Replacing palm rest, upgrading to fingerprint reader?

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Replacing palm rest, upgrading to fingerprint reader?

#1 Post by Chronic » Tue Oct 19, 2010 7:59 am

The palm rest on my X61s is beginning to develop some cracks.

Now I plan to replace it with a new one (can be had on ebay for just a few bucks) but most of them are with the fingerprint reader. A feature my X61s doesn't have. I wonder, does the motherboard support the connection for it? (So I can just plug the reader in and it will work..) or should I just get a reader-less palm rest because it won't work?

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Re: Replacing palm rest, upgrading to fingerprint reader?

#2 Post by EOMtp » Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:06 am

Almost certain that your motherboard has the fingerprint connector, which means that you can use it if the palm rest has the hardware and if you install the software. Remove the keyboard and look for the connector. In the pictures below, the fingerprint connector is the black "rectangle" just below the yellow round CMOS battery:
http://mito.lapalta.net/systemboard_nokb.jpg
http://www.tpuser.idv.tw/articleimages/ ... pic-44.jpg

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Re: Replacing palm rest, upgrading to fingerprint reader?

#3 Post by IvanAndreevich » Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:35 am

I thought all of them had the the FPR connector?
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Re: Replacing palm rest, upgrading to fingerprint reader?

#4 Post by Chronic » Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:36 am

Removed the keyboard, and that little rectangle is there south of the CMOS battery.

I guess I'll be ordering a new palmrest :)

And keyboard (US in stead of the UK that's now in there), and perhaps a bottom casing and top lid as well. My X61s is pretty banged up, the previous owner did not take care of it properly.

Okay, that's $100 in plastics but it will make it look almost like new. There are a few keymarks in the screen that I can't get rid of anymore.

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Re: Replacing palm rest, upgrading to fingerprint reader?

#5 Post by tim S » Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:59 pm

You should verify that your model was built with a fingerprint reader originally,
although I think newer models will accept it regardless.
I put FPRs into both my X60s laptops without a problem but my T42 wouldn't take it,
even though the connector was there. I had to change the motherboard.

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Re: Replacing palm rest, upgrading to fingerprint reader?

#6 Post by Bruce Guttman » Wed Oct 20, 2010 3:59 pm

The T42 has to have a Secure Chip installed to use the Fingerprint Reader. Not all did.
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Re: Replacing palm rest, upgrading to fingerprint reader?

#7 Post by IvanAndreevich » Sat Oct 23, 2010 7:45 pm

Bruce Guttman wrote:The T42 has to have a Secure Chip installed to use the Fingerprint Reader. Not all did.
But all X60/X61 do, right?
Owned Thinkpads: X300 X201T X200,T X61,s,T,T+ X60,s,T,T+ X41 X40 X31 T510 T500 T410 T400 T400s T61,p T60,p T43 T42 T41,p T40 W500 W700 - favorites in bold :)
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