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by Neil
Tue Dec 25, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T400 display problems, WIN10 OS, suspected ATI Radeon HD3470 driver issue
Replies: 2
Views: 361

Re: T400 display problems, WIN10 OS, suspected ATI Radeon HD3470 driver issue

Good job of trouble shooting. You have eliminated any hardware as the source of the problem, and successfully identified Windows Licensing as the problem, since the licensed version of Windows works and Linux works. The solution can be found here on the Mocrosoft Community forum.
by Neil
Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Raspberry pi in an old Thinkpad
Replies: 8
Views: 628

Re: Raspberry pi in an old Thinkpad

Never tried it myself, but a couple of years ago, I sold my last 770 ThinkPad to a forum member who was working on just such a project. Here is the story: viewtopic.php?f=21&t=118517
by Neil
Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Change user name
Replies: 4
Views: 419

Re: Change user name

PM will stay in your outbox until the recipient opens it.
by Neil
Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Laptop collectors: if you're allowed to collect just one laptop, which one would it be?
Replies: 50
Views: 3766

Re: Laptop collectors: if you're allowed to collect just one laptop, which one would it be?

I think I'd have to say A31p also. I've owned two or three of them in the past, but no longer have one. I do, however, still have an A30p which in some ways is just as good. But mine has a defective GPU, so it's not very useful, but I suppose that doesn't matter so much for a collectible.
by Neil
Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: The official 600 Upgrade and general information Topic
Replies: 133
Views: 155303

Re: The official 600 Upgrade and general information Topic

Well, several years ago, I had a 600X that ran W98SE for a long, long time. I had a factory pressed install CD for W98SE. Eventually sold the 600X, but acquired an older 600E some time later, but still several years ago, and ran a few Linux distro's on it, but Win XP for the longest time. Pretty sur...
by Neil
Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: The official 600 Upgrade and general information Topic
Replies: 133
Views: 155303

Re: The official 600 Upgrade and general information Topic

-Is there any way to replace the ccfl backlight with an led one? Probably...but it's not a job that I would be willing to take on any longer, on any ThinkPad. My eyes are not good enough, my hands are not steady enough, I don't have to right tools or environment. Even the CCFLs I have replaced in t...
by Neil
Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Reasons why a computer would display machine language in Windows7?
Replies: 4
Views: 1286

Re: Reasons why a computer would display machine language in Windows7?

So am I correct in understanding that this "machine language" is only displayed after Windows boots to the desktop? What about the BIOS? Is the display still corrupt displaying the BIOS? How about when booted from a live DVD or USB operating system?
by Neil
Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Time for a "what distro are you running" thread...
Replies: 70
Views: 6688

Re: Time for a "what distro are you running" thread...

...just enjoy it as is? That has mostly been my experience. There isn't really anything that "needs" to be done. Almost all the changes that can be made are a matter of personal preference anyway. Usually just after a fresh install, I change a few things about the look of the desktop and install my...
by Neil
Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: T430 Display Exchange issues
Replies: 6
Views: 706

Re: T430 Display Exchange issues

Re-seat the cable connection on the back on the LCD panel. Maybe it's a little loose.
by Neil
Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Does the avg. guy need more than a quad core desktop?
Replies: 3
Views: 728

Re: Does the avg. guy need more than a quad core desktop?

My 2core CPU handles my needs just fine. I think I'm an avg guy, so no, I don't need more than a quad core CPU.
by Neil
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: WTB: Thinkpad x200 (not tablet)
Replies: 2
Views: 385

Re: WTB: Thinkpad x200 (not tablet)

I have the following available: ThinkPad X200 7454-95U P8600(2.4GHz) 2GB RAM - Other options available 160GB 5400rpm HD - None 12.1in 1280x800 LCD Intel 4500MHD Intel 802.11agn Bluetooth, Modem, 1Gb Ethernet, Secure chip, Fingerprint reader 4c Li-Ion - None WinXP Pro 65W AC Adapter - optional If thi...
by Neil
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Can the T40 screen fit in the T60?
Replies: 5
Views: 1003

Re: Can the T40 screen fit in the T60?

I'm not sure if the pin out is the same or not on each panel. But, I do know that the LCD cable on a T40 determines the panel resolution and on a T60 the resolution is determined by an EDID chip in the panel, not the cable. So at the very least a EDID chip from a T60 LCD would have to be added to th...
by Neil
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Can the T40 screen fit in the T60?
Replies: 5
Views: 1003

Re: Can the T40 screen fit in the T60?

Physically fit...yes. Work without extensive modification...no.
by Neil
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: FS Lenovo T430 FS
Replies: 1
Views: 398

Re: FS Lenovo T430 FS

OK, I'll take it. PM coming.
by Neil
Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: How does "AspectRatio" affect ... being a "laptop" ???
Replies: 5
Views: 1901

Re: How does "AspectRatio" affect ... being a "laptop" ???

Aspect ratio has no affect what-so-ever on where I use a computer. I occasionally use each of mine on my lap, but more often it's on a table, desk, some other furniture or my chest as I'm lying on my back. But, aspect ratio still has no affect on it.
by Neil
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: Upgrade bios or not?
Replies: 2
Views: 638

Re: Upgrade bios or not?

While I have upgraded BIOS on several computers, both ThinkPads and others, even un-official modified BIOS, I have never bricked a computer. Still, my policy is, unless there is a benefit from the upgrade that I need, or a problem that an upgrade will fix, I stick with what works no matter how old i...
by Neil
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T500: LONG Beep at Boot
Replies: 1
Views: 1107

Re: T500: LONG Beep at Boot

Not sure about this, but I think if the HDD or optical drive is not properly seated, you'll get that one long beep. Could either be a little loose?
by Neil
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: T43 2687-DDU Screen Issue
Replies: 5
Views: 2334

Re: T43 2687-DDU Screen Issue

What operating system are you using, and have you installed the correct graphics driver?
by Neil
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Time for a "what distro are you running" thread...
Replies: 70
Views: 6688

Re: Time for a "what distro are you running" thread...

Mint is fine on ThinkPads. I just don't happen to have it installed on one at this time. I do have Mint on a couple of non-ThinkPad machines though.
by Neil
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Time for a "what distro are you running" thread...
Replies: 70
Views: 6688

Re: Time for a "what distro are you running" thread...

Debian 9 on a T60
Xubuntu on a T43p
MX-16 on both a T61 and a T40
TrueOS on my X300

That's all I can think of at the moment.

Edit: Just remembered SolydK on the X200
by Neil
Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Talk about USPS incompetence and waste
Replies: 19
Views: 2566

Re: Talk about USPS incompetence and waste

Down here we don't have a local processing center any longer. So, if I want to send a letter to a local post office box, I'll drop the letter in the mail slot inside the post office. From there letter will likely be sent to Little Rock AR, and then from there to Memphis TN for sorting, back to Jones...
by Neil
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Windows error code 0xc0000225
Replies: 13
Views: 1650

Re: Windows error code 0xc0000225

cfds wrote:
Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:37 am
Looks like the SSD failed at the same time I merged partitions.
Maybe....but more likely your attempt to merge partitions damaged the partition table. It may be possible to boot a live partition editor and create a new partition table. Might even be able to recover the lost partitions...or not.
by Neil
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T400 does not boot: any hint?
Replies: 22
Views: 4082

Re: T400 does not boot: any hint?

Those wires are probably antenna leads for a WWAN card. And, yes they are routed to the (likely empty) miniPCI slot.
by Neil
Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: How many ThinkPads is too many?!
Replies: 35
Views: 8264

Re: How many ThinkPads is too many?!

I think I have about 20 of 'em. That's too many!
by Neil
Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] [T430s] What tpacpi-bat to install on Mint Sonya
Replies: 7
Views: 1531

Re: [T430s] What tpacpi-bat to install on Mint Sonya

Don't know why it's not working, but try this command instead: uname -r
by Neil
Fri Oct 27, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: FS: LED display parts from T500
Replies: 0
Views: 502

FS: LED display parts from T500

What we have here is a badly cracked LCD panel from a T500. It's a LG LP154WX7 panel FRU: 42T0797 with LED back light. Hopefully someone with more skill than I have will be able to salvage the LED unit for use in another panel. Also including the FRU: 42W8080 LED driver card. Looking to get $40 $35 ...

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