Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

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Would you pay $54 for such kit for X220T/X230T?

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Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#1 Post by nitrocaster » Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:03 am

Current status
  • Batch 1 : completed
    All orders shipped.
    Update (Jan 25): If you see multiple 'processed through facility at MOSKVA PCI-21' records in your tracking info, that means Russian Post decided to use ground shipping instead of air. That's a usual situation for US and Canada destinations during the holiday season.
  • Batch 2 : completed
    All orders shipped.
    Feb 20: Production is going to take a little bit longer than expected due to delayed shipping of some components. Current ETA is ~ March 15.
    May 06: Kits are being assembled and tested.
    May 08: First kits were prepared for shipping.
    May 13: First kits were shipped.
    May 27: Remainings of the second batch parts handed for assembly (ETA is 20 days).
    June 4: Next 21 orders were prepared for shipping.
    June 5: 20 orders were shipped.
    July 12: Payment instructions for next orders were sent.
    July 27: Paid orders are being packed for shipping.
    July 30: 28 orders were shipped. Payment instructions for next orders were sent.
    Aug 10: The rest of 2nd batch is tested and packed, 22 orders are being prepared for shipping.
    Aug 11: 21 orders were shipped, 1 remaining order will be shipped on Aug 12.
    Aug 12: 1 order shipped, payment instructions for remaining kits were sent.
    Aug 19: 8 paid orders were packed and prepared for shipping.
    Aug 20: 8 orders were shipped.
  • Batch 3 : in production / collecting reservation payments
    Aug 29: Reservation payment instructions were sent.
    Sep 13: New pre-orders are still being accepted, but keep in mind that the total quantity of kits is now limited.
About the kit
TL;DR: This kit allows you to install 1080p IPS display in your lovely ThinkPad X220 or X230.
See a long story in this thread.
Overview and installation guide (OLD): https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2mH6 ... HZxbm5nbEU
Overview and installation guide (NEW): coming soon; until that happens - contact me by email for instructions.
IMPORTANT! Installation note for rev.4:
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Backlight operation demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9b_dJzbXf7A
Installation by Louis Rossmann (part 1): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBvfJ0EHtcY
Make sure you read the whole manual to avoid his mistakes!

Installation by Louis Rossmann (part 2): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaWf0ndxUM0

How to buy
Pre-order confirmation requires making a reservation payment (deposit) of $10 per kit. This is some guarantee that you are somewhat serious about buying it, and it would help me cover manufacturing costs. Making this payment means that you commit to buy the kit(s) and I commit to make them. Note that the reservation payment is not refundable if you decide to cancel your pre-order.
Pre-order form: https://goo.gl/forms/1EqR0T8ngpCAhMoI2
The price is $54 (including the deposit) + $5 worldwide shipping. Free local pickup is available in Moscow, Russia.
Keep in mind that the price for rev.5 (batch 3) may be slightly higher (presumably 20%) because of higher manufacturing costs.
I can install the kit in your machine for a fee, but contact me first my email (you can find it in the manual.

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Tested displays
  • LG LP125WF2-SPB3 : matte, IPS
  • LG LP125WF2-SPB4 : matte, IPS (supposedly has more brightness, my choice)
  • AUO B125HAN02.0 : matte, IPS

Recommended display sellers
FAQ
  • Q: Does this mod affect left-side DisplayPort connector?
    A: No. The adapter board connects to Dock DisplayPort #2.
  • Q: Does the brightness control work?
    A: Brightness control does work in dual display mode. Otherwise brightness is fixed at 100%. BIOS (or coreboot) patch is required to overcome this limitation (I'm working on it).
  • Q: Does this mod support WQHD displays?
    A: No. WQHD requires 4 DisplayPort lanes while the adapter board (and the eDP cable) provide only 2.
  • Q: Can I use docking station with this mod?
    A: You can use UltraBase Series 3 without any problem. However, when using Mini Dock Series 3, the internal display will go blank (and second DVI/DisplayPort on dock will be non functional). To overcome this issue, you can tape a row of DP#2 pins inside the docking connector. A guide for this will be posted soon.
  • Q: Does this mod support X220T/X230T?
    A: No. It's technically possible to design special version of the adapter board that would fit in tablet, but then you'll need to replace the screen. Which, again, is technically possible, but not really doable.
  • Q: What shipping method do you use?
    A: The kit is shipped as small registered package (you'll have a tracking number).
  • Q: I have just submitted the order form, what should I do now?
    A: Patience! I'll receive your order and will reply with payment instructions if there's a kit available for you. I ship in 2-3 days after you make the payment and send you a tracking number. Remember to check your spam folder because sometimes my messages can end up there. You'll have 7 days after receiving the payment instructions to make the payment.
  • Q: I have submitted my order around the start of 2nd batch, but have yet to receive a message or confirmation.
    A: That means your turn is yet to come. Watch this thread for news and check your mailbox regularly.
  • Q: Does any of tested displays have PWM/flickering backlight or ghosting/burn in issues?
    A: No and no. All 3 displays use flicker-free backlight and don't show any ghosting.
  • Q: Why is Pepe on the PCB?
    A: Smug Pepe depicts the feel I got when I first made FHD display work in my X230. Then it just occurred to me that it would be a nice touch to put Pepe on the board, and so I did.
Last edited by nitrocaster on Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:20 am, edited 64 times in total.
For those who interested in buying X220/X230 FHD kit: Read this before sending me a PM!
X230: i7-3520M | 16GB RAM | 512GB M.2 Micron M600 | LG LP125WF2-SPB4 FHD IPS | 9c Li-Ion | Win8.1 Pro 64

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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#2 Post by carcuevas » Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:10 am

Jihaaaaaaaaaa!!! so exciting :) I'm on the list already hehehe :) thanks Very much Nitro :) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)
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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#3 Post by dr_st » Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:19 am

Another piece of genius engineering. :bow:
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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#4 Post by rewt » Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:40 am

Woohoo, can hardly wait! Thanks again for your incredible work.

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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#5 Post by prime07 » Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:41 am

carcuevas wrote:Jihaaaaaaaaaa!!!
this was exactly my first thought too :D
Thank you very much, nitrocaster!

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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#6 Post by jp776 » Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:28 am

Will this be a registered shipping or ...?

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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#7 Post by nitrocaster » Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:11 pm

jp776 wrote:Will this be a registered shipping or ...?
Yes. I updated the FAQ.
For those who interested in buying X220/X230 FHD kit: Read this before sending me a PM!
X230: i7-3520M | 16GB RAM | 512GB M.2 Micron M600 | LG LP125WF2-SPB4 FHD IPS | 9c Li-Ion | Win8.1 Pro 64

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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#8 Post by systema » Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:09 pm

Great- been waiting for this one. Will definitely post about the mod in the forums after successful replacement :)
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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#9 Post by nitrocaster » Mon Dec 19, 2016 3:31 pm

Attached a poll on X220T/X230T. If there would be enough interest I'll do the business.
For those who interested in buying X220/X230 FHD kit: Read this before sending me a PM!
X230: i7-3520M | 16GB RAM | 512GB M.2 Micron M600 | LG LP125WF2-SPB4 FHD IPS | 9c Li-Ion | Win8.1 Pro 64

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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#10 Post by docodine » Mon Dec 19, 2016 4:14 pm

i registered just to express interest in an x230t kit :-)
X230T 3435-2TU

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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#11 Post by jacobtc » Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:04 pm

Submitted! I've been following your work since day 1! :D

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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#12 Post by corebootx220 » Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:31 pm

Sent in the form for 2! Real excited!

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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#13 Post by nitrocaster » Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:34 pm

I'll gather the orders and ship a batch of parcels in ~2 days. In that case the whole post office is gonna hate me for just a one time (until the next batch, of course).
For those who interested in buying X220/X230 FHD kit: Read this before sending me a PM!
X230: i7-3520M | 16GB RAM | 512GB M.2 Micron M600 | LG LP125WF2-SPB4 FHD IPS | 9c Li-Ion | Win8.1 Pro 64

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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#14 Post by Bibin » Mon Dec 19, 2016 7:25 pm

Interest submitted for two kits!
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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#15 Post by Tasurinchi » Tue Dec 20, 2016 2:03 am

Nice!! :thumbs-UP:

Thanks again for your sharing this in the community!
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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#16 Post by 6sicSIX » Tue Dec 20, 2016 3:31 am

My X230 i7-3520m will be delivered today, and I have just registered on the order form.
I'll be installing the x220 keyboard (and windows) tonight :)

Really hope I can order the kit - 1366x768 is too low for multitasking

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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#17 Post by carcuevas » Tue Dec 20, 2016 7:38 am

Wow the first batch already gone... That was fast :-)
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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#18 Post by nitrocaster » Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:03 am

carcuevas wrote:Wow the first batch already gone... That was fast :-)
In less than 24 hours! I'm preparing 43 kits for shipping ATM. Additional 13 kits will be ready in a few days. As before, I'll reserve some of them for russian buyers. And maybe put the last kit on eBay.
For those who interested in buying X220/X230 FHD kit: Read this before sending me a PM!
X230: i7-3520M | 16GB RAM | 512GB M.2 Micron M600 | LG LP125WF2-SPB4 FHD IPS | 9c Li-Ion | Win8.1 Pro 64

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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#19 Post by 6sicSIX » Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:57 am

I expected as much - everyone is going to want these :lol:

So I filled out the form about 6 hours ago..... am I definitely on the waiting list :?:

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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#20 Post by Nevadita » Tue Dec 20, 2016 10:50 am

Thinkpad X220T aficionado here, would paid top dollar for a FHD kit

mini question: the wacom hardware would remain active with the new high resolution? or does the FHD upgrade renders it unusable?

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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#21 Post by jacobtc » Tue Dec 20, 2016 1:41 pm

Never got an email from you :( Was I too slow?

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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#22 Post by Botticelli » Tue Dec 20, 2016 2:48 pm

Was I too late if I did not receive an Email?

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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#23 Post by nitrocaster » Tue Dec 20, 2016 3:54 pm

Botticelli wrote:Was I too late if I did not receive an Email?
If you didn't receive payment instructions so far, you're either in the 'delayed kit' list (13 kits have to be assembled by the end of this week) or in the waiting list for the next batch.
For those who interested in buying X220/X230 FHD kit: Read this before sending me a PM!
X230: i7-3520M | 16GB RAM | 512GB M.2 Micron M600 | LG LP125WF2-SPB4 FHD IPS | 9c Li-Ion | Win8.1 Pro 64

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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#24 Post by timsydney » Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:06 pm

nitrocaster wrote:
  • LG LP125WF2-SPB3
  • LG LP125WF2-SPB4
Have you seen these displays side by side? Panelook says the SPB3 is 6 bit color at 400 nits, and the SPB4 is 8 bit at 300 nits. Do you think these are accurate and is there a big difference in brightness between the displays? 400 nits is in the range of outdoor usable, do you think that's the case?

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#25 Post by blueredcat123 » Tue Dec 20, 2016 10:11 pm

Just clicked on the link. I think I was one day too late.

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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#26 Post by systema » Wed Dec 21, 2016 8:50 am

It looks like the link for Intel Dithering Settings in the manual is broken (http://kawamoto.no-ip.org/henteko/myapp ... 23ditherig) is there alternative d/l link? Thanks.
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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#27 Post by nitrocaster » Wed Dec 21, 2016 8:54 am

timsydney wrote: Have you seen these displays side by side? Panelook says the SPB3 is 6 bit color at 400 nits, and the SPB4 is 8 bit at 300 nits. Do you think these are accurate and is there a big difference in brightness between the displays? 400 nits is in the range of outdoor usable, do you think that's the case?
Panelook may be wrong since there's no datasheet for SPB3. To make a fair comparison I would have to get them side-by-side. I have SPB4 in my X230, but SPB3 was sold to local buyer. We meet sometimes, so I hope to catch him with his modded X220 and make a comparison.
For those who interested in buying X220/X230 FHD kit: Read this before sending me a PM!
X230: i7-3520M | 16GB RAM | 512GB M.2 Micron M600 | LG LP125WF2-SPB4 FHD IPS | 9c Li-Ion | Win8.1 Pro 64

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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#28 Post by nitrocaster » Wed Dec 21, 2016 8:55 am

systema wrote:It looks like the link for Intel Dithering Settings in the manual is broken (http://kawamoto.no-ip.org/henteko/myapp ... 23ditherig) is there alternative d/l link? Thanks.
You just remove #ditherig from it and it works again. Here's the direct link: http://kawamoto.no-ip.org/henteko/myapp/ditherig15.zip
For those who interested in buying X220/X230 FHD kit: Read this before sending me a PM!
X230: i7-3520M | 16GB RAM | 512GB M.2 Micron M600 | LG LP125WF2-SPB4 FHD IPS | 9c Li-Ion | Win8.1 Pro 64

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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#29 Post by 6sicSIX » Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:39 am

Have the X230 I received yesterday modded now -
X220 Keyboard
X220 Palmrest
X220 Lid
X220 LCD Bezel
LG IPS Screen

Now just the bios mod, bluetooth led, and 1080p lcd to go :)

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Re: Upgrading X220/X230 to FHD 1080p

#30 Post by carcuevas » Wed Dec 21, 2016 11:05 am

6sicSIX wrote:Have the X230 I received yesterday modded now -
X220 Keyboard
X220 Palmrest
X220 Lid
X220 LCD Bezel
LG IPS Screen

Now just the bios mod, bluetooth led, and 1080p lcd to go :)

Hi,

what method are you using for doing the Bios MOD??? I tried with the pomona + raspberry pi and I was not able to read the chip for starters so I didn't continue... :D :lol: :lol:
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