buying guide : http://ktgee.net/post/49423737148/thinkpad-guide
I wish my Thinkpad wasn't broken.
It had my kick ass riced linux distro installed and it fucked up a few months ago.
IT STOPPED CHARGING
THE POWER OUTLET ON THE BACK ISN'T WORKING
And you know what's worse of it all? I don't even know how to fix it. I've tried taking the cover off and going inside, but the damn laptop is guarded to the brim with metal sheets which make it impossible to dust off and repair any broken or loose connections.
I'm so fucked. I will never get another laptop. I was starting to write my novel on it too. Someone please help me get my babby thinkpad back.
I know, but I can't afford another laptop. Mom's on welfare and I'm in college working 20 hours a week just to pay for my food and living expenses. I looked up the hardware manual and I have to take apart the fucking LCD just to get to the damn thing.
>You can get an enclosure for it real cheap and at least access your files on another computer if its vital.
They're not vital so much as the hardware was necessary for mobile computing. I liked my distro.
>Otherwise, time to get handy
Maybe I can just work overtime.
you can get a drive enclosure or something for about $10 and access your data
USB 3.0 for less than $15
9 cell best cell
I'm fairly impressed with Ubuntu's power management out of the box so far. It's been a while since I used Linux on a laptop, but yesterday night I realized there was nothing really tying me to Windows anymore so I installed it and it works quite nicely on my X220. Only problem is that the dashboard thing is slower than I'd like
>I don't even know how to fix it
Google the service manual.
x200 tablet coming thru. Just got it in the mail yesterday... after cleaning it with 2 clorox wipes looks to be in good condition... just a scruff marks on the corners... running on a live cd right now... waiting to some hard drive caddy. Batteries looks good... about 3 hours on a full charge. Did I do gud for $57.00 USD?
Hey /g/, i need some help. I have a X1 Carbon 1Gen 3448 with a US keyboard but i would like the nowagian one. How can i get one cheap? The machine is american but can i call in to Lenovo and request a new keyboard under warranty? I have not seen anny keyboard under 300$.
Plz /g/ halp!
Isn't the keyboard and palm rest and the whole top just one piece?
Then yeah it'll be kind of expensive and a pain to replace if you're doing it yourself, it's probably not even customer serviceable without voiding the warranty.
Shouldn't have gotten an X1 Carbon.
You likely can't get a new keyboard under warrenty. I'm not even sure how easy it is to replace the parts on the carbon (or if it's possible at all), but standard thinkpad procedure is checking the FRU of the part you're after on their website, then contacting lenovo or buying the part from a reseller.
No one here recommends the X1 though, since it's not really a thinkpad beyond its name.
1 is not "mine" and is my father's 2gen he got from work.
I have the 1gen because i wanted a thinkpad version of macbook air. Something really light.
>2.5GHz i5, 8GB ram, 240GB Intel SSD
>4-5 hour battery
>fucking 1366x768 display instead of the listed 1600x900
Ebay seller just replied he's gonna talk to his manager, hopefully we can work something out... Fucking chinks
I've got a question, does the x200t/x201t includes fingerprint reader?
Pic related, is that it? It's not in the description.
Guys, do you have an idea of which PC keyboard has the closest feel to a thinkpad one ?
how to make my x200 run linux as cool as possible? i've installed debian crunchbang, i use qupzilla for web browsing and i've undervolted as much as i could, what else is there to do? i just want to keep the fan going under 3000rpm where its basically inaudible. I remember it was a bit cooler a year ago, now my cpu is at 42-43 C at 10% load, i think it used to be as low as 38 C.
>mfw I brought my 701C to work and this thread has a photo of one.
Damn that's a sweet deal.
It just does.
Keeping them down to reduce noise is the wrong way to go about it. If your fan is making excess noise maybe you need a new one, any temps sum 45c on a laptop is completely normal.
So seeing as I'm looking to upgrade the panel in my T420 anyways, is it possible to get an IPS display? I believe I heard of a such option for the T430, is it compatible with the T420? And how expensive is it
Not running programs usually reduces CPU load.
Personally I have my fan set to not even turn on until it reaches 55C. That plus an SSD = dead quiet machine most of the time.
Because your fan is turned down, or you need to clean out the vents, or you need to replace the thermal paste, or you have shit running in the background using up the CPU. Or you have bad power management that is constantly poling the CPU.
All thinkpads have Intel cpus and frankly AMD laptop cpus are not very great anyway. I was only wondering why you'd ask for an i5 cpu, last generation Core 2 Duo cpu's are pretty much on par with first gen i5 ones.
If you want mobility, you'll want an x-series laptop - that'll be one of the X2-series, or perhaps X3-series if you're interested.
X200 runs the coolest of all the X2-series laptops, and its got a decent c2d-cpu - however, due to larger cpu architecture, it uses more power and the battery lasts less than with newer models. X220 has great battery life for sure.
X201 and X200 appear to be pretty much identical on the outside - only difference is i5 in x201 vs core 2 duo in X200. They sport 16:10 screens, led-moels may come with 1440x900 resolution - however, the screen is pretty crappy. Colors appear washed out, the contrast is low and the screen brightness is low. The display can be changed - I have an x200 and changed the display myself, it was easy, however it drove the total costs up by 80 €.
X220 screen is much nicer in terms of brightness and colors, however, it comes at 16:9 aspect ratio with 1366x768 resolution, which is disliked by many, myself included. It's also got a pretty powerful i5 sandy bridge cpu, which packs noticeably more kick than x200 and x201. Rather irrelevant if you don't need that from a laptop, though.
Obviously, the newer the model you get, the more it will cost you.
I hope, I tried rotating the screen but it didn't help or made any difference in the red mist.
I changed the motherboard a few months ago so it's possible that a cable came loose.
What's the easiest way to remap keys on Linux?
I have a T43 running Lubuntu 14.04 and I can't deal with not having a super key and a menu key and I'd like to bind them to the useless back and forward buttons that are grouped with the arrow keys.
Buy used Thinkpads they said. It's a good deal they said.
Yeah. It was sold as "a 32GB SSD". I only noticed it when it stopped working a few months after the "warranty" provided by the informal seller from whom I bought it. I knew it was IDE, I bought it because I carry my notebook around a few bumpy roads a lot, my last HDD didn't last.
using CF cards in place of 1.8mm hdds in x4X thinkpads isn't uncommon because there's a performance boost to be gained. Generally, with a good CF card you'll still get years of life out of it. A bit sneaky of the seller, but not much can be done now.
My T420 is having some weird problems booting, I'm pretty sure it started after it was scanned in an airport xray machine. Most of the time it doesn't boot at all and only the green power button flashes, but after I've stopped trying to turn it on for a day or so it manages to almost boot into Windows but the screen goes black on the login screen. Any ideas what the problem could be?
No, the way the case pieces fit together tends to differ slightly between models. Your best bet is to find a Thinkpad that already has such a palmrest, or one that shares a chassis with such a model, like the X200-X201 Thinkpads.
I've been using t61 for 2 years...I only use it when i go to school to browse/code..I'm pretty minimalist so if I dont need I usually dont buy but there is a scratch in my t61 screen and it bothers me lol...ya keyboard seems not too bad idk about touchpad
posting from an X220 with that resolution right now. It's not really bad, though I wish it were better. I plug into an external monitor if I really really need lots of screen space.
Yeah but it's a shit-tier aspect ratio
I thought it might be a "rare" model that was only available as build-to-order like the x201s or something.
Looking at the bid history both of them seem to have more money than sense, they could have bought 2 of them for the value of their latest bid.
You want help but are too fucking stupid to post your MODEL and tag number off the bottom, which tells me you went here first instead of using a search engine which tells me you need to change how you do shit.
Go to Lenovo and download the service manual. They are wonderful. You can also find teardown videos on Youtube.
Remove your hard drive, plug it into a USB adapter, and rescue your work.
Where is the backup of your novel? Better put it in the cloud somewhere.
Question. How DARE you just use computers for play and not make the first thing you do learning how they WORK? You had time to uselessly "rice" your desktop but were too lazy to learn how shit works.
You may now give me an e-rimjob for the spoon feeding.
I could have told you WHICH USB adapter to use but you were too precious to mention the model number so I could figure that out. Most drives come out after removing one cover screw. Google "Thinkpad (model number) hard drive replacement".
Everything about computers is on the internet. Don't guess, find the fuck out efficiently.
Someone is insane, and many buyers don't know how to work on notebooks. That particular aspect ratio is desired by autists because it's close to that of a sheet of paper.
It will need a CPU upgrade and Middleton BIOS at least.
You want to reply to posts but are too fucking stupid to check the TIME and responses to the post, which tells me you went straight into cruise control without expending a modicum of effort to glance further down the page.
Anon already mentioned that the data isn't important (already in the cloud!) and that anon has perused the service manual.
>tfw glorious IBM will never re-enter the laptop business with a cut-throat, disruptive, professional Thinkpad-esque laptop with incredible power and can also take a beating
>tfw we're stuck with Chinamen from Lelovo slowly bastardizing the once great Thinkpad line into black macbooks with a red clit
It also depends on the ambient temperature. Turn down the thermostat and your temperature will drop even further. 42-43 is fantastic. My X220 struggles to go under 47 and that's after extensive power tweaking.
>he thinks they will keep the clit
Maybe they will produce a last classic styled one next Tuesday, when a flock of pigs will fly over the frozen wasteland of Hell.
Stockpile shell parts from your favorite model, then fit modern laptops inside it in the future.
Hello /g/entoomen. My X220 is idling at 70C. When doing nothing the cpu usage is at 20%. Wat do?
>inb4 install gentoo
>I have that mouse
>I have dem headphones (Grados ARE better BTW, I've had both)
>I have that keyboard
My Thinkpad is newer (X201) and my watch is superior
That's what I was thinking, though we'd still need a source for keyboards and such. Presumably there will be some decent low power consumption ARM boards that would work nicely in the coming years. Be nice with an e-ink screen or something like that for extreme endurance.
just some light scratches, which is to be expected with a used thinkpad. seller sells a ton of used laptops so im good there. no ac adapter but i canget on off amazon for 10 bucks
now i just need to figure out where to start modding, 1440 screen, ssd, or maybe 8gb ram
Got an X220 tablet a couple days ago off ebay, in love with it so far. My battery drains super quickly though, like from 70% to 10% in a few minutes. I assume it's just an old and shitty battery. Where's the best place to buy a replacement? They have knockoff ones on ebay for $20 that are kinda tempting. The Lenovo batteries are ~$100.
I didn't mean to come across as that way ; . ;
I just thought this board's culture was based around insulting each other's tech choices? What else could I say if we have otherwise the same gear?
Check the condition of the battery first.
In Lenovo's Power Manager, go to Advanced, and then go to the Battery tab. It should say "Design capacity" (how much it's supposed to be) and "Full charge capacity" (how much it can do now).
You can find genuine batteries on Amazon for $75 if you don't mind paying the premium.
I hope it's at least 1600x900 and not 1366x768, right...? Yes, T510's came in 1920x1080.
And no, the speed of HDD's has nothing against an SSD.
I hope it at least has the Nvidia graphics...
You really overpaid. That's T420 money.
w..well at least it supports linux well, right?
Is that an SSD?
You got the top of the line processor, but at a mediocre price. You could have paid about $50 less for one without an OS. I guess it really comes down to physical condition to determine whether it was "everyday street price" or "should have shopped around more"
got a better light setup.
Here's a 10 second demo of it.
Seeing how its taking 40 minutes to render, I presume its going to take a bit over an hour to upload.
Still getting used to audio, I think I need a headset mic and not a Blue Snowball.
There are genuine Lenovo used batteries on eBay, too. Some with only a handful of charge cycles and 85-90% capacity, at the price of a chinkshit battery that will shit the bed in 6 months.
Early R series models were made by Acer, so stay away from R30 to R4x
>R30 is identical to the A2x and T2x
>R4x is idendical to the A3x and T30, careful, few of those sport 13" XGA screens...
Although R series are always talked down upon, the R50p sported a QXGA screen that the T41p lacked.
They are a bit heavier and made out of plastic, but the thick plastic had made them as durable as its thinner titanium brother.
Careful, I don't know which R5x had IPS screens, but if its 15" and UXGA, its probably IPS
R60 doesn't have an IPS screen so don't get a 15" SXGA+ and expect that, because I did and it sucks.
I have to say, I did really like using an 14" R61 at home, but I rather take a T400 if I was out and about.
I've yet to experience a R400 or R500.
Generally R-Series are the slightly thicker, almost a pound heavier, hardened plastic brother of the T-Series.
But parts can be exchanged with them like the RAM, CPU, mobo, screens, the frame, bottom base and palmrest aren't compatible last time I checked. Depends what model you get, but the fans, keyboards, LCD ribbon cables, ultrabays can be swapped.
I'd recommend an R61 if its cheap, R5x if you want a slow pentium model. But given the latter costs about the same as its younger brother, I wouldn't recommend it if you were stretching your dollar as best as you can.
But if you are going to be taking it everywhere, the T400 w/ integrated graphics may be a better model to get, DDR3 ram is still cheaper and its somewhat light.
Hi /tpg/, I own a t420, bought used off Ebay 190. Here's my problem: the bluetooth doesn't work, it doesn't show up in device manager, the fn f5 doesn't start it, I don't know what to do. There's a small bluetooth icon next to the wifi icon which glows green.
I just wanted to say thank you to /g/ and all you thinkpad enthusiasts for showing me the light. I just got my first this week and it has been the best laptop I've ever had. Just though I should let you know, you were helpful for once.
Glad you liked it.
I've heard the X1 is a fine machine.
Lacks workstation performance, but there's a damn good reason why those things are still staying high in price.
Still want one, someday I'll get it.
Why does mine look so diffrent from yours? I also have the 1 gen.
13 inch vs 14 inch.
Uhh carbon fiber?
The shoot I did ended up longer than I thought.
Rather than to have one long 30 minite video, I split it into parts.
Here's the first one.
Also I didn't drink, but I had a long day.
>X61T, W700ds, T43p, X300
A31p, T61, 770X, 600X, 235, will be up tomorrow morning.
Yeah, sandy bridge i7. Not the fastest processor, but with 8GB ram and an SSD (all included by the seller) it just runs so smooth even with VMs loaded. Got it all for $450 on ebay. Very happy with it.
T510, kind of a bare bones model though. Got it with the dock for 200
- No fingerprint reader
- No webcam
- No DVD/DVD-RW burner
I did however upgrade it
- 256 GB SSD
- 8 GB RAM (maxed out)
- Brand spanking new 9 cell battery
Everything I upgraded it with could be carried over to a newer thinkpad if needed.
Yes my cell phone camera is a potato.
What exactly is the difference between a Thinkpad and a laptop? Unless you're a literal retard who frequently drops expensive shit, wouldn't it make sense just to get a cheap netbook or something?
Thinkpads are simply cheap, durable business laptops. Not sure what you're on about
Also, X series are cheap netbooks in the first place, unless you're talking chrumbooks then that's a different tier.