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by shawross
Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: how to physically disable T400 lid sensor(s)?
Replies: 5
Views: 530

Re: how to physically disable T400 lid sensor(s)?

GNUser wrote:2. Disable the touchpad
By unplugging its ribbon below the palmrest. Trackpoint and its three buttons (just below the spacebar) work just fine with the touchpad's ribbon disconnected.
Trackpad can be disabled in the Bios which happens to every Thinkpad that I own.
by shawross
Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: upgrading or at least updating my T410
Replies: 20
Views: 778

Re: upgrading or at least updating my T410

Recently I have purchased a couple of Kingston A400 SSDs and I am happy with their performance despite them not being a hyperspeed SSD. You will need to check reviews people have posted to get a better perspective. This is the time of the year that companies will likely offer specials also. For your...
by shawross
Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: X201 backlit keyboards?
Replies: 6
Views: 534

Re: X201 backlit keyboards?

TPFanatic wrote:Either way the ThinkLight is superior. Backlit keyboard is a fashion statement.
+1
by shawross
Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: upgrading or at least updating my T410
Replies: 20
Views: 778

Re: upgrading or at least updating my T410

Because you really enjoy the T410 it would be prudent to find another in preferably better condition. This will give you some spare parts and as mentioned a T410 should not be expensive. I am not sure what OS you are running on your machines but consider a Linux distro like Mint which you can use al...
by shawross
Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T510 Why so many refurbished on market
Replies: 26
Views: 4371

Re: T510 Why so many refurbished on market

I think that Nix comes from the term Unix and it generally means a Linux distro now. Correct me if I am wrong here.

It is true that Thinkpads go well with Linux but I have had good experience lately with a Dell and an old Lanparty AMD CPU desktop with Mint.
by shawross
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Firefox will become the only safe browser on Windows 10
Replies: 15
Views: 6035

Re: Firefox will become the only safe browser on Windows 10

Yes going from Chrome to Firefox should be a no brainer but running No-Script can also help. It takes a bit of setting up for websites but you can exclude some Google and other odd scripts for lighter browsing.
by shawross
Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: x301 complete overhaul + FSB overclocking + pictures
Replies: 6
Views: 3233

Re: x301 complete overhaul + FSB overclocking + pictures

It would be grat if you could do the benchmark with your non-modified unit. CPU Blowfish - X301 Machine 1197 MHz 14.992 / X201 540M Machine 6.07 CPU Fibonacci - X301 Machine 1197 MHz 5.997 / X201 540M Machine 2.11 I am still away but I installed to a USB drive with the above results. Clearly MX Lin...
by shawross
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: x301 complete overhaul + FSB overclocking + pictures
Replies: 6
Views: 3233

Re: x301 complete overhaul + FSB overclocking + pictures

I am overseas at the moment and I will do it when I get home.
by shawross
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: x301 complete overhaul + FSB overclocking + pictures
Replies: 6
Views: 3233

Re: x301 complete overhaul + FSB overclocking + pictures

I really like what you have done with your X301 and I still use mine daily. The screen ratio / resolution suits me and I like the build. The soldering for the FSB overclock mod is probably beyond me but I might get someone in Perth to do the job for me. For what I do on the X301 I have enough power ...
by shawross
Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Firefox will become the only safe browser on Windows 10
Replies: 15
Views: 6035

Re: Firefox will become the only safe browser on Windows 10

Internet censorship has started to increase and this is just the beginning. I have gone from Chrome to Firefox. I aim to eventually eradicate anything Google or Microsoft from my use. I still run Windows 7 which is locked down and I do dual boot my X220 with Linux. Unfortunately there are not too ma...
by shawross
Tue May 28, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: ThinkPad Mini Dock Plus Series 3 with 65W charger
Replies: 3
Views: 2913

Re: ThinkPad Mini Dock Plus Series 3 with 65W charger

If your battery on your T420 requires charging when you plug it into your dock I would allow time for it to charge before using it with the 65 watt charger. Also you can monitor how hard the adapter is working by feeling how much heat it is putting out. This will also apply even when undocked and ev...
by shawross
Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Just ordered Huawei MateBook 13
Replies: 20
Views: 3720

Re: Just ordered Huawei MateBook 13

A 16 x 10 ratio screen in a Yoga would be worth a serious consideration as a travel companion.
by shawross
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Restoration of a ThinkPad T40 and some questions
Replies: 15
Views: 2039

Re: Restoration of a ThinkPad T40 and some questions

Depends on what you are using it for. A T40 doesn't strike me as an internet option.

Why don't you just use it as is and see how you go?
by shawross
Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Sydney - buying HP laserjet?
Replies: 16
Views: 2730

Re: Sydney - buying HP laserjet?

We have Gumtree in Australia with which one can find a bargain.
by shawross
Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Questions on purchasing new components for a T40 and T43
Replies: 9
Views: 1628

Re: Questions on purchasing new components for a T40 and T43

I have a T43 and a T41 that I would be interested in selling and I live in Perth and I will be back in Perth in about 2 weeks. My T43 is a 14 inch XGA and has the 2.13 GHz CPU X300 GPU and 160 GB HD or we could fix you up with parts that you need. It would probably be cheaper to purchase a complete ...
by shawross
Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: X220 Blue Screen
Replies: 2
Views: 837

Re: X220 Blue Screen

Did you uninstall the old X60S drivers in programs and features?
by shawross
Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Windows 8
Topic: High cpu usage on t440s
Replies: 20
Views: 3181

Re: High cpu usage on t440s

You have to check data uploaded and downloaded through your network icon on the taskbar. I found data usage in services couldn't be trusted. In reality it is probably updating to the latest version which is 1809 I think. It is probably safer to defer updates but that is your call. I would ramp up yo...
by shawross
Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Windows 8
Topic: High cpu usage on t440s
Replies: 20
Views: 3181

Re: High cpu usage on t440s

Shutdown all the unneeded W10 spyware and stop W10 from uploading your system to other users. It is a while since I have used W10 but you can research on the internet. Check your data uploaded and downloaded to investigate further. How long have you had the machine and how long do you let it sit? Wh...
by shawross
Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Do R52's have any collectability value?
Replies: 8
Views: 1502

Re: Do R52's have any collectability value?

Hello from Australia. batteries as well as hard drives (incl. cradles/caddy) are all missing and there is no power supply either, I wouldn't buy them because they are not complete so after you spend $30 you have to spend more money. Calculate how much you would have to spend first. I have some T43's...
by shawross
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: No Internet or IP address on X220
Replies: 5
Views: 1312

Re: No Internet or IP address on X220

It was probably the WIFI switch which was jarred enough to stop it working. To access the WIFI card I think you have to remove the keyboard and the palmrest. Also the card has a retaining screw and they generally survive a fall. it is hard to see them doing that for free especially if it is a comput...
by shawross
Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: The Problem with the World Today
Replies: 3
Views: 3483

The Problem with the World Today

This video sums up why the world is in the position it is today. It is not solely a Democrat or Republican problem.

But why isn't it addressed?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYJpzNrSsQY
by shawross
Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: No Internet or IP address on X220
Replies: 5
Views: 1312

Re: No Internet or IP address on X220

I don't have my X220 with me now because I am travelling but I assume it has a WIFI switch on the side. Either yours could be off from the impact or your WIFI card might have dislodged an antenna cable.
by shawross
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Finally the correct description of what Americans call football.
Replies: 14
Views: 2259

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

Most sports get taken over by commercial interests to some degree and we only need to look at FIFA to see how that goes.

International Rugby Union is enjoyable to watch.

Personally my favorite is Aussie Rules football and we tend to mainly like the football we grew up following.
by shawross
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Why I don't bother with a Smartphone
Replies: 22
Views: 4531

Re: Why I don't bother with a Smartphone

I use my smartphone to give me an internet connection via wifi hotspot. But I also get all calls in Aus free and free sms I don't have a landline. I can call international free through Line app. I am a light user for calls and use the loud speaker option so I don't have to hold it against my head. I...
by shawross
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Pictures of your ThinkPad & desk setup
Topic: Sleeper: Hillman Imp with Oldsmobile Toronado Engine
Replies: 9
Views: 1281

Re: Sleeper: Hillman Imp with Oldsmobile Toronado Engine

After the World Wars engineering talent in the British Isles went into automobiles and racing with F1 being the pinnacle of this.

Towards the later stages of last century computer technology and engineering merged in F!.

So if you got involved in F1 you could have merged both passions.
by shawross
Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Touchpad Unresponsive
Replies: 3
Views: 1408

Re: Touchpad Unresponsive

Many thinkpad users disable this in the bios and I know that I definitely would so I assume you have checked there first.
by shawross
Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: [SOLVED] X301 (near-)bricked :-( ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2206

Re: X301 (near-)bricked :-( ?

Have you tired disconnecting from the mains and removing the main battery and then holding down the power button for 30 seconds?
by shawross
Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: The definitive X301 SSD upgrade thread
Replies: 108
Views: 51879

Re: The definitive X301 SSD upgrade thread

I can't see any constraints with the X301 in this scenario. I did some testing a few years back with a cheap Chinese adapter and it worked fine. YMMV

Welcome to the forum
by shawross
Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: what SSD do you run?
Replies: 30
Views: 3713

Re: what SSD do you run?

axur-delmeria wrote:These days mSATA is not a cost-effective option for SSDs
Yes this is a pity as I find them more versatile and hopefully this will change but not likely.

2.5 inch SSDs are that cheap you can just buy a spare as a backup drive or as I have for a smaller data drive.

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