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by farmall
Tue Sep 19, 2023 1:11 am
Forum: Windows 10/11/etc.
Topic: Windows 11 Pro without TPM vs. Windows Server 2022
Replies: 4
Views: 4940

Re: Windows 11 Pro without TPM vs. Windows Server 2022

Since this forum is not for discussion of how to obtain software outside legal channels (including the many perfectly safe ways to verify .iso checksums and perfectly safe script-based activations which are legal to publish (the most popular is hosted in Github) I suggest going to specialty venues f...
by farmall
Thu Jan 20, 2022 7:50 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Time for a "what distro are you running" thread...
Replies: 104
Views: 91439

Xubuntu 20.04

Xubuntu 20.04 after using other stable versions. I quit distrohopping in the mid-2000s and relinquished Gnome after the classic theme was deprecated. It makes a stable host OS (I don't need more Nvidia driver issues since finally sorting out my P52) and when I add a PC it's light enough to clone my ...
by farmall
Mon Jan 17, 2022 3:11 pm
Forum: Windows OS (Versions prior to Windows 7)
Topic: Can windows 2000 boot on an X230i Tablet
Replies: 2
Views: 11456

Re: Can windows 2000 boot on an X230i Tablet

Not I since there are much more powerful tools for the job but I quite like your idea of making a separate operating system partition as a toolkit especially on a tablet. You're not alone and these fellows installed the (superior to W2K, though I always liked W2K) WinPE to hdd. PE is light, fast and...
by farmall
Mon Jan 17, 2022 12:51 pm
Forum: Windows OS (Versions prior to Windows 7)
Topic: Windows ALL update disc
Replies: 1
Views: 7581

Re: Windows ALL update disc

I've not heard of such a thing (probably because every OS collectors has specific preferences and offering such a very large file to torrent could be a copyright issue while individual, locally legal resources would be nation-specific) but offline updaters can be had for 7 at least besides Windows 1...
by farmall
Sun Jan 16, 2022 5:35 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Thunderbolt problem reflash cure?
Replies: 0
Views: 5121

Thunderbolt problem reflash cure?

Has anyone here tried this with success or otherwise? Nadim Kobeissi Repairing a ThinkPad with a Corrupt Thunderbolt Firmware Chip https://nadim.computer/posts/2018-10-26-thinkpad.html https://tomvanveen.eu/flashing-bios-chip-raspberry-pi/ I don't have a failed machine to test but if one comes my wa...
by farmall
Sun Jul 25, 2021 4:04 am
Forum: Windows 10/11/etc.
Topic: The Great Windows 11 Computer Extinction Experiment
Replies: 23
Views: 13130

W11, normal users vs enthusiast users

Overall its much ado about nothing as normal users won't care and simply use their machines until they malfunction then replace them, like phones. OS upgrades only concern techies who are best equipped to handle or not need them in the first place. Serious users won't care about Windows 11 unless th...
by farmall
Fri Jul 02, 2021 11:45 am
Forum: Thinkpad X60/X61 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: Can't detect modem in Windows 2000 on X60t.
Replies: 7
Views: 7402

Re: Can't detect modem in Windows 2000 on X60t.

The classic solution isn't a fecal cheap internal "Winmodem" but an external US Robotics modem which work with most operating systems. I learned about them when using Linux in 1999 before software modems had good support then used them throughout my dialup years. They work fine with Windows 2000 whi...
by farmall
Fri Jun 25, 2021 9:39 pm
Forum: Windows 10/11/etc.
Topic: Windows 11 Compatibility.
Replies: 104
Views: 64051

Re: Windows 11 Compatibility.

Some version will be available without the annoying requirements just like Pro and Ultimate versions of W10 differ from consumer versions and clean isos will exist as they do now. Commercial users only care about their use case, not what MSFT wants, and their only NEED to use Windows is dictated by ...
by farmall
Fri Jun 25, 2021 9:15 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: My 6 weeks of trying Linux Distibutions
Replies: 33
Views: 25710

Re: My 6 weeks of trying Linux Distibutions

Another happy xfce user of many years here, which I particularly like as I use multiple displays. I find Xubuntu convenient as I'm long past the exploration stage and use my machines as tools. BTW distrohopping is easily done in VMs and places like obsboxes.org have a wide variety of prebuilts for f...
by farmall
Fri Jun 25, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: ThinkPad P1/P40/P50/P70 and later Series
Topic: P70: Buying internal or external optical drive?
Replies: 2
Views: 7041

Re: P70: Buying internal or external optical drive?

Externals are the by far most versatile way to go and it's very low effort to rip optical media to store piles of DVDs on a much smaller hard disc leaving the originals safe for the future. Rather than seeking compactness in external peripherals (which I only use at home in desktop mode anyway) I lo...
by farmall
Tue Dec 15, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Linux(Manjaro) on Lenovo Thinkpad P70
Replies: 2
Views: 10845

Re: Linux(Manjaro) on Lenovo Thinkpad P70

It shouldn't be a problem and you can always boot live off a USB or external hard disk with USB adapter to test. You'll probably be installing via USB anyway and can save that flash drive as your rescue and reinstall disk. (Of course since Linux is so portable you can install to your new SSD using a...
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: 12916

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: 16118

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: 12556

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: 9531

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: 142
Views: 292870

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: 12556

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: 13639

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: 84
Views: 142952

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: 12739

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: 16118

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: 5863

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: 4695

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: 4559

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 10/11/etc.
Topic: Stop W10 from automatically updating SPECIFIC drivers.
Replies: 16
Views: 26204

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: 8
Views: 9368

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: 4604

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: 4695

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: 12894

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: 84
Views: 142952

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....

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