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by bajaman61
Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:10 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: Positive feedback for FAIR Traders
Replies: 3042
Views: 608356

Re: Positive feedback for FAIR Traders

Purchased a sweet "big screen" R52 Thinkpad from fellow forum member "retired."

Shipping was quick and the machine was in great condition, and as stated in his listing for sale.
by bajaman61
Mon May 25, 2009 8:29 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: GUIDE: Reflow GPU fix - 56K WARNING!!!
Replies: 255
Views: 596985

Re: GUIDE: Reflow GPU fix - 56K WARNING!!!

Ok... Tried the heatgun method last night but with no sucess. I think I realised the problem after I was done, my heat gun is only an 1200W and im starting to think that it just didn't cut it and manage to produce enough heat. Sounds like you did not have an InfraRed Thermometer. That is an importa...
by bajaman61
Sat May 23, 2009 5:35 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: GUIDE: Reflow GPU fix - 56K WARNING!!!
Replies: 255
Views: 596985

Re: GUIDE: Reflow GPU fix - 56K WARNING!!!

[quote="carlisle_united"It looks like my "new" T43 als has a bad GPU; Does [reflow] on a T43? . . . My T43 has a metalic "cover" over the GPU thats connected to the fan[;] Will this cause a problem for the reflow?[/quote] If the computer is "new" than you should check warranty / extended warranty st...
by bajaman61
Sat May 23, 2009 11:36 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: T42 fan noise
Replies: 5
Views: 1740

Re: T42 fan noise

Is there anything I can do to prolong the life by two weeks or so? Thanks. Try this graphite/oil solution recommended elsewhere on this board by forum member RealBlackStuff. Worked for me as well: http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic52936.html Plus, if it does fix the problem, the problem will be fixed...
by bajaman61
Thu May 21, 2009 6:34 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Possible cause for a broken R51
Replies: 7
Views: 1548

Re: Possible cause for a broken R51

Update: So I just tried out Ubuntu using the LiveCD and it worked...until I bumped the Thinkpad, then the R51 froze like before. ... So I guess I have a GPU solder problem, huh? (My R51 uses an ATI GPU) The cheap boot from CD got the hard drive off the hook. On the continuing theme of cheap and qui...
by bajaman61
Thu May 21, 2009 2:04 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Possible cause for a broken R51
Replies: 7
Views: 1548

Re: Possible cause for a broken R51

So a few weeks ago my ThinkPad R51 stopped working. I had it in sleep mode, but when I tried to get it out of sleep mode, nothing happened. . . . Now, no matter what I do, the computer won't boot up. I'm thinking the motherboard got damaged from flexing when a screw from the corner of the case fell...
by bajaman61
Thu May 21, 2009 1:42 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: GUIDE: Reflow GPU fix - 56K WARNING!!!
Replies: 255
Views: 596985

Re: GUIDE: Reflow GPU fix - 56K WARNING!!!

I think my T40 is also developing this problem.. can't you re-solder the GPU?? why reflow?? Short Answer: The GPU has what is known as a Ball Grid Assembly and the fix is not a simple soldering operation. (Search for "BGA" on a search engine to learn more.) High heat "reflows" the BGA by bringing i...
by bajaman61
Thu May 21, 2009 1:27 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X2/X3/X4x Series incl. X41 Tablet
Topic: Ubuntu or Xubuntu or Puppy Linux on X31?
Replies: 15
Views: 3908

Re: Ubuntu or Xubuntu or Puppy Linux on X31?

My choices are Ubuntu, Xubuntu, and maybe Puppy Linux, but I think I get the impression that final option might be too basic. Although I'm not a Windows hater, I think I can decide what I want on an OS, without being saddled with a load of bloat I don't want - hence Linux. My main wish is to have f...
by bajaman61
Fri May 15, 2009 8:45 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Utility for quick battery and hardware info?
Replies: 10
Views: 1843

Re: Utility for quick battery and hardware info?

I'd prepare an Ubuntu boot thumb drive. You can view battery stats in gnome-power-manager and all installed adapters/chipsets in lspci and hwinfo. As an alternative to shopping second hand stores for a good laptop, and to take Harryc's suggestion one step further, you might price on auction sites a...
by bajaman61
Fri May 15, 2009 8:15 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: T22 wireless recommendation-battery in freezer trick
Replies: 6
Views: 1449

Re: T22 wireless recommendation-battery in freezer trick

You might want to get an external wireless card, its less hassle, though less cool :D Purchased an external wireless for less than 5 of your euros, $7 US Dollars. Worked "out of the box" on a T21. I thought being frugal was "cool" in Scotland. The only battery in the freeser trick I know of is to d...
by bajaman61
Fri May 15, 2009 7:48 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: T23 blank screen during XP install
Replies: 3
Views: 1428

Re: T23 blank screen during XP install

Welcome to thinkpads.com! . . . About the only thing which comes close is when XP hangs during the install; somewhere around 30-35 minutes, when you see the on-going status messages. In those cases, the usual culprit is the MiniPCI card. Pull it out before installing Windows and the problem goes aw...
by bajaman61
Fri May 15, 2009 7:32 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Does Linux deserve the image of being too geeky?
Replies: 21
Views: 3500

Re: Does Linux deserve the image of being too geeky?

For the 2 examples I gave, I just do not understand why the developers want distribute the software in source codes. They obviously have compiled the codes and tested the result. So why not distribute the compiled version. And the original source codes can be made available, on request. To distribu...
by bajaman61
Thu May 07, 2009 3:33 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: failing backlight in t40 - is this the graphics failure
Replies: 11
Views: 1501

Re: failing backlight in t40 - is this the graphics failure

okay let me reply in order from my last post: can i check for voltage? yes i can - but i dont know where the back light contacts are The "backlight contacts" are two ends of a very thin florescent light bulb. (Search for "Cold Cathode Florescent Light" or "CCFL" if you want to get an idea of what t...
by bajaman61
Thu May 07, 2009 11:58 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: failing backlight in t40 - is this the graphics failure
Replies: 11
Views: 1501

Re: failing backlight in t40 - is this the graphics failure

. . . Depending upon the positions of the solder balls which have come loose, you can have a minor failure which affects only the signals going to the LCD; the ones going to the analog VGA output could still be connected. Or, you could have a major failure which takes out the entire functioning of ...
by bajaman61
Thu May 07, 2009 10:21 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Warm HD in Ubuntu
Replies: 1
Views: 820

Re: Warm HD in Ubuntu

I've noticed a difference in OS heat dissipation. In Ubuntu it seems the palm rest over the HD is noticeably warmer than XP. If anyone has an answer for this I'd really like to get to the bottom of this . . . There is a running controversy on this topic on other fora. As I understand the current de...
by bajaman61
Thu May 07, 2009 9:52 am
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: (SOLVED)Fan pulsating problem -- Audio Clip Included
Replies: 6
Views: 2124

Re: Fan pulsating problem -- Audio Clip Included

I'm using bios 2.19, and Ubuntu. I played with Thinkpad_fan_control a few days ago, and somehow got the pulsing to stop, but then I broke the OS fiddling with modules and such, so I had to reinstall. I can't remember how I fixed it. Have you tried non-software fixes? Here is one: the oil/graphite s...
by bajaman61
Wed May 06, 2009 1:00 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: failing backlight in t40 - is this the graphics failure
Replies: 11
Views: 1501

Re: failing backlight in t40 - is this the graphics failure

unfortunately that's not quite true. The GPU provides 2 signals, a digital signal to the LCD, and an analog signal to the external monitor. Even if the external monitor works OK, the digital/LCD GPU-part may still be faulty! I always learn something here. To push this further, the GPU problem as I ...
by bajaman61
Wed May 06, 2009 11:25 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: failing backlight in t40 - is this the graphics failure
Replies: 11
Views: 1501

Re: failing backlight in t40 - is this the graphics failure

yes that's right. the back light was flickering when the display was adjusted. now that i disassembled the top lid to check for any disconnected wires the back light has stopped working. One simple and fast test not yet mentioned is to connect the laptop to a second, known-working monitor. If the s...
by bajaman61
Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:34 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: 570e usb problem
Replies: 4
Views: 1139

Re: 570e usb problem

I have a thinkpad 570e with xp sp2 running. I've been having problems getting it to recognize a Kingston data traveler. It's been saying "USB Not Recognized..." . . . until suddenly my stick was recognized! But only once. . . . It's very arbitrary. Weird! The usb port works for everything else even...
by bajaman61
Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:17 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: OpenSuSe on TP X60s
Replies: 8
Views: 2084

Re: OpenSuSe on TP X60s

I would like to install Linux on my X60s and so far like the look of OpenSuse so am considering installing it. . . . If Opensuse is not the right choice then what else can you suggest? Dcast's suggested readings are a good, direct answer to your question. But I would rotate the issue somewhat. Ubun...
by bajaman61
Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:20 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Ubuntu and all its flavors...
Replies: 15
Views: 2686

Re: Ubuntu and all its flavors...

Thanks for the info everyone. When the latest distribution comes out, April 22nd if I remember correctly, I will get Ubuntu & Studio. If windows is completely removed from my machines, will my Canon camera, and internet provider software still work??? John I suggest you try Ubuntu on the LiveCD for...
by bajaman61
Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:57 am
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: Closed/Thanks:WTB: Hard Drives for 570, T20 (6, 10, 20 gB)
Replies: 1
Views: 371

Closed/Thanks:WTB: Hard Drives for 570, T20 (6, 10, 20 gB)

Jan 21: Have Enough Now, May be looking for more in the future. Thanks. Wish to purchase the 6, 10 or 20 gB hard drives for a 570 (Type 2644) and T20 (Type 2647). Looking for three unlocked (no password problems) and working-when-pulled-to-upgrade vintage hard drives. Thanks. (I know I can buy 40 t...
by bajaman61
Fri Nov 21, 2008 12:14 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Boot A31 From USB
Replies: 4
Views: 1964

I just installed Ubuntu 8.10 on my OS-less R50. So be careful, that is the extent of my "expertise" in answering this question. I put an OS on the USB and then put the USB at the top of the boot sequence by accessing the BIOS. It didn't take. So I figured perhaps it was the USB to blame. Fortunately...
by bajaman61
Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:58 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Ubuntu doesn't keep screen brightness
Replies: 6
Views: 2580

Re: Ubuntu doesn't keep screen brightness

hi, have Ubuntu 8.04.1 lts on my T43 , have problem with screen brightness. Ubuntu doesnt keep same level of brightness. so from time to time have to press Fn+Home to correct that You did not mention doing so, so I will suggest you also check under System ==> Power Management. The setting there sho...

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