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by westsailor
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Hard Drive recoverable?
Replies: 0
Views: 280

Hard Drive recoverable?

Sorry if this is not the appropriate forum to ask but I have no idea what to try next I have a Win7 W500 with SSD boot drive and a 500Gb Hitachi drive (D:) in the UltraBay. I picked up a Win7 W530 with an SSD and added a 1Tb HD (D:) in the UltraBay. So I'm transferring the data from the W500 HD to t...
by westsailor
Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: 'New' W530 on the way
Replies: 1
Views: 681

'New' W530 on the way

Well, refurb anyway. I've been needing to upgrade my W500 so I've been looking at W530's because they're the last model to incorporate an express card slot (needed for a better sound card) and retained the classic UltraBay design. I just won an BIN offer on eBay ($450) for a really clean W530 with a...
by westsailor
Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Switchable graphics- how to startup with integrated?
Replies: 5
Views: 1834

Re: Switchable graphics- how to startup with integrated?

It is supposed to retain the graphics settings from your last reboot. If I shutdown my T500 in Integrated, it starts up in Integrated and the other way around. That is exactly what I'm trying to do but somehow my bios reverts to 'switchable' on next bootup so I have to manually revert to integrated...
by westsailor
Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: w500 switchable graphics. How to disable altogether
Replies: 4
Views: 1219

Re: w500 switchable graphics. How to disable altogether

I've uninstalled all ATI drivers, ATI Catalyst, disabled the card in Device Manager, etc. Nothing remains that I'm aware of to 'dis-associate'.
by westsailor
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: w500 switchable graphics. How to disable altogether
Replies: 4
Views: 1219

w500 switchable graphics. How to disable altogether

I have a W500 that the ATI graphics card is apparently failing. It works for a short while then the display starts to 'pixelate'. Sometimes I get the message 'The ATI driver stopped working and recovered' and it works for a short time then begins to 'pixelate' again. . Most often it just ends up loc...
by westsailor
Wed Feb 04, 2015 3:41 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: X-Fi Xtreme Audio Notebook - No Line-in or WYH Record - W7?
Replies: 10
Views: 2729

Re: X-Fi Xtreme Audio Notebook - No Line-in or WYH Record -

If you can provide more info on the hardware and configuration being used, I might be able to provide a better response-- it definitely sounds like a driver thing. Creative does have some recording applications which might potentially have to be installed as well. I just upgraded my W500 to Win7 Pr...
by westsailor
Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:49 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W500 Win7 and Rescue and Recovery
Replies: 0
Views: 1465

W500 Win7 and Rescue and Recovery

I just upgraded to Win7 Pro and still have my R&R Q drive. I thought I would install R&R but noticed that the W500 is not supported under R&R (4.52). Just the W510, W520, W530, W540. It does say it "might also work properly on other computer models". Any issues I should be aware of if I were to inst...
by westsailor
Sun Jan 11, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W500 SSD Recommendations?
Replies: 25
Views: 5581

Re: W500 SSD Recommendations?

Not sure if it's Samsung but my W500 has a WXUGA display. It's no Flexview ala my T60 but I like the resolution.

What is your favorite 15" display.... the one you consider ideal/best?
by westsailor
Sun Jan 11, 2015 3:51 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W500 SSD Recommendations?
Replies: 25
Views: 5581

Re: W500 SSD Recommendations?

First of all, you're not doing that W500 justice by running a 32-bit OS on it. With 8GB RAM and an SSD that old machine will feel very young again. Amazing how spoiled we've become, eh? To think of W500 performance as being that an 'old machine' :wink: There's absolutely nothing stopping you from d...
by westsailor
Sat Jan 10, 2015 9:53 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W500 SSD Recommendations?
Replies: 25
Views: 5581

Re: W500 SSD Recommendations?

I would still encourage you to test W7, but to each their own... It's not that I am completely unfamiliar with Win7. I have helped a few friends solve problems on their systems running Win7. I even in fact have a 'new' W500 with Win 7 COA. It's just that Win 7 seems to bury things I want to get to ...
by westsailor
Sat Jan 10, 2015 8:26 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W500 SSD Recommendations?
Replies: 25
Views: 5581

Re: W500 SSD Recommendations?

So with XP not having native TRIM support means I would need to perform periodic 'garbage collection/cleanup' on my own using accompanying s/w? Kinda like what I do now with optimizing, defragging?
by westsailor
Sat Jan 10, 2015 7:50 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T60 Flexview display blanking out
Replies: 15
Views: 2435

Re: T60 Flexview display blanking out

A lot of people on the German Thinkpad forum have replaced the T60 CCFL with this LED-backlight kit: http://www.iccfl.com/product_info.php?products_id=11860 Wrong one, it should be this: http://www.xccfl.com/product_info.php?products_id=4725 Uh oh... I'm curious why that is the wrong one as I just ...
by westsailor
Sat Jan 10, 2015 7:16 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W500 SSD Recommendations?
Replies: 25
Views: 5581

Re: W500 SSD Recommendations?

Yes, the COA is for XP. I have not seen a need to upgrade and my philosophy is if it ain't broke don't fix it :)

Again, I display my ignorance of SSD. Is native TRIM support essential?
by westsailor
Sat Jan 10, 2015 5:19 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W500 SSD Recommendations?
Replies: 25
Views: 5581

Re: W500 SSD Recommendations?

sorry... I should have noted the W500 I'm upgrading is Win XP.
by westsailor
Sat Jan 10, 2015 4:58 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W500 SSD Recommendations?
Replies: 25
Views: 5581

Re: W500 SSD Recommendations?

ajkula66 wrote: No. Perform a fresh install of the OS on the SSD, you'll be glad you did.
I hear you but wouldn't that require reinstalling all my applications, device drivers, etc. as well?
by westsailor
Sat Jan 10, 2015 4:51 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Am I doing it right?
Replies: 2
Views: 1532

Am I doing it right?

I'm a complete noob when it comes to SSD. My apologies for my ignorance but I just want to double check I know what I'm getting into before I pull the trigger and potentially waste money I don't have to lose. I have a W500 (Win XP) I'd like to add an SSD to while retaining the existing HD. My HD is ...
by westsailor
Sat Jan 10, 2015 1:52 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W500 SSD Recommendations?
Replies: 25
Views: 5581

Re: W500 SSD Recommendations?

It depends on the configuration of the machine. If it has only one bay (X200 for example) you'd have to replace the existing HDD with a matching-size-SSD that would fit everything that you need. On a T-series unit, you can have a smaller (64-128-256GB) SSD as a boot drive and store documents/pictur...
by westsailor
Sat Jan 10, 2015 1:33 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: How is the W500 quality?
Replies: 25
Views: 25313

Re: How is the W500 quality?

Another point to consider re W500 vs later models (510, 520, etc.) is the W500 is the last of the generation that includes a PCMCIA port. While it's now discontinued (I have multiple backups) I really enjoy having a Creative Audigy 2 ZS Notebook sound card in lieu of the on board sound of stock lapt...
by westsailor
Sat Jan 10, 2015 1:14 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W500 SSD Recommendations?
Replies: 25
Views: 5581

Re: W500 SSD Recommendations?

Excuse my ignorance. I am really intrigued by the performance increase of an SSD. Even more so now that pricing seems to be dropping. My question is, does the SSD completely replace the (mechanical) hard drive or can it be installed 'in addition to'? e.g. use the SSD for the O/S and any commonly use...
by westsailor
Sat Jan 10, 2015 12:48 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T60 Flexview display blanking out
Replies: 15
Views: 2435

Re: T60 Flexview display blanking out

You do understand that there's only one CCFL in there? When it gets weak, the screen starts losing brightness in all corners going gradually towards the middle. I do know there is only one CCFL tube (at the bottom). I just wasn't aware the symptoms were as you describe. Would have thought it would ...
by westsailor
Sat Jan 10, 2015 12:19 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T60 Flexview display blanking out
Replies: 15
Views: 2435

Re: T60 Flexview display blanking out

I considered that but thought if that were the case it would be an overall dimming or maybe the corners along the bottom (not at the top as well). I'm just not knowledgeable about how edge lighting actually works, spreads the lighting equally and consistently across the entire display bottom to top....
by westsailor
Sat Jan 10, 2015 9:46 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T60 Flexview display blanking out
Replies: 15
Views: 2435

Re: T60 Flexview display blanking out

As I also mentioned, all four corners of my display 'fade out', a gradual darkening starting about 1/3 -1/2" in from the corner and fairly symmetrical. Any idea what might be causing this?
by westsailor
Fri Jan 09, 2015 4:44 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T60 Flexview display blanking out
Replies: 15
Views: 2435

Re: T60 Flexview display blanking out

A lot of people on the German Thinkpad forum have replaced the T60 CCFL with this LED-backlight kit: http://www.xccfl.com/product_info.php?products_id=4725 That is an interesting mod to maybe try anyway. Just that one strip of LED's at the bottom? No problem with uneven lighting? Is it difficult to...
by westsailor
Fri Jan 09, 2015 1:01 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T60 Flexview display blanking out
Replies: 15
Views: 2435

T60 Flexview display blanking out

I have a T60 with UXGA Flexview (ATI graphics) that I use as a backup. I was too long in keeping it charged and let the battery discharge. I've done this before so I just need to set date/time and all is well. However this time I notice all four corners of the LCD are dark and after about 30-45 seco...
by westsailor
Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:17 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T60 won't boot, H/W & HD seem fine
Replies: 1
Views: 727

Re: T60 won't boot, H/W & HD seem fine

No one has any ideas/opinion as to why an otherwise 'healthy' HD (per chkdsk & Norton) hangs/doesn't want to boot windows?
by westsailor
Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:32 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T60 won't boot, H/W & HD seem fine
Replies: 1
Views: 727

T60 won't boot, H/W & HD seem fine

I have a 'backup' T60 (WinXP) that suddenly won't boot. I've known the battery was pretty much dead so I've been running it every couple weeks or so to recharge. Last time I booted it successfully was about a week ago and it booted fine. Yesterday I tried powering it up and POST told me I needed to ...
by westsailor
Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:53 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Keyboard/Input problem(s) on W500
Replies: 0
Views: 919

Keyboard/Input problem(s) on W500

Not long ago my 'end' key stopped working. It was pretty sudden because it use it a lot to dim the screen. About the same time my left arrow key became intermittent. Then, the right button on my (wireless) mouse stopped working and also seemed to generate 'random' left button signals (i.e. it would ...
by westsailor
Mon Oct 17, 2011 7:33 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Cleaning a keyboard
Replies: 14
Views: 6287

Re: Cleaning a keyboard

Any idea why just one key might suddenly quit working? I was thinking it might be 'mechanical' since the key works fine in the virtual keyboard.

I would think if it were a 'row/column' scan problem then other keys would be affected as well.
by westsailor
Wed Oct 12, 2011 12:51 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Cleaning a keyboard
Replies: 14
Views: 6287

Re: Cleaning a keyboard

Can individual keys be cleaned? I have a W500 that 'suddenly' the End key doesn't work and I noticed the left arrow key becoming intermittent. This, after a lt of rain and higher than normal humidity. After purposefully using the left arrow key more (instead of the mouse or backspace to place the cu...
by westsailor
Sun Oct 02, 2011 3:39 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: "Most reliable/stable" SSD for W520
Replies: 40
Views: 14905

Re: "Most reliable/stable" SSD for W520

Excuse me for asking a dumb question, but where does one install an SDD in a laptop?

I have a W500 and an SDD would be a nice addition but I have no idea where it goes.

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