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by brchan
Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:10 am
Forum: T25-Retro Discussion
Topic: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!
Replies: 1797
Views: 180268

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

The drop down hinges are a bit of a deal breaker for me. Not aesthetically pleasing.
by brchan
Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: 701c keyboard feel vs 600?
Replies: 6
Views: 1140

Re: 701c keyboard feel vs 600?

600 series keyboards are the best compared to any other thinkpad I have used. Travel, crispness, response, no flex, really all of it is excellent. The other keyboard that comes close is the one in the X300/X301 IMO. The 701 keyboard feels nice, but it isn't really a comparison.
by brchan
Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: optimzing a T42p for today's browsing demands
Replies: 28
Views: 2371

Re: optimzing a T42p for today's browsing demands

I honestly would just get a newer machine. An upper end T60 is the minimum you can get by while still doing real work. If you are really set on using your T42p and can deal without using JS and flash, the Dillo browser for windows or linux is extremely fast. Even my 770 from 1997 managed to load web...
by brchan
Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Require T60 LCD repair services
Replies: 5
Views: 826

Re: Require T60 LCD repair services

Repairing the actual screens is not worth the trouble. Much cheaper to post a WTB on the forum or go on eBay (just do research on sellers) for a new screen. I am not quite sure what else could be the problem based on your symptoms, other than the motherboards being toast, but I would probably start ...
by brchan
Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: WTB: Working NOS or Good condition A3x battery
Replies: 3
Views: 237

WTB: Working NOS or Good condition A3x battery

Hello, I am looking for an OEM battery for my A31p. Preferably working NOS, but certainly willing to get a used one with good capacity left. Please contact me via PM, thanks.
by brchan
Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: WTB: NOS 15" A31p keyboard
Replies: 1
Views: 149

WTB: NOS 15" A31p keyboard

Looking for a new old stock keyboard for my 15" A31p. Please contact me via PM, thanks.
by brchan
Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: WTB: Ultrabay Plus Device Carrier + Numeric Keypad
Replies: 0
Views: 143

WTB: Ultrabay Plus Device Carrier + Numeric Keypad

Looking for a working good condition ultrabay plus device carrier with numeric keypad for my A31p. FRUs are 26P9388 and 19K2056.

Thanks
by brchan
Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Require T60 LCD repair services
Replies: 5
Views: 826

Re: Require T60 LCD repair services

What do you mean specifically by "not working"? If the screens are blank, try shining a light at the screen and see if you can make out a faint image. If this is the case, then the inverter is bad. Don't worry about repairing the laptop yourself, it is very easy with the HMM you can find on this sit...
by brchan
Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: How to wear down those trackpad bumps...
Replies: 13
Views: 1379

Re: How to wear down those trackpad bumps...

It's only a sticker. You could peel it off and its perfectly smooth underneath. You could even peel off your old one and stick it on the new one. They're made from some pretty tough vinyl. Yes, this is a better solution. People have replaced the stock sticker with a flat one that you can find onlin...
by brchan
Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Help/advice needed: T430s Loose hinge?
Replies: 12
Views: 1120

Re: Help/advice needed: T430s Loose hinge?

You cannot tighten hinges on a T430s. Lenovo didn't start adding 14.1" hinges with adjustable nuts until the T440 and newer. You either have to deal with it or replace them, but they all tend to get slightly loose over time. Not a big deal IMO.
by brchan
Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: SL series
Replies: 11
Views: 516

Re: SL series

SL series thinkpads aren't that bad. Still better than consumer grade laptops and exhibit less flex than the EDGE models at the time.
by brchan
Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Youtube on T4x
Replies: 28
Views: 2196

Re: Youtube on T4x

T4* models can only play 480p YT videos, and even then that is pushing it. Just a few years ago I had no problem playing 720p videos full screen in crunchbang linux on a med-spec T43. My overall feeling is that modern browsers have become too bloated for these machines. Web browsing is way more pain...
by brchan
Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Are series xx40 and newer really that bad?
Replies: 11
Views: 622

Re: Are series xx40 and newer really that bad?

Are you getting any marks on the screen? I get key marks fairly easily, but they easily come off with a microfiber cloth. One thing I forgot to mention was that although the laptop feels very tight and rigid, the plastics will develop shine quite fast. I only had this laptop for a month and it is p...
by brchan
Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Are series xx40 and newer really that bad?
Replies: 11
Views: 622

Re: Are series xx40 and newer really that bad?

I have a t450 at work. Fit and finish is good and the system is physically quite solid. Only complaint is the keyboard and the screen rubbing against the keyboard. Not very eye pleasing either but other than that it's nice.
by brchan
Thu May 04, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Forum Announcements
Topic: NEW LOOK TO THE OLD FORUM..
Replies: 68
Views: 3828

Re: NEW LOOK TO THE OLD FORUM..

I agree. New forum looks nicer, but the avatar should be put back to the left side, not the right.
by brchan
Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: W530. Did i get a replaced 1080p screen? model number: Lenovo B156HTN01.1
Replies: 8
Views: 720

Re: W530. Did i get a replaced 1080p screen? model number: Lenovo B156HTN01.1

First thing you should notice with a genuine FHD screen is that all images and colors look very saturated. This is the dead giveaway. Contrast on these screens are only about 400:1, which isn't great, but still decent. I read somewhere that the 1600x900 15.6" screens have slightly better contrast, b...
by brchan
Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: Seller of refurbished or new batteries for a T61?
Replies: 3
Views: 564

Re: Seller of refurbished or new batteries for a T61?

You may be still able to find new T/W500 batteries on eBay. I have had no issues running one in my T61 or T60.
by brchan
Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X1/X1-Carbon
Topic: Power efficiency
Replies: 3
Views: 376

Re: Power efficiency

Also, modern applications (especially web), become more taxing for older and older systems, so cpu usage increases. This in turn ups the temps.
by brchan
Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Web developer looking for a 15"
Replies: 2
Views: 1454

Re: Web developer looking for a 15"

Alternatively, you can also get a faster W530 and do a keyboard swap and bios flash to have the same keyboard functionality as the previous models.
by brchan
Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Advice needed on very first laptop to own
Replies: 5
Views: 554

Re: Advice needed on very first laptop to own

W530 with classic keybaord mod, K2000M and 15.6" FHD screen will serve you well. A Frankenpad, as nice a project it is, won't cut it for CAD, and you might want something a bit faster for everyday use.
by brchan
Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:35 am
Forum: Forum Notices, Questions and Suggestions
Topic: [REQUEST] Dark(er) theme option for the forum
Replies: 6
Views: 1103

Re: [REQUEST] Dark(er) theme option for the forum

As a workaround, you can install a "night mode" type of addon in chrome or firefox to automatically invert or change the color/contrast of pages. BYM is super lightweight and good for firefox, although it disables multi process. Deluminate for chrome is the BEST extension/addon regarding night mode,...
by brchan
Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: W520 keyboard in W530?
Replies: 30
Views: 16064

Re: W520 keyboard in W530?

I would not bother with using a W520 palmrest. I tried modifying a bunch of the plastic pieces on the bottom, but it just still wouldn't fit. The W530 palmrest fits perfectly well, albeit slightly tight if you don't hollow out the keyboard inserts fully enough.
by brchan
Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Significant temperature rise while using docking station
Replies: 10
Views: 1452

Re: Significant temperature rise while using docking station

Check your gpu and cpu speeds while on the docking station vs without. I wonder if using the dock will cause clock rates to run at maximum regardless of load.
by brchan
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X1/X1-Carbon
Topic: x1 4th Generation with Windows 7 or 5th generation with Windows 10 - which to buy?
Replies: 5
Views: 997

Re: x1 4th Generation with Windows 7 or 5th generation with Windows 10 - which to buy?

X1C5 IMO. W10 is not as bad as most people make it out to be. I still prefer linux, but W10 offers better productivity and security over W7. For example, the addition of virtual desktops can really save a lot of time and keep you organized. Also the slight increase in hardware speed is always welcome.
by brchan
Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: T43p on eBay for 20$
Replies: 15
Views: 2314

Re: T43p on eBay for 20$

If the buyer has a 99-100% rating and posts clear pics, it is probably unlikely to be a scam. Could just be a guy who wants to get rid of a bunch of stuff without the patience to sell higher. Anyway, $20 isn't much money lost even if it doesn't happen to come perfect.
by brchan
Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: 51nb and other modded Thinkpads
Topic: X62 review by NotebookCheck
Replies: 2
Views: 1499

Re: X62 review by NotebookCheck

Very interesting indeed. Hope they do the same for the T70 that was just released! Though it might take some time.
by brchan
Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: Is W510 to T430 an upgrade?
Replies: 14
Views: 1283

Re: Is W510 to T430 an upgrade?

Actually, a T430 will be around 33% faster overall than your W510, even with integrated graphics. So you are actually getting a nice upgrade (besides the screen, of course).
by brchan
Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: What have I done to my X200's screen? [1 picture]
Replies: 12
Views: 1787

Re: What have I done to my X200's screen? [1 picture]

The coating on the screen looks stock, so I don't think the previous owner modified it. It may be possible that the cloth picked up some hard particles and ended up scratching the screen as it moved over it. On the other hand, there are pretty distinct patterns in the scratch lines, so it may just b...
by brchan
Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Where this part must be located in T500 ?
Replies: 2
Views: 857

Re: Where this part must be located in T500 ?

Yes, it goes somewhere near the rear right side of the magnesium frame and base cover. It is used to route some cables I think.

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