14.1" T61 in T60 chassis Frankenpad

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14.1" T61 in T60 chassis Frankenpad

#1 Post by oeuvre » Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:22 am

Hi all,

A few weeks ago I bought a 14.1" T61 and 14.1" T60. The T60 was in great shape and the T61 was okay except for a couple of cracks on the rear vent. I decided to just swap the boards out and create a Frankenpad of sorts ( I know, screen wise not an upgrade and people usually go for the T60p 15" but moreso I wanted the better chassis + IBM logos on a T61). So here they are...

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Re: 14.1" T61 in T60 chassis Frankenpad

#2 Post by RealBlackStuff » Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:16 pm

Good mobo-swap.
The T60 14.1" LCD is nicer than the askewed T61 screen.

Next time consider just swapping the lids, less work... :wink:
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Re: 14.1" T61 in T60 chassis Frankenpad

#3 Post by oeuvre » Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:12 pm

Thanks! I know I could've just swapped the lids but I wanted the non-cracked chassis for the T61 parts.
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Re: 14.1" T61 in T60 chassis Frankenpad

#4 Post by AlphaKilo470 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:08 am

If you're really careful you should be able to swap the stickers inside the lid so the FrankenPad is correctly labeled as T61. That aside, I'd consider that a huge upgrade just based on looks; the T61's bezel is just plain ugly.
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Re: 14.1" T61 in T60 chassis Frankenpad

#5 Post by Peak2Peak » Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:46 pm

oeuvre - good job! - did you just swap the MB's or the MB's with their original structure frames
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Re: 14.1" T61 in T60 chassis Frankenpad

#6 Post by oeuvre » Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:00 am

Kept the structure frames... thanks!
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Re: 14.1" T61 in T60 chassis Frankenpad

#7 Post by TuuS » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:19 am

Keep in mind that all factory 4:3 t61 boards are subject to nVidia failure. If you like I can offer ways to prolong the life of these defective boards, but more important, can offer new NOS boards built long after this problem was fixed. If interested, send me a PM or check the marketplace.

Unfortunately the standard screen models were out of production before lenovo corrected this problem.

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