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T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:06 pm
by RMSMajestic
Dear all,

I have opened a thread a few months back regarding the T420s/T430s WQHD kits. I wasn't really thinking of proceeding with this due to work, my personal issues and the thinkpad retro. However the Thinkpad 25 turned out to be such a expensive and pathetic piece of cluster f***. Hence, after discussing with Javi yesterday, we are almost certain that a batch of 200 WQHD kits will be supplied to the market. Yes, I'm taking a risk, those WQHD kits cost quite a bit more than the FHD kits. It might take me 2-3 years to sell all the kits but who cares!

It will be similar to the FHD kits, no soldering is needed, and you are responsible to find the authentic screens.

Though it will be a bit more expensive (price is $60) than originally intended and it will consume a bit more power than the FHD kits, it's a better and more worthy way for the 25th anniversary of our beloved thinkpads
than a rebranded crappy T460 for $1999.

I'm just finalizing things with Javi-Jie. And I will post the paypal link this weekend or next, you will be covered by paypal for 6 months. Hoping that it can roll out before christmas as a perfect gift.

If you don't trust paypal and prefer to be ripped off by feebay, I will post the listing a bit later as things are extremely complicated and annoying there.

I will also post a few pictures then

F*** you lenovo, and a sincere middle finger to you.


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Payment link's up:
Due to the change in shipping cost, now price is the same for both USA/Ukraine/Russia buyers and rest of the world. Actually even slightly more expensive for US shipping.
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?c ... aNonHosted


And for those of you who are willing to pay in GBP:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?c ... NUS6VR3LJN

I'm thinking of accepting bitcoin payments. How many of you are interested? :D

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I shall receive and send out the packets before christmas. You are covered by paypal for 6 months so please don't worry even if there's some delays.

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Feebay listing is up, in case if you don't trust paypal
https://www.ebay.com/itm/232586061119


For those of you who are fed up with feebay but still wanna a third party gurantee
Etsy link:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/588618811/ ... pgrade-kit

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:13 pm
by Orbitronics
Count me in! Will there be a brief tutorial / couple of recommended screens?

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:23 pm
by RMSMajestic
Orbitronics wrote:
Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:13 pm
Count me in! Will there be a brief tutorial / couple of recommended screens?
Yes for sure. It will be just like the FHD kits

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:13 pm
by Tasurinchi
Count me in as well!

Do you have WQHD models to recommend? I'd like to start lurking for them in the interwebs ;-)

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:10 am
by Dro
That's amazing! I for one I'm grateful that you are taking this upon yourself, I also want to echo Orbitronics and Tasurinchi that an early recommendation on the screens would be greatly appreciated so we can star the process of sourcing one!

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:35 am
by axur-delmeria
Does this kit also have interference issues on the regular T420 and T430?

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:26 am
by lokimo
Nice, are you going to ship overseas (Germany)?

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:18 am
by fubu
Alright! Glad to see you're going through with this. Thanks for all the hard work in advance.

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:54 am
by Olangu
I'm in for two kits!
Even if I actually got the TP25...

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:02 pm
by csioucs
Great! Thank you both, RMSMajesty and Javie for this huge investment for the community!
Your previous FHD Mod works amazing! If we could find screens at least as good as the AU Optronics B140HAN01.2 that I have! For the WQHD Methinks that B140QAN01.5 is not far off, is it? It was the one seen in the T470s, seemingly without PWM, and 94% sRGB gamut. Almost as good as the *HAN in terms of RGB. It just in a bit of a shortage now. Are there any specifics we should take into account when checking compatibility, otherwise?
Would there be a better choice? Like the OLED of X1 yoga ? Do we dare that? That one also seems in shortage, but pulling it off would be fitting!

But, coming back to the main question, I'm in for two kits, too.

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:56 pm
by ji2o0k
ohhhhhh yeaaahhhhhhh....in for 2 at least, probably 3!

Now a question for you fellow thinkpadders that previously purchased the FHD mod kit from RMSMajestic....if you are upgrading to the WQHD kit - what are you doing with the FHD mod kit and screen?

So I have a T430s i5 in amazing condition as well as a T420s i7 in amazing condition - thinking of upgrading both to the WQHD kits and I guess reselling the FHD mod kits and screens?

Because the FHD mod kit and awesome working screens do cost a bit of $$ too....not sure what to do....

And the thing is....my AUOptronics screens are in excellent condition - no blemishes etc...

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:53 am
by vaimer
Count me in as well!

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:56 am
by dr_st
RMSMajestic wrote:
Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:06 pm
It will be similar to the FHD kits, no soldering is needed, and you are responsible to find the authentic screens.
Does it use the built-in LVDS, or one of the DisplayPorts (disabling one of the external outputs)?

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:19 am
by RMSMajestic
dr_st wrote:
Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:56 am
RMSMajestic wrote:
Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:06 pm
It will be similar to the FHD kits, no soldering is needed, and you are responsible to find the authentic screens.
Does it use the built-in LVDS, or one of the DisplayPorts (disabling one of the external outputs)?
built in LVDS

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:48 am
by dr_st
That's awesome, then. :thumbs-UP: I was under the impression that dual-channel LVDS does not have sufficient bandwidth to drive QHD. Apparently I was mistaken?

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:25 pm
by RMSMajestic
dr_st wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:48 am
That's awesome, then. :thumbs-UP: I was under the impression that dual-channel LVDS does not have sufficient bandwidth to drive QHD. Apparently I was mistaken?
It does, but I think 6 bit 2K is the upper limit for dual channel LVDS

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:33 pm
by RMSMajestic

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:54 pm
by dr_st
axur-delmeria wrote:
Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:35 am
Does this kit also have interference issues on the regular T420 and T430?
I would also like to know that. Are there any limiting factors for using in non-s models?

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:07 pm
by Chowie
What great timing!

I was just wondering if another batch of these mods was going forward, and it sounds like they are in a big way!

I'd like to reserve an order if possible.

Can you comment a little more on the power consumption? Looks like I'll have to commit to an ultrabay battery too!

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:45 pm
by RMSMajestic
dr_st wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:54 pm
axur-delmeria wrote:
Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:35 am
Does this kit also have interference issues on the regular T420 and T430?
I would also like to know that. Are there any limiting factors for using in non-s models?
slim kits and non-s machines are not compatible. But newer batch of chips seems to work okay in non-s machines. Javi will work on it after sold this batch of WQHD slim kits

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:04 pm
by lytro
I'm eagerly awaiting the non-s compatible batch.

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:25 pm
by Tasurinchi
Many of us are... :wink:

@RMSMajstic: Are they much complex to produce than the non-s models?

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:27 pm
by motoyarko
Hi all! In first, thanks a lot to guys for a great and hard job! I hope your risks will be justified.
I have a few questions:
1. Is it possible to send the screen to Ukraine?
2. Are Full HD screens out of stock?

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:49 pm
by RMSMajestic
Tasurinchi wrote:
Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:25 pm
Many of us are... :wink:

@RMSMajstic: Are they much complex to produce than the non-s models?

yes, due to the size a smaller chip has to be used on T420 non-s and that chip doesn't have very good compatibility and will flicker on a lot of T420/T430. currently the newer revision of the chip has better compatibility however money, risk and time are the problems. So it's coming after the WQHDs

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:50 pm
by RMSMajestic
motoyarko wrote:
Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:27 pm
Hi all! In first, thanks a lot to guys for a great and hard job! I hope your risks will be justified.
I have a few questions:
1. Is it possible to send the screen to Ukraine?
2. Are Full HD screens out of stock?
1. It is possible but a little bit more complicated. shipping is gonna cost an arm
2. Yes, only have a handful of kits for T420s. X1c is still on.

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:48 am
by Tasurinchi
RMSMajestic wrote:
Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:49 pm
currently the newer revision of the chip has better compatibility however money, risk and time are the problems. So it's coming after the WQHDs
Sounds promising, I understand the financial risk, but on the other hand I think this mod was also quite requested here and in the German sister forum. So it may turn out to be very successful too :wink:

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:13 pm
by Skbzi
Hello sir.

Not to rush you; however, we can we expect a PayPal link and how long of a Lead time will it be? I’d like to purchase an S variant as soon as I am able to get a lot.

Thanks again for making this possible.

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:49 am
by axur-delmeria
Question, will the WQHD kit also work with FHD screens?

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:11 am
by RMSMajestic
axur-delmeria wrote:
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:49 am
Question, will the WQHD kit also work with FHD screens?
No

Re: T420s/T430s WQHD kits pre-order

Posted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:38 pm
by gpot
I definitely want in on this. Would you be able to send me a paypal link or is it not available yet?