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by ThinkRob
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: IBM or Lenovo Desktops/Workstations/ThinkStations only
Topic: need thinkserver/thinkstatation reccomendations
Replies: 3
Views: 239

Re: need thinkserver/thinkstatation reccomendations

I love Lenovo (and IBM's) case design, but I'd like to reiterate my recommendation for a DIY solution, particular if price is a concern. You don't have to buy new parts either; eBay is full of cheap, second-hand full ATX cases. Personally I'd go with a FreeNAS setup with one RAIDZ2 pool with: 8 GB R...
by ThinkRob
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: IBM or Lenovo Desktops/Workstations/ThinkStations only
Topic: need thinkserver/thinkstatation reccomendations
Replies: 3
Views: 239

Re: need thinkserver/thinkstatation reccomendations

I've built quite a few storage servers, and I've got a couple tips: 1) Build your own. Thinkservers/Thinkstations look cool, but you'll get much better value from doing your own HW build. Personally I'd get a SuperMicro chassis (if you're doing a high budget build) or a desktop tower with lots of 5....
by ThinkRob
Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Lenovo’s ThinkPad team would like to move to 3:2 right now but are having trouble finding suppliers
Replies: 19
Views: 2118

Re: Lenovo’s ThinkPad team would like to move to 3:2 right now but are having trouble finding suppliers

My guess is that the rest of that sentence is: "... that can provide screens at prices that won't send Fortune 500 CTOs running for the hills." The days of the $2000 laptop are over. If a 3:2 screen makes ThinkPads cost what the Surface Book Pro did, then it ain't gonna happen. Annoying for us enthu...
by ThinkRob
Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: SOLD: X230 w/ IPS screen, 16 GB RAM, and Coreboot
Replies: 1
Views: 689

SOLD: X230 w/ IPS screen, 16 GB RAM, and Coreboot

For sale is my personal X230. It's got 16 GB of RAM, an IPS screen, and has been flashed with Coreboot (so no Intel ME backdoor ). I'm also including a dock an a power adapter. Cosmetically it's about 8.5/10. There is a small crack near the ExpressCard slot, that doesn't affect functionality, as wel...
by ThinkRob
Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: BIOS update from Lenovo for Meltdown / Sceptre
Replies: 4
Views: 3940

Re: BIOS update from Lenovo for Meltdown / Sceptre

but that's expected as there are lots of issues with it. Boy ain't that the truth. It really seems like Intel has been caught totally off guard here, and the first patches seem to be half-ass at best. I mean, I'm sure they work in the sense of closing the hole, but from what I've read there are som...
by ThinkRob
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: What is the 14 inch, and 15.x inch sibling of x230?
Replies: 30
Views: 3210

Re: What is the 14 inch, and 15.x inch sibling of x230?

The latest old-style 7-row keyboard can be found on the 14" T25 with FHD screen. But by now it's (almost?) completely sold out, but you might get lucky (if you can afford it). A few crop up on eBay with some regularity. Maybe they'll *not* be overpriced now that it's actually out in the wild... Oh,...
by ThinkRob
Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: BIOS update from Lenovo for Meltdown / Sceptre
Replies: 4
Views: 3940

Re: BIOS update from Lenovo for Meltdown / Sceptre

If you're using Linux, you can always load microcode from userspace. I know Fedora packages microcode updates via the usual mechanism. Not sure about other distros (or, for that matter, other OSs. Maybe Windows and the BSDs support this somehow?) The benefit of this is that you're not dependent on L...
by ThinkRob
Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: [WTB] LED upgrade for X61s
Replies: 1
Views: 385

[WTB] LED upgrade for X61s

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but it's the closest I could find. So without further ado... I'd like to get someone to do the LED upgrade on my beloved X61s. I have too many projects piling up, and all the space on my workbench is taken up with the components of an NFC-powered...
by ThinkRob
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: [WTB/WTT] X260 or X270 w/ FHD screen, trade for my killer X230
Replies: 0
Views: 793

[WTB/WTT] X260 or X270 w/ FHD screen, trade for my killer X230

See title. ;) I'm looking for an X260 or X270 with the FHD screen. Ideally I'd also get 8+ GB of RAM and a 72 Whr battery, but if not then that's not a deal breaker. I don't need a charger or any other accessories, just the laptop. As far as price, that depends on what you have. I'm trying to upgrad...
by ThinkRob
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Lenovo CES 2018
Replies: 38
Views: 5080

Re: Lenovo CES 2018

Do not buy any X series if the memory is only 1 slot with no onboard memory. This will limit to single channel mode, needs dual channel mode (either onboard memory *with* memory slot memory module installed also, or two slots memory), to help with integrated GPU performance (important) and some peo...
by ThinkRob
Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Lenovo CES 2018
Replies: 38
Views: 5080

Re: Lenovo CES 2018

I could hold out for a machine that will never happen again (7-row, 4:3 screen, etc.)... but if I'm not going to do that, the current and upcoming lineups both look fine. I'm not really a fan of the X280 from an industrial design standpoint, but spec-wise it's not bad. I'm still probably gonna go wi...
by ThinkRob
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: [FS] ThinkPad 600X for parts
Replies: 0
Views: 421

[FS] ThinkPad 600X for parts

For sale is a ThinkPad 600X with a 500 MHz CPU. The screen is 1024x768, but it's also some 16+ years old, so it's starting to dim a bit. Still bright enough to use once it's warmed up for a few seconds, but I can tell that the backlight is starting to tire a bit. It would be a good candidate for an ...
by ThinkRob
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: [FOUND] ThinkPad T400
Replies: 4
Views: 594

Re: [WTB] ThinkPad T400

Found, bought, and en route. Thanks to all who replied.
by ThinkRob
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Anyone else ditching the Thinkpad?!
Replies: 35
Views: 2917

Re: Anyone else ditching the Thinkpad?!

As soon as another manufacturer consistently produces laptops with great keyboards, high levels of maintainability, a non-useless pointing stick, decent Linux support and does so in durable cases that look professional, I'll switch. But that's been my policy for the last 8 years, and I'm still using...
by ThinkRob
Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Get a new Thinkpad?
Replies: 17
Views: 4944

Re: Get a new Thinkpad?

But what about if the mother board is toast and have to replace board and how can access the hardware-encrypted SSD from on forward, how? Wanted to know how this is done? Cheers, thinkpadcollection It depends on what you mean by "hardware encrypted". There are drives which do hardware encryption of...
by ThinkRob
Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Samsung SSD for T500
Replies: 8
Views: 1338

Re: Samsung SSD for T500

Easier to said that, except for many people does not have budget for SSD especially ongoing too high price problem. It's true that SSDs can still be expensive, but on the plus side: the performance has gotten so darn good over the last several years that even if you're getting a third-hand one from...
by ThinkRob
Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Get a new Thinkpad?
Replies: 17
Views: 4944

Re: Get a new Thinkpad?

@Boy2006 just put a hardware-encrypted SSD in T520. On side note, I personally prefer software encryption - if something happens with the laptop, accessing the data on another machine - or even in a USB enclosure - is not a problem. I'm going to second the recommendation to go with software. On mod...
by ThinkRob
Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T500 Supervisor Locked BIOS, any fix or Get a new MOBO?
Replies: 13
Views: 2606

Re: T500 Supervisor Locked BIOS, any fix or Get a new MOBO?

If you have a T500 with a locked BIOS, there's always Coreboot... Might be the perfect opportunity to try something new! ;)
by ThinkRob
Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: X230 Power Consumption with Coreboot
Replies: 5
Views: 1770

Re: X230 Power Consumption with Coreboot

lspci still shows MEI, but it can be hidden via `echo 1 >/sys/bus/pci/devices/0000:00:16.0/remove`. IIRC the MEI controller will always show up. It's just that you can't actually talk to the ME once neutered. After BUP, the ME should be basically sitting there crashed. Now regarding power consumpti...
by ThinkRob
Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: RAM frequency vs. power consumption for Carolina idiots
Replies: 7
Views: 4194

Re: RAM frequency vs. power consumption for Carolina idiots

I'm running coreboot, so yeah, it actually should handle higher clock speeds just fine. coreboot's RAM init will handle higher frequencies (and IIRC can even be made to ignore what it reads via SPD...)

But thank you, that answers my question nicely! :thumbs-UP:
by ThinkRob
Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: [FOUND] ThinkPad T400
Replies: 4
Views: 594

[FOUND] ThinkPad T400

Looking for a T400 in good physical condition for more coreboot hacking. Dead screen is OK (plan on replacing), dead battery is OK, no HDD required, any RAM is fine. Bonus points if it has the solid backplate T61-style keyboard, but if not I can scavenge one of those. ThinkPad will be shipped to NC,...
by ThinkRob
Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: RAM frequency vs. power consumption for Carolina idiots
Replies: 7
Views: 4194

Re: RAM frequency vs. power consumption for Carolina idiots

My thought is that for a given voltage you'll see more power draw and heat on the higher clock speeds, in much the same way you see that with CPU frequencies. It's probably negligible with RAM, but it's true... I've never seen it discussed or written about before! But that's not strictly true with ...
by ThinkRob
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: [FOUND] X230 - local deadline to beat
Replies: 1
Views: 451

Re: [WTB] X230 - local deadline to beat

Laptop obtained. Thanks guys! Now to do strange things to the 0xFFFFFFF0 and beyond (which... uh... is kinda backwards...)
by ThinkRob
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: RAM frequency vs. power consumption for Carolina idiots
Replies: 7
Views: 4194

RAM frequency vs. power consumption for Carolina idiots

As I continue my journey down the path of hardware hacker, I'd like some help from someone who knows more about RAM than I do (which.... is probably most people!) Given a system with two channels of DDR3, is there an appreciable difference in power draw when populating them with modules that run at ...
by ThinkRob
Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: AC WiFi card to X230 (with modified BIOS flash)
Replies: 10
Views: 3149

Re: AC WiFi card to X230 (with modified BIOS flash)

If you don't mind opening up your laptop and flashing using a Raspberry Pi, you can flash coreboot onto the machine and then use whatever WLAN card you'd like. It's pretty simple to do if you're the careful, follows-instructions sort. :)
by ThinkRob
Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: X230 Power Consumption with Coreboot
Replies: 5
Views: 1770

Re: X230 Power Consumption with Coreboot

* First of all me_cleaner. Some of ME's functions were saving power.
I don't think that's the case. IIRC once the ME is out of BUP, it's not doing anything that should affect the power consumption.

Did you neuter it by setting the HAP bit, or did you just remove modules?
by ThinkRob
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: Thoughts on the T440 and T450 quality
Replies: 46
Views: 49781

Re: Thoughts on the T440 and T450 quality

My take after having owned a ton of random ThinkPads would be this: QC has declined since the "glory days" of the early 90s. My guess is because going from 7K to 1K per unit means that you can't have quite as an extensive QC process. That, and production is often not done in house anymore. This freq...
by ThinkRob
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: [FOUND] X230 - local deadline to beat
Replies: 1
Views: 451

[FOUND] X230 - local deadline to beat

I'm interested in doing some coreboot hacking and replacing my T470, so I find myself eyeing the X230. Now I have a local seller lined up with one for Friday, but I'm willing to call that off if I can get a better deal here. So without further ado, here's what I need: * X230 * IPS panel * decent phy...
by ThinkRob
Sat Oct 08, 2016 11:17 am
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: FS: FREE ThinkPad T41
Replies: 3
Views: 903

FS: FREE ThinkPad T41

I've got a 14" ThinkPad T41 that I'm giving away. It's in great cosmetic shape (8.5/10) with a great keyboard, palmrest, case, etc. but there's one problem: The screen is wonky. Sometimes you boot it and the screen is dead. Other times it works but everything's this weird and gray-ish kinda inverted...

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