bucolino wrote:I wanted to ask you how the overall experience with the T61 NVS 140m is.
Because I am thinking about purchasing a T61 board with nvidia graphics and turn my t60 into a "frankenpad" what we are calling it over here. You might know that this is a lot of work starting at finding a board with a nvidia gpu which is not defective (pre August 2008) , apart from the work that needs to be done it also costs money. I'd also need to get bluetooth in my machine because of continuity feature etc. Also getting a native Wifi module.
I put together one of these. It's Frankenpad 1 in my signature.
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Brets-MacBook-Pro:~ bret$ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 Memory Controller Hub (rev 0c)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 PCI Express Root Port (rev 0c)
00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82566MM Gigabit Network Connection (rev 03)
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03)
00:1a.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03)
00:1a.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 03)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 03)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 03)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 5 (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev f3)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801HEM (ICH8M-E) LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801HM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) IDE Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801HM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation G86 [Quadro NVS 140M] (rev a1)
03:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
15:00.0 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev b6)
I used a post-2008 NVS 140m motherboard in a T60 chassis, and added an Atheros Communications Inc. AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) wifi adapter. My motherboard is one of Tuus's 'Holy Grail' boards - never installed in a machine before, so it has no identifying data coded into it. I like the joke that Lenovo and Apple will disavow all knowledge of this machine...
I have installed the Middleton BIOS, 8G RAM, and a SATA SSD.
I had originally made a Frankenpad with an Intel graphics Penryn board and the UXGA video panel for Linux. I had been experimenting with an HP 4540s Hackintosh (which worked quite well) but when I read this thread I realised I could have a Hackintosh with the Thinkpad T series advantages so I thought the change was worth the extra expense and build work.
I posted earlier in this thread about how I installed. I run 10.9.1 with a patch to cover the SSL/TLS vulnerability mentioned earlier in this thread. Sleep works in 10.9.1, and I understand it does not work well with later updates, but some people may be getting it to work.
Most of what I know is posted already in this thread, and I don't understand everything discussed either. I also do not have any iOS or other Apple devices to know about interoperability.
Bluetooth works to push files to my Android phone and tablet. I read the ExpressCard slot may work? - but I haven't tried it.
Sound out works through the speakers or through my headphones. Sound in does not appear to work, but you may find better information elsewhere in this thread. My Logitech USB camera/microphone provides good video and sound input, so I can use Skype, for instance.
The display panel works at 1600x1200, and I run it scaled at 1344x1008 to enlarge the display to accommodate my imperfect vision. 1280x960 and 1024x768 are also listed as scaled resolutions.
I have hooked up an external HDMI monitor through the Thinkpad Dock + a DVI adapter and also directly to an external VGA standard monitor. The HDMI monitor clips to show a 4:3 ratio display rather than adjust to it's native HD resolution.
The machine is reliable, and I'm learning OS X on it now. The TrackPoint works. I do not like Trackpads, but I must have the Trackpad enabled in order for the TrackPoint to work. My external Thinkpad USB keyboard works, including it's TrackPoint. Two-finger scrolling on the internal Trackpad works. On the internal keyboard, the 'Alt' key is the main Apple key, with Ctrl as the other. On the external keyboard, the Windows key is the main Apple key.
When I ran OS X on an x61 tablet, the TrackPoint worked despite the machine not having a Trackpad.
The fan is always on. I use an external WD USB drive with Time Machine.
Thunderbird works well for email. FireFox will not recall open tabs when restarted - it always opens with one tab to it's start page. VirtualBox and Libre Office work.
I have successfully installed software from the Apple App Store.