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by Hans Gruber
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T410s plastics cracking
Replies: 6
Views: 268

Re: T410s plastics cracking

The plastic on the T410s has a tendency to crack. Its' mostly aesthetic in appearance only. It's still pretty sturdy and durable compared to other brands of laptops. I know people expect a Thinkpad to be built like a tank.
by Hans Gruber
Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Will T410 video cable work in a T410s of same resolution?
Replies: 11
Views: 432

Re: Will T410 video cable work in a T410s of same resolution?

I guess I will have to retire this T410s with honors. I already have a T420s and a couple of T430s laptops that I use regularly. The T420s now comes out of retirement. I know I still have another T410s sitting around somewhere. There are hoarders and there are people like me who buy in bulk. If one ...
by Hans Gruber
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Will T410 video cable work in a T410s of same resolution?
Replies: 11
Views: 432

Re: Will T410 video cable work in a T410s of same resolution?

Thanks fanatic. Safe to say horizontal artifacts in a perfectly straight line is a video cable issue?
by Hans Gruber
Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Will T410 video cable work in a T410s of same resolution?
Replies: 11
Views: 432

Will T410 video cable work in a T410s of same resolution?

I have horizontal bar (half of screen) that showed up on one of my T410s models. Can I swap out the video cable on a T410 to my T410s? Both have the same resolution screen.
by Hans Gruber
Sun Sep 30, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Change hard drive to say 500Gb or 1TB
Replies: 7
Views: 355

Re: Change hard drive to say 500Gb or 1TB

The newer the drive the better. In theory a 7200rpm drive is better than a 5400rpm drive. If you have an old 7200rpm drive, a new 5400rpm drive would probably outperform it. SATA III spinner drives just revert to SATA II standard. It doesn't make a difference because your spinner drive will not appr...
by Hans Gruber
Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Change hard drive to say 500Gb or 1TB
Replies: 7
Views: 355

Re: Change hard drive to say 500Gb or 1TB

It only has an SATA II port. You really only want to go with an SSD unless you are on a budget or have a spinner drive sitting around. Best case scenario 240-280MB reads with an SSD.
by Hans Gruber
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: picked up a new genuine 6 cell Lenovo battery for my X201
Replies: 0
Views: 293

picked up a new genuine 6 cell Lenovo battery for my X201

I am a bit skeptical buying genuine new batteries for older thinkpads. Anyhow, got a new 6 cell FRU 45N1171 (Sanyo) for my x201/x200/x200s. I downloaded Lenovo Vantage for Win 10 which has the same battery management software that x201 uses on Win 7. Showed the new battery on cycle count of 1. I may...
by Hans Gruber
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: FOUND: ThinkPad X200s with SL9600 2.13GHz
Replies: 8
Views: 411

Re: WTB: ThinkPad X200s with SL9600 2.13GHz

The X200s is quite rare. Obviously this forum is the place to find any uncommon or rare thinkpad.
by Hans Gruber
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420s ~ as in "sleek" ???
Replies: 13
Views: 1455

Re: T420s ~ as in "sleek" ???

You want to permanently disable computrace in your bios in any Thinkpad you have.
by Hans Gruber
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Micro$haft is readying to $haft W10 users even more!
Replies: 31
Views: 1430

Re: Micro$haft is readying to $haft W10 users even more!

My advice to Win 10 users. Reinstall your OS regularly. Backup your files religiously on USB to make the process easier. Keep a Win 10 USB ISO and update it regularly through the Microsoft media creation ISO website. That is the simple solution. Win 10 runs better than Win 7. The antivirus in Win 10...
by Hans Gruber
Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Win10 upgrade failed on both my X40 and T43p?
Replies: 7
Views: 433

Re: Win10 upgrade failed on both my X40 and T43p?

Most likely the video display capabilities of a T43p and x40 were not near enough for Win10.
by Hans Gruber
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Time for a "what distro are you running" thread...
Replies: 66
Views: 4219

Re: Time for a "what distro are you running" thread...

Linux Mint (Cinnamon) 18.3 for me.
by Hans Gruber
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420 or T420s?
Replies: 19
Views: 2511

Re: T420 or T420s?

I would suggest an x220 for travel and either a T420 or T420s for home. I think of the T420 as a desktop replacement and the T420s as a mobile laptop. Obviously there is a W520 but that is more of a beast that they call a desktop replacement while the T420 is much more portable than a W520. I have a...
by Hans Gruber
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: New W500 Camera & other
Replies: 11
Views: 2283

Re: New W500 Camera & other

The absolute top of the line W500 model was the 4062-F5U. I have two myself. Webcam, 1920x1200, T9900. Still a very usable daily machine. The 16:10 ratio is really the best screen orientation for widescreen. It's probably why so many like the T500/W500 thinkpad. Good luck with your upgrades to your ...
by Hans Gruber
Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T500 Thinkpads
Replies: 11
Views: 2969

Re: T500 Thinkpads

I have three or four quad-core T500 sitting on a shelf in Pennsylvania. If anyone's interested in them send me a PM. I bought them and modified them to use Q9100 (4 core, 12 mb L2 cache) with the plan of bringing them back to Europe with me. But, didn't have space in my luggage. For the dual-core, ...
by Hans Gruber
Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Report: Dell is considering selling itself to VMWare
Replies: 6
Views: 1180

Re: Report: Dell is considering selling itself to VMWare

What is the best Dell laptop in the last 5 years?
by Hans Gruber
Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T500 Thinkpads
Replies: 11
Views: 2969

Re: T500 Thinkpads

For the T500. I think the Core 2 Duo T9600 is the best processor for the money today. I have the T9900 and T9600 and unless you have a 1920x1080 panel and want a reference quality thinkpad. The T9600 is the best processor when you consider price. Besides these are old machines and a few hundred mhz ...
by Hans Gruber
Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Please give advice on purchasing a used IBM Thinkpad T60p in 2018
Replies: 77
Views: 50351

Re: Please give advice on purchasing a used IBM Thinkpad T60p in 2018

How much will this T60p set you back? We need dollars and cents. How much?
by Hans Gruber
Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: WTB Windows 8.1 Pro Retail
Replies: 4
Views: 517

Re: WTB Windows 8.1 Pro Retail

A long track record and transaction history the seller does not on Ebay. 20 transaction for any ebay account is a red flag.
by Hans Gruber
Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: The best site for Thinkpad enthusiasts.
Replies: 21
Views: 1871

Re: The best site for Thinkpad enthusiasts.

I don't give lip service. This forum is the encyclopedia of anything thinkpad. Just do a google search for any thinkpad problem or issue and you will be directed to forum.thinkpads.com
by Hans Gruber
Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420 Running Hot?
Replies: 87
Views: 7058

Re: T420 Running Hot?

My daily driver is one of two T430s models. One has the i7 and the other has the i5 processor.
by Hans Gruber
Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420 Running Hot?
Replies: 87
Views: 7058

Re: T420 Running Hot?

I use two razor blades when applying AR5. It's not surgical steel blades but my precision with the blade is second to none. Does the hand shake, of course but what do you expect?

I can attest that the T420s runs a bit warm. Not hot but warm but the performance of the Sandy Bridge CPU's are excellent.
by Hans Gruber
Sun Mar 04, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: ** HOW TOs & FAQs **
Topic: Buying a used Laptop? What to look for, how to test it, etc.
Replies: 13
Views: 9763

Re: Buying a used Laptop? What to look for, how to test it, etc.

I'm not surprised that many T61p's are dead or dying. The Quadro FX 570M with 45w TDP (compared to the NVS 140M with 10w) puts a strain on the cooling system, resulting in high operating temps. Higher temps --> shorter component life. The NVS 140M, while rather pitiful as a discrete GPU, is still l...
by Hans Gruber
Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: ** HOW TOs & FAQs **
Topic: Buying a used Laptop? What to look for, how to test it, etc.
Replies: 13
Views: 9763

Re: Buying a used Laptop? What to look for, how to test it, etc.

" If I may ... " I'd (atm) like to ask/know ... about ... something pertaining to ... evaluating/buying ... a used T61 ... Specifically regarding: NVIDIA GPU MOTHEROBOARD ISSUES i.e., Should 2ndHand T61 models/types with the NVIDIA (as opposed to the Intel) chips be avoided :?: I suppose a 2ndHand ...
by Hans Gruber
Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Laptops: Butchered in vain
Replies: 27
Views: 2628

Re: Laptops: Butchered in vain

I have butchered several HDD covers on the X200/x201 models. There is a plastic hinge on the butt end that looks like a L. If you bend it down it will not fit. If you press it to hard the plastic L part will break. A $2 part but still frustrating. I have broken LCD frame clips but nothing major. I h...
by Hans Gruber
Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: X200s fan assembly
Replies: 7
Views: 2580

Re: X200s fan assembly

I thought I was losing it. I put the x200s back together and pressed the power button and nothing. Took everything apart and put it back together piece by piece connecting the keyboard to the motherboard and testing for power every step of the way. I started with the motherboard outside of the chass...
by Hans Gruber
Sat Mar 03, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: X200s fan assembly
Replies: 7
Views: 2580

Re: X200s fan assembly

There were no screws. The black plastic was a sealer of some sort that really served no real purpose. I really think I broke whatever sealed the fan to the heatsink simply by tightening the fan/heatsink to the vise grip on my bench. I used a hammer and chisel to take off the plastic sealer. I used c...
by Hans Gruber
Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: X200s fan assembly
Replies: 7
Views: 2580

Re: X200s fan assembly

The fan still works but the alignment of the fan is off a bit and wobbles on the bearings. I may drill it out and put on the replacement fan but I need to make sure I have screws that will fit the new fan. This is a collector piece thinkpad so there is no real sense of urgency for me. Worst case sce...

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