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by systemBuilder
Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:16 am
Forum: Thinkpad T25 Anniversary/Retro
Topic: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!
Replies: 1797
Views: 373015

Re: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!

Do you know how many IPS 1920 x 1200 panels exist between 12.2 inches and 15.4 inches in size? ZERO. There were NEVER any made. http://www.panelook.com/resmodlist.php?st=E2&pl=&st=E2&by=desc&resolutions[]=8190&page=2 Do you know how many eDP IPS 16:10 2560 x 1600 panels exist between 13.4 inches and...
by systemBuilder
Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:33 am
Forum: Thinkpad T25 Anniversary/Retro
Topic: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!
Replies: 1797
Views: 373015

Re: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!

I think the BIG and IMPORTANT fact is this : ==> For the first time in YEARS, thinkpads are getting BETTER ! ! ! This is something to rejoice about, and we should encourage Lenovo to go in these directions, not trash them for trying to actually listen to customers. The machine supports almost EVERY ...
by systemBuilder
Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: Thinkpad T25 Anniversary/Retro
Topic: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!
Replies: 1797
Views: 373015

Re: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!

Lenovo should be applauded for listening and for sticking their neck out. They deserves praise for trying to respond to a crowd-sourcing request from customers. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME ANY MULTINATIONAL COMPANY DID THAT? Never! No one at Lenovo stuck their neck out for anything. This is a classic ca...
by systemBuilder
Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Thinkpad T25 Anniversary/Retro
Topic: The essence of T4x, T6x model lines
Replies: 24
Views: 8613

Re: The essence of T4x, T6x model lines

I THINK THEY GOT IT RIGHT! 1. The awesome keyboard, trackpad, mouse, and palmrest. 2. 5-year longevity. The T25 is for longevity. That's why people loved the T4x, T6x models. They lasted almost 10 years! - NVidia 940MX (just as I predicted) - ability to upgrade to 32GB of RAM - all the ports includi...
by systemBuilder
Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Thinkpad T25 Anniversary/Retro
Topic: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!
Replies: 1797
Views: 373015

Re: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!

At the end of the Day, the T25 is a STEP in the right direction. They listened to users and made a machine at an affordable price point ($1614 with 15% discount, widely available), with a longevity feature set (USB-C, all the ports, dedicated GPU), and with the #1 user request : Bring back the best ...
by systemBuilder
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Thinkpad T25 Anniversary/Retro
Topic: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!
Replies: 1797
Views: 373015

Re: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!

I think that Lenovo did the following: 1. They listened to their users. 2. They implemented the #1 most-requested feature (keyboard + trackpoint + better palmrest + light). 3. They implemented the #2 most-requested feature (IPS Screen 50 nits brighter than the T4x series @ 175 nits). A lot of things...
by systemBuilder
Tue Feb 02, 2016 12:46 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: New to me T440
Replies: 20
Views: 42077

Re: New to me T440

Counterfeit keyboards nearly always say "Chicony" and "Made in China", and they are the hardest-to-type-upon keyboards that I have experienced on any laptop anywhere, you actually have to physically pound your fingers into each key or it won't register, and they easily cancel out the benefits of the...
by systemBuilder
Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:55 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: New to me T440
Replies: 20
Views: 42077

Re: New to me T440

The only real counterfeit parts I have seen on thinkpads are hinges. In the T4x era there were a lot of low-quality counterfeit keyboards. They worked about as well as the worst chicklet keyboards available today, i.e. just barely. Nearly all batteries are counterfeit after a certain point, but tha...
by systemBuilder
Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:24 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T40/T41/T42/T43 Series
Topic: GPU upgrade for T42
Replies: 11
Views: 6830

Re: GPU upgrade for T42

Thinkpad T42/T42p: - Windows98, WindowsME, etc. - with some difficulty it can be made to run Windows-7 - You want to run firefox because the video decoding is way faster than in Chrome. The T42/T42p (I have several see my .sig) runs about 500 on the "passmark" benchmark , which is about the speed of...
by systemBuilder
Tue Jan 19, 2016 4:30 am
Forum: Thinkpad T25 Anniversary/Retro
Topic: How to speed up the Retro Thinkpad Project
Replies: 36
Views: 46210

How to speed up the Retro Thinkpad Project

Can somebody please mail that guy a T50 so he knows what to do? Thank you.
by systemBuilder
Mon Jan 18, 2016 4:18 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: If you've ≥5 computers, do you use them all or feel guilty?
Replies: 306
Views: 173597

Re: If you've ≥5 computers, do you use them all or feel guilty?

At some point in 2005/2006 I decided that T42's were the best thinkpads of all time, with DDR1 and good benchmarks and they don't get hot on your lap, and because of DDR1 they out-benchmarked T43's, which have slower cheaper memory (double pumped), so they were temporarily better than T43's and beyo...
by systemBuilder
Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:41 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T40/T41/T42/T43 Series
Topic: Replacing T41 fan (how to separate from heat sink?)
Replies: 5
Views: 3857

Re: replacing CPU fan (how to separate from heat sink)

My T41 CPU fan has gotten noisy. It might be easier to buy the heatsink and fan assembly but the ones I found are all used. I'd rather have a new fan ( http://ebay.to/1TVQ6tN ). However, it's not clear from these pictures ( http://ebay.to/1N84V6W ) how the fan attaches to the heatsink. I don't see ...
by systemBuilder
Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:06 pm
Forum: Thinkpad T25 Anniversary/Retro
Topic: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!
Replies: 1797
Views: 373015

Re: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)

This will only take away more of the Thinkpad brands credibility. It hurts :( Even more crappy keyboard layout and crappy extra-vulnerable crippled OS. Next time we will see the ThinkPad name on this http://www.amazon.com/Discovery-Kids-Teach-Exploration-Laptop/dp/B0045H29OY This is not true. Chrom...
by systemBuilder
Mon Jan 18, 2016 2:44 pm
Forum: Thinkpad T25 Anniversary/Retro
Topic: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!
Replies: 1797
Views: 373015

Re: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)

A taller screen would most certainly add something in the region of 500$ or more. The X300 screen, which was a custom and crappy 13" 16:10 TN screen, costs more than 500$. That was back when 16:10 was still somewhat common. In a business running on 3% margin, feasibility is totally dependent on vol...
by systemBuilder
Mon Jan 18, 2016 2:09 pm
Forum: Thinkpad T25 Anniversary/Retro
Topic: Good news: Lenovo considers a classic x300 remake!
Replies: 6
Views: 5771

Re: Good news: Lenovo considers a classic x300 remake!

Guys, the Ultrabay isn't a necessity AT ALL. It was a means to an end : 1. A 6-7 hours battery life 2. A way to rarely install software from an obsolete media called a "DVD" (now subsumed by USB sticks) 3. A way to view movies (now subsumed by streaming media or USB sticks) 4. A way to install a 2nd...
by systemBuilder
Mon Jan 18, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: Thinkpad T25 Anniversary/Retro
Topic: The essence of T4x, T6x model lines
Replies: 24
Views: 8613

Re: The essence of T4x, T6x model lines

Like MacBooks, Thinkpads used to command a 20-25% price-premium over comparable machines from Acer, Asus, Toshiba, etc. Because of Thinkpad longevity in the market and their durability and use of commodity parts (IO interfaces), all 3-party OS's (Linux, etc.) were ported to thinkpads FIRST. Lenovo h...
by systemBuilder
Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:29 pm
Forum: Thinkpad T25 Anniversary/Retro
Topic: The essence of T4x, T6x model lines
Replies: 24
Views: 8613

The essence of T4x, T6x model lines

Here is my remembrance of the "essence" of the T4x and T6x model lines. Corporate users sourced tens of millions of 1024x768 laptops with lower-midrange CPUs. We hotrodders loved the workstation-class P models which had a 10-year longevity span which is sort of a miracle, due to aftermarket parts fr...
by systemBuilder
Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:48 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: 14" SHOPPING - Which?
Replies: 16
Views: 2904

Re: 14" SHOPPING - Which?

Lenovo still tries to imitate Apple... :BAAAD!: I would be SO happy if Lenovo would try to imitate Apple! So Intel makes the "U" series of laptops which are 15w vs. 28w. Apple and all the other SMART oems (Acer, Asus, etc.) make a laptop with a 9-10 hrs battery life. Lenovo says, "Goodee!! We can u...
by systemBuilder
Mon Jan 18, 2016 11:54 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: Best 1600x900 LCD Panel for T420? LG vs. Innolux Vs.....
Replies: 4
Views: 4315

Re: Best 1600x900 LCD Panel for T420? LG vs. Innolux Vs.....

So far, I have found the following to be promising upgrades: Innolux N140FGE -LA 2 Rev C2 Panel LG LP140WD2 (TL)(G1) Panel Any others? In general you can find ALL the possible replacement panels from http://www.panelook.com . In this case you are looking for a 14.0 LVDS panel. Start by selecting si...
by systemBuilder
Mon Jan 18, 2016 11:38 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: Which one to keep? ThinkPad T420s or T430s
Replies: 11
Views: 3663

Re: Which one to keep? ThinkPad T420s or T430s

Hi!! I've being a long time fan of ThinkPads, ever since my first ThinkPad T20 a long time back. I have in possession 2 ThinkPads, a ThinkPad T420s and a ThinkPad T430s. I was wondering which one I should keep, and which one I should sell. ThinkPad T420s Specifications ThinkPad T430s Specifications...
by systemBuilder
Mon Jan 18, 2016 11:15 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: Shopping for a T-series -- advice, please
Replies: 8
Views: 3070

Re: Shopping for a T-series -- advice, please

I would say wait for Skylake if you want to buy a brand new ThinkPad. Skylake ThinkPads are just around the corner, they will be announced in early 2016. Disagree totally. Nearly every review and benchmark I've read says that Skylake CPUs are 0% faster than Haswell, they are only an improvement if ...
by systemBuilder
Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:54 am
Forum: ThinkPad T40/T41/T42/T43 Series
Topic: Would you buy a T43 today?
Replies: 248
Views: 46168

Re: Would you buy a T43 today?

Since June I was an alpha tester of the new Toshiba Chromebook 2 with Celeron 3215U. This is a dual-CPU chromebook which does 18,000 on the Octane benchmarks. It has a 13.3" Full-HD IPS 400 nits display and 4GB of RAM and costs a measly $329.00 at retail. Doesn't sound like such a good deal when co...
by systemBuilder
Wed Jan 13, 2016 4:52 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: Laptop Battery 0% - Charging - 0 minutes until fully charged
Replies: 0
Views: 1290

Laptop Battery 0% - Charging - 0 minutes until fully charged

I have an T430s from my employer, and its starting to have troubles. For example, the trackpoint SNAPPED off by itself. Literally. I have never in my lifetime used it and one day I open up the laptop and the red nub is gone, along with about 1/4" of square white plastic tunnel that the nub is suppos...
by systemBuilder
Sun Dec 27, 2015 6:15 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: ThinkPad T420 Upgrade Options
Replies: 30
Views: 14369

Re: ThinkPad T420 Upgrade Options

I carried one of these laptops for 18 months, from about 2010-2012; mine came with an i5-2520m. Here is what I would do: (1) First, replace the hard disk because it is failing. I would NOT get a regular hard disk, I would get an SSD instead, somewhere between 160GB and 256GB should work well for you...
by systemBuilder
Sun Dec 27, 2015 5:56 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X60/X61 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: Thinkpad X61 still relevant?
Replies: 57
Views: 21337

Re: Thinkpad X61 still relevant?

I think that for most T4x/T6x, A4x, A6x(?), r4x, r6x, and x4x, x6x laptops, the limiting factor is going to be the video. You are limited to software decoders and 480p video. 720p video will usually work, but not always. For example we tried to stream "FoxSoccer2Go" on our T61 with a T2500 CPU and 2...
by systemBuilder
Sun Dec 27, 2015 5:42 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: T430, no signal to LCD after hinge replacement
Replies: 3
Views: 2743

Re: T430, no signal to LCD after hinge replacement

I am guessing that (1) You successfully replaced the hinge, but in the process of reassembly you pinched a wire inside of the LCD cable. As long as the wire was pinched, there was connectivity, and the laptop worked. (2) You disassembled the laptop to un-pinch the wire (maybe it was a screen data wi...
by systemBuilder
Sun Dec 27, 2015 5:32 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: Thinkpad T430s : Backlight issue
Replies: 3
Views: 4339

Re: Thinkpad T430s : Backlight issue

I think his question was answered on another forum, but I will copy the information into this thread: (1) Never work on this laptop without removing the battery first. The backlight fuse is very easy to blow if you are connecting or disconnecting the LCD with the battery installed. (2) Here is a pho...
by systemBuilder
Fri Dec 04, 2015 4:00 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T40/T41/T42/T43 Series
Topic: Would you buy a T43 today?
Replies: 248
Views: 46168

Re: Would you buy a T43 today?

I am sorry but I have finally been weaned off of my thinkpads. Since June I was an alpha tester of the new Toshiba Chromebook 2 with Celeron 3215U. This is a dual-CPU chromebook which does 18,000 on the Octane benchmarks. It has a 13.3" Full-HD IPS 400 nits display and 4GB of RAM and costs a measly ...
by systemBuilder
Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:26 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T40/T41/T42/T43 Series
Topic: Fan Error T40 *PIC*
Replies: 22
Views: 7697

Re: Fan Error T40

It's been a while since I opened one of my T42's so here are some thoughts. I am thinking that the BIOS detects a fan-error in one of two possible ways: 1. They use a temperature measurement circuit inside the pentium cpu. 2. They might have a circuit that detects amperage going through the fan circ...
by systemBuilder
Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:53 pm
Forum: Thinkpad T25 Anniversary/Retro
Topic: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!
Replies: 1797
Views: 373015

Re: Thinkpadders Rejoice

Or maybe have the ThinkLight AND a backlit keyboard?! :mrgreen: I've really been enjoying the discussion. So far I think you guys are right on the money. The obsession with thin laptops nowadays is nothing but shallow conforming to current trends. The T430s has exactly this feature, Thinklight AND ...

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