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by Thinkpaddict
Tue Aug 09, 2016 3:45 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: "Fan Error" (X200) Motherboard or Fan? *SOLVED*
Replies: 26
Views: 13061

Re: "Fan Error" (X200) Motherboard or Fan? *SOLVED*

I ran it without the fan, then shut it down. A few hours later it booted up with no problem. No fan error. Then it booted twice again (once yesterday and once this morning) with no fan error. I'm not sure what's going on, except that perhaps it's the fuse, and it's sensitive to specific environment ...
by Thinkpaddict
Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:01 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: "Fan Error" (X200) Motherboard or Fan? *SOLVED*
Replies: 26
Views: 13061

Re: "Fan Error" (X200) Motherboard or Fan? *SOLVED*

After doing this very intermittently (about 4 or 5 times) in the past 3 months, my trick of holding the power button didn't work. I have been able to circumvent the Fan Error message by pushing the Esc key when it appears, and then the computer boots up. However, the fan doesn't work (I was doubting...
by Thinkpaddict
Sat Jul 16, 2016 2:52 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: "Fan Error" (X200) Motherboard or Fan? *SOLVED*
Replies: 26
Views: 13061

Re: "Fan Error" (X200) Motherboard or Fan? *SOLVED*

I wanted to add my experience with this. I have been using my X200 for about 1 1/2 years now. Two months ago, I got a "Fan Error" on boot, and it wouldn't start up. I tried removing the battery and running it off the AC adapter, but it didn't work. Finally, I remembered that some issues in Thinkpads...
by Thinkpaddict
Fri Sep 04, 2015 7:07 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: X301 or X220s to replace my X60s?
Replies: 11
Views: 2848

Re: X301 or X220s to replace my X60s?

I upgraded from an X61 to an X200. It's a really nice upgrade. You can put up to 8GB on the X200. Add a fast HD, and it will be nice and fast, much faster than an X60. I got my like-new X200 last year for $150 shipped, and I have it running a triple boot (Windows XP, Windows 7, and Ubuntu). These ar...
by Thinkpaddict
Fri Sep 04, 2015 7:01 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: Windows 7 Driver Install on fresh Thinkpad X200: Windows Update or manual installation?
Replies: 3
Views: 2165

Re: Windows 7 Driver Install on fresh Thinkpad X200: Windows Update or manual installation?

Lenovo has an utility by the name of System Update which was derived out of the old IBM one. You're definitely better off with their drivers than you'd be with the ones from WU. Personally, I install the very few basic and most-needed drivers/utilities and call it a day, but it's your system to pla...
by Thinkpaddict
Thu Sep 03, 2015 2:16 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: Windows 7 Driver Install on fresh Thinkpad X200: Windows Update or manual installation?
Replies: 3
Views: 2165

Windows 7 Driver Install on fresh Thinkpad X200: Windows Update or manual installation?

Hello, I just installed a fresh Windows 7 OEM on one of my Thinkpad X200 partitions. To install the drivers, should I just fire up Windows Update, or should I use a driver matrix from Lenovo and install manually? Back in the IBM days, around 10 years ago or so, there was this Software Installer prog...
by Thinkpaddict
Sat Sep 20, 2014 4:23 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Faraday cages to protect your Thinkpads
Replies: 6
Views: 2667

Re: Faraday cages to protect your Thinkpads

for a decent faraday cage try copper window screen material.. let me know how it works out.. and i am NOT mocking.. if such a thing were to be weaponized (EMP generator or the like) it'll probably be the chinese or russians who do it.. meanwhile the iranians will just lob a bomb into orbit and take...
by Thinkpaddict
Sat Sep 20, 2014 4:12 am
Forum: ThinkPad X2/X3/X4x Series incl. X41 Tablet
Topic: In appreciation of the IBM Thinkpad X24
Replies: 20
Views: 9956

Re: In appreciation of the IBM Thinkpad X24

Started off w/ X20, then X21, now I am writing on an X24. I really do like it, my hinges are getting loose, but i am lazy and don't always close the lid when I pick it up to move. Not a gamer, so it still works plenty good for me. Biggest problem is stupid FireFox memory leak bogs it down badly. To...
by Thinkpaddict
Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:59 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Thinkpad you've never had?
Replies: 46
Views: 5422

Re: Thinkpad you've never had?

RealBlackStuff wrote:Check this out for old/new development: new T50 motherboards with i3 CPU, to be put in a T43/p :banana:
http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=110787
This is nice! If that mobo is reliable, I will need to get a mint T43 body in eBay to give it a try.
by Thinkpaddict
Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:55 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Thinkpad you've never had?
Replies: 46
Views: 5422

Re: Thinkpad you've never had?

Yes, the 240Z (I had a 240X) are very nice machines, small form factor, very powerful for the time, and still usable. I used mine up until 2 years ago for general purpose (web browsing, email, etc), as well as a cheap on-vehicle GPS before dedicated GPS devices were really affordable. The 240X I had...
by Thinkpaddict
Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:34 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Faraday cages to protect your Thinkpads
Replies: 6
Views: 2667

Re: Faraday cages to protect your Thinkpads

Thank you for your input, gentlemen. Ray, first of, your disclaimer at the bottom is good stuff! :) Yes, it seems that grounding would seem to provide more protection, or at the worst, it probably wouldn't hurt. The idea about soldering a few printed circuit boards is quite interesting, although Im ...
by Thinkpaddict
Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:24 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Perseid Meteor Shower 2008 / 2013 *PIC (9K) *
Replies: 12
Views: 3010

Re: Perseid Meteor Shower 2008 / 2012 *PIC (9K) *

Good luck with that! Just wondering, are you shooting with a wide angle to give you a better chance of catching something? I'm going out tomorrow with my wife to a peak nearby where we live. Not sure if it will be too late though. They say Perseids were crossing nearby from August 11 to August 13. W...
by Thinkpaddict
Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:55 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: X61 HD temperature way too high
Replies: 9
Views: 3289

Re: X61 HD temperature way too high

Thanks! I am bookmarking the topic so I can refer to it when needed! Good job! :thumbs-UP: Thank you, I hope it helps you in the future. I'm not sure why this is not more clearly documented, but perhaps not too many people running Linux (or Windows for that matter) pay attention to their HD tempera...
by Thinkpaddict
Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:13 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: X61 HD temperature way too high
Replies: 9
Views: 3289

Re: X61 HD temperature way too high

Let us know how this goes. I have used Linux on-and-off the last couple of years. My experience is that the hard drive area becomes very warm when using Linux compared to Windows. Perhaps power management needs to be tweaked in Linux? Hi emeraldgirl08, I figured out what was going on. You can read ...
by Thinkpaddict
Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:12 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Perseid Meteor Shower 2008 / 2013 *PIC (9K) *
Replies: 12
Views: 3010

Re: Perseid Meteor Shower 2008 / 2012 *PIC (9K) *

Another August... time again to re-visit this thread.... Good conditions for viewing tonight. Moon has set and there's none of the typical summertime fog (yet) rolling over the Santa Cruz Mountains. Hope to set up my tripod again in a few hours and see if I can get some more pictures. Perseus is in...
by Thinkpaddict
Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:10 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: X61 HD temperature way too high
Replies: 9
Views: 3289

Re: X61 HD temperature way too high

Quick update: I did some research, and the reading i was using (from the IBM ACPI interface) is much higher than the SMART reading the HDD reports. So I think the IBM ACPI data might be unreliable regarding HD temperatures. I started this other thread in the Linux section: http://forum.thinkpads.com...
by Thinkpaddict
Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:08 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: [RESOLVED]Discrepancy between IMB ACPI and SMART data for HD
Replies: 0
Views: 1297

[RESOLVED]Discrepancy between IMB ACPI and SMART data for HD

I am getting a huge discrepancy between the data for my HD temperature reported by IBM ACPI and the SMART data provided by the hard drive itself. The HDD temperature reported by the IBM ACPI interface, is it just "somewhere nearby the hard drive"? That would explain some difference, but it is too bi...
by Thinkpaddict
Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:40 am
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: X61 HD temperature way too high
Replies: 9
Views: 3289

Re: X61 HD temperature way too high

Let us know how this goes. I have used Linux on-and-off the last couple of years. My experience is that the hard drive area becomes very warm when using Linux compared to Windows. Perhaps power management needs to be tweaked in Linux? Thank you for pointing that out, emeraldgirl08. I know in genera...
by Thinkpaddict
Sat Aug 10, 2013 5:04 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: X61 HD temperature way too high
Replies: 9
Views: 3289

Re: X61 HD temperature way too high

Since I still had lying around the original HD this X61 came with, which has a Windows 7 installation, I popped it in, installed SpeedFan, and tried to figure out how hot it would get. It turns out that it runs about 12C cooler than the other one in Ubuntu 12.04. Not sure it if is the HD itself or t...
by Thinkpaddict
Sat Aug 10, 2013 4:55 pm
Forum: Forum Announcements
Topic: Forum donations for upgrades
Replies: 30
Views: 825390

Re: Forum donations for upgrades

Even though I'm absolutely broke at the moment, I just donated slightly (just slightly) above the 2 cents that GomJabbar mentioned. ;) As a humble way to say thank you for the best place for Thinkpad discussion (and many other topics actually) in the Internet.
by Thinkpaddict
Sat Aug 10, 2013 4:50 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Faraday cages to protect your Thinkpads
Replies: 6
Views: 2667

Faraday cages to protect your Thinkpads

I didn't come up with anything in a search of the forum. Recently I've been obsessing that a rogue solar flare will hit us and cause enough disruptions to damage electronic equipment like our beloved Thinkpads. The one way to protect electronic equipment like this from such an event (or from somethi...
by Thinkpaddict
Sat Aug 10, 2013 4:40 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: Windows XP and Linux Dual boot problems
Replies: 3
Views: 3809

Re: Windows XP and Linux Dual boot problems

Windows XP operates correctly. Ubuntu has big problems with the screen. The top half of the screen is OK, the bottom half is a jaggy blurry mess. The mouse pointer leaves a trail behind it that never goes away, so it appears that there are video driver issues. I can get to a command prompt and oper...
by Thinkpaddict
Sat Aug 10, 2013 4:31 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: T23 CMOS compatibility question?
Replies: 9
Views: 4691

Re: T23 CMOS compatibility question?

A couple of times I've run into sellers that, no matter how I explain the situation, they adamantly say that "I know it's a T23 because that's what's on the keyboard!" :banghead: That's so true... :D My remaining X24, which I bought in the spring of 2005 and is still in great condition, says X22 on...
by Thinkpaddict
Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:51 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: Vanity Post: Resurrecting a Thinkpad X61s *PICS*
Replies: 28
Views: 8414

Re: Vanity Post: Resurrecting a Thinkpad X61s *PICS*

Great job, as mentioned before, that laptop skin looks quite luxurious. :D
by Thinkpaddict
Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:47 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: X61 HD temperature way too high
Replies: 9
Views: 3289

Re: X61 HD temperature way too high

You need to be more specific, like: WD [model]/320GB/5400rpm/4MB cache. I use an X61s with 32GB SSD (only for traveling) and an Intel 6200 wifi card. No heat problems at all. Thank you, RBS. My drive information is Western Digital (WDC WD3200BPVT-22JJ5T0)/320GB/5400rpm/8MB cache. Glad to know you h...
by Thinkpaddict
Wed Aug 07, 2013 1:27 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: X60/61 owners, can you see if these HD clips are playable?
Replies: 12
Views: 4265

Re: X60/61 owners, can you see if these HD clips are playable?

Hi, Sorry for the late replay to your message. I am replying in the forum as well for the benefit of others. I just tried to play all of your clips, and while they do play (I'm using mplayer on Ubuntu Linux), the video stream doesn't seem to be playing at full speed. Another thing to point out is th...
by Thinkpaddict
Wed Aug 07, 2013 1:02 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: looking for buying advice for a thinkpad subnotebook
Replies: 17
Views: 3463

Re: looking for buying advice for a thinkpad subnotebook

Just to add to the excellent points, for emphasis, that the X6x machines run hot (specifically the hard drive, which is what I care the most about). The X200 is, in my experience, much cooler.

I just started a thread about this: http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=111022
by Thinkpaddict
Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:55 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: X61 HD temperature way too high
Replies: 9
Views: 3289

X61 HD temperature way too high

I particularly care about HD temperatures, because high temperatures are particularly damaging to hard drives (at least non-flash drives), and hard drive failure can mean data loss. My X61 HD reaches a temperature of close to 60C while idling. If the CPU is working hard (but the HD is idling), then ...
by Thinkpaddict
Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:25 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: Got my X61 but... it has a Supervisor Password!
Replies: 24
Views: 9295

Re: Got my X61 but... it has a Supervisor Password!

OK, thank you for confirming it's actually a tricky operation. I'll order a CMOS battery and use your trick when I connect it.

Good thinking about that disclaimer too. There's no warranty that what you did would work in other system, so "caveat emptor" might be a good strategy in this case.
by Thinkpaddict
Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:08 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: Got my X61 but... it has a Supervisor Password!
Replies: 24
Views: 9295

Re: Got my X61 but... it has a Supervisor Password!

CMOS batteries are available by the gazillions on eBay from about $1.80 onwards. T23 has the same battery as T30/T4x/R5x/T6x They last on average 5 years or more. Just check for "CMOS battery IBM T23" [or substitute T23 with any of the above]. Thank you, I'll do that. I remember the CMOS battery on...

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