For sale is a 15.4" T61p systemboard with a 256 MB NVIDIA Quadro FX 570M graphics chip.
This particular chip is sought-after since it was manufactured in the 4th week of 2011, well past the last manufacture date of the infamous faulty nVidia chips, which spawned the post 08/08 dated machine hunt.
This board originally was refurbished stock for a regional IBM centre.
The excitement about these boards is that the graphics chip has 256 MB of video ram, twice as much as the non-workstation class T61's with NVIDIA NVS 140M GPU's and also the 14.1" standard screen T61p. This can have a big impact
and this chip can deliver
the performance of a W500, but without the concerns of that GPU chip failure raised on the German thinkpad forum, and with the ability to make the most powerful 14.1"
, 15.0" and 15.4"
You can use a penryn C2D in this or any other T61 systemboard, but using Middleton's modified BIOS means you don't have to press the ESC key on startup - he undoes that redundant CPU digital thermal sensor annoyance the same way he handles the mPCI card whitelist. It also uncripples the SATA bus, etc.
FRU P/N: 43Y9048
T61p 15.4" planar/systemboard
1104A2 dated graphics chip
256 MB NVIDIA FX 570M
Servicable Used Part
I opened the packaging to read the graphics chip date. I've also flashed the Middleton modified BIOS, reflecting the sensible preferences of the buyer of a previously sold board.
These boards were used by IBM as warranty replacements and their System-Unit Serial No. and UUID's reflect that. Normally the Tech
who swaps the boards resets these to those of the replaced boards, which relates the machine-specific MTM and S/N, explaining why warranty replacement boards are like this.
You have several non-exhaustive options:
(1) Do nothing, only Lenovo/ThinkVantage System Update requires this reset to function;
(2) Change it yourself, I'll provide you with the means to do so;
(3) I'll change it for you to that of your machine's or
(4) I'll set it to that of a T61p and sell you the complete machine.
150 USD + postage costs
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