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by farmall
Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Nearly all ThinkPads have defective USB-C ports and bad Thunderbolts
Replies: 13
Views: 5306

Re: Nearly all ThinkPads have defective USB-C ports and bad Thunderbolts

Turns out a bad patch pushed in August MAY HAVE (Lenovo cannot be trusted based on their ghastly recent track record) caused the problem per https://www.cnet.com/news/is-your-thinkpads-usb-c-port-not-working-upgrade-its-firmware/ It turns out that a firmware update issued in August 2019 corrupted th...
by farmall
Sun Sep 15, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Thinkpad + Linux = I really want to learn !!
Replies: 12
Views: 6453

Re: Thinkpad + Linux = I really want to learn !!

I have an external 32GB SSD (M.2 2242 SSD in a USB 3.0 enclosure) with Debian installed. It boots much faster compared to a similar install on a USB 3.0 flash drive; the performance is good even when plugged to a USB 2.0 port. The USB 2.0 bottleneck only shows on heavy disk access, i.e. software up...
by farmall
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Current Thinkpad models that support 32 gb ram (even unofficially)
Replies: 12
Views: 7838

Re: Current Thinkpad models that support 32 gb ram (even unofficially)

Web browsers alone are horrendous RAM hogs.

When I first installed Ubuntu on my T61 I used the same 32-bit CD on my A31p. An unexpected benefit was no process could exceed 4GB RAM so browsing didn't hang my 8 GB machine!
by farmall
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T60/T61 Series
Topic: Modified 15" T60 screen cable/inverter for LED screen
Replies: 12
Views: 6649

Re: Modified 15" T60 screen cable/inverter for LED screen

Sebi you have my thanks for your excellent videos!
by farmall
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: What to do if Computrace is activated in your TP BIOS
Replies: 127
Views: 151186

Re: What to do if Computrace is activated in your TP BIOS

Just coreboot the machine, X220 has perfect coreboot support. Less hassle :) There are obviously other, perhaps related, backdoors so Coreboot may be the solution. Much love for Thinkpads but every Chinese company is an organ of the Party. Nothing anyone here does with their entertainment/hobby mac...
by farmall
Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Current Thinkpad models that support 32 gb ram (even unofficially)
Replies: 12
Views: 7838

Re: Current Thinkpad models that support 32 gb ram (even unofficially)

Yukikaze wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:30 pm
And who needs 32GB of RAM?
Those who run virtual machines. 32GB isn't much nowadays.
by farmall
Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: ThinkPad P1/P40/P50/P70 and later Series
Topic: Can you install a msata 2242 ssd into a P52 WWAN slot?
Replies: 5
Views: 6481

Re: Can you install a msata 2242 ssd into a P52 WWAN slot?

Thanks for posting! More storage slots are always good news.
by farmall
Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?
Replies: 75
Views: 17032

Re: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?

I use Windows VMs for interacting with Kindle, then immediately use Calibre to convert my ebooks to use them on all my devices. https://calibre-ebook.com/

All my Linux installs get Calibre. It's popular for good reason. Binary installs preferred: https://calibre-ebook.com/download_linux
by farmall
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Stop Gmail asking: Want to leave the page....
Replies: 4
Views: 10592

Re: Stop Gmail asking: Want to leave the page....

My solution to webmail interfaces is not to use them. I've used Thunderbird for many years to interact with all my email accounts because webmail interfaces annoy me. On Windows I use Thunderbird Portable so I can copy the program folder including all saved messages and burn to DVD (malware can't wr...
by farmall
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Thinkpad + Linux = I really want to learn !!
Replies: 12
Views: 6453

Re: Thinkpad + Linux = I really want to learn !!

I've run several similar spec T61s for shop PCs with no problem. Gaming is for gaming boxes. I prefer light DEs and mostly use xfce.

Any distro should do so try a variety (remember you can run live off USB to test) and have fun!
by farmall
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: ThinkPad P1/P40/P50/P70 and later Series
Topic: ThinkPad P52 boot issue
Replies: 7
Views: 3408

Re: ThinkPad P52 boot issue

I stopped dual booting off a single hard disk back in the early-2000s because it's much more hassle than running a host OS and virtual machines. I warn people away from dual booting unless their Thinkpad is too ancient to make a usable host. A P52 has ample power to run VMs which is why I bought min...
by farmall
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: ThinkPad P1/P40/P50/P70 and later Series
Topic: P72 access BIOS?
Replies: 6
Views: 2570

Re: P72 access BIOS?

I switched to a P52 (got a better deal) which can be affected but mine has the latest flash and no issues.
by farmall
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: ThinkPad P1/P40/P50/P70 and later Series
Topic: Best time / place to buy a P52?
Replies: 5
Views: 2816

Re: Best time / place to buy a P52?

Getting an SSD to replace the disposable spinner placeholder is the way to go. I ordered my P52 (I cancelled the P72 I was going to buy after reading too many BIOS issue posts) with one so I'd get the SSD cable which isn't otherwise supplied. I threw in 64GB more RAM, disconnected the WD spinner, in...
by farmall
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Stop W10 from automatically updating SPECIFIC drivers.
Replies: 13
Views: 8719

Re: Stop W10 from automatically updating SPECIFIC drivers.

You can install Windows (or anything else) as you prefer in a VM then take a clean snapshot to which you can always revert. The safest way to run Windows is on a Linux host. Virtualbox is easy to get started with and you may never need anything more advanced. Virtual machines can be left disconnecte...
by farmall
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: T400 /p8400 64 bit w10 switchable -----
Replies: 7
Views: 4911

Re: T400 /p8400 64 bit w10 switchable -----

I agree on using a Linux host. If you need anything Windows-specific you can run Windows in a VM or using Wine if the program is compatible.
by farmall
Thu May 30, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: Did my T440p died? Help me diagnose it
Replies: 9
Views: 2467

Re: Did my T440p died? Help me diagnose it

If you need Windows you don't necessarily need it on bare metal. I prefer to confine it to virtual machines which never connect to the internet and run Linux hosts. I like being able to boot to any snapshot including a new clean install at will. I like never having to update Windows unless it serves...
by farmall
Thu May 30, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: ThinkPad P1/P40/P50/P70 and later Series
Topic: P72 access BIOS?
Replies: 6
Views: 2570

Re: P72 access BIOS?

WARNING! Check the Lenovo forums and ensure you have the latest flash as there were MANY bricked P72s due to firmware problems. Begin by googling " p72 bricked bios site:forums.lenovo.com " . I found out about this while researching the P72 I just ordered. I learned long ago to check in advance so ...
by farmall
Wed Dec 26, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Throw me Distro suggestions!
Replies: 28
Views: 7268

Re: Throw me Distro suggestions!

The problem is the ancient spinning rust HD. No distro will solve that problem, but small SSDs are plentiful around $20 or less new.
Longer battery life will be a bonus.
by farmall
Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?
Replies: 75
Views: 17032

Re: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?

I see no reason to "switch" when I can have it all at zero cost. It's trivially easy to use VMs. My Linux hosts have Windows guests and Windows hosts have Linux guests. If I only ran one or the other I'd still use VMs to have different OS versions and test applications before loading to bare metal....
by farmall
Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Good distro for replacing Windows?
Replies: 6
Views: 3658

Re: Good distro for replacing Windows?

Windows installs deteriorate over time. The colloquial term is "winrot" and the usual solution is nuke and pave (wipe and reinstall). I keep a bootable USB flash drive for Windows 7 with folders containing any applications and printer drivers. They are easy to prepare for both Windows and Linux. If ...
by farmall
Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T60/T61 Series
Topic: T61p 15.4 - Keep or ditch for W500
Replies: 11
Views: 6794

Re: T61p 15.4 - Keep or ditch for W500

I don't see an SSD mentioned. If still using spinning rust for your operating system drive, an SSD will make your machine much nicer to use. The old spinner can be used for extra storage in a caddy. Even if you replace your T61 an SSD is a very good idea because old spinners are severe performance b...
by farmall
Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T60/T61 Series
Topic: Dead T61 w/Nvidia 140M? Here's an option. *PICS*
Replies: 71
Views: 72377

Re: Dead T61 w/Nvidia 140M? Here's an option. *PICS*

It's not always true but finding successful examples to copy takes some looking. This thread goes into depth and has a couple of successful examples. https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/forums/v3_1/forumtopicpage/board-id/tp08_en/thread-id/31721/page/1 Best e-gpu forum I've seen: https://www.techinferno.co...
by farmall
Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: What do you do with Linux?
Replies: 37
Views: 13190

Re: What do you do with Linux?

I do everything I'd do with a Windows box with much greater convenience, control and stability. If I want to run Windows-only applications I run them in a virtual Windows machine using KVM. I don't dual boot and dislike it. Before VMs were convenient I used hard disk swap racks instead or selected m...
by farmall
Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:59 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/X201/X220 and X300/X301 Series
Topic: Replace base x220- how to get coa label/touch button adhesive?
Replies: 2
Views: 1751

Re: Replace base x220- how to get coa label/touch button adhesive?

COA labels are controlled items (and useless unless you have a particular reason to want one) but if you aren't good at remembering software keys you could type yours, print on a label, then paste that in the battery compartment for reference. You can read your existing key with a variety of free ut...
by farmall
Fri Nov 11, 2016 1:47 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/X201/X220 and X300/X301 Series
Topic: Protect MBR from ransomware
Replies: 8
Views: 3570

Re: Protect MBR from ransomware

For maximum protection, run Windows in a virtual machine on a Linux host. You can take a clean Snapshot in Virtualbox (a good basic virtualization solution) and a fresh install is a VM reboot away. The best way to protect Windows is by running it as a guest OS, and if you are that interested in secu...
by farmall
Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Yoga
Topic: Thinkpad for computer science major
Replies: 7
Views: 6364

Re: Thinkpad for computer science major

No matter what you eventually bought, a Comp Sci student should have zero difficulty running Linux and other OS in virtual machines. They are better for learning than bare metal because you can restore to a previous state. You can network virtual OS and try any software you like at no risk of borkin...
by farmall
Sat Aug 15, 2015 11:39 am
Forum: ThinkPad T60/T61 Series
Topic: Need advice for my 6 T61s
Replies: 26
Views: 5142

Re: Need advice for my 6 T61s

I've been throwing Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit on T61s for years with not much fuss, but sometimes it just hangs because it's Windows. I greatly prefer Linux on T61s and anything else I can run it on. If you don't absolutely require Windows I suggest experimenting with various live Linuxes off USB key...
by farmall
Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:32 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T60/T61 Series
Topic: Fixing a problematic T61p...
Replies: 5
Views: 2127

Re: Fixing a problematic T61p...

Easy way is wait for a cheap Intel GPU donor notebook and swap whatever is good from yours. My WUXGA T61 is made from an Intel base and a screen from a dead Nvidia unit. Takes little effort to swap.
by farmall
Tue Feb 17, 2015 3:49 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T60/T61 Series
Topic: Dropped "fixed" nvidia T61
Replies: 2
Views: 5255

Re: Dropped "fixed" nvidia T61

I don't find the labor involved to possibly rescue garbage GPUs for a little longer worth it though T61s are easy to disassemble. Organ donors are so cheap on Ebay it's less hassle to find a T61 with no hard disk and an Intel GPU and swap your parts over. I don't buy boards since people who pull boa...
by farmall
Tue Feb 17, 2015 3:42 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T60/T61 Series
Topic: Thinkpad T60p: Hard drive replacement & copying
Replies: 19
Views: 4458

Re: Thinkpad T60p: Hard drive replacement & copying

Cloning an old install also clones any problems with that old install. I usually use hard disk replacement as an opportunity for a clean installation of OS and applications.

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