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by Beldar
Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: WiFi was dropping out every few minutes FIXED
Replies: 0
Views: 1882

WiFi was dropping out every few minutes FIXED

I couldn't figure out why, no could the techs from my ISP. It turns out on my Window 7 the Wifi was set by the previous owner to disconnect "to save power". Battery power was evidently more important than wifi. You can try going into Device Manager find the problematic wireless device via "Network A...
by Beldar
Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: T510 headphones priority - 1ST WORLD PROBLEM
Replies: 3
Views: 1751

Re: T510 headphones priority - 1ST WORLD PROBLEM

AudioSwitch, as its name suggests, allows you to switch between multiple playback devices, but it also enables you to select the recording device you wish to use if more than one is available. Download AudioSwitch 2.2.2.0 https://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Audio/Other-AUDIO-Tools/AudioSwitch.s...
by Beldar
Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: T510 headphones priority - 1ST WORLD PROBLEM
Replies: 3
Views: 1751

T510 headphones priority - 1ST WORLD PROBLEM

FIRST WORLD PROBLEM ALERT! No idea if this might be true of all Windows computers. This is a new setup for me so I'm clueless. I have 2 headsets, one is a wired 3.5 plug and one is a wireless bluetooth to connect with home theater and charged by USB. I leave the 3.5 plugged in all the time, but only...
by Beldar
Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: extra 4g ram for T510?
Replies: 4
Views: 2556

Re: extra 4g ram for T510?

OK, thanks for the info and heads-up. CPU-Z reports it has two 2GB strip s of Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 532MHz, different brands (Elpida and Samsung), so I'll look to buy a pair of Dual-Channel DDR3 4GB strips, same brand. The other info you've given is unfortunately over my head, and I'm unable to study ...
by Beldar
Fri Oct 09, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: extra 4g ram for T510?
Replies: 4
Views: 2556

extra 4g ram for T510?

I have the stock 4 of DDR3, want to go to 8. Suggestions?
by Beldar
Fri Oct 09, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: good Linux for T510 4GB, SSD
Replies: 4
Views: 2651

Re: good Linux for T510 4GB, SSD

Sorry people, I reverted to Win7 on this Thinkpad. W7's about as fast as any Linux I've tried on it, but I just couldn't find certain specialized programs on Linux that I've amassed on W7 over many years. Plus, I have 230GB storage on it vs c.2TB on my 8gb RAM tower with its dual-boot W7-Linux. Yes,...
by Beldar
Thu Oct 08, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: good Linux for T510 4GB, SSD
Replies: 4
Views: 2651

Re: good Linux for T510 4GB, SSD

Thanks. When my tower with Linux gets a new fan setup, I'll return to your kind advice.
by Beldar
Thu Aug 13, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: T510 built-in camera not working
Replies: 0
Views: 2341

T510 built-in camera not working

The mic works, but neither Skype nor Zoom picks up any video feed. I looked at the Lenovo site for a driver but didn't find one. This is with PCLinuxOS and i don't find anything useful for this problem in its Synaptic repository.
by Beldar
Sun Jul 26, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: T510 bios boot order locked
Replies: 9
Views: 2419

Re: T510 bios boot order locked

OK I just did that, your #7, and it did bring up some BIOS screens, but it denied access to the boot devices/order screen, saying something like "must be supervisor". Another screen allowed me to set BIOS settings back to Default, which I did and Saved. Then the next F12 showed me only 3 choices, no...
by Beldar
Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: T510 bios boot order locked
Replies: 9
Views: 2419

Re: T510 bios boot order locked

Maybe I misunderstood. I booted from an ISO disc and held down F12 but no BIOS screen came up. Then the disc's own boot menu appeared with several choices. Scanning down to the screen bottom I noticed something about F12 in fine print. OK then, I held F12 again, but it was too late, the ISO started ...
by Beldar
Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:00 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: T510 bios boot order locked
Replies: 9
Views: 2419

Re: T510 bios boot order locked

Thanks again, I'll try F12. Have a pint on me.
by Beldar
Sat Jul 25, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: T510 bios boot order locked
Replies: 9
Views: 2419

Re: T510 bios boot order locked

thanks, i'll try that. i assume the F1 is to be keyed before the iso starts to really boot?
by Beldar
Sat Jul 25, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: T510 bios boot order locked
Replies: 9
Views: 2419

T510 bios boot order locked

When I first got my T510 two weeks ago I could see the boot devices and order in the BIOS. I must have done something wrong because now in the BIOS I cannot get into that, I'm locked out, and it won't boot from an ISO on a USB thumb. Is there any fix? Mind you, if it's software to do it I need it to...
by Beldar
Sat Jul 25, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: good Linux for T510 4GB, SSD
Replies: 4
Views: 2651

good Linux for T510 4GB, SSD

Right now I'm running PCLinux OS 18.06 Mate and I really like it, except it's a little slow on web browsing compared to my Win7 i5 desktop. In fact even Win10 was snappier on this T510. I've tried some other distros on it, nothing notably faster or slower, some too technical for me, like MX, some to...
by Beldar
Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Non-ThinkPad Lenovo Laptops
Topic: Ideapad Y570 FOR $200 US ??
Replies: 5
Views: 3182

Re: Ideapad Y570 FOR $200 US ??

Now that my Thinkpad 510 is working again I'm passing on this Ideapad.
by Beldar
Fri Jul 17, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Non-ThinkPad Lenovo Laptops
Topic: Ideapad Y570 FOR $200 US ??
Replies: 5
Views: 3182

Re: Ideapad Y570 FOR $200 US ??

So many people on here with 10 year old Thinkpads running a gen 1 i5, I thought this could be ok.
by Beldar
Fri Jul 17, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: Thinkpad to buy for $150, or < $200 shipped?
Replies: 13
Views: 2654

Re: Thinkpad to buy for $150, or < $200 shipped?

After telling the seller's tech rep about what had happened, he guessed it was a bad/wrong AC adapter, thought I'd maybe do better with a 90 watt instead of the 65 watt they shipped. "Sometimes the packers get it wrong". So I asked if they'd ship me a 90 watt. "No, we'll just refund the whole cost o...
by Beldar
Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Non-ThinkPad Lenovo Laptops
Topic: Ideapad Y570 FOR $200 US ??
Replies: 5
Views: 3182

Re: Ideapad Y570 FOR $200 US ??

BTW
4GB Ram
15.6'' Screen
1366x768HD
500GB Harddrive
QuadCore, Intel Core i7
2 Memory Slots
by Beldar
Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Non-ThinkPad Lenovo Laptops
Topic: Ideapad Y570 FOR $200 US ??
Replies: 5
Views: 3182

Ideapad Y570 FOR $200 US ??

I have a chance to buy an Ideapad Y570 with a formatted 500 GB HDD for ~asking $200 US , might flex on that. I'd be installing a new Samsung SSD. This is from a private seller, not a dealer, not refurbished, cash deal, no shipping, tax, or returns. Seller says "Was primarily used for photoshop, grap...
by Beldar
Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: Thinkpad to buy for $150, or < $200 shipped?
Replies: 13
Views: 2654

Re: Thinkpad to buy for $150, or < $200 shipped?

I suggest buying a fire-sale church and investing in museum quality plexiglass boxes. :banana:
by Beldar
Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: Thinkpad to buy for $150, or < $200 shipped?
Replies: 13
Views: 2654

Thinkpad to buy for $150, or < $200 shipped?

What Thinkpad to buy for around $150, or less than $200 shipped? 15" or maybe 14". My T510 payment was just refunded by the ebay seller, so now I'm wondering. I like the Thinkpad community and the old laptops, but I only got the T510 before I found this group. I want Win10 to go on it, or already in...
by Beldar
Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: Win10 installing, entered a PIN, bricked
Replies: 3
Views: 2166

Re: Win10 installing, entered a PIN, bricked

I tried starting it with the drive removed, no go. The charger from my old Dell Inspiron 3520 is too small.
by Beldar
Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: Win10 installing, entered a PIN, bricked
Replies: 3
Views: 2166

Win10 installing, entered a PIN, bricked

I just got a T510, it's bricked, for now. Sequence: came from eBay with no OS on a 500gb HDD powered up to textual DOS-like screen powered down, put on charger overnight took off charger installed SSD, booted to BIOS removed password need in BIOS, Saved while still looking at BIOS, it beeped and pow...

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