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by dr_st
Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)
Replies: 1609
Views: 167782

Re: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)

Puppy wrote:
Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:35 pm
It's based on the regular T470, not T470s, and won't have the 4-lane eDP connector necessary for WQHD.
If that's true, I must admit, that this sounds like the worst and dumbest thing about the machine, so far.
by dr_st
Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)
Replies: 1609
Views: 167782

Re: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)

They give the diehards hope for years about better aspect ratios Really, it was mostly the diehards who gave themselves hope for years about better aspect ratios. No communication from Lenovo ever suggested that anything better than 8:5 is likely, and the less optimistic realized that 16:9 is proba...
by dr_st
Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Strange... T410s
Replies: 20
Views: 527

Re: Strange... T410s

I'm beginning to suspect a SW issue / malware...
by dr_st
Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Strange... T410s
Replies: 20
Views: 527

Re: Strange... T410s

So you disabled both the touchpad and trackpoint - which means you have no way to control the mouse pointer. And it still jumps around on its own?

Or do you use an external mouse? You did say in the beginning that you always use a mouse... Have you considered that perhaps the mouse is the problem?
by dr_st
Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Strange... T410s
Replies: 20
Views: 527

Re: Strange... T410s

I don't know what you mean by "fingerboard". Did you try disabling the touchpad in the BIOS?
by dr_st
Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:15 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)
Replies: 1609
Views: 167782

Re: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)

Nice toy, but the screen is simply too small for serious work --- smaller than a "classic" 13.3 inch screen (83.75in^2 and 6.86in tall versus 84.91in^2 and 7.98in). Some people managed to do a lot of serious work even on a 12". And XGA resolution, God forbid. Some people cannot do with anything sma...
by dr_st
Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:11 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)
Replies: 1609
Views: 167782

Re: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)

lophiomys wrote:
Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:23 am
I am looking foward to see the Docking Station!
Should be compatible with exactly the same docks as the T470.
by dr_st
Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:16 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)
Replies: 1609
Views: 167782

Re: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)

Seems fine. Hopefully the touchscreen is optional, hopefully there will be a QHD option for those who want it (although I myself may still prefer FHD), and hopefully there will be configurations with Intel GPU and not just an nVidia one. Ports are good, except I'd rather have a DP++ than an HDMI, si...
by dr_st
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: 2006 vs 2007 T60p differences
Replies: 4
Views: 374

Re: 2006 vs 2007 T60p differences

zoltan87 wrote:
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:37 am
-The screen hinges on earlier models tend to have more play, but this could be because the ones I have come across had more use in them
Also, 15" model hinges tend to develop considerably more play over time than 14.1" model hinges, and I am not sure about 15.4".
by dr_st
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: My T430s is dead after inserting 2nd drive bay
Replies: 3
Views: 116

Re: My T430s is dead after inserting 2nd drive bay

My best guess is that you have to power off before swapping drives. Why else would they have put two sliders (inaccessible during normal operation) on the bottom of the laptop? You don't have to do anything of the sort. The reason they put the stupid double slider mechanism is allegedly to prevent ...
by dr_st
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:06 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: I have joined the X220 club
Replies: 7
Views: 229

Re: I have joined the X220 club

shawross wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:41 am
Thanks and any club with a Retro keyboard I am happy to join although a sleep LED with the Laptop open would be nice.
Well, the power button pulses when the laptop is asleep.
by dr_st
Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:24 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)
Replies: 1609
Views: 167782

Re: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)

Through the polls we clearly told Lenovo that we don't want 16:9, that we want status lights, and that we want the classic keyboard too. (And a bunch of other things, but these are the most prominent). Why did Lenovo only implement one little feature out of everything we asked , and why should we t...
by dr_st
Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Can Libreboot enable SATA II ?
Replies: 12
Views: 245

Re: Can Libreboot enable SATA II ?

axur-delmeria wrote:
Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:00 pm
Market segmentation, perhaps? One way to force motherboard manufacturers to buy the more expensive ICH7R. :x
Most likely. Except it didn't work so well, based on the meager number of boards with ICH7R.
by dr_st
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Can Libreboot enable SATA II ?
Replies: 12
Views: 245

Re: Can Libreboot enable SATA II ?

Yes. The limitation is the ICH7-M southbridge chip common to R/T/X60 (and Z61). For some reason it lacks SATA II support, even though the desktop variant of this southbridge supports it. :? You want something even weirder? For some reason, ICH7-M has AHCI support, even though the desktop ICH7 does ...
by dr_st
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)
Replies: 1609
Views: 167782

Re: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)

But the X1 was also used as an opportunity exploit the Apple-dominated prosumer market. Thats why it had a glossy screen as well as a Chiclet 6 row keyboard, the first time ever on an expensive ThinkPad. And while the X1 failed for multiple reasons (mainly not enough battery-life, glossy HD screen ...
by dr_st
Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)
Replies: 1609
Views: 167782

Re: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)

The truth is Lenovo doesn't want non 16:9 ThinkPad because it would look different. ThinkPads must be generic :( You know, somehow I don't think this is the truth. I would more readily believe that it's simply the fact that acquiring any non-standard component requires a non-standard process, which...
by dr_st
Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:33 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)
Replies: 1609
Views: 167782

Re: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)

1) If all that we're getting is a T470 with a classic keyboard and a fancy logo, I'd expect to pay $100 more than the standard T470 of the matching specs is listed at. Really? For something that is really only what you described, I would expect to pay exactly the cost of a regular T470. The keyboar...
by dr_st
Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)
Replies: 1609
Views: 167782

Re: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)

Also, about the TN awful panels, they are still some of the better panels. Compare the T60p 14.1" panel to the X240 TN panel and its a world of difference. Add the W700s panel to that mix, and is TN so bad now? Look at an HP stream next to a T42 and IBMs panels suddenly dont seem so bad. I've worke...
by dr_st
Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: X220s?
Replies: 4
Views: 186

Re: X220s?

As to "why": my guess is that the battery life was the biggest thing. The second Core generation (Sandy Bridge) that X220 is based on brought much improved power efficiency, which allowed the mainstream full-voltage CPUs to achieve comparable battery life to low-voltage CPUs of previous generations....
by dr_st
Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)
Replies: 1609
Views: 167782

Re: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)

So seeing that Lenovo repaired their mistake is one way too look at it. But that's not the complete picture. Another way to look at it, is seeing that it took them four generations (!) to repair this mistake and that two years after the initial Classic announcement, all they would give us is a mere...
by dr_st
Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:59 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)
Replies: 1609
Views: 167782

Re: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)

You can write and defend all you like, but the facts remain: - switching over to 16:9 is the most stupid thing ANY laptop manufacturer could have ever done, and - killing the classic keyboard is the most stupid thing Lenovo has ever done (so far). Precisely. So now Lenovo is undoing exactly the mos...
by dr_st
Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T520 ExpressCard issue
Replies: 1
Views: 195

Re: T520 ExpressCard issue

There is a standard ExpressCard/34 slot on the front right side of the chassis.

Just don't put any Renesas uPD720202-based adapter. These tend to have serious issues with the chipset in the T520.
by dr_st
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:54 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: What computer have you had for the longest? When did you get it?
Replies: 30
Views: 1265

Re: What computer have you had for the longest? When did you get it?

SynbiosVyse wrote:
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:21 pm
I just retired my QX6700 about 6 months ago. It still works, but I finally got something faster to replace it.
My parents still use a QX6700-based system running Win7 as their daily driver. Mostly all they need is web-browsing, streaming, email and office work. More than enough for that.
by dr_st
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:51 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T60p acting flakey - slow resume from sleep, wifi dropouts, mouse skipping
Replies: 8
Views: 311

Re: T60p acting flakey - slow resume from sleep, wifi dropouts, mouse skipping

Welcome to the forum.

This can be a software issue or a malware infection, not necessarily a hardware fault.
by dr_st
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:29 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: [SOLVED] Is it possible to use a 170W AC adapter with the T520
Replies: 6
Views: 345

Re: Is it possible to use a 170W AC adapter with the T520

Not entirely sure I'd suggest slicing up a power adapter like this, but if you're extremely careful to do it without damaging the rest of the plug it does work fine, so if you're in a pinch like I was, could be an option. Don't worry. It's a standard mod that's been discussed here multiple times. U...
by dr_st
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: [SOLVED] Is it possible to use a 170W AC adapter with the T520
Replies: 6
Views: 345

Re: Is it possible to use a 170W AC adapter with the T520

Reckon so. I believe the resistance of the center pin is what is used for the "handshake" between the laptop and the adapter, and this is how the laptop "recognizes" the adapter.
by dr_st
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: [SOLVED] Is it possible to use a 170W AC adapter with the T520
Replies: 6
Views: 345

Re: Is it possible to use a 170W AC adapter with the T520

Speedboy wrote:
Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:20 am
If I cut away the extra plastic so it'd fit, would this model work with my T520?
Yes.
by dr_st
Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: 2006 vs 2007 T60p differences
Replies: 4
Views: 374

Re: 2006 vs 2007 T60p differences

IIRC they all can break, but in different locations.
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by dr_st
Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Strange... T410s
Replies: 20
Views: 527

Re: Strange... T410s

Turning things off wouldn't actually be fixing anything so I'll try the new keyboard and hopefully that fixes the issue If the problem is in the trackpoint (which is part of the keyboard) - yes. If the problem is in the touchpad - no, because it's a separate part. Turning things off is for diagnost...
by dr_st
Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)
Replies: 1609
Views: 167782

Re: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)

If this new model is successful Won't happen because of pricing, at least in countries where preconfigured models are offered only. I'm sorry, was there any pricing information disclosed that I missed? Lenovo's general pricing/configuration strategy being what it is, I do not see any reason to beli...

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