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Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:03 am
by nitrocaster
Current status
  • Batch 1 : completed
    All orders shipped.
    Update (Jan 25): If you see multiple 'processed through facility at MOSKVA PCI-21' records in your tracking info, that means Russian Post decided to use ground shipping instead of air. That's a usual situation for US and Canada destinations during the holiday season.
  • Batch 2 : completed
    All orders shipped.
  • Batch 3 : collecting payments / shipping : [check order status]
    Aug 29: Reservation payment instructions were sent.
    Sep 13: New pre-orders are still being accepted, but keep in mind that the total quantity of kits is now limited.
    Oct 13: PCB factory sent me less PCBs than I thought I ordered, hence the delay in production. In the mean time PayPal decided to apply some restrictions on my account after I withdrew 2K USD. I call them time to time and ask the status of my case, but it seems they just can't do their job properly. I'm not processing new pre-orders since Sep 19, when my account was restricted. They say I should expect restrictions to be removed in 2-3 working days, let's see.
    Oct 17: As I expected, PayPal just sent another request for shipping confirmation of the transaction which didn't intend shipping.
    Oct 19: PayPal removed restrictions from my account. I'm going to continue collecting deposit payments soon.
    Nov 1: PayPal admitted that personal payments were disabled for my account. I adjusted the price to compensate the fees. In the mean time PCBs were released from the factory and I expect them to arrive in about a week.
    Since the total quantity of kits to be made is now limited, there's no point to continue accepting deposit payments. New orders will be processed once I have everything ready for shipping.
    Nov 7: Bare PCBs arrived. Assembly will be started in a few days.
    Dec 12: Assembly completed, now preparing for shipping.
    Dec 15: First invoices were sent.
    Dec 24: 4 orders shipped.
    Dec 26: 19 orders shipped.
    Dec 31: 1 order shipped.
    Jan 13: 31 orders shipped.
About the kit
TL;DR: This kit allows you to install 1080p IPS display in your lovely ThinkPad X220 or X230.
See a long story in this thread.
Overview and installation guide (OLD): https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2mH6 ... HZxbm5nbEU
Overview and installation guide (NEW): coming soon; until that happens - contact me by email for instructions.
IMPORTANT! Installation note for rev.4:
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Backlight operation demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9b_dJzbXf7A
Installation by Louis Rossmann (part 1): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBvfJ0EHtcY
Make sure you read the whole manual to avoid his mistakes!

Installation by Louis Rossmann (part 2): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaWf0ndxUM0

How to buy
Pre-order form (submit once and wait until I contact you): https://goo.gl/forms/1EqR0T8ngpCAhMoI2
The price is $58 + $5 worldwide shipping (you can also pay equivalent amount in EUR, GBP, CAD, CHF and RUB). Free local pickup is available in Moscow, Russia.
I can install the kit in your machine for a fee, but contact me first my email (you can find it in the manual.

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Tested displays
  • LG LP125WF2-SPB3 : matte, IPS
  • LG LP125WF2-SPB4 : matte, IPS (supposedly has more brightness, my choice)
  • AUO B125HAN02.0 : matte, IPS
Incompatible displays
  • Samsung LTN125HL02-301
Recommended display sellers
FAQ
  • Q: Does this mod affect left-side DisplayPort connector?
    A: No. The adapter board connects to Dock DisplayPort #2.
  • Q: Does the brightness control work?
    A: Brightness control does work in dual display mode: FHD display + fake display for brightness control (appears as "Dummy Display"). Otherwise brightness is fixed at 100%. BIOS (or coreboot) patch is required to overcome this limitation (I'm working on it).
  • Q: Does this mod support WQHD displays?
    A: No. WQHD requires 4 DisplayPort lanes while the adapter board (and the eDP cable) provide only 2.
  • Q: Can I use docking station with this mod?
    A: You can use UltraBase Series 3 without any problem. However, when using Mini Dock Series 3, the internal display will go blank (and second DVI/DisplayPort on dock will be non functional). To overcome this issue, you can tape a row of DP#2 pins inside the docking connector. A guide for this will be posted soon.
  • Q: Does this mod support X220T/X230T?
    A: No. It's technically possible to design special version of the adapter board that would fit in tablet, but then you'll need to replace the screen. Which, again, is technically possible, but not really doable.
  • Q: What shipping method do you use?
    A: The kit is shipped as small registered package (you'll have a tracking number).
  • Q: I have just submitted the order form, what should I do now?
    A: Patience! I'll receive your order and will reply with payment instructions if there's a kit available for you. I ship in 2-3 days after you make the payment and send you a tracking number. Remember to check your spam folder because sometimes my messages can end up there. You'll have 7 days after receiving the payment instructions to make the payment.
  • Q: I have submitted my order around the start of 2nd batch, but have yet to receive a message or confirmation.
    A: That means your turn is yet to come. Watch this thread for news and check your mailbox regularly.
  • Q: Does any of tested displays have PWM/flickering backlight or ghosting/burn in issues?
    A: No and no. All 3 displays use flicker-free backlight and don't show any ghosting.
  • Q: Why is Pepe on the PCB?
    A: Smug Pepe depicts the feel I got when I first made FHD display work in my X230. Then it just occurred to me that it would be a nice touch to put Pepe on the board, and so I did.

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:10 am
by carcuevas
Jihaaaaaaaaaa!!! so exciting :) I'm on the list already hehehe :) thanks Very much Nitro :) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:19 am
by dr_st
Another piece of genius engineering. :bow:

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:40 am
by rewt
Woohoo, can hardly wait! Thanks again for your incredible work.

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:41 am
by prime07
carcuevas wrote:Jihaaaaaaaaaa!!!
this was exactly my first thought too :D
Thank you very much, nitrocaster!

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:28 am
by jp776
Will this be a registered shipping or ...?

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:11 pm
by nitrocaster
jp776 wrote:Will this be a registered shipping or ...?
Yes. I updated the FAQ.

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:09 pm
by systema
Great- been waiting for this one. Will definitely post about the mod in the forums after successful replacement :)

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 3:31 pm
by nitrocaster
Attached a poll on X220T/X230T. If there would be enough interest I'll do the business.

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 4:14 pm
by docodine
i registered just to express interest in an x230t kit :-)

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:04 pm
by jacobtc
Submitted! I've been following your work since day 1! :D

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:31 pm
by corebootx220
Sent in the form for 2! Real excited!

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:34 pm
by nitrocaster
I'll gather the orders and ship a batch of parcels in ~2 days. In that case the whole post office is gonna hate me for just a one time (until the next batch, of course).

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 7:25 pm
by Bibin
Interest submitted for two kits!

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 2:03 am
by Tasurinchi
Nice!! :thumbs-UP:

Thanks again for your sharing this in the community!

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 3:31 am
by 6sicSIX
My X230 i7-3520m will be delivered today, and I have just registered on the order form.
I'll be installing the x220 keyboard (and windows) tonight :)

Really hope I can order the kit - 1366x768 is too low for multitasking

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 7:38 am
by carcuevas
Wow the first batch already gone... That was fast :-)

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:03 am
by nitrocaster
carcuevas wrote:Wow the first batch already gone... That was fast :-)
In less than 24 hours! I'm preparing 43 kits for shipping ATM. Additional 13 kits will be ready in a few days. As before, I'll reserve some of them for russian buyers. And maybe put the last kit on eBay.

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:57 am
by 6sicSIX
I expected as much - everyone is going to want these :lol:

So I filled out the form about 6 hours ago..... am I definitely on the waiting list :?:

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 10:50 am
by Nevadita
Thinkpad X220T aficionado here, would paid top dollar for a FHD kit

mini question: the wacom hardware would remain active with the new high resolution? or does the FHD upgrade renders it unusable?

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 1:41 pm
by jacobtc
Never got an email from you :( Was I too slow?

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 2:48 pm
by Botticelli
Was I too late if I did not receive an Email?

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 3:54 pm
by nitrocaster
Botticelli wrote:Was I too late if I did not receive an Email?
If you didn't receive payment instructions so far, you're either in the 'delayed kit' list (13 kits have to be assembled by the end of this week) or in the waiting list for the next batch.

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:06 pm
by timsydney
nitrocaster wrote:
  • LG LP125WF2-SPB3
  • LG LP125WF2-SPB4
Have you seen these displays side by side? Panelook says the SPB3 is 6 bit color at 400 nits, and the SPB4 is 8 bit at 300 nits. Do you think these are accurate and is there a big difference in brightness between the displays? 400 nits is in the range of outdoor usable, do you think that's the case?

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 10:11 pm
by blueredcat123
Just clicked on the link. I think I was one day too late.

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 8:50 am
by systema
It looks like the link for Intel Dithering Settings in the manual is broken (http://kawamoto.no-ip.org/henteko/myapp ... 23ditherig) is there alternative d/l link? Thanks.

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 8:54 am
by nitrocaster
timsydney wrote: Have you seen these displays side by side? Panelook says the SPB3 is 6 bit color at 400 nits, and the SPB4 is 8 bit at 300 nits. Do you think these are accurate and is there a big difference in brightness between the displays? 400 nits is in the range of outdoor usable, do you think that's the case?
Panelook may be wrong since there's no datasheet for SPB3. To make a fair comparison I would have to get them side-by-side. I have SPB4 in my X230, but SPB3 was sold to local buyer. We meet sometimes, so I hope to catch him with his modded X220 and make a comparison.

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 8:55 am
by nitrocaster
systema wrote:It looks like the link for Intel Dithering Settings in the manual is broken (http://kawamoto.no-ip.org/henteko/myapp ... 23ditherig) is there alternative d/l link? Thanks.
You just remove #ditherig from it and it works again. Here's the direct link: http://kawamoto.no-ip.org/henteko/myapp/ditherig15.zip

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:39 am
by 6sicSIX
Have the X230 I received yesterday modded now -
X220 Keyboard
X220 Palmrest
X220 Lid
X220 LCD Bezel
LG IPS Screen

Now just the bios mod, bluetooth led, and 1080p lcd to go :)

Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

Posted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 11:05 am
by carcuevas
6sicSIX wrote:Have the X230 I received yesterday modded now -
X220 Keyboard
X220 Palmrest
X220 Lid
X220 LCD Bezel
LG IPS Screen

Now just the bios mod, bluetooth led, and 1080p lcd to go :)

Hi,

what method are you using for doing the Bios MOD??? I tried with the pomona + raspberry pi and I was not able to read the chip for starters so I didn't continue... :D :lol: :lol: