The panel's EDID information is being reflashed to contain a valid EDID, using a modified cable from any ThinkPad with a 30-pin LCD cable (such as, oh, my old dead R51e with a 14.1" XGA screen?)
That will do - the cable is used because there's some space on it near the LCD cable connector where you can solder on the four wires you'll need to re-program the EEPROM; SCL, SDA, Gnd and Vcc. I.e. like this:http://users.cybercity.dk/~dsl35822/edidconnection.jpg
The wires goes to a parallel-i2c converter, http://www.lancos.com/e2p/easyI2Cbus.gif
. The "24Cxx" is the EEPROM inside the LCD. Then you can use PonyProg to re-program the eeprom using the parallel port.
The T60/p's stock LCD cable, inverter, and hinges are used, although the ThinkLight is lost. (I've got an X61t now, so I'm used to having no ThinkLight.)
Like jketzetera stated, you won't lose ThinkLight... With some fiddling the "extension" of the cable going to the ThinkLight PCB/LED holder it just fits.
The swap will work on any T60 or R60 model, even with integrated graphics (basing this on a Chinese site mentioning an R60e with the swap done to it, but I want discrete in a T60 chassis anyway if I go this route, so it's a moot point.)
Am I correct on that?
Any pitfalls to watch out for that I've missed?
Any reasons not to do it? Please don't say "the pixel density is too high" - I have an SXGA+ X61t, want more, and I know full well what I'm getting into here, with the pixel density.
Pitfalls, except that the file you might have found on the Chinese forums which "supposedly" works, doesn't at all - it's an empty shell more or less - still no manufacturer specified string inside, so i'm not sure what they did to ever make that work. I got no answers myself when i asked on the 51nb forum (in their english forum, which isn't that visited).
Reasons: A little bit higher power consumption - it is 42 Hz, which may mean that you may see it flicker just a slightly bit in comparison to the flickerless 60 Hz conventional displays.
jketzetera's advice on the pre-programmed display is also a good one - makes it very easy