x220/x230 FHD/ WQHD 2K mSATA/USB3.0

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x220/x230 FHD/ WQHD 2K mSATA/USB3.0

#1 Post by alisan » Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:42 am

Anyone here has any experience with the following mod on a x220/x230?

https://world.taobao.com/item/557203626 ... mSite=main

I'm particularly interested in getting an additional msata, since I'm planning to use my msata for wwan, and I don't want to put my msata 512gb ssd in a drawer to collect dust (I have already a SATA 512gb ssd).

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#2 Post by bqik » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:50 am

Did you find more info about it?

regards!

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#3 Post by alisan » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:52 am

No yet :( , still looking around.

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Re: x220/x230 FHD/ WQHD 2K mSATA/USB3.0

#4 Post by mvan » Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:21 pm

Interesting.
They might be using the SATA connection on the docking port.
If you are courageous, it should be easy to test this yourself. THere are also SATA-> msata converters available.

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#5 Post by boutch55555 » Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:38 am

I just got a similar model from there, I'll do a full review once it's installed tomorrow. This one only does FHD, I also have one newer revision on the way that does FHD + WQHD and adds USB ports.

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#6 Post by alisan » Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:06 pm

I'm interested in your msata mod findings, btw how did you get it? Buying it directly on their website? Didn't try myself.

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#7 Post by boutch55555 » Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:33 pm

Bought it via superbuy. My agent helped me ask the seller about the newer revision of the board that wasn't for sale on taobao (he had only a few left). There is a shipping fee to reship but it's worth it. This one was around 47 usd total.

Bench, not bad.

"Installed" kit

It includes a plexiglass plate to space it behind, 2 longer screws to hold the board and even 2 screws for the ssd. Pretty clean and complete kit.

Bios flashed for advanced menu + whitelist + no LVDS. RAID still won't enable with msata + 2.5", It'll be linux only. At least I'll get wwan back. Custom app for backlight control works beautifully in Windows without the need of screen mirroring. Doesn't work in linux with or without FHD kernel patch (no surprise), guess I'll have to check how to talk to that usb thingie. No compatibility issues with my 13.3" panel so it should work with the "standard" 12.5 fhd panels too.

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#8 Post by alisan » Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:28 am

Your saying that backlight control doesn't work in Linux, with and without the kernel patch?

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#9 Post by boutch55555 » Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:59 am

Yup, perhaps I messed something with the recompile for the new motherboard model number. I'll do more tests later. But that board has solders on usb lanes, as far as I know it uses it to set backlight. I asked my agent to contact the seller to ask about Linux support.

Edit : recompiled, still doesn't work even though the panel is detected as eDP-1.
Edit 2 : tried some packet sniffing / replaying, no luck so far.

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