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by mgo
Fri May 23, 2014 1:32 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: System Update ver5 seems to skip power management & others
Replies: 1
Views: 904

System Update ver5 seems to skip power management & others

It's been a while, but I wanted to set my T60 2007 up for possible sale. After installing a new copy of a purchased OEM Windows 7 64 bit, I tried to get System Update install he usual things like power management, fingerprint, etc. but lots of features just did not get installed. Has System Update b...
by mgo
Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:47 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W500 Switchable Graphics not working-can't select ATI adaptr
Replies: 11
Views: 4367

Re: W500 Switchable Graphics not working-can't select ATI adaptr

[quote="emeraldgirl08"]Glad to hear you found a happy medium :) I do not foresee certified drivers for our T/R/W/400/500 generation ThinkPads with switchable graphics. It seems that Lenovo, Microsoft, Intel, and AMD have moved on and are concentrating on the more recent chipsets and their accompanyi...
by mgo
Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:36 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W500 Switchable Graphics not working-can't select ATI adaptr
Replies: 11
Views: 4367

Re: W500 Switchable Graphics not working-can't select ATI adaptr

Based on some threads I've seen, the W500 switchable graphics feature is rather flaky and hard to manage. I've switched mine off, because the graphics card would crash on a lot of videos. With switchable graphics turned off, the crashes went away. I do not use high level video or photo editing softw...
by mgo
Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:49 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: recommended HDD for W520 ultrabay?
Replies: 12
Views: 2837

Re: recommended HDD for W520 ultrabay?

Go for the UltraBay option as one can also set the power settings (Windows/Power) to have the drive spin down after 5 minutes or even less, if desired. This will take care of any noise from the drive. Since the drive will be used for backup/archives it will not be used very often, I assume. It only ...
by mgo
Mon Jul 09, 2012 6:53 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Odd high-pitched chattering on W500 64 bit but on VISTA only
Replies: 1
Views: 789

Re: Odd high-pitched chattering on W500 64 bit

Answering my own question....found on another forum. Turn off "Speed Step" in BIOS. No performance hit that I notice, and the annoying sound is gone, gone, gone!
by mgo
Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:31 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Odd high-pitched chattering on W500 64 bit but on VISTA only
Replies: 1
Views: 789

Odd high-pitched chattering on W500 64 bit but on VISTA only

It's a ThinkPad W500 4064A12, running Vista 64 bit on a SSD. I notice that there is a frequent high-pitched "chattering" at times when the machine is running. The chattering comes and goes. It is less pronounced when running Balanced vs. High Performance power settings. Balanced is quieter. Power Sa...
by mgo
Wed May 23, 2012 7:25 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: ThinkPad W520 Intel SSD - constant drive access & superfetch
Replies: 8
Views: 2392

Re: ThinkPad W520 Intel SSD - constant drive access & superfetch

I "splurged" and bought a 256 gig SSD to run in my W500 UltraBay slot. I notice no such distortion or delays when playing music from there. I have not played music from my main drive which has the operating system on it. I do not run WinAmp, so cannot tell you if that is the problem. Yes, I do disab...
by mgo
Tue May 22, 2012 11:21 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: ThinkPad W520 Intel SSD - constant drive access & superfetch
Replies: 8
Views: 2392

Re: ThinkPad W520 Intel SSD - constant drive access & superfetch

I have been running SSDs on my ThinkPads for about three years now. Intel (as you may have noticed) recommends disabling SuperFetch, and others also suggest clearing the "allow indexing" checkbox in the drive's properties menu, since the SSD does not need to index, thanks to its inherent speed. (but...
by mgo
Fri May 18, 2012 12:48 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: w520, hard drives spinning down seemingly randomly
Replies: 1
Views: 805

Re: w520, hard drives spinning down seemingly randomly

Have you checked Power Options/Advanced to see when the settings tell the drives to stop? One can set those the any number of time outs. My cooling fan spins up and and down, too. Sometimes it's hard to tell if the sound is the fan or the hard drive.
by mgo
Wed May 16, 2012 4:34 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Fn+Spacebar: What now??
Replies: 6
Views: 2077

Re: Fn+Spacebar: What now??

I just do Fn+Spacebar again to return the screen to normal size. Not necessary to reboot at all. Works on the native T60 screen as well as external screen using DVI output from dock. Also, sometimes the screen resolution can become "stuck" in a lower resolution setting, giving the impression that th...
by mgo
Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:05 am
Forum: Windows 8
Topic: Random shutdown/crashes
Replies: 2
Views: 1453

Re: Random shutdown/crashes

I ran into similar partition error problems on an external USB drive, as well as a drive in the Ultra Bay on my W500 when running Windows 8 CP 64 bit. After some Microsoft Updates ran, that oddity "seemed" to stop. (I can offer no explanation for this behavior, but running chkdsk corrected the disk ...
by mgo
Sun Apr 29, 2012 2:48 am
Forum: Windows 8
Topic: Win 8 pre-GA on a T60
Replies: 8
Views: 5171

Re: Win 8 on a T60

Running Windows 8 on a T60 (64 bit frankenpad) with two gig of ram. Setup on a 80 gig SSD with separate partition for documents and other personal files. (that's how I always set up my computers) Using a dock, I can get nice digital video output to a HP 20" external monitor. To get the video output,...
by mgo
Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:25 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Seagate Hybrid 750GB Drive
Replies: 8
Views: 5819

Re: Seagate Hybrid 750GB Drive

I've had a couple of Seagate 250 gig hybrid drives since 2010 and they work well. Quiet and responsive. About 80% as fast as a solid state drive. The latest versions are probably even better.
by mgo
Mon Mar 05, 2012 5:33 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Windows 8 consumer preview
Replies: 6
Views: 4853

Re: Windows 8 consumer preview

Yep...Windows 8 running now on my W500 with a SSD. Faster than Windows 7 when run on the same SSD! Some confusion with new menu commands, but I'm gradually getting the hang of it. I discovered an old Vista ATI driver (7vd541ww.exe) that I use for the display port video output to my external monitor....
by mgo
Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:01 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Utility Work Area
Topic: TPFancontrol on Windows 8 with a ThinkPad W500-yes it works!
Replies: 0
Views: 18806

TPFancontrol on Windows 8 with a ThinkPad W500-yes it works!

Just thought I would pass along some fun news. (well...fun for me, anyway!) I've installed Windows 8 Beta using a SSD, and ThinkPad Fan control runs just dandy on that OS. No hitches or glitches that I have detected! I even managed to track down a driver (7vd541ww.exe) for the display port on the W5...
by mgo
Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:01 pm
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Windows 7 Ultimate and creating a new disk partition ???
Replies: 4
Views: 2363

Re: Windows 7 Ultimate and creating a new disk partition ???

robert213 is correct: Windows 7 disk management is a very good way to create that new partition. If your cd drive is currently listed as D, it will be bumped down to E during the process.
by mgo
Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:20 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: weird thing happen after recover C partition
Replies: 2
Views: 934

Re: weird thing happen after recover C partition

I have run into odd drive letter changes from time to time, also. It is an easy matter to go to Computer Management and change driver letter and path to the letter that you want. It will stay that way. I am guessing that Windows will sometimes rename the drives (or partitions) at the low level, and ...
by mgo
Tue Oct 18, 2011 6:47 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: Corsair P256 SSD for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 622

Re: Corsair P256 SSD for sale

PM headed your way for purchase.
by mgo
Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:28 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Windows 8 developer's: am I the first kid on the block?
Replies: 3
Views: 924

Re: Windows 8 developer's: am I the first kid on the block?

(Out of curiosity - run the commands ver or winver. What do they report?) I cannot answer that because I have already removed Windows 8 from the ThinkPad I was using. I had other things to do with it. Another main reason to stop using Windows 8; it would not run with an external monitor, and my 72 y...
by mgo
Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:11 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Windows 8 developer's: am I the first kid on the block?
Replies: 3
Views: 924

Windows 8 developer's: am I the first kid on the block?

More observations as of sep 18 2011: - performance with an older 160 gig, 7200 rpm hard drive instead of a solid state drive is pretty good. About 80% as fast as the SSD. Boot up is around 25 seconds with the mechanical drive. -TPFancontrol runs very well on the T60 with Windows 8. The cooling fan s...
by mgo
Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:36 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: FS: ThinkStation D10 chassis - price drop
Replies: 7
Views: 2049

Re: FS: ThinkStation D10 chassis - offers accepted

Hope you will excuse some elementary questions, but this sounds like a good unit for my "experimental" work with operating systems, etc. What is a "system planar"? Is that the same as a mother board? Does this machine NOT come with processor(s)? If not could they be installed, and how much? Does thi...
by mgo
Sun Aug 21, 2011 1:03 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: **SOLD**: T6X Keyboards
Replies: 2
Views: 1447

Re: FS: T6X Keyboards

PM coming your way...
by mgo
Sat Aug 06, 2011 9:57 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Upgrading harddrive on T60; seagate hybrid vs SSD SATA I
Replies: 16
Views: 3114

Re: Upgrading harddrive on T60; seagate hybrid vs SSD SATA I

I would like to hear from members that have actually upgraded their T60's to SSD or Hybrids. I am considering Hybrid. How many manufacturer's make Hybrid drives? Any model recommendations? Hybrid, fast and more storage SSD fastest but not a lot storage if you need it when portable I am currently 80...
by mgo
Wed Aug 03, 2011 4:21 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Utility Work Area
Topic: Rescue And Recovery 4.31 On Win7 x64 Won't Start
Replies: 6
Views: 30440

Re: Rescue And Recovery 4.31 On Win7 x64 Won't Start

Have you tried going in the "front door" via Windows Explorer?

On my machine that is:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Lenovo\Rescue and Recovery

then right click rnr_simple.exe and run as admin.

Just an idea for what it may be worth...
by mgo
Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:57 am
Forum: Forum Notices, Questions and Suggestions
Topic: A note of thanks about "print view"
Replies: 1
Views: 2331

A note of thanks about "print view"

I was very interested in a thread about controlling temps on a T60 machine. (*The T60 Fan Thread*) and wanted to save the thread for future reference. Thanks for the easy to do Print View which allowed me to copy and paste into a Word doc for later! Thanks for making this forum so useful!
by mgo
Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:39 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: SOLD**: W500 2.53Ghz, 160GB, 3GB, CDRW/DVDRW
Replies: 3
Views: 1221

Re: FS: W500 2.53Ghz, 160GB, 3GB, CDRW/DVDRW

PM inbound to you.... Max RAM = 8GB, More available? Yes, I believe I have enough RAM here for a total of 2 x 2GB sticks. W7 64bit support = Yes http://blog.augustoalvarez.com.ar/2009/01/20/experiencing-lenovo-w500-with-windows-7/ UB 2nd HDD Adapter, possibly included. I'd have to test the ones I ha...
by mgo
Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:11 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: SOLD**: W500 2.53Ghz, 160GB, 3GB, CDRW/DVDRW
Replies: 3
Views: 1221

Re: FS: W500 2.53Ghz, 160GB, 3GB, CDRW/DVDRW

I am just putting this W500 in very good condition out here to gauge if there's any interest... Product: ThinkPad W500 4064-A12 Original description: Based 4061-2HU: T9400(2.53GHz), 3GB RAM, 160GB 7200rpm HD, 15.4in 1920x1200 LCD, 512MB ATI FireGL V5700, CDRW/DVDRW, Intel 802.11agn, WWAN option, Bl...
by mgo
Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:54 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: t61 - How to stop hard disk going to sleep mode?
Replies: 6
Views: 2241

Re: t61 - How to stop hard disk going to sleep mode?

Hi, I recently replaced my internal hard disk (80GB 5200rpm) with Western Digital 320GB 7200 hard disk. When I work on heavy applications, hard disk is going into sleep mode. Is there any way to stop hard disk going into sleep mode? I checked the power option and sleep mode is set to 'never'. My sy...
by mgo
Tue May 31, 2011 8:27 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Intel 320 SSD on T61 versus other options
Replies: 2
Views: 992

Re: Intel 320 SSD on T61 versus other options

Kingston? Am thinking of going SSD but want to evaluate lower cost options. Any proven (you installed and are satisfied and its been reliable) options? I have been running Intel 80 gig SSDs on my T60 machines for about two years. Documents and tens of thousands of photos are saved and viewed there....

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