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by npish
Wed Apr 01, 2015 1:24 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: Possible to swap W520 FHD display for IPS?
Replies: 15
Views: 7435

Re: Possible to swap W520 FHD display for IPS?

Wow, ok thanks much for the reponses; I had a feeling it was not likely to be an easy mod... too bad.
by npish
Tue Mar 31, 2015 1:06 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: Possible to swap W520 FHD display for IPS?
Replies: 15
Views: 7435

Possible to swap W520 FHD display for IPS?

I have a W520 with which I'm overall quite satisfied-- aside from the FHD display that I was hoping would be sufficient for color work, which it sadly is not. I'm seeing that the new W541 and W550s models come with a 3k IPS display option, which is making me highly envious-- and given that I'm very ...
by npish
Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:28 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: Calibrating W520 panel w/ dispcalGUI
Replies: 1
Views: 2202

Re: Calibrating W520 panel w/ dispcalGUI

After doing some further research, for anyone who might be interested, the following thread is immensely helpful: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/2983567?page=3 Using my i1display 2 with the dispcalgui software, the W520 panel is actually usable with respect to color; the built-in calibration ...
by npish
Sat Aug 09, 2014 4:17 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: Calibrating W520 panel w/ dispcalGUI
Replies: 1
Views: 2202

Calibrating W520 panel w/ dispcalGUI

Thanks to some wonderfully helpful threads on this forum, I was made aware of the amazing calibration tool dispcalGUI. I have an i1Display2 that I'm using with the Argyll drivers and dispcalGUI. I'm curious for those out there who may have used this software with their W520, what did you select in t...
by npish
Sat Mar 15, 2014 5:18 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Question for anyone familiar with Exhange Server
Replies: 5
Views: 1429

Re: Question for anyone familiar with Exhange Server

Thanks for the response, Temetka; we do indeed host the exchange server on site. I was wondering if in fact nothing would need to be done on the Exchange side, given that DNS will resolve "domain.com" and therefore Exchange would be unaffected by a move to a different web hosting provider and/or DNS...
by npish
Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:16 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Question for anyone familiar with Exhange Server
Replies: 5
Views: 1429

Re: Question for anyone familiar with Exhange Server

thanks for the link RealBlackStuff-- was mostly wondering if someone had dealt with this issue before; my knowledge of dealing with mail servers is pretty minimal...
by npish
Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:30 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Question for anyone familiar with Exhange Server
Replies: 5
Views: 1429

Question for anyone familiar with Exhange Server

I would like to migrate my organization's primary website to a different hosting provider, which is a straight-forward process, however we also have an exchange server that handles mail for this domain. Our domain registrar is Network Solutions and our DNS appears to be handled by our current hostin...
by npish
Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:43 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Basic question about data recovery
Replies: 9
Views: 1571

Re: Basic question about data recovery

Just to provide an update here-- fortunately, I was able to recover all data from the corrupted drives with the help of GDB-NTFS (needless to say, I have learned a hard lesson about playing "fast and loose" with something like DBAN, ha.) I'm on Windows 7 and using the disk management utility, as sug...
by npish
Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:27 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Basic question about data recovery
Replies: 9
Views: 1571

Re: Basic question about data recovery

Thanks RealBlackStuff, that is extremely helpful-- and reassuring. Given that reconstructing the partition table seems like no simple task, I'll go forward with recovery via GDB. Another question though-- I opened up the disk management console, and I'm seeing the disk listed in black with the whole...
by npish
Sat Oct 12, 2013 4:53 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Basic question about data recovery
Replies: 9
Views: 1571

Re: Basic question about data recovery

Here's another question though-- once I've recovered all my files, and I want to wipe & reformat the corrupted drive, what software can I use given that I can't actually see the drive in Windows (and thus it doesn't seem to have a drive letter)?
by npish
Sat Oct 12, 2013 4:48 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Basic question about data recovery
Replies: 9
Views: 1571

Re: Basic question about data recovery

Thanks for the responses guys; something I should add is that I know the corruption in this case is my own fault-- I did something extraordinarily stupid while prepping my main drive for a fresh OS install, doing a wipe with DBAN that I put into "auto" mode, and saw to my horror that it began wiping...
by npish
Sat Oct 12, 2013 12:16 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Basic question about data recovery
Replies: 9
Views: 1571

Basic question about data recovery

I have a 2TB external USB drive that has been corrupted-- i.e. the drive is recognized by windows when attached as it shows in the device manager, but it does not show in "my computer" as an available drive. After doing some research, I found and purchased the program "GetDataBack for NTFS" which fo...
by npish
Thu Nov 08, 2012 6:52 pm
Forum: Windows 8
Topic: A request for general feedback on Windows 8...
Replies: 36
Views: 10717

Re: A request for general feedback on Windows 8...

thanks for the great feedback guys. I'm particularly glad to hear that the missing start button isn't causing too much headache (I've read many conflicting accounts on that front.)

Tim-- how are you implementing the 2GB turbo memory?
by npish
Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:46 am
Forum: Windows 8
Topic: A request for general feedback on Windows 8...
Replies: 36
Views: 10717

A request for general feedback on Windows 8...

I would consider myself highly adaptable when it comes to embracing software/OS/interface updates of all kinds; I've been with Windows since 3.1 and I've never hesitated in upgrading immediately with successive versions, even in the case of Vista (with which I never had a real problem btw). However,...
by npish
Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:38 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: email account hijacked -- how?
Replies: 6
Views: 2099

Re: email account hijacked -- how?

thanks for the response RealBlackStuff; I read a bit about email spoofing, and I'm assuming some kind of a worm got into my account. I guess I'm still confused about how this sort of thing originates, as I never clicked on any kind of suspicious link or opened a strange attachment, etc. as I'm prett...
by npish
Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:03 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: email account hijacked -- how?
Replies: 6
Views: 2099

email account hijacked -- how?

I just realized that a Yahoo email account of mine was apparently hijacked and it appears that two different spam messages were sent to various addresses that seem to have been plucked from my inbox and contacts list. Fortunately, this is a generic "crap" account that I use to register with various ...
by npish
Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:01 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: USB thumb drive dead?
Replies: 2
Views: 1105

Re: USB thumb drive dead?

thanks! I'll give it a try.
by npish
Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:11 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: USB thumb drive dead?
Replies: 2
Views: 1105

USB thumb drive dead?

I have Kingston D101 G2 16GB USB thumb drive that seems to have crapped out on me-- on my W520 Windows 7 machine, upon plugging in the thumb drive, explorer locks up for a bit and after a minute or so a dialog box appears saying that the drive needs to be formatted in order to be used; I then try to...
by npish
Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:17 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: Can I add Bluetooth to my W520?
Replies: 3
Views: 5875

Re: Can I add Bluetooth to my W520?

not sure if this is what you're experiencing, but I ordered a W520 w/ Bluetooth and it wasn't showing up at all until I did the following (taken from Lenovo support forums): Download the keyboard hotkey drivers and install them. It'll allow you to use the Functions at the top of your keyboard, then ...
by npish
Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:18 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: W520: adjust power settings for ultrabay HDD?
Replies: 1
Views: 1272

W520: adjust power settings for ultrabay HDD?

I've replaced the optical drive in my W520 with an HDD, and I'm wondering if it's possible to adjust power management settings for this particular drive? I'm using the HDD pretty much exclusively as a data/backup drive, and would like it to spin down when idle; I see the "turn off hard disk after......
by npish
Mon Jul 23, 2012 4:28 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: recommended HDD for W520 ultrabay?
Replies: 12
Views: 3922

Re: recommended HDD for W520 ultrabay?

here's one final question on the topic of an ultrabay HDD-- how can I access power management settings for this particular device? i.e. to spin down the drive when idle after x minutes? Within the "advanced settings" of the power options, I see "turn off hard disk after..." for battery and ac, but i...
by npish
Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:34 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: recommended HDD for W520 ultrabay?
Replies: 12
Views: 3922

Re: recommended HDD for W520 ultrabay?

agreed-- the carrying case is a very nice, professional touch on the part of newmodeus (I have no connection to the company whatsoever btw.) pretty pathetic lenovo doesn't provide one, especially when they're charging $60; you'd think they could throw that in...
by npish
Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:30 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: recommended HDD for W520 ultrabay?
Replies: 12
Views: 3922

Re: recommended HDD for W520 ultrabay?

just to provide an update: I ended up going with the 750GB Scorpion Black HDD with a newmodeus adapter and I'm extremely pleased with the result. The Scorpion drive is extremely fast and quiet. I'm also quite impressed with the quality of the newmodeus caddy and the fact that they even provide a car...
by npish
Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:11 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: recommended HDD for W520 ultrabay?
Replies: 12
Views: 3922

Re: recommended HDD for W520 ultrabay?

good point on powering down the HDD via power management. think I will go for the ultrabay option with the scorpio black drive. as far as comparing the data transfer speeds between the two options-- i.e. external usb 3.0 drive and ultrabay HDD @7200RPM-- would there be a huge/noticeable difference?
by npish
Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:07 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: W520: Event log ACPI warning-- related to TPFanControl?
Replies: 5
Views: 2808

Re: W520: Event log ACPI warning-- related to TPFanControl?

davidhbrown wrote:Seems like the error message you quote pretty well downplays any risk
true... thanks for the confirmation; I guess manipulating thermal management just makes me a tad nervous :?
by npish
Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:53 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: "can't start Intel MyWifi Technology"?
Replies: 7
Views: 2940

Re: "can't start Intel MyWifi Technology"?

hey kenyee-- just out of curiosity, with what device(s) are you using the widi tech and how has your experience been? I hadn't even heard of it until I purchased my W520... it's definitely intriguing.
by npish
Mon Jul 09, 2012 4:16 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: recommended HDD for W520 ultrabay?
Replies: 12
Views: 3922

Re: recommended HDD for W520 ultrabay?

thanks for the responses guys; good point about the 5400 RPM option, and that WD Scorpio black is definitely enticing. akitaen: how significant is the feel of the additional weight with that HDD in the ultrabay? and do I understand correctly that one can also add an mSATA SSD in the WWAN slot? that'...
by npish
Sat Jul 07, 2012 2:49 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: recommended HDD for W520 ultrabay?
Replies: 12
Views: 3922

recommended HDD for W520 ultrabay?

I'm currently debating whether I should just get a portable external usb 3.0 drive for added storage & backup to complement my Intel SSD in the main bay, or get the caddy and a 9.5mm SATA drive for the Ultrabay. I'm leaning towards the latter and just wondering if anyone can recommend a good HDD wit...
by npish
Tue Jul 03, 2012 1:31 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: W520: Event log ACPI warning-- related to TPFanControl?
Replies: 5
Views: 2808

Re: W520: Event log ACPI warning-- related to TPFanControl?

thanks for the responses guys; I probably will try the latest version of tpfancontrol to compare. I'm still wondering though, does that event log warning indicate the potential for damage to the system?
by npish
Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:26 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: W530 soundcard?
Replies: 2
Views: 2588

Re: W530 soundcard?

looks like it's actually "Realtek High Definition Audio"; wonder if it's an improvement over the crappy Conexant card on the W520...

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