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by olddog
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W701 thermal putty question
Replies: 2
Views: 484

Re: W701 thermal putty question

I have often wondered whether a small copper plate with thermal paste top and bottom would do a better job than thermal putty. The plate would have to be thick enough to fill the space. I see in the W701 Hardware Maintenance Manual that "thermal putty" is used between the fan assembly and the video ...
by olddog
Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: T540P versus W530 Any thoughts?
Replies: 4
Views: 630

Re: T540P versus W530 Any thoughts?

Thanks. I have seen a few more sellers saying the same. The first seller I saw quoted 30 pin, hence my question. Thank you. I am glad I asked before buying! There is somebody up the road selling these Panasonic screens but I have a further question. The Panasonic seller mentions a 40 pin connector, ...
by olddog
Tue Oct 15, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: T540P versus W530 Any thoughts?
Replies: 4
Views: 630

Re: T540P versus W530 Any thoughts?

Thank you. I am glad I asked before buying! There is somebody up the road selling these Panasonic screens but I have a further question. The Panasonic seller mentions a 40 pin connector, but somebody else selling screens for a T540P says they have a 30 pin connector. Is he wrong, or are both possibl...
by olddog
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: T540P versus W530 Any thoughts?
Replies: 4
Views: 630

T540P versus W530 Any thoughts?

My main machine is a W530, but I have recently acquired a slightly lower specc'd T540P for a decent price. It has an i5 rather than an i7 chip, and a low-res screen, but but both can easily be upgraded. Aside from lower max RAM, which isn't an issue, and the awful clunkpad (also not an issue as I us...
by olddog
Mon Oct 07, 2019 5:36 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Win7, 8.1, or 10 for new nvidia 570 frankenpad?
Replies: 7
Views: 744

Re: Win7, 8.1, or 10 for new nvidia 570 frankenpad?

I have Win10 running on four T61 machines (which I will be selling). They do get a bit warm, but otherwise they work fine. I also have Haiku running on a T61P. It needs a bit of work still, but it's what a PC operating system ought to be. And Puppy Linux on another T61 (Xenialpup64). If you are incl...
by olddog
Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: [FIXED] T440p won't boot, 3 flash, pause 3 flash
Replies: 4
Views: 2119

Re: [FIXED] T440p won't boot, 3 flash, pause 3 flash

Rather a late reply....

Glad you got it working.

You should be able to resell the second T440P for a lot more than you paid for it. Probably you have already done so.
by olddog
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Dell brought back Fn+F4!!
Replies: 3
Views: 2898

Re: Dell brought back Fn+F4!!

Just tried this on my W530. nothing happened, but Fn+F4 does work.

One lives and learns.
by olddog
Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:36 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T-61 Reinstall Vista...
Replies: 14
Views: 1986

Re: T-61 Reinstall Vista...

It's not clear whether AC12 tried to install Win10 and ran into driver problems, or was worried he would have problems, so didn't try it. Since somebody else did the installation on my machines, I don't know whether there were problems or not. All I can say is that Win10 works fine. If you plan to s...
by olddog
Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T-61 Reinstall Vista...
Replies: 14
Views: 1986

Re: T-61 Reinstall Vista...

I acquired four T61 machines with SSDs in them, running Win10. No issues at all, and quite quick enough to run MS Office. They don't have fast CPUs, and nor do they have huge amounts of RAM, so not ideal for heavy surfing perhaps. But for word processing or spreadsheets or normal business tasks they...
by olddog
Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: Worth upgrading the T430
Replies: 2
Views: 958

Re: Worth upgrading the T430

Your T430 has a rather basic screen, and this is a rather more tricky item to upgrade. So if you are doing things like video editing I would rather swap to a machine with a better screen, preferably 15", or buy an external monitor - and then upgrade the processor, etc. The fact is that a T430 with a...
by olddog
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: T430 Touchpad or similiar available on newer machines?
Replies: 5
Views: 2212

Re: T430 Touchpad or similiar available on newer machines?

There's no accounting for taste. A T430 was my first Thinkpad, so it is the standard by which I judge others. I find the keyboard (the much-maligned Chiclet) to be fine, though I prefer the look of the older TP keyboards. Perhaps if I had started with an older machine, I would like the T430 keyboard...
by olddog
Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T61 with SSD now takes 5mins to boot!
Replies: 14
Views: 1647

Re: T61 with SSD now takes 5mins to boot!

okedoke wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:12 am
Just an update, it must have been something to do with the OS. Did a clean install with slackware and it seems to boot up fine. Once into the OS it's really fast.
There you go - it was just a matter of installing a proper OS, and not some junk from Seattle!
by olddog
Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Dell screen for a T61
Replies: 6
Views: 1396

Re: Dell screen for a T61

From what I can see, you'd still need to cut off some mounting eyelets and the inverter. See also here: https://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?p=785950#p785950 If you had done a search on the forum first, you'd have found Sharp LQ154M1LW2A or LQ154M1LW02 screens. Those are reportedly the best WU...
by olddog
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Dell screen for a T61
Replies: 6
Views: 1396

Dell screen for a T61

I have an upgraded T61 with Middleton BIOS, a T9500, and a nice 1680x1050 screen. it's an excellent machine which I don't want to part with (or not yet) but it has one flaw. The screen is quite dim - too dim to use comfortably in daylight. At night it's fine. I have been pondering whether to replace...
by olddog
Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Middleton BIOS fail
Replies: 5
Views: 2937

Re: Middleton BIOS fail

TinkerMan wrote:
Sat May 25, 2019 6:43 am
could a moderator please delete this thread? it takes place for no good reason.
thanks
On the contrary, it provides very pertinent information for somebody who has made the same mistake as you.

And it also reminds us, when we make a silly mistake, that we are not alone. Far from it.
by olddog
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: Warning: advise against disassembling the the Series 3 docks
Replies: 17
Views: 2966

Re: Warning: advise against disassembling the the Series 3 docks

Well done. A tip from wooden boat building. When you have to glue something, build up the glue around the joint so as to greatly increase the amount of glue in contact with the parts you are gluing. if it's strong glue, like epoxy, you will have a much stronger repair. Of course, it's best if the re...
by olddog
Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: T30 USB stick boot possible? How to?
Replies: 16
Views: 13856

Re: T30 USB stick boot possible? How to?

Life is strange. Having had no luck finding an X3 Ultrabase I simply searched for Ultrabase, and found a man selling seven of them. With a DVD unit. Manufacturer refurbished, apparently, whatever that means. Seems a bit unlikely. Now to sell the Series 3 Ultrabase that I purchased in error thinking ...
by olddog
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: T30 USB stick boot possible? How to?
Replies: 16
Views: 13856

Re: T30 USB stick boot possible? How to?

Sadly, it seems that it is not so easy to buy an X3 Ultrabase, at least in the UK . There hasn't been one for sale on Ebay UK for a long time - none is shown in completed listings, so I wonder if it was even sold in this market. Those for sale in the USA are reasonably priced - until you see the pos...
by olddog
Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: People I could strangle...regarding HDD covers
Replies: 4
Views: 5959

Re: People I could strangle...regarding HDD covers

Thanks, but so far I can't see what I am after on either of these. It's interesting that for the T61, Lenovo sells (or used to sell) a screw pack (P/N 44C4809), but it excludes the cover screw. And people selling packs of screws never (in my experience) include cover screws. On page 63 of the T61 14...
by olddog
Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: People I could strangle...regarding HDD covers
Replies: 4
Views: 5959

Re: People I could strangle...regarding HDD covers

I mainly have T42 and T61 models. The 14" versions of both have the same screw - a stubby little thing probably 3mm or 4, with a wide head which has a slot going right across and a smaller slot at right angles which doesn't go right across the head. On the 15.4" T61 the screw head is smaller. My 15....
by olddog
Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: People I could strangle...regarding HDD covers
Replies: 4
Views: 5959

People I could strangle...regarding HDD covers

There are two categories: 1 Those who remove a hard drive from the computer and then throw away the caddy, cover, and screw. 2 Those who sell covers, caddies and screws, but supply the wrong screw or no screw at all for the cover. Of course, IBM/Lenovo are also to blame for using a non-standard and ...
by olddog
Sat Jul 27, 2019 4:34 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: What OS to Choose
Replies: 16
Views: 1955

Re: What OS to Choose

I use and love Xenialpup64 on most of my Thinkpads. There is a very supportive Puppy Linux community, and you will find Xenial sings on a T61. The default interface is a bit weird, but it's easily changed. The Puppy package manger makes it easy to download software, though depending on your needs yo...
by olddog
Sat Jul 27, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: T30 USB stick boot possible? How to?
Replies: 16
Views: 13856

Re: T30 USB stick boot possible? How to?

What are my options? Would a Firewire disk work? Or a PCMCIA card? Has anybody tried this or other methods to boot an X30/T30? Please flood me with suggestions! An X3 series ultrabase shouldn't be hard to find for pennies nowadays...boot from the CD/DVD, issue resolved. Many thanks for that. I wish...
by olddog
Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: T30 USB stick boot possible? How to?
Replies: 16
Views: 13856

Re: T30 USB stick boot possible? How to?

Apologies for resurrecting an old thread, but I have the same problem, albeit on an X30, which I imagine is not very different from a T30. I have tried to boot Linux from a USB stick and got nowhere, despite doing exactly what AEN007 says. The USB stick works happily in other, slightly later, Thinkp...
by olddog
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: T42 music problem
Replies: 5
Views: 2200

Re: T42 music problem

In case you are wondering why the noise sounded like a hound, it's because I am using Puppy Linux, and the test sound is a so-called Woof. Does that have any relationship to your username "olddog"? :D Indeed it does! Well spotted. I am a huge fan of Puppy Linux. Unfortunately I have a couple of ess...
by olddog
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T510 Why so many refurbished on market
Replies: 26
Views: 4030

Re: T510 Why so many refurbished on market

I use Linux on my older machines. Much lighter and quicker than Windows, and much less virus-prone.

Also, LibreOffice works well on Linux now, so for general computing Linux offers a better, faster, and safer experience than Windows.
by olddog
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: T42 music problem
Replies: 5
Views: 2200

Re: T42 music problem

In case you are wondering why the noise sounded like a hound, it's because I am using Puppy Linux, and the test sound is a so-called Woof.
by olddog
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: T42 music problem
Replies: 5
Views: 2200

Re: T42 music problem

Probably a stupid question but did you turn up the volume in ALSA? Thank you for that suggestion. I had never turned the volume down in ALSA, but I thought I would give it a try. So I unplugged the T61 and plugged in the T42. The first thing I did then was to press the "test sound" button, and was ...
by olddog
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: T42 music problem
Replies: 5
Views: 2200

T42 music problem

I play music from my Thinkpad through a DAC into the HiFi system. Recently I swapped the T61 for a T42, and until yesterday, everything worked fine. Now, silence reigns. There is nothing wrong with the external system because if I plug the DAC back into the T61 it works fine. The USB port in the T42...
by olddog
Sat May 11, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Throw me Distro suggestions!
Replies: 28
Views: 3648

Re: Throw me Distro suggestions!

Well, I think you are missing something. It is very easy to use, very configurable, and able to run virtually any Linux software. But it's ALSO good for checking out non-working Windows machines. Just boot it with a USB disk and sort out your problems. That's assuming the PC will actually boot of co...

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