
Cool, thanks for stopping by
>>
>>43234739
you're supposed to put the switch in first, and then the key
>>
Why the fuck would I pick some chinkpad over this business-class beauty
>>
>>43237175
could you link me to some HP otaku forums
>>
>>43236136
Ebay. But they don't fit or work nearly as well in reality as it appears in the picture. It's solidly disappointing.
>>
What's the best x series tablet?

Don't care about power really but it needs to at least be able to run a web browser and play 720p video
>>
>>43237584
X201 because you can get an 8-cell battery for it (X220 and X230 only go up to 6-cell) and it has a 1280x800 (16:10) display as opposed to 1366x768 (16:9) which is super skinny in portrait mode.

Downsides is that most of them have low-voltage CPU's and it can't take mSATA SSD's.
>>
Anyone here done the msata mod on their x200 or x201? Since it taps into the dock's sata connectors does that mean you can't use the dock anymore?
>>
Is the screen bubble problem on the 1400x1050 x60 and x61 tablets really so bad they shouldn't consider being bought? Is there any way to repair or prevent the damage?
>>
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Need some advice,bros. Last night I received "Fan Error" on my x220. Warranty expired earlier this year. What would be the best course of action? Some said replacing the fan works. Other say its a motherboard issue. The fan spins on power up then stops. Any recommendations if I chuck this one? I quiet enjoyed by x220 up until recently. Thanks.
>>
>>43238559
clear the fan of any dust n shit and reoil it. if that doesnt work then buy a new fan on ebay. i doubt it's a motherboard issue
>>
>>43238515
Only the X61 tablet had the problem. The x60 did not use the problematic adhesive.
The problem always shows up after a given period of time. There is no way to repair the damage that's worth the time, I'm unaware of any way to prevent it.
>>
>>43238981
oiling fans does shit for the bearings they use. The oil lasts a few days/weeks, and then the bearing is still just as shot as it was before oiling it.
>>
>>43239222

Really? I thought it was the x60 too

Looks like I'm getting an x60 tablet then
>>
>>43237584
X61T XGA model fitted with an X61T SXGA+ screen.
>>
>>43239259

Doesn't it have the problem mentioned in >>43239222 though?
>>
>>43237175
model?
>>
>>43239278
whoops, typo, I meant:
X61T XGA model fitted with an X60T SXGA+ screen.
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