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by jwjensen356
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: what SSD do you run?
Replies: 21
Views: 1115

Re: what SSD do you run?

Samsung 500GB 860 EVO in my T420s. Great! Paid Amazon about $150 over a year ago. Now they have it for $82.
by jwjensen356
Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: OS-X Questions
Topic: how do you backup your system?
Replies: 3
Views: 958

Re: how do you backup your system?

I'm using Macrium Reflect to a USB hard drive. Macrium Reflect is a free download from their website.
by jwjensen356
Tue May 29, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Anyone upgrade a T420 from 8 GB to 12 GB of RAM?
Replies: 13
Views: 3185

Re: Anyone upgrade a T420 from 8 GB to 12 GB of RAM?

Went from 8 GB to 16 GB in my T420s. Change? Not much to speak of.
by jwjensen356
Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420 or T420s?
Replies: 19
Views: 3134

Re: T420 or T420s?

"Do you haul your T420 around? I'm Planning to install a HDD Caddy instead of the DVD Drive."

Not so much. But it will be a pleasure to do so since I have it at about 3.75# This is with a blank caddy that can be swapped out with either a slice battery or a DVD drive (as needed).
by jwjensen356
Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Where can I find specs on a T420s 4174-F68
Replies: 18
Views: 2257

Re: Where can I find specs on a T420s 4174-F68

Thanks for the link. No, no suggestions. Interesting price (at the time).
by jwjensen356
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Where can I find specs on a T420s 4174-F68
Replies: 18
Views: 2257

Re: Where can I find specs on a T420s 4174-F68

4174-29U I'll let you check for the specs.
by jwjensen356
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Where can I find specs on a T420s 4174-F68
Replies: 18
Views: 2257

Re: Where can I find specs on a T420s 4174-F68

Mine has the 1600x900 screen. I'm very satisfied with it.
by jwjensen356
Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Where can I find specs on a T420s 4174-F68
Replies: 18
Views: 2257

Re: Where can I find specs on a T420s 4174-F68

Mine has similar specs but came with 4 GB RAM via ebay and by a listing by one of the refurb vendors. Very fine condition as received. About a year ago and the price was about $170. I have since upgraded it with 500 GB ssd and 16 GB RAM (in spite of the max 8 GB spec, it will take 16 GB).
by jwjensen356
Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420 or T420s?
Replies: 19
Views: 3134

Re: T420 or T420s?

I have both, T420 and T420s. Both modded similarly, SSD and added memory (T420s to 16GB). I prefer the T420s because it is lighter. What other mods do you have in mind?
by jwjensen356
Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:57 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: What yo do with old T4X Machines.
Replies: 25
Views: 6894

Re: What yo do with old T4X Machines.

Re the $1.95 IBM Thinkpad sticker, I put them on my T420 and T420s. Reminds me of my previous Thinkpads.
by jwjensen356
Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: New book about ThinkPads
Replies: 2
Views: 754

Re: New book about ThinkPads

I just finished reading the book. Very good. I had read the ThinkPad book from 1999 but that was more written about the background of the IBM PC group and the corporate and marketing strategies of developing the ThinkPad (and very little about the development of the ThinkPad). This book details the ...
by jwjensen356
Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: Pictures of your ThinkPad & desk setup
Topic: HP New Born Baby. Now celebrating it's 11th birthday.
Replies: 8
Views: 1744

Re: HP New Born Baby. Now celebrating it's 11th birthday.

Interesting comment about urban educational environment abuse. Very interesting discussion about the ThinkPad experience with this in the new ThinkPad book.
https://www.amazon.com/ThinkPad-Changed ... nkpad+book
by jwjensen356
Mon Jan 30, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Oldest Thinkpad you'd run Windows 7 on?
Replies: 32
Views: 4940

Re: Oldest Thinkpad you'd run Windows 7 on?

I went from XP to W7 on a T40. Had to search around for several drivers and used a USB WiFi thingy but it ran fine.
by jwjensen356
Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Another reason to avoid Bloatware from Lenovo: ShareIt
Replies: 10
Views: 4024

Re: Another reason to avoid Bloatware from Lenovo: ShareIt

Is there a handy list of Lenovo bloatware so that we can selective uninstall what we may have on our computers?
by jwjensen356
Tue Jan 03, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: CD ROM not recognized
Replies: 5
Views: 1559

Re: CD ROM not recognized

Back again. Installed a new CD drive received from newegg (speedy delivery, discussed below). That was it, a failed drive. Now back with an operating drive and was able to install some new software But it was not an easy installation. I ordered it according to the Lenovo FRU number but that is not w...
by jwjensen356
Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: CD ROM not recognized
Replies: 5
Views: 1559

Re: CD ROM not recognized

I'm giving up until I get a new UltraBay drive (I just ordered one from newegg, $30+).
by jwjensen356
Thu Dec 29, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: CD ROM not recognized
Replies: 5
Views: 1559

Re: CD ROM not recognized

I thought that might be the case. I pulled it and put it back in. No luck. I gave it a shot of DeoxIT to make sure. Still won't work. I wish I had someone nearby to be able to plug this UltraBay unit in to check if it is OK.
by jwjensen356
Thu Dec 29, 2016 2:42 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: CD ROM not recognized
Replies: 5
Views: 1559

CD ROM not recognized

I've got a T420, very stock. W10. Not used very much so running hours are quite low. The CD ROM is not being recognized. After a boot-up it is recognized in File Explorer but when I click on it I get a message "Location Currently Not Available". It allows me to open the drive with the eject button a...
by jwjensen356
Tue Nov 22, 2016 4:24 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420 mSATA
Replies: 1
Views: 1123

T420 mSATA

I've got a recently acquired T420 (to replace my R51 and T40). I want to add an mSATA card to the internal memory area. Any specific advice of mSATAs, does/don'ts, etc?
by jwjensen356
Sun Nov 20, 2016 3:15 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: T40 - Which Windows OS for my needs?
Replies: 30
Views: 4231

Re: T40 - Which Windows OS for my needs?

For my T40 I successfully went from XP to W7. I was able to find all drivers I needed except for the WiFi. I solved that problem with a USB mini gadget that I got from Amazon for about $15.
by jwjensen356
Sun Apr 10, 2016 11:58 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Downgrade bios from 1.41 for T420s
Replies: 7
Views: 2722

Re: Downgrade bios from 1.41 for T420s

Sorry to butt in about the T420S but I have a newly acquired T420. It has a 1.37 BIOS. is there a particularly optimum one for an upgrade?
by jwjensen356
Sun Mar 13, 2016 4:31 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: New (late) T30 user - some initial queries (may2013-feb2017)
Replies: 31
Views: 52223

Re: New (late) T30 user - some initial queries

With my T40 and W7, I solved all the problems (including that for the Radeon driver) except for wifi. I used one of those mini USB wifi gizmos that I found on Amazon. Cost me all of about $15.
by jwjensen356
Sun Mar 06, 2016 2:37 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420 screen resolution
Replies: 8
Views: 2094

Re: T420 screen resolution

I just acquired a new T420 (NIB) and it has the 1366x768 screen. I am going from a T40 so I am having to get used to the new screen and aspect ratio. Looks fine to me.
by jwjensen356
Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:15 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Frankenpad out of t420 and t410
Replies: 10
Views: 2430

Re: Frankenpad out of t420 and t410

I'm not defending UPS but what I had delivered early last week survived nicely. It was a ThinkPad in original box and internal support. Problems I have had have been crockery supported not so well even though they seemed to be well padded, even in bubble wrap. I think the pieces slipped in the bubbl...
by jwjensen356
Sun Feb 21, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: SOLD: Genuine soft dome TrackPoint caps made in Japan - SOLD!
Replies: 17
Views: 2764

Re: FS: Genuine soft dome TrackPoint caps made in Japan - Now shipping internationally

I remember reading somewhere that an IBM ThinkPad executive when travelling would carry a small supply of TrackPoint caps with him. If he saw someone using a ThinkPad, at an airport for example, he would stop and chat and give the person a couple of spares.
by jwjensen356
Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:21 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Successful upgrade of T42 with Crucial M4 128 GB mSATA SSD
Replies: 66
Views: 25161

Re: Successful upgrade of T42 with Crucial M4 128 GB mSATA S

1. Did you update the BIOS *before* trying the Minerva adapter? No, I updated the BIOS after. The first try with the Minerva ran at DMA-2. After the BIOS update, it ran with DMA-5 (you were correct about needing the BIOS update to get beyond DMA-2). 2. Did you re-try the Addonics adapter *after* up...
by jwjensen356
Mon Aug 04, 2014 11:33 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Successful upgrade of T42 with Crucial M4 128 GB mSATA SSD
Replies: 66
Views: 25161

Re: Successful upgrade of T42 with Crucial M4 128 GB mSATA S

I used the Minerva caddy for my T40. Now that I know the drill I will also make use of the Addonics caddy on my R51e. I expect that upgrade will go smoothly since I have had this experience. Thanks again to all for your help.

John
by jwjensen356
Sun Aug 03, 2014 10:59 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Successful upgrade of T42 with Crucial M4 128 GB mSATA SSD
Replies: 66
Views: 25161

Re: Successful upgrade of T42 with Crucial M4 128 GB mSATA S

I'm baaack. Here is an update. I did upgrade the BIOS to 3.23 and also the Embedded Controller to 3.04. And, no surprise, the drive was recognized as Ultra DMA Mode 5. You were correct. I should have done this before. OK, here I am with the new Minerva ST663FD9 getting me to a faster DMA (more about...
by jwjensen356
Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:52 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Successful upgrade of T42 with Crucial M4 128 GB mSATA SSD
Replies: 66
Views: 25161

Re: Successful upgrade of T42 with Crucial M4 128 GB mSATA S

GACrabill, my last update for awhile. I did order the Minerva ST663FD9 and should receive it soon. While I don't like throwing money around I figure 20 bucks should be an easy out. The discussion by JBUK was very convincing. It looks like his trials paralleled mine. I'll report back after I receive ...
by jwjensen356
Tue Jul 29, 2014 12:41 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Successful upgrade of T42 with Crucial M4 128 GB mSATA SSD
Replies: 66
Views: 25161

Re: Successful upgrade of T42 with Crucial M4 128 GB mSATA S

Sorry, I did miss Blackstuff's suggestion. I just checked the BIOS. It reads: "1.05 (1RET34WW) 2003-05-15". That is really ancient. But for reference, when I put the HD back in, I get a Properties reading of Ultra DMA Mode 5.

John

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