The W520 has the i7-2920xm and the Nvidia 2000M graphics, so its so much better than the W510. I would hate to give up such power just for touch.
I'm really not sure what to do here. Perhaps I need to keep the LCD cable from the W520 and open up the two lids and swap the cables, but I really was hoping not to have to mess with that and there's a pretty good chance that the cables won't match on the other end either. I am about to abandon the whole project and put them both back together the way they were. Any thoughts on this? Has anyone on here tried this?
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I guess you can't believe everything you read on the internet! Going to put these back together now. I don't think I will be attempting this again unless someone has a breakthrough to share.
By the way, I love these retro keyboards, sooooo much better than my w530 at work! I don't need to plug in an external keyboard to get work done! Using vim with a chiclet keyboard feels like a crime!
According to the HMM:
- the W510 uses the same LCD-cable 75Y5557 for HD, HD+, FHD and FHD-touch.
- the W520 also uses the same LCD-cable 04W1565 for HD, HD+, FHD and FHD-touch.
(Note: newer cables (or from another manufacturer) can have different P/N or FRU number.
Lazy Lenovo never bothered to update the HMM if other parts or part numbers became available.
Both cables can (and apparently do, as per your info) have different mobo connectors.
But the LCD-pinouts for both W510 and W520 screens are the same (40-pin).
If only the mobo-connectors are different, you only need to swap the screens themselves, so it CAN be done!
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You can install a T420/T520/X220/W520 keyboard in a T430/T530/X230/W530
Since it's a holiday weekend, prepare to do a bit of forum reading: viewtopic.php?f=69&t=120776
Then ask your IT Dept. (provided they are capable enough...) to do the mod, or if you can do it yourself.
You/they can do it in your coffee break.
PS: and while you're at it, at the same time you can also make the W530 able to use batteries from the W520...
As for the keyboard mod, very interesting thread! I don't know if my IT department can handle working around the pins not matching though. Luckily, I use Linux at work, which doesn't seem to mind if the drive gets moved to another machine. So I could theoretically pop it in my w520 I just got for on-the-go coding. Then when I get back to my desk, my w530 would be ok, since my Razer Tournament Edition Chroma keyboard is there (yes it works in Linux with a third party daemon). Still though, it might be fun to try the keyboard mod just to see if I can, which is, of course, the best reason for doing things.
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