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by shawross
Fri May 25, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Looking for a good firewall for W7 that lets me manually approve all outbound connections for web AND I can whitelist IP
Replies: 1
Views: 36

Re: Looking for a good firewall for W7 that lets me manually approve all outbound connections for web AND I can whitelis

If you have a few devices that you want to isolate maybe you could think about using another WIFI router as a repeater. I have seen WIFI routers go cheap at weekend markets. I suppose this depends on whether the existing router is an AC router.
by shawross
Fri May 25, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: SSD not recognized in ultrabay on t420s win 7
Replies: 1
Views: 44

Re: SSD not recognized in ultrabay on t420s win 7

If you go to Computer management and then Disk management you should be able to see the SSD. You can format or partition it then if that is your intention.
by shawross
Wed May 23, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Wireless USB and Turbo Memory?
Replies: 17
Views: 1281

Re: Wireless USB and Turbo Memory?

I wondered if "Turbo Memory" was an attempt to deflect emphasis away from Intel ME on boot times and this was more relevant for HDs.

Yes keeping your system lean and removing any driver or program feature that is not required is the better option.
by shawross
Fri May 18, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Why do i want a 10 year old thinkpad ?
Replies: 11
Views: 563

Re: Why do i want a 10 year old thinkpad ?

An X61 would probably be great for what he is looking for. Retro with 4x3 screen and no nasty trackpad and with enough performance that it is usable today with your OS of choice.

Also can be found with the IBM logo on the palmrest and has a great keyboard.
by shawross
Sat May 05, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: Bought My First ThinkPad: X60 Tablet
Replies: 3
Views: 355

Re: Bought My First ThinkPad: X60 Tablet

OK and many here have tried Windows 10 or are running 10 and there are no right or wrong OS's IMO. If it works well on your X60 that is great. By the way welcome to the Forum and enjoy your time here. It might pay to install Lenovo System Update which will find anything you might be missing. With Po...
by shawross
Thu May 03, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: Bought My First ThinkPad: X60 Tablet
Replies: 3
Views: 355

Re: Bought My First ThinkPad: X60 Tablet

Scolirk wrote:Should I look for anything else that will help improve the experience with this little tablet?

Windows 7 or a light Linux distro comes to mind.
by shawross
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: 9 cell battery 47++ : difference between sony and sanyo
Replies: 12
Views: 1038

Re: 9 cell battery 47++ : difference between sony and sanyo

Actually I think he has a X201 but he is using extreme methods to prolong battery life and I don't think he is doing anything graphically intensive. Extreme methods are probably throttling the CPU to maybe 30% , decreasing screen brightness and switching off WIFI if you are not on the internet. Your...
by shawross
Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: Undervolting X61
Replies: 6
Views: 495

Re: Undervolting X61

For my X61 with T7500 CPU my setting for SuperLFM 6.0 x is .850 v and I am running RMClock v2.35.

On idle the CPU will hit .850 v .

I use the Intel WIFI 5300 and my palmrest gets only slightly warm.
by shawross
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Change Hard Disk on T43
Replies: 6
Views: 543

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: 482

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: Thinkpad T25-Retro
Topic: David Hill plans to show his personal T25 shortly
Replies: 4
Views: 405

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: 4824

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: 837

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: 764

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: 764

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: 4824

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: 902

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: 1409

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: 1385

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: 2002

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: 3454

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: 403

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: 2391

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: 2391

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: 4457

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: 2195

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: 2391

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: 4457

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...

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