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by beko1987
Fri May 31, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: My new Thinkpad X201! (ongoing project)
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Re: My new Thinkpad X201! (ongoing project)

Battery seems fab so far, charging nicely!
https://flic.kr/p/2g6hgje

https://flic.kr/p/2g6hgiY

https://flic.kr/p/2g6hwYo

Happy with it so far for £28. It was missing a rubber foot so I peeled one off the old dead battery before lobbing it in the bin and stuck it on
by beko1987
Fri May 31, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: My new Thinkpad X201! (ongoing project)
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Re: My new Thinkpad X201! (ongoing project)

This is still going very well, been using it daily recently (poor R500). Went shopping yesterday: Used 16 cycle 9 cenn genuineb attery with a claimed 2+ hours life on the ebay add for £28 2x 4gb sticks of RAM for £10 each 1 new heatsink and fan assembly (non genuine I think but shows the right FRU n...
by beko1987
Fri May 17, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: My new Thinkpad X201! (ongoing project)
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Re: My new Thinkpad X201! (ongoing project)

Your not wrong, typing this with just 2 tabs of firefox open the CPU is at 66 degrees! Fan is on quite high too, I can feel it vibrating the whole machine (it's the only moving part now...) I downloaded the Lenovo software from the windows store, and found that the battery has 0.34% life in it... Bu...
by beko1987
Fri May 17, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: How common is this crack in T2x systems *PICS*
Replies: 53
Views: 14542

Re: How common is this crack in T2x systems *PICS*

I fexed 2 last weekend. Both old daily laptops of a friend of mine, who fancied having them working again. I fixed it by removing the keyboard and optical drive, then running a VERY thin bead of hot glue down both sides. It has to be thin or the keyboard lifts and the optical drive gets pushed down ...
by beko1987
Fri May 17, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Restoration of a ThinkPad T40 and some questions
Replies: 15
Views: 1123

Re: Restoration of a ThinkPad T40 and some questions

There is a performance boost in my experience. But to the point where MX Linux can plod along ok with the CPU sitting at 100% less of the time... It's mainly the generational improvements, it can take more, but still gets maxed out. By all means do it for fun, I know that feeling but I can happily b...
by beko1987
Fri May 17, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: How to even get repair in London, 2019, for IBM R31 and T41?
Replies: 8
Views: 806

Re: How to even get repair in London, 2019, for IBM R31 and T41?

I'm in Thame, Oxfordshire so fairly close (work in Marlow which is even closer) and would happily do a T41 fan swap for a pack of beer if your still struggling? Can re-paste your CPU and have a clean up internally too whilst I'm there. R31 sounds simple as well, but simple as in 'if it's not this t...
by beko1987
Fri May 17, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: My new Thinkpad X201! (ongoing project)
Replies: 4
Views: 545

My new Thinkpad X201! (ongoing project)

Hi. Via a fairly complicated chain of events I am now the proud owner of 2 more thinkpads for my collection! And this is about one of them, an x201. By far the most modern and possibly fasted Thinkpad I own (in order of speed I have a T40, T43, X60 Tablet, X61, R500 and this!) However, it was a bit ...
by beko1987
Wed May 08, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R400/R500 Series
Topic: My Thinkpad R500
Replies: 23
Views: 4172

Re: My Thinkpad R500

The answer to both your points is I've never used anything better or different! Hence to me the screen is amazing, but I agree that as soon as I experience something better its going to not be as good... The chic let keys are a bit of a pain as I love the older style boards, how they feel, how they ...
by beko1987
Fri May 03, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: How to even get repair in London, 2019, for IBM R31 and T41?
Replies: 8
Views: 806

Re: How to even get repair in London, 2019, for IBM R31 and T41?

I'm in Thame, Oxfordshire so fairly close (work in Marlow which is even closer) and would happily do a T41 fan swap for a pack of beer if your still struggling? Can re-paste your CPU and have a clean up internally too whilst I'm there. R31 sounds simple as well, but simple as in 'if it's not this th...
by beko1987
Fri May 03, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: Sudden death of a great condition X60T battery
Replies: 5
Views: 1077

Re: Sudden death of a great condition X60T battery

ajkula66 wrote:
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:02 pm

Just make sure that you know what's in them before you download and install them...
I usually have a sniff about, KB4493132 has already been hidden (it's the W7 End of Life notifier update, no thanks!)

Battery still fine too!
by beko1987
Fri May 03, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: ThinkPad R400/R500 Series
Topic: My Thinkpad R500
Replies: 23
Views: 4172

Re: My Thinkpad R500

@beko1987 For a 2019 project/More powerful laptop, why not get a T420 and upgrade it with a Quad i7, 8GB Ram & SSD? T420's have become pretty cheap on ebay. You must be reading my mind, because that is exactly what I have been researching recently! I can pick up a tatty but fully working T420 with ...
by beko1987
Fri May 03, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Restoration of a ThinkPad T40 and some questions
Replies: 15
Views: 1123

Re: Restoration of a ThinkPad T40 and some questions

I went with a fresh and custom XP install for my T40 over the restore discs. Hacked about for use in 2019 (and it does a fair job, the CPU in mine lets the side down, cannot remember off my head what I fitted though...) and installed a few of the IBM applications. It browses forums perfectly fine, g...
by beko1987
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: Sudden death of a great condition X60T battery
Replies: 5
Views: 1077

Re: Sudden death of a great condition X60T battery

Threads like this that make me glad I get my X60t out every month or so and tun it on, let it discharge a bit then charge it again! It's got a brand new genuine battery I found last Autumn!

Reminds me to do it again soon, W7 had new updates recently!
by beko1987
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Thoughts after trying to install Linux on my T41
Replies: 9
Views: 3392

Re: Thoughts after trying to install Linux on my T41

I've had MX Linux running superbly on my T40 and 43 (well, on the 43 until the mSAta drive encountered issues the last time I tried it...) Didn't do anything special either, just made a Live USB and off it went Caveat? Well it runs better on the T43 than the T40, the generational improvement helps a...
by beko1987
Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:58 am
Forum: ThinkPad R400/R500 Series
Topic: My Thinkpad R500
Replies: 23
Views: 4172

Re: My Thinkpad R500

This is still going absolutely fine! T9600 - Generally fine, Kubuntu likes to 100% it when it boots up, apart from that, barely a murmor 5gb RAM - never used over 3gb, even when transcoding audio formats WSXGA+ Screen - Beautiful! However stupid me splattered q-bond over it the other week so it's go...
by beko1987
Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R400/R500 Series
Topic: My Thinkpad R500
Replies: 23
Views: 4172

Re: My Thinkpad R500

Yep, I've had no trouble with Kubuntu and a Kingston SSD! Mine plays 1080p too! Won't quite strech any further, although gives it a good go!
by beko1987
Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: T43 - Thinkfan & MX Linux
Replies: 1
Views: 1919

T43 - Thinkfan & MX Linux

Has anyone ever got MX Linux and Thinkfan playing nicely? My T43 runs MX, and it's fantastic (2.13ghz 2gb RAM mSATA-ide hard drive) except the fan is on very fast all the time... Thinkfan is needed! Since MX is debian based, I found and started to follow this guide https://forum.thinkpads.com/viewto...
by beko1987
Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R400/R500 Series
Topic: My Thinkpad R500
Replies: 23
Views: 4172

Re: My Thinkpad R500

Zach123 wrote:
Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:02 pm
Thanks for the pics! You have yourself one pretty dam nice ThinkPad there.
Thanks! Yes, it's quite lovely, and was a complete accident too! This will be the one that now doesnt really get much more done to it, as it works so well. The rest can be ongoing projects!
by beko1987
Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R400/R500 Series
Topic: My Thinkpad R500
Replies: 23
Views: 4172

Re: My Thinkpad R500

Here we go then, I'm home now! I was using the old girl at a McDonalds yesterday to cancel a new broadband order and I got a mixture of odd glances and a massive beaming smile from one chap, which made my day! Anyway, here we go! Once I get some nicer pictures of the rest I'll make a picture heavy p...
by beko1987
Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: ThinkPad R400/R500 Series
Topic: My Thinkpad R500
Replies: 23
Views: 4172

Re: My Thinkpad R500

I sure will! Away this weekend, but I'll take some, it's as done as it'll be!
by beko1987
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: ThinkPad Machine Type - Model lookup table *PIC*
Replies: 20
Views: 17766

Re: ThinkPad Machine Type - Model lookup table *PIC*

I've just found this, what an amazing project! I'm trying to upgrade my T40 and T43 with a SXGA+ screen, and thanks to this have bought a 99p very ratty T43 with said screen fitted! Much cheaper than hunting out just the screen! (although knowing my luck it'll be in better condition than my existing...
by beko1987
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: UltraNav SK-8845 Windows 8 drivers?
Replies: 56
Views: 27828

Re: UltraNav SK-8845 Windows 8 drivers?

I was secretly hoping someone would reply soon and go "Ah, I fixed this last year, do X, Y & Z!" The problem I've found is all the threads with solutions are for either earlier versions of Windows 10, which has changed in the recent updates, or for Windows 8.1 etc. part of the problem is, because it...
by beko1987
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Which model had a dim TLight, vertical USB port on the right side...
Replies: 6
Views: 2492

Re: Which model had a dim TLight, vertical USB port on the right side...

My R500 has 3 vertical USB's on the LH side and the most yellow weak light I have ever seen as a think light! Have half thought about fitting an old t4x LED but then I remember I can't solder that well...
by beko1987
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: UltraNav SK-8845 Windows 8 drivers?
Replies: 56
Views: 27828

Re: UltraNav SK-8845 Windows 8 drivers?

My workaround is to knock the numlock back off when I've finished using it, but I forget, launch into an email and look up 10 minutes later to a scrap email! Maybe switch on the spell-checker in your email program? All those red-underlined words should ring alarm bells... Normally too late by the t...
by beko1987
Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: ThinkPad R400/R500 Series
Topic: My Thinkpad R500
Replies: 23
Views: 4172

Re: My Thinkpad R500

I'm at work so cant post the pictures but the new LCD cable came, and the screen is buttery smooth now, I am in awe every time I use it! Coupled with the 2.8ghz CPU I fitted at the same time whilst it was all apart to do the lcd cable swap and an install of Kubuntu it's lightning quick. Once I figur...
by beko1987
Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: UltraNav SK-8845 Windows 8 drivers?
Replies: 56
Views: 27828

Re: UltraNav SK-8845 Windows 8 drivers?

My turn! I found, for a bargain price (£65 posted to the UK from china) an IBM Ultranav Keyboard SK8845, which I am using at work on my office PC! Now it does work, as in I plugged it in, and the volume keys work, the trackpoint works, trackpoint scroll works and the trackpad works. To all intents a...
by beko1987
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Thinking about buying a T42
Replies: 21
Views: 4385

Re: Thinking about buying a T42

Do like a nice t4x series! I have a T40 which runs XP SP3. My daughter has a good game of the original Rollercoaster Tycoon running on it and plays with it alot, it handles it just fine, barely spins the fan up unless she zooms right in and it has to show lots of detail. I've got a T43 which is very...
by beko1987
Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: I've been ADVENTUROUS and bought an unknown X60t!
Replies: 20
Views: 7891

Re: I've been ADVENTUROUS and bought an unknown X60t!

Gosh, so long since an update! I still have it, I'm typing this on it now! What has happened since my last post utterly ages ago? Well, it's had an ebay battery on it for a while, which has been very annoying, as the battery has 2 humps under it where cells sit, but this stops the laptop sitting fla...
by beko1987
Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: ThinkPad R400/R500 Series
Topic: My Thinkpad R500
Replies: 23
Views: 4172

Re: My Thinkpad R500

Interesting to know, thanks! I don't mind it having the Lenovo logo though.
by beko1987
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R400/R500 Series
Topic: My Thinkpad R500
Replies: 23
Views: 4172

My Thinkpad R500

Hi! I have so many updates to do, so thought I would start with a relativly new machine, my R500! The story begins that my T400 broke. I like to have a fairly modern device lying around, and the C2D T400 was filling the hole nicely, until the backlight broke on the screen. I threw a new inverter in ...

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