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If you have one of a few selected BlackBerry smartphones, or any Android device, there is a free app called LenovoLook. It is a search engine, and requires one or more databases to actually "do" something. There are sample screen shots to show the app in operation. The app stores where the LenovoLook is available also mention the site where you can download multiple databases to use with the app. I did not post it here because I am not sure that is permitted. You can get
(A) up to three current product sample databases (US ThinkPads, Cdn. French Servers, and German ThinkStations - product descriptions in those languages). Only US list prices are currently available.
(B) one or more of three withdrawn product databases, dated 2006, 2004 and 2002, and even the last one will have models going back approx. five years before that.
Once you install a database, you can search on a full or partial partnumber, a text string, or multiple text strings if separated by commas. If these sample databases don't cover the time period or product set you need, the tool to create your own databases is also available for free from the same site where the databases are updated. You can also create a db with more recently withdrawn models, covering models back to 2010/01 if you get this tool. The master data file is updated regularly as current models become withdrawn, and new models are announced, so you can stay current by generating a fresh update. There is a gap between 2006 and 2010. Requests to add additional models not in any database will be considered.
For those interested in looking for current or recently withdrawn models, you can do a search like this using the sample "US ThinkPads" database........i7,finger,hdmi,always,ssd....and it will find any and all systems with an i7 processor, fingerprint recognition, an HDMI port, an Always On USB port, and an SSD main drive....in about 2 seconds, complete with price and supply values. We use lower case as it is a bit of a pain to make caps on smart phones. To get any hits among recently withdrawn models I had to chop off always and ssd. I am trying to add more text in the extended descriptions so that the search function will capture some of the more obscure features.
If you have not tried LenovoLook yet, please do. I think you will be impressed. Everything about it is free, including end-user support. Here is the Android app link so you can see the screen captures.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... mVhZGVyIl0.
What is still missing is HOW you find what memory is supported on what machine type, if all you have is the FRU number. Wouldn't it be nice if you could enter a FRU, find the equivalent marketing option number, and get a list of which systems support that option ? Stay tuned. Announcement coming soon. If there is real interest, I could post some screen captures, if they allow me.
I buy off lease from a few dealers, usually sans hdd and sans hdd caddy and sometimes sans hdd cover but thats no big deal, they are a few dollars anyway.
I usually get the type number: eg. this is the last one I bought
That gives you a basic spec. Now this age I know they are all LED panel. Some people dont mind CCFL, I dont want them, they are too old and dim now. In case sm.krelay is down there's a 25Mb excel sheet with the same thing and google gives you a good idea too.
Then get a rough idea on condition, eg a battered KBD means you need to buy a new KBD and this can get expensive. eg. if I pick up a laptop for $75, which is a common price for what can be a 4-5yr old machine, then spending $50 on a KBD and then more on a battery etc. isnt worth it.
Eg. I got a free X200 once with a smashed screen and otherwise complete, sans hdd.
An SSD was $60 but a new screen fitted was $150. So basically I paid $210 for a 'free' X200.
Think about it. Granted the battery was fine and with another X200 I got I conceivable get 8hrs on two batteries which is more than I need.
I dont care about Windows licensing or stickers, hell I remove the stickers. SLIC2.1 is all you need.
Again, the app is free, and end user support is free. User feedback, reviews, comments, suggestions etc. are all welcome. I do not work for Lenovo.
Search for the word "manual" and you will get some tips on using the app. It has multi-search, so you can search for ssd+quad core+finger (lower case is fine) - click on Description, press FIND and it will locate all current ThinkPads with an SSD, a quad core processor, and fingerprint recognition. Takes less then 1 second. Mark one to see price & possibly supply, click on SHOW to see the extended description. We have added a second Copy To Clipboard function as well. If there is interest in either a UK version, or a Withdrawn Systems database, I will consider posting them on the web. A Withdrawn Systems database would be useful if you need to look up specs on an older/withdrawn model. If there is serious interest I can easily add more databases to the auto-download list. I will especially listen to anyone who can direct me to a source for official list prices for Europe.
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