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by barrywohl
Sat Mar 17, 2007 8:25 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Debating the purchase of a new Z series - advice appreciated
Replies: 11
Views: 2032

I have an A22/p which is a great machine but the 1600x1200 screen is a nuisance insomuch that it won't work useably at any other resolution. I don't understand this. I have an A21p and an R50p. Each has a screen with 1600 x 1200 native but each runs fine with Windows XP sp2 at 800 x 600 right up to...
by barrywohl
Mon Mar 12, 2007 12:30 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: AC Power Problems On Thinkpad Z-Series Notebooks
Replies: 60
Views: 10784

Have you guys considered a grounding problem? If the AC adapter freezes the machine without being plugged in, sounds like it wouldn't be an AC adapter or power issue - but a grounding issue. Try grounding the machine before you plug-in and see if you get any freezes. Exactly, but how? To me it acts...
by barrywohl
Mon Mar 12, 2007 8:32 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Z61p fan noise
Replies: 5
Views: 1334

Re: Z61p fan noise

malandro wrote:Has anyone experienced such behaviour?
No. The fan on my Z61p 9450-CTO seems to turn on and off appropriately.
by barrywohl
Sun Mar 11, 2007 7:31 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: AC Power Problems On Thinkpad Z-Series Notebooks
Replies: 60
Views: 10784

sometimes the best approach is the one more or less guaranteed to eliminate the problem. And since they have offered to take it back for full credit, that is what I would do. ken Ken, that option, without appeal, went away March 5th at 7 pm EST. I think they will do that for me if they are unable t...
by barrywohl
Sun Mar 11, 2007 3:23 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: AC Power Problems On Thinkpad Z-Series Notebooks
Replies: 60
Views: 10784

Here's something really surprising. The AC adapter DOES NOT HAVE TO BE LIVE. Plugging in an AC adapter that is disconnected from the line CAN STILL CAUSE A FREEZE-UP. An UNPLUGGED ac adapter that is then (without juice) plugged into the adapter receptacle caused my machine to freeze up this morning...
by barrywohl
Sun Mar 11, 2007 1:33 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: AC Power Problems On Thinkpad Z-Series Notebooks
Replies: 60
Views: 10784

Rob, here's some NEWS about the problem: The BIOS settings did not solve the problem. The freeze up occurs with the FIRST plug in but not 2nd through 10th. Here's something really surprising. The AC adapter DOES NOT HAVE TO BE LIVE. Plugging in an AC adapter that is disconnected from the line CAN ST...
by barrywohl
Sun Mar 11, 2007 10:48 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: AC Power Problems On Thinkpad Z-Series Notebooks
Replies: 60
Views: 10784

Has anyone experimented with changing power management settings in the BIOS? I am experimenting with changing power management settings in BIOS 2.14 right now. Here's my Before/After for the BIOS power management: z61p bios for power management Timer Wake with battery operation: disabled (left alone...
by barrywohl
Sun Mar 11, 2007 10:17 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Z61m freezes from battery to power switch
Replies: 4
Views: 1450

See this thread [/color]. I've convinced myself it is a planar board or similar hardware problem, as I can demonstrate the problem with no hard drive installed, booting to the BIOS setup utility. I have tried to see if I can generate the problem with either of my two DIMMs installed and I can. I hav...
by barrywohl
Sun Mar 11, 2007 9:59 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: AC Power Problems On Thinkpad Z-Series Notebooks
Replies: 60
Views: 10784

When l had the palm rest removed, I could see "Revision C" on the planar board.

I bought my Z61p directly from Lenovo. It shipped to me February 12, 2007.
by barrywohl
Sun Mar 11, 2007 12:54 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: AC Power Problems On Thinkpad Z-Series Notebooks
Replies: 60
Views: 10784

9450-CTO
by barrywohl
Sat Mar 10, 2007 9:31 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: AC Power Problems On Thinkpad Z-Series Notebooks
Replies: 60
Views: 10784

Further trouble shooting: The problem of freeze-up on connecting ac power occurs with either DIMM installed alone. The problem occurs with both DIMMs installed but NO hard drive. I tested this by booting to the BIOS 2.14 setup utility. I could arrow among choices until the freeze-up occurred. I trie...
by barrywohl
Sat Mar 10, 2007 7:51 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: AC Power Problems On Thinkpad Z-Series Notebooks
Replies: 60
Views: 10784

barrywohl : IRT the freeze problem.. have any of you tried pulling the various add in devices and in the case of add in memory, swapping different memory in where that can be accomplished..? anyone tried booting to the bios WITHOUT a HDD in place..? so as to try to be sure it IS hardware related..?...
by barrywohl
Sat Mar 10, 2007 3:25 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: AC Power Problems On Thinkpad Z-Series Notebooks
Replies: 60
Views: 10784

I'm probably the irritated mod in question since I've doctored up some of the good doctor's quotes I hadn't noticed. Doctor away! I'm sorry if I was too wordy. For Bill, I will do as you suggest, and try each of the 1GB dimms separately and try a bare machine booted to PC Doctor for DOS or somethin...
by barrywohl
Sat Mar 10, 2007 12:26 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: AC Power Problems On Thinkpad Z-Series Notebooks
Replies: 60
Views: 10784

On the Z61m, it seems to be a system lockup when an AC Adapter is plugged in. On the Z61p/t, I have had users contact me concerning overheating and shutdowns when it is on AC Power although adequately cooled. My Z61p has exactly the same problem as your Z61m, lockup when the AC adapter is plugged i...
by barrywohl
Sat Mar 10, 2007 11:43 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: AC Power Problems On Thinkpad Z-Series Notebooks
Replies: 60
Views: 10784

[I'd call them back, say I changed my mind, and please pick the machine up. Granted, they might fix it but easyserv doesn't have the best reputation here and maybe they will accuse you of being responsible for a liquid spill or god knows what. There are two problems with that advice. (1) My first c...
by barrywohl
Sat Mar 10, 2007 9:39 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Z61p display resolutions and Vista
Replies: 6
Views: 2044

In my system, Welcome Center is listed 2GB RAM. What does this mean? I've got a Z61p with 2gb ram and Vista Upgrade Express in the pipeline. Also, I find 1920 x 1200 wonderful on XP Pro at least with my eyes. Your mileage may vary. Many in my shop hate my screen and only like 1024 x768 on their 15 ...
by barrywohl
Sat Mar 10, 2007 9:29 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: AC Power Problems On Thinkpad Z-Series Notebooks
Replies: 60
Views: 10784

Has anyone had this problem of freeze up on connecting AC power AND had EasyServ successfully resolve the issue by a depot repair?

That's my next step.
by barrywohl
Sat Mar 10, 2007 9:27 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: AC Power Problems On Thinkpad Z-Series Notebooks
Replies: 60
Views: 10784

If the machine is less than 30 days old and you have an unresolved hardware problem you may be able to get lenovo to replace the unit. Key to this is good documentation that you have tried to resolve the problems with their tech support. Each problem is assigned a "case number" or somesuch and if y...
by barrywohl
Sat Mar 10, 2007 12:00 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: AC Power Problems On Thinkpad Z-Series Notebooks
Replies: 60
Views: 10784

Could someone elaborate on "AC Power Problems"? What sort of problems? My Z61p runs fine on battery. It runs fine on the AC adapter. It switches fine from AC adapter to battery. HOWEVER, sometimes, when I have it running on battery and I switch it to AC adapter it freezes. This freeze seems hardwar...
by barrywohl
Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:24 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: AC Power Problems On Thinkpad Z-Series Notebooks
Replies: 60
Views: 10784

You have a private message. I've put some work into this in the last few days. I'm pretty much convinced it is pure hardware not software. I've tried two different hard drives with different Windows XP configurations; one bare bones, generic drivers, minimal configuration and one fully updated and a...
by barrywohl
Fri Mar 09, 2007 12:13 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: And no more T60 15" FV options listed (not today anyway
Replies: 28
Views: 4412

Re: Intending to obtain T60p, 15.0" UXGA

They said if I want UXGA, I'll have to order a 15.4" WUXGA, which I don't really want. I don't see any UXGA or WUXGA screens in any ThinkPad configuration on the Lenovo website. I just bought a Z61p WUXGA model 4 weeks ago, but it disappeared from the website a week later. i've got a UXGA A21p and ...
by barrywohl
Wed Mar 07, 2007 10:22 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Z61m Freezes on AC connect
Replies: 7
Views: 1764

I cannot go into detail at the current time, but if you still have a support contract, contact technical support. They will be able to assist with this problem... Any help you can give me to guide Easyserv to giving me the help I need would be great. Other than removing DIMMs one at a time, I'm at ...
by barrywohl
Wed Mar 07, 2007 3:14 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Z61m Freezes on AC connect
Replies: 7
Views: 1764

My machine is brand new, purchased from Lenovo, invoiced to me on 02/12/2007. I received it 19 days ago. Support said, on the fourth call on the same case, "Call this number and Lenovo will swap it for a new one." I called the number and Lenovo said, "We no longer have the Z61p available, so I can s...
by barrywohl
Tue Mar 06, 2007 3:33 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Z61m Freezes on AC connect
Replies: 7
Views: 1764

I have the same problem with my brand new Z61p. The machine is three weeks old and the problem was there fresh out of the box. I've got about a half dozen R50/R51 ThinkPads that get plugged and unplugged about 30 times a day a piece and never this problem. My machine has WUXGA screen, 2gb ram 2.33 G...
by barrywohl
Tue Mar 06, 2007 3:26 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Z61m freezes from battery to power switch
Replies: 4
Views: 1450

I'm having the same problem and it is mission critical! I carry a laptop with me in and out of exam rooms all day. I plug in when I can. I have had no problem with this in 3 years with a half dozen R51 and R50p ThinkPads. My otherwise wonderful Z61p freezes up when I plug in an ac adaptor sometimes....

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