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by jayeye
Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: ThinkPad P1/P50/P70 and later Series
Topic: How is the fingerprint reader connected on a P1?
Replies: 2
Views: 662

Re: How is the fingerprint reader connected on a P1?

It's a USB device; I mistakenly thought that the Synaptics device listed on `lsusb` was the touchpad; it was actually the fingerprint reader.

That said, there is no Linux driver for it, nor does Lenovo intend to release one. So much for Linux certification.
by jayeye
Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X1 / X1-Carbon / X1-Extreme and later Series
Topic: My ThinkPad X1 Extreme review
Replies: 12
Views: 3398

Re: My ThinkPad X1 Extreme review

==> I'm wondering if anyone had actually bought a retail PCIe NVMe "2280" SSD to replace the one on your ThinkPad? ***PERHAPS the retail NVMe SSD comes with that screw? (I don't know--if anyone has actual experience, pls let us know!) Actually, I was wrong; my P1 came with a screw on the second (em...
by jayeye
Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X1 / X1-Carbon / X1-Extreme and later Series
Topic: My ThinkPad X1 Extreme review
Replies: 12
Views: 3398

Re: My ThinkPad X1 Extreme review

Just got new info, and to answer my own question (see below): ~If you did not order a 2nd SSD from Lenovo, a) Lenovo should have the physical copper connections in place for you to add a 2nd M.2 NVMe "2280" SSD. b) HOWEVER , Lenovo did not include the small screw that holds that 2nd SSD in place, s...
by jayeye
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: ThinkPad P1/P50/P70 and later Series
Topic: i7 P1 first impressions. Also: why I did not get the Xeon P1
Replies: 11
Views: 1673

i7 P1 first impressions. Also: why I did not get the Xeon P1

My venerable T61p released its magic blue smoke a few months ago, so it was time to get a new laptop, now that *finally* Lenovo saw the light and released a 15'' laptop without a numeric keypad. My first choice was to get a fully-decked-out P1, with a Xeon processor and 32G of ECC memory (could not ...
by jayeye
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: ThinkPad P1/P50/P70 and later Series
Topic: The P1 and the X1 Extreme are more like each other than the P[57]* or other X*; put them on a separate group?
Replies: 1
Views: 827

The P1 and the X1 Extreme are more like each other than the P[57]* or other X*; put them on a separate group?

The P1 and the X1 Extreme are essentially the same laptop; the two main differences are that the P1 can be configured with a Xeon and ECC memory, and the X1 Extreme has a games-oriented video card. Questions pertaining to the P1 are more likely to also pertain to the X1 Extreme (and vice versa) than...
by jayeye
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: ThinkPad P1/P50/P70 and later Series
Topic: How is the fingerprint reader connected on a P1?
Replies: 2
Views: 662

How is the fingerprint reader connected on a P1?

My guess would have been over USB, just like the camera or the smartcard reader, but it is not showing up in the USB device list. Mine is a model 20MD (i7, the low-res screen).
by jayeye
Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Check here if your IBM/Lenovo Laptop/Desktop is Linux Certified
Replies: 5
Views: 2360

Re: Check here if your IBM/Lenovo Laptop/Desktop is Linux Certified

Not very useful, at least not in my case. Quite the contrary, actually, they list the Thinkpad P1 as Ubuntu 18.04 certified, but it can't even install properly from the distribution media. There are workarounds (installing 16.04 first, then upgrading), but things like the fingerprint reader or secur...
by jayeye
Sun Jul 01, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: What OS do you use/recommend for T61
Replies: 16
Views: 3798

Re: What OS do you use/recommend for T61

The OS choice is usually mandated by what you use the laptop for and the application software you need to run. If you need software that only exists for Windows, then Windows 7 Pro is your best choice. I'm a software engineer, I don't have my own personal windows support person, and every other mach...
by jayeye
Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Is it possible to replace the backlight lamp on a T61p?
Replies: 8
Views: 3334

Re: Is it possible to replace the backlight lamp on a T61p?

Yep. Ask xiphmont for an LED backlight kit, and specify your display size and aspect ratio. Then follow his guide at: https://people.xiph.org/~xiphmont/thinkpad/led-backlight.shtml You can pm or email him. Although the guide is for X60/61 tablets and non-tablets, I recently did the mod on my 14.1" ...
by jayeye
Mon Dec 25, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Is it possible to replace the backlight lamp on a T61p?
Replies: 8
Views: 3334

Is it possible to replace the backlight lamp on a T61p?

My 8+ year old T61p (6457, 15'' 1920x1200 screen) has been growing dimmer, or so it seems. Does the CCFL that provides the backlight indeed grow dimmer with age? If so, is it possible to replace it without replacing the entire LCD?

Thanks

/ji
by jayeye
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Giving up and getting a modern Thinkpad
Replies: 11
Views: 5534

Re: Giving up and getting a modern Thinkpad

If you like the old school keyboard, but with more modern innards, perhaps the Anniversary ThinkPad might be worth a look. The anniversary TP is garbage. The lobotomized monkeys who currently run Lenovo do not understand that there is a real need for 15'' laptops without the stupid numeric keypad.
by jayeye
Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Anyone have a spare W key for a t61p?
Replies: 8
Views: 1970

Re: Anyone have a spare W key for a t61p?

Anyone have a spare W key for a t61p? I had a little vacuuming accident. I could of course blame a maid, the kids or anyone else, but it was all me. ;) (just state your price) I usually blame these guys: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQSr30fyk4w&t=1s :) PM with your address if you can figure out ...
by jayeye
Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: I hate numeric keypads. Am I the only one?
Replies: 13
Views: 2119

Re: I hate numeric keypads. Am I the only one?

They already must have a lot of tooling in place to accommodate all sorts of different layouts for different country options. Why is it so hard to have one more without a numeric keypad? Its not that easy. The different language layouts don´t require a different palmrest. If you want to do a keyboa...
by jayeye
Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:34 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: I hate numeric keypads. Am I the only one?
Replies: 13
Views: 2119

Re: I hate numeric keypads. Am I the only one?

Thinkpad4by3 wrote:
Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:48 am
Hsve you seen the W700. Now thats a numpad done right.

Sent from my SM-G550T using Tapatalk
I don't want a behemoth like the W700. And I don't want a numpad in the first place.
by jayeye
Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:33 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: I hate numeric keypads. Am I the only one?
Replies: 13
Views: 2119

Re: I hate numeric keypads. Am I the only one?

Thinkpads are not consumer kit for that reason they will always have numeric keybads that are standard in accounting. Lenovo have other segments/brands more oriented to the consumer/pro-sumer that don't have the numeric keypad. None with a trackpoint, which is the ONLY reason to buy a Thinkpad, and...
by jayeye
Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: I hate numeric keypads. Am I the only one?
Replies: 13
Views: 2119

Re: I hate numeric keypads. Am I the only one?

For many years I have programmed on a TKL (TenKeyLess) keyboard like this: https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRsjFo--4_9ymM6Iqzxsd7GhfcFIphFS3HIS8jSVFGlWYifmWOg Who needs a numpad, other than a bean counter? You can still get similar, more modern ones, like this: http://www.ebay....
by jayeye
Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: I hate numeric keypads. Am I the only one?
Replies: 13
Views: 2119

Re: I hate numeric keypads. Am I the only one?

Accountants aren't the only ones who use Thinkpads. And accountants use laptops? Don't they have proper desktops? What fraction of the user base do they (ahem) account for anyway?
by jayeye
Sun Jun 04, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: I hate numeric keypads. Am I the only one?
Replies: 13
Views: 2119

I hate numeric keypads. Am I the only one?

What is it with Lenovo? First they change the keyboard technology to be more like the dreck Apple peddles. Now they don't offer any 15'' models without a numeric keypad. My main issue is that the unit stops being a *laptop* and becomes a *thightop*. Typing on a laptop keyboard is already worse than ...
by jayeye
Sat Aug 06, 2016 11:50 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Lost a screw when replacing RAM in T61
Replies: 11
Views: 2326

Re: Lost a screw when replacing RAM in T61

if you are in the USA, PM me your address and which screw you lost and I'll send you one. No charge :)
by jayeye
Fri Sep 04, 2015 5:51 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: More than 4G on T61p?
Replies: 13
Views: 3133

Re: More than 4G on T61p?

[quote="RealBlackStuff"]Since we are nitpicking: you did NOT show that your OS was USING 8GB, only that it SAW 8GB, a HUGE difference!
Regardless, to USE the full 8GB under Windows you do need a 64-bit OS. Don't know about Linux.[/quote]

Learn: /proc/meminfo
by jayeye
Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:28 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: More than 4G on T61p?
Replies: 13
Views: 3133

Re: More than 4G on T61p?

[quote="twillis449"]The T61P can hold 2 x 4 GB memory, but its no use to you if you have a 32 bit OS. 64 bit linux sees 8 GB with no problems.[/quote] Your statement is incorrect. While no single process can use more than 4G of address space, the OS itself can. Look up PAE (Physical Address Extensio...
by jayeye
Mon May 11, 2015 11:22 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: More than 4G on T61p?
Replies: 13
Views: 3133

Re: More than 4G on T61p?

You can use PC2-5300 (667Mhz) or PC2-6400 (800Mhz), though the latter will just downclock to 667 Mhz. The only reason to get PC2-6400 would be for the quadcore mod, but that is in its own thread. Yeah! $ head -1 /proc/meminfo MemTotal: 8109912 kB $ dmidecode -t 6 # dmidecode 2.12 SMBIOS 2.4 present...
by jayeye
Sun May 03, 2015 8:30 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: More than 4G on T61p?
Replies: 13
Views: 3133

More than 4G on T61p?

Can the T61p (in particular: 6457-7XX (15'' 1920x1200 screen, T7700 processor) use more than 4G of memory? Normally I would just get a pair of 4G sticks and try them, but they've gotten really expensive (supply and demand, I guess), and I'd rather not blow $200 that I won't be able to use anywhere e...
by jayeye
Sun Apr 12, 2015 12:09 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Which FRU LCD display for T61p (6458-F55)?
Replies: 2
Views: 1247

Which FRU LCD display for T61p (6458-F55)?

I stupidly managed to break my screen on my venerable T61p. I checked the hardware maintenance manual (http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/42x3546_04.pdf, p.157) and there are three FRUs listed: 42X4641 (Samsung), 42T0417 and 42T0423 (LG). (1) are they interchangeable, or do I...
by jayeye
Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:17 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: why no 16:10 screens?
Replies: 51
Views: 11449

Re: why no 16:10 screens?

Brain-damage, mostly. I suppose they don't want to maintain more than one tooling line per diagonal screen. I hated 16:10 on laptops, and I hate 16:9 even more. My work laptop is an old 4:3 T61, which I'm holding on to despite threats by IT that it's no longer supported and that I should upgrade. I ...
by jayeye
Sun Dec 26, 2010 12:59 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: SERIOUSLY confused about displays
Replies: 15
Views: 3777

Re: SERIOUSLY confused about displays

Every time I visit the Lenovo site, it prompts me for feedback. So far, none of my remarks about the lack of non-widescreen options have merited even a reply. Their sales droids, of course, are just telling me "nobody is making them, so it's not like you can go to our competition".
by jayeye
Sat Dec 25, 2010 11:31 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: SERIOUSLY confused about displays
Replies: 15
Views: 3777

Re: SERIOUSLY confused about displays

Lenovo has become yet another commodity manufacturer of low-quality laptops. The last decent laptops they made was the non-widescreen T61s. I have one of these, and I'll give it up when it finally dies. My hope is that *some* manufacturer by then will have seen the light and decided that there is st...
by jayeye
Mon Jul 28, 2008 11:04 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: why are we seeing this decline in screen quality?
Replies: 15
Views: 5379

why are we seeing this decline in screen quality?

Is there a tacit agreement among laptop manufacturers that they all should ship poor quality displays? And what is it with the disappearence of 4x3? Do people do nothing other than watch movies on their laptops? How can anyone get any work done with the reduced vertical space of widescreen displays?...
by jayeye
Thu Oct 11, 2007 11:26 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Where to buy 13R2657 from?
Replies: 3
Views: 3413

Where to buy 13R2657 from?

The fan in my T41p is becoming increasingly loud, so I suspect the bearings (or whatever) are failing. Lenovo's site indicate that this is not a CRU, so there is no way to buy it from them. How do I go about ordering it? I've found several places that seem to carry it, but they don't indicate whethe...
by jayeye
Tue Jan 02, 2007 8:22 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: T43- using ultrabay CD drive as external CD drive
Replies: 2
Views: 610

it can be done, but it's clunky

you would need to take out the back panel of the CD to expose the more-or-less standard thin-profile-CD connector. For $10 you can get an adaptor that will convert it to a 3.5'' IDE connector, and then use an IDE-to-USB adaptor, probably another $20. By this time, you've spent $30, plus P&P, plus ti...

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