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by TonyJZX
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: What is the purpose of the light in the top bezel of the ThinkPad T400?
Replies: 6
Views: 297

Re: What is the purpose of the light in the top bezel of the ThinkPad T400?

To be fair, sometimes the light is so dim it barely lights up the kbd. But otherwise its darn useful... eg. i use it to see small objects in a conferenece room etc. I'm pretty sure Lenovo is determined to erase this on future models. As far as I know, only the HP Elite tried to replicate the light o...
by TonyJZX
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Pictures of your ThinkPad & desk setup
Topic: Blast from 2002... The IBM ThinkPad T30 (Lots of Pics)
Replies: 16
Views: 990

Re: Blast from 2002... The IBM ThinkPad T30 (Lots of Pics)

Never seen anything like this either in the day or in the exlease places.. I went straight from the T20 series to the T40. It seems many businesses just ignored the laptops of this era... couldnt really ignore the desktops as I beleive Netburst went on for 6yrs? And the thing is the T20 and T40 seem...
by TonyJZX
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: SSD optimization for a T420?
Replies: 5
Views: 375

Re: SSD optimization for a T420?

The T430 is also the start of the rot. Not only is it the 1st UEFI machine but it also has an encrypted bios so no whitelist removal. Look into getting a 420 if you want the last of the 14" units with the right kbd if the speed of the cpu works for you. The 420 is very simple, its all install and go...
by TonyJZX
Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: How many ThinkPads is too many?!
Replies: 26
Views: 4663

Re: How many ThinkPads is too many?!

Both Dell Latitudes and HP Elitebooks pay lip service to the trackpoint device. However I used to be a strong proponent of the touchpad and nipples on these laptops but my habits have changed... I am largely deskbound so I'm tetherred to power and an external mouse. I did 'get used' to the Dell HP t...
by TonyJZX
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: How many ThinkPads is too many?!
Replies: 26
Views: 4663

Re: How many ThinkPads is too many?!

I just dont feel a huge need to own a T430 or anything like that... I feel like their decisions have made their newer models just less desirable for me... maybe its because I've worked in companies where they all have X1 carbons and I look ad these and go... nah.. while I was banging away on my 420s...
by TonyJZX
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: How many ThinkPads is too many?!
Replies: 26
Views: 4663

Re: How many ThinkPads is too many?!

I think I have about a dozen Thinkpads all working (last time I checked), earliest being a T20 and the latest being a T420/420s... I dont have nothing newer, nor do I really want one newer. I probably have about a 2 dozen laptops inc. other brands like HP Dell. I have this odd thing where I used a p...
by TonyJZX
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Manjaro Linux with Optimus Graphics.
Replies: 2
Views: 165

Re: Manjaro Linux with Optimus Graphics.

Be interesting if this translates to AMD ATI stuff - either of these two companies dont like giving out code to their switchable gfx stuff, even though its past 10yrs on some pcs. Manjaro somehow came out of nowhere (apparently) to take the crown from Mint Ubuntu etc. - I suspect everyone will imple...
by TonyJZX
Thu May 31, 2018 1:19 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W520 audio
Replies: 3
Views: 377

Re: W520 audio

Dismantle and check the connection to the 2 spks and the 3.5 jack...
by TonyJZX
Tue May 29, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: Is the x220 worth getting in 2018?
Replies: 1
Views: 409

Is the x220 worth getting in 2018?

The reason I ask is that these are real real cheap... like not much more than a nice dinner out... the exlease places have 4gb std i5 units sans hdd. I have avoided these due to the 768p screen which I find quite limiting but it feels like maybe this is the end of the line and if you dont buy now th...
by TonyJZX
Sun May 27, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: A brand new 14" 1080p laptop for only $220! (2018 update: $170!!!!)
Replies: 32
Views: 7117

Re: A brand new 14" 1080p laptop for only $220! (2018 update: $170!!!!)

Out of stock though. Seems like a decent deal... Here's Lon again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62O7bWGkjxY The N3450 is obviously last gen but the 32Gb emmc is a killerr as you need to do some USB oddness whenever Win10 wants to update. I have a similar china brand laptop but it has 64Gb emmc an...
by TonyJZX
Tue May 22, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Wireless USB and Turbo Memory?
Replies: 17
Views: 1603

Re: Wireless USB and Turbo Memory?

I seem to recall the early days of Win7 pre Sp1 say 2010/11 when there was a lot of discussion about Win7 in the enterprise being slow on marginal PCs. eg. Win7 starter was supposed to run on 1Gb so there was some companies running Win7 on say 2gb C2D desktops w/ 120Gb slow hdd etc. and they werent ...
by TonyJZX
Tue May 22, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Wireless USB and Turbo Memory?
Replies: 17
Views: 1603

Re: Wireless USB and Turbo Memory?

This Robson thing has been assigned to the annals (or anals) of Intel's marketing over actual innovation. I seem to recall that the T400 was the sole unit that had the Turbo Memory option. I think Dell also used it but HP said they wouldnt and they were smart [censored] enough to release a white pap...
by TonyJZX
Tue May 22, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Laptops: Butchered in vain
Replies: 27
Views: 1479

Re: Laptops: Butchered in vain

ANyone who's worked for any business, from SME to Fortune 500 and govt. and schools in particular has seen many many machines destroyed before their time. A good example would be when I worked for a school and I would test use many laptops before been given out to teachers. I did a lot of remote wor...
by TonyJZX
Fri May 18, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T410 Type 2537-FP9 and 3G connection
Replies: 3
Views: 463

Re: T410 Type 2537-FP9 and 3G connection

You have to look at what this card supports... google Gobi 2000 or the Ericsson F3507g and see that they are GSM type cards so for many places these are of no use. They are not 3g I believe. These cards arer also largely useless now as most people can just wifi to their phone hotspot anyway. However...
by TonyJZX
Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Wireless card for T420s
Replies: 7
Views: 1428

Re: Wireless card for T420s

I believe the 420s has a whitelist so unless you get a Lenovo version 6300 you're gonna get a Error 1802?

Mine did.

Also makes keeping up to date with the current 2018 spectre meltdown bios an issue.
by TonyJZX
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420 or T420s?
Replies: 19
Views: 1692

Re: T420 or T420s?

As true laptops both arent great. If you're close to a power socket then you dont care... I'm almost always near a socket at work etc. The 420s has a relatively rare battery. The 420 uses the 410 battery so its realtively common. Both can use the same ultrabay battery but its rare. A 420 w/ that 9 c...
by TonyJZX
Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420 or T420s?
Replies: 19
Views: 1692

Re: T420 or T420s?

I have both with similar spec. ie. 1,600 x 900, t2540m, 8Gb ssd however my 420 has the nvidia and my 420s has intel gfx i'd say the 420s is superior everywhere.... built in USB3 its slimmer lighter the only downside is the bga soldered cpu both have 3 spindles ie. sata2 msata sata3 hdd and ultrabay ...
by TonyJZX
Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420/420s is has spectre/meltdown fix
Replies: 4
Views: 1179

T420/420s is has spectre/meltdown fix

https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/thinkpad-t-series-laptops/thinkpad-t420s/downloads/ds014992 https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/products/LAPTOPS-AND-NETBOOKS/THINKPAD-T-SERIES-LAPTOPS/THINKPAD-T420/downloads/DS018785 Unfortunately the 410 does not get it. I havent fel...
by TonyJZX
Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Report: Dell is considering selling itself to VMWare
Replies: 6
Views: 825

Re: Report: Dell is considering selling itself to VMWare

amazing over here at least Dell still has a good grip on laptops and servers and they're still big with corporates and their next business day onsite service I would also think that in the US both Dell and HP still do well due to the US govt. kicking out Lenovo on tenders due to that whole owned by ...
by TonyJZX
Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign
Replies: 70
Views: 5477

Re: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

90% of my machines are Win7 - I installed the patch on a few and I dont see any performance difference. Mine are all pretty much i5 4-8Gb ssds so I suppose its limiting the loss in performance. Win10 I dont care about, I dont use them for anything of import and I suspect MS will force those patches ...
by TonyJZX
Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Which iterations of the T4xx/5xx universe came with Windows 8/8.1 as an os?
Replies: 3
Views: 790

Re: Which iterations of the T4xx/5xx universe came with Windows 8/8.1 as an os?

Interesting question then.

Does 8.1 support the nvidia intel optimus thing?

I dont think Win10 does.
by TonyJZX
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T400 PRO/Wireless 5100 VERY POOR
Replies: 4
Views: 856

Re: T400 PRO/Wireless 5100 VERY POOR

Wrong advice there - in fact any newer card is a waste of money if you dont update your router. If this is the router you have: https://www.cnet.com/products/netgear-fm114p-cable-dsl-prosafe-802-11b-wireless-firewall-wireless-router-802-11b-desktop-series/specs/ https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-FM114P...
by TonyJZX
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Can someone explain the xx20 series keyboard?
Replies: 4
Views: 880

Re: Can someone explain the xx20 series keyboard?

always use the matched or equiv. SKU to be sure

IMO the final 410/420 edition kbd is the best ever however the 400 series is also pretty darn good since it has to roots in the T61 which is going way back

the 61-400 board is over 5yrs in production/use etc.?
by TonyJZX
Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:33 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T400 where to find official drivers?
Replies: 12
Views: 6942

Re: T400 where to find official drivers?

do people have something against the setup app that you can download and it picks and you can choose the drivers you install?

Does this not work for 400s? Pretty sure it does but I havent done a 400 install for a while. THis is Win7 mind you.
by TonyJZX
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T400 P8400 to T9600 worth it?
Replies: 9
Views: 1856

Re: T400 P8400 to T9600 worth it?

yes, I think Jaspen already posting in another thread that there's a German sourced bios that allows 500s to use the Q9100. Does it work in the 400? I think even if it does work, something in the 1st or 2nd gen Core i5 class would still beat it however as a curio I would like to see a 400/500 runnin...
by TonyJZX
Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Power increase on T500?
Replies: 44
Views: 3588

Re: Power increase on T500?

Thanks to the person to notify us about the German Q9100 hack.

Ironically I have an Elitebook with this process... HP 8530, 8Gb, some ssd and its a decent performer w/ a decent 1,920 x 1,200 screen on a 15.6" frame.

I suppose the Q9000 is in the W500 series?
by TonyJZX
Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Yet another US government disaster...
Replies: 41
Views: 3872

Re: Yet another US government disaster...

The best thing about Trump is that he is also completely incompetant.

Its his right to load every seat in govt. with cronies and yet he hasnt.

Every day is an adventure with Trump. Let's see how long he can keep this up.
by TonyJZX
Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Yet another US government disaster...
Replies: 41
Views: 3872

Re: Yet another US government disaster...

"I don't quite understand where you're going with this...the idea that there was any *significant* amount of racism left in the U.S. died the day Obama was elected. Period." Dear Sir, This statement to me, is amazing. We have the internet here. We hear what happens. We have the internet outside of t...
by TonyJZX
Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Yet another US government disaster...
Replies: 41
Views: 3872

Re: Yet another US government disaster...

bernie sanders was never close, he didnt have anywhere near the delegate support clinton has and secondly, someone like wasserman schulz, let's see how much she's hated by the 63 mil. who voted in 45 trump ran on a racist antisemitic campaign, and won. Le Pen did the same and lost to a 65% majority ...
by TonyJZX
Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Yet another US government disaster...
Replies: 41
Views: 3872

Re: Yet another US government disaster...

No offense but America is too anti semetic to every nominate a "Zuckerberg".

Also (((globalist))) if you think that stuff is relevant.

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