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by Cigarguy
Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Finally the correct description of what Americans call football.
Replies: 12
Views: 243

Re: Finally the correct description of what Americans call football.

I enjoy watching football and will continue to do so. Also understand that others are risking their lives for my entertainment. I'm also a fan of Rugby Union and understand that rugby too are facing the same issues as any contact sport.
by Cigarguy
Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: 51nb and other modded Thinkpads
Topic: 51nb motherboards and spill protection?
Replies: 8
Views: 1542

Re: 51nb motherboards and spill protection?

Taking care and steps not to spill anything around the laptop would help too. Fortunately I never had an accident around a computer. Beer and drinks are placed in a way that when, not if, it spills there's nothing of value that it can damage. On airplanes the laptop, tablets and phones are stowed aw...
by Cigarguy
Sat Feb 02, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: ThinkPad T61 With Windows 2000
Replies: 4
Views: 328

Re: ThinkPad T61 With Windows 2000

If you're sure the LAN cable is plugged in and is working (i.e. have a signal) then download and install the drivers.

https://thinkpads.com/support/Thinkpad- ... m/T61.html
by Cigarguy
Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: X61T motherboard in X60T chassis, and vica versa
Replies: 7
Views: 2294

Re: X61T motherboard in X60T chassis, and vica versa

Good to know. I've only ever swapped complete LCD assembly between these 2 machines. Pretty simple swap if it's the complete assembly instead of LCD screen or MB.
by Cigarguy
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: A 7" Windows 10 device for 40 Euro?
Replies: 5
Views: 481

Re: A 7" Windows 10 device for 40 Euro?

If it is a scam, you are promoting it by posting a link to it. At the very least the traffic to that site can't hurt.
by Cigarguy
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T60p CPU upgrade: Now Laptop Won't Start
Replies: 7
Views: 666

Re: T60p CPU upgrade: Now Laptop Won't Start

Did you put the old CPU back in? If not then what are you waiting for? Once it's back in it should work as before. Take the opportunity to flash the BIOS at that time.
by Cigarguy
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T60p CPU upgrade: Now Laptop Won't Start
Replies: 7
Views: 666

Re: T60p CPU upgrade: Now Laptop Won't Start

Either you got a bad CPU or the reassembly was not proper. At least now you know what the problem is. Happens to all of us. Most common for me is I forgot to tighten down the CPU in its socket.
by Cigarguy
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: what SSD do you run?
Replies: 21
Views: 834

Re: what SSD do you run?

When SSD was $400+ I'd worry about type, brand, etc. Now that 120 GB SSD are $30-$50 Cdn on sale locally I don't worry about any of that anymore. Grab the cheapest one. Use and abuse and carry on. 90% of my desktop and laptops are only SATA II so max speed is not an issue. Even turning on and using ...
by Cigarguy
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Forum Notices, Questions and Suggestions
Topic: Massive spam??
Replies: 1
Views: 185

Re: Massive spam??

Happens from time to time. The mods and admin will take care of it soon enough. The do a great job on this site.
by Cigarguy
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Aaaaaand.... Trump, what to do with a wall?
Replies: 14
Views: 832

Re: Aaaaaand.... Trump, what to do with a wall?

Bahahahahaha. Why again is the US gov partially shut down because you know the Mexicans are going to pay for it.
by Cigarguy
Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Possible CPU Upgrade & SSD replacement of HDD for Thinkpad R61
Replies: 20
Views: 1328

Re: Possible CPU Upgrade & SSD replacement of HDD for Thinkpad R61

My first preference is the Marketplace of this forum then it's eBay. I've had mixed results from eBay depending on the seller.
by Cigarguy
Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Possible CPU Upgrade & SSD replacement of HDD for Thinkpad R61
Replies: 20
Views: 1328

Re: Possible CPU Upgrade & SSD replacement of HDD for Thinkpad R61

A T9300, SSD and 4 GB of RAM will make a big difference. I still use a similar system, a T61, with this setup.
by Cigarguy
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: How do you set up a dual-monitor display for a Thinkpad?
Replies: 6
Views: 343

Re: How do you set up a dual-monitor display for a Thinkpad?

What Thinkpad do you have? I've been using a docking station to achieve dual monitor capability on my T500 and T420. I really hate the T420 screen format so an external monitor is a must.
by Cigarguy
Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Lenovo ThinkPad W500
Replies: 11
Views: 1035

Re: Lenovo ThinkPad W500

ThinkPad W Series laptops ThinkPad W500 4061-AZ8 Based on 4061-32G: T9600(2.8GHz), 4GB RAM, 160GB 7200rpm HD, 15.4in 1920x1200 LCD, 512MB ATI FireGL V5700, CDRW/DVDRW, Intel 802.11agn wireless, Bluetooth, Modem, 1Gb Ethernet, UltraNav, Secure chip, DOS
by Cigarguy
Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Throw me Distro suggestions!
Replies: 18
Views: 1047

Re: Throw me Distro suggestions!

I wouldn't say Linux Mint "locks up randomly on old hardware". I have no doubt that it did do this on your 1 particular machine with your particular install. I've install mint on about 12 different older machines and have had no problem whatsoever.
by Cigarguy
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Comparing T60 SSD to T61 Sata 2 SSD, not much improvement?
Replies: 8
Views: 1376

Re: Comparing T60 SSD to T61 Sata 2 SSD, not much improvement?

Yes you should. Having said that, the numbers you got for a T61 is pretty much max for SATA II. You'll only see those numbers with certain large files but not so much with smaller files. Another big advantage of a SSD vs HDD is the very low latency/seek time that a SSD provides. SSD vs SSD this adva...
by Cigarguy
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: BSOD during BIOS update with Highsun's modded BIOS
Replies: 6
Views: 1336

Re: BSOD during BIOS update with Highsun's modded BIOS

Flashing from Windows or Linux is always risky. Better to flash from a bootable USB/CD drive.
by Cigarguy
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: KVM switch
Replies: 2
Views: 970

Re: KVM switch

I've gone away from KVM switches long ago. A better solution is a docking station. They can be had for pretty cheap.
by Cigarguy
Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Some recent ThinkPads can be destroyed by changing a UEFI-BIOS setting
Replies: 10
Views: 1150

Re: Some recent ThinkPads can be destroyed by changing a UEFI-BIOS setting

If it is a minor feature I can maybe see it. But Thunderbolt? On a laptop advertise to have Thunderbolt and is a feature in which people pay more for? Little sympathy from me. The other thing they are counting on is not everyone raising up enough of a stink and returning the product. Even with the r...
by Cigarguy
Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Some recent ThinkPads can be destroyed by changing a UEFI-BIOS setting
Replies: 10
Views: 1150

Re: Some recent ThinkPads can be destroyed by changing a UEFI-BIOS setting

Wow, just wow. Doesn't anyone do software testing anymore besides dumping it on the consumer? A BIOS doesn't have that many features that all the features can't be tested.
by Cigarguy
Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T61 SSD
Replies: 7
Views: 1615

Re: T61 SSD

Nope not perception. A SSD vs a HDD is as fast as a bicycle vs car on the freeway assuming proper install. A car with 4 flats or stuck in traffic can be slower than a bicycle.
by Cigarguy
Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: People that request personal tech support
Replies: 23
Views: 1343

Re: People that request personal tech support

Easy enough to ignore those people. Having said that ajkula66, RBS, and TuuS have been my personal tech guys over the years by simply reading their posts. The few times I PM them they have been nothing but classy and helpful.
by Cigarguy
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: 9 Cell Extended Battery
Replies: 5
Views: 834

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: 16
Views: 4594

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: 16
Views: 4594

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: 22
Views: 2660

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: 11
Views: 969

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: 1555

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...

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