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Mixing and matching X220 and X230 parts... Anyone with any experience on it?

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Mixing and matching X220 and X230 parts... Anyone with any experience on it?

#1 Post by Speedboy » Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:30 pm

I've been shopping around for a light laptop to use for commuting (my 3.2KG T520 + 0.5KG power brick is a bit much to carry around all day) and I managed to get a beat up, but fully functional X220 for £70. The keyboard is in practically perfect condition, which I'm really happy with, currently has an i5-2520M, 4GB RAM and a 500GB HDD.

I've already ordered a 9-cell battery, and an SSD to replace the mech drive, bringing my total cost up to about £115, but there's a few other little issues I'd like to fix. For one, there's a little crack in the bottom housing that I'd like to fix. I was originally just going to buy a new bottom housing, but then I had the dumb idea to buy an X230 motherboard and bottom housing (which is pretty cheap on ebay), and swap it in to this thing, with its glorious 7-row keyboard. If I use the bottom housing and motherboard from the X230, but the keyboard and palmrest from the X220, that should work, based on all the info I can find. Does anyone have any evidence to the contrary?

The other little issue is the screen. It's an IPS panel, but it has a few pretty distracting bright spots, as well as mild image retention/ghosting issues, but I'm still deciding whether or not I can live with that. A FHD screen mod seems very tempting, but I'm unsure if I could fit it in my budget (trying to keep the overall cost under £200) and I'd be unsure about where to source a panel for that in the UK (if anyone knows a place that doesn't charge a fortune, I'd be very grateful).

Any advice or tips to help make this Frankensteined machine a reality would be really helpful :lol:

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Re: Mixing and matching X220 and X230 parts... Anyone with any experience on it?

#2 Post by Tasurinchi » Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:36 am

Speedboy wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:30 pm
If I use the bottom housing and motherboard from the X230, but the keyboard and palmrest from the X220, that should work, based on all the info I can find.
Yes it will work, but you need to mod the BIOS to get the 7row KB working fine, more info in this thread: click me!
Speedboy wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:30 pm
A FHD screen mod seems very tempting, but I'm unsure if I could fit it in my budget (trying to keep the overall cost under £200) and I'd be unsure about where to source a panel for that in the UK (if anyone knows a place that doesn't charge a fortune, I'd be very grateful).
Keep in mind that this mod requires soldering work. Regarding panel, eBay UK is a good source, but I don't recall the prices for the FHD panels, I bought one from a well known Chinese seller a while ago for another mod and it cost me about €70 if I remember correctly.
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Re: Mixing and matching X220 and X230 parts... Anyone with any experience on it?

#3 Post by TheForgottenKing » Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:47 pm

Swapped X230t motherboard into X220t, needed a new cable for the lid hardware (fingerprint sensor, mic, lights, etc) and had to flash EC but everything works well.

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Re: Mixing and matching X220 and X230 parts... Anyone with any experience on it?

#4 Post by WarhawkCZ » Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:04 pm

I have a "x225" frankenpad as a daily runner. It is originally x220 but I put there x230 MoBo. I needed to flash the EC controller in order to make the keyboard working. I had had x230 battery anyway therefore I am not now sure if the non-original EC FW whitelists the x220 battery for x230 or not.

I have a bunch of pictures which I took during the process. I want to put them on my web but have not had a chance to do this yet.

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