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by TPFanatic
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: ThinkPad SL and L Series until L420/L520
Topic: L520 black screen
Replies: 6
Views: 397

Re: L520 black screen

MAKE SURE your battery and AC adapter are detached and static electricity discharged before doing anything with the LCD cable, or an unblown fuse may blow.
by TPFanatic
Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: T430 ASDF JKL; keys not working
Replies: 3
Views: 140

Re: T430 ASDF JKL; keys not working

See if the connector between keyboard and motherboard is damaged or dirty... clean if possible. If the problem persists with two different keyboards I'd say it's a bad motherboard.
by TPFanatic
Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: New IPS FHD Upgrade Kit for thinkpad T420 T430 ,And T430S T420S
Replies: 29
Views: 4186

Re: New IPS FHD Upgrade Kit for thinkpad T420 T430 ,And T430S T420S

I received four small transparent washers in a baggy but I dropped one by accident and was unable to find it, and in its absence I did not try them.
by TPFanatic
Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Lenovo duplicates of Windows programs
Replies: 6
Views: 277

Re: Lenovo duplicates of Windows programs

Piece of bad programming typical of Metro apps.
by TPFanatic
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Lenovo duplicates of Windows programs
Replies: 6
Views: 277

Re: Lenovo duplicates of Windows programs

The only useful Lenovo programs are Hotkey Features Integration, Auto Scroll, Ultranav Driver, Active Protection System (if running an HDD), Power Manager, Fingerprint Software, and Communications Utility. Mind you these are designed for Windows 7 and barely work on 10. The replacement for them, Van...
by TPFanatic
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Re: T420s to fanless server project - cooling sorted, I think
Replies: 27
Views: 1162

Re: T420s to fanless server project - cooling concerns

I am a little worried that the weight of the heatsink may shatter the CPU die and on a T420s you can't replace that.

Is it concievable you could fix the original heatsink on, don't plug in the fan, then put the passive heatsink on top of the original heatsink?
by TPFanatic
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Official eBay Bidding and Buying Thread
Replies: 189
Views: 106265

Re: Official eBay Bidding and Buying Thread

How do you fake a CPU??
by TPFanatic
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Install 16GB RAM on T510
Replies: 9
Views: 6424

Re: Install 16GB RAM on T510

Nehalem and Clarksfield also don't have integrated graphics.
by TPFanatic
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Install 16GB RAM on T510
Replies: 9
Views: 6424

Re: Install 16GB RAM on T510

W510 is actually a bit of an oddity. It has quad core and dual core models. The quad cores are Nehalem/Clarksfield, while the dual cores are Arrandale. The dual core model is basically a T510 with NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M and probably limited to 8GB like the T510, T410, and X201. Nehalem's MCH is evide...
by TPFanatic
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Known good T500 RAM upgrade list
Replies: 2
Views: 149

Re: Known good T500 RAM upgrade list

I have had success with Micron, Kingston, Hynix, and Sk Hynix 2rx8 4GB sticks. The important part is getting 2rx8 4GB sticks. 1rx8 4GB will not work in T500 ever and it is the same for other Montevina and Arrandale, eg. X200, T410. Many DDR3 1600 / PC3-12800s sticks come in 1rx8. You can still get P...
by TPFanatic
Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Getting rid of the T500 1650 x 1080 laptop and going back to the T60, still hoping on the T520
Replies: 2
Views: 260

Re: Getting rid of the T500 1650 x 1080 laptop and going back to the T60, still hoping on the T520

While they didn't have IPS options ta the time there are 15.6" LVDS IPS screens from other laptops you can put in the T510/T520, some by LG and AUO.
by TPFanatic
Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: X230 Tablet worth it in this day and age?
Replies: 16
Views: 673

Re: X230 Tablet worth it in this day and age?

As well as key action and feel being different across the different keyboard manufacturers, trackpoint and its buttons are also affected.
by TPFanatic
Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: The 20€ T420 is home! But...
Replies: 2
Views: 297

Re: The 20€ T420 is home! But...

Sounds like it is not POSTing. You can try plugging in an external monitor to see if it is POSTing but not displaying to the internal display. You can also try unplugging and replugging the CMOS battery then trying to boot again. Quite likely the motherboard is unbootable. Luckily T420 motherboards ...
by TPFanatic
Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Pictures of your ThinkPad & desk setup
Topic: a T430 with a classic keyboard and FHD IPS mod
Replies: 15
Views: 1163

Re: a T430 with a classic keyboard and FHD IPS mod

I ended up disabling Turbo boost. Temperatures are comfy enough with CPU @ 2.6 ghz and GPU @ max clock this way,and trading away 400 mhz for 12 less watts is good to me. The longer EDP cable is custom built and I don't have enough soldering experience to brave building one myself. Now I could just o...
by TPFanatic
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T500 suddenly died
Replies: 7
Views: 327

Re: T500 suddenly died

I've bought T500 boards for $25 to $30. Those are abnormal prices and they should drop.

Can also look for complete T500 bases, or complete replacement T500s.

Actually I have spare T500 boards with ATI Radeon 3650 I have no use for, shoot me a PM?
by TPFanatic
Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: New IPS FHD Upgrade Kit for thinkpad T420 T430 ,And T430S T420S
Replies: 29
Views: 4186

Re: New IPS FHD Upgrade Kit for thinkpad T420 T430 ,And T430S T420S

With a longer cable you can do this: https://img.alicdn.com/imgextra/i4/250292302/TB2kPWRabuWBuNjSszgXXb8jVXa_!!250292302.jpg as sold on Taobao . But whether or not they are the improved versions without flickering is unknown. I am having some airflow problems doing this but the backlight bleed and ...
by TPFanatic
Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Pictures of your ThinkPad & desk setup
Topic: a T430 with a classic keyboard and FHD IPS mod
Replies: 15
Views: 1163

Re: a T430 with a classic keyboard and FHD IPS mod

Update on temperatures: It turns out my alternative placement for the adapter board, over the fan, is blocking airflow and increasing temperatures. There are other alternate placements, eg. placing the adapter board over the upper RAM slot with a 3D printed bracket: https://img.alicdn.com/imgextra/i...
by TPFanatic
Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Pictures of your ThinkPad & desk setup
Topic: a T430 with a classic keyboard and FHD IPS mod
Replies: 15
Views: 1163

Re: a T430 with a classic keyboard and FHD IPS mod

It's Firefox and for some reason it would hang when resuming from Hibernation and take several minutes to become usable - killing and restarting it was faster. Or at least it did some 10 versions ago, I haven't tried since. I didn't have this problem in Windows XP.
by TPFanatic
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Micro$haft is readying to $haft W10 users even more!
Replies: 31
Views: 895

Re: Micro$haft is readying to $haft W10 users even more!

Win 10 may runs better than 7 with both using SSDs, but try both on a hard drive and all of 10's background tasks, Windows Defender, Telemetry, whatever it is grinds your machine to a halt. People are still buying laptops with HDDs and Windows 10 and then they complain about high disk usage.
by TPFanatic
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Pictures of your ThinkPad & desk setup
Topic: a T430 with a classic keyboard and FHD IPS mod
Replies: 15
Views: 1163

Re: a T430 with a classic keyboard and FHD IPS mod

The program doesn't, unfortunately. All the Fn+ combos go through the EC. I didn't realize Fn+F12 was lost too but that's actually a plus for me, because I disable Hibernation on my computers, and pressing Fn+F12 re-enables Hibernation - unless the registry is modified. I have problems getting my br...
by TPFanatic
Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Pictures of your ThinkPad & desk setup
Topic: a T430 with a classic keyboard and FHD IPS mod
Replies: 15
Views: 1163

Re: a T430 with a classic keyboard and FHD IPS mod

This is a fantastic mod. Are you willing to make more of this and sell them? Just asking, I am fine with the TP25. The parts are available so anyone could DIY it, as for the alternative adapter board placement and Classic keyboard mod, those just require a grinding wheel, snips, scissors, dremel, o...
by TPFanatic
Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Pictures of your ThinkPad & desk setup
Topic: a T430 with a classic keyboard and FHD IPS mod
Replies: 15
Views: 1163

a T430 with a classic keyboard and FHD IPS mod

Two weeks ago I ordered the Chinese version of the FHD IPS kit claiming to have no flickering for the T420/T430, and presumably it works on T410 as well. I went for the adapter + compatible LCD kit. At random I received a B140HAN01.1. The adapter comes in the form of a T420 gray thick LVDS cable, C...
by TPFanatic
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Adjust Screen Contrast T60P
Replies: 7
Views: 443

Re: Adjust Screen Contrast T60P

Catalyst control center is your best bet.
by TPFanatic
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: New IPS FHD Upgrade Kit for thinkpad T420 T430 ,And T430S T420S
Replies: 29
Views: 4186

Re: New IPS FHD Upgrade Kit for thinkpad T420 T430 ,And T430S T420S

The recommended placement of the adapter board, behind the LCD in the lower left corner of the lid, causes backlight bleed and promotes unnecessary flexing of the LCD glass with lid motion. !! Not wanting to cause early wear to the display I found a new place for the adapter board. Large image: http...
by TPFanatic
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420 for 20€?!
Replies: 9
Views: 360

Re: T420 for 20€?!

Intel HD3000 are in the same die as the CPU. Nvidia is a separate chip that can be disabled in BIOS. Every T420, T520, and Sandy Bridge laptop has Intel graphics. If they have Nvidia they have Optimus. Only some older T410 and T510, and all W510 have Nvidia without Intel. T410s, and later versions o...
by TPFanatic
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420 for 20€?!
Replies: 9
Views: 360

Re: T420 for 20€?!

If that thing is the Optimus-version, you set BIOS to Intel graphics, and forget about nVidia. Not quite in T420 so how to find out if it is Optimus or not? Product ID may help? 4178A3G I understand all T420 with Nvidia have Optimus, and it is the Nvidia version, see: http://tp.krelay.de/index.php?...
by TPFanatic
Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Micro$haft is readying to $haft W10 users even more!
Replies: 31
Views: 895

Re: Micro$haft is readying to $haft W10 users even more!

I'll stick with 7 on my personal / pleasure computers.
by TPFanatic
Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: fixing T400 (screen band, upgrade to 1440x900)
Replies: 6
Views: 403

Re: fixing T400 (screen band, upgrade to 1440x900)

Screen problems are usually the screen, especially bands on the display.

A GPU error would put artifacts all over the place a la T42p GPU failure which is not what this is seeing; or no screen at all, or a laptop that refuses to POST.
by TPFanatic
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: New IPS FHD Upgrade Kit for thinkpad T420 T430 ,And T430S T420S
Replies: 29
Views: 4186

Re: New IPS FHD Upgrade Kit for thinkpad T420 T430 ,And T430S T420S

I installed my LCD + adapter kit today. I got the B140HAN01.1 LCD and it has a stuck pixel in the middle... It's dimmer than I'd expect from an LED screen, the TN FHD I have in the T520 is way brighter, but that can be attributed to the IPS nature of this display. And it's great to have an IPS displ...

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