Take a look at our
ThinkPads.com HOME PAGE
For those who might want to contribute to the blog, start here: Editors Alley Topic
Then contact Bill with a Private Message

Search found 414 matches

by shawross
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Change Hard Disk on T43
Replies: 6
Views: 227

Re: Change Hard Disk on T43

I have a couple of T43's and I agree with RBS that "Samsung HM160HC" drives are hard to beat.

Also if you aren't using the Ultrabay consider getting a PATA to SATA caddy and installing a cheap SATA HD. This is also a great way to install dual operating systems.
by shawross
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: Spectre v2
Replies: 1
Views: 259

Re: Spectre v2

Yes it's certainly looking that way but I don't think it should alter your usage of the dual core. I would have liked them offered but I am not sure of the difference it would make to security or the performance limitations. The dual core only has 2 threads so in theory the threat from spectre shoul...
by shawross
Thu Apr 05, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: T25-Retro Discussion
Topic: David Hill plans to show his personal T25 shortly
Replies: 4
Views: 283

Re: David Hill plans to show his personal T25 shortly

Lenovo uses reddit for promotional activities so this shouldn't surprise really. The "real" David Hill may find reddit hard work. LOL Edit I notice Lenovo insiders are rallying around him and is the below comment something that David hill would say? Not sure how to prove who I am. Do you need the Ri...
by shawross
Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign
Replies: 70
Views: 3800

Re: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

I think the browser updates are probably the most important followed by OS updates and then BIOS or Microcode updates . Keep in mind that the success of these updates may not be 100% effective against the exploits without extensive CPU design. It will be interesting to see if there are any attacks u...
by shawross
Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Microsoft is putting Windows on the back burner
Replies: 15
Views: 543

Re: Microsoft is putting Windows on the back burner

Microsoft is positioning itself to counter Google who MS see as its biggest threat.
by shawross
Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: T43 with SSD has slowed down
Replies: 10
Views: 459

Re: T43 with SSD has slowed down

SSDs need TRIM and this is problematic with XP. The T43 would be happier with Windows 7 but you need 2GB of ram which is not expensive now.
by shawross
Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: T43 with SSD has slowed down
Replies: 10
Views: 459

Re: T43 with SSD has slowed down

A system image backup is always handy in this situation.

Knowing your OS would help and I assume you don't have a spinning drive in your ultrabay.

64 GB is not a lot for an OS like Win 7 if that is what you have and it might be lacking free space which SSDs tend to need.
by shawross
Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign
Replies: 70
Views: 3800

Re: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

Make sure you have the Security Updates for March installed if you are running Windows 7. It seems a security researcher discovered Microsoft botched the earlier 2018 patches. https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/microsoft-meltdown-patch-broke-windows-seven-server/ Can we trust Microsoft? Obvious...
by shawross
Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Why I don't want anything Amazon Alexa...
Replies: 13
Views: 637

Re: Why I don't want anything Amazon Alexa...

The newer the computer technology the more it's compromised and the more the owner is compromised.
by shawross
Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420 or T420s?
Replies: 19
Views: 955

Re: T420 or T420s?

An earlier thinkpad forum comparison here viewtopic.php?t=100345
by shawross
Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: What are the pitfalls of an X301?
Replies: 8
Views: 993

Re: What are the pitfalls of an X301?

If you need a battery to last longer than 2 hours a X301 is problematic. The TN panel isn't great and to replace it with something better would be expensive. The 1.8 inch drives can be adapted to use msata with 1.8 mini sata adapter On top of this for today they only have enough CPU power to do gene...
by shawross
Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: HDD caddy not recognized
Replies: 4
Views: 1769

Re: HDD caddy not recognized

Is your BIOS set to AHCI or compatibility mode? Try compatibility mode.
by shawross
Thu Mar 08, 2018 1:34 am
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Resolving BSOD (STOP: 0x0000007B) after a motherboard/HD/SSD swap
Replies: 11
Views: 3154

Re: Resolving BSOD (STOP: 0x0000007B) after a motherboard/HD/SSD swap

Sounds like this is caused by a MS tactic to encourage people to go to W10. How much would MS love to extinguish W7 new installs.
by shawross
Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Visiting Akihabara - any especially good ThinkPad sources?
Replies: 6
Views: 331

Re: Visiting Akihabara - any especially good ThinkPad sources?

I was there last year in April and walked around Akihabara which is on the JR Yamanote circle Line. I walked through many shops but didn't see any older Thinkpads. I don't even remember seeing newer Thinkpads. Plenty of Gundam toys if you are into that which I am not and other Electronic stuff. You ...
by shawross
Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: X201 Water Spill, Boot now takes minutes
Replies: 8
Views: 2233

Re: X201 Water Spill, Boot now takes minutes

The I core series bios of the X201 had a significantly different bios compared to the X200 and I haven't heard of too many problems with the dual core systems bios. Lenovo released a Security Advisory last year and there was a firmware update and the X201 was affected. I am not sure how long you hav...
by shawross
Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: X201 Water Spill, Boot now takes minutes
Replies: 8
Views: 2233

Re: X201 Water Spill, Boot now takes minutes

Could be a hardware problem? Most certainly yes it could. Your X201 appears to be waiting for something or is bogged down by something or yes it is a hardware fault. It can be difficult to diagnose and if it is a mobo problem you may have to live with it. The X201 series are known to have Intel ME ...
by shawross
Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420 Running Hot?
Replies: 87
Views: 3741

Re: T420 Running Hot?

CoreTemp is the best program that I have found for monitoring Temperature and other status. It can be minimized to the taskbar and is very light.

For noisy fans then TPFan is useful.
by shawross
Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: x301 camera upgrade
Replies: 2
Views: 2066

Re: x301 camera upgrade

If the integrated camera is not good enough maybe an external camera would be a better option.

Welcome to the forum
by shawross
Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: X201 Water Spill, Boot now takes minutes
Replies: 8
Views: 2233

Re: X201 Water Spill, Boot now takes minutes

When something odd is happening especially regarding the Embedded Controller it is prudent to give it a reset.

Remove mains and the battery then hold the power button for 30 seconds. If you have threshold charging activated you might need to start this after the restart.


Welcome to the forum :)
by shawross
Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420 Running Hot?
Replies: 87
Views: 3741

Re: T420 Running Hot?

This begs me to ask the question: but doesn't Windows have a "overheating" notification? Shouldn't it notify you at 85*C, and automatically shut down at 95*C or so to prevent damage? Really this should be done in BIOS as not everyone runs Windows. For the X220 there is a advanced Bios which seems t...
by shawross
Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: X61 overheating
Replies: 11
Views: 2153

Re: X61 overheating

Obviously this X61 is clogged and needs a thermal repaste of the CPU and undoubtedly that is the problem here. But with the heatsink and fan refurbished it is still likely to run warm especially if used on your lap. This is probably to be expected of a 10 year old ultraportable though especially one...
by shawross
Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: The best site for Thinkpad enthusiasts.
Replies: 21
Views: 863

Re: The best site for Thinkpad enthusiasts.

Yes the subreddit has plenty of Lenovo fanboys and a few Lenovo insiders.

This is the age group that Lenovo market to now.

If that is where Thinkpads are heading then I won't be following.
by shawross
Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: X61 overheating
Replies: 11
Views: 2153

Re: X61 overheating

Depending on your usage it might pay to throttle the CPU. That will always be a hot X61 I think.


Undervolt it after you have cleaned it and replaced the thermal paste and see how you go. I use RMClock for mine.
by shawross
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Win7 Firewall ~ Details
Replies: 3
Views: 2049

Re: Win7 Firewall ~ Details

It is your machine and you live and learn with hardware and software. For me I wouldn't block all outbound traffic and only block some installed individual software from phoning home. This software would not be integral to the machine but just add ons and shouldn't be MS or your antivirus software. ...
by shawross
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: T43 no more error 2010 (picture warning)
Replies: 116
Views: 68852

Re: T43 no more error 2010 (picture warning)

The bios update is written on a eprom chip on the motherboard and is separate from the HD

If you put the original HD back in there shouldn't be any problem.

As a side thought the WD drive is a PATA drive and outside the T43 it is probably redundant now.
by shawross
Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: If you have W10 and want ANTISPYware, read this
Replies: 4
Views: 322

Re: If you have W10 and want ANTISPYware, read this

w0qj wrote:For this same reason, we will be using Win7 until support ends in 2020...
For me it will probably be beyond that depending on "Zero Day" exploits and performance.
by shawross
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Internet browser for T23 and older without SSE2 (Pentium III)
Replies: 10
Views: 2650

Re: Internet browser for T23 and older without SSE2 (Pentium III)

Pan-optical wrote:Why are you trying to use a P3 in 2018 to browse the web?
+1
by shawross
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Pictures of your ThinkPad & desk setup
Topic: Poor Man's Retro Thinkpad
Replies: 16
Views: 1589

Re: Poor Man's Retro Thinkpad

Most of the lefthand drive countries are British colonies except Thailand. If countries are strong in Cricket then they probably drive on the left.

Britain previously had a strong car industry especially after World War 2 when their engineers focused on cars rather than planes.

Go to advanced search