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by ricard
Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Fuse for webcam + fingerprint reader?
Replies: 6
Views: 1478

Re: Fuse for webcam + fingerprint reader?

Ok, so just a follow-up to complete this thread. Instead of buying a fuse off eBay, I opted for a more local electronics reseller, partly because of shorter delivery times and partly because I didn't want to take any risks with a fuse, feeling more comfortable with a component from Schurter than som...
by ricard
Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Fuse for webcam + fingerprint reader?
Replies: 6
Views: 1478

Re: Fuse for webcam + fingerprint reader?

Thanks guys, great tips there.
by ricard
Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Fuse for webcam + fingerprint reader?
Replies: 6
Views: 1478

Re: Fuse for webcam + fingerprint reader?

Thanks. The real problem now was finding F16, but eventually I found a reference to a T61 on another forum (can't remember which one now), which also mentioned where the fuse was located - near the LCD connector on the underside of the motherboard. Turns out it is in a similar location in the T400, ...
by ricard
Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Fuse for webcam + fingerprint reader?
Replies: 6
Views: 1478

Fuse for webcam + fingerprint reader?

While replacing the screen on my T400, I accidentally got the metal wire connecting the two lid latches on the wrong side of the plastic film emanating from the webcam, which caused it to stop working. Even after putting the wire back behind the film, the webcam won't work, it doesn't show up in lsu...
by ricard
Fri Jul 12, 2013 11:49 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: ati graphics t400 linux?
Replies: 3
Views: 1311

Re: ati graphics t400 linux?

One issue might be that the proprietary ATI driver (fglrx) has dropped support for the ATI 3470 chip a while ago. I still run Debian Squeeze on my T400 and the version of fglrx still supports it though. There is also a free driver but when I checked a year ago its performance wasn't up to par with t...
by ricard
Fri Jul 12, 2013 11:45 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T500 overheating
Replies: 3
Views: 1717

T500 overheating

My son has a T500 with a P8600 (2.67 GHz) CPU and switchable graphics in the discrete graphics mode (ATI 3650) which he uses for playing games. Occasionally the machine just shuts down and i wonder if it is related to overheating. Looking at the temperatures, T1 (CPU) and T4 (GPU) are usually above ...
by ricard
Fri Sep 07, 2012 5:42 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T400 1280x800 vs. T500 1680x1050
Replies: 10
Views: 2348

Re: T400 1280x800 vs. T500 1680x1050

Thanks for the note on running at less-than-native resolutions, it's what I would have expected, but then again you never know if there for some reason would have been some clever solution implemented. As it happens, the same company that was offering the T500 1650x1050 also got in a T500 1280x800 w...
by ricard
Fri Aug 24, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T400 1280x800 vs. T500 1680x1050
Replies: 10
Views: 2348

Re: T400 1280x800 vs. T500 1680x1050

Thanks for the advice. What I would like to come to grips with though is how much of a difference there is regarding graphics performance, or rather, achievable frame rates, between the two. Basically, does the 3650 card in the T500 more than make up for the difference in resolution (= more pixels t...
by ricard
Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:19 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T400 1280x800 vs. T500 1680x1050
Replies: 10
Views: 2348

Re: T400 1280x800 vs. T500 1680x1050

While no one can choose which is best for you, except for you, How very true. :lol: if physical size and weight are not an issue, I would choose the T500 because I like higher rez screens. . Currently I've got a T61 with the 1024x768 screen which I find completely adequate resolution-wise. I was re...
by ricard
Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:35 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T400 1280x800 vs. T500 1680x1050
Replies: 10
Views: 2348

T400 1280x800 vs. T500 1680x1050

I'm trying to choose between a T400 1280x800 vs a T500 1680x1050 . The former has ATI 3470 graphics, whereas the latter has 3650 graphics. Now, on paper the 3650 performs much better than the 3470, on the other hand, the machine has a higher resolution so there are more pixels to drive. So in practi...
by ricard
Sat Aug 18, 2012 12:50 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Thermal sensor problem on T61 ? (Linux)
Replies: 2
Views: 859

Thermal sensor problem on T61 ? (Linux)

On my T61 (8898-CDG; 14.1" 1024x768 w/ Intel graphics) running Debian Squeeze, and looking at the output of 'sensors', I get: acpitz-virtual-0 Adapter: Virtual device temp1: +44.0°C (crit = +127.0°C) temp2: +40.0°C (crit = +100.0°C) thinkpad-isa-0000 Adapter: ISA adapter fan1: 3388 RPM temp1: +44.0°...
by ricard
Thu Aug 02, 2012 12:23 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: T43 feels downgraded with Debian Squeeze
Replies: 5
Views: 1685

Re: T43 feels downgraded with Debian Squeeze

Well, quite frankly, I've been quite happy with the open source driver until recently when I discovered that some games would run quite well with the fglrx video driver which seems to provide very good 3D acceleration. So it's not a big loss. And for other reasons it's time to move on and find somet...
by ricard
Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: T43 feels downgraded with Debian Squeeze
Replies: 5
Views: 1685

T43 feels downgraded with Debian Squeeze

So I've been running Debian Lenny on my T43 for a while, but recently decided to upgrade to Squeeze as things like the web browsers etc are lagging too far behind. The real cold shower however was that the fglrx video driver which has given me superior 3D performance (running Minecraft for instance)...
by ricard
Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:32 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Upgrading from T43 to ... what?
Replies: 16
Views: 2467

Re: Upgrading from T43 to ... what?

A T61 with Intel graphics and a 4:3 XGA screen (which is your preferred resolution, I believe) should be an easy find. These machines will take up to 8GB of RAM and run W7 flawlessly. Graphics performance is about on par with your current X300 in the T43. Overall, they're pretty well-built and shou...
by ricard
Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:05 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Upgrading from T43 to ... what?
Replies: 16
Views: 2467

Re: Upgrading from T43 to ... what?

I appreciate all the suggestions. My wife has a Macbook 13" and is very pleased with it, one thing that has annoyed me with it though is the lack of configurability regarding battery settings for instance. On my T43 I can set up the battery to start charging at 20% and stop at 80% which significantl...
by ricard
Thu Jul 19, 2012 6:34 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Upgrading from T43 to ... what?
Replies: 16
Views: 2467

Re: Upgrading from T43 to ... what?

The main problem I have with widescreen is that although the vertical pixel count may be the same, the vertical size is smaller, making for a smaller display if the diagonal measurement is the same. Conversely, if the vertical size were the same, it would become quite wide in the horizontal directio...
by ricard
Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:46 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Upgrading from T43 to ... what?
Replies: 16
Views: 2467

Re: Upgrading from T43 to ... what?

I tried out an L420 at a local store a couple of weeks ago, but wasn't impressed by it. Not that solid classic Thinkpad feel to it at all, quite the contrary. Admittedly, the L series is geared towards consumer rather than business use, so not very surprising.
by ricard
Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:06 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Upgrading from T43 to ... what?
Replies: 16
Views: 2467

Re: Upgrading from T43 to ... what?

One thing I forgot to mention was that unlike many Thinkpad users, I never got used to that little red pointing device, but love the rather small scale touchpad. I had to use an A31 for a while a while ago, but the lack of touchpad really bugged me. So the X61s would basically be out.
by ricard
Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:08 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Upgrading from T43 to ... what?
Replies: 16
Views: 2467

Re: Upgrading from T43 to ... what?

As I read your post I'd just bought one with that configuration off an auction site. Yeah, XGA 4:3 is the format I'm happiest with. I even tried out a T61 widescreen for a week but didn't really like it. A bit of a pity to get no graphics improvement at all with a newer generation of machine, but th...
by ricard
Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:22 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: T43 supported hard drives without the 2010 error
Replies: 6
Views: 1236

Re: T43 supported hard drives without the 2010 error

Well, that's a simple one at least ... :)

Judging by my HD needs over the past years, 320 GB would be plenty on a laptop. Of course, once the space is available it will be used up ... :lol:
by ricard
Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:08 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: T43 supported hard drives without the 2010 error
Replies: 6
Views: 1236

Re: T43 supported hard drives without the 2010 error

Why is there a limit at 320 GB ? (I'm not surprised that there is one, especially in older systems I know there were all sorts of HD size limits, but I wasn't aware of one at this size. Is it related to PATA, to the T43 itself, or the PATA-SATA bridge, BIOS, or something else?)
by ricard
Wed Jul 18, 2012 12:14 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Upgrading from T43 to ... what?
Replies: 16
Views: 2467

Upgrading from T43 to ... what?

So, my T43 is showing signs of age; one hinge broke but was able to find a replacement and now it's fit for fight again. Have been considering one of the newer T4xx/T5xx models, and can get a good deal on a refurbished T400 with switchable graphics, but I'm not mad about the widescreen setup, which ...
by ricard
Wed Jul 18, 2012 12:05 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: T43 supported hard drives without the 2010 error
Replies: 6
Views: 1236

Re: T43 supported hard drives without the 2010 error

Thanks for the info. Yeah, I've been looking into replacing the T43 with a T60, but they don't seem to be as plentiful as I hoped; I'm specifically looking for a 14.1" 1024x768 model with ATI graphics; there seem to be a lot of 15" machines out there though. I guess people are hanging on to them. Al...
by ricard
Sun Jul 15, 2012 4:35 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: T43 supported hard drives without the 2010 error
Replies: 6
Views: 1236

T43 supported hard drives without the 2010 error

Ok, this subject has been up several times before, but as far as I can tell most of the threads have been a couple of years old. Story is, I've been considering replacing my trusty T43 which has been with me since its one year birthday six years ago, purchased as a refurbished business machine. A T4...
by ricard
Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:43 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Problem with hard drive in Ultrabay on T43
Replies: 10
Views: 1338

Re: Problem with hard drive in Ultrabay on T43

The foil will work as a protection to prevent a short between HD electronics and adapter-bottom. Hadn't thought of that. Well, tried it now and it didn't make a difference. Well, it looks now that you do have a hardware problem. Try this adapter in another Thinkpad to see if it works there (probabl...
by ricard
Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:39 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Problem with hard drive in Ultrabay on T43
Replies: 10
Views: 1338

Re: Problem with hard drive in Ultrabay on T43

Try and put a piece of plastic foil, the size of the hard disk, between hard disk and adapter, perhaps there is a false contact? I'm not sure how you mean, you mean that the metal case of the disk should not be in contact with the adapter? Actually, when I got the adapter there was a blue plastic f...
by ricard
Sun Aug 15, 2010 2:09 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Problem with hard drive in Ultrabay on T43
Replies: 10
Views: 1338

Re: Problem with hard drive in Ultrabay on T43

With the drive inserted in the bay when you start the system and enter BIOS, or press F12, is the drive in recognised in the boot menu? No. The main drive (HDD0:) is recognized and it's type number comes up in the boot menu, as is the optical drive when it is inserted. But with the second hard driv...
by ricard
Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:26 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Problem with hard drive in Ultrabay on T43
Replies: 10
Views: 1338

Re: Problem with hard drive in Ultrabay on T43

Yes, I googled too, but the hits I got indicated cases where people were having general problems getting communication with IDE devices to work, not one specific device. I don't think it is a Linux problem; as mentioned above, I booted into Windows XP, and removing and inserting my optical drive cor...
by ricard
Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:44 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Problem with hard drive in Ultrabay on T43
Replies: 10
Views: 1338

Problem with hard drive in Ultrabay on T43

Recently got a hard drive caddy for my T43 so that I can put a large (-ish) drive there to use for video editing. Haven't bought the drive yet, currently testing with an older 20 GB Toshiba drive. I'm running Debian Linux (Lenny, which uses Linux 2.6.26). Problem is, the computer doesn't seem to rec...

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