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X61T motherboard in X60T chassis, and vica versa

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X61T motherboard in X60T chassis, and vica versa

#1 Post by Hixon » Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:27 pm

Hi folks,

Apologies if this has been covered before, I searched for the solution but could not find a definitive answer.

I finally scored a cheap x61t, and I would like to take its motherboard into my beautiful SXGA+ X60t. I know that the recommended way to go about this is to switch the whole bottom base parts. However, my SXGA+ X60T is in mint condition (no scrathes, no broken part) while the X61T is in quite bad condition (broken plastics, scrathces) so I would like to keep the X60 chassis and plastics as it is. Would this be a direct motherboard swap or is this more complicated? Has anyone done this swap before?

Thanks a lot.
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Re: X61T motherboard in X60T chassis, and vica versa

#2 Post by TheForgottenKing » Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:41 pm

Worked on my X220t->X230t but I needed to swap the display IO cable. Not sure for you. It will probably work. Are the cables the same?
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Re: X61T motherboard in X60T chassis, and vica versa

#3 Post by risickwinters » Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:23 pm

I did the same thing recently except I kept the base of the x61 and just swapped the x60t screen over. It was not easy, and worse, while disassembling the screen I switched the position of the inverter which blew a fuse on my x61 mobo (took over a month to get a new one in from China and soldering that sucker was a paaaain). I am wondering if your way would be easier, it very well maybe. I wish you luck and let us know how it goes!

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Re: X61T motherboard in X60T chassis, and vica versa

#4 Post by axur-delmeria » Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:45 am

I've yet to own an X60T (just X61T's). Having read their Hardware Maintenance Manual (they share the same manual), I've got to say they have lots of parts commonality, and a board swap may just work. I recommend that you grab a copy and read it carefully.
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Re: X61T motherboard in X60T chassis, and vica versa

#5 Post by Hixon » Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:11 am

Thanks for the encouragement folks, I did the swap and I can confirm the mobos seem to be exact matches, so you can swap them with no problem :thumbs-UP:
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Re: X61T motherboard in X60T chassis, and vica versa

#6 Post by Cigarguy » Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:46 pm

Good to know. I've only ever swapped complete LCD assembly between these 2 machines. Pretty simple swap if it's the complete assembly instead of LCD screen or MB.

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Re: X61T motherboard in X60T chassis, and vica versa

#7 Post by olex126 » Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:36 pm

I must apologize for not replying to this post sooner, I missed it completely! :banghead:

Most parts are interchangeable betwixt the X60/61T models... I have eight of the l'il devils here between both versions (plus a few more as parts-only machines) and have been swapping/exchanging parts between them for ages.

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Re: X61T motherboard in X60T chassis, and vica versa

#8 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:55 pm

olex126 wrote:
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:36 pm
Memo to Self: Send George a pic of the "Leaning Tower of X6x Lappies" :banana:
If you can CC me on that...I'd want to take a look at that too!
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The efficiency of two screens equally sized with equal numbers if pixels are equal. The time spent by a 4:3 user complaining about 16:9 is proportional to the inefficiency working with a 16:9 display, therefore the amount of useful work extracted is equal.

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