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Used ThinkPad Buyer's Guide:
ThinkWiki - Info on ThinkPads & running GNU+Linux on them:
ThinkPad service guides w/ tutorial videos:
Like Apple hardware in real life, Thinkpads are just no different than your usual pik of over-priced plastic cases, housing nothing but your mediocre specification of processing internals.
buy x201 a week ago
received it today to find that the supervisor password has half of the bios grayed out
how do i get rid of this /g/?
what unholy bodging must i perform?
that said, having never owned a proper thinkpad, im very impressed by the build quality.
Never EVER buy ThinkPads with BIOS locked (Supervisor) passwords, you cannot reset it by taking out the CMOS battery. The Supervisor password is stored on a chip and requires special equipment to extract it or a complete motherboard replacement.
If you do know what you’re doing, there is a $100 tool which can be used to recover the BIOS/Supervisor password from almost any ThinkPad (except some SL models) available at www.ja.axxs.net.
This link shows BIOS Password Contact Points for each model.
There are a number of ways to check if the ThinkPad is safe to buy, make sure it can actually access the BIOS. Sellers selling parted out ThinkPads that “Boot to BIOS” are safe. For you collectors out there, if the old ThinkPad cannot advance past the 00161 and 00163 (Dry CMOS battery/No time set) errors, there’s a good chance that the BIOS is locked because the time couldn’t be set.
I’m getting a W520 with 16GB RAM on Friday, for £400. Did I get a good deal /g/?
When you enter the BIOS, there will be a password prompt if a supervisor password is present. If you don't enter anything and proceed by pressing enter, you'll see all the settings unchangeable
>tfw my x220 happened to come with an IPS and a 9 cell.
is the slice really worth it? I already charge mine only twice a week, but i dont use it heavily and i dont travel much.
yeah, i read that part of the buyers guide.
i was hoping for a bit of elaboration.
the site that shows the contact points for each model is kill
IPS X220 w/ worn 6cell here
Planning to buy a cheapo ching chong 9cell off Amazon. I've been looking at slice battery as well, but none cost less than $120 for me, which I can't afford.
My refurb t420 is doig this weird thing where it shows up as 32bit ?? It had 64 bit wangblows installed and I installed 64 bit xubuntu but it reverted itself to i686. It's really weird, It has a Sandy Bridge i5 which is obviously 64bit and in windows i am able to use 8 gigs of ram, but I cant install any 64 bit programs. I skimmed through the bios and didn't see any weird settings that may fix this. Anyone have an Idea what might be wrong.
Are there any artists here that use the X230T?
Looks like it's not as outdated as I thought. Ivy Bridge etc.
Are you happy with how the Wacom pen works?
The screen quality, battery life, noise etc?
to rephrase this question slightly;
If I were looking for babby's first wacom penabled tablet, for doing art until i'm good enough to justify a Cintiq, would the 230t be a better option than say a Surface Pro 2?
ebay vendors sometimes try to fuck people over by selling you old hardware in modern laptop chassis. i own a thinkpad, but i wouldn't ever trust a secondhand nigger on ebay with my computing hardware.
It was from a refurbisher, arrowdirect.
I looked them up and they had decent enough reviews. I'm not paranoid enough to think that someone sold me a t420 with an older cpu inside because that seems like it would be a bigger pain in the ass than it's really worth.
Where can I find ThinkPads for the price at least as cheap as the bold text in http://ktgee.net/post/49423737148/thinkpad-guide ? Especially T420 and X220. Everywhere I look they are more expensive.
There are going to be a lot of models that are overpriced.
Don't forget that models with a decent CPU and more than shit ram will have the price jacked all the way up.
The easiest way to do things is to find a model with shit specs for barely any money then use what you saved to upgrade it.
However, don't expect a great deal to jump at you immediately. Keep an eye out over the period of a week and you'll find something.
My T520 just arrived like 4 days early. I immediately put Ubuntu/gnome on it.
Still waiting for it to come back up and check the hard drive specs but what ssd would I think about putting in here.
Crucial, Samsung, and Intel make the best SSD's. Also T520's can take mSATA SSD's if you want to go that path and stick two regular 2.5" drives in the machine for storage or whatever, or just one 2.5" drive and keep the CD/DVD reader in it.
What Thinkpad would you guys recommend for someone who just needs a shitposting/anime machine? I'm kinda on a budget now and would be running something like Xubuntu on it. The most demanding thing I think Id be doing is streaming video or snes emulators.
So I got my cheap T410 in the mail today, but it wouldn't power on because of a "fan error". I opened the laptop, and saw that there was a piece of tape that had managed to enter the case and was blocking the fan from starting. I removed the piece of tape and now everything is working perfectly. Am confirmed computer expart. Just call me if you need technical expertise in this field.
I'm running Windows 7 on a T430. Is there anyway that I can disable the physical button on my CD/DVD drive so I have to click eject in windows explorer or something to actually open the drive?
I need help. I want to install linux over windows. I want all of windows removed and only use linux. How do I do that? I am considering debian and xubuntu, no mint please. I want to remove all of windows files.
Is there any stands I can get for my Thinkpad like the one in this image?
X200 units should just need a paperclip.
Good luck, install an OS on a different machine and go from there.
Always burn a CD or make a bootable USB for bios update. Never use windows, can brick your HDD or mobo.
reminds me of this from my local CL, but the opposite
X230 Tablet for $300
But thing is I already have an X220t with a bigger battery and an i5, so X230t wouldn't really be much of an upgrade. And I don't think the older batteries work on Ivy Bridge models too.
if you want a more recent example, the x220 ships with 7 cpus as listed on thinkwiki whereas lenovo's spec sheet only shows 3
that also goes for the x220 tablet that im typing on which has the i5-2410m, this cpu isn't even listed on their psref
dont be a bitch if ur new
>no ambient temperature given
Does it really matter? I'm not complaining it's too hot, I'm just finding it strange that the temperature drops after a few minutes on the dock.
It's 27 anyways. (guess the scale)
>no temperature scale given
> idles at 35
Totally Farenheit m8. Actually no, it's Kelvin.
i feel your pain.
in solidworks i just navigate the model with the arrow keys if im not some place i can use a mouse.
w540 here (yes, chinkpad)
if youre using solidworks, dont go the integrated graphics route.
the quaddro makes the textures look fantastic and you dont have to sit on your ass waiting for the model to rebuild itself all the time.
You guys will get a kick out of these
I'm pretty sure $2500 is more than this piece of shit cost new.
This laptop is several years old and he is asking more than what I paid for a new one with better specs.
Hawaii is filled with people who think computers somehow appreciate in value.
Depends. Some T420's have the smaller resolution. I purchased one on Newegg that said came with 1600x900 but a bunch of people left reviews saying it wasn't. Mine fortunately was.