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by zern
Wed Jul 01, 2015 11:04 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Yes, T420s will take 16Gb RAM
Replies: 19
Views: 13299

Re: Yes, T420s will take 16Gb RAM

Processor: Core i7 2620M @ 2.70 GHz
by zern
Mon Jun 22, 2015 2:47 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420s -Unable to slide HDD into slot
Replies: 4
Views: 1947

Re: T420s -Unable to slide HDD into slot

The T420s is designed to use 7mm thick drives. This thickness PLUS the two rubber caps (rails) will fit easily into the slot. No forcing should needed. If you have a 9mm drive, omit the rubber caps (rails) and it should fit. *** warning *** Doing so however, is not to the design specs. Without any r...
by zern
Sun May 03, 2015 9:55 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Yes, T420s will take 16Gb RAM
Replies: 19
Views: 13299

Re: Yes, T420s will take 16Gb RAM

I read somewhere that you can do so; but performance will be reduced.
by zern
Tue Mar 03, 2015 11:43 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Yes, T420s will take 16Gb RAM
Replies: 19
Views: 13299

Re: Yes, T420s will take 16Gb RAM

If you use a lot of memory intensive apps like Chrome 64bit, illustrator 64bit then more ram is definitely good. You can really load up multiple windows, tabs and files. I have an SSD. A Samsung 840pro. About 60% full. It was one of the first upgrades. I have not changed any of my page file settings...
by zern
Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:46 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Thinkpad T60p: Hard drive replacement & copying
Replies: 19
Views: 3774

Re: Thinkpad T60p: Hard drive replacement & copying

I have used TruImage Home successfully to clone and backup hard drives. HDD to HDD and HDD to SSD. On both Windows XP and Windows 7.

You'll love the extra space!
by zern
Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:44 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T60P External Display
Replies: 2
Views: 1411

Re: T60P External Display

I have driven a 1920x1200 external display successfully with my T60p.
Have not tried anything larger.
:)
by zern
Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:33 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Yes, T420s will take 16Gb RAM
Replies: 19
Views: 13299

Yes, T420s will take 16Gb RAM

Added 2x 8Gb SoDIMMs to my T420s. Posting here to add to the confirmation that this machine does take 16Gb. I got a pair of Kingston 8Gb DDR3-SDRAM 1333MHz 1.5V Working flawlessly. The machine works noticeably better too. With 8Gb installed I was getting memory usage at 7.5Gb or so. With 16Gb instal...
by zern
Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:41 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420s disassembly and clean
Replies: 4
Views: 7244

Re: T420s disassembly and clean

I had thought about the thermal grease but didn't have any replacement at hand. I did check that the screws holding the heat pipes in place are still snug. thermal grease will be something to do next year... Yes if you have a cat, make sure it is well fed and sleeping before beginning this task! :D
by zern
Mon Feb 23, 2015 2:23 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420s disassembly and clean
Replies: 4
Views: 7244

T420s disassembly and clean

I just successfully disassembled and cleaned my 3 year old T420s. Here are some thoughts and observations that may be useful to someone. MyT420s has been running burning hot and sluggish lately. It is in daily heavy use. Idle temps around 80C, quickly spiking up to 98C without much loading. I'm gues...
by zern
Wed May 16, 2012 2:02 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420 display very poor.
Replies: 16
Views: 6055

Re: T420 display very poor.

Have you tried disabling or changing the color profile associated with the screen? In the last update cycle my T420s downloaded an update for one of the external monitors which cause white to display as a shade of diluted curry (mmmmm). Deleting the profile in Windows fixed it.
by zern
Fri May 11, 2012 1:19 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420 display very poor.
Replies: 16
Views: 6055

Re: T420 display very poor.

FWIW I find the T420s 14" screen more than good enough for professional design/graphics work. Noticeably better than the (non-IPS) T60p screen. Then again my work does not demand frequently colour-calibrated or high-gamut displays. IMHO The 14" form factor is a nice balance of power, resolution and ...
by zern
Fri May 11, 2012 4:09 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Quality of T420s compared
Replies: 3
Views: 1745

Re: Quality of T420s compared

wow. thanks for sharing the pic.
glad yours is all fixed now.
by zern
Thu May 10, 2012 12:04 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420 display very poor.
Replies: 16
Views: 6055

Re: T420 display very poor.

I'm sorry it didn't work out for you.
Better luck with the replacement!!!
by zern
Thu May 10, 2012 9:20 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: hotkey for rotating monitor?
Replies: 1
Views: 994

Re: hotkey for rotating monitor?

You can define your own hot key combination in the Intel Graphics Properties panel under Options & Support.

You also need to click the checkbox to enable hotkeys.
by zern
Thu May 10, 2012 9:18 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Quality of T420s compared
Replies: 3
Views: 1745

Re: Quality of T420s compared

I bet your heart stopped when that happened!!! Which corner did you drop it on? Back or front? Hope it's all fixed now. One thought that occurred to me was that you could have unluckily dropped it on a particular weak point at a specific angle. Like a glass object that survived multiple drops only t...
by zern
Thu May 10, 2012 9:03 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420 display very poor.
Replies: 16
Views: 6055

Re: T420 display very poor.

Try this to get the Nvidia control panel settings to be recognised: 1. right-click on the app (photoshop and/or breeze browser) and choose Run with Graphics Processor. This should force the Nvidia circuitry to kick in. If you dont see this option in the right-click context menu, you can turn it on i...
by zern
Thu May 10, 2012 8:56 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: X220 review raised issues - have you experienced these?
Replies: 47
Views: 12450

Re: X220 review raised issues - have you experienced these?

Annoying though the bezel issue is, maybe it is one of those "I guess we have to live with it till the next upgrade" issue?? Not dismissing your annoyance of course - I would be annoyed too. X230 must be around the corner? Weren't there leaked pics recently? Perhaps for the sake of your "mental well...
by zern
Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:57 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: eBay ultrabay hard drive caddies... are they okay?
Replies: 10
Views: 2624

Re: eBay ultrabay hard drive caddies... are they okay?

I have never had to use screws. Slide the drive into the caddy and flip down the spacer flap on the front of the caddy. I usually add a small piece of foam between the spacer flap and the front edge of the drive to wedge it in tightly.
by zern
Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:19 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: eBay ultrabay hard drive caddies... are they okay?
Replies: 10
Views: 2624

Re: eBay ultrabay hard drive caddies... are they okay?

As with the post above, I too have found that the fit and finish are somewhat wanting. One would be a tad tight, and the next one a tad loose. And (if this sort of thing bothers you) they also come with different coloured and shaped LEDs. One would be rectangular blue, and another round red.
by zern
Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:28 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Differences in T420 vs T420s ?
Replies: 10
Views: 4428

Re: Differences in T420 vs T420s ?

If the X220 had a high res IPS screen I would sacrifice the Optimus in the 420s and go for the X220.
Such is life - always a trade-off somewhere.

Now if the X1 hybrid had a high res IPS matt screen...

:)
by zern
Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:39 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Differences in T420 vs T420s ?
Replies: 10
Views: 4428

Re: Differences in T420 vs T420s ?

FWIW I was tossing up between the X220, T420 and T420s about 6 months ago. I went with the T420s. The higher res over the 1366x768 of the X220 plus the Optimus discrete graphics swung me in the end. With the 1600x900 I can easily run two windows side by side (and Win7's bump window management featur...
by zern
Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:30 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420s screen
Replies: 11
Views: 4180

Re: T420s screen

Just prior to ordering my T420s I too was concerned about the display. I use it for photo editing, illustration, publication design, and 3D work. I have been working constantly on my T420s now for close to 6 months now. The screen is more than good enough. The brightness is great. Most of the time I...
by zern
Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:42 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Is there a USB 3 port in my T420
Replies: 10
Views: 26745

Re: Is there a USB 3 port in my T420

Yellow USB = USB 2 that is powered even when the thinkpad is off. Blue USB = USB 3, and it is backwards compatible so you can plug USB 2 devices to it. It wont make USB 2 devices faster though. An external eSATA drive is definitely faster than USB 2. But you need to use up a USB port to power it as ...
by zern
Sat Nov 26, 2011 4:43 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T60P SSD compatibility.
Replies: 11
Views: 4777

Re: T60P SSD compatibility.

You'll love the speed increase. Rejuvenate your thinkpad it will. :)
by zern
Fri Nov 25, 2011 10:50 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T60P SSD compatibility.
Replies: 11
Views: 4777

Re: T60P SSD compatibility.

I had an intel x-25m in my t60p with xp for a couple of years. Non aligned it still provided a nice 30% or so speed boost. Plus power savings.

I used the intel ssd management tool top do the trim function weekly.
by zern
Fri Nov 25, 2011 9:34 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420s thoughts after 3 months
Replies: 0
Views: 1142

T420s thoughts after 3 months

Here are my random thoughts after living with a T420s since Sep 2011. Specs: i7, Optimus, 8Gb RAM, 160Gb SSD, Fingerprint reader, Bluetooth, camera. It’s surprisingly smaller than I expected. The photos showing the speaker grills on either side of the keyboard made it look larger than it actually is...
by zern
Fri Nov 25, 2011 9:00 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Photoshop "Enable OpenGL Drawing" not working with Optimus
Replies: 9
Views: 4529

Re: Photoshop "Enable OpenGL Drawing" not working with Optimus

For what it's worth - Optimus in my T420s works beautifully with Photoshop 5.5, as does the Intel HD graphics. I have my Photoshop set to open with Optimus. Zooming, rotating and panning is "live" - where the action is immediate without manipulating a proxy region first - even with very large images...
by zern
Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:02 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Lenovo Displayport to DVI adaptor - display not detected
Replies: 2
Views: 1297

Re: Lenovo Displayport to DVI adaptor - display not detected

Hmmm. Not plug and play could shed like on this. Maybe it didn't like the cable being removed without first disabling the external display? (The cable was removed when the unit was in hibernation, not powered up - but the external display was not disabled in Windows). Weirder and weirder The externa...
by zern
Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:44 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Lenovo Displayport to DVI adaptor - display not detected
Replies: 2
Views: 1297

Lenovo Displayport to DVI adaptor - display not detected

I bought a Displayport to DVI adaptor from Lenovo with my T420s. Worked on the first day. External display detected and running. Now the display is not detected anymore. Is this supposed to be hot plug and play? I have tried plugging in the display with the thinkpad on - no luck. Put thinkpad to sle...
by zern
Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:58 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T4XX/T5XX Shipping Thread
Replies: 349
Views: 177791

Re: T4XX/T5XX Shipping Thread

T420s

Order Date: 29 Aug 2011
Delivery Date: 06 Sep 2011

Less than the quoted 8 days to ship + 5 days shipping!
Caught me completely by surprise.

Will post first impressions in a separate post.

:)

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