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by ragefury32
Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: USB-C/PD to Lenovo small-barrel (5.5x2.5mm) adapter - good or bad idea?
Replies: 1
Views: 732

USB-C/PD to Lenovo small-barrel (5.5x2.5mm) adapter - good or bad idea?

Quick question - Is buying/using a USB-PD to IBM small-barrel (5.5mm outer/2.5mm inner, yellow ring tip center polarity) like this one a "good idea"? https://www.aliexpress.com/i/4000301161842.html The barrel seems to fit the specs but I am a bit weary about pumping 18-20v into a machine that normal...
by ragefury32
Sun Nov 29, 2020 12:13 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Thinkpad 560 - ext floppy drive doesn't work **PICS**
Replies: 8
Views: 2299

Re: Thinkpad 560 - ext floppy drive doesn't work **PICS**

The one that came with my 560E is IBM Part # 10H3980, which has a TEAC FD05-HF drive with a 26 pin FFC connector connected to the IBM 21mm floppy interface - the machine itself has a 17mm interface and uses cable with IBM Part # 39F2077. The question here indeed is whether the Fujitsu is pin compati...
by ragefury32
Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T20-T23 & T30 Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: Backlight/LCD/cable/inverter replacement on a T21?
Replies: 9
Views: 7213

Re: Backlight/LCD/cable/inverter replacement on a T21?

Nah, "pink booting" is a sure sign of a dying CCFL. Some people have managed to replace a T2x CCFL, but more often than not it failed. Best thing would be to replace the LCD. Yeah, I figured as much - the CCFL replacement requires an LCD disassembly that is frankly, risky and not easy to pull off. ...
by ragefury32
Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: 560/560E/560X LCD latch interchangebility?
Replies: 0
Views: 5009

560/560E/560X LCD latch interchangebility?

Does anyone know if the LCD latches on the Thinkpad 560/560E/560X series are mutually interchangeable? I have 2 Thinkpad 560Es here with missing LCD latches (the button on the front of the bottom bezel, and while it doesn't really do much to its mechanical functionality, the fact that it is missing ...
by ragefury32
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: ThinkPad T20-T23 & T30 Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: Backlight/LCD/cable/inverter replacement on a T21?
Replies: 9
Views: 7213

Backlight/LCD/cable/inverter replacement on a T21?

Folks: I am running into an issue with a Thinkpad T21 (2647-5BU) where the LCD will have a pink/mauve screen, and if I press down on the region where the LCD connects to the motherboard, the pink will disappear and be replaced by complete darkness. It will previously boot up with a pink hue, then th...
by ragefury32
Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:47 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X60/X61 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: Ultrabase X6 not recognizing USB or optical drive
Replies: 3
Views: 1309

Ultrabase X6 not recognizing USB or optical drive

Folks:

Having a bit of an issue -

Have an X61 here with an Ultrabase X6, for some reason the optical drive and the USB ports are not recognized nor functional.

Am I looking at a defective ultrabase, missing drivers, or a hardware failure?
by ragefury32
Fri Apr 17, 2009 12:42 am
Forum: Thinkpad X60/X61 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: Does this system type look legit to you?
Replies: 6
Views: 1528

Re: Does this system type look legit to you?

You won't see all models in HMM, nor in appropriate xxbook, not for any ThinkPad. From what I'm gathering (mainly because of Custom Tablet Edition) this was a part of a large corporate CTO of some kind... Seems like a fine machine if you can live with XGA...I couldn't and that's the only reason I s...
by ragefury32
Fri Apr 17, 2009 12:15 am
Forum: Thinkpad X60/X61 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: Does this system type look legit to you?
Replies: 6
Views: 1528

Re: Does this system type look legit to you?

Other info about the seller could shed more light. Are the outside the US? Will they take Credit Cards, so you can be somewhat protected more than, say, a Western Union money transfer? How much are you saving vs. using a reputable seller on eBay? Sometimes the minimal savings are not worth the adde...
by ragefury32
Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:38 am
Forum: ThinkPad X20/X30/X40 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: X3, X4 video performance.
Replies: 6
Views: 2005

Re: X3, X4 video performance.

I love how so many people are so quick to dismiss the GMA 900. It's much more powerful than we credit it. I play Quake 3 at 1024x768 no problem on it. I'm regularly playing N64 and SNES games in emulators (ZSNES uses OpenGL for the graphics overlay). If you're looking at a Linux platform, I think y...
by ragefury32
Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:25 am
Forum: ThinkPad X20/X30/X40 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: Some X31 questions.
Replies: 2
Views: 1241

Re: Some X31 questions.

I know a few of these might of been answered, so pardon me for that. A while ago in 2007 I picked up a broken X31 that would only turn on when I pushed on the GPU. I assumed the GPU was broken because it was dropped while in its MediaSlice or by wear and tear. Are video failures known in the X31 by...
by ragefury32
Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:02 am
Forum: Thinkpad X60/X61 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: GMAbooster?
Replies: 9
Views: 3153

Re: GMAbooster?

"Not meant for gaming" doesn't mean "can't run games at all". Obviously no overclocking of Intel graphics is going to match a dedicated GPU but that doesn't mean it isn't worth getting the most you can out of it. I play several older 3D games on my X61; if I had no interest in games at all I'd prob...
by ragefury32
Wed Apr 15, 2009 11:55 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X60/X61 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: Does this system type look legit to you?
Replies: 6
Views: 1528

Does this system type look legit to you?

Folks: I was recently offered a Thinkpad X61 Tablet at a fairly-good-price. The problem is...I can't figure out whether the machine is legit or not. The seller did not give me an s/n (citing privacy concerns), and the system type looks weird - 7763-DK1. The system type maps to an X61 Tablet, but the...
by ragefury32
Sat Jan 31, 2009 8:51 am
Forum: ThinkPad X20/X30/X40 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: [Help] X31 won't boot up. Black screen. Fan is still running
Replies: 11
Views: 6316

Re: [Help] X31 won't boot up. Black screen. Fan is still running

Hm. Replace the bottom case - it might be that one of the grounding points on the chassis is no longer seating properly.

*sigh* - I love my X31 - but averages about one major rebuild a year. Looks like I'll be paying for EZServ for quite a while.
by ragefury32
Tue Sep 30, 2008 8:53 am
Forum: ThinkPad X20/X30/X40 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: x31 (2673) lockup problems in win2K
Replies: 10
Views: 3109

Um, yes, it does flex less with the Ultrabay battery, and yes, I do keep that battery on at all times (I am a traveling IT administrator so I spend a good deal of my time on the road) and inside my sleeve. The Ultrabay battery also makes it practical to keep the sleeve on at all times, since the bat...
by ragefury32
Mon Sep 29, 2008 5:41 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X20/X30/X40 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: Lockup Issues with X31 *PICS*
Replies: 16
Views: 6795

I apologize for digging up this over year old post, but my X31 just fell victim to the gpu loose solder issue. So far, the laptop would work so long as it sits on a desk, but the screen would lock up every time I move it. I ran some tests with PC Doctor and everything checked out except during the ...
by ragefury32
Fri Sep 26, 2008 10:46 am
Forum: ThinkPad X20/X30/X40 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: X2 is not for business
Replies: 27
Views: 5036

I personally favor the X31/32 series. It's a Banias Pentium-M, keep it clocked down and it'll beat an Intel Atom in both battery life, heat production and performance, hands-down. The keyboard is also very good indeed. The one major advantage of the X3 is that it uses the 2.5" HDDs, which implies ch...
by ragefury32
Fri Sep 26, 2008 10:04 am
Forum: ThinkPad X20/X30/X40 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: X31 HD problem
Replies: 2
Views: 759

Definitely needs a new drive. The IBM Travelstars only have an estimated running lifespan of about 4 years. Replace it and you'll get something that is faster, quieter and more efficient on your machine... Just ask for a 2.5" PATA drive, 5400 if you want to save a buck, 7200 if you need that extra b...
by ragefury32
Fri Aug 01, 2008 12:22 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X20/X30/X40 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: IBM X3 Series Has THE BEST Case Design Of All The X Series.
Replies: 27
Views: 6008

I never owned X30 series, but the older X20 series has good design as well. Battery is in the front, under the palm rest, and it never heats up like T40 series. The only thing I dislike X30 series is a cut on bottom left corner of the screen, it is kinda ugly. Does anyone know why IBM design it thi...
by ragefury32
Fri Apr 04, 2008 3:39 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X20/X30/X40 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: X31 2672-FG9 : Is that possible to use 2 GB of RAM ?
Replies: 8
Views: 2297

+1 - Running 2GBytes on both of my X31s - running just fine, thanks.
by ragefury32
Fri Mar 14, 2008 8:29 am
Forum: ThinkPad X20/X30/X40 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: Getting a stuck HDD caddy out of the X41 Tablet
Replies: 2
Views: 739

Re: Getting a stuck HDD caddy out of the X41 Tablet

snip....I don't think the NBD Onsite EZServ will help me in this case as IBM/Lenovo asserts that the drive is a customer replaceable part....snip Regardless of CRU, they would. Since your machine is still under warranty and the HDD sounds defective as it makes noises so I assume you were about to a...
by ragefury32
Fri Mar 14, 2008 8:20 am
Forum: ThinkPad X20/X30/X40 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: X31: Edimax Wireless 802.11bgn went with Atheros instead
Replies: 3
Views: 1118

...not to mention that you ordered a card with a RaLink chipset, which is not exactly great. Where do you plan to run that 3rd antenna? (Draft-n products require 3 antennas to run well)
by ragefury32
Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:22 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X20/X30/X40 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: Help sourcing an X31 motherboard?
Replies: 13
Views: 3528

The X31/32 are unreliable (well, kinda) for 3 reasons: a) They feature 3 relatively large chips in a row and are unbraced (ATi Radeon M6, Intel Odem Northbridge, Intel Pentium-M) b) There are 2 other large chips (Ricoh Cardbus controller and ICH4M Southbridge) underneath it, in close proximity to th...
by ragefury32
Sun Mar 09, 2008 12:17 am
Forum: ThinkPad X20/X30/X40 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: x31 trouble with MSDOS - don't laff!
Replies: 8
Views: 2143

That Radeon M6 on should be able to support VESA 2.0 up to at least mode 283 (0x011b), which is 1280x1024/24bpp. As for the fuzziness, that's just the Radeon scaling up a non-native mode on screen (um...800x600?). The TP240 runs 800x600 by default so it'll give you an illusion of being sharp. See if...
by ragefury32
Sat Mar 08, 2008 9:44 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X20/X30/X40 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: Google Earth + X31
Replies: 5
Views: 1466

Should work fine. The X31 has an M6, Which is perfectly suited to most tasks that does not involve need for a shader unit (mostly games).
by ragefury32
Sat Mar 08, 2008 2:23 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X20/X30/X40 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: Would a ZIF to IDE adapter work on X40?
Replies: 22
Views: 8240

How exactly did you order it? I tried the Lenovo web site but it doesn't even show an internal drive for my X41.... all it shows is one that might fit the docking station. Paul I ordered the IDE -> ZIF adapter from an eBay vendor for less than $10. As for a ZIF 1.8" drive, that's an easy one...any ...
by ragefury32
Sat Mar 08, 2008 7:36 am
Forum: ThinkPad X20/X30/X40 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: Getting a stuck HDD caddy out of the X41 Tablet
Replies: 2
Views: 739

Getting a stuck HDD caddy out of the X41 Tablet

Okay folks - this one has been driving me up the wall. It seems that for some strange reason I cannot get the HDD out of my X41 Tablet. The pen is out, I took the retainer screw off, I even pulled the top bezel off, but for some reason it was as if the HDD is glued inside or something. I don't think...
by ragefury32
Sat Mar 08, 2008 7:30 am
Forum: ThinkPad X20/X30/X40 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: Would a ZIF to IDE adapter work on X40?
Replies: 22
Views: 8240

I just ordered a similar adapter to see if it can be made to work with my X41 Tablet - might have an iPod drive that I can use for fitting tests. Let's see what can be done... And yes. These are essentially the replacement HDDs for iPods and other HDD media players on the market. If it works, my X41...
by ragefury32
Sat Mar 08, 2008 6:12 am
Forum: ThinkPad X20/X30/X40 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: Max Hard Drive Size for x41 Tablet
Replies: 6
Views: 1850

Nope - I don't believe that you can put a second drive in the Ultrabase X4 (this is from memory, though). As for the drive - I think you can do some pretty creative stuff using a sheets recovered from a styrofoam envelope (like the stuff that Thinkpad parts come packed on), a Toshiba/HGST/Samsung/Se...
by ragefury32
Sat Mar 08, 2008 6:10 am
Forum: ThinkPad X20/X30/X40 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: Any common faults with the X32?
Replies: 1
Views: 815

They'll probably replace the LCD bezel circuitry to fix the ThinkLight/wireless indicator issue. As for preventive replacement,ghost out your hard drive and ask them to send in a new one - HDDs are mechanical devices subjected to wear and tear - and the less cycles you have on it, the better. Also, ...

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