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by AMATX
Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:49 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W701 overheating
Replies: 6
Views: 3105

Re: W701 overheating

Did 'cleaning it up' include a thorough vacuuming of the in/out air slots feeding the fans? If not, you'd be surprised how big of a diff this can make. I recently did this to one of my W700s and had the gpu temps drop a whopping 20 degrees. Crevice attachment on your vacuum, suck crud from all of th...
by AMATX
Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:04 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: USB keyboard trackpoint physically hard to move - help(!)
Replies: 0
Views: 854

USB keyboard trackpoint physically hard to move - help(!)

Hi all - I have a USB keyboard(p/n 55y9053) on which the trackpoint is very difficult to move. I'm talking hard to push the actual trackpoint stick, not anything to do with the Windows/Tpad sensitivity settings. I've swapped out the red cap w/another USB keyboard that works and also tried the keyboa...
by AMATX
Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:04 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Hotswap on A30p help needed
Replies: 5
Views: 1923

Re: Hotswap on A30p help needed

larrystotler wrote:
That would be great advice IF I was running Windows.

I run Linux.

Thanx
OOPS! Missed that little pertinent tidbit... :D
by AMATX
Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:10 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Hotswap on A30p help needed
Replies: 5
Views: 1923

Re: Hotswap on A30p help needed

When you click on the tray icon to disconnect an ultrabay device, a list of the eligible devices appears and you click on the specific device. Very easy, not much to it; just be sure you select the correct device. I used to run an A31p with mucho extra goodies hooked up to is(similar to you) and it ...
by AMATX
Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:28 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: Dual External Monitor - 2 Display Port
Replies: 2
Views: 981

Re: Dual External Monitor - 2 Display Port

I'm not familiar with the X220, but have setup multiple monitors on other Thinkpads. If you want to drive multiple monitors off of -one- display port, you have to use a splitter, of which the most common is the Matrox DualHead2Go DP edition. Typical street price is $200+, off of ebay, etc. Be aware ...
by AMATX
Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:45 pm
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Can I get Win7 on new Tpad after Win8 is released?
Replies: 6
Views: 3702

Can I get Win7 on new Tpad after Win8 is released?

Just saw a blurb on TV that MSFT is scheduled to release Win8 on Oct. 26, 2012. Anyone know how long(if at all) Lenovo will overlap with Win7 such that I could buy a -new- Thinkpad with Win7 installed, vs. Win8 ? Don't wanna be bleeding edge here on this one, and Win7 does exactly what I need it to ...
by AMATX
Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:59 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W700DS to W701DS upgrade
Replies: 10
Views: 4055

Re: W700DS to W701DS upgrade

The guy(s) posting these for sale on ebay are still doing so cuz they've overpriced 'em so much no one will buy them. If you're really interested in one, hit 'em up with a msg/email and a lowball price and see if they're motivated yet. Price-wise, these will only go down over time, so these clowns a...
by AMATX
Thu Jun 21, 2012 2:10 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: W530 RAID
Replies: 3
Views: 2917

Re: W530 RAID

You need to search the W520 posts, where you'll find actual cases of people who've run into the RAID/No RAID mboard issue. At this point, it's -likely-, but not set in stone that this carries over to the new W530. BUT, since people don't yet have these in their grubby little hands, we just don't kno...
by AMATX
Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:59 am
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: W530 RAID
Replies: 3
Views: 2917

Re: W530 RAID

Seems to be the case. Some confusion because when the W700/W500 line came out, you could add in RAID yourself after the purchase. However, on the newer models, you do have to order it with/without RAID. So, you can't do what you wanna do, you have to pony up $$$ for extra stuff you don't want, in or...
by AMATX
Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:30 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W700ds: Enable RAID
Replies: 5
Views: 1760

Re: W700ds: Enable RAID

call Lenovo, see if they can help. If still under warranty, they should be obligated to help. Maybe they can point you to the correct additional code/drivers/etc. Can't be that hard, as when the W700s were still in production, there were several threads floating around on how to setup RAID. So, is p...
by AMATX
Sat May 26, 2012 9:49 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Intel pushes for high pixel density
Replies: 16
Views: 3394

Re: Intel pushes for high pixel density

emeraldgirl08 wrote:All we need now to accompany the true to life imagery of high res is this and this for more than visual punch. Here is some more reading for inquiring minds :)

Early cinema gimmicks
HA! Good stuff...maybe Lenovo + Smell-O-Vision = StinkPads ?? :D
by AMATX
Sat May 26, 2012 9:40 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Chiclet 6-row keyboards coming to Thinkpads - your opinions?
Replies: 114
Views: 23466

Re: Chiclet 6-row keyboards coming to Thinkpads - your opinions?

For those with their panties in a wad over this one, consider picking up an external USB keyboard, while they last. Very nice for home/stationary usage.

Not a 100% replacement, but a way to bridge the gap/prolong the agony of having to switch.
by AMATX
Fri May 18, 2012 10:59 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Intel pushes for high pixel density
Replies: 16
Views: 3394

Re: Intel pushes for high pixel density

^ Well, sure - let's go back to Gates 540k or whatever it was and while we're at it, a really nice B&W CGA(320x200) or VGA(640x480) monitor will cinch the deal. I've been there and it ain't no fun...

As mentioned above, pixel counts do matter :P
by AMATX
Mon May 14, 2012 12:15 pm
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: How to turn off ONE monitor in a multi-monitor setup.
Replies: 10
Views: 3844

Re: How to turn off ONE monitor in a multi-monitor setup.

Oh, I see... I never really thought about doing what you're trying to do. I just tested with my T400 and I can do the opposite of what you're trying to do (turn off the external monitor) easily enough without disturbing anything. The easiest thing to do if you want to pretty things up before/after ...
by AMATX
Mon May 14, 2012 12:00 pm
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: How to turn off ONE monitor in a multi-monitor setup.
Replies: 10
Views: 3844

Re: How to turn off ONE monitor in a multi-monitor setup.

I don't understand what you are trying to do. If you dim the laptops monitor so that you can't see it or close the lid, you don't have the use of the laptops screen. So there is no practical difference from doing a monitor switch using the F7 key. * At times, I want to use both screens in extended ...
by AMATX
Sun May 13, 2012 10:56 am
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: How to turn off ONE monitor in a multi-monitor setup.
Replies: 10
Views: 3844

Re: How to turn off ONE monitor in a multi-monitor setup.

^ Thanks for the ideas. For some reason, dimming didn't work for me. So, I guess the thing to do is to make the external monitor my main screen and prior to closing the laptop lid, minimize all windows on the laptop so they don't pollute the external monitor. Not exactly what I'd like, but workable ...
by AMATX
Sat May 12, 2012 11:41 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: Price Check: Z61p
Replies: 9
Views: 1349

Re: Price Check: Z61p

Hardware-wise, Z61p is the equivalent of T60p, not T61p. The only thing that would equal T61p is the screen. Z60 is a widescreen T43. Z61 is a widescreen T60. Yes, the numbers are confusing... Ah, I see. But still, the T60p seems to be much more popular than Z61p. Is this mostly because of the 4:3 ...
by AMATX
Sat May 12, 2012 10:50 am
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: How to turn off ONE monitor in a multi-monitor setup.
Replies: 10
Views: 3844

Re: How to turn off ONE monitor in a multi-monitor setup.

Not sure this will work, just a guess. How about setting power manager to "do nothing" when the laptop lid is closed? Still, closing the lid will cause the lid switch to turn the lamp off, but the desktop on that monitor shouldn't be affected....maybe. Something else you might want to try is Monito...
by AMATX
Fri May 11, 2012 10:29 pm
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: How to turn off ONE monitor in a multi-monitor setup.
Replies: 10
Views: 3844

Re: How to turn off ONE monitor in a multi-monitor setup.

You ought to be able to hit Fn-F7 to cycle through the available display modes (Laptop on, external off / both on / laptop off, external on), at least if they're like all the T-series machines I've ever owned. Thanks. Good idea, but it doesn't work quite right. I can turn off the laptop screen via ...
by AMATX
Fri May 11, 2012 1:51 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: Price Check: Z61p
Replies: 9
Views: 1349

Re: Price Check: Z61p

ajkula66 wrote:I thought you were looking for an IPS-equipped unit...

Z series is funny. Great machines to keep, but a pain to sell.

Depending on condition, I'd say between $225 and 275.
Yup. World has passed these by, so no market for 'em. Good little boxes for web surfing and minor work, though.

$200+
by AMATX
Fri May 11, 2012 10:12 am
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: How to turn off ONE monitor in a multi-monitor setup.
Replies: 10
Views: 3844

How to turn off ONE monitor in a multi-monitor setup.

Hi all - I have Win7 running on a W700 and WinXP on a Z61p and have multiple monitors hooked up to both laptops. One of the monitors is the laptop screen itself and the other is a vanilla external monitor. At times, I'd like to darken/turn off the laptop screen while leaving the external monitor on....
by AMATX
Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:10 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Intel pushes for high pixel density
Replies: 16
Views: 3394

Re: Intel pushes for high pixel density

^ Like I said - these monitors are not very practical to use these days, but they sure look great and are prime examples of why high density pixel counts and resolution really do matter.
by AMATX
Sun Apr 15, 2012 10:08 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Intel pushes for high pixel density
Replies: 16
Views: 3394

Re: Intel pushes for high pixel density

Try viewing a T221 or VP2290 screen and you'll realize just what the diff is.

3840x2400 and you won't wanna go back.

Unfortunately, these monitors are not practical to use today, but the pixel count and image quality is really something.
by AMATX
Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:05 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Thinkpad W510 CAN drive 3840x2400 through displayport
Replies: 17
Views: 8905

Re: Thinkpad W510 CAN drive 3840x2400 through displayport

I don't have availability of a docking station to try all of this with, but eventually will try what I posted above about using one of the DualHead2Go DP splitters, connected to the DP port on my W700. This would(I think) drive the monitor at full 3840x2400 at 25Hz. Not optimum, but marginally ok. N...
by AMATX
Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:43 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Advanced Dock and Video Cards
Replies: 4
Views: 1686

Re: Advanced Dock and Video Cards

Do a search on the ATI V5200 series. Seems I recall those fitting into the dock slot.
Long cards won't fit in that thing, so you have to be careful what you use.
by AMATX
Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:58 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Which hard drive/SSD combo for W700 and T60
Replies: 8
Views: 2456

Re: Which hard drive/SSD combo for W700 and T60

I run three W700s, all with Win7 Pro. Comments: * Yes, I'd suggest you upgrade to Win7 Pro. * No, I'd suggest you do not upgrade the bios, UNTIL you determine that the current load won't work. No sense risking bricking the laptop, until absolutely necessary. * Dump the turbo memory, as mentioned abo...
by AMATX
Tue Mar 06, 2012 4:19 pm
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Can Windows 7 run on a server box with a Xeon chip?
Replies: 27
Views: 23124

Re: Can Windows 7 run on a server box with a Xeon chip?

I scrapped this approach due to excessive costs. These days, one can get mboards for the i-7, consumer, non-Xeon chips that have enough slots for 64G memory, which means a much lower cost for the total computer. My next 'puter will come in under $2000, which would be impossible with Xeon chips/platf...
by AMATX
Sat Mar 03, 2012 10:43 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Max resolution on docked W520 with external monitor?
Replies: 5
Views: 2912

Re: Max resolution on docked W520 with external monitor?

Oh, Ok. You're original post didn't mention the dock, so I thought I'd point this out, in case you thought you had to go through the dock to drive the 30" monitor.
by AMATX
Sat Mar 03, 2012 6:10 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Max resolution on docked W520 with external monitor?
Replies: 5
Views: 2912

Re: Max resolution on docked W520 with external monitor?

What about using the DP port on the laptop and skipping the dock ?
by AMATX
Sat Mar 03, 2012 2:47 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Max resolution on docked W520 with external monitor?
Replies: 5
Views: 2912

Re: Max resolution on docked W520 with external monitor?

The W520 PSREF doc is very specific in listing -max- external resolutions. Cut/paste from the PSREF: Maximum external resolution: 2560x1600 (DisplayPort)@60Hz; 2048x1536 (VGA)@85Hz; 1920x1200@60Hz (single-link DVI-D via cable 45J7915) So, looks like you'll need to connect through the DP port... I va...

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