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by dr_st
Tue Mar 05, 2024 3:47 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Any reason to keep both a 770z and T23?
Replies: 1
Views: 42

Re: Any reason to keep both a 770z and T23?

Well, I'm pretty sure a T23 can use a floppy drive in its Ultrabay. It's an Ultrabay Plus, after all, which takes all Ultrabay 2000 devices. https://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Category:Ultrabay_Devices#Ultrabay_2000_Devices If you don't care for sound in DOS - then a T23 is a more capable all-around sys...
by dr_st
Tue Mar 05, 2024 3:42 am
Forum: Windows OS (Versions prior to Windows 7)
Topic: LegacyUpdate.net
Replies: 1
Views: 45

Re: LegacyUpdate.net

You are not the last, for sure, because I haven't heard about it until you mentioned it. Thanks for sharing! If they can provide a simple interface to update old Windows OSes - that's nice, but not a game-changer. If they can somehow render website that stopped working with the built-in certificates...
by dr_st
Fri Mar 01, 2024 4:32 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: T570 + Dock no Image on the 2nd Display?!
Replies: 5
Views: 213

Re: T570 + Dock no Image on the 2nd Display?!

Glad you got this to work. :D

I recall that for a while a few years back I ran such a triple-display setup on my Thinkpad 25 (same generation as your T570):
https://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?t=125501
by dr_st
Wed Feb 28, 2024 5:07 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: What to do with R61 machines?
Replies: 11
Views: 502

Re: What to do with R61 machines?

14" wide T/R61 and T/R400 are essentially the same machine. Differences are minimal. 15.4" wide R61/R500 are noticeably bulkier than their T counterparts, and use cheaper materials (although not necessarily less durable). The elusive EU-only 15" 4:3 R61 are just an R60 with R61 hardware. The Franken...
by dr_st
Wed Feb 28, 2024 3:07 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X230-X280 / X390 Series
Topic: Which basic dock for X260?
Replies: 2
Views: 157

Re: Which basic dock for X260?

Docks for this generation should be abundant at this point, therefore inexpensive. I would not get a "basic" one, which would possibly limit your ability to connect multiple displays and devices in the future. I recommend a Thinkpad Ultra Dock 40A2. You can find them on eBay Italy for less than 25EU...
by dr_st
Wed Feb 28, 2024 6:46 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: What to do with R61 machines?
Replies: 11
Views: 502

Re: What to do with R61 machines?

RealBlackStuff wrote:
Wed Feb 28, 2024 5:18 am
If they are 15" 4:3 machines, there's your "Frankie" alternative.
The only useful variant of the R61, IMO.

Never liked the ugly asymmetric fat bezels and front-facing grilles of the widescreen T/R61/00 systems. They didn't phase it out a moment too soon.
by dr_st
Wed Feb 28, 2024 3:18 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Any Advance docks for ThinkPad T470?
Replies: 4
Views: 211

Re: Any Advance docks for ThinkPad T470?

ThinkPad560X wrote:
Wed Feb 28, 2024 1:57 am
I don't see a thunderbolt port on my T470. Just a USB-C and power AC in.
The USB-C on the T470 is Thunderbolt.
by dr_st
Tue Feb 27, 2024 7:33 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Nordic layout of Thinkpad keyboards
Replies: 11
Views: 982

Re: Nordic layout of Thinkpad keyboards

zil wrote:
Tue Feb 27, 2024 6:43 am
Uh, what?
Our friend mikemex just took this thread on a tangent towards a completely unrelated direction. This is something that tends to happen frequently on message boards; one gets used to it. :)
by dr_st
Sun Feb 25, 2024 11:51 pm
Forum: Pictures of your ThinkPad & desk setup
Topic: Post your desktop.
Replies: 770
Views: 480837

Re: Post your desktop.

Welcome to the forum. :)

A lovely desktop setup you have there. Thanks for sharing! :thumbs-UP:
by dr_st
Sat Feb 24, 2024 3:02 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: T570 + Dock no Image on the 2nd Display?!
Replies: 5
Views: 213

Re: T570 + Dock no Image on the 2nd Display?!

Is the dock you got "Thinkpad Pro Dock 40A1"? If so - it supports only one digital monitor. The DisplayPort and DVI are mutually exclusive. The other monitor must be connected via VGA. https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-T400-T500-and-newer-T-series-Laptops/ThinkPad-Pro-Dock-40A1-max-monitors/m-p/...
by dr_st
Thu Feb 15, 2024 1:34 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: Differences between a T400 and a T500/W500
Replies: 1
Views: 214

Re: Differences between a T400 and a T500/W500

Many of the internal hardware components are the same, while most of the chassis parts are different.
You can see very detailed specs of the different models in the withdrawn model book:
https://psref.lenovo.com/syspool/Sys/PD ... k_2013.pdf
Just search for T400 and T500/W500.
by dr_st
Sat Feb 10, 2024 3:55 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Nordic layout of Thinkpad keyboards
Replies: 11
Views: 982

Re: Nordic layout of Thinkpad keyboards

Look at the red area.. there’s 4 keys that are narrower than the others left of it. 3 of those 4 are keys for letters - ones that the Nordic languages very commonly use. How can this be that some of them are narrower? You wouldn’t have U, I, J and K narrower than the other letter keys in the US lay...
by dr_st
Fri Feb 09, 2024 4:14 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: Keyboard stickers for ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Replies: 1
Views: 318

Re: Keyboard stickers for ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series

I used stickers on a number of laptop keyboards, although not on these particular models.

Stickers work well for a while, then they wear out and become a smeared mess.
Although you can replace them, engraving seems a better option for longevity, if it is available where you're at.
by dr_st
Sun Feb 04, 2024 6:50 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: How new my laptop really needs to be? A guide to modern computing
Replies: 9
Views: 1406

Re: How new my laptop really needs to be? A guide to modern computing

It's true that the needs are different, and as you said - they also evolve over time. Retirement is one of the biggest changers, but it is not the only one. I'd say that 80-90% of my laptop usage is in a desktop environment, with an external keyboard, mouse, screen. So why do I care so much about pr...
by dr_st
Sat Feb 03, 2024 1:05 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: Thinklight symbol stays on
Replies: 2
Views: 468

Re: Thinklight symbol stays on

When the overlay does not go away, you should still be able to go into the task/process manager, find the process responsible for showing it, and terminate it. I don't remember the name of the process off the top of my head, but I may have had to do it at least once in the past.
by dr_st
Thu Feb 01, 2024 2:53 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: How new my laptop really needs to be? A guide to modern computing
Replies: 9
Views: 1406

Re: How new my laptop really needs to be? A guide to modern computing

ZaZ wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2024 1:15 pm
Wouldn't the T490 be a better dream given that it gets you access to the six core i7 and very good low power screen? I presume there's some sort of technical hurdle complicating its birth.
T480 and T470 CPUs are the same socket. T490 CPUs are different.
by dr_st
Thu Feb 01, 2024 10:10 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: How new my laptop really needs to be? A guide to modern computing
Replies: 9
Views: 1406

Re: How new my laptop really needs to be? A guide to modern computing

That is a great essay. I appreciate it. My Thinkpad 25 (7th gen, Kaby Lake, dual-core) is 6+ years old. It is still pretty snappy for day-to-day tasks that do not include heavy number crunching or too much multi-tasking. With a proper 6/8-core desktop, it can stay as my primary laptop for years to c...
by dr_st
Thu Feb 01, 2024 7:04 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: Liquid damaged T430s has no right click!
Replies: 1
Views: 389

Re: Liquid damaged T430s has no right click!

Quite possible. The trackpoint is part of the keyboard, the touchpad is a separate device, and connected via its own cable to the keyboard. However, both pointing devices sit on the same PS/2 channel, so a fault with one can disrupt the other. The first thing I would try - disconnect the touchpad. I...
by dr_st
Sun Jan 28, 2024 4:59 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: A word of warning about Aliexpress super cheap stuff
Replies: 2
Views: 654

Re: A word of warning about Aliexpress super cheap stuff

My experience with Aliexpress has been unusually poor. I've only ordered from them twice, some ultra-cheap stuff. It arrived completely unusable, with mechanical faults preventing the proper installation, similarly to what you mentioned, just worse. Ever since, I stopped ordering there. My experienc...
by dr_st
Thu Jan 25, 2024 3:44 pm
Forum: Thinkpad T14/T15/T16
Topic: Audio Connection for T14 Dock?
Replies: 6
Views: 965

Re: Audio Connection for T14 Dock?

It has a combo jack, doesn't it? If so, a Y-splitter such as this may work.
by dr_st
Sat Jan 20, 2024 1:39 am
Forum: ThinkPad T40/T41/T42/T43 Series
Topic: Recommended OS for the T42?
Replies: 10
Views: 1611

Re: Recommended OS for the T42?

That strengthens my feel that XP is preferred on this generation. On a high-end Pentium M, many DOS games will already play with good performance via DOSBox (the emulator), sound, MIDI and all.
by dr_st
Fri Jan 19, 2024 3:11 am
Forum: ThinkPad T40/T41/T42/T43 Series
Topic: Recommended OS for the T42?
Replies: 10
Views: 1611

Re: Recommended OS for the T42?

Gonzaleitor wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2024 5:01 pm
I have one with Win 98SE. I use it for older games, but not DOS. The chip is not Soundblaster compatible.
Yes, good point. However, it is Soundblaster compatible inside a Windows command prompt, isn't it?
by dr_st
Fri Jan 19, 2024 3:07 am
Forum: Windows 10/11/etc.
Topic: Migrating to Windows 10 or 11
Replies: 5
Views: 820

Re: Migrating to Windows 10 or 11

And yeah, it tends to work much better on a fresh install. The upgrade option doesn't always pick up everything and you'll be left with weird quirks. The last time I upgraded from WIndows 10 to 11, the suspension stopped working (I fixed it switching to S3 suspend and back to S0ix). In short, I'd j...
by dr_st
Thu Jan 18, 2024 6:18 am
Forum: ThinkPad T40/T41/T42/T43 Series
Topic: Recommended OS for the T42?
Replies: 10
Views: 1611

Re: Recommended OS for the T42?

Windows XP

Unless you want to play DOS / early Windows games natively - then you may consider Win98, but it will not be as smooth and as stable an experience.
by dr_st
Wed Jan 17, 2024 1:15 pm
Forum: ThinkPad L430/L530 and later Series
Topic: I'm Back and This Time It's Personal
Replies: 11
Views: 4133

Re: I'm Back and This Time It's Personal

With some of the models (or at least my t470 and by extension any t480) there’s a specific direction and angle you have to lift and pull the cover, or it will break a bunch of clips. The HMM has the instructions. Yes. And even if you don't break the clips, you can deform them (or the cover, or perh...
by dr_st
Tue Jan 16, 2024 11:32 am
Forum: Windows 10/11/etc.
Topic: Migrating to Windows 10 or 11
Replies: 5
Views: 820

Re: Migrating to Windows 10 or 11

There are options for an in-place upgrade:
https://pureinfotech.com/upgrade-to-win ... windows-7/

Windows 10 will use Windows 7 drivers to the best of its ability. Some will work out of the box, some won't.
by dr_st
Tue Jan 16, 2024 7:40 am
Forum: ThinkPad T60/T61 Series
Topic: Trouble Connecting Monitor Via VGA
Replies: 13
Views: 1875

Re: Trouble Connecting Monitor Via VGA

Advanced display settings.
https://pureinfotech.com/disconnect-mon ... indows-10/

Looks like in new versions they may have changed this feature to be called "Remove display from desktop".
https://www.thewindowsclub.com/how-to-r ... in-windows
by dr_st
Mon Jan 15, 2024 6:28 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T60/T61 Series
Topic: Trouble Connecting Monitor Via VGA
Replies: 13
Views: 1875

Re: Trouble Connecting Monitor Via VGA

babysheegoth wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2024 1:25 pm
Is there a way if when I dock the laptop it can switch to using both external monitors rather than the t61s screen itself?
Yes, you can. In the display the settings, choose 'disconnect' the internal laptop screen, and then you should be able to use the other two via the dock.
by dr_st
Mon Jan 15, 2024 4:27 am
Forum: ** HOW TOs & FAQs **
Topic: Internet Speed Test, who can you believe?
Replies: 20
Views: 4794

Re: Internet Speed Test, who can you believe?

A good router makes a ton of difference. For about a year I owned a TP-Link AC2100, and was too lazy to install it, because my older TP-Link W9970 seemed to have been working fine. Most of the time. At some point I bit the bullet, and lo and behold - WiFi speeds improved everywhere by ~100% and the ...
by dr_st
Mon Jan 15, 2024 2:05 am
Forum: ThinkPad T60/T61 Series
Topic: Trouble Connecting Monitor Via VGA
Replies: 13
Views: 1875

Re: Trouble Connecting Monitor Via VGA

Wait, you have 3 displays? Which ones?

The T61 can only support two simultaneous video outputs. The third one may be detected but won't show an image.

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