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Is there any issues with pre-August 2008 T61 motherboards with Intel graphics?

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Is there any issues with pre-August 2008 T61 motherboards with Intel graphics?

#1 Post by Volactic » Tue Sep 06, 2022 2:50 pm

I've learned that the Lenovo T61 motherboards with Nvidia graphics that were made before August of 2008 have a problem with the GPU failing. What about the boards that don't have the Nvidia graphics / use the Intel graphics instead? Also what boards are compatible with the 14.1" widescreen T61 and what would be the "best" board to upgrade to, assuming I can find a board with Nvidia graphics made after the fix?
"Toy": Mostly stock T61 14.1" Widescreen, Middleton's BIOS, Upgraded to 4GB RAM, Stock Core2 Duo T7300 at Middleton's BIOS Speed, X3100 Graphics, Kingston A400 480GB SSD, Generic battery from Amazon, Temporary: ChromeOS Flex
In pieces: T61 14.1" widescreen kept for spare parts

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Re: Is there any issues with pre-August 2008 T61 motherboards with Intel graphics?

#2 Post by unixed » Tue Sep 06, 2022 8:10 pm

Welcome to the forum.
Boards with the the Intel graphics have no "GPU" failure issues.
As far as your NVIDIA options go the best available would be the NVS 140M for that format. None of the other motherboards (14.1" 4:3 and 15.4" 16:10) are compatible replacements and those are the ones that have the more powerful GPU options, the 15.4" T61p by a far margin.

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Re: Is there any issues with pre-August 2008 T61 motherboards with Intel graphics?

#3 Post by theterminator93 » Tue Sep 06, 2022 10:12 pm

FWIW, With these systems now being 14-15 years old now, intel and nvidia alike are just as likely to fail due to age (IMO).

I haven't seen any NVS 140 failures personally on the 14.1" 16:10 T61s, out of maybe 50 or 60 that my clients had in service (up until as recently as about 2 years ago).

I have 4 T61p systems with the 570 - 1 is an early build 14.1" 4:3 that just about never gets used. The rest are a 15.4s - one is the one I bought new in 10/07 that I retired (but kept) once it started showing early signs of failure (but still works for light duty), there's another that I built with a newer GPU (but not able to ID the system build date, so there is ambiguity over whether it is a revised GPU or not) and my last is based on a refurbished ~2010 board that doesn't have the defect.
T480 with T25 keyboard | T25 | W520 i7-2860QM·Quadro 2000m·IPS FHD | T601F T9900·NVS 140m·LED AFFS UXGA
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Re: Is there any issues with pre-August 2008 T61 motherboards with Intel graphics?

#4 Post by TuuS » Sat Nov 19, 2022 1:37 pm

I've found the Intel boards to be among the most reliable thinkpads of all time. Keep in mind that water finds it's way into the boards if you aren't careful, but barring that or power surges they seem to last very well.

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