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by Neil
Wed Jun 23, 2021 7:04 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: For all you car lovers in USA: EPA is out to screw you!
Replies: 2
Views: 176

Re: For all you car lovers in USA: EPA is out to screw you!

I'm sure some have seen Formula E racing. It's quite entertaining, just not as loud a motorsports. Anyway, as new car manufacturing transitions to electric motors, there will be more and more electric motorsports.
by Neil
Mon May 03, 2021 5:48 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: Multiple passwords
Replies: 13
Views: 1187

Re: Multiple passwords

It may also be worth noting that if you don't want all those passwords enabled, once you gain access to the machine using the passwords provided, you can disable any or all of them.
by Neil
Mon May 03, 2021 12:43 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: Multiple passwords
Replies: 13
Views: 1187

Re: Multiple passwords

Welcome to ThinkPad Forums! Power On Password: Name tells all. Enter this one when prompted at power on. HDD Password: I've only used this one once, a long time ago. I think you will need to enter it in order to boot from hard drive. Supervisor Password: Needed to make any BIOS changes. Other: Is li...
by Neil
Sat May 01, 2021 8:36 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: Found - WTB - T20/T21/T22/T23 hard disk caddy/cover
Replies: 4
Views: 544

Re: WTB - T20/T21/T22/T23 hard disk caddy/cover

Not sure, but I think I may have some of these boxed up in my storage shed. I know I have a couple of boxes of T2x parts, just not sure exactly what's in there. I'll try to dig around in there tomorrow and see what I can find.
by Neil
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:54 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: T430s dead
Replies: 11
Views: 1268

Re: T430s dead

If you haven't already, try removing the main battery and see what happens with no battery installed.
by Neil
Sat Mar 20, 2021 7:43 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: RAM for my A31p
Replies: 2
Views: 1801

Re: RAM for my A31p

If the two modules have the same speed and timing, then it doesn't really make a difference whether they have the same manufacturers name on the label or not. On the other hand, if one feels it's better with matching labels, then there is psychological advantage that makes the computer feel like it ...
by Neil
Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:58 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: [SOLVED] Thinkpad 600E graphic issue
Replies: 8
Views: 1412

Re: Thinkpad 600E graphic issue

This reads like a hardware fault to me. More specifically, something has broken down in the graphics processing components. Maybe corrupt VRAM, or something. This is a very old computer after all...things break sometimes.
by Neil
Mon Feb 15, 2021 7:48 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Fan Control Linux
Replies: 4
Views: 685

Re: Fan Control Linux

The info here is kind of old, but does any of it help at all? https://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/How_to_control_fan_speed
by Neil
Sat Feb 13, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Thinkpad r40 max hdd
Replies: 14
Views: 1754

Re: Thinkpad r40 max hdd

You could probably use the SATA Ultrabay HD caddy in the R40, but there would be extra cost for the adapter and performance would be no better, and perhaps even worse, than using a Samsung HM160HC in the main drive bay. On second thought, that may not be a good idea because the R40 has an Ultrabay P...
by Neil
Sat Feb 13, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Thinkpad r40 max hdd
Replies: 14
Views: 1754

Re: Thinkpad r40 max hdd

PATA IDE connection is what you need, and it does look like there were some older Scorpio series of that nature. So, if that is what the drive has, then sure it would work.
by Neil
Sat Feb 13, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Thinkpad r40 max hdd
Replies: 14
Views: 1754

Re: Thinkpad r40 max hdd

The Western Digital Scorpio series is also SATA isn't it? You need an IDE drive for the R40 like RBS recommended. https://www.amazon.com/Spinpoint-HM160HC-inch-hard-drive/dp/B000Z4C0M2/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=hm160hc&qid=1613224684&s=electronics&sr=1-1 Send me a PM if interested. I have a coupl...
by Neil
Fri Jan 29, 2021 5:11 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: FS: intel WM3945ABG wifi card
Replies: 0
Views: 405

FS: intel WM3945ABG wifi card

Can anyone use a wifi adapter pulled from my R61?
Model: WM3945ABG MOW2 FRU: 42T0855 802.11 A/B/G

Looking for $6.00 shipped within USA

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by Neil
Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X60/X61 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: Near mint X61s with dim screen = trash?
Replies: 10
Views: 2030

Re: Near mint X61s with dim screen = trash?

I don't know....but if it were me, I can't throw even semi-good stuff out. Maybe connect a spare external monitor, and go from there. Or, pick up a cheap monitor at a thrift store or something.
by Neil
Sun Jan 17, 2021 2:12 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: Wanted help on wifi ..
Replies: 4
Views: 1340

Re: Wanted help on wifi ..

I don't think it makes any difference what kind of adapter one uses, none can alter the download limits provided by the ISP. Now if you are interested in file transfer speed within a LAN, then better adapters might make a difference.
by Neil
Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: Wanted help on wifi ..
Replies: 4
Views: 1340

Re: Wanted help on wifi ..

Ignorant wrote:
Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:15 am
IS it useless to change the existing 5100 card?.
Yes, it seems so to me. What are you hoping to gain with a new wifi card?
by Neil
Sat Jan 02, 2021 7:43 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T60/T61 Series
Topic: Bumps on Keyboard and Bezel After Reassembly
Replies: 3
Views: 1777

Re: Bumps on Keyboard and Bezel After Reassembly

Maybe the bezel tabs didn't slide into their slots, but are sitting on top of the frame instead. As for the keyboard, could be a misplaced wire won't allow the keyboard to seat properly.
by Neil
Tue Dec 29, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Name you have chosen here
Replies: 16
Views: 3340

Re: Name you have chosen here

Just to state the obvious...it's my name.
by Neil
Mon Dec 28, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: ThinkPad T20-T23 & T30 Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: T23 Windows XP Recovery CDs
Replies: 3
Views: 2044

Re: T23 Windows XP Recovery CDs

The answer was right here all the time: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=128170
by Neil
Sun Oct 11, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: Getting either T400 or T60. Which to take?
Replies: 17
Views: 2830

Re: Getting either T400 or T60. Which to take?

T400 is much more powerful machine, unless the T60p has some special feature that makes it a better choice. But, T60p is limited to 3GB RAM which may or may not make any difference, but if you want to run Win 10 64-bit, it may struggle a bit on a T60. Anyway, of the two, I would probably choose the ...
by Neil
Thu Oct 01, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Any working 15" A30's left?
Replies: 11
Views: 2895

Re: Any working 15" A30's left?

My A30p is not dead, but it's not healthy either. It has an UXGA display, but because of a faulty graphics chip, it will not display at full resolution nor work at all with a graphics driver installed. Only works with Windows default graphics or VESA on Linux.
by Neil
Sun Sep 27, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: How to estimate a Sony Vaio for sell?
Replies: 8
Views: 5140

Re: How to estimate a Sony Vaio for sell?

Wise decision...
by Neil
Sun Sep 27, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: How to estimate a Sony Vaio for sell?
Replies: 8
Views: 5140

Re: How to estimate a Sony Vaio for sell?

Probably best to sell as-is for whatever you can get for it. Investing in upgrades will not likely give a better net return. Only upgrade if you are going to use it and get some value out of the cost of upgrades.
by Neil
Fri Sep 04, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Requesting Help Finding Modern Linux Distros for T60
Replies: 28
Views: 4665

Re: Requesting Help Finding Modern Linux Distros for T60

Couple of things.... Almost all modern Linux Distro are too large to fit on a CD anyway. And, the T60 most certainly will boot from a USB stick. I have a T60 in use right now running Debian 10 that was installed from USB and has never given me any trouble. I'm of the opinion that your problems are n...
by Neil
Thu Sep 03, 2020 6:47 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: IBM Thinkpad 600e DVD Boot?
Replies: 6
Views: 3019

Re: IBM Thinkpad 600e DVD Boot?

That plus DVD-RW disks are the hardest to read for an older/worn drive. Might get better results with a DVD-R disk.
by Neil
Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: IBM Thinkpad 600e DVD Boot?
Replies: 6
Views: 3019

Re: IBM Thinkpad 600e DVD Boot?

It's been a really long time since I installed anything on a 600e, but a couple of options come to mind: 1- Boot from a PLOP CD (or floppy even) which will hand off to USB for installation. Even if USB boot is not supported. 2- Just pull the drive out of the 600e and connect to another computer that...
by Neil
Thu Aug 13, 2020 7:01 am
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Install problem
Replies: 3
Views: 1045

Re: Install problem

Probably a faulty DVD. Is this a factory pressed Win 7 DVD, or one burned from a download image? If the later, is it re-writable or not. Sometimes it's especially hard to get a re-writable disk to be read properly. On an unrelated note, 500mb is much to small a HDD to install Windows 7 onto. You mus...
by Neil
Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: T530 webcam comes and goes
Replies: 7
Views: 2298

Re: T530 webcam comes and goes

Pretty sure I don't have any Lenovo apps installed. I don't use this system much, but set it up with a clean install of Windows 10. I'll have to give the Communications Utility a try and see if it makes any difference for me.
by Neil
Sun Jul 26, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: T530 webcam comes and goes
Replies: 7
Views: 2298

Re: T530 webcam comes and goes

I use the webcam in my T430 for the occasional Zoom meeting, and have twice had the camera fail to start. Strange thing about it was on one occasion, booted and started Zoom meeting right off, but camera failed to start. So I went through that entire (short) meeting without the camera. On another oc...
by Neil
Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Considerations for using CF-IDE adapters
Replies: 5
Views: 3728

Re: Considerations for using CF-IDE adapters

Well, I can't really comment much on the speed, as it's the only drive I've ever had in the X40. So there is nothing for me to compare to other than other ThinkPads of similar vintage that are running spinning IDE HDDs. And to me performance is about the same. The X40 with CF card probably lags a li...

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