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Thinkpad Maintenance + Upgrade Day

#1 Post by dr_st » Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:58 am

The A31p UXGA IPS panel I purchased from wujstefan came in the mail today, to replace my old panel with dead CCFL. About one hour, one stripped screw and one meaningless broken bezel clip later - the new screen is working flawlessly.

Yes, the A31p is running Windows Millennium. It's a Win9x testbench + multimedia PC for the kids.

Once started and in the mood, I've decided to do a couple of other upgrades that I've been thinking about for a while.

First and foremost - the WiFi on my X220. The stock Intel 6205 it came with has been giving me intermittent issues - switching out of the blue it to "limited connectivity", sometimes for a minute or two, sometimes until reboot. A driver update seemed to have fixed it, but it recently started happening again. Since I had an original Lenovo FRU Intel 6300 card lying unused in a plastic bag, I decided to swap it in, using one of the antenna cables of the WWAN (which I never use anyway) as the third antenna. So far so good, but time will tell whether the problem has been resolved. In any case, performance should be a bit better with the 6300 vs 6205.

Next was RAM. A while ago my father-in-law had brought me 2x2GB DDR2 SODIMM sticks, which I decided to use to upgrade the kids' X61 from 2GB to 4GB. Having opened it up, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the original RAM in the system was in a single 2GB stick, which presented an opportunity to upgrade my old T60 from 2x1GB to 2GB+1GB, maxing out its usable RAM.

Typing this post now from the T60, while relaxing with some German beer. :D

Four happy Thinkpads:
Thinkpad 25 (20K7), X1 Carbon (20HQ), Yoga 14 (20FY), T430s (IPS FHD + Classic Keyboard), X220 4291-4BG
X61 7673-V2V, T60 2007-QPG, T42 2373-F7G, X32 (IPS Screen), A31p w/ Ultrabay Numpad, A21m 2628-GXU

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Re: Thinkpad Maintenance + Upgrade Day

#2 Post by wujstefan » Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:07 am

I'd love to see the pics once they start to work :D

(I'm especially interested in the "beer" part ;) )
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Re: Thinkpad Maintenance + Upgrade Day

#3 Post by Droider » Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:53 pm

Looks so nice, i have been hunting for a "dead" A30P myself. Hopefully, i will have my hands on it once the seller decides to sell.

T43P,PM-770,2GB,15" UXGA,ATI FireGL 3200,64gb ssd,Wifi-N 8)
T23,P3-M 1.2,512MB,14.1" XGA,S3 SuperSavage IXc,32gb ssd,Built-in wifi 8)
T60,C2D-T7400,3GB,14.1" SXGA+,ATI X1300,128gb ssd,5300agn
X60,CS-T1300,3GB,12,1" XGA,GM950,128gb ssd,4965agn

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