Take a look at our
ThinkPads.com HOME PAGE
For those who might want to contribute to the blog, start here: Editors Alley Topic
Then contact Bill with a Private Message

Search found 33 matches

by MagicBoy
Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Micro$haft is $hafting W10 users again! Beware of Update 1809
Replies: 31
Views: 4083

Re: Micro$haft is $hafting W10 users again! Beware of Update 1809

I am delighted that after this 1809 update, Windows 10 takes up nearly 2GB less space than it did before. It seems that Microsoft has been working hard to shrink Windows 10, perhaps to make it more compatible with all those cheap (<$200) laptops that ship with only 32GB of eMMC internal storage. Bu...
by MagicBoy
Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Thinkpad T25-Retro
Topic: New Thinkpad T25 - Anniversary
Replies: 48
Views: 6347

Re: New Thinkpad T25 - Anniversary

This was the reply :
"Dear Magic, we have no current plans for the ThinkPad 25 within the UK. Thanks for your query and interest."

No mention of yet, just "no plans". Hopefully they're just incompetent at staffing twitter, and we are actually getting it...
by MagicBoy
Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Thinkpad T25-Retro
Topic: New Thinkpad T25 - Anniversary
Replies: 48
Views: 6347

Re: New Thinkpad T25 - Anniversary

T25 is plastered all over the frontpage for the UK site. Couldn't see any details for it, so asked them via twitter. Not available in the UK.

Why advertise something they've no intention of selling. Idiots! :roll:
by MagicBoy
Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: What computer have you had for the longest? When did you get it?
Replies: 52
Views: 7108

Re: What computer have you had for the longest? When did you get it?

Self built P4 1.8A machine, from early 2002. Parts were ordered on the day the DDR motherboards hit retail. It's had various upgrades thrown at it over the years and stopped being used daily in around 2008. Suffered capacitor failure shortly after and a colleague with a soldering station replaced th...
by MagicBoy
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Getting a T43 working in Windows 98
Replies: 2
Views: 3818

Re: Getting a T43 working in Windows 98

T43 was never supported for Windows 98, support goes back to Windows 2000 which was NT based. For Windows 98 support you'd need a T42. While it looks virtually identical externally the T43 with it's 900 series chipset was a big step change over the T40-T42. Intel didn't offer chipset drivers for the...
by MagicBoy
Fri Feb 24, 2012 12:17 pm
Forum: IBM or Lenovo Desktops/Workstations/ThinkStations only
Topic: A Thinkcentre A51 is an IBM or a Lenovo?
Replies: 4
Views: 5928

Re: A Thinkcentre A51 is an IBM or a Lenovo?

It's an IBM in as far as the badging goes. It really makes no difference as Lenovo were OEMing them for IBM then bought the PC business in it's entirety.

My work bought the M version (more business features). M51 is IBM badged, the M52 is IBM and Lenovo badged, the M55 onwards are Lenovo badged only.
by MagicBoy
Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:22 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X2/X3/X4x Series incl. X41 Tablet
Topic: How old is X31 ?
Replies: 16
Views: 4910

Re: How old is X31 ?

My work stopped buying them in late 2004. They all finally got replaced last year.

Generally they're pretty reliable. We had a few suffer with faulty screens (multi-colour vertical stripes), and the usual knackered HDDs with age.
by MagicBoy
Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:58 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Which Model To Buy -> Square Screen + Serial + Parallel
Replies: 22
Views: 6178

Re: Which Model To Buy -> Square Screen + Serial + Parallel

The p denotes professional. It's an higher spec machine usually with high-res screens and ISV certified FireGL/Quadro graphics for running pro applications like AutoCAD. T - Thin and Light. 14/15" form factor, ultrabay. X - Ultra portable. 12" form factor, no ultrabay. Optional Ultrabase with additi...
by MagicBoy
Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:53 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Which Model To Buy -> Square Screen + Serial + Parallel
Replies: 22
Views: 6178

Re: Which Model To Buy -> Square Screen + Serial + Parallel

Well, None of the T series machines with series/parallel ports support SATA drives or DDR2... The only "square" units with native support for SATA drives are T60/p/T61/p and X60/61 series... Not quite correct. ;) The T43 uses DDR2 (maximum of 2GB). No SATA*, plus it's picky about non-IBM firmware I...
by MagicBoy
Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:11 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Can Intel HD Graphics 3000 power a FHD/1080p screen?
Replies: 9
Views: 4268

Re: Can Intel HD Graphics 3000 power a FHD/1080p screen?

5.7 (desktop) and 6.2 (gaming) on my i5-2540M T420 here.

The integrated graphics are very capable and a massive improvement over those in my previous T61. It's happily running dual screens with the a 20" 1600x1200 display and the laptop screen.
by MagicBoy
Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:51 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Your first Thinkpad
Replies: 50
Views: 12746

Re: Your first Thinkpad

My first ThinkPad was a hand me down 760E when I was working for IBM about 10 years ago. Brick of a laptop but performance was decent when MWave wasn't blue screening! Moved locations and went back to a desktop (NetVista X41) then left IBM. My new employers had just switched to IBM so I got a shiny ...
by MagicBoy
Thu Nov 26, 2009 6:37 am
Forum: IBM or Lenovo Desktops/Workstations/ThinkStations only
Topic: HELP with a Net Vista 8305
Replies: 1
Views: 1231

Re: HELP with a Net Vista 8305

I'd be very surprised if an 8305 would take a 3.8GHz CPU.

The chipset is limited to a 533MHz FSB CPU with 512k cache. The fastest CPU of that type would be a 3.06GHz but they're quite rare, 2.8GHz were far more common.
by MagicBoy
Thu Nov 26, 2009 6:24 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Creating Windows XP recovery Disk
Replies: 4
Views: 1173

Re: Creating Windows XP recovery Disk

Two options :
a) burn your own copy of the factory pre-load. It's usually called Create Recovery Media under the ThinkVantage group.
b) Phone Lenovo and order a copy of the CD set . This will likely be chargeable.
by MagicBoy
Thu Sep 17, 2009 11:04 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: T400/R400/T61/R61 owners -> your opinion on battery wiggle?
Replies: 8
Views: 941

Re: T400/R400/T61/R61 owners -> your opinion on battery wiggle?

I've seen the odd dropped T61 and T400. Battery took the brunt of the damage, unit worked fine with the new battery. Nothing much to worry about.

In my opinion the the T61/T400 don't feel quite as solid as ye olde T40 series but they're still a lot better built than the usual competition.
by MagicBoy
Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:36 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: T43 or T43p?
Replies: 32
Views: 3846

Re: T43 or T43p?

In my experience the ATI problem is overstated. The company I work for have 500+ T41-T43 laptops all with ATI graphics. We've had less than five with this problem - so a failure rate of around 1% after 3+ years of usage. The T4x is a paragon of reliability compared to the X31 of the same vintage.
by MagicBoy
Wed Jul 09, 2008 1:54 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: Added 500Gb Samsung to X61s
Replies: 13
Views: 3026

Partitioning, formatting, spare clusters for bad sectors and other sundries like the MFT. It's only a 1% overhead.

I'd be more bothered about the manufacturers calculating in decimal rather than binary to make their drives look bigger!
by MagicBoy
Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:20 am
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: X61 Tablet as a touchscreen
Replies: 1
Views: 669

X61 Tablet as a touchscreen

Hiya,

I would like to use my X61 tablet in Windows XP as a touchscreen as opposed to having to use the digitised pen – ie I want to use my finger! Is there anyway of doing this?

Thanks
by MagicBoy
Mon Apr 23, 2007 6:16 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: External monitor, dvi vs. vga
Replies: 4
Views: 860

I'm using a T42 with an IBM L170 TFT. The DVI image is crisper and better defined than using the VGA input.

I've setup schemes in Presentation Manager to be able to easily switch between using the VGA and DVI when docked.
by MagicBoy
Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:39 am
Forum: ThinkPad X2/X3/X4x Series incl. X41 Tablet
Topic: Can I use my old X40 Hard Drive on X41?
Replies: 3
Views: 1066

Is it a 0x000007B STOP error? If so it's usually the HDD controllers. Boot the drive in the X40 then update the IDE Controller to use the standard PCI IDE controller. Shutdown then try in the X41.

Not tried this before on an X40-X41, but it's worked on various other PCs and laptops.
by MagicBoy
Wed Apr 05, 2006 6:59 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: MAC PRO CAN NOW RUN WINDOW!
Replies: 23
Views: 4185

I won't touch one of these until Apple irons out the hardware bugs. There a tons of complaints from first adopters that they get so hot they nearly burn the users' legs. It's not that bad in my experience. I bought a MacBook Pro 1.83 last week and it runs warm but it's no worse underneath than my w...
by MagicBoy
Sun Feb 26, 2006 7:48 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: X1300 vs X1400
Replies: 20
Views: 8260

From http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/mobile/display/20060109043537.html : The Mobility Radeon X1300 and X1400 share the same chip design – the mobile flavour of the RV515 chip – contain 4 pixel shader processors, two vertex shader processors and 128-bit memory bus. The new mobile VPU also sport feature...
by MagicBoy
Tue Feb 21, 2006 5:48 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: No S-Video, no serial, no firewire, no parallel port
Replies: 50
Views: 15968

2 USB ports is enough for a thin and light notebook like the T-series. If you need more then you are likely at a desk with a load of main powered peripherals - so buy a dock. The mini-dock I'm using now has 6 USB ports - 2 on the laptop plus 4 on the dock.

The DVI is nice as well :-)
by MagicBoy
Wed Feb 15, 2006 8:14 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Do most people buy their laptop from IBM/Lenovo, ebay, etc.
Replies: 14
Views: 3256

Can you get the T60 retail anywhere in the US? I'm in Florida for a couple of weeks at the end of March and I'm very tempted to get a T60 while I'm there due to the savings.
by MagicBoy
Fri Oct 28, 2005 6:15 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Battery capacity...
Replies: 34
Views: 5766

T42 2373-1WG 11 months old.
Battery Design Capacity - 47.52Wh
Full Charge Capactity - 40.45Wh
Cycle Count - 40
First Used : 2004-11
by MagicBoy
Thu May 05, 2005 11:10 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Full Charge Capacity rather high
Replies: 2
Views: 956

I've told her that, she hardly ever uses it on battery (which likely explains the problem). She doesn't think it's worth paying £80+ for a new battery at the moment.
by MagicBoy
Tue Apr 26, 2005 11:31 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: difference between SXGA and XGA??
Replies: 31
Views: 4531

I'm not aware of any widescreen IBM Thinkpads. They tend to be a USP on consumer level machines so they can be used as expensive DVD players.
by MagicBoy
Tue Apr 26, 2005 11:11 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Full Charge Capacity rather high
Replies: 2
Views: 956

Full Charge Capacity rather high

My Mum's got an A21e on which the battery gauge has gone slightly nuts. The Full Charge Capacity of the battery (NiMH)is showing as 248Wh, when the design capacity is around 42Wh, so it's only charging to about 17%. It's confusing Windows and it keeps trying to shut the laptop down with what it thin...
by MagicBoy
Wed Apr 20, 2005 5:39 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: A21e Max RAM?
Replies: 0
Views: 571

A21e Max RAM?

My Mum's got an A21e Type 2655 with a Celeron 700 in it. What's the maximum amount of RAM it can take? I've heard conflicting reports that the Celeron versions of the A21 can take less RAM than the full-fat PIII versions. It shipped with Windows 98SE, which is fine for her needs, but she's using a c...
by MagicBoy
Tue Mar 15, 2005 11:31 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: T43 vs T42 gigabit performance
Replies: 8
Views: 1274

The 82540EP is a PCI chip and the 855 doesn't support CSA anyway. PCIe solves the problem the CSA was designed to workaround. I expect the Broadcom chip will be an improvement (why would IBM change it otherwise?) - with lower CPU usage and larger available bandwidth on the bus. With most laptops the...
by MagicBoy
Wed Mar 09, 2005 6:24 am
Forum: ThinkPad X2/X3/X4x Series incl. X41 Tablet
Topic: Impressed with the X31
Replies: 16
Views: 2721

Re: Impressed with the X31

If I wind up working for IBM, I will try and make sure I get an X series ;) I expect the free laptop is a G40 though and a lemon to suck on :D I'm reluctant to let my T23 go of course! Vicky You'll probly get a low-end T4x. That's what they were handing out when I left in Global Services in October...

Go to advanced search