scored one off ebay in decent shape with a core 2 duo (one less thing to upgrade) with the promise of a 1600x1200 display which per the wiki, should be IPS. perfection. Unfortunately the machine came with a 1400x1050 display... not IPS but one of the worst TN abominations I have ever witnessed. Luckily, the seller has accepted a return.
i was looking at parts availability but they have all but dried up, not surprising given the age of the machine. are there any options around on where to source parts? i was thinking if i go down the rabbit hole might as well do the t61board swap as well.
lenovo T430 i5 3320m FHD 8GB
lenovo T430s i5 3230m QHD 8GB
lenovo T500 P9700 WUXGA 8GB
Enable 2 finger scroll on any Synaptics touchpads with registry: http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=122612
Unfortunately, there are also 15" 1024x768 TN screens in low-end T60 models.
And since 15" 1400x1050 and 1600x1200 TN screens exist, it's possible to find one unexpectedly if it was swapped in, after market, by someone unaware of the quality differences...
But your main point is correct - only 15" T60/p have chance of having IPS.
X61 7673-V2V, T60 2007-QPG, T42 2373-F7G, X32 (IPS Screen), A31p w/ Ultrabay Numpad, A21m 2628-GXU
Well you were simply unlucky. Very unlucky.
Try out asking here on the forum. As for 4:3 display, the best possible option without the mod is a Boe-Hydis UXGA model from T60p, but it is difficult to get one. With some (heavy) modding a Hydis UXGA panel w/LED backlight AFFS panel can be mounted in such system. I have at least one spare R61 4:3 machine sporting this panel for sale (and a new one, not used at any point). This strips you out of ATI option, but allows you to use Penryns, touchpad-free palmrest and 8gigs of RAM T60p's were prone to graphics chip failure, I find it actually harder to find a working T60p than T61p.
X230 - travel / garage
W700 - workhorse
R600 (R500 mobo inside R60 chassis) - daily
600x w/i7 board - thing to admire
T43, Z60t, G41, R30, R50e, R61i, A31p, T23
R52p, T22, A22m, R40, T30, Z61m
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