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by dxps26
Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:33 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Upgrade Display on T420
Replies: 4
Views: 2201

Re: Upgrade Display on T420

You can buy a new display panel online and swap the displays. It's easy just: speedster the display bezel from the lid, disconnect old panel, connect new panel and close the bezel again. You can even get a shiny glossy display! Just make sure you get a panel that works for your system. A good place...
by dxps26
Sun Dec 09, 2012 11:52 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: I have lost my faith in the Thinkpad Brand.
Replies: 101
Views: 21993

Re: I have lost my faith in the Thinkpad Brand.

I have two lenovos now - a now dead R500, just died in last months of warranty. And a totally cheapo Ideapad...the plastic around the hinges is totally broken away..I will post a photo later. However, it has outlived the R500! This is probably just accidental. However, I am now hesitating between a...
by dxps26
Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:51 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420 build quality. Is it good after all?
Replies: 33
Views: 5513

Re: T420 build quality. Is it good after all?

It depends on your use case. For example, just last week I was prototyping a server build for work and had 3 VMs running on top of my host OS. 2 of the VM's required 3gb of RAM each and 1 of the VM's required 6gb. So that left 4gb left over for my host operating system. If you need the RAM, you nee...
by dxps26
Sat Sep 29, 2012 3:34 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: I have lost my faith in the Thinkpad Brand.
Replies: 101
Views: 21993

Re: I have lost my faith in the Thinkpad Brand.

Most who use a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air use it because they want OS X. A lot of developers have moved to OSX thanks to the UNIX compliance, but a large number of them buy the Air and replace OSX with the OS of their choice. The Air and Retina MBP are both excellent machines in their own right. fo...
by dxps26
Sat Sep 29, 2012 3:12 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420 build quality. Is it good after all?
Replies: 33
Views: 5513

Re: T420 build quality. Is it good after all?

I've had a varying experience with the T420. I bought it from a Brick-and-mortar store (J&R in NYC) because i wanted to feel the product before i laid down the cash for it. My First T420 was a disaster-keyboard died, warping case, inexcusable service from Lenovo...it's chronicled in this thread - ht...
by dxps26
Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:31 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: How to make a USB Charger in my X220
Replies: 20
Views: 2969

Re: How to make a USB Charger in my X220

The yellow USB port supplies enough voltage to charge most devices while the computer is turned off. There are options in the BIOS and Thinkpad power manager to enable the system.
by dxps26
Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:40 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: HELP please - X220 slow response
Replies: 4
Views: 1806

Re: HELP please - X220 slow response

I have the same specs in a T420 with Optimus (i5-2520/8gb/128+256gb dual SSD) Try answering these questions>>> 0. did this behavior begin recently, or did it gradually come to this molasses-like state? 1. are you running an antivirus - not the silly Norton nonsense included with the system, but some...
by dxps26
Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:29 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: X230 trackpoint issue... very choppy, not smooth at all. Is
Replies: 4
Views: 2209

Re: X230 trackpoint issue... very choppy, not smooth at all. Is

Did you post this on 4chan's /g/ board last night :wink: :wink: ??? I'll give you the same suggestion I gave there. Raise hell with the support people. Even if the trackpoint and trackpad issues are software related, the DC power jack is definitely a manufacturer defect. Thinkpad Power jacks are rea...
by dxps26
Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:15 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: about Replacement Hard drives...
Replies: 12
Views: 1968

Re: about Replacement Hard drives...

X220 use 7mm (thickness) drives as oppose to 9mm, so you don't really have a many choices. I stand corrected. Clean installs of Windows from the Lenovo Recovery Partition or from the Recovery Disks they can send are not possible. however, you can download a genuine copy of your version of the OS fr...
by dxps26
Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:51 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: about Replacement Hard drives...
Replies: 12
Views: 1968

Re: about Replacement Hard drives...

I don't have recommendations for what brand of disk to buy, but I'm sure someone here will chime in with their experience. 1000 gigabyte / 1 terabyte laptop drives are available, but these drives are a non-standard 12mm thick as opposed to 9mm. 12mm laptop drives are not meant to go inside the X220,...
by dxps26
Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:01 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: Question about X230 Processor Options
Replies: 9
Views: 6928

Re: Question about X230 Processor Options

if virtual machines and virtualization are part of your required work, then the 3210 will not cut the mustard, as it won't support those features. the manufacturer's price differential between the 3320 and the 3360 is about $30. lenovo wants $55 for that. just as an FYI. put that $55 towards an SSD,...
by dxps26
Tue May 29, 2012 4:53 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: CPU Temperature - T420
Replies: 5
Views: 4885

Re: CPU Temperature - T420

Speedfan and Speccy report an average temperature of 55 degrees on my i5-2520m discrete graphics T420. Doing light browsing and the occasional netflix, which makes the GPU kick in. Bear in mind that CPU temperature is highly influenced by ambient temperatures. The tests carried out for these reviews...
by dxps26
Tue May 29, 2012 10:31 am
Forum: ThinkPad Edge
Topic: 2011 e420 and crucial 256 m4 not getting along
Replies: 10
Views: 2759

Re: 2011 e420 and crucial 256 m4 not getting along

A Caveat on System Restore - you can make backups manually using the Backup facility baked into Windows 7 (which is an excellent feature, by the way). What really needs to be turned off is 'system protection' the automated process that makes restore points to fall back on in case of failure. Norton ...
by dxps26
Tue May 29, 2012 12:21 am
Forum: ThinkPad Edge
Topic: 2011 e420 and crucial 256 m4 not getting along
Replies: 10
Views: 2759

Re: 2011 e420 and crucial 256 m4 not getting along

AFAIK on my system, Lenovo Airbag Protection seems to be SSD-aware. When I open the applet in the control panel, the Accelerometer does respond to movement - the model laptop in the window mimics my laptop's movement exactly, but the software reports that the drives are still running. This is on the...
by dxps26
Mon May 28, 2012 8:25 am
Forum: ThinkPad Utility Work Area
Topic: Power settings and Wifi Connection
Replies: 2
Views: 16674

Re: Power settings and Wifi Connection

Thinkpad power manager has a feature called Instant Resume that keeps your WiFi on even if you enter Standby. Open Power Manager, switch to Basic mode > click on 'change what closing the lid does and enable Instant Resume to stay online" I find it weird that this feature is easier to find in basic m...
by dxps26
Mon May 28, 2012 8:18 am
Forum: ThinkPad Edge
Topic: 2011 e420 and crucial 256 m4 not getting along
Replies: 10
Views: 2759

Re: 2011 e420 and crucial 256 m4 not getting along

Even though my computer worked just fine with the Boot setting on enabled to utilize both UEFI and Legacy, I would set it to legacy only, just to eliminate one possibility. The Cloning software that Intel provides is excellent. It copies off the drive, including the hidden Lenovo partitions in a sna...
by dxps26
Mon May 28, 2012 12:58 am
Forum: ThinkPad Edge
Topic: 2011 e420 and crucial 256 m4 not getting along
Replies: 10
Views: 2759

Re: 2011 e420 and crucial 256 m4 not getting along

Check in the BIOS if you are booting from UEFI or Legacy BIOS. ACHI and UEFI are 2 settings crucial to Thinkpads and SSD Compatibility. I'm running 2 SSD drives (one of which is the same as yours) in my machine but I use the Legacy BIOS mode as opposed to the bleeding edge(atleast for Thinkpads :lol...
by dxps26
Fri May 25, 2012 7:09 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: x220: Need help with Win 7 battery life
Replies: 3
Views: 1483

Re: x220: Need help with Win 7 battery life

227 cylces That battery has seen some action. there's a number of factors to consider here - first off, linux really cannot (as of now) fully utilize ACPI/USB/Expresscard/Optical drive and of course, CPU power saving techniques. Combined with Linux's less-than-optimal Power controls, I'd be willing...
by dxps26
Thu May 24, 2012 7:19 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: X220 broken screen, need second opinion
Replies: 8
Views: 6431

Re: X220 broken screen, need second opinion

your laptop's display cable appears to be damaged, or seems to have come undone from it's connector. The display itself also seems to have a bright spot in the right hand side, which I consider a defect(Lenovo may beg to differ) Also entirely possible that it is a Software / GPU problem, but those b...
by dxps26
Wed May 23, 2012 2:51 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Lenovo Solution Center
Replies: 6
Views: 5751

Lenovo Solution Center

I happened upon This piece of work while updating my system. Looks like the PC-Doctor based ThinkVantage Toolbox is EOL. i'll begin with the worst thing - pressing the thinkvantage button does not invoke this replacement utility the user interface has been prettied up, but they've done a horrible jo...
by dxps26
Mon May 21, 2012 12:35 am
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: New x30 line announced - thoughts on changes?
Replies: 13
Views: 3028

Re: New x30 line announced - thoughts on changes?

Ok, ignoring battery life-time, thickness and weight my remaining biggest concerns are: 1. The X220T(!) outdoor HD IPS seems to be a better choice for me, but this seems not to be a touch screen, correct? Only the X220T(!) matt IPS screen seems to be a touch screen or am I wrong in this? 2. The nex...
by dxps26
Sun May 20, 2012 11:51 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: I have lost my faith in the Thinkpad Brand.
Replies: 101
Views: 21993

Re: I have lost my faith in the Thinkpad Brand.

That's just additional insurance cover for a wider range of risks, not anything to do with service levels per se. If you want professional level service, you need to pay professional level prices for it... but you seem to expect to get the service levels that were offered when Thinkpads were priced...
by dxps26
Sat May 19, 2012 10:49 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: I have lost my faith in the Thinkpad Brand.
Replies: 101
Views: 21993

Re: I have lost my faith in the Thinkpad Brand.

If you want professional level service, you need to pay professioanl level prices for it! :roll: Lenovo surely did carve off a pound of my flesh (worth about $160, as per prevailing market prices) when I opted for the Thinkpad Protection Plan, which I suppose could be considered the Premier level o...
by dxps26
Sat May 19, 2012 11:28 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: New T420, cursor hangs
Replies: 6
Views: 1070

Re: New T420, cursor hangs

Great news! After a letter, a few calls to tech support, sales support, and finally calling Amex to dispute the charge...a lady from Lenovo in NC called me and did an excellent job resolving the issue. She set me up with: -Phone people who speak English :lol: -Replacement, with expedited everything...
by dxps26
Sat May 19, 2012 11:20 am
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: New x30 line announced - thoughts on changes?
Replies: 13
Views: 3028

Re: New x30 line announced - thoughts on changes?

I'm in the market for a new notebook and tablet and the X230T looks like a nice alternative fulfilling both requirements. However, apart from the short battery life and high weight I'm a bit concerned about the brightness of the IPS display. ASUS offers the Transformer Prime tablet with a 600 nits ...
by dxps26
Sat May 19, 2012 11:03 am
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: New x30 line announced - thoughts on changes?
Replies: 13
Views: 3028

Re: New x30 line announced - thoughts on changes?

What are you talking about? That the F1-F12 keys are still there at the top and in their original order? I don't think any manufacturer ever messed with that yet. Ah, I meant the Fn Key and Function Key combinations. The combined actions of Both Keys are (mostly) still in the same layout as the pre...
by dxps26
Sat May 19, 2012 10:55 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: I have lost my faith in the Thinkpad Brand.
Replies: 101
Views: 21993

Re: I have lost my faith in the Thinkpad Brand.

lophiomys wrote:Since giving free advice didn't help during the past years,
I tend towards the approach Henry VIII would have taken.
:eek:
Behead the Managers!
:twisted:
SCNR

you just made my day. :lol:
by dxps26
Sat May 19, 2012 10:30 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: I have lost my faith in the Thinkpad Brand.
Replies: 101
Views: 21993

Re: I have lost my faith in the Thinkpad Brand.

Afterword - A Lesson for Lenovo As a member of the Hospitality Industry, I deal with the most impractical and irrational machine ever made - Humans. Lenovo should have no trouble dealing with something as simple as a piece of Computer Hardware, yet it does. Maybe a little nudge from across industri...
by dxps26
Thu May 17, 2012 10:36 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: I have lost my faith in the Thinkpad Brand.
Replies: 101
Views: 21993

Re: I have lost my faith in the Thinkpad Brand.

As I said before, my personal test for laptop quality is trying to flex the screen from the corners. only the Macbook (Air and Pro both) beat the T420 in terms of rigidity. As far as I have been able to assess the market, every other laptop I could lay may hands on would flex like an 5"1/4 floppy (r...
by dxps26
Tue May 15, 2012 3:41 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420 display very poor.
Replies: 16
Views: 5147

Re: T420 display very poor.

Kaze22 wrote:. The colors look like someone spilled curry over the screen parmenantly.
you just made my day :lol:

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