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by WA2SI
Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:29 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Thinkpadders: What Smartphone do you prefer?
Replies: 59
Views: 15816

Re: Thinkpadders: What Smartphone do you prefer?

I had an HTC Thunderbolt that was really great but the battery life was atrocious. I recently upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S III and it's like having my laptop in the palm of my hand. Went from ThinkPad R51 to a W520 and love it. Not sure about the W530 yet. Bert Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapata...
by WA2SI
Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:51 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Thinkpadders: What Smartphone do you prefer?
Replies: 59
Views: 15816

Re: Thinkpadders: What Smartphone do you prefer?

I just went from a HTC Thunderbolt to. Samsung Galaxy S3. I was really quite pleased with the performance of the Thunderbolt, especially it's keyboard layout but the battery life was simply awful. The Galaxy should remedy that.

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by WA2SI
Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:34 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: Good / Most Compatible Ram for W520
Replies: 22
Views: 12489

Re: Re: Good / Most Compatible Ram for W520

peteron30 wrote:Just installed 16 GB HyperX PnP on my W520, BIOS version 1.36.
Works perfectly at 1600MHz, as advertised.
Just make sure you do NOT update your BIOS to 1.37! It will limit your RAM at 1333 MHz. Enjoy.

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by WA2SI
Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:40 am
Forum: Pictures of your ThinkPad & desk setup
Topic: Post Your Macs!! I know you're out there, traitors. :D
Replies: 48
Views: 33391

Re: Post Your Macs!! I know you're out there, traitors. :D

I have a mid-2010 MacBook and 13" MacBook Pro, both with 8GB RAM and an Intel 360 120GB SSD. They work just fine with Snow Leopard. (Too much negative feedback on Lion for my taste.) I inherited my wife's old R51 and it was solid but not speedy. I tried the MBP out for a while but ended up giving it...
by WA2SI
Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:59 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W541/W550 Series
Topic: W530 has no color sensor. Is the sensor very useful?
Replies: 2
Views: 3552

Re: W530 has no color sensor. Is the sensor very useful?

I ordered my W520 with the color sensor. Not only is it not useful but it was actually worse. It cast a yellowish hue over the screen. Trust me, you're better off without it.

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by WA2SI
Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:59 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: "Most reliable/stable" SSD for W520
Replies: 40
Views: 19261

Re: "Most reliable/stable" SSD for W520

The Samsung 830 256 GB SSD has worked flawlessly in my W520 thus far.

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by WA2SI
Tue Jun 12, 2012 3:26 am
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W541/W550 Series
Topic: any good alternatives to the W530?
Replies: 39
Views: 19846

Re: any good alternatives to the W530?

If it can't be a IBM/Lenovo with the true ThinkPad keyboard, I think I'll opt for a Sager based machine going forward. My i7-2820QM W520 should last me for some time though.

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by WA2SI
Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:36 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: W520 BIOS 1.37
Replies: 2
Views: 1784

W520 BIOS 1.37

Read on the Lenovo forum that the new W520 BIOS "update," 1.37, fixes a few bugs but also caps the RAM speed at 1333 MHz... Even if you already have 1600 MHz RAM installed and working. Think I'll skip this update, folks. The Kingston Hyper-X has been running at approx. 1600 MHz with nary a problem t...
by WA2SI
Thu May 03, 2012 5:44 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: After a one year run, how's the W520 holding up? Would you..
Replies: 35
Views: 12212

Re: After a one year run, how's the W520 holding up? Would you..

I bought my W520 in early Sept. 2011 and haven't experienced a single hardware/firmware related glitch yet. The machine is well built and, to be honest, quite a bargain if you add the SSD and additional RAM as aftermarket items. The icing on the cake would be if I can upgrade my i7-2820QM with an Iv...
by WA2SI
Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:37 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: Free ThinkPad R50/R51 Recovery CDs
Replies: 27
Views: 10774

Re: Free ThinkPad R50/R51 Recovery CDs

I would love to have an R51 recovery disc. I have both a 14" and a 15" R51. Feel free to PM me. Thanks so much.

Bert

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by WA2SI
Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:38 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Cloning Replacement SSD
Replies: 3
Views: 2170

Re: Cloning Replacement SSD

Well, the 830 is now successfully installed in the W520. Didn't actually clone the disk, (That appeared to assign a different drive letter.) I restored the latest Acronis backup instead. Drive is working just fine and appears to pass all tests. (Lenovo, Si Sandra, Samsung Magician, etc.) The over-pr...
by WA2SI
Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:07 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Cloning Replacement SSD
Replies: 3
Views: 2170

Re: Re: Cloning Replacement SSD

visionviper wrote:Acronis should manage everything just perfectly.
Thank you for the reply. The 830 arrived yesterday. Take care.

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by WA2SI
Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:45 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Cloning Replacement SSD
Replies: 3
Views: 2170

Cloning Replacement SSD

Good evening,

I am going to replace the stock Intel 160GB SSD in my W520 with a 256GB Samsung 830 SSD using Acronis Home Image 2012. Just wondering if anybody had any ThinkPad specific tips or issues using Acronis s/w or the Samsung 830? Thanks in advance.

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by WA2SI
Tue Mar 20, 2012 5:01 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: my new W520 - buying memory, help please
Replies: 9
Views: 4531

Re: my new W520 - buying memory, help please

If your wallet is good with it, sounds good to me. I have a similar W520 but with 16GB (4x4GB) of Kingston 1600MHz RAM. Good luck with it. Are you planning on installing a SSD? Ahem, Samsung 830... Hint, hint! Enjoy. P.S. I really do NOT like the color sensor and wish I had not wasted the money. Min...
by WA2SI
Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:46 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: W520 & SSD SATA III
Replies: 8
Views: 6397

Re: W520 & SSD SATA III

Well, cost is a concern for me - Lol! I just ordered my 256GB Samsung 830 from Newegg on sale for $299.99!

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by WA2SI
Sun Mar 11, 2012 5:32 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: W520 & SSD SATA III
Replies: 8
Views: 6397

Re: W520 & SSD SATA III

I'm also considering either the 240GB Patriot Pyro SE or 256GB Samsung 830 SATA III SSDs for my W520. Good luck with your upgrade.

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by WA2SI
Fri Mar 02, 2012 6:35 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: My new Machine!
Replies: 20
Views: 5455

Re: Re: My new Machine!

I think your 1866MHz RAM might be running at 1600MHz. Very awesome set up regardless. Why? Does the BIOS restrict RAM speed? My current i7-2820QM W520 has the 1600 MHz Hyper-X installed and runs like a charm. It will soon be going to a family member and I will be in the market for a new machine... ...
by WA2SI
Mon Feb 27, 2012 6:20 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: AMD 6990HD in a W520?
Replies: 3
Views: 1338

Re: AMD 6990HD in a W520?

Thanks for the response Q-Ball.

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by WA2SI
Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:21 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: AMD 6990HD in a W520?
Replies: 3
Views: 1338

Re: AMD 6990HD in a W520?

I assume that the answer is no. Take care, folks. Btw, my W520 is still humming along like a champ.

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by WA2SI
Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:40 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: AMD 6990HD in a W520?
Replies: 3
Views: 1338

AMD 6990HD in a W520?

Has anybody ever heard of anyone upgrading a W520's GPU beyond the Quadro 2000M, i.e. GTX 580M or 6990HD? Is it even possible?

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by WA2SI
Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:36 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: W520 & SATA III SSD?
Replies: 4
Views: 2436

Re: W520 & SATA III SSD?

Excellent, tnx for the replies... & good advice.

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by WA2SI
Sun Jan 22, 2012 4:47 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: W520 & SATA III SSD?
Replies: 4
Views: 2436

Re: W520 & SATA III SSD?

Ok, found my answer now that I'm home. I think a Samsung 830 might be in my future, dunno yet. Tnx all and sri for the wasted bandwidth.
by WA2SI
Sun Jan 22, 2012 3:37 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: W520 & SATA III SSD?
Replies: 4
Views: 2436

W520 & SATA III SSD?

Does the W520 support SATA III SSD's? (6Gb/s) I have to say I am really loving my W520... Nary a hiccup.

Thanks to all you knowledgeable folks on these forums.

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by WA2SI
Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:28 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Favourite version of Windows and why? (poll)
Replies: 101
Views: 28334

Re: Favourite version of Windows and why? (poll)

XP SP3 although I'm getting used to 7 rather nicely.

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by WA2SI
Wed Dec 14, 2011 5:04 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: ThinkPad W520 Order?
Replies: 12
Views: 4607

Re: ThinkPad W520 Order?

Hi folks, Just a quick 2 mo. update. My i7-2820QM W520 is working wondefully with 16GB (4 x 4GB)of Kingston Hyper-X PnP 1600MHz RAM. Did it make much of a difference? Probably not. The memory benchmarks went up a little and some things do seem a tad snappier though. That could be a function of going...
by WA2SI
Wed Dec 14, 2011 4:14 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: Which WiFi for T520
Replies: 12
Views: 3950

Re: Which WiFi for T520

I have a W520 w/the 6300 card. Hands down the best reception I've ever experienced on any of my machines. Good luck and enjoy.

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by WA2SI
Sat Nov 26, 2011 4:02 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: i7-2960XM vs. i7-2860QM
Replies: 2
Views: 2196

Re: i7-2960XM vs. i7-2860QM

Bought my W520 with the i7-2820QM cpu and I have no complaints. The inner-child in me wanted to swap the cpu for an i7-2860QM but the wise folks on this (as well as others) forum guided me in the right dir'n. Not much actual difference in processing power with diminishing returns for the $'s. The i7...
by WA2SI
Sat Nov 26, 2011 3:55 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: W520 Microphone-in port
Replies: 4
Views: 2848

Re: W520 Microphone-in port

Thanks for the info, much appreciated. Happy holidays.

Bert

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by WA2SI
Fri Nov 25, 2011 4:41 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: W520 Microphone-in port
Replies: 4
Views: 2848

Re: W520 Microphone-in port

No info?
by WA2SI
Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:27 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: Faint whistling sound while browsing?
Replies: 2
Views: 1515

Re: Faint whistling sound while browsing?

Ok, I guess I can chalk this one up to normal happenstance as opposed to a malfunctioning soundcard. A tad annoying on a high-end laptop but I'm wearing a set of cans (headphones) 99% of the time anyway.

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