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by dr_st
Fri Dec 11, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Why THINKPADS & who's 2nd best ?
Replies: 62
Views: 10204

Re: Why THINKPADS & who's 2nd best ?

Well, Satellite is Toshiba's consumer line, I would never have high expectations of that. However, learning that the latest Portégés also suffer from reduced quality is a bit sad. Then again, it may be just a particular flaw of a specific model. It's not like DELL's Latitudes haven't had a history o...
by dr_st
Thu Dec 10, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X60/X61 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: OS FOR AUDIO
Replies: 28
Views: 3165

Re: OS FOR AUDIO

Welcome to the forum. :) I do not know anything about audio recording on Linux. As for Windows, I do not know much, but just enough to say that there are often meaningful differences between different generations of Windows OS and available recording features. IIRC, certain things were "gimped" (lim...
by dr_st
Wed Dec 09, 2020 2:32 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Why THINKPADS & who's 2nd best ?
Replies: 62
Views: 10204

Re: Why THINKPADS & who's 2nd best ?

My first, last and only personal non-Thinkpad laptop was the Compaq Evo N610c, 18 years ago:
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by dr_st
Tue Dec 08, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X60/X61 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: screw stuck by design?
Replies: 14
Views: 1652

Re: screw stuck by design?

bonesoup1 wrote:
Tue Dec 08, 2020 3:00 pm
I bought a T60....
Here's the pic of which screw. https://imgur.com/a/M61GKlo
That's not a T60.
An X6x by the looks of it, and I actually have no idea what that particular screw needs to be removed for.
by dr_st
Tue Dec 08, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: W530 freezing with VGA or Mini DVI port external monitor
Replies: 6
Views: 1344

Re: W530 freezing with VGA or Mini DVI port external monitor

Some laptops have an option in the BIOS to choose the video adapter. In others it is automatic. I am not sure how it is in this generation. To control the display output, if you are running Windows 7 or later, you can press Win+P and choose "external screen only" option. Fn+F7 may give you the same ...
by dr_st
Tue Dec 08, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/W510/W520 and W700/W701 Series
Topic: W530 freezing with VGA or Mini DVI port external monitor
Replies: 6
Views: 1344

Re: W530 freezing with VGA or Mini DVI port external monitor

Welcome to the forum. :)

Sorry to hear about your troubles. One possible explanation is that the some part of the GPU is going bad, but whatever part it is, it is only active with multiple screens / external screen.

Have you tried running the W530 with external monitor only (internal LCD disabled)?
by dr_st
Mon Dec 07, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Forum Notices, Questions and Suggestions
Topic: Why do people keep going back to Thinkpad?
Replies: 70
Views: 21316

Re: Why do people keep going back to Thinkpad?

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/cf/Omnikey102p3248.jpg/540px-Omnikey102p3248.jpg I especially liked its large Enter key. This is my favorite layout as well. Both Enter and Backspace are big, and the slash key conveniently takes a chunk out of the right Shift key, which is sti...
by dr_st
Sun Dec 06, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: Forum Notices, Questions and Suggestions
Topic: Why do people keep going back to Thinkpad?
Replies: 70
Views: 21316

Re: Why do people keep going back to Thinkpad?

ajkula66 wrote:
Sun Dec 06, 2020 12:13 am
I probably won't, as surprising as that may sound.
I will, if and when they have another "anniversary" model with a proper 7-row keyboard. Until then, I have enough. :lol:
by dr_st
Fri Dec 04, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election
Replies: 478
Views: 32404

Re: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election

so now i'll be on the front line sniffing out illegal voters who have come into georgia, fraudulently registered to vote, are voting and then planning to return to california or NY, etc.. in fact a former candidate for governor is being investigated for importing fraudulent voters and convincing co...
by dr_st
Thu Dec 03, 2020 4:57 am
Forum: Forum Notices, Questions and Suggestions
Topic: Why do people keep going back to Thinkpad?
Replies: 70
Views: 21316

Re: Why do people keep going back to Thinkpad?

I do have to disagree on durability though for the T410-T430, T510-T530, X210-X230, etc. The plastics on the palmrest and the bottom cover don't age as well as their Elitebook and Latitude counterparts. My T530 is only used for max 2 years and the fan vent plastics are brittle as crisps right now. ...
by dr_st
Wed Dec 02, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election
Replies: 478
Views: 32404

Re: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election

One thing that's very clear to someone who followed even a couple of criminal investigations in their lifetime - is that the investigative forces (be it the police, the FBI, or whatever equivalent you have in whatever country) and the prosecution have all the power and all the cards. They decide wha...
by dr_st
Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: No Windows Update for Windows 95/98/98SE/ME/2000
Replies: 42
Views: 13421

Re: No Windows Update for Windows 95/98/98SE/ME/2000

Overall for ease of application and completeness, SP4 is the better program for updating XP SP3. As long as this "unofficial SP4" is just a collection of official service packs and post-SP3 patches, I tend to agree. If it includes custom "hacks" and unofficial "backporting" of features from later W...
by dr_st
Tue Dec 01, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election
Replies: 478
Views: 32404

Re: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election

@mpcook
Thanks for the clarifications. I feel that the large variance of definitions and processes between the states is, perhaps, the biggest factor that makes it hard to get to the bottom of all the claims, and separate fact from fiction, especially for foreigners.
by dr_st
Tue Dec 01, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election
Replies: 478
Views: 32404

Re: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election

@mpcook
Did you notice that you quoted the part of Bill's reply that talked about mail-in ballots, but your own quote was actually about absentee ballots?
by dr_st
Mon Nov 30, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: How can I tell if an audio card is fried (and how to fix it)?
Replies: 8
Views: 1515

Re: How can I tell if an audio card is fried (and how to fix it)?

Since the sound through the headphone jack is fine, this suggest that the audio producing portion of the chip is intact. Given that two sets of speakers experienced the same issue, I would say the problem is somewhere in the circuit that detects something being plugged into the headphone jack. It se...
by dr_st
Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: No Windows Update for Windows 95/98/98SE/ME/2000
Replies: 42
Views: 13421

Re: No Windows Update for Windows 95/98/98SE/ME/2000

For new installations of XP it is still possible to get updates to SP3 from the Microsoft Update Catalog and manually install them. This is tedious to the point of impracticality. WSUS should work, no? https://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/wsus-offline-update/obtaining-the-latest-service-packs...
by dr_st
Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election
Replies: 478
Views: 32404

Re: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election

The low IQ crybabies on YouTube claim the widespread voter fraud cannot even be proven by (un)certifying fraudulent mail-in ballots because Democrats have thrown out identifying information tying their manufactured ballots to votes for Bidet. I raised this point earlier in this thread. So, I have a...
by dr_st
Mon Nov 30, 2020 4:54 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: No Windows Update for Windows 95/98/98SE/ME/2000
Replies: 42
Views: 13421

Re: No Windows Update for Windows 95/98/98SE/ME/2000

XP has Volume Licensing Keys that can be used and never require activation/reactivation. Plenty of them leaked and although Microsoft has blacklisted some early ones, many still work, and at this point I don't see why Microsoft will ever make them stop working. So getting an activated nag-free XP in...
by dr_st
Sun Nov 29, 2020 7:14 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election
Replies: 478
Views: 32404

Re: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election

True. And it works both ways actually.

Another technique (broadly employed by supporters of both parties): if something is good - it's due to our awesome administration. If something is bad - it's not our fault, but that of the previous terrible administration, who left us in this mess. :lol:
by dr_st
Sat Nov 28, 2020 2:29 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election
Replies: 478
Views: 32404

Re: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election

Or that he would become more presidential (yeah, whatever that means). My guess based on how people promote this term (and who these people are) that when they say "presidential", they imagine Obama - someone who is a smooth talker, with good manners. Trump is the complete opposite of that. Now, th...
by dr_st
Fri Nov 27, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election
Replies: 478
Views: 32404

Re: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election

Yes I will freely admit that I was against him from Day One but nothing in the last four years has changed my mind and many things he's done only reinforced my initial opinion of him. I will offer a different explanation. Because you were against him from day one, you interpreted everything he did ...
by dr_st
Fri Nov 27, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election
Replies: 478
Views: 32404

Re: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election

ajkula66 wrote:
Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:49 am
I can't have popcorn for medical reasons
Gets stuck between and behind your teeth and causes inflammations? That's why I stopped eating it. :D
by dr_st
Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Thinkpad X60/X61 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: Fan Error
Replies: 13
Views: 1604

Re: Fan Error

It is possible that either the fan sensor / fuse on the motherboard was faulty to begin with, or due to a unfortunately coincidence it got damaged when you tried to start it with the new fan. It is possible to bypass a fan error by pressing Esc, and the laptop will continue the boot process (not tha...
by dr_st
Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:14 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/X201/X220 and X300/X301 Series
Topic: x220 Intermittent trackpad issue
Replies: 26
Views: 2782

Re: x220 Intermittent trackpad issue

Welcome to the forum. :) This is very strange behavior indeed. My first question - how did you determine it is due to the trackpad, and not, for example, the trackpoint? Have you tried leaving the trackpad disconnected / disabled in the BIOS, and verified that the issue goes away? As strange as it s...
by dr_st
Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:12 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election
Replies: 478
Views: 32404

Re: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election

So I depend on lawyers (!) and legal analysts to help me understand what is going on. And I depend on election specialists and experts to help me understand how this might all play out in the election cycle. I am an avid reader, and I've probably spent 20-40 hours in the past two weeks reading arti...
by dr_st
Thu Nov 19, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X1 / X1-Carbon / X1-Extreme and later Series
Topic: X1 Extreme Gen 2 worse than its predecessor
Replies: 11
Views: 6834

Re: X1 Extreme Gen 2 worse than its predecessor

Just a day ago I was close to buying a used X1 Carbon Thinkpad Gen 2 when I came to understand that the Thinkpad keyboard that I so love isn't in this machine! No FN button at bottom left, no FN buttons, but the kicker was absent L/C/R mouse buttons at the top of the trackpad. The X1 Carbon Gen 2 w...
by dr_st
Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: A sturdy, modern successor to x200?
Replies: 15
Views: 7202

Re: A sturdy, modern successor to x200?

The statement does strike me as overly broad, but the quality of the plastics is not directly related to survivability after falls. The cosmetic damage to the plastic is not necessarily correlated with damage to internal components. In terms of plastic quality, it is generally considered that the CS...
by dr_st
Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election
Replies: 478
Views: 32404

Re: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election

Again with the lies and fake news, I see. He did say that there were "very fine people" at the Nazi rally in Charlottesville . He tried to argue that this wasn't a Nazi rally to justify saying that - but it was. It was an event called " unite the right ", not "save monuments". The reality distortio...
by dr_st
Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election
Replies: 478
Views: 32404

Re: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election

So? You could have written the same thing about Bill's post. Precisely. But I didn't have to, because you did. :) There are also people who think that Hitler is the greatest statesman who ever lived. Personally, I disagree. Trump called some of the people who think like that "fine people" Again wit...
by dr_st
Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election
Replies: 478
Views: 32404

Re: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election

Most effective in playing golf, ranting on Twitter and ruining the USA's standing in the world. Trump will go into the history books as a huge failure and his presidency as wasted four years for the USA. Well, you know. This is your view of the situation. Some think the same about the Obama preside...

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