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by freeagent
Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: SSD for T520
Replies: 6
Views: 2854

Re: SSD for T520

Well, I went ahead and ordered a 500Gb Samsung 860 EVO. I already have a 250Gb mSATA that is my Win7 boot drive. Data is currently on the 250Gb 7200rpm drive in main bay. I plan on putting the new SSD in the main drive bay and partitioning it. It will become boot drive. I will clone Win7 and data dr...
by freeagent
Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: SSD for T520
Replies: 6
Views: 2854

Re: SSD for T520

You can use the 9,5mm SATA III drives in the T520. I have a 500 GB SATA III drive for Win 7 Pro, I am about to buy a new 500GB SSD. Perhaps this one: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/cart/view.html?ref_=nav_cart I see in reviews that some buyers had compatibility problems. Crucial or WD or AData would be a...
by freeagent
Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: T520 upgrade question
Replies: 12
Views: 4953

Re: T520 upgrade question

Lenovo's PSREF indicates i7-2760QM and i7-2860QM laptops are equiped with a (W520) 170W AC adapter. Is the T520 170W AC adapter 'adapter plug' compatible with the T520 I5-2410M (65 W /Optimus 90 W AC adapter) AC power connector? EDIT: added T520 i5-2410M AC adapter info My T520 just has the 90W ada...
by freeagent
Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: T520 upgrade question
Replies: 12
Views: 4953

Re: T520 upgrade question

I installed an i7 2760QM in my T520 that runs great. I rarely ever hear the fan run. You can do better though with the i7 2860QM and gain two more MB of L3 cache and a slightly faster (.1 Mhz) speed. They both draw the same 45 watts so cooling shouldn't be an issue with the 2860QM. That is interest...
by freeagent
Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: SSD for T520
Replies: 6
Views: 2854

Re: SSD for T520

Regarding which to choose. Found this site: https://ssd.userbenchmark.com/Compare/HP-S700-500GB-vs-Samsung-860-Evo-500GB/m337629vsm428560 Looks like out of those theree, samsung would win out. Re Bootloader asking each time which drive, probably not what I want! Part of reason for SSD is fast bootup...
by freeagent
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: SSD for T520
Replies: 6
Views: 2854

SSD for T520

I already have a 250GB mSATA SSD installed along with a 250GB conventional drive. I have a drive caddy that had another SSD (win10), but I moved that to my wif'es laptop. I see SSDs advertised. Some say they are SATA, some say SATA III. Some 7mm some 9.5mm. Need to decide what to buy. 1. and 3. are ...
by freeagent
Sun Nov 10, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: T520 - Problem with external monitor
Replies: 4
Views: 2823

Re: T520 - Problem with external monitor

As posted above, no stuttering video with Firefox, but still happened on Chrome. I reset Chrome which put it back to original config with no extensions or add-ons. Also no cookies or cache. And video on external monitor still stuttered! Finally, I turned off "Use hardware acceleration when available...
by freeagent
Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: T520 - Problem with external monitor
Replies: 4
Views: 2823

Re: T520 - Problem with external monitor

Go into BIOS/Config/Display to change nVidia to Integrated. BIOS gives three options Optimus, Discrete & Integrated. Also has option to disable Optimus. When I set it to Integrated with Optimus enable or not, system does not find the external monitor. If I have it set to integrated and enable, next...
by freeagent
Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: T520 Graphics.
Replies: 4
Views: 2636

Re: T520 Graphics.

Ok thanks for input on switching. So long as I use the laptop keyboard winlogo/P works; From external it also works. Fn/F7 works from laptop, but not from external keyboard. I thought the video stuttering I mentioned in another thread had been solved with new cable, but it is back again. Simple test...
by freeagent
Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: T520 Graphics.
Replies: 4
Views: 2636

Re: T520 Graphics.

Another thing I see. I see no easy way to switch from External to laptop monitor. Seems there are two competing controls - The windows Display controls in Control panel and the Nvidia control panel. I am sure this wasn't always like this????? Another strange thing - The NVIDIA control panel brings u...
by freeagent
Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: T520 Graphics.
Replies: 4
Views: 2636

T520 Graphics.

My T520 (4243WD1) appears to have both Intel HD Graphics 3000 and NVIDIA Optimas GPU. Running Windows 7 64 bit. In BIOS, there are three options. Integrated, Discrete and Optimus. It says that OS will switch to Optimus if supported. I think there is also an option to prevent that from happening. Aft...
by freeagent
Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: T420, Black screen after switching to discrete graphics in BIOS
Replies: 4
Views: 3968

Re: T420, Black screen after switching to discrete graphics in BIOS

I'm just going to have to assume my Nvidia chip is dead and order a new motherboard. In doing some troubleshooting, I also had that black screen happen. This on my T520. I also had nvidia disappear altogether from Device Manager. I have Win7, so not the same as Linux, but all I did, was turn power ...
by freeagent
Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: T520 - Problem with external monitor
Replies: 4
Views: 2823

Re: T520 - Problem with external monitor

I thought I had the problem fixed. I was using a Displayport-->HDMI adapter. Seeing laptop worked fine with the problem video streams, figured problem was something to do with how the video got from laptop to Monitor. Bought a DP-->DP cable and video problem has gone. At least at first checks. But I...
by freeagent
Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: T520 - Problem with external monitor
Replies: 4
Views: 2823

T520 - Problem with external monitor

I noticed that my normally snappy T520 seemed to have become sluggish. Most operations, but especially when a website contains video. For example News sites like CNN/Fox. The T520 is a model 4243WD1 with 1920x1080 screen. (i5-2540 with 8Gb). I have an external ASUS VP228 monitor connected via HDMI. ...
by freeagent
Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:29 am
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Dual Booting Issues
Replies: 2
Views: 1509

Dual Booting Issues

I wanted to try Win 10, but because I also need to keep Win 7 just so I can better assist neighbour's who use Win 7, when they have questions. So ideally, I would like to have both Win 7 and Win 10 available. Either need two machines, or a dual-boot set up. I asked on a Microsoft forum. They say tha...
by freeagent
Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:22 am
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Don't want W10? Concerned about privacy? Make sure to kill/uninstall these updates...
Replies: 117
Views: 57937

Re: Don't want W10? Concerned about privacy? Make sure to kill/uninstall these updates...

I used GWX Control Panel on a few machines that I look after . It gets rid of those Win 10 annoyances for those who have no desire or need to up- (or is it down-) grade to Win 10.
by freeagent
Wed Oct 14, 2015 8:35 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: Wifi 5Ghz band doesn't show up T520
Replies: 6
Views: 2732

Re: Wifi 5Ghz band doesn't show up T520

What exact wifi card does your T520 have? Centrino(R) Advanced(R) N-6205 is what Device Manager reports Make sure you have enabled 5GHz in your adapter options. I couldn't find an option to do that. Perhaps the adapter doesn't have dual band capability? The router didn't provide any additional rang...
by freeagent
Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:11 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: Wifi 5Ghz band doesn't show up T520
Replies: 6
Views: 2732

Wifi 5Ghz band doesn't show up T520

I installed a new router (Dlink dual band DIR-562L). I set it up to broadcast with different SSID for 2.4 and 5Ghz bands. It works on my Blackberry Playbook tablet. But the 5Ghz band does not show up on my T520. The Intel Centrino adapter should be able to handle both bands. Running Win 7 Pro. Any i...
by freeagent
Tue Feb 24, 2015 12:07 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: what is Microsoft virtual wifi miniport and hotspots
Replies: 0
Views: 2093

what is Microsoft virtual wifi miniport and hotspots

I have a T520. I have Access Connections installed. Running Windows 7 Pro. When I look at Network Connections from control panel, it shows 4 adapters. LAN, Wireless Network (Intel Centrino Advance-N 6205 plus two others that say wireless connection 2 and wireless connection 3. Latter two are describ...

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