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by skx
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: eBay: tracking packages from China using Speedpak
Replies: 4
Views: 8857

Re: eBay: tracking packages from China using Speedpak

yes each time I order from Chinese ebay seller I receive a tracking number but it is worthless. my personal tracking estimation is more accurate, it takes each time 7 weeks goddammit :lol: the bottleneck though seems to be EU customs :eek:
by skx
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Why I don't bother with a Smartphone
Replies: 17
Views: 1427

Re: Why I don't bother with a Smartphone

I have to say I cannot imagine a life without a smartphone anymore. I travel extensively since the last 5 years, it can be my only personal device to connect to the overseas world for extensive periods of time. BUT this doesnt mean I spent 1000 eur on a device like the millennial hipsters. I right n...
by skx
Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?
Replies: 72
Views: 5368

Re: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?

TRS-80 wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:55 pm
I read this whole thread with great interest. I wondered how you were getting on with your GNU/Linux journey?
quality post full of linux love :mrgreen: just wondering now, which distros you settled with after probably having gone through an extensive distro hopping time? 8)
by skx
Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: Palmrest touchpad X220
Replies: 5
Views: 268

Re: Palmrest touchpad X220

https://www.reddit.com/r/thinkpad/comments/78ukan/has_anyone_replaced_the_touchpad_cover_on_an/ thank you, clarifies a lot of my questions Might want to ask for a bit of a refund. I sadly bought from a local auction site which does not have such buyers protection in place, I guess lessons learned f...
by skx
Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: Palmrest touchpad X220
Replies: 5
Views: 268

Palmrest touchpad X220

Hi all Received this week an X220i when I ordered a X220 (quite a bummer). The palmrest was also damaged, the part under the touchpad. I just ordered a palmrest replacement part from a chinese ebay seller. This part comes without the touchpad attached to it. I was looking online for info, but didnt ...
by skx
Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Micro$haft starts nagging W7-users soon about support-EOL
Replies: 13
Views: 894

Re: Micro$haft starts nagging W7-users soon abou

On a side note, how do you enable USB connections to VirtualBox? Couldn't do it (maybe I'm not technical enough)... VirtualBox (or Hyper-V for that matter) that cannot access USB is totally useless to us... ...passing USB connections to virtualbox can be a real time-wasting hassle). no idea which d...
by skx
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: Buying brand new, unused thinkpad x200 in 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 720

Re: Buying brand new, unused thinkpad x200 in 2019

I assume you want to libreboot it? but why new? It is a 10 year old device, keep refreshing ebay, I am sure there will pop up a new one someday at inflated buy now prices
by skx
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: Bottom of T430 motherboard
Replies: 11
Views: 629

Re: Bottom of T430 motherboard

Having just motherboard-swapped my T430 the sad truth is that yes, you have to COMPLETELY dissasemble the laptop. (I am removing whitelist for wifi, but need the T430 working) Thank you for your clarification. I will as such plan a full saturday soon to properly disassemble and to look into rebuild...
by skx
Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: Bottom of T430 motherboard
Replies: 11
Views: 629

Re: Bottom of T430 motherboard

No no no no no no no no. Did I mention that wouldn't work? Ok exaggerating aside, literally the motherboard the top top pieces of the shell are screwed to the bottom. *Pun intended* your really kinda screwed here. yes, but can we detach the motherboard from the bottom case without actually removing...
by skx
Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: Bottom of T430 motherboard
Replies: 11
Views: 629

Bottom of T430 motherboard

I need to flash the bios chips of my T430 to install coreboot/neuter intel ME. For X220/X230 it is very easy as the bios chips are located under the palmrest. For the T420 and T430 it is sadly located at the bottom/downside of the T430 motherboard. Is there a way to remove the bottom case without fu...
by skx
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Intel-SA-00086 Detection Tool - T420 still vulnerable
Replies: 6
Views: 1919

Re: Intel-SA-00086 Detection Tool - T420 still vulnerable

A follow up post, meanwhile I bought a USB bios chip programmer and started to modify intelme by setting the NSA backdoor disable bit. Below is now the output of the Intel Detection tool. Seems the malware has been disarmed, going to coreboot all my laptops in the next months :D INTEL-SA-00086 Detec...
by skx
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Throw me Distro suggestions!
Replies: 23
Views: 1751

Re: Throw me Distro suggestions!

Yes, the Debian way is so nice, should fit everyone's needs honestly :mrgreen:
by skx
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Linux Mint Installtion
Replies: 7
Views: 540

Re: Linux Mint Installtion

Not a Mint user myself, but the good thing about Ubuntu and Mint is that these are newbie user friendly distros with lots of spoonfeeding documentation available. Have a look at their official documentation which clarifies the whole process and your questions: https://linuxmint-installation-guide.re...
by skx
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: [SOLVED] X301 (near-)bricked :-( ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1242

Re: X301 bricked :-( ?

Your topics confuse me. Your laptop should not become a brick by attempting to flash SSD firmware. Did you try booting from linux live usb? Is/Was your bios password protected? edit/ seems it boots from live usb so remaining questions: - bios password protected? - did you neuter intelme? delayed boo...
by skx
Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: Enabling TRIM on a original X301 SSD
Replies: 14
Views: 1254

Re: Enabling TRIM on a original X301 SSD

Hi, LIke the other popular OS's, the Linux kernel has been managing the TRIM for a while... Either on-the-fly (discard option in the mount table) or on a scheduled basis (fstrim utility). That's not an issue. I suggest you read the 2nd article I posted above. If you don't configure correctly, your ...
by skx
Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:33 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: Enabling TRIM on a original X301 SSD
Replies: 14
Views: 1254

Re: Enabling TRIM on a original X301 SSD

You can update your SSD firmware, sure, but TRIM is normally managed via your OS. Which OS do you use? For Linux I suggest you read the Debian wiki and the article they link to which captures quite well the TRIM process and how to set it up correctly on all levels: https://wiki.debian.org/SSDOptimiz...
by skx
Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Time for a "what distro are you running" thread...
Replies: 76
Views: 8601

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

I still have Windows on my T430, but mainly because I am doing a lot of CD ripping, and the best program I have found (EAC) is Windows only. When I can replace that it's curtains for Windows. This is one of the fake reasons to justify keep using Microsoft malware. You have morituri which is as adva...
by skx
Fri Dec 21, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Throw me Distro suggestions!
Replies: 23
Views: 1751

Re: Throw me Distro suggestions!

Debian... you can make it as light and minimal as you want. It's the mother of all distros which count :mrgreen:
by skx
Fri Dec 21, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Beware Update KB4457139
Replies: 26
Views: 3294

Re: Beware Update KB4457139

GrifterGuru wrote:
Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:05 pm
Already moved OS ;)
which one? :D
by skx
Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Beware Update KB4457139
Replies: 26
Views: 3294

Re: Beware Update KB4457139

My desktop and most laptops run W7 (a few oldies with XP never go online). Nothing runs W8 or W10. None of the above have had ANY Windows update since May 2016 . None of them ever give me a problem! The only updates they get are for the (free) Bitdefender AV (automatic) and (free) Malwarebytes (bi-...
by skx
Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:04 am
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Beware Update KB4457139
Replies: 26
Views: 3294

Re: Beware Update KB4457139

I have updates set in a way that I am in control as I see no other way to protect my OS install from crapware, spyware or stealthware from micrshaft. Besides, I always check KB numbers irrespective of what microshaft calls the (so-called) "update" ;) wow, i would never like to use my computer as su...
by skx
Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: Mixing and matching X220 and X230 parts... Anyone with any experience on it?
Replies: 26
Views: 5530

Re: Mixing and matching X220 and X230 parts... Anyone with any experience on it?

Other question, is the think light swappable between T420 and X220? I have a T420 with Thinklight which I would move to my X220. Thanks
by skx
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: IBM may be buying Red Hat Linux (subject to shareholders' agreements)
Replies: 7
Views: 2394

Re: IBM may be buying Red Hat Linux (subject to shareholders' agreements)

We are simply looking any Linux flavor with UI that mimic closely to Windows 7, runs Windows specific programs that we use (need to test this), and user friendly installation/maintenance (no command lines). I'm not all that certain that Cent OS - or Red Hat for that fact - will fit the bill then. A...
by skx
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: IBM may be buying Red Hat Linux (subject to shareholders' agreements)
Replies: 7
Views: 2394

Re: IBM may be buying Red Hat Linux (subject to shareholders' agreements)

If IBM really does acquire Red Hat, we might well (finally) give Red Hat a spin as an experimental project on some of our laptops. whatever Linux distro which suits you will better perform than whatever windows operating system you adored in the past. I am Debian only user, because I want my machin...
by skx
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: Fast Recommendations . .
Replies: 10
Views: 2168

Re: Fast Recommendations . .

x220, still faster than light, i work permanently abroad in volatile contexts and my x220 is my best companion. not heavy, very solid and bloody fast running Debian Linux with 8gb ram and SSD.
by skx
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?
Replies: 72
Views: 5368

Re: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?

I don't know, if you really start using Linux as a power user, being forced to deal with a windows PC feels like being waterboarded by the Trump administration ;) I am now at the stage windows feels like pure mental torture. I avoid it 100% in my private life and try to cope with it in my profession...
by skx
Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: Mixing and matching X220 and X230 parts... Anyone with any experience on it?
Replies: 26
Views: 5530

Re: Mixing and matching X220 and X230 parts... Anyone with any experience on it?

Are the screens swappable between x220 and x230? Yes, in fact the same exact panels were used in them (although naturally most X220 had earlier batches/revisions , and most X230 had later revisions). Amazing, my x220 has a dead pixelized screen and the x230 perfect one. Will swap the x230 screen in...
by skx
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: Is the x220 worth getting in 2018?
Replies: 44
Views: 8688

Re: Is the x220 worth getting in 2018?

Yes, why not? just bought one 2 days ago, put debian on it, slammed a 500GB Samsung 860 EVO SSD and the beast is already flying with only stock 4GB ram. That sounds nice! Did you need to tinker with the BIOS to get the SSD running in that one, like one has to do on the t61 with Middleton's, or did ...

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