just do it,
I had the support of TuuS and RealBlackStuff two years ago and, as a used board died this winter, TuuS again was helpful.
(1) Exchanging the motherboard is rather easy, if You follow the advice from both of them. (Some rather small mechanical changes have to be done, but these are not "demanding" and their help makes it easy).
(2) Some spares should be in order:
- You ought to have a set of new screws, to follow the guidelines of IBM/Lenovo,
- You ought to have arctic silver, in order to effectively secure cooling via the new fan-assembly,
- You ought to have a new and sufficiently strong fan-assembly, in order to achieve the neccessary cooling,
- You need DDR2 sodimm memory (should try 2x4Gb) and a different CPU, as TuuS advised me a Penryn T9500 should do...
and, before all,
- You should have a new(!) board as TuuS did sell, may be there are some still.
I did exchange a conventional UXGA-IPS-TFT against a LED-UXGA-TFT, too. That is quite another Story: You need that kind of Display and (!) a modded Inverter. So if and only if RealBlackStuff still has such modded Inverters it could make sense trying that, if You are able to acquire such a LED-UXGA-TFT as TuuS sold.
You need a little bit more experience and especially soft and smart fingers to achieve that change, I nearly missed...
if You succeed You 'll have a NB that should serve You quite some years ...
Last edited by friedrich-eugen
on Sun Jul 19, 2015 12:20 pm, edited 2 times in total.
started with IBM-XT & AST-Ascentia (910N) in the 90ties, relying on Thinkpads (770X, A31P, T60-61P Frankenp.) until 2017,
now using TP W530 FHD (i7 Nvida 2GB, 32GB, 500GB & 1TB SSD), X230T (i7 32GB/500GB), Helix 2nd (M5-Y71 8GB) & Tablet X1 (Core7 16GB 512GB)
all Windows 10Pro