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My Thinkpad R500

#1 Post by beko1987 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:23 pm

Hi! I have so many updates to do, so thought I would start with a relativly new machine, my R500!

The story begins that my T400 broke. I like to have a fairly modern device lying around, and the C2D T400 was filling the hole nicely, until the backlight broke on the screen. I threw a new inverter in it, bought a tested mainboard to rule out fuses, and even bidded on a few parts machines for a screen, but the prices were nuts, I was seeing bodily smashed T400's with working screens go for £30/£40, so I drew a line under that

Then, I found and won an R500 for £21!

When it came I was nicely surprised by the condition. Here is the first picture I took of it at work! I'd taken the hard drive from the T400 in so I could check it when it arrived incase I needed to contact the seller, but it booted up fine!

https://www.ultraimg.com/image/OSfd

Later that night I took the many stickers off it and gave it a wipe down and buff up

https://www.ultraimg.com/image/OSfQ

https://www.ultraimg.com/image/OSfj

The non rubberised screen lid took a while to get used to, it has a few light scratches on, but nothing too bad. I prefer it not being mint, means I don't worry about it!

https://www.ultraimg.com/image/OSf2

https://www.ultraimg.com/image/OSf3

Keyboard is mint, but I did not like that trackpoint cap, so replaced it with a domed one (bought 10 new ones!)

https://www.ultraimg.com/image/OSf5

https://www.ultraimg.com/image/OSf6

Very happy with that. Quite quickly it got it's first upgrade as the hard drive from the T400 really was trash!

https://www.ultraimg.com/image/OSfA

That also shows the spec! ATM it has 5gb of RAM installed, the 1gb it had, and a 4gb stick I had lying around. When I get a sec I'll swap the 1gb for the 2gb thats in the T400 still (haven't thrown the T400 away, if anything I'll lob it on ebay and get the money I paid for the main board back even as a parts machine). Seems it shares its RAM with a macbook, so it's annoyingly expensive. 5/6gb is more than plenty for my workload anyway!

With a fresh Ubuntu on it just got used really!

https://www.ultraimg.com/image/OSfD

https://www.ultraimg.com/image/OSfc

My daughter has a cracking game of Rollercoaster Tycoon (the original) going on the T40!

Slowly though, my mind wandered over to naughty thoughts...

A T9600 CPU is on the slow boat from china, and will hopefully arrive next month, that was £9. Whilst I''m in there I can clean the fan and re-paste the heatsink.

My second naughty purchase actually arrived today. I found WSXGA+ LCD panel for £19.99! I had found the WXGA panel it had far too big resolution wise, so this was a welcome find. I fitted it after work

https://www.ultraimg.com/image/OSfI

Trusty X60t holding the HMM for me! And it worked, but the quality was flipping terrible. This picture makes it look better than it really is

https://www.ultraimg.com/image/OSfe

Some googling later, and 2 threads from these very forums confirming the same thing, I needed a different LCD cable! 1 on ebay, from spain and £17... A good browse over dinner, and tucked away under 'R500 Bluetooth' was the correct cable (FRU was pictured but not written in the listing) with a bluetooth module attached (so another upgrade as it currently does not have it) was bought for £6.90.

So the R500 is away now. Not going to swap the old screen back in for a few days use, I am currently typing this on the X60t which I will use in the mean time, or I can use the T40, or T43, it's no big deal really!

So what do I think of the R500? First off it's FLIPPING HUGE! I've been thoroughly spoiled by svelte T series machines, the R is a big heffer. But, I quite like it now I've spent some time with it. It sits on my legs nicely, or on the table. The large wrist rest makes it very nice to type on, once I get the screen sorted it'll be lovely to look at, and I've got over the lack of rubber coating, which is one less thing to start peeling off if I scuff it! The R500 is a laptop to be used, I have the T40, 43 and X60t for keeping nice and occasionally using, but I do need something to just grab and go with, for Amy to use, to take around with me, and after my daughter knocked it off the sofa the other night and it dented the laminate floor and shrugged it off, it fits the bill well!

I do need a battery for it though, it barely lasts 20 minutes! I wiped Ubuntu off earlier and lobbed windows 7 on to check my screen issues were not driver related, and the first thing W7 did was flash 'You might consider replacing your battery soon'... Once the current issues are solved I'll treat it to a cheap ebay battery!

So there we go, my R500! I'll do another update when it's working again and I've fitted the CPU! It can go back to Ubuntu as well, it likes Ubuntu!
Thinkpad T40
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Thinkpad X60 Tablet
Thinkpad R500

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Re: My Thinkpad R500

#2 Post by TPFanatic » Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:24 pm

Nice purchase. I've gotten two R500 one for $40 (with 2.1 ghz Core 2 Duo and webcam) and one for $35 (lowest model Celeron, I upgraded to P8600), they are dirt cheap and very easy to upgrade, although I haven't gone up in resolution from WXGA. It uses the same cables as R61. In fact you swap the entire lid with a 15.4" R61 if you want the IBM logo.
lenovo T61 T7500, SXGA+, 8GB
lenovo T410s i5 520m, WXGA+, 4GB
lenovo T430 i5 3320m, FHD, 8GB
lenovo T500 P9700, WUXGA, 8GB
lenovo T520 i7 2760QM, FHD, 8GB



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Re: My Thinkpad R500

#3 Post by beko1987 » Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:30 am

Interesting to know, thanks! I don't mind it having the Lenovo logo though.
Thinkpad T40
Thinkpad T43
Thinkpad X60 Tablet
Thinkpad R500

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Re: My Thinkpad R500

#4 Post by Zach123 » Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:16 pm

The Thinkpad r400/r500 are great laptops. In fact my main laptop is a Thinkpad r400.
Main: Thinkpad R400/C2D P9600/Samsung PM800 256GB SSD/Segate 500GB 5400RPM HDD

Thinkpad Collection: T60p, TR452, R31

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Re: My Thinkpad R500

#5 Post by beko1987 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:49 am

I'm at work so cant post the pictures but the new LCD cable came, and the screen is buttery smooth now, I am in awe every time I use it! Coupled with the 2.8ghz CPU I fitted at the same time whilst it was all apart to do the lcd cable swap and an install of Kubuntu it's lightning quick.

Once I figure out how to map my windows shares to it it'll be sorted! Need to stick my broken T400 up for spares and get shot of it!
Thinkpad T40
Thinkpad T43
Thinkpad X60 Tablet
Thinkpad R500

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