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by bit_twiddler
Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W700 GPU and Display
Replies: 9
Views: 396

Re: W700 GPU and Display

I believe that the panel used on the W701 is actually an 8-bit per color TN panel. Can anyone confirm this? http://www.panelook.com/LTN170CT08-L01_SAMSUNG_17.0_LCM_overview_8843.html Anyway, I use mine for software development and running business applications, and it's great for that. It might work...
by bit_twiddler
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Source for 55++ or similar batteries with Sanyo cells
Replies: 2
Views: 608

Source for 55++ or similar batteries with Sanyo cells

Does anybody know of a source for these? The original Lenovo stock is getting pretty old to be useful.
by bit_twiddler
Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Speed difference W510 i7 720QM vs W520 2720QM
Replies: 21
Views: 3312

Re: Speed difference W510 i7 720QM vs W520 2720QM

It just occurred to me that there could be another explanation: Are you connecting to the internet via wifi, or ethernet? If you have a bad wifi card, it would produce a lot of the symptoms that you describe, such as stuttering of youtube videos. Another symptom of a bad internet connection is that ...
by bit_twiddler
Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Speed difference W510 i7 720QM vs W520 2720QM
Replies: 21
Views: 3312

Re: Speed difference W510 i7 720QM vs W520 2720QM

All I can say is that I have one with 32gb of ram, running on a mini-dock 3, and it isn't sluggish at all. I'm running W10 on it, Lightroom, Photoshop, Chrome most of the time, and none of these problems have shown up. I think it has an FX-880M, but I'm headed to the airport, so can't confirm. I did...
by bit_twiddler
Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Speed difference W510 i7 720QM vs W520 2720QM
Replies: 21
Views: 3312

Re: Speed difference W510 i7 720QM vs W520 2720QM

Since this thread is semi-active again, I thought I'd point out that the OP has so little ram in his W510 that this fact alone accounts for sluggish performance. Browsers like Chrome are particularly memory hungry. I'd recommend upgrading any of the older machines (W510, W520, W701) to 32GB ram (whi...
by bit_twiddler
Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Operating system cannot be found, Cannot boot from any device w510
Replies: 2
Views: 295

Re: Operating system cannot be found, Cannot boot from any device w510

It could be a lot of things. In particular, it sounds like you have puppy linux installed on a hard drive, so booting off a dvd or cdrom doesn't indicate that your hard drive is O.K. One place to start would be to do some form of hard drive diagnostics on your hard drive. If your drive checks out, I...
by bit_twiddler
Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: X201s constantly overheating
Replies: 12
Views: 899

Re: X201s constantly overheating

You might take a look at gkrellm as an easy way of keeping tab of temps/fans/etc.
by bit_twiddler
Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: t450s - trackpoint not working after keyboard replacement
Replies: 6
Views: 1207

Re: t450s - trackpoint not working after keyboard replacement

Sometimes the trackpoint goes bad, either by failing completely, or by drifting uncontrollably.
However, the fact that the 3 buttons are also dead probably means that a connection somewhere
is bad, or that part of the cable itself got damaged.
by bit_twiddler
Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Quad Core in T420 - Disable Cores to stay within TDP limits?
Replies: 9
Views: 1383

Re: Quad Core in T420 - Disable Cores to stay within TDP limits?

The TDP of a T420 might depend upon whether it has integrated graphics, or Nvidia.
I believe that they share a heatsink in the T420, so going with the HD3000 might
be a compensating factor.
by bit_twiddler
Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Question about the T500 vs T520
Replies: 13
Views: 1446

Re: Question about the T500 vs T520

You can almost always fix the keyboard flex problem by putting some foam
tape on the places where the keyboard needs extra support.
by bit_twiddler
Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Tips on buying a T420/T420s/or T430?
Replies: 16
Views: 2481

Re: Tips on buying a T420/T420s/or T430?

The T420s is interesting because it has usb 3.0 and can be upgraded to an IPS FHD display. The T420 is a great machine, but I must have one of the very few which upgraded to FHD without the flickering problem. The T430s is also supposedly upgradeable to FHD (or so I have heard.) You'd have to like t...
by bit_twiddler
Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Well, I just bought a W701 on Ebay.
Replies: 10
Views: 2009

Re: Well, I just bought a W701 on Ebay.

Glad to meet the guy who outbid me... (Actually, I was way down the list) The W701 makes a great portable workstation. I have one with 3 drives, 32gb of ram, and use it as a development machine. Not only that, but if you put a cup of coffee on the left side near the fan exhaust, it stays warm to the...
by bit_twiddler
Tue May 23, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Dire warning for FRUIT, to finally start making HMMs
Replies: 11
Views: 1622

Re: Dire warning for FRUIT, to finally start making HMMs

This is all pretty silly. How maintainable can a laptop be when the battery is glued in,
as shown here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fupkPz55tUo

I'll bet that the ram is soldered in, too. Not such a smart thing to do
with a component that has a 7% annual failure rate!
by bit_twiddler
Mon May 22, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R400/R500 Series
Topic: Hacked Off!!! My Beloved R500...
Replies: 11
Views: 2653

Re: Hacked Off!!! My Beloved R500...

This goes to show that Scottish thieves are much more discriminating than their American cousins...

You could just pick up a W500. This is your chance to "upgrade."
I've always noticed that my W500 has a dim screen, suitable only for indoor use.
Was this the case with your R500?
by bit_twiddler
Sun May 14, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Upgrading to i7 2760QM
Replies: 13
Views: 1727

Re: Upgrading to i7 2760QM

The BIOS might not be smart enough to complain about needing a 135W supply (as it does on
my W520 as I discovered accidentally the other day.)
by bit_twiddler
Thu May 04, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Forum Announcements
Topic: NEW LOOK TO THE OLD FORUM..
Replies: 71
Views: 4915

Re: NEW LOOK TO THE OLD FORUM..

Don't know if this is new, but the board index now lists:

"W500/510/520 and W700/710 series specific matters only"

as the description for one of the board areas. Is this new,
or have I been missing this for some time? In any case,
now I want to hunt down a "W710."
by bit_twiddler
Thu May 04, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W510 i7 720QM Turbo Boost not working - help
Replies: 5
Views: 2167

Re: W510 i7 720QM Turbo Boost not working - help

It could be throttling because of a temperature problem. What temps are the CPU (and possibly also GPU) running?
Also, there may be an option in the BIOS to disable turbo boost.
by bit_twiddler
Tue May 02, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Any love for Latitudes?
Replies: 61
Views: 6410

Re: Any love for Latitudes?

Since this thread was started, I procured a precision m7510 to use because I need ECC;
I'd definitely be interested in such a site, but how would it be possible?
As someone has posted, Dell doesn't provide FRU numbers in their manuals.
by bit_twiddler
Sun Apr 30, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Win7 Pro 64 / Linux Mint
Replies: 7
Views: 2413

Re: Win7 Pro 64 / Linux Mint

Depends where the boot loader is.
What I usually do is to boot off a drive in the Ultrabay.
When I install an OS, I remove all other drives from the computer.
If you have Windows installed on your internal drive bay,
you can copy it to a drive in the ultrabay with Macrium Reflect.
by bit_twiddler
Sun Apr 30, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: W530. Did i get a replaced 1080p screen? model number: Lenovo B156HTN01.1
Replies: 8
Views: 883

Re: W530. Did i get a replaced 1080p screen? model number: Lenovo B156HTN01.1

There is nothing like a good IPS, but you can fool around with the gamma to get a TN screen like the one you have to have better blacks. It'll make your text look punchier, but you'll need to undo it to be able to see image midtones and shadows. On linux, you can set the gamma with the "xgamma" comm...
by bit_twiddler
Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: eSATA power on both T410 and T420.
Replies: 5
Views: 1172

Re: eSATA power on both T410 and T420.

You'll need an "esata-p" cable to supply power to your enclosure, as opposed to an "esata" cable.
Also, you're better off with a "dumb" esata enclosure which does not spin down the drive,
there is less to go wrong.
by bit_twiddler
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Where to find w701 or w701ds besides Ebay.
Replies: 21
Views: 10122

Re: Where to find w701 or w701ds besides Ebay.

Still a great machine to use as a terminal if you use a networking window system (i.e., X)
by bit_twiddler
Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Buying a T420s: Nvidia vs Intel Graphics, WiFi
Replies: 14
Views: 2665

Re: Buying a T420s: Nvidia vs Intel Graphics, WiFi

Don't know yet about cooling and other issues, but I can definitely say that a Sandy Bridge laptop without Nvidia graphics is easier to set up than one with them. In particular, Nvidia broke resume from hibernation to disk at some point. I have a T420 w/o Nvidia and it is a dream to run by compariso...
by bit_twiddler
Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Windows 10 on W510: What works and what doesn't?
Replies: 12
Views: 2852

Re: Windows 10 on W510: What works and what doesn't?

I have one (it is my Windows machine) and everything seems to work fine
with W10. The only problem is that W10 is not W7. :cry:
by bit_twiddler
Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: Is W510 to T430 an upgrade?
Replies: 14
Views: 1479

Re: Is W510 to T430 an upgrade?

If you have a W510 with a quadcore, it should have 4 slots, and it will take 32G of ram. (I have one with this configuration.) I also have a W701, with the same generation of CPU, and have upgraded it to 32G. In all likelihood, 8GB sodimms were not available when the machines were released, so that'...
by bit_twiddler
Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: Is W510 to T430 an upgrade?
Replies: 14
Views: 1479

Re: Is W510 to T430 an upgrade?

They are 2 completely different types of machines, and each can do things that the other cannot. The T430 with a dual core is probably equivalent to the i7-720QM in the W510, but because the W510 can take 32gb of ram it is more suitable for certain tasks, such as software development. You could alwa...
by bit_twiddler
Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Serious Computrace Warning!
Replies: 10
Views: 5595

Re: Serious Computrace Warning!

Computrace probably injected something into the boot sector, or something loaded by the boot sector.
You didn't mention whether it was GPT or MBR, but it probably does something sneaky at boot,
either way.
by bit_twiddler
Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: W530 for Uni?
Replies: 2
Views: 1988

Re: W530 for Uni?

Recommend looking at: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Lenovo-ThinkPad-W530-N1K43GE-Notebook.80062.0.html and skip down to the section entitled "Throttling." I have a similar machine, and consider it to be very portable with a good backpack. I'd suggest looking at a Gunnison 32L Marmot or somethi...
by bit_twiddler
Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Is Lenovo W520 quadcore with 2960xm cpu still Better than the top W530 and most of The newer laptops of today?
Replies: 28
Views: 8331

Re: Is Lenovo W520 quadcore with 2960xm cpu still Better than the top W530 and most of The newer laptops of today?

I'd be interested in hearing if a W520 with a 1000M can be upgraded to a 55W fan
since there are so many motherboards specified in the HMM. The HMM lists different
motherboards for 2000M and 1000M machines (as well as for many other options,
such as RAID.)
by bit_twiddler
Sat Mar 04, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Is Lenovo W520 quadcore with 2960xm cpu still Better than the top W530 and most of The newer laptops of today?
Replies: 28
Views: 8331

Re: Is Lenovo W520 quadcore with 2960xm cpu still Better than the top W530 and most of The newer laptops of today?

What sort of mods do you have to do to throw in a 2960xm into a 520?? A bigger cooling fan?? and bios updates?? What about a 2860qm?? Is that an easier mod for the 520?? A 2860qm should be a very easy mod, although I haven't actually done one. I just picked up a machine that had one. It's an overlo...

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