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Old thread >>45737922

Buying Guide: http://ktgee.net/thinkpad-guide

Resources:
http://www.thinkwiki.org/
http://www.thinkpads.com/forum/
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why would somebody do that?
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Got my x220 today. 8GB , i5 2.5, 320gb hd

My God what a little beast this thing is.
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>>45761541
IPS or TN?

If you aren't already on linux you get ~2 hours extra battery life with tlp.
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My x220t failed today.

I am almost a little bit disappointed.
Maybe here is someone who can help me.

It won't start anymore. No LEDs, no Fan nothing happens. It also wont charge the battery. At least the LED is not on.

Could it be the power connector? How can i be sure that this is the faulty part?

The charger is not the problem. It works with my t410.
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>want to get a ThinkPad to replace my dying laptop
>good ones are expensive as fuck (at least for me)
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>>45760350
>clip
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>First thinkpad
>t540p
>i7 quadcore, 16gb ram, 500gb hdd
>it stays quiet under load (prime95 for benckmarking, another tool from work that I will use more often)
>windows recognizes all devices that are necessary to run it and to connect to the networks
I'm not disappointed so far.
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>>45761876
>first ThinkPad
>a chinkpad

Hate to break it to you, m8...
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>>45761589
http://www.masnick.com/2007/09/07/the-secret-thinkpad-powerbutton-code-to-bring-dead-laptops-back-to-life/

You can also play with multimeter.
Have fun.
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I am about to buy a t520 with 1600x900 screen and 9 cell battery for 300€

I will soon be part of the thinkpad masterrace :3

- love, /p/
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>>45761949
Y-you too.

>>45761929
>the informality of that IBM support guy
From personal experience, IBM customer support is comfy as fuck.
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>>45761949
>tfw no free botnet where I live
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>>45761884

Every thinkpad since 2006 is a chinkpad. Nothing bad about it either, everything is produced in China.
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What's the deal with x220 mouse shaking while charging? Happens in any Linux distro and w7 so must be hardware :(
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Look at this beauty I just bought
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>>45762874

w510? Can't tell from the blurry pic.
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Does the x200 and x200t have bluetooth built-in? Or is the model too old before bluetooth became standard components?
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>>45762929
My x200 has bluetooth.
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>>45762887
T510
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>>45761884
Its a ThinkPad, cmon.

That argument is like saying new Porsches aren't real because they don't have aircooled engines.

>>45762929
Might be optional, check to see if there is a Bluetooth symbol on your LSD clearplate. If not, I think they go for like $12, or just get a micro USB Bluetooth.
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>>45762978
i'm currently on a x200t doesn't to have the LED light for bluetooth. Windows 10 doesn't show it neither. Haven't look at my x200 though.
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>>45763117
right on saucy... i have a bt adapter just wondering if my x200t had it built-in or not. Haven't try to see on my x200.
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>>45761589
Google "Thinkpad button trick" and perform it precisely without battery or external power connected. It's famous and often works. Try it several times.

I've owned a T61 since 2009 and revived it three times with this method. I also revived an Ebay organ donor that was in perfect condition otherwise.

Also visit the Thinkpad Forums. If your system board is dead there are many options such as what I do, which is buy either a working notebook with a damaged display, or buy a base with system board attached (usually cheaper than loose system boards) and swap everything over. Lenovo manuals are wonderful and replacement Pad screw kits are dirt cheap off Ebay if you need any screws.

For a few dollars, treat yourself to a Wiha masterrace screwdriver. I stick an old hard disk magnet to the shank to retain screws as I remove them.

http://www.amazon.com/Wiha-Phillips-Screwdriver-Precision-Handle/dp/B0006OBFOA
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>>45762929
My X200t has Bluetooth
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>>45761541
Jelly. I was considering it, too, but ended up with an X201. Can't say I'm dissatisfied, I hardly ever need the extra performance.
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>>45763236
does yours have the bluetooth led on the indicator panel?
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I just check my x200 and it does have the bluetooth led on the led indicator panel, but my x200t doesn't. So my x200t appear to not have it.
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>>45763358
Yeah
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>>45763358
Not that guy, but my x200t also has bluetooth, and my indicator panel goes:

Wifi, Bluetooth, WWAN, Num lock, caps lock, hdd access, power indicator, battery, charging indicator, sleep
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Is buying a x220 with a fucked up mobo for ~150 worth it? I'd replace the mobo with a new one, which would cost under $200 it seems. Worth it or no?
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>>45763434
Forgot to add, it comes with no hard drive (would replace with an SSD) and sellers on eBay have i5 mobos for $60, and i7 mobos for $75.
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>>45763411
yeah mine has Wifi, <Blank>, WWAN, num lock......
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I didn't believe you guys but the value I got for 200$ is insane. It's so fast, can't wait to install linux on it ( it was sold with 7 )
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>>45763657
what did you get?
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MERRY CHRISTMAS /tpg/!
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>>45763670
>>45762874
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>>45761417
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t520

do i buy one with 128gb ssd
or 320gb hdd? (the latter is 10€ more expensive wtf)

my fear is that the ssd is almost done for, since it's a 2011 notebook
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My T530 continues to hard shutoff randomly.

Now convinced that it's suffering from static discharge or something. Fuck.
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>>45763964
>buying a chiclet keyboard chinkpad
we told you brah
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>>45763988
Ha, I know man.
I like everything otherwise, which is why this makes me sad.
(And I secretly like the keyboard a lot).
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>want a cheap ultraportable
>choice of X201 vs X220
>can wait for a while

Is waiting until X220 units on ebay are around £150 or buy a cheaper X201 now at around £100?
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Soon to add x220t and t60 to my harem. Cant wait to go back home and pick it up
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>>45764107
if the difference in screen resolution isn't a concern, then by all means go for the x201.
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>>45764129
It's certainly the best chiclet I've ever used, and maybe the best laptop keyboard I've run into.
People will obviously disagree with the latter statement, but whatever.
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I just purchased 4 T61's for 140$.
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>>45764129
it's better than most other laptop keyboards, just much shittier than the original ibm versions

that's why it gets good reviews from people who have never touched a thinkpad before lenovo came and fucked everything up
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>>45764139
Is it a better machine?
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>>45764245
The tactile feel is not the problem, it's the layout of the keyboard.

Sadly despite producing a really nice feeling keyboard they fucked it up with the layout.
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Just bought a t410 for around 200€, got a free bag aswell, what now?
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>>45764285
install gentoo
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>>45764171
Sweet. I flash Middleton BIOS on all the ones which cross my desk. Visit the Thinkpad Forums for more T61 info.
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>>45764265
£100 is a fair deal for an x201. the performance improvement won't really be worth the extra £50
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Just got a t60 dock, but I was wondering if my 65W charger will still be able to power them both or do I need a 90W one. Anyone know?
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>>45764379
Are you using more than 65W?
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How do you guys feel about the T450 and the new x1 leak? Trackpoint buttons are back so i may finally upgrade from my aging x301 to either a T450s or the new x1 depending on the asci keyboard layout for the x1.
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>>45764450
>two Esc buttons
>two Delete buttons

fake
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http://www.51nb.com/viewnews-96488.html

http://www.51nb.com/viewnews-96564.html

http://www.51nb.com/batch.download.php?aid=122289
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>>45764450
>>45764501
>>45764519
Man, these have been viraled a lot in the last week.

>Media keys over function keys
>Page forward back replaced by page up/down
>Double delete/esc
>Chicklet keyboard
>Those hinges

I'll pass.
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>>45764450
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>>45764329
Thanks for the info. I'm keeping one t61 and putting an ssd in it the others I'll probably sell.
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I just ordered a t420s with i7 2.7 ghz, 4gb sdram, and 320gb storage
Anything to upgrade when it arrives?
Is it good?
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>>45764936
Be our hero and install a t440p full HD screen on it, then report back to update the wiki
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>>45764936
Get an SSD
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Should I get x200s + crucial mx 100 ssd or x301 (Both with 9400 cpu)?
How is the performance with the ssd that x301 comes with?
Also I've noticed that x301 has slower cpu?
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>>45765058
If you're going to get an x200s you may as well just get an x200t, same speed and tablet input it sweet. Don't get the x301. What are the prices?
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>>45764980
Where can i get one of those? Google doesnt help me a lot
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I'm looking for a replacement motherboard for an X220, and I've found one for $75 on eBay.

However, the seller says that it doesn't have a CPU. From what I understand, all of the mobos have CPUs soldered in, is this seller retarded?

Should I buy a mobo for $75, and a broken X220 for $100 and then fix it?

pls gib advice
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>>45765093
The issue here would be that I'm an eastern eurofag, tablets are so rare here that x61t for like 300$.
x301 would cost me ~220$
x200s would cost me ~120$.
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>>45764936
>>45764980

I've posted this quite a bit, but I've never gotten round to doing it...

Even if the model of thinkpad is different, can you replace the screen with a different model screen, so long as they are the same size, connector type and have the same screw layout?

I'm wanting to upgrade my s440 (yes, chicklet, fuck off) from 720p to 1080p and there are multiple models that are "supported" or "the same". Could I just do a quick swap of screens and be done? Or will it require something else like extra drivers etc??

Thanks.
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>>45765093
>may as well just get an x200t, same speed and tablet input it sweet.
That's fucking stupid. If you're not going to actually take advantage of the tablet feature, you're just adding on unnecessary weight.
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>>45765172
The x301 feels a lot better in terms of build quality and material. But it is definitely slower.
What kind of performance are you expecting from a laptop? I have one, and it's decent for programming and school work.
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Just got my T420 in the mail and already I love it way more than my cheap piece of shit laptop.

>need a name for the user account

shit
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>>45765327


>need a name for the user account

If I roll dubs, your name is nigerkiller.
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>>45765344
>>45765344
FUCKING YES.!!!!!!!!!
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>>45765281
It's mainly going to be used for light programming, web usage and media on the go, so battery would be priority for me.
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>>45765361
I get 3-4 hours on my x301. I dunno about the X200s but I did have a x200 which was faster and had better battery life.
But the general feel of the x301 and the keyboard is probably the best. It's hard to explain it, but the x200 just cheap compared to the x301.
Oh and I also have to mention, the screen on the x301 is fucking dog shit.
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>>45765397
Thanks.
Are you using linux or windows? I wonder how's situation with linux battery life at the moment. I remember using xubuntu on my old asus laptop, but the battery life was terrible compared to what windows could achieve.
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>>45765447
I currently use linux. I could squeeze out 3-4 hours with a pretty lightweight debian installation with just spectrwm.
I get like 2-2.5 hours with fedora 21 and gnome though.
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>>45765447
Battery life between Linux and Windows are the same if set up properly.

OOTB Linux is terrible though, yes.
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>said LSD clearplate

Sorry it was a fun morning at work.

>>45763657
Thats good, W500's still get sold for that price.

>>45765169
Just make sure that the FRU or P/N is correct on the motherboard, might mistake the listing for the wrong machine.
But yes, X-Series has soldiered CPUs, unless someone decided to desoldier it.
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>>45765838
Thanks saucey. The laptop is an X220 (i5 model), and the baord I'm looking at is this:

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Lenovo-ThinkPad-X220-Laptop-Motherboard-/311221542687?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&hash=item48763fdf1f

Would I be able to swap out the original mobo for a i7 mobo? The better CPU and USB3 capability would be nice.
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so /tpg/ after my old toshiba pleb tier laptop is beginning to die on me which thinkpad is a good replacement for it? An X220 or T420.

Both have the appropriate specs and i'm going for the i5 variant on both models anyways. What really bothers me is what model can potentialy have the longest battery life.

Then again upgrading from a single core NB-500 to a laptop equally older is a bit odd.
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>>45764450
>still have the large ass trackpad
5/10
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>>45765892
Hesitant to say yes, go for it, as I do not know if the port placement is different on the i7.

Also that motherboard is sketchy as well, ask for the FRU if possible, and see if that FRU is an i7 board.

Checking Lenovo's HMM for the X220 mobo FRUs:
>http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/0a60739.pdf

04W1427
04W1428
04W1530
04W1531

All come with the same 7-2620M, just some have AMT, TPM, AES, first FRU has them all, last doesn't have em.


>>45766008
I would think an i3 model will have better battery life on whichever laptop you get, though it will have less performance.
T420 can be fitted with a slice battery, so that and switchable graphics, the machine will last longer i'd think.
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>>45766510
Alright thanks for the tip, i think i can get an original T420 battery here rather cheaply, but i'd still go for the i5 model since they are easier to find.

Also what do you mean by switchable graphics? do you mean some of them come with Nvidia GPU's?
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>>45764379
Docks take little power and are essentially port extensions.
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>>45764670
Check dem Ultrabay caddies while Ebaying the other T61s. Generics worked fine for me and others, and make adding a drive or rescuing data from one very easy. I keep one T61 just for utility work because they are so handy. I sell the "pretty" units and put the uggos to use.
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>>45765892
I strongly suggest checking the Thinkpad Forums for details of the swap because they have so many experts there. They crush the factory Lenovo forums by comparison.
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>>45766510
>04W1427

>$1,038.00 direct

what the actual fuck is going on
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