Poor Man's Retro Thinkpad

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Poor Man's Retro Thinkpad

#1 Post by TPFanatic » Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:13 pm

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Voila. Finally did the X200 trackpoint buttons mod, replaced my palmrest, and used some sharpies under the badges. I need just a new front bezel and my T500 will be perfect!
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Re: Poor Man's Retro Thinkpad

#2 Post by axur-delmeria » Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:42 pm

Did you transplant the Trackpoint buttons and some keys from a T4x keyboard?
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Re: Poor Man's Retro Thinkpad

#3 Post by TPFanatic » Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:55 am

axur-delmeria wrote:
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:42 pm
Did you transplant the Trackpoint buttons and some keys from a T4x keyboard?
FN, browser, and Caps Lock keys are from a T4x Chicony. The trackpoint keys, power, and volume are from X200.
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Re: Poor Man's Retro Thinkpad

#4 Post by RealBlackStuff » Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:59 am

Cute!
You could have made a fortune if you had sold that idea to Lenovo!
They could have saved TONS of money by just buying a few Sharpies and resurrecting the 16:10 T500 with a newer motherboard!
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Re: Poor Man's Retro Thinkpad

#5 Post by thinkpadgeek91 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:54 pm

I would buy one!
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Re: Poor Man's Retro Thinkpad

#6 Post by wujstefan » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:02 am

Not to mention the extra paint on "PAD" is just great :D

I need to check if I still have some chicony T4x KB yet :P that looks awesome really!
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Re: Poor Man's Retro Thinkpad

#7 Post by TPFanatic » Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:42 pm

wujstefan wrote:
Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:02 am
Not to mention the extra paint on "PAD" is just great :D

I need to check if I still have some chicony T4x KB yet :P that looks awesome really!
I used Chicony caps because my T500 keyboard is by Chicony so they are compatible, but if you have an NMB or ALPS you will need keycaps from one of corresponding manufacturer.
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Re: Poor Man's Retro Thinkpad

#8 Post by MikalE » Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:04 pm

The new German language keyboard I received from Germany has very 'clicky' keys. I did not note the part number unfortunately. It was from a seller in Germany on eBay.

Anything would have been better than the POS it shipped with.
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Re: Poor Man's Retro Thinkpad

#9 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:28 am

MikalE wrote:The new German language keyboard I received from Germany has very 'clicky' keys. I did not note the part number unfortunately. It was from a seller in Germany on eBay.

Anything would have been better than the POS it shipped with.
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