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does anyone run a completely free thinkpad here? do you recommend it? what distro are you running? what do you use it for?
I'm talking about devices like the x60 with open hardware and stuff.
I did until i fucked up a coreboot update and bricked the mb. Had libreboot+trisquel and an atheros wifi card.
I would reccomend it but beware the guy that makes coreboot is a massive autist. Getting straight answers from him is like talking to a child.
Hope I'm not bothering you too much with my questions, just so curious about the concept. Is it powerful enough to run a 1080p screen? And if so, can you watch movies in that resolution?
Apple is better in many ways, worse in a few.
One way it's worse is the price, for 100 dosh I can grab an X200 and do all of my work, and chill (tv/anime/social medias). A macbook may cost more than 800 quid.
Ultimately I prefer thinkpads, but i recognize macbooks have better trackpads (which I don't use), screens (which I would love to have), and battery life (but only by a bit). Speeds are a bit better on thinkpads IMO as you can customize most things on linux, and pop an SSD in.
If you like your Apple, use your Apple. I'll be using my Thinkpad.
Hi guys, I have a silly problem that maybe you could help me with.
I have a T510 running Linux mint kde.
I have heavy thearing during video playback, but none noticeable one int he desktop.
I have tried activating the vsync in the nvidia control panel, activating the full screen repaints in the kde settings, and still same problems.
x220 with i7-2640m, 16GB of RAM, LTE modem + GPS, 300GB Intel SSD drive and a dock station with 1TB WD Black HDD in ultrabay here
x220 is the only reasonable thinkpad. Rest is shit
I have few questions here.
I'm thinking about t420 or t420s
>they both have 1600x900 resolution, no 1080p option?
>maximum ram on t420 is 16gb, while on t420s is 8?
>Can I easily upgrade them to i7?
>t420s are avalible with USB 3.0? How that compares to USB 3.0 expresscard adapter?
>t420s have 720p camera?
Is it worth to get t420s because usb 3.0 out of the box?
Also, i readed that t420s have worse build quality, and less space for hhds and hdd caddy.
Sandy Bridge ThinkPads (and newer) support mSATA SSD's.
Older than that (such as a T410) can only use two regular 2.5" hard drives. One in the normal drive bay and one in an Ultrabay caddy.
But the X220 for example can also have two hard drives despite not having an Ultrabay. One 2.5" drive in the drive bay, and an mSATA SSD in the mSATA/mPCIe slot.
But that also means that a T420/T520/W520 could support three hard drives, one mSATA two 2.5", if that's what you really want.
Custom boot screens.
Non bullshit wwlan/wlan hardware restrictions.
Apprently it boots faster than stock.
Going to put for coreboot on my x220 and change the logo to "Chinkpad" or the maybe the classic IBM one.
>>maximum ram on t420 is 16gb, while on t420s is 8?
T420s should have maximum of 16GB unless it has only one RAM slot...
>>Can I easily upgrade them to i7?
T420 yes, T420s I'm pretty sure the CPU is soldered to mobo.
>>t420s are avalible with USB 3.0? How that compares to USB 3.0 expresscard adapter?
ExpressCard USB 3.0 is restricted to ExpressCard speeds, which is 1.5 Gb/s. On-board USB 3.0 is 5.0 Gb/s. USB 2.0 is 480 Mb/s.
>less space for hhds and hdd caddy.
Pretty sure the T420s has an optical drive which means it can be swapped for an Ultrabay hard drive caddy.
Why wont you run a FREE OS with a FREE BIOS on a FREE x61T!,
Alright guys, I'm thinking of buying an IPS screen for my X220, but I have seen some issues with flickering on forums and on youtube. These seemed like faulty screens that were later replaced, but how likely is this to happen to me?
And another thing, the viewing angles seem good, but if I were to hold my laptop sideways and put it in portrait mode for reading manga, will the viewing angles be good for portrait mode too?
And finally the prices, I can't find them cheaper than 60 quid. Is it worth 60 pounds?
I once bought a shitty trackpoint, I know what you're feeling
But I recently bought this one and it's far better than the old one
That's an x200, and the price isn't that good.
X300 have a trackpad and different looking power button
>And another thing, the viewing angles seem good, but if I were to hold my laptop sideways and put it in portrait mode for reading manga, will the viewing angles be good for portrait mode too?
yes - except 16:9 / 1366x768 is very skinny in portrait mode (I have an X220t and hardly use portrait mode for this reason)
I keep thinking about getting a tablet to draw and use in tablet mode while watching shit, but the pen's touch on the edges looks really really bad, and as I already have an X220, paying 200 pounds for the tablet, well I can't find a way to justify it. I'd only get it for tablet mode and drawing, and since my phone, though not as big, is a phablet already, I'd use it mostly for drawing.
Here's the kicker, X220 tablets have IPS to begin with, so I'm really taking my time with this. If I buy an IPS screen for my X220 and then still get a tablet, the screen was kinda a waste of money. I'd love a touchscreen for my finger though I guess.
>but the pen's touch on the edges looks really really bad
It isn't bad, I don't know why people say this. One corner has problems, the rest of the edges and corners are completely fine.
About to make a webm for it for every time someone says this when they've never used one.
>I keep thinking about getting a tablet to draw
i recommend against this, your stylus gets in the way of you viewing what you're drawing
you still have to use the "tablet cursor" regardless of whether it's on a screen or on a different pad, so it's nicer to not have to cock your head at weird angles to see if you're getting it in the right place
Make sure to get a Fujitsu Digitizer Pen. You will get barely any pressure sensitivity with the stock pen.
These two videos and a few forum posts are what I mean. I also remember seeing a comparison on youtube between X61t and X201t, where the X201t had the same problem. It looks like the edges of the screen have bad accuracy. If they had good accuracy, and the ghosting issue is not actually present in most models, I'd probably lean toward getting and X220t over an IPS for my X220.
If you don't mind me asking a few more things, How is the hinge? On Youtube it looks pretty wobbly, what if I'm lying in bed and moving the laptop about. Will the screen actually move past where it is positioned, or is it just slight wobble. What if I want to touch the screen while in laptop mode, as many laptops advertise nowadays. On youtube it looks like it bends back a bit and wobbles a lot, which would make using laptop mode with occasional screen tapping a bit awkward and annyoing. Does it weight more than the non tablet?
Yes, I think it's something like the outdoor viewing one has no finger touch.
>implying I'll be outdoors
Yes I've heard about that, but the pen looks expensive as fuck. Maybe I'll get it.
I already draw in my drawing books, this would be just for fun.
Screens are 60 quid, X220 tablets are 200 quid. Watdo.
Yes the screen will wobble a little, but it won't move out of place.
I think it weighs the same as the non-tablet, but it is thicker and a little longer. Not recommended as a tablet replacement at all.
I also got the Fujitsu T5000 pen, pressure sensitivity is a lot better and it has an extra button. Also it doesn't fit in the pen silo on the laptop, but I suspect that you may be able to swap the eraser end of the pens so that it would work.
>tfw T500 without dedicated GPU
I hate it
>buy a new SSD for desktop
Might as well throw the old one in my laptop
>buy a caddy
>it doesnt fit in the dvd bay
God motherfucking damnit
>disassemble the damn caddy
>start bending shit with pliers
>jam it in my laptop
>it turns on and works
Fuck yeah, this thing is faster then shit now
but i still dislike it
the ssd itself is 55gb, windows 8 can fit on it, but just, i use the regular 160gb hdd for files and shit
And yeah, learning the hard way might be the best in this case
i couldnt see any difference when i bought mine
i've thinking on getting a PCCard for my X60t, i see some USB3.0 on web but, its the speed really 3.0?
I fucking got an x220 Tablet for £150 on ebay, and it was in bad condition, the hinge was really wobbly and the keyboard was basically glossy because it had been used so much, going to send it back to get a replacement though
It runs fine, it was from one of those "refurbish" companies. They had like 5 of them for that price, I wouldn't have been so annoyed, but my friend got one of the same ones and it is in nice condition.
I love using the Surface Pro pen.
Also you can adjust the pressure curve on just about any Wacom pen by taking off the side button and adjusting the potentiometer with a tiny screwdriver.