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by kfzhu1229
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:25 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T520 screen upgrade options
Replies: 23
Views: 9276

Re: T520 screen upgrade options

I'm a "glossy" person, and after looking "forever", found an AUO B156HW01 V.7 in China (checked the specs in www.panelook.com). The colors and contrast are brilliant, if you don;t mind the reflections. For those AUO panels, the number for V.x is the one that indicates whether the panel is matte or ...
by kfzhu1229
Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: PAE/NX CPU swap in T42P (2373-HTU)
Replies: 39
Views: 11539

Re: PAE/NX CPU swap in T42P (2373-HTU)

If it won't, I'd rather not break the one I have as new identical replacements (i.e. not the T43 model heatsinks) are very difficult to find and expensive. Why do you not want the T43 model heatsinks again? I know they spin faster and are louder, but they also should have better cooling capacities ...
by kfzhu1229
Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: A31p - a decade later (LONG)
Replies: 186
Views: 53386

Re: A31p - a decade later (LONG)

Which browsers are those? How do I get a hold of them? They are up to date and work on Windows XP? I heard Chinese companies are moding Chromium for XP... Well, for science I still have a copy of 360 browser from late 2017 at earliest that is on my ThinkPad 600 running Windows XP with PII 266Mhz an...
by kfzhu1229
Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: The G50 and the R40 do not accept Meroms/Dothans
Replies: 4
Views: 1983

Re: The G50 and the R40 do not accept Meroms/Dothans

For the R40, I used a B1 stepping, Pentium M 765 (SL7V3). The CPUID signature of this processor is 6D6, and should still use the microcode that I have also added into the R40's BIOS image. Unfortunately, it did not boot up. The same LEDs light up, the fan spins up, but it does not POST and proceeds...
by kfzhu1229
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Thinkpad 600 resurrection
Replies: 59
Views: 10946

Re: Thinkpad 600 resurrection

I don't think that's right for the 600X. I'm pretty sure I had a Hitachi 160GB drive in mine, which was the largest PATA drive available at the time I was last using it. I think I had to make sure that no single partition was larger than 128GB, but I don't think there is a problem structurally acce...
by kfzhu1229
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: T21 won't power on
Replies: 6
Views: 4254

Re: T21 won't power on

If anything it seems to be the opposite...the longer it sits in between attempts, the more likely it is to power on. I meant pressing the power button like 5 times in 1 second works better here. Pressing the button once and the backlight immediately comes on (IPS stays black, TFT turns white), stat...
by kfzhu1229
Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: T21 won't power on
Replies: 6
Views: 4254

Re: T21 won't power on

Approximately 1 in every 30 attempts to power it on now will successfully power on, POST, and then begin loading the OS, except it will lock up or BSOD during the process with a different error each time, and the HDD LED will get stuck blinking in a very specific pattern. Does pressing power button...
by kfzhu1229
Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: PAE/NX CPU swap in T42P (2373-HTU)
Replies: 39
Views: 11539

Re: PAE/NX CPU swap in T42P (2373-HTU)

Good idea, but why pick the fan from the T43? The only advantage it has in comparison to the T42's fan, is a higher maximum fan speed and a higher cubic-feet-per-minute rating. Well and it also have the downside of being a lot noisier because it spins faster. Since the T4x series have their fans tu...
by kfzhu1229
Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: PAE/NX CPU swap in T42P (2373-HTU)
Replies: 39
Views: 11539

Re: PAE/NX CPU swap in T42P (2373-HTU)

I haven't tried 1607, but 1809 boots to an error screen after a fairly long timeout. IIRC it specifically mentioned PAE, and the issue goes as far back as Windows 8.x. No mods to the motherboard have been done yet aside from replacing the USB port. The CPU is the real thing holding me back, though....
by kfzhu1229
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: PAE/NX CPU swap in T42P (2373-HTU)
Replies: 39
Views: 11539

Re: PAE/NX CPU swap in T42P (2373-HTU)

I got the legacy Vista drivers working OK in Windows 7 after using a modded Mobility Modder. From what I understand those should also work in Windows 10. It wouldn't be the end of the world if I wound up needing to use a generic driver, though. Does your computer boot Windows 10 1607? You said you ...
by kfzhu1229
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Bought a 15" 1400 x 1050 T60 with TN panel!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 2741

Re: Bought a 15" 1400 x 1050 T60 with TN panel!!!

Thinkpad4by3 wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:39 pm
So similar to the one in the A22p?
Similar, but in brand new condition and isn't that old because the connector is at where the 15" T4x/R5x/T/R6x series have their connectors that is too high for a A22p's cable to reach
by kfzhu1229
Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Bought a 15" 1400 x 1050 T60 with TN panel!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 2741

Re: Bought a 15" 1400 x 1050 T60 with TN panel!!!

... and such replacements were common in time. This is not the first nor fifth unit I've heard with such problem. Well I also happened to get myself a UXGA TN panel designed to work in T4x, R5x and T/R6x series. Not intended for any means, it advertised for a brand new replacement for T6xp series o...
by kfzhu1229
Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: PAE/NX CPU swap in T42P (2373-HTU)
Replies: 39
Views: 11539

Re: PAE/NX CPU swap in T42P (2373-HTU)

So the steps for swapping in a 533MHz CPU and running it at the intended speed seem to be: 1.) Bridge pins 54 (FS0) + 55 (FS1) on the ICS950810. This corresponds to the 133MHz on the table from the ICS950810 datasheet (see below). 2.) Optionally flash SPD of the RAM so it runs at a lower speed (whi...
by kfzhu1229
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: PAE/NX CPU swap in T42P (2373-HTU)
Replies: 39
Views: 11539

Re: PAE/NX CPU swap in T42P (2373-HTU)

At this point I think replacing the motherboard with a T43p one makes more sense if you plan to do the BIOS mods anyways. But a T43p would only run Windows 10 1607 well. Older versions aren't as matured and newer versions have problems with the ATI Radeon drivers and DirectX 9.0, while the latest 2 ...
by kfzhu1229
Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: DEX dock from an old Thinkpad
Replies: 2
Views: 753

Re: DEX dock from an old Thinkpad

It sounds cool, but if you think of it you might just as well use a working ThinkPad along with your Huawei device and probably do software mirroring if you really want your phone screen to be on your laptop.
by kfzhu1229
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Laptop collectors: if you're allowed to collect just one laptop, which one would it be?
Replies: 50
Views: 8965

Re: Laptop collectors: if you're allowed to collect just one laptop, which one would it be?

I even wonder what one does with a T601. I built one to see if it's still viable as a work machine, but it's hardly still viable as a 'simple task' machine. Even with an SSD, Win10 is dreadfully slow, and most modern web pages filled with scripts lag the system (even gmail is laggy), and it can har...
by kfzhu1229
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: IBM Thinkpad Battery Re-Celling Battery Rebuild Tutorial
Replies: 18
Views: 26601

Re: IBM Thinkpad Battery Re-Celling Battery Rebuild Tutorial

Thinkpad4by3 wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:03 pm
You have to jumpstart the pack.
https://hackaday.com/2011/08/01/who-kne ... ump-start/
Oh okay this makes sense, but would that jump start apply to all batteries since mine is not a T4x battery (though I will do a rebuild of that too sometime)
by kfzhu1229
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: IBM Thinkpad Battery Re-Celling Battery Rebuild Tutorial
Replies: 18
Views: 26601

Re: IBM Thinkpad Battery Re-Celling Battery Rebuild Tutorial

At least the T4x/R5x series battery packs need to be reprogrammed, but laptop battery packs whose respective models are from 2002 and earlier can probably be rebuilt easily. The newest laptop I was able to rebuild a battery in is a Compaq Evo N410c, which is from around 2002 or so. I did get someon...
by kfzhu1229
Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: A31p desirability?
Replies: 53
Views: 7311

Re: A31p desirability?

Some of the younger members don't want anything other than Windows 7 which is still a great OS despite it being not optimum on older hardware. They always want internet access despite the usage being problematic. Many younger members probably have barely used Win 98 or 2000 and would have limited e...
by kfzhu1229
Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: My old ThinkPads degrading
Replies: 14
Views: 2870

Re: My old ThinkPads degrading

Surprise that these old plastic parts are failing this early. Wonder if the cleaning product and UV light over the years are taking a toll on the plastic and is making it brittle? It depends on what model of ThinkPads you are talking about. Generally the cheaper I series ones have weaker plastic th...
by kfzhu1229
Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: A31p desirability?
Replies: 53
Views: 7311

Re: A31p desirability?

In my book, the absolute lowest-powered ThinkPad to run W7 without me wanting to put a fist through its screen every 15 seconds - I'm talking about web browsing, not typewriter application - would be a T42 with ATi 9600 GPU. To be fair my copy of Windows 7 SP1 takes about 1 minute to boot with a de...
by kfzhu1229
Sun Sep 30, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: A31p desirability?
Replies: 53
Views: 7311

Re: A31p desirability?

What OS do you have on the A30? Just wondering :D You cannot believe me, but I run Windows 7 SP1 on it (with Windows Update disabled). I initially did that to the 3 ThinkPads from my school back then (A30, T22, T23 and a Dell Inspiron 2650) in hope of bringing something modern and familiar to every...
by kfzhu1229
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: A31p desirability?
Replies: 53
Views: 7311

Re: A31p desirability?

I thought the ribs on my A31p are stick on / decorative. :o I thought of the same when I first saw my dad's ThinkPad T43 back in 2005. Only to know that part a decade later. My A30 came without them, and it took me some salvaging to swap the lids with a A31p unit with it and sold the A31p with cust...
by kfzhu1229
Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: WTB: T4x Series ThinkPad
Replies: 14
Views: 2012

Re: WTB: T4x Series ThinkPad

bse5150 wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:45 pm

As tempting as that sounds, I think I'll pass.

Got anything else?
A A31p with only loose ram slot solderings problem? A 14.1" T43 with maxed out specs but screwed ide hdd connector? I have a lot more ThinkPads than that but I wanna keep the rest of my collections
by kfzhu1229
Sun Sep 23, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: WTB: T4x Series ThinkPad
Replies: 14
Views: 2012

Re: WTB: T4x Series ThinkPad

Right now I'm looking for machines whose names are prefixed with the letter T followed by the numeral 4, followed by either a 2 or a 3 and, optionally, the 'p' designation. I also have a T22 if that's something you want. Everything works fine except that the laptop requires a push-inward for the li...
by kfzhu1229
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: WTB: T4x Series ThinkPad
Replies: 14
Views: 2012

Re: WTB: T4x Series ThinkPad

On my hands atm I have 15" T43p, 14.1" T43, and a 15" R51. I am happy to sell my R51 if you are interested. 15" UXGA (non-IPS but in excellent condition, XGA cable modded to work with UXGA panels) PM 735 1.7Ghz 1.25GB RAM hard drive size, OS tbd - I don't know which hard drive of mine is okay to be ...
by kfzhu1229
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Original List Prices of IBM (and some Lenovo) era ThinkPads
Replies: 37
Views: 11648

Re: Original List Prices of IBM (and some Lenovo) era ThinkPads

I bought my ThinkPad T530 with a price tag of ¥6000 (roughly $1000) back in 2012. Original Specs: i3-2328m 2.2Ghz 2GB RAM single channel NVS 5400M (that saved my butt for futureproof as everything else can be upgraded) 1366x768 display 6 cell battery standard Bluetooth + Wi-Fi bgn 500gb 7200rpm hdd ...
by kfzhu1229
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: A31p desirability?
Replies: 53
Views: 7311

Re: A31p desirability?

I would *presume* that a fully working, top-shelf (factory wi-fi and BT) A30p would be as desirable as a comparable A31p, but really have no data to back that claim up. TBT, I can't even recall when I last saw a working A30p, but it was a long time ago. Well I salvaged an A30 for free, in excellent...
by kfzhu1229
Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: A31p desirability?
Replies: 53
Views: 7311

Re: A31p desirability?

Does the A30p receive similar levels of desirability, since A30p has a more practical Pentium III processor that wears components much less than P4-M, and that nearly everything else are the same? I have an A30p and an A31p, with the A30p being my personal collection and the A31p eating dirt (with R...
by kfzhu1229
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Enabling advanced Touchpad features with registry
Replies: 7
Views: 11027

Re: Enabling advanced Touchpad features with registry

yesternight I tried doing this, but for some reason I just couldn't install the newest drivers available. Also, i've noticed that my trackpad won't work with the newest programs: I usually have Mozilla Firefox and I can't scroll. Same goes for Telegram, which I use a lot and I just see no reason fo...

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