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by dr_st
Sun Jan 31, 2021 6:18 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X230-X280 / X390 Series
Topic: What is " Type C PDFW Firmware " in Vantage and why won't it install ?
Replies: 8
Views: 387

Re: What is " Type C PDFW Firmware " in Vantage and why won't it install ?

So - is the issue that it won't install, or did it install successfully but still shows up on the update list?

Did you see any error messages when trying to install it manually?
by dr_st
Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X230-X280 / X390 Series
Topic: What is " Type C PDFW Firmware " in Vantage and why won't it install ?
Replies: 8
Views: 387

Re: What is " Type C PDFW Firmware " in Vantage and why won't it install ?

One thought that came to mind - are the systems connected to a USB-C docking station? Perhaps the update is for the dock, not the laptop.
by dr_st
Sun Jan 31, 2021 3:55 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X230-X280 / X390 Series
Topic: What is " Type C PDFW Firmware " in Vantage and why won't it install ?
Replies: 8
Views: 387

Re: What is " Type C PDFW Firmware " in Vantage and why won't it install ?

The name suggests it is "USB Type-C Power Delivery Firmware". Why it suggests to install it, then fails - I don't know...
by dr_st
Sun Jan 31, 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Sustainability, planned obsolescence, landfills and everything in between
Replies: 11
Views: 342

Re: Near mint X61s with dim screen = trash?

Sorry, but I am no longer buying this notion that "economic growth" is necessary or even desirable. It only seems to me to benefit the architects and beneficiaries of the ponzi scheme. The other 99% of us (and the environment, etc.) are probably worse off. In addition it goes against simple physics...
by dr_st
Sun Jan 31, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: Maximize battery life span?
Replies: 6
Views: 412

Re: Maximize battery life span?

euless wrote:
Sun Jan 31, 2021 1:08 pm
Unfortunately, I am now running Linux Mint, and there:s no way I know of to set Charge Threshold on Linux.
I believe there is a kernel module called tp_smapi that can assist with that. Not sure if it supports all distros and all Thinkpads...
by dr_st
Sun Jan 31, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Sustainability, planned obsolescence, landfills and everything in between
Replies: 11
Views: 342

Re: Near mint X61s with dim screen = trash?

This is not the consequence of some simple mistake, or over zealous penny pinching, it is the plan , from before the product leaves the drawing board - this is how they want the world to work . I understand this completely . :) The other side of the coin is that a certain level of planned obsolesce...
by dr_st
Sun Jan 31, 2021 8:01 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: Maximize battery life span?
Replies: 6
Views: 412

Re: Maximize battery life span?

Regarding option 1: Yes, a battery will theoretically deteriorate less when stored in a cool dry place and not used. With that said I would not advise anyone take this approach. A laptop is designed to be used with a battery. It serves as a backup to the power adapter during peaks of high power drai...
by dr_st
Sun Jan 31, 2021 1:40 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Sustainability, planned obsolescence, landfills and everything in between
Replies: 11
Views: 342

Re: Near mint X61s with dim screen = trash?

Get some stupidly fragile parts installed in critical places - like the plastic door latches on washing machines. I'd like to to see the engineers' faces in that design meeting. "Umm... With all due respect, the rest of the door is made from cast aluminium, glass and stainless steel, a plastic latc...
by dr_st
Sun Jan 31, 2021 1:33 am
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: Necessity of using the 170 watt charger? (SOLVED!)
Replies: 42
Views: 1545

Re: Necessity of using the 170 watt charger? (SOLVED!)

And I'll definitely be keeping a close eye on the chargers. I'm typing right now on my W530 at full screen brightness using a 65w adaptor and all is well, the battery is even charging. I'll do some tests soon rendering video on a dead battery with the 65w charger just to see what happens. Do use th...
by dr_st
Fri Jan 29, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: What after classic Thinkpads?
Replies: 29
Views: 5711

Re: What after classic Thinkpads?

Personally, I absolutely refuse to purchase any more hardware that I do not completely "own" (i.e., unlocked BIOS/bootloader). This applies to desktop, laptop, smart phone, IP camera, router, refirgerator, or anything really. In fact I think it's obnoxious that some companies are willing to accept ...
by dr_st
Wed Jan 27, 2021 1:38 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: Supposed NIB "OEM" keyboard from Lenovo - how to identify a counterfeit/replica
Replies: 7
Views: 616

Re: Supposed NIB "OEM" keyboard from Lenovo - how to identify a counterfeit/replica

*Stickied*

With enough patience, I'm sure you can find something good. Private sellers sometimes take good pictures that allow to judge the amount of wear.
by dr_st
Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: t420: best TN display
Replies: 14
Views: 664

Re: t420: best TN display

euless wrote:
Wed Jan 27, 2021 9:32 am
maybe a w520. but it cost twice as much as a t420, here.
What about T520?
by dr_st
Wed Jan 27, 2021 6:25 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: t420: best TN display
Replies: 14
Views: 664

Re: t420: best TN display

It can be upgraded, it was just important to understand that this is what you want. Some may prefer the lower-res. In any case, I seem to remember several years ago there was talk that there do exist some 900p TN screens that are better than the stock 900p option on Thinkpads, but I don't remember t...
by dr_st
Wed Jan 27, 2021 6:23 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: Supposed NIB "OEM" keyboard from Lenovo - how to identify a counterfeit/replica
Replies: 7
Views: 616

Re: Supposed NIB "OEM" keyboard from Lenovo, got swindled on ebay?

Thank you so much for this detailed comparison. :bow: The FRU and other identifiers specifying a "backlit" variant, while the actual keyboard isn't - is a dead giveaway of a replica. It's actually more than that - it's counterfeit, since it's a replica being disguised as a genuine part. The key mech...
by dr_st
Wed Jan 27, 2021 1:50 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: t420: best TN display
Replies: 14
Views: 664

Re: t420: best TN display

Welcome to the forum. :)

What is the resolution of your TN display? 1366x768 or 1600x900? And which resolution do you want?
by dr_st
Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election
Replies: 478
Views: 31561

Re: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election

Just comparing the number of arrests in DC in one day - "On June 1 alone, more than five times the number of people were arrested than on the day the Capitol was stormed, with 289 people booked." Would June 1st be the day when the "mostly peaceful protestors" set fire to St. John's church? Oh, no, ...
by dr_st
Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:29 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election
Replies: 478
Views: 31561

Re: OK, now we descend into the STOLEN election

It was the attempted steal / subversion / insurrection / coup by the former president and his co-conspirators that failed. If that was a coup attempt, it was most definitely the worst attempt in history. :lol: I believe many more BLM rioters were arrested vs. Capitol insurrectionists That's probabl...
by dr_st
Tue Jan 26, 2021 2:11 am
Forum: ThinkPad Yoga
Topic: X1 Yoga and Thunderbolt 3 Gen 2 dock
Replies: 1
Views: 296

Re: X1 Yoga and Thunderbolt 3 Gen 2 dock

Try to see whether one of the monitors / other peripherals connected to the dock is the culprit. That is, try to disconnect everything except one monitor / keyboard / mouse, and see if it works. If so, then experiment with connecting other devices, one thing at a time.
by dr_st
Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:49 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/X201/X220 and X300/X301 Series
Topic: X200 - replacement HDD - Lenovo System Update?
Replies: 4
Views: 356

Re: X200 - replacement HDD - Lenovo System Update?

Does Windows 10 just install generic drivers for the X200 following a fresh install of Win 10 using a new HDD with no Lenovo hidden partition...or does Win 10 automatically go looking on the Lenovo site for the correct drivers? Neither. Windows 10 will find, for each device, the best driver that's ...
by dr_st
Mon Jan 25, 2021 9:07 am
Forum: ThinkPad T60/T61 Series
Topic: Should I buy a T60?
Replies: 34
Views: 1547

Re: Should I buy a T60?

I doubt it. Outside of certain niches like gaming laptops, there's little impetus for mechanical keyboards because of the added weight and thickness. Oh, I don't mean (and I don't want) mechanical keyboards in laptops. I just kinda hope that it may put laptop keyboards in general under some sort of...
by dr_st
Mon Jan 25, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: Thinkpad T410 does not charge or charge very slowly
Replies: 4
Views: 409

Re: Thinkpad T410 does not charge or charge very slowly

Welcome to the forum. :)

Have to check if the problem is in the battery or the laptop. Do you have another battery of this kind?
by dr_st
Mon Jan 25, 2021 8:54 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/X201/X220 and X300/X301 Series
Topic: X200 - replacement HDD - Lenovo System Update?
Replies: 4
Views: 356

Re: X200 - replacement HDD - Lenovo System Update?

I don't even think there are official Win10 drivers from Lenovo for the X200. I would first try with whatever Win10 installed by default, and if something is missing, try to download that driver individually.
by dr_st
Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:27 am
Forum: ThinkPad T60/T61 Series
Topic: Should I buy a T60?
Replies: 34
Views: 1547

Re: Should I buy a T60?

I find a T430/20/s with IPS and if applicable 7 row mod provides plenty retro appeal while still being a modern contender. Same. As time goes by, more modern laptops are released and the "retro" line moves accordingly. The only thing that I know which is a complete deal-breaker for some people is t...
by dr_st
Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: T520 msata drive recommendations
Replies: 4
Views: 405

Re: T520 msata drive recommendations

A little over a year ago, I was having the exact same dilemma with respect to my T430s. Back then the SATA SSDs were also way cheaper than mSATA for the same capacity, although it was a bit less extreme. I did decide to go for the mSATA in the end (got a Kingston UV500 240GB), and paid almost the sa...
by dr_st
Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:26 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Waking up from sleep issue in Windows 7
Replies: 9
Views: 1086

Re: Waking up from sleep issue in Windows 7

Since I never had Win7 on such an old system (my A31p is running XP), I wouldn't know for sure.

Did you verify that this is indeed the cause? For example, if you manually disable the optical drive, does the computer sleep and wake up correctly?
by dr_st
Sun Jan 24, 2021 2:06 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: [Solved]T520 Left Click Track and Touch buttons not working
Replies: 4
Views: 382

Re: T520 Left Click Track and Touch buttons not working

If you are lucky, it's just the touchpad that's faulty. Try enabling the trackpoint and leaving the touchpad disabled. If that works, you can replace the touchpad (or just leave it disabled). If that doesn't work, then it's likely a trackpoint issue, and you need to replace the keyboard (as it's int...
by dr_st
Sat Jan 23, 2021 3:37 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: Supposed NIB "OEM" keyboard from Lenovo - how to identify a counterfeit/replica
Replies: 7
Views: 616

Re: Supposed NIB "OEM" keyboard from Lenovo, got swindled on ebay

Up until a couple of years ago, I didn't think unauthorized replicas of Thinkpad keyboards existed; however, I see more and more reports on such keyboards. Since you seem to currently have in your possession your old keyboard, which is definitely an original, and this one, which is a definite suspec...
by dr_st
Fri Jan 22, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T60/T61 Series
Topic: Should I buy a T60?
Replies: 34
Views: 1547

Re: Should I buy a T60?

T60 is a nice toy, but not a seriously usable machine at this point.

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