Bend that screen all the way back edition.
Buying Guide: http://ktgee.net/thinkpad-guide
If you can power the internal monitor, then can you also power an external monitor via the dock/ultrabase or through the VGA/DisplayPort ports on the laptop, and still get the Nvidia graphics?
Anyone else have an issue with audio just stopping working? It fixes itself when I disable and re-enable the speakers in the audio devices panel, but it's kind of annoying to have to do that.
That and the dead pixels on my screen are the only problems I'm having with my T420.
Thinking about getting an X200. Anything anyone can share about theirs? Feel free to recommend alternatives as well. I've looked at the guide, but I want to hear some personal experiences.
X230, I want to be able to MiTM my own devices more easily when not working from home. Can anyone recommend a good PCIe for wireless? Preferably one that I can use with freedom respecting software.
>>The default Lenovo icm it's blue as fuck, run the Windows calibration or download one of the calibrated profiles like the one from notebookcheck
>>Or even better calibrate it using a colorimeter
ok I tried both the netbook check profile and the windows calibration and i think the latter is a wee bit better.
also fuck me, i spent 3 min trying to ctrl+c and ctrl+v before realizing I was using Fn.
But I don't want to switch them, for now.
My X220 is out for delivery. Here, have a picture I took of my old and dying T43. RIP in pieces.
Seconding this anon, I got a T61 for general CS work and shitposting, and it's awesome. Cost me less than $100 used and it's in great condition, runs linux mint perfectly.
The 1680x1050 screen is pure sex for my eyes
Been dicking around with my x60 all day. Made a massive playlist for nye. This is gonna be my party machine. Great little design. Is the x220 the same size? If so this is gonna be my next.
>all this annoying creaking and flex in the lower corner of the left palm-rest of my X220
I thought that was because my corner was cracked, but I put a little tiny piece of tape between the plastics to stop it.
>hysj = stfu
I like whatever language this is. His loss though, people still buy consumer machines and sometimes there's no talking sense into them. Just look at all the people like >>45840466
Arctic Silver works fine. I've done ~14 Pads with it. Link us to the sale thread when they go up.
Also, if you can flash them with a no-whitelist BIOS they are more desirable. I make a boot CD (USB works too) and install Middleton without a hard disk.
Get the SSD!
Old spinner notebook drives suck. Fast recent spinners are better, but pointless since SSDs are cheap. If you have Ultrabay caddy put spinner there. Also flash Middleton BIOS for full T61 SATA speed.
WIn8 works fine on my test T61 with 2GB and an SSD. Internal WLAN on T61 not supported though. I didn't bother fiddling with the driver since I mostly run Linux or Win7 on them. Later supported WLAN adapters are cheap on Ebay and easy to install. See Thinkpad Forums if you care.
Of course Linux support is fine.
Hopefully I can get it replaced under warranty, but I'm holding off on that until I'm no longer on vacation.
If not, I can just get a replacement off Ebay or something and switch it myself, right?
I live in Brazil and I'll be selling them for 200 BRL each (got them for free) and that's below the market price, I don't wanna be too jewish. I've got 53 working Thinkpads, some twelve with the odd problem.
> tfw was driving past and saw a literal pile of Thinkpads on a dumpster
What variant of Artic Silver should I use? Or are they mostly the same?
Uh, that's really a big disadvantage.
I've read that it has some problems with 8gb ram? It doesn't recognize them, especially with Kingston?
I've made some researches yesterday on this model.
X220 can take mSATA SSD's plus a 2.5" drive.
>I've read that it has some problems with 8gb ram? It doesn't recognize them, especially with Kingston?
All RAM is the same, they probably got DOA sticks.
Here I was installing a new SSD into my X61t but I wasn't quick enough to disable the Bluetooth...
That's what I'm looking for and want to buy, thanks.
I was researching something on the X201 since the difference in price is big from what I'm seeing, and one drive only can be too restrictive.
That coupon is for US or Europe, anon? It might be useful as I'm in doubt on buying tomorrow from a reseller.
I don't know if I've read that on that forum or on another. And since information might have been outdated (like the sata6 that was temporary turned off with an update of x220 or t420, can't remember), similar issues resolved with firmware updates, threads with hundred of pages...I thought to ask here.
I want something to put in the express card slot of my thinkpad. How about this shitty cheap chinese 54mm USB3 card, good idea?
So I'm deciding on whether to pick up a cheap ultraportable, I'm in the UK so prices are more expensive over here.
I've narrowed it down to either the X201 or X220.
Which one offers the most bang for buck?
Seems like the X201 is more of a 'classic' model than the X220 but it's slower and battery life is worse.
Dunno what's in the T, but I flashed my vanilla X200 with a no-whitelist BIOS and threw a 5300 in I had lying around. No heat issues. Works fine, cost like five bux shipped off Ebay.
If what >>45843669 says is true, I think I'll avoid them. Honestly I'd be fine with just a chunk of plastic to fill the void, but might as well get some use out of it.
What else could I put in it, something that doesn't stick out.
I have one as well. Never use it, and I don't leave it in because it gets hot which means it is sucking up power.
>What else could I put in it, something that doesn't stick out.
Design and 3d print something.
One of mine has run 24/7 (except for maybe three days worth of rural power outages) in my T61 for over a year. I just went over when I read that heat complaint and fondled it for science. Not even warm. The others are in T61s I use less but no heat noted there either.
Would buy again.
Tfw picking up x220 tablet and t60 once I ge4t back up
Usually a case of you get what you pay for. A lot of the cheaper ones won't explode, but you'll generally get less than advertised. Otherwise, some like to degrade quickly. The overall value would be about the same since you could buy multiple (but at that point, might as well just buy the lenovo one. ebay prices for them are obviously better than from lenovo in which case try your luck).
Despite how this website looks, it is legit and have nearly everything for good prices. You just need the model number of the display.
Also, when upgrading from 1366x768 to 1600x900 on T420's, you also have to replace the LCD cable, which you can find on Ebay for $20 or so.
Also if you want to experiment with a bigger upgrade, you could consider trying this;
Ah excellent. I had looked at that article too, but fucking around with the cable as he mentioned there doesn't sound particularly appealing to me, so I figured I'd settle for the smaller/cheaper upgrade.
hey guis I got a t420 for christmas and I'm having this issue where it doesn't turn on with the power button unless it has its charger plugged in. does anyone know whats going on??
nope not I do get some staticy noises though that are quiet enough that I only notice them at night
I googled around though and apparently thats just an issue with processor and everyone has it to some extend
Picked up a Thinkpad 755C today for free, along with the Thinkpad Dock II (It's fucking huge), the only thing missing was the thinkpad's power adapter, but it powers on just fine through the dock.
The specs are the Intel 486DX4 @ 75 MHz, 16MB DRAM, and the 340MB IBM HDD. The machine itself is in great shape, a few scratches and marks on the lid, but it's really well kept. There's some rust on some of the connectors on the dock, but the connectors on the thinkpad are spotless.
This'll be a restoration project for me, seeing about getting a new battery, cleaning up the keyboard and internals, seeing if I can source a 100MHz CPU, and cleaning up the Dock II. Let it be known: the keyboard on this thing is the absolute sex. It's amazing.
How would I go about adding a second HDD to my x200? Is the area that is normally occupied by the optical drive available for a second HDD provided I have a caddy?
I'd really rather put it in the laptop itself instead of putting into the ultrabase.
I quite literally found this one in a recycling dump. Has a C2D and 2 GB of ram.
Good score. 2GB is enough for reasonable Linux or Windows operation. The XP recovery disks are on kickasstorrents or you can download the drivers if you do a reload. They also run nicely booted off a live USB key. Visit the pendrive Linux site or just use Rufus and a distro of choice.
>Still using Windows XP
I'll probably just put Linux on it and give it to my mom or something.
My old man is using old r61 with 2 gigs of ram and 32GB ssd. Running on windows 8.1 x64 and it's is FLAWLESS once you optimize it. Pa is using IE11 and standalone adguard. It literally works better than my chrome on my x201.
R61 very similar to T61 just a bit heavier. My T61 with 2GB and SSD runs 8.1 fine too, and of course you can install Windows 7 if like.
Middleton BIOS link. I flash from live CD or USB:
If you are going to use Linux at least use a distro that doesn't spy on you.
No it doesn't. It's not that big of a deal anyway, they never sent any of the info to anyone but canonical, the parent company of Ubuntu, and it never contained personal information anyway just anonymous search data.
alright so i just got a t420 as my first thinkpad an it's pretty awesome for the price i bought it at.
Almost everything seems to run fine apart from the fan, which is constantly rattling and is really annoying. it doesn't seem to effect temps to much, 42 degrees with a webpage open.
so /g/ is the fan likely to die on me if i put the cpu and gpu (I have the version with nvs4200) under signifiant load? or is it just going to be annoying for the rest of the time i use this laptop.
on that note how hard is it to replace the fan/can someone link a guide
He is. I run on 128 GB one. But yeah, it's pretty bad for him. He only uses this pc for webbrowsing tho. That and skype, maybe some writing from time to time.
I set up a homeserver for him so he doesn't really need much space. Also whole setup was dirtcheap and works like a dream.
I will on my linux partition.
does mpv perform well on windows too?
does it pull tons of libraries to install?
I need windows for work software and I am lazy to reboot everytime to watch videos so I installed KCP for now.
Why is Realtek driver support so shit in Linux? Upgraded to kernel 3.16 and couldn't hold a wireless connection for over 20 seconds. Tweaking power settings did nothing. Gave up and got an Intel 6205 for $20 and swapped the fucker out.
Word of advice to prospective X220 buyers: stay away from "Thinkpad Wireless LAN" adapters. They're all filthy Realtek.
What's a better eBay strategy? Scan for listings for single units that are taking bids or just find a seller selling a ton of them at a single buy-it-now price? Looking at this http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lenovo-ThinkPad-T420-4180-WND-14-WXGA-2-50GHz-CORE-i5-2520M-4GB-320GB-/251714824564
Is the T420 worth $250 or should I spend time scanning for a better deal? No I can't make decisions for myself.
t61p user here.
what can i do with these slots on the left side? i believe they are cardbus slots? i never heard of this tech. just got curious about it today after having this laptop for like a year.
there are cards for usb, firewire, ethernet, wireless, serial and some other stuff. new laptops wont benefit that much from such an extension since most of these interfaces are already present anyway.
Friendly reminder that the PCI bus doesn't allow I/O addresses below 0x1000h. Use this adapter for true serial and parallel port on the T6*:
What should the battery life be like on a t420 with a 3 year old, 6 cell lenovo battery, i5 processor and a fat neckbeard at the helm who uses his thinkpad to browse 4chan, watch youtube videos and download a bunch of files?
I mostly have the brightness way down at 2-6 with the "maximum battery life" profile on the battery manager , and i get 3 hours tops. Is this because the battery is fucked or because browsing the internet and streaming video uses a shit ton of power?
All the bot shit is twelve-year-olds memeing. The only place for a twelve-year-old is bleeding on deenda maddick. Nobody cares what you do as an individual unless your metadata trips the NSA and they don't need to be on your PC because they control the internet.
Mint can be had in various flavors and is an ideal distro to use while getting comfy. You can play with many distros. Distro choice isn't marriage.
Don't use the slider thing on the Power Manager. Click Advanced at the top right and adjust it yourself.
Also while in Advanced mode, go to the Battery tab. Compare the "Full charge capacity" to "Design capacity". That'll tell you the condition of your battery.
>streaming video uses a shit ton of power?
This does if it has a high bitrate, just open the task manager and see how much CPU you're using...
The fact of the matter is that 1600x900 of the T420 is more than 1440x900 of the T410 and T400 and thus better.
You aren't getting anymore "workspace" or whatever out of a 16:10 display.
I was looking at the buying guide and it seems to focus on second hand thinkpads. Are the new Lenovos just not worth the price?