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Backup: X601 Core 2 Duo T8100
Toy: X60F Core Solo U1300
On loan: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E; X61 7676-A24; and a BOE-Hydis HV121P01-100 in failed SXGA+ mod
X61 7673-V2V, T60 2007-QPG, T42 2373-F7G, X32 (IPS Screen), A31p w/ Ultrabay Numpad, A21m 2628-GXU
lenovo T430s i5 3230m 16GB QHD w/ optimus(RIP), lenovo T430 i5 3320m 8GB FHD, lenovo T500 P9700 8GB WUXGA(LED) w/ switchable graphics
Enable 2 finger scroll on old Synaptics touchpads with registry.
Oh!, is there a good site I can go to to find what is up gradable and what I can put in this machine?
Now that 1vyrain is out, I flashed a modded BIOS. I can now upgrade my WLAN card to Intel 7260 AC for faster wifi, and put a LTE WWAN card in the mSATA slot, pop a SIM card in and have 4G data on the go. I further plan on flashing the EC so that the machine will accept non-genuine batteries. Maybe I'll even buy an extra slice battery.
I looked into upgrading this whole setup and I honestly believe there is no reason to upgrade. Unless you really, really need the extra battery life the newer Intel CPUs can offer you. I truly believe my T430 will be usable as a daily driver at least two-three years from now. I'll probably upgrade when the current Ryzen T-series Thinkpads will be 1-3 generations old.
-Intel i7 3632QM cPU (which is the best intel cpu with 35W)
-nVidia NVS 5400M GPU
-120GB SSD + 2TB HDD in the UltraBay
-Intel 6300 802.11n WLAN card
-H5321 3G/HSPA+ WWAN card
-Backlit US keyboard
-1440x900 TN HD+ Dispaly
These are the specs that can be obtained plug&play with NO mods what so ever, and pretty cheaply too.
But with a bit of more involvement you can do more:
-upgrade the screen to 1920x1080 FHD IPS Display (you need to buy and install an adapter board)
-classic 7-row keyboard swap, if you like it more then the new island-type one, however older ones were not backlit (you need to insulate 1 few pins in the connector with nail polish or something similar and flash the EC)
-update WLAN to Intel 7260 802.11ac and WWAN to Sierra MC7710 4G/LTE (you need to flash the custom BIOS)
Now a bit more about flashing the BIOS and why.
Most ThinkPad (I'm not certain enough to say ALL), have a wwan/wlan card whitelist, which means that only certain certificated cards are allowed. If you put in different one, your machine will start screaming, will spit out 1802 error and refuse to boot.
This is how it looks:
To overcome that, you can flash the custom BIOS. On T420 and older machines, that was easy as walk in the park,but since x30 generation (x230/t430/w530 etc) the BIOS is... locked down to accept only signed firmware. So, what was needed was a hardware flash, requiring disassembling the computer, clipping in the hardware flasher directly to the chip, dumping the old image, modifying it, formatting the chip and uploading new one. So not that easy, as you need some equipment and some skills. But not so long ago (a month? 5 weeks?) "1vyrain" mod was realeased, which uses a recently found vulnerability in firmware, making it available to soft-flash custom BIOS image without taking the machine apart.
Hope that helps
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