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by QFoam
Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:35 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: now I know why the eSATA port is gone from the W530
Replies: 5
Views: 5860

Re: now I know why the eSATA port is gone from the W530

EngineersCake, you won't get the equivalent of dual-link DVI bandwidth from USB 3.0 so, if that bandwidth will be useful to your work, then I'd think Thunderbolt is eventually the way to go. PC manufacturers like Lenovo are testing the waters with it right now. It's very similar to Displayport, but ...
by QFoam
Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:59 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: Screwdriver to access RAM
Replies: 4
Views: 3917

Re: Screwdriver to access RAM

Just buy one of those inexpensive computer toolkits like this one and a wrist strap . There's no point buying tools one screwdriver at a time. And there's no point in stripping the soft-metal screws that Lenovo uses, just because you used the wrong-sized screwdriver. Don't tighten them too tight. Go...
by QFoam
Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:09 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: now I know why the eSATA port is gone from the W530
Replies: 5
Views: 5860

Re: now I know why the eSATA port is gone from the W530

Here are the throughputs of various common computer interfaces, from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_device_bit_rates http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_ATA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExpressCard http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=104193 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunderbolt...
by QFoam
Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:10 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: So is it dead?
Replies: 4
Views: 1503

Re: So is it dead?

I recommend that everyone vacuum (not blow) the dust out of all the vents on their machine as described below, once a year, or you can burn up your laptop. MSR_Steve, the areas you describe as being hot agree with the GPU overheating due to dust-clogged vents (the GPU produces more heat than the CPU...
by QFoam
Sun May 27, 2012 8:15 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Version of Expresscard/34 /54
Replies: 2
Views: 1400

Re: Version of Expresscard/34 /54

Expresscard is basically a way to plug an external card into your laptop's internal PCI-Express (i.e. PCIe) bus. The W701 uses Intel's QM57 chipset, which provides PCIe 2.0, and therefore the W701 supports Expresscard 2.0. And, as I said in the thread you link to: "ExpressCard 2.0 should have the sa...
by QFoam
Fri May 25, 2012 11:02 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W700DS to W701DS upgrade
Replies: 10
Views: 3564

Re: W700DS to W701DS upgrade

You could go with the 2800M, assuming there are no physical incompatibilities between that and the W700x's GPU heatsink, although it would be slightly less fun. Slightly faster than the Quadro FX 3700M from the W700, though, and surprisingly close to the 3800M. TDP for the 2800M is 75W, just like th...
by QFoam
Fri May 25, 2012 10:26 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W700DS to W701DS upgrade
Replies: 10
Views: 3564

Re: W700DS to W701DS upgrade

You're a brave person, yorgasor. You remind me of a guy who used to post here about the W700, named tinkererguy. I think you'll have difficulty swapping the video cards between the W700x and W701x motherboards: http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?p=565274 We've had people swap different RGB-LED...
by QFoam
Thu May 03, 2012 3:51 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: How to calibrate the Thinkpad's LCD with dispcalGUI
Replies: 46
Views: 18143

Re: How to calibrate the Thinkpad's LCD with dispcalGUI

Anyone interested in this thread will probably be interested in the following. A user in the lenovo.com forums has used an external calibrator, in conjunction with dispcalGUI, to provide some profiles that you can install yourself on the W5XX machines that have wide-gamut displays. Because these are...
by QFoam
Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:17 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: How to calibrate the Thinkpad's LCD with dispcalGUI
Replies: 46
Views: 18143

Re: How to calibrate the Thinkpad's LCD with dispcalGUI

How's all of this going, Chatbox? Last I recall, you were going to test different calibration durations?

Thanks!
by QFoam
Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:06 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W701 worth upgrading to RGB LED backlit ?
Replies: 2
Views: 1316

Re: W701 worth upgrading to RGB LED backlit ?

I personally can't imagine having that laptop without a 1920x1200 display, which is what the RGB-LED-backlit display gives you. But that's a "wide-gamut" display, and you may not be happy with the distorted, neon-like, over-saturated colors which that display shows when viewing images in NON-color-m...
by QFoam
Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:35 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W520 speaker problem
Replies: 3
Views: 1167

Re: W520 speaker problem

Arty_harvy, see here . My understanding is that, if you send it to a depot, they will remove your hard drive and put in a drive with a standard Lenovo build of the system for diagnosis. Whether a technician who comes out for onsite service will do that, I don't know, as the problem presumably would ...
by QFoam
Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:46 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Which hard drive/SSD combo for W700 and T60
Replies: 8
Views: 2135

Re: Which hard drive/SSD combo for W700 and T60

Avoid XP64, it doesn't have the driver support that you need on the W700. I know experienced W700 users who have tried it, and it was bad news. The dual CCFL backlights on the W700 don't wear out any faster than any others, but if someone used a screensaver on that machine 24 hours a day for a year ...
by QFoam
Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:01 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Which hard drive/SSD combo for W700 and T60
Replies: 8
Views: 2135

Re: Which hard drive/SSD combo for W700 and T60

I'm surprised that whoever installed the SSD in the W700 didn't remove the turbo memory. Yes you'll probably want to remove it. Turbo memory was sort of a stopgap measure between hard drives and SSDs. It will cause a lot of extra activity for the SSD. My understanding is that Windows 7 has better su...
by QFoam
Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:17 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: How to calibrate the Thinkpad's LCD with dispcalGUI
Replies: 46
Views: 18143

Re: How to calibrate the Thinkpad's LCD with dispcalGUI

So, in short, people should look for a panel with high Adobe RGB rating as that would indirectly imply a high sRGB rating as well. And that the Adobe RGB has a wider colour rage. Is that right? I haven't gone through the entire article yet. I think it depends on your application, and that people sh...
by QFoam
Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:49 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: How to calibrate the Thinkpad's LCD with dispcalGUI
Replies: 46
Views: 18143

Re: How to calibrate the Thinkpad's LCD with dispcalGUI

Also wondering if 95% gamut means 95% sRGB AND 95% Adobe RGB... My panel falls short on the Adobe RGB measurements. But honestly though, I don't exactly know the technical details and differences A gamut represents the range of colors that a device can express, versus the full range of colors that ...
by QFoam
Sat Mar 31, 2012 11:49 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: T9400 vs T9600
Replies: 3
Views: 1691

Re: T9400 vs T9600

stuartfm, this links to benchmarks showing the difference in performance between those processors:

http://www.buy-a-thon.com/reviews/W700- ... mpare-proc

And this post talks about the 1920x1200 display that came with that machine:

http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.ph ... 05#p465705
by QFoam
Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:52 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: How to calibrate the Thinkpad's LCD with dispcalGUI
Replies: 46
Views: 18143

Re: How to calibrate the Thinkpad's LCD with dispcalGUI

How do you like the new display compared to the original stock display?

Sager offers a no-dead-pixel guarantee as well, for a meager fee. Well worth it.

The W530 reportedly just got PTCRB certification, which is for GSM/UMTS equipped wireless devices, so it's coming.
by QFoam
Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:30 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: SDHC card reader doesn't work
Replies: 6
Views: 6928

Re: SDHC card reader doesn't work

Look in the Power Manager for energy saving settings that turn off the card reader. Do so in whatever power mode you're in when the problem occurs. You can change and then save those settings to avoid the need to wake the reader. You may additionally have a corruption problem with the card, which wo...
by QFoam
Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:24 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W520 & RAID option - some questions
Replies: 8
Views: 3503

Re: W520 & RAID option - some questions

If it'll only work on Intel ssds then its not something to write home about. The TRIM support is being added to the Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver, so it's being added to the storage controller that's built into the computer, and isn't for a specific brand of drives. So TRIM should then work...
by QFoam
Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:10 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W520 & RAID option - some questions
Replies: 8
Views: 3503

Re: W520 & RAID option - some questions

If you try to run SSD RAID, you'll run into the problem of TRIM support. Win 7 won't do TRIM on RAID. So you'll start off at 800mb read/write and quickly drop down to half of that in a few months of use. Kind pointless if you ask me. Kaze22, that's an interesting point. Here's some updated info: In...
by QFoam
Sat Nov 05, 2011 5:37 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Interference
Replies: 1
Views: 779

Re: Interference

You may be experiencing a "helpful feature": http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/f/3518/p/19276896/19524789.aspx#19524789 "Its the touchpad causing the issue. Go into the touchpad properties and turn off the zoom in/out feature. Basically the left side of the touchpad is configured li...
by QFoam
Sun Sep 18, 2011 6:37 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W700 apparently won't support 8g memory sticks.
Replies: 8
Views: 2063

Re: W700 apparently won't support 8g memory sticks.

lead_org wrote:I am not smart...
Of course you are. :)

Thanks for filling us in on the details of your test, lead_org.
by QFoam
Sat Sep 03, 2011 2:05 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W700 apparently won't support 8g memory sticks.
Replies: 8
Views: 2063

Re: W700 apparently won't support 8g memory sticks.

We've seen before that we can't believe everything that these manufacturers say in their docs. Just one example is shown here , in which Intel's docs tell us that a family of CPUs can supposedly only support 2 SO-DIMMs, when in fact many manufacturers used 4 SO-DIMMs with them. Plus, as a wise man o...
by QFoam
Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:32 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: w510 Gobi 2000 mobile broadband problems
Replies: 2
Views: 1233

Re: w510 Gobi 2000 mobile broadband problems

There's a giant thread about this in the W-series forum at lenovo.com. I think a fix exists which entails hopping on one leg, waving your left arm in the air while whistling, and reinstalling one of your wireless drivers six times. It took Lenovo over a year to solve the problem. Do a search over th...
by QFoam
Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:39 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W700 apparently won't support 8g memory sticks.
Replies: 8
Views: 2063

Re: W700 apparently won't support 8g memory sticks.

Actually, in the NBR thread, lead_org is wrong about the T500/W500/W700 all using the same chipset, as they don't. The W700 uses a different Intel chipset which doesn't support switchable graphics (see this ). And, in contrast to what Tsunade Hime says, just because the computer-maker doesn't offici...
by QFoam
Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:50 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W700 apparently won't support 8g memory sticks.
Replies: 8
Views: 2063

Re: W700 apparently won't support 8g memory sticks.

AMATX, are you using the latest BIOS release for the machine?

Not that I'm telling you to update, which has its own risks, but support for this type of thing is often BIOS-dependent. If you do update the BIOS, don't do so within Windows, but instead do it using the boot CD process.
by QFoam
Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:49 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W500 Line Out
Replies: 2
Views: 781

Re: W500 Line Out

I see no such capability in the sound dialogs or control panels in the W700 under Vista, and that should be the same as the W500. I've got the same green and red audio ports.
by QFoam
Mon Aug 01, 2011 2:48 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W701, Factory Refurbished, Anywhere?
Replies: 1
Views: 1261

Re: W701, Factory Refurbished, Anywhere?

There's the Lenovo Outlet Store, although I don't know how that works with the Hong Kong market, and I don't see any W701 machines on there at the moment. I have a W700, which has dual-fluorescent backlights, and the built-in color calibrator works great with that. However, the W701 uses the same co...

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