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X201 tablet thinklight mod

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X201 tablet thinklight mod

#1 Post by Triple7Factor » Sun Oct 18, 2020 7:56 pm

I fully admit this is a goofy question but bare with me in the name of science and curiosity...

Is there a way to mod an X201 tablet with a thinklight? I understand that they don't include one normally, but since the key is still there on the keyboard I am curious if there are connection points in the display or on the motherboard somewhere that I could add my own light with.

No, this is not practical - but neither was replacing the stock LEDs with different colors... Or continuing to upgrade and use a 10 year old laptop...

I tried to find info on Lenovo's site about what parts would have had the thinklight connected in similar models but didn't get anywhere. If someone has an idea I am willing to do some experiments and post results. :)

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Re: X201 tablet thinklight mod

#2 Post by axur-delmeria » Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:22 pm

It would be much easier if you tapped into a 3.3V rail and connected a white LED with its own physical switch than try to get it to turn on and off with a keyboard shortcut.
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