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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), T470p (20J7), 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.

My Thinkpads at the moment
T61, 14.1" GMA X3100
T61, 14.1" Quadro NVS 140M
T60, 14.1" Radeon X1300 x2
T43P, 15" FireGL V3200
T42P, 15" FireGL T2
T43, 14.1" Radeon X300
T43, 14.1" GMA900
T42, 14.1" Radeon 7500
X60s, X41t,X41, X32 x 2, T23, TP600, 701CS

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