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by Utwig
Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:39 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Lenono/IBM x3550 M3/M4
Replies: 2
Views: 468

Re: Lenono/IBM x3550 M3/M4

IBM Servers are generally louder than early HPE and Proliants post Gen6 (Westmere) are in my experience too loud for home use. The IBM are generally nicer than HPE and not restrictive on which HDDs you can use (Gen 8 and Gen 9 Proliants give no blinken lights if you don't use HPE firmware HDDs). I'm...
by Utwig
Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: SK8855 keyboard PGuP/Dn not working in MacOS and BSD
Replies: 1
Views: 1828

SK8855 keyboard PGuP/Dn not working in MacOS and BSD

I've built a ZFS NAS and last week I had to fix someone's iMac 27". For both I used SK8855 (Thinkpad USB Keyboard with Trackpoint - Classic T420 style). When in Terminal and I used Shift PgUp or Shift PgDn to scroll up in MaCOS Mojave on the iMac and now directly logged in FreeBSD (FreeNAS) console ...
by Utwig
Sun Aug 26, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: fixing T400 (screen band, upgrade to 1440x900)
Replies: 7
Views: 2268

Re: fixing T400 (screen band, upgrade to 1440x900)

The LCD (1280x800) arrived and the line is still there. https://imgur.com/7yEv7je https://imgur.com/84RKrOT So next step is the motherboard. How do I make sure LCD is LED? I know I can open it but those screw covers can become damaged. Is there another way to make sure whether new LCD is LED or CCFL...
by Utwig
Sun Aug 26, 2018 2:57 am
Forum: ThinkPad P1/P50/P70 and later Series
Topic: I've searched for my P50 issue(s) here but no luck...
Replies: 2
Views: 859

Re: I've searched for my P50 issue(s) here but no luck...

P50 is late. I remember T540p having problems (came with Win8) when I tried 7. It would not always wake up from sleep. With 10 the sleep and other things work. So I would suggest to use Windows 10 (if you can't accomplish your taks on LInux which is the best OS at the moment :) ) 1 and 3 - try makin...
by Utwig
Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: 51nb and other modded Thinkpads
Topic: T70 Linux fan control?
Replies: 5
Views: 1236

Re: T70 Linux fan control?

No, I'm running Linux on T420s and sensor (as SUSE calls lm-sensors) work. ~> sensors coretemp-isa-0000 Adapter: ISA adapter Package id 0: +55.0°C (high = +86.0°C, crit = +100.0°C) Core 0: +54.0°C (high = +86.0°C, crit = +100.0°C) Core 1: +54.0°C (high = +86.0°C, crit = +100.0°C) acpitz-virtual-0 Ad...
by Utwig
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: NMB + Coca Cola
Replies: 10
Views: 1894

Re: NMB + Coca Cola

Old keyboards are way better wrt to spill. I killed only one and broter killed the one on his T61 but he spilled entire drink on. My T540p is on it's 3d keyboard and it takes only a few sips to kill several keys. And yes I killed the keyboard with Coca Cola this year too.
by Utwig
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: T430 Display Exchange issues
Replies: 6
Views: 1275

Re: T430 Display Exchange issues

Seems like bad cable or something else not connected. Can you buy cheap replacement cable? (I would start here as it costs the least probably)
by Utwig
Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?
Replies: 74
Views: 7894

Re: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?

Arc wrote:
Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:18 am

1) TrackPoint is messed up on most distros I have used. Middle-click always randomly pastes things. It's very annoying but I've been too lazy to actually see if there was a fix.
If it happens in Firefox go in about:config (URL bar) and find middlemouse.paste, set it to false.
by Utwig
Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?
Replies: 74
Views: 7894

Re: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?

Never tried Debian, just Zorin, Ubuntu and Kali, and I would never use OS in Serbian language. My first experience with Win and Office in Serbian was awful, wasn't able to find anything. Not to mention that some of translations were really ridiculous. LOL. That's what you get with the brain-drain o...
by Utwig
Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: 51nb and other modded Thinkpads
Topic: T70 Linux fan control?
Replies: 5
Views: 1236

Re: T70 Linux fan control?

It probably has something to do with kernel and modules. How late or recent kernel are you running?
by Utwig
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Language/s ~ (Joys of) Being Bi &/or Multi Lingual
Replies: 8
Views: 1585

Re: Language/s ~ (Joys of) Being Bi &/or Multi Lingual

I speak about 8 languages, 3-4 of them well.
by Utwig
Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?
Replies: 74
Views: 7894

Re: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?

It was probably Suse 9.3. It was pay version and I remember online friend setting me up with ftp so I could download it in 2005. Suse 9.3 was my first Linux which I was then dual-booting on my desktop. I always tried Linux on my Thinkpads but in time of 60-100GB HDDs dual booting was not realistic. ...
by Utwig
Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?
Replies: 74
Views: 7894

Re: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?

I bought T420s to be my Linux machine because I administer a few servers and teach entry level Linux course here and there. I decided to go with openSUSE because I prefer KDE over Gnome and Suse is one of, if not the best KDE distro. Another advantage is that under the hood stuff in Suse Leap comes ...
by Utwig
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: have T470p; any way to fit the 7-row keyboard from Thinkpad 25??
Replies: 3
Views: 1089

Re: have T470p; any way to fit the 7-row keyboard from Thinkpad 25??

Not sure of differences between p and non-p in terms of if palmrest is the same. I read Lenovo will only sell you keyboard if you own T25.
by Utwig
Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Pictures of your ThinkPad & desk setup
Topic: My ThinkPads [WARNING: PICS]
Replies: 17
Views: 2481

Re: My ThinkPads [WARNING: PICS]

It's been a long time since I saw Z61p and X300. Beautiful collection. Lucky to have gotten in before pics are removed.
by Utwig
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: THE FINAL KEYBOARD Verdict
Replies: 9
Views: 2783

Re: THE FINAL KEYBOARD Verdict

I also use space and enter to convert and only type like ME-SEJI SPACE > メーセジ - I speak a bit Japanese.
I use MS IME (Windows) or fcitx (Linux)
by Utwig
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Whether T420 at above AUD$100 is valuable 7 yrs on?
Replies: 24
Views: 3318

Re: Whether T420 at above AUD$100 is valuable 7 yrs on?

T540p does not have thinklight. I replaced trackpad with 3-button but I got the cheap knockoff, so no more gestures. I have the trackpad disabled. The X61 tablet also doesn't have thinklight.
by Utwig
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Whether T420 at above AUD$100 is valuable 7 yrs on?
Replies: 24
Views: 3318

Re: Whether T420 at above AUD$100 is valuable 7 yrs on?

How expensive is shipping to Australia? I bought T400 lid from USA to Europe and the shipping cost around 20$. I recommend T420s though it runs hot as it can be upgraded to FHD. Now that I switched to Intel only it runs cooler than nVidia only - haven't bothered with Bumblebee - the 420s is my Linux...
by Utwig
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Which model had a dim TLight, vertical USB port on the right side...
Replies: 6
Views: 2625

Re: Which model had a dim TLight, vertical USB port on the right side...

R had yellow LED thinklight, while T had white. 14" wide T61 has vertical USB ports, probably also 14" R61.
by Utwig
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Thinkpad T25-Retro
Topic: A Full Analysis of TP 25 and its effects
Replies: 3
Views: 1280

Re: A Full Analysis of TP 25 and its effects

The problem with T25 is that it lacks other Thinkpad "features" which are: - easy to repair with cheap parts available - easy to upgrade to something familiar without need for readjustment. I remember when I upgraded from A21p to T42p and no one noticed I have the new laptop (which was a good thing ...
by Utwig
Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: THE FINAL KEYBOARD Verdict
Replies: 9
Views: 2783

Re: THE FINAL KEYBOARD Verdict

I use T540p at work and T420s at home on a daily basis. After using both keyboards together for a few years I got used to it and I can switch although the T420 classic keyboard seems right to me. Still sometimes I press calculator or lock key when I wanted to press Home or the Page up. The main prob...
by Utwig
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: Clean install Windows 10 on Thinkpad T430s
Replies: 2
Views: 990

Re: Clean install Windows 10 on Thinkpad T430s

Try this: NTFS format USB drive with single partition Mark partition as active using diskpart diskpart list disk select disk 4 (whatever USB is) list partition detail partition select partition 5 (whatever USB partition is) active Use 7-zip to extract iso in root of USB drive. You can also try dd wr...
by Utwig
Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: What's the latest Thinkpad model that officially supports Win7 32Bit version?
Replies: 8
Views: 1948

Re: What's the latest Thinkpad model that officially supports Win7 32Bit version?

I once cloned drive with Windows 7 to UEFI (Not a Thinkpad) machine and used RDP after install to download USB 3.0 drivers. You can install Win7 on very late hardware with some tricks and if you look there are probably isos with integrated USB 3.0 drivers (just assuming based on how people during la...
by Utwig
Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: ThinkPad P1/P50/P70 and later Series
Topic: P1 Introduction--a (much) thinner version 15" Workstation Laptop
Replies: 33
Views: 4383

Re: P1 Introduction--a (much) thinner version Workstation Laptop

Any reports on what is the sustained thermal performance on these things?
by Utwig
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: T430 ASDF JKL; keys not working
Replies: 3
Views: 1091

Re: T430 ASDF JKL; keys not working

Just a guess: could be someone flashed T430 keyboard controller to use T420 classic keyboard?
- try T420 style keyboard if you have one
- head to project git page and try flashing keyboard controller to stock
by Utwig
Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Forcing Win7 to use a different backup
Replies: 3
Views: 2310

Re: Forcing Win7 to use a different backup

Win7 image backup consists of folder with lattest VHD-like drive and zips containing differentials for previous backup copies. You can't tell one computer to use another's image, but you can back up multiple computers to same drive. You can also add more drives to the backup and it will use the conn...
by Utwig
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: T430 Display Exchange issues
Replies: 6
Views: 1275

Re: T430 Display Exchange issues

Do you have same BIOS, did you try flashing both to latest?
by Utwig
Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Lenovo duplicates of Windows programs
Replies: 4
Views: 1090

Re: Lenovo duplicates of Windows programs

With 7 and latter you only need hotkey integration, system update and drivers and those can be installed manually. I don't see value of recovery media beyond Windows XP. For reinstall, it's best to clean install from vanilla OEM (not Lenovo) WIndows7 media (Home, Pro, Ultimate) and activate with SLI...
by Utwig
Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: ThinkPad 345CS
Replies: 3
Views: 1489

Re: ThinkPad 345CS

Never done something like that, always replaced keyboard. I would start trying to repair one of easy to find keyboards before working on rare old keyboard to learn.

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