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by tinkererguy
Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:03 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: My W700 has arrived, here's some initial observations
Replies: 30
Views: 18640

unfortunately, managed to slightly lift one of the 2 320GB drives (HDD0) about 1mm, and... So sorry to hear that, tinkererguy. I'm an EE, and that was one of my concerns. I've been sort of awestruck by all the stuff you've been adding. I hope you get everything patched up without too much difficult...
by tinkererguy
Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:00 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: My W700 has arrived, here's some initial observations
Replies: 30
Views: 18640

I don't have side by side photos of my T61p and my W700, but will take some next week. Sure wish this forum had direct place to attach photos, without having to upload elsewhere first. the extra bandwidth required for this feature would cost a lot more.   we'd like to keep this place free-of-charge...
by tinkererguy
Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:12 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: My W700 has arrived, here's some initial observations
Replies: 30
Views: 18640

Glad you appreciate my typing this all up. And thank you for sharing what you're doing with your W700! FYI, here's a cut and paste from the Lenovo website tonight, pertaining to the graphics: NVIDIA Quadro FX 2700M 48-core CUDA parallel computing processor 512MB (dedicated) NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M 12...
by tinkererguy
Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:18 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: My W700 has arrived, here's some initial observations
Replies: 30
Views: 18640

How about some more comments or pictures on the W700 WUXGA screen vs. the T610 WUXGA screen. My T61p screen is fine in darker indoor environments, but not so good at my brightly lit office. I don't have side by side photos of my T61p and my W700, but will take some next week. Sure wish this forum h...
by tinkererguy
Wed Oct 22, 2008 10:14 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: My W700 has arrived, here's some initial observations
Replies: 30
Views: 18640

I've left the below original early draft here, but newer more accurate information since updated in new thread here: http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?p=462112 ============================================ "Moral of the story, aka, Summary of above thread" This is the kind of detailed summary ...
by tinkererguy
Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:19 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: My W700 has arrived, here's some initial observations
Replies: 30
Views: 18640

Wow, over 350 viewers of this thread! I'm hoping I'm doing some good here, and not confusing or worrying potential buyers excessively, this is a great machine. It's a bit embarassing to admit, but I made a grave mistake not ordering the rubber rails, and not using felt pads or something to keep the ...
by tinkererguy
Tue Oct 21, 2008 5:39 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: My W700 has arrived, here's some initial observations
Replies: 30
Views: 18640

Thanks for the link to the caddy & rails! You're welcome! The eBay shipper already sent it out, we'll see how long it takes. ... As an aside, Lenovo sales told me that the reason why the SSD option on their configuration page disappears when you order Turbo Memory, is that Turbo Memory slows down S...
by tinkererguy
Tue Oct 21, 2008 1:14 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: My W700 has arrived, here's some initial observations
Replies: 30
Views: 18640

Well, always a new twist. This time, cloned from 100GB Seagate to 80GB Intel SSD based drive, with about 62GB of data in that simple single C: drive partition. Afterward, hung on boot. Tried repair, it said it didn't find anything it could repair. Then used the same WinPe 2.0 boot CD to drop to comm...
by tinkererguy
Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:59 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: My W700 has arrived, here's some initial observations
Replies: 30
Views: 18640

But, apparently, after resizing (via third-party utils) you can always boot to an original Vista CD, enter your Windows serial number, then have Vista repair the signature in the MBR. (The only problem being that Lenovo doesn't give you an original Vista disk, and the recovery disks that you make c...
by tinkererguy
Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:56 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: My W700 has arrived, here's some initial observations
Replies: 30
Views: 18640

Here's my Blue Screen of Death error "A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer" {it recommends CHKDSK /F} Technical information: *** STOP: 0x0000007B Turning off RAID and going back to AHCI mode, and it now boots fine (since C: drive in UltraBay ...
by tinkererguy
Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:30 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: My W700 has arrived, here's some initial observations
Replies: 30
Views: 18640

Well, luck would have it, it now works. Turning on AHCI, strangely, leaves the RAID volume (~600GB) visible in my booted-from-UltraBay system, with the ICH9M driver loaded. I say strangely, because I wasn't aware that the controller was still doing it's RAID0 thing, even when the BIOS setting was mo...
by tinkererguy
Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:09 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: My W700 has arrived, here's some initial observations
Replies: 30
Views: 18640

Here's my Blue Screen of Death error
"A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer"

{it recommends CHKDSK /F}
Technical information:

*** STOP: 0x0000007B
by tinkererguy
Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:10 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: My W700 has arrived, here's some initial observations
Replies: 30
Views: 18640

Learned a few things here: 1) Repair is finicky about which media to use, for repairing the preload on one of my restore attempts (which I wasn't supposed to have to do since moving from Ghost 8.2 to 11), it said the Vista 64 with SP1 integrated was the wrong media, put in Vista 64 without SP1 and i...
by tinkererguy
Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:04 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: My W700 has arrived, here's some initial observations
Replies: 30
Views: 18640

OK, put 7200rpm 100GB drive in the middle bay, leaving DVD reader in UltraBay, and did another Ghost 11 restore, and tada, no issues, preload coming up fine. But, as expected, the preload takes a while to boot all that stuff. Even after using msconfig to disable camera and scheduler proxy from autos...
by tinkererguy
Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:37 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: My W700 has arrived, here's some initial observations
Replies: 30
Views: 18640

Oops, scratch that, preload is scrogged, C: and D: swapped, so lots of shortcuts and programs complaining (although Huey calibration thing worked fine, impressive improvement), amazing Vista handled this at all. Yeah, I guess I should buy Acronis. No problem, will just set aside 100GB preload hard d...
by tinkererguy
Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:24 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: My W700 has arrived, here's some initial observations
Replies: 30
Views: 18640

tinkererguy, I assume you're using Acronis for imaging. A lot of people have had problems resizing Vista 64 system partitions. If you resize yours, it would be interesting to hear what you used and how it went. It looks like you ordered a singe drive. If so, does the empty hard drive bay contain an...
by tinkererguy
Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:13 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: My W700 has arrived, here's some initial observations
Replies: 30
Views: 18640

Some pictures, first shows unboxing, that's exactly how it looked when first unboxing. The other pix are screenshots:
http://tinkererguy2.blogspot.com/
by tinkererguy
Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:00 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W5X0/W7X0 Shipping Thread
Replies: 162
Views: 125044

My new ThinkPad W700 has arrived, 9:53am eastern, Monday October 20 2008. As expected, first impression is that it's large. All looks good, no suprises, BIOS looks very much like T61p. I added a Crucial 4GB SODIMM thru dedicated memory access panel on the bottom, and BIOS says it finds 6GB total, a...
by tinkererguy
Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:30 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: eSata
Replies: 4
Views: 2029

But eSATA is available in the docking station for the W700 fyi, using mine now for backing up the Vista 64 preload prior to first boot.
by tinkererguy
Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:26 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: My W700 has arrived, here's some initial observations
Replies: 30
Views: 18640

My W700 has arrived, here's some initial observations

My W700 just arrived this morning, ordered 2 months ago. Everything looking good so far. I just booted my WinPE 2.0 based CD, and it couldn't find the Intel gigabit NIC, so looks like I need to add that driver when I get a chance, so it's sufficiently different from a T61p that my usual routines wil...
by tinkererguy
Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:20 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W5X0/W7X0 Shipping Thread
Replies: 162
Views: 125044

My new ThinkPad W700 has arrived, 9:53am eastern, Monday October 20 2008. As expected, first impression is that it's large. All looks good, no suprises, BIOS looks very much like T61p. I added a Crucial 4GB SODIMM thru dedicated memory access panel on the bottom, and BIOS says it finds 6GB total, as...
by tinkererguy
Sat Oct 18, 2008 10:05 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W5X0/W7X0 Shipping Thread
Replies: 162
Views: 125044

I'm trying to get my brother hooked up with my used T61p for AutoCAT LT use in a hurry (to replace seriously ailing T30), but I must admit I'm a little wary that my inbound W700 (on order for months) has a serial# ending in 00s followed by a number under 24, which could indicate it's one of the very...
by tinkererguy
Fri Oct 17, 2008 8:12 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W5X0/W7X0 Shipping Thread
Replies: 162
Views: 125044

Just yesterday, I was looking around the web for any information on any vendor actually shipping quad core laptops, came up dry. Ship estimate still showed 10/27. Then, surprise! This morning, 8:20am eastern, I got ship notification, my W700 is on its way to me now, due in Monday October 20th!
by tinkererguy
Fri Oct 17, 2008 8:11 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W5X0/W7X0 Shipping Thread
Replies: 162
Views: 125044

tinkererguy wrote:
tinkererguy wrote:Note from Admin: Removed excessive, nested quoting.
Update: my W700 is on its way to me now, due in Monday October 20th!
by tinkererguy
Tue Oct 14, 2008 1:24 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Ultra Wide Band USB and WiMAX
Replies: 12
Views: 5119

Then there's Gobi support, for seamlessly roaming across 3G networks:
http://www.qctconnect.com/products/gobi.html
Wondering when Lenovo will offer it, and antenna pre-reqs, etc...
by tinkererguy
Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:27 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W5X0/W7X0 Shipping Thread
Replies: 162
Views: 125044

Note from Admin: Removed excessive, nested quoting. Oh this isn't good news. Up until yesterday, it showed estimated ship date of 9/17/2008. Today, it has moved to 10/15/2008. Quantity Part No. Description Est. Ship Date 1 SYS.2757CT CONFIGURED SYSTEM 10/15/08 2757CTO THINKPAD W700 Yesterday, still...
by tinkererguy
Wed Oct 08, 2008 11:41 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Ultra Wide Band USB and WiMAX
Replies: 12
Views: 5119

Then again, page 96 of the hardware maintenance manual for the W700 http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?t=66020 refers to a slot with antenna lead, called "PCI Express Mini Card for wireless LAN or Intel Turbo Memory card" that is separate from the WiFi/WiMAX slot, which is separate from the UW...
by tinkererguy
Wed Oct 08, 2008 11:37 am
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Ultra Wide Band USB and WiMAX
Replies: 12
Views: 5119

Same questions about W700. Anybody? How about EVDO cards, can they possibly be used instead of Wimax in the same slots (I realize Hardware Maintenance Manual doesn't mention EVDO)? Hmm, nevermind, it would seem WiFi and WiMAX are on same module/antenna assembly, so that'd leave EVDO as a different ...
by tinkererguy
Tue Oct 07, 2008 9:48 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Ultra Wide Band USB and WiMAX
Replies: 12
Views: 5119

Same questions about W700. Anybody? How about EVDO cards, can they possibly be used instead of Wimax in the same slots (I realize Hardware Maintenance Manual doesn't mention EVDO)?
by tinkererguy
Mon Oct 06, 2008 2:48 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: New Ghosted Hardrive doesn't boot?
Replies: 3
Views: 1618

With Vista, Ghost 8 will do this (Ghost 11 works better), having experienced this issue myself. Just put Vista CD in (if you have one, and make sure to use 32 bit if you have 32 bit Vista and 64 bit if you have 64 bit Vista), boot from it, then click recovery option, and it should scan for and repai...

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