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by Cigarguy
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: 9 Cell Extended Battery
Replies: 4
Views: 153

Re: 9 Cell Extended Battery

Depends, not all 3rd party battery are the same. You get what you paid for. I try to buy from a distributer who is at least in my country that offers a decent warranty. On the most part I've had good luck with non-genuine batteries. They don't last as long but at a quarter the price I can afford to ...
by Cigarguy
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Finally got rid of Internet Explorer
Replies: 10
Views: 235

Re: Finally got rid of Internet Explorer

Got me curious with Slimjet. Will give it a try. Stupid me, switched from Firefox to Chrome.
by Cigarguy
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Finally got rid of Internet Explorer
Replies: 10
Views: 235

Re: Finally got rid of Internet Explorer

Thanks for sharing that classical music link RBS.
by Cigarguy
Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T61 CPU upgrade T7300 -> T9500
Replies: 19
Views: 656

Re: T61 CPU upgrade T7300 -> T9500

An upgrade to a T9300 is while worth the effort. It will run faster and cooler than a T7700. While you are at it, take the opportunity to give everything a good clean. Apply good thermal paste on the CPU. It's not that difficult to do. Take your time and follow the maintenance manual. It's fairly st...
by Cigarguy
Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Regarding Chinese Chip Hack
Replies: 8
Views: 256

Re: Regarding Chinese Chip Hack

And yet the Russians gets a free pass and embraced by some. I'm of the mindset that if any "state" wants my data they'll get it. There's nothing on any of my devices that are useful to anyone except for advertisers and spammers. I'd rather the Chinese, Russians, Canadian government have my shopping ...
by Cigarguy
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: how to read the HD of a "locked" T41p
Replies: 9
Views: 258

Re: how to read the HD of a "locked" T41p

Depending on the setting a SVP is not required until something needs to be changed in BIOS, such as when the CMOS battery goes dead and the date/time needs resetting. Without the password you won't be able to do this. You can still get data off the hard drive if it has not been encrypted or password...
by Cigarguy
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: how to read the HD of a "locked" T41p
Replies: 9
Views: 258

Re: how to read the HD of a "locked" T41p

These have IDE (pata) laptop interface so you need to find an enclosure that 1) has PATA interface and 2) is small enough to accommodate a laptop drive. Again, that's assuming the drive still works and not protected by SVP or any other drive encryption. Of course the easiest is to remember your old ...
by Cigarguy
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: X260 Schematics & Board View
Replies: 2
Views: 87

Re: X260 Schematics & Board View

I don't see Dell, HP or anyone else freely and publicly offering schematics. Got nothing about being Chinese.
by Cigarguy
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Retro Thinkpad T61p Build! Warning PICS!
Replies: 77
Views: 4384

Re: Retro Thinkpad T61p Build! Warning PICS!

Nevermind that a T520/530 CPU and platform is leagues faster and more energy efficient than any T61 mods.
by Cigarguy
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Retro Thinkpad T61p Build! Warning PICS!
Replies: 77
Views: 4384

Re: Retro Thinkpad T61p Build! Warning PICS!

Overclocking/tweaking without stability means nothing as it's not useful. Stability test along with proper screen shots are key to authenticity otherwise it's just another wild internet claim. That's our retro way of doing overclocking and is a practice that is generally followed to this day. You gu...
by Cigarguy
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Micro$haft is $hafting W10 users again! Beware of Update 1809
Replies: 22
Views: 677

Re: Micro$haft is $hafting W10 users again! Beware of Update 1809

Microsoft have been doing this for years. Using the users as testers. Being in a monopoly position this doesn't hurt them a bit. Would not surprise me one bit had this been done deliberately with the intent of promoting or justifying one drive.
by Cigarguy
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: Dead x230 -- any advice?
Replies: 11
Views: 505

Re: Dead x230 -- any advice?

You probably have done this already, if not check that all the ports and connection, especially USB ports, are not shorted out. Had a similar problem once, dissembled everything only to realize a USB port was broken and was shorting out.
by Cigarguy
Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Beware Update KB4457139
Replies: 15
Views: 471

Re: Beware Update KB4457139

Got a Win 10 corporate laptop that was given me for work. Don't care for it. Not amount of shaming by the MS apologists will make me like it anymore. To the company's credit they tried as much as they could to make 10 look and feel a lot like 7 but I still don't like it. Slowly transitioning to Linu...
by Cigarguy
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'
Replies: 31
Views: 755

Re: New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'

And there's the danger, "seamlessly". Slowly, seamlessly, stroked by fear and political grandstanding for votes to an ignorant population. It's the one thing governments are very good and efficient at. God knows they are useless otherwise. I sure missed the day when Canadians and Americans can visit...
by Cigarguy
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'
Replies: 31
Views: 755

Re: New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'

I agree that this is not unique to NZ. It's a trend that ALL government are doing. What's most disturbing for me is how easily the sheep, me included, have accepted less and less and less freedom and privacy every year. What happen to freedom of speech and being able to say things, no matter how off...
by Cigarguy
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'
Replies: 31
Views: 755

Re: New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'

I'm very calm but I know that this can and will happen in any country not just NZ. We as a society have accepted this. There's less examination only because they don't have the time to examine everyone. The fact that most border guards (failed cops) have the power of God over a person for a limited ...
by Cigarguy
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'
Replies: 31
Views: 755

Re: New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'

Almost every country is going this route. It's the time that we live in where, in a way, the terrorists won. Governments are finding out that they can do almost anything and pass any stupid policy they want so long as they invoke the name of national security. That's why I got an older smart phone t...
by Cigarguy
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: T43P Super Talent SSD Upgrade?
Replies: 2
Views: 217

Re: T43P Super Talent SSD Upgrade?

I find no name SSD to be crap. Slow and when they work the don't work for a long time. At least that's been my experience with 3 of them. Never again. A IDE to mSata converter enclosed in a HDD case worked great for me.
by Cigarguy
Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:37 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Is this cpu defective?
Replies: 16
Views: 543

Re: Is this cpu defective?

AFAIK a X9000 is not free. The OP is talking about a T7300 or T7500 with his T9300 being utilized in another machine. A X9000 is a nice CPU and throttlestop can be used for this particular CPU but downvolting will not work or is beneficial for all CPUs. By all means, if the OP can get a X9000 as eas...
by Cigarguy
Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Is this cpu defective?
Replies: 16
Views: 543

Re: Is this cpu defective?

A T8300 is a pretty decent CPU. Much better than a T7300 or T7500 in my books.
by Cigarguy
Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Overheating while compiling an Android ROM
Replies: 3
Views: 129

Re: Overheating while compiling an Android ROM

Idle temp of 50+ deg C is too high in my books. New thermal paste might help but might not considering you applied it 2 years ago which is not that long ago. Back then did you stress/stability test the CPU before deciding that it was fit for duty? That CPU will run hot unless you underclock it.
by Cigarguy
Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: X60 tablet overhaul. which OS for lower cpu temp?
Replies: 3
Views: 335

Re: X60 tablet overhaul. which OS for lower cpu temp?

I got 1 X60T running Linux Mint XFCE and 1 X60T running Win 7. I found the power handling to be very similar. Temperature range and throttling is good on both. I gave everything a good cleaning and reapply thermal paste which made a significant difference. Wouldn't hurt to apply some machine oil on ...
by Cigarguy
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: My old ThinkPads degrading
Replies: 14
Views: 546

Re: My old ThinkPads degrading

Surprise that these old plastic parts are failing this early. Wonder if the cleaning product and UV light over the years are taking a toll on the plastic and is making it brittle?
by Cigarguy
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Microsoft Extends Its Paid Windows 7 Support Till 2023
Replies: 11
Views: 660

Re: Microsoft Extends Its Paid Windows 7 Support Till 2023

I think the biggest issue with Win 7 will not be lack of updates but, like XP, software will no longer run on Win 7.
by Cigarguy
Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Negative feedback for eBay sellers
Replies: 11
Views: 554

Re: Negative feedback for eBay sellers

I've experienced something similar before with packages from China. In no way did I blame the seller and just waited patiently for item. 3 months after expected delivery it came. Glad that everything worked out for you. Sounds like seller did everything he could at his end and the shipper messed eve...
by Cigarguy
Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T61 Battery Recommendation and Ultrabay Battery Explaination
Replies: 6
Views: 377

Re: T61 Battery Recommendation and Ultrabay Battery Explaination

Even with a SSD, I use hiberation rather than turn the laptop off or put it to sleep.
by Cigarguy
Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T61 CPU upgrade T7300 -> T9500
Replies: 19
Views: 656

Re: T61 CPU upgrade T7300 -> T9500

A T9600 is not compatible though some have installed a 1066 FSB CPU with a pin mod. Not worth it in my books but some have done it.
by Cigarguy
Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T61 CPU upgrade T7300 -> T9500
Replies: 19
Views: 656

Re: T61 CPU upgrade T7300 -> T9500

Benchmark and stats means nothing to me. Normal everyday usage and experience is more meaningful. Back in the day I used to be a hardcore overclocker and was really into the benchmark points, timing, speed, etc, etc. Then one day the law of diminishing return won me over. For example, upgrade from a...
by Cigarguy
Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T61 Battery Recommendation and Ultrabay Battery Explaination
Replies: 6
Views: 377

Re: T61 Battery Recommendation and Ultrabay Battery Explaination

I get about 2-3 hours on a 6 cell battery running a T9300 and SSD on Win 7. Battery life is difficult to say as, like fuel mileage, is dependent on what and how you're using the machine. I have a couple of 6 and 9 cell battery in the backpack and swap them out when needed. Only takes a minute to swa...
by Cigarguy
Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T61 CPU upgrade T7300 -> T9500
Replies: 19
Views: 656

Re: T61 CPU upgrade T7300 -> T9500

Many people have done this upgrade. It's well worth it. You've already flash Middleton's BIOS so you're all set. Do it, give it a clean and new thermal paste while you're at it and never look back.

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