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by br0adband
Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: W540 Ebay find
Replies: 10
Views: 1183

Re: W540 Ebay find

The i7-4940mx was added as an option once the W541 was on the market; I have a "1st gen" W540 and it came with the i7-4930mx - the original data sheet for the W540 maxed out with the 4930mx but was revised later to add the 4940mx. The price difference from the 4930 to the 4940 was of course crazy an...
by br0adband
Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: W540 LCD upgrade from TN FHD to FHD IPS - anyone done this?
Replies: 3
Views: 1106

Re: W540 LCD upgrade from TN FHD to FHD IPS - anyone done this?

I was able to get an AUO B156HAN01.2 as I'd hoped and successfully installed it in my W540 in about 6 minutes, gotta say that was the easiest panel swap I have *ever* done in my 4 decades of working with computers overall. Picture quality is quite nice, specs say it's 300 nits with a 700:1 contrast ...
by br0adband
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: W540 LCD upgrade from TN FHD to FHD IPS - anyone done this?
Replies: 3
Views: 1106

Re: W540 LCD upgrade from TN FHD to FHD IPS - anyone done this?

Yah, it is truly odd why Lenovo would gimp not only the LCD options on the W540 but that darn trackpad as well so I suppose my work will be cut out for me as I attempt to track down a proper 1920x1080 matte IPS panel that could be a suitable swap. The chances of me discovering a proper 3840x2160 mat...
by br0adband
Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:26 am
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: W540 LCD upgrade from TN FHD to FHD IPS - anyone done this?
Replies: 3
Views: 1106

W540 LCD upgrade from TN FHD to FHD IPS - anyone done this?

Getting a maxed out ThinkPad W540 in a few days, it has everything maxed from the factory - the Intel i7-4930mx, 32GB of RAM (4x8GB), the 512GB SSD (I plan to upgrade that but still use it as a secondary), Nvidia Quadro K2100m, etc, even the Pantone Colorimeter in the palmrest. But for some strange ...
by br0adband
Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420s custom Bios
Replies: 4
Views: 6147

Re: T420s custom Bios

I was using the latest 1.45 direct from Lenovo but then I realized I couldn't make use of the Intel 6300 Wi-Fi card I've got. The 6205 is 2 antenna and since this T420s I have has 3 antennas well, I went looking and found a WL modded 1.43 and that's what I'm using now. The whole Meltdown/Spectre fia...
by br0adband
Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Anybody know which Slic.BIN file is used for which Laptop
Replies: 13
Views: 4328

Re: Anybody know which Slic.BIN file is used for which Laptop

Well yeah, adding a SLIC table to a BIOS is one thing and even Lenovo wouldn't more than likely give a darn about that, but using Daz Loader, that's a whole different thing altogether. :D
by br0adband
Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Anybody know which Slic.BIN file is used for which Laptop
Replies: 13
Views: 4328

Re: Anybody know which Slic.BIN file is used for which Laptop

If you have a Lenovo laptop (or even an older IBM manufactured one) and it's got a Windows license on it, I can't comprehend the point of using tools like Daz Loader which is obviously a tool to bypass/cheat/crack/hack the Windows activation technologies aka "warez" (and I'm surprised you'd mention ...
by br0adband
Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Windoze7: Life after End of Life ???
Replies: 21
Views: 5066

Re: Windoze7: Life after End of Life ???

You make it sound like the day the official support for Windows 7 stops the OS itself will just grind to a screeching halt, which of course is not the case. I myself will continue to use Windows 7 on my hardware - I just installed it on a Yoga 710 15" Kaby Lake the other day and 99.9% of the hardwar...
by br0adband
Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420s custom Bios
Replies: 4
Views: 6147

Re: T420s custom Bios

The one that I'm using since I got my T420s a few days ago is the 1.41 modified BIOS as noted here: https://www.bios-mods.com/forum/Thread-T420s-1-41-whitelist-removed-other-changes I know that the latest BIOS is 1.45 and it was released just after 1.44 because of the Meltdown/Spectre issues but the...
by br0adband
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: Made Recovery Media from factory partition, DVDs will not boot :(
Replies: 12
Views: 2721

Re: Made Recovery Media from factory partition, DVDs will not boot :(

I posted basically the same info over at /r/thinkpad on Reddit for others as well so, the ISOs will stay there for however long I suppose, I don't use Mega all that much but hey, 50GB is 50GB I suppose. Hope the ISOs come in handy for people that might need them. :)

Have fun, always...
by br0adband
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: Made Recovery Media from factory partition, DVDs will not boot :(
Replies: 12
Views: 2721

Re: Made Recovery Media from factory partition, DVDs will not boot :(

No problem, working on the uploads now so whenever you get the chance, check on this link: https://mega.nz/#F!TeZkjbjT!RyjfW031C8PPUNPJQMXzew It's a folder with the 3 ISOs, MD5 and SHA1 checksums, and a picture of each disc - I kept everything nice and clean, the filenames on the *.iso files are how...
by br0adband
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: Made Recovery Media from factory partition, DVDs will not boot :(
Replies: 12
Views: 2721

Re: Made Recovery Media from factory partition, DVDs will not boot :(

So I had the W541 for like two weeks, I suppose, and while I loved it someone made me an offer on it that I just couldn't refuse so, as luck would have it the support request I made with Lenovo about the recovery media - because the W541 I had was still under warranty - was accepted they sent me the...
by br0adband
Mon May 28, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: Made Recovery Media from factory partition, DVDs will not boot :(
Replies: 12
Views: 2721

Re: Made Recovery Media from factory partition, DVDs will not boot :(

I guess my point is that I made the DVDs using Lenovo's own recovery media creation tool and they aren't even bootable so, one has to wonder what's the point in making them in the first place. 😂
by br0adband
Mon May 28, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: Made Recovery Media from factory partition, DVDs will not boot :(
Replies: 12
Views: 2721

Re: Made Recovery Media from factory partition, DVDs will not boot :(

I have absolutely no idea what you're referring to, but if it's got anything to do with any of the factory-prepped recovery or system partitions on the SSD, those are long long gone now because of the Secure ATA Wipe that I've done (3 of them, actually, over the past 2 weeks or so). And now I'm even...
by br0adband
Mon May 28, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: Made Recovery Media from factory partition, DVDs will not boot :(
Replies: 12
Views: 2721

Made Recovery Media from factory partition, DVDs will not boot :(

So, this ThinkPad W541 I have, I made the 'factory restore' DVDs (3 of them) as most people tend to do and I decided to restore it using those 3 DVDs just to know the process for the future if needed and... The DVDs won't boot the laptop. They were created using the Lenovo tool that's part of the fa...
by br0adband
Sat May 26, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Any tips on protecting battery usage when plugged in 99% of the time?
Replies: 4
Views: 1182

Re: Any tips on protecting battery usage when plugged in 99% of the time?

Thank you all for the info, and again considering this battery was manufactured on July 9 2015 and it's just a few months shy of being 3 years old, I'm happy to report it's still showing basically the full capacity even after the short period of time I've owned it. I've run it down to about 9% once,...
by br0adband
Thu May 24, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: Microphone not muting as expected, wondering why
Replies: 1
Views: 806

Microphone not muting as expected, wondering why

I have a ThinkPad W541 and running pretty much pure stock meaning just yesterday I did a pure clean installation of Windows 7 Pro x64 fully updated (simplix Update Pack ISO made from May 10th's update), and once the OS was installed the only thing I installed manually was the Intel Gigabit NIC drive...
by br0adband
Thu May 24, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Any tips on protecting battery usage when plugged in 99% of the time?
Replies: 4
Views: 1182

Any tips on protecting battery usage when plugged in 99% of the time?

Just figured I'd ask this and be done with it. I recently got a ThinkPad W541 in near-mint condition, whoever bought it in Sept 2015 hardly used it: the SSD had only 227 hours of usage on it when I first tested it out with the buyer face-to-face and I knew I had found a great deal. No issues with it...
by br0adband
Tue May 08, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: ThinkPad W541 - essentially a W540 with the few differences?
Replies: 5
Views: 5440

Re: ThinkPad W541 - essentially a W540 with the few differences?

So I got the W541, not a mark on it at all, practically mint condition really. Was curious about the battery of course and just checked: Power Manager shows it's got basically 99.9% capacity, and BatteryBar backs that up so, awesome there. It's still got 4+ months left on the warranty, everything is...
by br0adband
Mon May 07, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: ThinkPad W541 - essentially a W540 with the few differences?
Replies: 5
Views: 5440

Re: ThinkPad W541 - essentially a W540 with the few differences?

One last thing: can anyone that might have owned or does own a relatively stock W541 tell me what the 256GB SSD inside it is? Standard 2.5" form factor I'm guessing because of the m.2 slot I might make use of later, but I wanted to know if anyone knows precisely what SSD it is, what brand, model num...
by br0adband
Sun May 06, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: ThinkPad W541 - essentially a W540 with the few differences?
Replies: 5
Views: 5440

ThinkPad W541 - essentially a W540 with the few differences?

I have a chance to get a W541 tomorrow (i7-4810QM, 8GB but not sure if it's one stick or two, 250GB hard drive which is probably not the factory storage device and not really a concern, original 170 watt power adapter, etc, good condition overall) and was doing research into the model and learned it...
by br0adband
Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Thinkpad T25-Retro
Topic: Question regarding benchmark performance and the T25
Replies: 11
Views: 2736

Re: Question regarding benchmark performance and the T25

Thanks for the input. Found an almost near (at least condition-wise) T430 in a pawn shop yesterday for $150 and then when I got home I found a T420 in fine condition (a refurb) for $80 on craigslist so, was a nice weekend but I'm still considering the T25 if I can pull together the funds before they...
by br0adband
Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: Thinkpad T25-Retro
Topic: Question regarding benchmark performance and the T25
Replies: 11
Views: 2736

Re: Question regarding benchmark performance and the T25

3D work tends to rely a great deal on memory bandwidth, so does video encoding to some degrees. Regardless, my point is that if I'm going to pay $2,000+ for a laptop (which it would be with the 6-cell battery, I'd get another 16GB SODIMM myself far cheaper than Lenovo would supply it) I want it to p...
by br0adband
Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Thinkpad T25-Retro
Topic: Question regarding benchmark performance and the T25
Replies: 11
Views: 2736

Re: Question regarding benchmark performance and the T25

theterminator93: Thanks for those results, obviously that single channel mode hurts things quite a bit, ouch, but it's to be expected. Ibthink: It might not be important to you but it's very relevant to me and perhaps others so it's still good to know the actual performance overall. Considering the ...
by br0adband
Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:58 am
Forum: Thinkpad T25-Retro
Topic: Question regarding benchmark performance and the T25
Replies: 11
Views: 2736

Re: Question regarding benchmark performance and the T25

No, I suppose not but I know the T25 comes with that single 16GB SODIMM so that's single channel mode by default even if it is pretty fast with DDR4, I'm presuming if one gets a second 16GB module (or 8GB or whatever) it'll kick in some dual channel action and provide a somewhat relevant boost in ov...
by br0adband
Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:55 am
Forum: Thinkpad T25-Retro
Topic: Question regarding benchmark performance and the T25
Replies: 11
Views: 2736

Question regarding benchmark performance and the T25

Yeah, I know, sooner or later it had to happen. Anyway, as a loyal ThinkPad owner since that first model long ago and many many in-between then and now (disclaimer: I've been using Dell Latitudes almost exclusively for several years so I wanted that known) and now that the T25 is finally available (...
by br0adband
Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:47 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: My Switch To SSD - HDTach Results Inside
Replies: 16
Views: 6692

Re: My Switch To SSD - HDTach Results Inside

Not meaning to hijack the thread, but... I thought a T61 board (not a T61p) wouldn't fit in the T60 (not T60p) chassis because of internal differences...? I don't care about Nvidia graphics and I avoid them at all costs anyway, so the X3100 on the 965 chipset would be more than enough I suppose, but...
by br0adband
Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:05 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: My Switch To SSD - HDTach Results Inside
Replies: 16
Views: 6692

Re: My Switch To SSD - HDTach Results Inside

bmwman91: That WD 750GB Scorpio Black is an AFD drive, so that's part of the reason the sequential read performance is so high (it uses 4KB sectors instead of the traditional ones at 512 bytes). I just got a T60 14" model (ATI X1400 128MB, XGA+ 1400x1050 panel, etc) at a pawn shop last week for $80+...
by br0adband
Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:51 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: ThinkPad T410 + i7 quad = possible?
Replies: 1
Views: 2721

ThinkPad T410 + i7 quad = possible?

I'm looking for an older T410 - I don't want to start an argument, let's just say I prefer the older model because of the 16:10 aspect ratio screen and some other considerations (it's older hence it should be cheaper, etc) - and I'm curious to know what the best possible CPU I could upgrade to might...
by br0adband
Fri Mar 16, 2012 6:31 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: x61t and Multitouch - I see videos but but but...
Replies: 9
Views: 3130

Re: x61t and Multitouch - I see videos but but but...

Thanks for all the info. And yes I realize it's not "capacitive multitouch" like we have nowadays on tablets like the x220, etc. If I can manage to get even single finger touch working on an x61t that would be a cool thing I suppose. It's not an absolute requirement, just a "want" I suppose. :) Will...

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