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look what just came in the mail, /g/
top cover is kind of scuffed up though.
what have you /g/uys /g/ot?
i plan on putting bodhi linux on it. it only has 512Mb ram and an intel centrino, but there are some videos of bodhi linux running very smoothly. i may switch to arch later on as i learn more. im kind of a beginner right now.
i have a 40,41 and 42
i can sell you some ram and an hdd for it if you want
maybe a battery.
I've got several thinkpads I want to sell off. Lemme know if anyone is interested
1gb ram, regular shitty hdd and shitty screen. comes with a NIB OEM battery
same as above
trashed screen, no ram, no hdd, no battery
20 bux shipped
>r32, 2 r52
work fine, shitty specs
each is 20 bux shipped
>comes with pen
i also have a t400 but no one likes those
If you're doing serious number input, then there's no hope. You'll just have to deal with the one build into the qwerty block, or the number row on the keyboard or get an external.
I'd like to know too. You're far from the first who's had the problem.
And thus is why they should've kept the latch. Fun thought: there's magnets in the bezel of the X220t but they don't really do anything, the spring thingy in the hinge does the work.
fuck you thinkpad faggots
i fell for the ruse a year ago and got a t430
absolute piece of shit with the worst screen I have ever seen in my life
I have posted this before but I'll try again:
Approx. 5 days ago I bought an -almost- new ThinkPad x200. The BIOS had a supervisor password on it.
I opened the thing up, shortened out the SDA & SCL pins on the EEPROM chip. It skipped me straight to BIOS, without using a password, but options were still greyed out (couldn't edit them).
I tried another method (from AllService.ro forum). Basically it involves building a small electrical circuit and hooking the EEPROM to a serial port.
I was able to dump my BIOS binary file but the password was not visible on the designated address. (because my bios is TCPA encrypted).
Now this forum called AllService is offering a service to unlock TCPA encrypted BIOSes. They modify your binary file with the password, and you'll have to cook it back.
Because I don't want to spend 40 euros on that shit I want to try to do it myself. It seems quite logical.
I have found the hex address where the password resides. I am thinking about wiping it out and replacing it with 0's, then cooking it back to the BIOS. One of my concerns is the checksum of the binary file, and how the beast is gonna handle it.
Has anyone been through the same situation as me? I'd like some more information about the process because I'll probably end up bricking.
>i fell for the ruse a year ago and got a t430
Not so great being in the exclusive club when you find out the majority of them are idiots. At least their false sense of superiority keeps them in one thread.
I was going to buy x201 but I was not happy with outputs on this thing. Thank God, I found Dell E6410 for the same price with better screen and outpout layout.
Those red trackpoint from thinkpad will fit Dell keyboard?
>Those red trackpoint from thinkpad will fit Dell keyboard?
The holes seem to be the same, but ThinkPad nubs are mushroom-shaped while the Dell ones seem to be just cylindrical, so I'm not sure how would that work.
Guys, what's the best OS (and distro if GNU/Linux) for an X200?
I'm mainly gonna be using it for a note-taking and textbook-viewing device, with a bit of light web browsing. I'm moderately experienced with GNU/Linux but don't want something that's high maintenance.
It arrives tomorrow, the 1.86GHz version with a 160GB HDD; but I'm unsure of the version of the screen. It's this one in the picture.
You are fucking stupid. No one likes T430 here, If you ever buy anything past T420 series you are dumb sheep and pay for thinkpad brand instead of quality. Thinkpads are susposed to be bought as cheap laptops that will last. That's why you are susposed to fish for good deals and buy cheapest you can. This way no matter what happens you have no regrets, and plenty of those will last for next 10 years. I use X61 myself, dirt cheap, just werks, small and portable.
If you actually want somewhat new machine don't buy thinkpad. Thinkpads are dead, new thinkpads are not worth shit. Go buy Dell latitude.
Are you going to be using the laptop display or an external monitor? Are you going to be mobile/do you need portability? Budget?
Because you could also just get a dock for the ThinkPad and pretty much use it as a desktop replacement. Wouldn't have to use the laptop keyboard, touchpad, or small screen. Then you can just pop it off whenever you need to take it with you.
There is no such a thing as the best. Xubuntu or Mint with Cinnamon. Debian Sid or Arch if you want rolling release. Crunchbang or Debian stable if you don't mind using 2 years old kernel. Gentoo if you like compiling. That's it.
Also any GNU/linux will work on x200.
It's got the i5-520M and a 1280x800 glossy screen. I have spare RAM and an SSD which I would put in there but I'd really like one with a matte screen and preferably higher resolution. Can't find anything like that in that price range though
I'm having a problem with my x220's webcam
It's not detected by Ubuntu or Mavericks at all, and there's no option to enable/disable it in the BIOS as far as I can tell.
I think it's there; I ran "lsinput" in Terminal and one of the events includes "video/input0"
Pretty much. Your wifi may or may not work with Debian or Crunchbang, it's piss easy to make it work anyway. With Ubntoo and Mint everything should work oob. Arch and Gentoo will work if you make it work.
chip off near the expresscard slot
both of the rubber lidholders are gone
standard single point wacom digitizer, no finger shit
please excuse the mess, in the middle of moving the wife out
holy fuck that's grubby
she's moving overseas for a year for work
>Has anyone been through the same situation as me?
yep, did all the same shit you did to try to undo the damn password. I ended up just buying a new x200 mobo from ebay for $20 bucks
From certain T410 models to all T and W series lines in subsequent generations yes. It's called nvidia optimus.
Although the T400's ATi graphics solution was switchable through some dark magic.
I'm looking to buy an x220 but I'm wondering what kind of battery life can one expect?
I'm assuming the battery I'll get with it will be worthless, so how is it with aftermarket 6 or 9 cell ones? For avarage wifi/3g web browsing with medium+ brightness?
>I'm assuming the battery I'll get with it will be worthless
Why? It's only 2 years old. It shouldn't be in that bad of condition... I own a T420 and X220 and the batteries were in good condition when I got them.
It's safe to assume you can get about 1 hour per cell. Obviously it varies with what you're doing and what your settings are.
Because people tend to not give a shit.
My own father bought his crappy Dell laptop, which in the last 5 years I've never seen him move outside of our house, regardless battery was kept in and I'm pretty sure it has never used up an entire cycle in its life - before dying due to negligence.
Plus the ebay listing saying "good battery 2 hours" is not that promising either.
no i-series or transnote sadly....
transnotes seem to be sub $200, there was a spectacular model being sold for $180, 100% working but I didn't nab it, now broken/missing parts units are sold for that much on eBay.
I would like to get an i-1124, its basically between the ThinkPad 240X and X20.
There is also a silver I series I would want to get, most other aren't sweet with the exception that some can be used to play CDs without the unit being turned on completly.
Few of them are ugly however, after buying an 280Z, I don't care for the size factor as the tradeoff in keyboard feel isn't great. 770X is a fucking anvil to carry.
I need to be able to get my 365XD in a working order, maybe I can browse 4chan on it one day... I love typing on it.
Thanks, though the lid and body aren't scuffed that badly, a nice job of carbon fiber wrap sells a ThinkPad very easily.
Here's what I think of you thinkpad elitists
So, my T410 doesn't turn on anymore. I was using it yesterday through the battery cause I didn't have a power outlet available and I use it till the battery was at 5% and turn it self off.
Now it does nothing when I press the power button, with or without the battery, the only thing I can see is the battery charging signal, but that's it. I'm guessing the motherboard is dead.
Neither, A31p has a crap clone of what you asked, here's what I bought. It doesn't have texture, just a 2D look of carbon fiber, kinda gay.
For the X-series on the right I have this, it has a somewhat glossy cover.
I don't have a for the one on the left, though it doesn't have a top finish, so you feel the texture, slighly better to see.
Thanks for the info. I'm really digging the way you cover the "Lenovo" badges. Thinking of doing the same to mine and convering it with another IBM sticker in the same orientation the original Lenovo badge is...
My vinyl is a crappy DiNoc clone. But it gets the job done. Nice job on covering the sides. I always get wrinkles on the corners of the top lid. :(
Yeah the CF vinyl can be a pain, espeically if it bends, it could show a wrinkle when applied.
I just do quite a few cuts on the edges before appling, so that it can wrap around and overlap to a decent finish where it doesn't bubble or have a sharp edge. I'm getting better, gonna wrap a W500 soon because it was scratched up badly.
Shit sells easily.
There's a few refurb'd T440p in the outlets for under 1K, a few X240's under $800, dunno if they let payment plans on those models.
There was maybe one T440 which had a HD+ screen... Don't look at the E-series on there, I saw an L520 but it probably has a shitty WXGA screen and that awful uncentered keyboard.
The L440 seems decent, still has the black color of the ThinkPad line and you don't have to take out the whole bottom end to get to the HDD or RAM, still has a door for it.
>What do you mean by "cuts market", anon?
Something like this
The screen is not a huge deal if you're using it as a work machine. And the chiclet keyboard is just as rugged and accurate. It's only a matter of faste.
There are actually no cuts, anon. I cut a big enough sheet and apply it on the surface, then i cut the rest with an hobby knife. I tried my best to even out the corners on the edges of the lid with a blowdrier but a few wrinkles/folds remain. Shit sucks, but i guess i could've done a lot worse. I'll take a picture when i get back home from work.
It's fucking nothing. It's not my first ThinkPad and let me you that i'm very glad i got this before it was impossible to get them new..
The screen is a not a huge deal. I'm also sure someone will come up with an easier mod to replace it.
Also, sauce on the keyboard being just as good/better: I couldn't agree more:
Hey after researching a lot I was gonna buy a PC but they are so god damn expensive that I'm going to buy a laptop instead since it's going to be better for me since my electricity isn't very stable and on the weeks I'm not at home.
Are W series a good choice? I want this baby to last me a while and I'm gonna use it mostly to write and browse the web.
The screen must be good, I can always use a external screen but I mostly want it to be customizable (Add RAM, SSD, replace CPU and/or screen if possible).
I was thinking about the T420 or a W510.
It's too expensive for me.
I already did the math and it's going to cost me nearly 15000 pesos (that's around 1500 USD). I can't afford that. A UPS would make the price scale at least 300 USD more.
Do you live in some sort of shithole? Why are pc components so expensive?
>what are limitations to getting stuff shipped over? (eg taxes/customs/etc for gifts)
I need to like pay some taxes in order to get a level 2 status on some government agency that I can't get because I'd need to pay even more taxes and only companies can get it.
And even if I get it, I'd have to pay the item, plus shipping, plus 50% of the product+shipping and 35% of the item+shipping because I'd have to be using USD instead of ARS.
A 100 USD item would cost me 185 USD, assuming shipping is free.
And on top of that, I'd have to wait 1 month to get it and pray to God they don't steal it.
>plus 50% of the product+shipping and 35% of the item+shipping because I'd have to be using USD instead of ARS.
is this for gifts too? i've got some old thinkpads i can let go for cheap
no gifts and books don't pay taxes but i dont want it because they are going to steal it at customs or at the mail
i appreciate your kindness but if they do that im going to lose money and you're going to lose a thinkpad
Found this on local Craiglist: Lenovo Thinkpad T400 laptop - $65
Is this good, Anon? Need to find out the spec and see if it's working... say battery is low and seller don't have a ac adapter. Waiting for his response.
Yes, but still the possibility exists. I don't want to drag you into this I'm really sorry. I can buy a ThinkPad here we were talking about computer parts, those I can't get here for cheap.
I'm gonna get an old nice t40 soon. The frame is broken in two places, left side by the screen and right side by the Cd drive.
Any ideas on repairs/mods? Can I change the Cd drive for something useful? Battery maybe? Any advice greatly appreciated.
Well its free. Kinda like the old ones. I've tried it and it's good enough for browsing g and writing things. I it as a fun project too. If I end up studying more I'd probably get something more powerful.
Ok, so I bought both a T420 and a W520, and that's a pretty long story in itself, but I have a more specific question: When watching an identical video on both laptops, when there is a slow pan in the footage, my W520 will display it as jittery, while my T420 displays it smoothly. Why is this and how can I fix it?
Just ordered another 4gb stick for my t420.
Runs almost perfect on the stock 4gb, but I'm having problems when I run a vm + a lot of tabs. It'll also help with imagemagick shizzle.
Ive had this t420 for about a year and jesus fuck, it's the best piece of tech I've handled. Upgrading/taking it apart is the easiest thing in the world. The quality over all is great. Damn, love the 1600x900 screen, I've been using it for work and home stuff. Only wish the viewing angles were slightly better, but fuck that for now. And the keyboard is god tier.
T420 - integrated
W520 - optimus
Video is in an mkv container, not totally sure what the actual file type is
MPC-HC on both
Windows 7 Professional on both
They're both connected to the internet
No. They've really skimped with everything that make a Thinkpad a Thinkpad except for the screen. (build quality, full voltage CPUs, keyboard)
Now-a-days. your best bet is to get an HP EliteBook or a Dell Latitude. If cost is no object, how about you get a w701ds and shitpost on /g/ about it? It should last you forever, as well.
But if you're really set on a thinkpad, get a pre-2012 X, T or W without the s or i suffix. (x220, t420 and w520). If you're not sure, here's a pretty good guide:
Holy shit, /g/. I've come up with the best idea ever. When I go through with it, I'll greentext it for you. So anyway, here's my idea. Get a Thinkpad older than a T60, and take it to the apple store.
Once there, I'm going to talk to one of the sales associates and say
"Hey, I have this old beater laptop that I'm looking to replace. The thing is, I love the build quality. Can you do this with Macs?" and as I say that, drop it on the ground.
I want to see the look of terror on his face, and what he says in response to that.
As stated earlier, I'll greentext when I go through with it. Maybe take pics of his face, also.
I'm not set on a Thinkpad, but it has to be brand new, not second hand. And a reliable, robust and long life design. I don't need top performance, any i5 with 4-6 gigs will do.
Will take a look at HP EliteBook or a Dell Latitude, thanks anon
Then enlighten me.
Are you paying for it yourself or is your employer?
But the Dell M4800 is a great machine still.
After hearing complaints about the W540, and knowing that there are heating and throttling issues since the ThinkPad W510, I'd get the Dell, espeically since they have an excellent warranty plan.
To be honest, I am thinking about getting it to replace my W700ds
My employer hadn't had an IT guy in their 15+ years of business. I came in about 6 months ago and purchased several dozen thinkpad t410's. Boss flips his shit on me now a couple months later because every single one doesn't have HDMI-out for his garbage Sharper Image pocket projector.
Any recommendations on cheap models with HDMI out? Anything I've seen with HDMI is still 500-600+ off lease.
>and then you realized nearly every laptop manufacturer still puts VGA on their laptops
Also, DisplayPort is better than HDMI in every way.
I got two W500's im about to sell that seem to come with them, which means the T500 can have them.
X200 (non tablet) has them as well.
A few Z-Series had them also, but they needed the motherboard to come with the camera, can't just add it on.
My X300 has one as well, so did the X301
T400 may have one, unsure, I doubt any of the 14" or 15" 4:3 had enough space for them
A couple I am refurbishing just arrived, and both are a surprise - I never knew the X201t came with an IPS screen, perhaps it's after market but it is pen enabled so I'm not sure, and the T410s is even more of a surprise. It's actually lighter than the X201t, has a SSD, and the screen is gorgeous, with that heavenly 16:10 aspect ratio - it might just become my "on the road" machine of choice. Good stuff.
>mfw MacBooks are more durable than Thinkpads
What kind of battery life y'all getting on linux? I can squeeze out 4 hours normally, 5 if I try hard enough.
>Dad asks me to do an e-waste run of old computer shit
>Asks me to take an 'old' laptop of a sales associated he fired from his previous job
>Lo and behold, it's a T410 with an i5 520M in it
>Right off the bat, upgraded the ram and put a SSD in it
>Cleaned the fan and re-applied thermal paste when it started shutting off on me (how the fuck did the salesperson use this?)
>Nearly all divers can be downloaded through Windows Update
Wow, this thing rocks.....
If only it had an mSATA in it, it would be perfect
7.5 hours of regular work (80-90% brightness, wifi, "on-demand" cpu, no keyboard backlight or thinklight) i can get up to 10 hours if i turn off the wifi switch and underclock to 1.20 ghz. Thinkpad T430 with 9 cell battery.
woah woah woah, it's not useless
some people have uses for WLAN/WWAN modules
But that's correct, T410 does not support mSATA. >>43006864 The Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge lines do support mSATA.
are there any good fairly cheap lte wwan cards that work with the t410?
and im too scared to put my sim card into my laptop since the only way to get it out is a shitty plastic tab
X220 is a 12.5" laptop and the T420 is a 14".
The X220 only came with integrated graphics, the T420 had optional Nvidia graphics. X220 has no ultrabay which means no cd/dvd reader. X220 was stuck with 1366x768, T420 could go up to 1600x900.
The X220 Tablet only came with up to a 6-cell battery, the regular X220 and T420 could go up to 9-cell batteries.
I got myself a new T420 about year ago. My only complaints are about the substandard plastic casing ThinkPads seem to have these days, especially the screen bezel flex, the looseness around the palmrest and on the sides. Other than these "aesthetic issues", as far as computing is concerned, it serves me fine.
You're either very stupid or very troll.
8/10, made me reply and do a quick google search: http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=104688
So glad I bought my thinkpad :3
I see that old linksys WUSB54GC wireless g adapter in that dell. Don't you just love having to use proprietary drivers?
anybody got multiple monitors hooked to an X series?
>btw i"m a girl :^)
So what? Do you want special treatment? That's asking for condescension and/or sexism, mainly because you implied you think it makes a difference what answer you'll get for that question, if you point out that you had a vagina at birth.
>awkwardly sized photo
>failed to give a proper middle finger
>"elitists" dislike the model
>lighting could use some work, as there's a blurry red outlining your hand, and the flash reflection is bothersome, jack
Fedora was my first or second (I think second?) and I have yet to understand it. It feels like it doesn't quite work for anyone, and when it doesn't work, the support community calls you stupid and tells you to use ubuntu instead (at least on irc, after your google-fu fails)
Trisquel uses Linux-libre, which means it's missing some binary blobs in the Linux kernel, that you may need to use all the hardware on your computer. There are IBM Thinkpads with core 2 duos resold with Linux-libre distros on them, but that doesn't mean every Thinkpad will work. You might end up just wanting to use Ubuntu, Mint, or Arch, as Trisquel is based off Arch.
I mean it felt like it when I used it, random chunks of OS were just missing, because they half-held on to a policy of free licenses and all, requiring most users to use rpmfusion. It didn't feel like it was made for the user, but rather just as a testing environment for software to be put in Red Hat later on. Don't get me wrong; I like the idea of testing bleeding-edge software for Red Hat, but it didn't feel like I could do much more than use firefox and mumble, without needing some kind of fix. I did use LXDE spin instead of default for a while, and my graphics chips were always too new for the drivers, I suppose, so obviously YMMV.
Honestly, you can just install it, check if your hardware works, and then install a new one on top of it if it fails. You would only not want to do this if you have an SSD, or limited time/patience. The installs aren't even that long, and if you're coming from windows, IMO going through multiple different install processes could be a helpful Linux experience.
I don't even use fedora right now; I'm just using ubuntu (yes I know, pleb) with a few proprietary pieces added.
When I had fedora, I still played nonfree games, (I still do) and to make them work at all, I needed the AMD nonfree driver to my A10 4600M APU to make anything really work. Beside that and S3 texture compression, the rpmfusion things I remember using were free software, but still not included with the normal repo. RPMFusion is split into free and nonfree, with free being things like audacity-freeworld, with its mp3 codecs etc. OGG and FLAC master races, but sometimes you have to download an MP3.
>Is it complicated?
It's the same as replacing any hard drive.
>Also, what's a caddy bay? Do I need one?
Yes, you need the hard drive caddy if the laptop you bought doesn't have one. Unless you like to have a woobly hard drive hanging only by the sata connector.
You might also need the door for the hard drive bay.
People like to throw everything in the trash when they sell those corp laptops.
Native chink speaker here, your grammar is as wrong as "I am regret, I am not a smart", "My handwritten work is naughty/not working/badly behaved."
Please don't use it ever again.
"Honor" is the original spelling, somewhere along the way the British decided to make things more Frenchy.
The original spelling remained in some colonies. Also, UK English is irrelevant now, even if we hate it.
You sound like my mother with her "true English" tirades. I got this habit of saying "zed" from her.
Huelander here, just for reference.
British English isn't irrelevant. We have some of the greatest literature which could only be truly experienced in their original language and spelling, just as if you were reading Indian or Asian literature.
oh that's just a sticker, you can take it off
it's worth it
TF2 can run well on the T60p, T61p, T400 and T500 with Radeon graphics, X201 and of course anything newer than those.
TF2 can be run, somewhat poorly, on the regular T60, T61, T400 and T500 with Intel Graphics, X60, X61 and X200.
If you stretch you might be able to run TF2 on the T43p or even the T42p.
1: Work is underway to make new Sandy Bridge boards for the T40 and T60 series
2: It seems like the Core 2 Duo is never going to become truly "outdated". I get that there's i series processors that are more powerful than it now, but holy shit, the thing is 8 years old. It really shows how much we've stagnated - if this were the Pentium 4 era, an 8 year old CPU would be a 486.
There's always a decent laptop out there for the price; Thinkpad brand was just a good line of them, that fit most of the specific desires of these kinds of people.
Who knows? Maybe System76 will have good build quality, or maybe we'll all just start making our own laptops from barebones kits. Maybe we'll just 3d print the body and put the parts together on a laptop motherboard.
Give me tech support, g (i-if you feel like it)
Bought R51 for cheap (I know), but can't remove the boot password.
Went through standard process to remove the boot pass (remove cmos battery etc), but boot password still remains. This is not the supervisor password AFAIK and I have never been asked for one. It has both the icon and behavior of the boot pass.
Am I screwed?
Why is it that a Raspberry Pi can supposedly run 1080p video with little or no problem, but my T60 chokes at anything above 480p? Does it all come down to the OS? The Pi runs RaspBMC which I'm guessing is pretty light
anyone need the lenovo restore disks?
I have 2 versions for the x201.
Windows 7 pro 64bit and 32bit
(lenovo/ibm fucked up and sent me the 32 bit by accident)
I'm thinking about making a torrent for each.
Yes, you should do that.
Wish I had the restore disks for my ThinkPads, but I don't.
Not like it's that hard to just install the Lenovo bloatware and wallpapers afterwards anyways, but it would be nice.
I will upload to Mega as soon as I get home
Also Just a side note.
These restore disks are also for the following thinkpads as well.
X200,x301,x200s,x200 tablet type
I just got an x200, but it runs win xp at the moment, so I want to switch to linux.
What distro can you guys recommend?
I'm not too experienced with linux, and want to use the ThinkPad mainly for surfing and watching some movies.
I was thinking MINT, maybe Manjaro?
Nope. I have the sister model, the E540.
If you're looking for ThinkPad-tier build quality, stay away. If you want a cheap laptop that performs decently, then I would recommend it.
Pic related, me and my bitch.
Why not just download a billion .iso's and try them all on VM's first?
Mint, Manjaro, xubuntu, kubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu MATE...
Also don't forget to install TLP in Linux. Power management and you can set the charge thresholds for the battery.
Xubuntu and Mint are pretty good choices.
Is there anything specific to look out for when configuring TLP? I've got it running on my X60s but I feel like it's not configured properly, I'm only getting 5-6 hours of battery life on my 9-cell and I guess I just expected more. It could just be showing it's age.
Very hard to get used to, that's for sure.
Otherwise, it's alright. It's just different.
Although if I remember correctly, the E545 has a classic styled trackpad with separate buttons, whereas mine is a shitty clickpad design.
Sorry for late reply btw.