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by skx
Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Firefox will become the only safe browser on Windows 10
Replies: 11
Views: 1894

Re: Firefox will become the only safe browser on Windows 10

Firefox is doing the job already many years for me. And knowing that Firefox is the basis for Tor Browser just makes me more confident we do not need alternatives to resist to the privacy invading proprietary browsers.
by skx
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: "ME is in recovery state" Appears when I boot my X220
Replies: 10
Views: 1922

Re: "ME is in recovery state" Appears when I boot my X220

It's the CPU's built-in spyware from Intel : M anagement E ngine. THAT is a great link, explained it so I could mostly understand it! LOL Thanks! I highly advise you to clean your X220's Intel ME: 1. as stated by RealBlackStuff, it is malicious lowlevel spyware out of enduser's control and without ...
by skx
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: I've always dreamed of a lightweight hard case with foam padding inside for my x220/x230. Never found one. Did you?
Replies: 6
Views: 256

Re: I've always dreamed of a lightweight hard case with foam padding inside for my x220/x230. Never found one. Did you?

I use these black neoprene sleeves. Fits perfectly and is cheap. https://www.ebay.com/itm/7-17-Inch-Soft-Neoprene-Sleeve-Pouch-Bag-Case-For-Tablet-Laptop-PC-Notebook-/263577030424 I can't imagine these protecting the corners at all which is my main issue over the years. If i could put hard corner c...
by skx
Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: Installing classic keyboard into X230 with EC firmware mod
Replies: 353
Views: 98124

Re: Installing classic keyboard into X230 with EC firmware mod

Just follow instructions on the github page: https://github.com/hamishcoleman/thinkpad-ec All is mentioned step by step by the developers of the EC patches.
by skx
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Stop W10 from automatically updating SPECIFIC drivers.
Replies: 10
Views: 1108

Re: Stop W10 from automatically updating SPECIFIC drivers.

VMs are great for many things, but not if you want raw graphical performance or direct access to hardware (device passthrough to VM is supported sometimes but not always). Running in a VM permanently disconnected from the wide web might be too much of a hindrance for daily work, and if you connect ...
by skx
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Stop W10 from automatically updating SPECIFIC drivers.
Replies: 10
Views: 1108

Re: Stop W10 from automatically updating SPECIFIC drivers.

They day you reactivate windows update all pending updates get auto installed. Not if you change the policy to "auto download and notify for install". Nothing will get auto-installed this way, however - the ability to selectively control which updates to install is still severely limited (I believe...
by skx
Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Stop W10 from automatically updating SPECIFIC drivers.
Replies: 10
Views: 1108

Re: Stop W10 from automatically updating SPECIFIC drivers.

Did you go daft again by the latest Micro$haft Update that ruined your drivers? Stop that irritating hassle once and for all! https://www.howtogeek.com/263851/how-to-prevent-windows-from-automatically-updating-specific-drivers/ Please note: this ONLY applies to users of Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10...
by skx
Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Thinkpad T420 factory reset
Replies: 6
Views: 466

Re: Thinkpad T420 factory reset

Hi all first time post so hope it's in the correct place. I have a thinkpad T420 that I used for work but have now left there but still have the laptop. I can no longer log into it as I believe its connected to the work domain and user name/password dont work. I dont want anything on the laptop jus...
by skx
Sat May 25, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Beware Update KB4457139
Replies: 33
Views: 3851

Re: Beware Update KB4457139

I doubt that since I haven't encountered malware in well over a decade.... :mrgreen: Same here. The last Virus I had, was 1993, and that was a Jerusalem virus on an old, XT running Dos 3.3. I've never had any malware, although, I regularly run MawareBytes. how do you know that was the last virus/ma...
by skx
Wed May 22, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Confidential EEPROM tool from Lenovo
Replies: 1
Views: 621

Confidential EEPROM tool from Lenovo

https://reddit.com/comments/bran89/comment/eobqnt4

Quite interesting, this one should be released by someone!
by skx
Thu May 16, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: New IPS FHD Upgrade Kit for thinkpad T420 T430 ,And T430S T420S
Replies: 109
Views: 30185

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

it s hard to imagine it will be software related honestly. you are all running windows? can you try with a linux live cd of choice to see if the flickering persist? would be nice to have someone running coreboot as well to provide us with feedback.
by skx
Mon May 13, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: what SSD do you run?
Replies: 30
Views: 1879

Re: what SSD do you run?

jwjensen356 wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:22 pm
Samsung 500GB 860 EVO in my T420s. Great! Paid Amazon about $150 over a year ago. Now they have it for $82.
Yes, the Samsung 860 EVO series for me are the most snappy SSDs I owned so far. A bit more expensive but worth every EUR/USD :D
by skx
Mon May 13, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: What to do if Computrace is activated in your TP BIOS
Replies: 104
Views: 96558

Re: What to do if Computrace is activated in your TP BIOS

I purchased a TPx220 on eBay, it didn't come w/ a storage drive. The listing made no mention on Computrace (until I purchased the laptop I didn't know about it). The first thing I did was fire it up and go to the BIOS, i was greeted w/ the Computrace warning...I thought WTF?? So I did some googlefu...
by skx
Sun May 12, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: W10: FIX for Lenovo Power Manager
Replies: 29
Views: 11853

Re: W10: FIX for Lenovo Power Manager

I am not an expert, but I recently did my first 2 windows installs since a long time :mrgreen: I got all working on a T430 and X220i, I installed fresh W10 iso, installed the wireless LAN driver from the Lenovo support website, then I let windows update all, some devices were still unknown in device...
by skx
Sat May 11, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: A question about an online seller in US
Replies: 7
Views: 992

Re: A question about an online seller in US

the photoshopped FedEx truck on their pictures looks suspicious :mrgreen:
by skx
Sat May 11, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Thinkpad T420 factory reset
Replies: 6
Views: 466

Re: Thinkpad T420 factory reset

I do have access to another computer and can get some blank DVDs (which ones to get?) How do I do it? I am speaking against my conviction now as I am a linux fanboy :mrgreen: your T420 should have an official windows license under the battery, most probably a win7 pro licence. I advice you to downl...
by skx
Sat May 11, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: New Guy with T430
Replies: 3
Views: 297

Re: New Guy with T430

Now I have the MOD bug and want to do several things to it. Screen replacement and CPU upgrade but one thing I am thinking of first is to upgrade the motherboard to one with the Nvidia GPU. Just curious what everyone thinks of this- is it worth it? Well, no idea which OS you use, but if you are a l...
by skx
Sat May 11, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Throw me Distro suggestions!
Replies: 28
Views: 2394

Re: Throw me Distro suggestions!

olddog wrote:
Sat May 11, 2019 7:35 am
And, by being wholly in RAM, it's fast.
This is basically the case for all Linux Live CD/DVDs. But I agree Puppy Linux as a small distro will be probably be more efficient on older hardware with limited RAM.
by skx
Fri May 10, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: PowerToys for Win10 -- MS wants open source programmers' help
Replies: 2
Views: 189

Re: PowerToys for Win10 -- MS wants open source programmers' help

let them do... they are massively losing private users. they still ignore it because many companies buy into their cloud and 365 services. but the end of their empire is nearing... just a couple of years more left. all the people I put on linux will never go back to windows. the moment it will becom...
by skx
Wed May 08, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: X250 lost supervisor password
Replies: 7
Views: 480

Re: X250 lost supervisor password

I don't have experience with X250 machines but I would look into coreboot to gain back control of the machine.
by skx
Wed May 08, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Throw me Distro suggestions!
Replies: 28
Views: 2394

Re: Throw me Distro suggestions!

Like Puppy, it is designed as a single user system, which is one reason why, like Puppy, it doesn't need a lot of hard disk space or RAM. Somebody mentioned that Puppy looked old-fashioned. In its basic form that may be true (the dog motif doesn't help) but it's easily customisable, and you can sho...
by skx
Wed May 08, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: X220 freezing with 2.5" SATA SSD/HDD installed (booting from mSATA)
Replies: 1
Views: 434

Re: X220 freezing with 2.5" SATA SSD/HDD installed (booting from mSATA)

hi! i got my X220 with an mSATA SSD installed and wanted to put in another SSD in the 2.5" slot, but the complete system freezes shortly after the operating system (windows and ubuntu) has booted what i've tried; bios reset, bios update, install unlocked bios, tried different SSDs and HDDs, connect...
by skx
Wed May 08, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: X220 lost "high resolution" VESA/framebuffer modes after BIOS upgrade
Replies: 8
Views: 479

Re: X220 lost "high resolution" VESA/framebuffer modes after BIOS upgrade

Knez wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:02 am
Sometimes going bleeding edge isnt the answer.
:mrgreen: it should not be the case though for bios updates
by skx
Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: 51nb and other modded Thinkpads
Topic: Coreboot on the X210
Replies: 14
Views: 2176

Re: Coreboot on the X210

Ok, uploaded stuff to https://github.com/mjg59/coreboot/releases/tag/x210_1.0 - the coreboot.rom image there can be flashed directly using Flashrom with current git: sudo flashrom -p internal:laptop=force_I_want_a_brick -w coreboot.rom WARNING: do not internal flash your device with stock bios as I...
by skx
Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Windows 10 Now Require a Minimum of 32GB Storage Space -- April 2019
Replies: 14
Views: 636

Re: Windows 10 Now Requires a Minimum of 32GB Storage Space -- April 2019

It seems they will launch the sequel of candy crush any day now with the additional storage requirement :mrgreen:
by skx
Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:21 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: 109
Views: 30185

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

Niknok wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:57 pm
I installed the FHD kit in my T430, 16mb dual channel memory, and it has worked fine (no flickering). It's only been a few weeks, but so far so good.
great to more positive feedbacks popping up :mrgreen: I am really interested. can you all state where you bought the board and IPS panel ?
by skx
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: eBay: tracking packages from China using Speedpak
Replies: 4
Views: 10949

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: 19
Views: 2684

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...

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