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Previous thread: >>52106347

Other business laptops are also welcome in /tpg/ (e.g. Dell Latitude/Precision, HP EliteBook/ZBook).

If you're looking for purchase advice, READ THE BUYERS GUIDE FIRST. Then post, stating budget and requirements (e.g. size and performance).
Don't buy anything OTHER THAN T, X AND W/P SERIES if you want the Real ThinkPad Experience™

Recommended models:
T420 - 14", normal size
X220 - 12.5", lightweight
No news.
Why ThinkPad? (also applies to other business laptops)
>They’re really cheap when you buy a used one.
>Keyboards feel excellent while typing (yes, even the newer ones).
>Great durability thanks to the inclusion of rollcages and use of glass fiber reinforced plastic for the chassis. The keyboard is splash proof and spilled liquids will drain out.
>Utilitarian design - e.g. indicator LEDs, 7 row keyboard layout on older models.
>Docking solutions that easily turns your laptop into a desktop.
>Easy to repair, upgrade and maintain thanks to readily available service manuals for almost every model. Spare parts are easy and cheap to obtain.
>The best trackpoint (that red thing on the middle of the keyboard). Great for those who type a lot or hate swiping their fingers all over a touchpad.
>Excellent GNU/Linux & *BSD support.
Used ThinkPad Buyers Guide:

EPP discount for new ThinkPads (USA & Canada only, usually 15%+ off):

ThinkWiki - Info on ThinkPads and running GNU/Linux on them:

ThinkPad service guides w/ tutorial videos:

>> No.52124098

Can a T420 be replaced with i7-3520M? If so, will it (be able to) use its integrated HD Intel Graphics 4000?

>> No.52124126

I just discovered my Thinkpad has a SIM slot behind the battery

What carriers would this work with? Will it work with 3G (this thing is pre LTE without a doubt)

>> No.52124217

/g/ I want to fall for the thinkpad meme
What´s the best I can do with around $300~$600
hopefully a good screen and will be using not to heavy engineering programs

>> No.52124295

Yes, with BIOS mod.

What 3g modem do you have installed?

read the op

>> No.52124325

I have a couple of questions...

I see that you guys mention Dells and HPs in this thread, but has anyone had any experience with used Fujitsus ("business" class, of course)?

Also, is $130 a good deal for a near-mint condition T500? I don'd know if its been modified or repaired... (C2D 2.4, 4 gigs ram, 160GB 7200rpm

>> No.52124352

I honestly haven't the slightest idea where to check for it. Never had a 3G modem on a computer before.

In BIOS, it references WiMax. Under Hardware, it just has my disk drive, computer, and the USB dongle for my mouse.

I don't see anything referencing a modem under device manager either

>> No.52124486

Did a little more research

Apparently all T420 have the SIM slot but not every one came with the correct radios. So, I'd have to use up my mini PCI for it, which is where I currently have my mSATA SSD. So yeah, don't wanna do that. Also, my cell phone can provide tether, so no need for it.

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

>> No.52124546


Not even close.

T500 seems overpriced.

>> No.52124728
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Yo, using a T520, just formatted and reinstalled windows 7 on it. Should I do a battery gauge reset or is it pointless?

>> No.52124775

how do you tell if something's a scam or not? i see an "excellent condition" t430 on gumtree selling for £99. why

>> No.52124862


Dang it...
Needless to say, I'm new here, and the OP links and your magnificent faggotry now have me convinced that used Thinkpads are a good choice.

If I want to run Windoze 7 (don't ask...) on a Thinkpad, what year of release (an onwards) should I be looking at?

I know I'm going to invest in more memory and an SSD, but how much does would a 1.8 dualcore bottleneck me? (asking generally, not related to the T500)

I need multitasking, so 10-12 tabs open, Scrivener with massive projects (it can be surprisingly demanding on laptops), and probably some old games every once in a while (HoMM3, Fallout 1/2, Diablo 2 coop, maaaaybe RTCWolfenstein coop...)

>> No.52124988

I know nothing about Scrivener, and its official site doesn't say anything about how demanding it can be.
Could you specify how "surprisingly demanding" it is ? Does it need a lot of RAM ? CPU power ? Does it need a good GPU for hardware acceleration ? Does it just need an SSD ?

>> No.52125270


I'm looking to get a T520 as well.

How much did it cost you? And where did you get yours?

>> No.52125280

stolen, needs a quick sale

>> No.52125294

Currently looking at either a T520 or W520. How you like it so far?

>> No.52125353

I'd get a T520 for a T420 rather than a 500. Just an opinion

I have a T420. So far, hasn't chugged at all and has been handling everything I've thrown at it like a champ. Not to say I've thrown everything including the kitchen sink at it. Just something to think about

Got mine for $220 w/ a 9 cell battery, 120GB mSATA SSD, and 6GB of RAM included in the package.

>> No.52125359

I guess it's not demanding on its own but I use it for handling larger writing projects and when I have 30+K words written and a couple of 30 MB pdfs open, AND I need to browse the internet with 10+ tabs open, than Win 7 starts juggling the memory a bit, which (as a process) uses both CPU and HDD resources (I guess).
Also, I usually have Skype on for chat and video calls, and Comodo firewall so those also take up some resources.
Now, if I had more than my current 4GB of memory, that would take some load off the CPU. that's my uneducated guess.

I guess I cant even phrase my question properly:

Lets say I have 16 gigs of 1600mhz RAM and an SSD... so those two are at peak performance;
What kind of tasks would my computer be BAD at if I had a weak processor (eg 2.0 Ghz C2D) ?

>> No.52125404

270€ (shipping included) in spain, from some guy in ebay

kinda expensive but I was giving up on finding good stuff in my country

It's really good aesthetics and external-hardware-wise, but I'm only now actually using it with a fresh install, so I can't say anything about performance yet

screen is alright, but it's kind of dark even at max settings, not dark enough to cause eye strain but compared to my other laptop it's obvious

ask if you have any particular questions besides that

>> No.52125464

Hmm the only real concern I have is the screen quality :-/

I have a T420s at the moment and I love the design, feel, performance, etc. but the screen is horrible and I have some money at the moment so thinking of buying a T/W520 as I heard the screens were much better on those.

>> No.52125483

yeah... they want cash. won't do paypal. no traces. i wouldn't care but computrace is too risky.

>> No.52125495

afaik there's a way to install a better screen on t420s, probably cheaper than a whole new computer

screen seems really good to me considering it's a laptop, but I can't give you anything beyond that because I don't own any other quality laptops

>> No.52125501

You can upgrade the screen to IPS 1920x1080 on your T420s.


>> No.52125525

yes i an upgrade the screen but at the moment finding a reliable place to buy the eDP board is tricky and expensive.

Yeah I heard it was a very good screen for a laptop. Not quite IPS quality but a top level TN.

>> No.52125564

T520 owner here with a 1600x900 screen. It's decent.
Not great, but usable. Colours are okay, viewing angles are bad, but not so bad that it's annoying during normal use.

The 1920x1080 one is supposedly much better.

>> No.52125593

This is NOT an easy matter. I'm not talking "lol normie can't a plug a monitor" easy, access to special chinese components not worth the hassle.

>> No.52125623

What about RMSMajestic? He delivers to West, is it really a hassle? I wouldn't know.

>> No.52125653

none in stock afaik

>> No.52125746

How do you disable Computrace and Intel AT? How do you reset the BIOS password?

>> No.52125966

Will they answer whether or not computrace is enabled? If it isn't, then sure, why the fuck not?

>> No.52126006

I got x220 and x121e for 300 good boy points on eBay auctions. Any idea what to do with x121e ?

>> No.52126097

Sell it

>> No.52126098

asking now and yeah i just realized it's easy to do if bios password is known. just wondering if it isn't known how to reset it.

>> No.52126159

It came with i3 and 4gb ram. Is there any point to upgrade it to 8 GB and ssd ?

>> No.52126258

One way is to use the hash to generate a code for bypass

>> No.52126389

i3? You could use it as a somewhat lightweight toy. If you really want to keep it, you should. I'd use the lighter of the 2 to sling around. And whichever of the 2 is worth less, use that one to house school materials or whatever that you wouldn't be too mad about if it got stolen from you.

>> No.52126592

I guess I get 8gb into x220 then and have it for home use. Also a 9cell for the x121e and just have it for trips and such Does anybody know if I can put 2 HDD into x220 like in t420 ?

>> No.52126707

Wow /g/ still keep pushing this chinkpad meme?
I fell for it once, but never again.
>weight a ton and a half
>power brick was litteraly like a brick
>battery last one hour max
>screen had very low brightness
>restpalms plastic cracks after some months
>hinges became lose

into the trash it went

>> No.52126920

If it is enabled should it not be bought? I can't tell if it can actually be permanently disabled once enabled because:

>"ts almost impossible to remove the on-BIOS Computrace stub in a safe way. I’m sure what the Computrace guys told you was that they can remove the *software installed on the hard drive* and not the BIOS stub."

To get rid of the BIOS stub you have to not just disable the CMOS flag but modify the BIOS which isn't possible if signed. What does "permanently disable" ("can't re-enable") actually do?

>> No.52127374

Literally what it says on the tin

Permanently disabled is permanently disabled

>> No.52127557

any recommendations for a decent wired travel mouse to go with my x230?

>> No.52128113

your IBM (tm) TrackPoint (tm)

>> No.52128496

Except that isn't an IBM machine. It is Lenovo. So that joke is fucked

>> No.52128551

Was thinking of getting an X200 for when I am working in the lab. How much should I look to pay for one?

>> No.52128608

>get t420
>install msata ssd
>install mint on ssd
>computer won't boot it

it just sits on a black screen

I am able to boot a live version of mint though, and the computer recognizes that the ssd is there, and that it has mint installed on it, but it will not boot.

>> No.52128661

guy with cheap t500 reporting in. im still waiting for mine.

>> No.52128688

That's gahnoo plus loonecks for you

>> No.52128740

I used an EXP GDC. Instructions said not to hot-plug the thing. I hot-plugged it absent-mindedly. The card and the GDC itself died. I didn't want to spend another $200 rebuilding it so I sold off the power supply, which was still working, to try and recoup some costs.

>> No.52128758

I remember reading about an aftermarket company that was working on a modern (Sandy Bridge or newer) logic board that would be a drop in replacement for the venerable T40/T60 series.

Does anyone else remember this? Did they ever release a working product?

>> No.52128873

Here's what I could find, can't be arsed to see if they ever made anything though.


>> No.52129390

Got an Elitebook 2760p and spare battery arriving in the next week or so; I paid $250 for them. I'd like to thank /tpg/ for their help.

>> No.52129630

It's your money, not ours.

Don't congratulate us.

>> No.52129893

I would rather take an axe to my face than to game with the trackpoint

I just want a good cheap little portable mouse for on the go

>> No.52129921

of all the generals on /g/ I find /tpg/ to be the least helpful and most anal retentive

>> No.52129970

I got enough help in choosing between different options here

>> No.52129971

I do casual games like terraria with the nip, even done some pretty quick boss fights with it, it's all about handling it and personal preference

>> No.52129982
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cool story brah

>> No.52130017

Why do used ThinkPads smell of sweaty balls?
There's this nerd at my school with a ThinkPad. I don't think he even realized how awful it smells.

>> No.52130035

I could see that to some degree, but something about RTS makes the nipple seem unappealing. also I play dota 2 with some friends on occasion and in that game it goes without saying I'd just be food

>> No.52130272

Hi /tpg/, I've been looking at a couple of thinkpads in Aus, being an Australian. There aren't quite as many to choose from as in the US, so I was wondering if you could give me some advice.
The one I particularly have my eye on is this one, the X220:
This looks like a pretty strong deal to me, given that the Australian Dollar is quite a bit weaker than the US and so the price will be inflated compared to what you could buy it for in the US. I will, of course, need to ask the seller if the computer boots to BIOS. I have my eye on a few others, but I'd like to ask you first.

I'm primarily interested in something smaller, which is why I was looking at an X series, but I'm not that fussed. I really want to use it as a durable Linux machine that I can use to experiment with the OS. A little bit of power is always appreciated, but again, I don't expect it to be as beastly as my desktop. Any advice? I can give links to the other thinkpads I've been looking at too, if you want.

>> No.52130292


>he fell for the meme

we got one, boys

>> No.52130373
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Yes RTS is suicidal with trackpoint. FPS is doable as long as it isn't too much about getting headshots. Favorite is joystick games like freespace. also pic

>> No.52130520


I paid $34 shipped at auction for one in nice condition, got another one with a heavily scuffed outer lid for $25. Both had the 2.4 Ghz processor, 4gb RAM, no HDD, no battery, no power adapter. The $35 one did not have a winblows COA while the $25 came with a barely readable kekdows 7 key.

I would estimate $40-50 for ones in similar condition if you're looking to buy it now.

I added a $30 SSD, $45 new OEM 9-cell, $10 adapter to the $35 one so I'm at $120 right now.

I would recommend a $45 name brand SSD if you're going to put experiment data or anything irreplaceable on it, mine's just a shitpost station so I don't really care. You can save some money if you opt for a HDD or a chinkshit 6-cell instead.

You can probably find fully working, ready to go models for $60-$120, but there will probably be sacrifices i.e. the laptop will probably still have the original slow HDD, practically-killed battery, frayed, temperamental charger as these laptops started shipping in 2008.

>> No.52130557
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Release canidate for Thinkpad Retro. What do you think?

>> No.52130643


I have one of those and it sucks, absolutely horrible to use IMO.

I have one of these, absolutely tiny but still workable for GIMP etc:


and several of these, which are close to full size and satisfy my not-picky half-life etc needs:


For wireless mice:

These are dogshit, do not buy any that look like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wireless-2-4GHz-Cordless-Optical-Mouse-Adjustable-DIP-For-Laptop-Pink-/121538237833

These are pretty nice and have a bit of extra heft to them, also the side buttons and the 'sensitivity' button (switches between high, medium, low sensitivity) is nice: http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-4GHz-Wireless-Cordless-Optical-Mouse-Mice-USB-Receiver-for-PC-Laptop-MGCA-/331741449190

and the flatness makes these great for travel mice, although the same flatness makes them a little less comfortable to hold: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Slim-USB-Wireless-2-4G-Mouse-Optical-Mice-for-Computer-PC-SCW-/221907981598

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>> No.52130701

Is that 2 MS Surfaces put together? That's pretty neat if it doesn't shit itself. Thought I doubt it can very comfy to type on.

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Pls respond

>> No.52130863

OH YEAH baby! OH YEAH baby! OH YEAH baby! OH YEAH baby!

>> No.52131041

Are these okay and which one is better



>> No.52131071


It's actually a legit device.

Acer ICONIA 6120
Reminds me of Psycho-Pass laptops.

>> No.52131126

I have a HP 8540w with a dying GPU and i have a 780ti i'd like to use with it but i don't how to connect the internal PCI express slot to a normal desktop PCI Express. I don't care about portability.
Already have a power supply.
Any suggestions?

>> No.52131400

Missing trackpoint, and definitely not worth it if the screen isn't IPS.

The ktgee link in the OP has a section on what to look for when buying used.

>> No.52131404


>> No.52131422

I have one with the song synced to the gif as well, but I can't upload it here because 4chan doesn't support sound-enabled webms. I like it a lot, though.

>> No.52131452

it does on /gif/

drop it there for me?

>> No.52131469

better yet, drop is on

>> No.52131483

It's also 4.3 mb, file limit is 4.

>> No.52131492

Fuck. Thanks anyways. Shit would have been funny

>> No.52131603

Not sure I'm allowed to post this link, but I uploaded it on another imageboard here:
Count the *s

>> No.52131828

If you spend $250 on a t430 you'll spend another $200 on the screen upgrade plus whatever else you'll normally buy, like a new battery and SSD if you don't already have one.

For the t440p literally you can get one for around $500 usd and all you need to replace is a $40 touchpad
They use the t61p on the ISS
You bought a 6.5lbs laptop without researching it. Of course you got memed. You literally spent money on a meme recommendation

Now if you started figuring out what kind of laptop specs work for you then got whatever thinkpad fit the bill, you'd be fitting in with us less retarded folk

>> No.52131853

Anyone else loving their t420? Keyboard is kinda sloppy on mine. I'm gonna probably get a new one soon.

>> No.52131867

Chinese guys he got it from don't have stock when I pm'd them, and they'd let me know if they're back

>> No.52131923

That's pretty great! And don't worry about domain links, it won't let you post if it thinks it's spam.

>> No.52131995

That bird just makes this shit so perfect! I fucking love it!
Thank you Anon!

>> No.52131997

No worries, I was fairly sure they just tried to avoid you linking to that site from here.

Incidentally, any advice on my potential Thinkpad acquisition?

>> No.52132018

T60p/T61p are predecessors to the W series thus they're heavy. The power brick is also compatible with other 60/61 series, *00/X201 series. The battery is also likely 7 years old so how do you expect it to hold a charge more than 1-2 hours tops?

My 15.1" T61p running mint is pretty based for watching 720p videos and streams with god tier resolution

>> No.52132130

X220 isn't a bad machine. AUD$220 is not a bad price at all, considering I just paid USD$220 for my T420. Now, the specs leave just a tad to be desired. I'd also recommend contacting the seller to get confirmation that Computrace is disabled. I'd permanently disable it if possible.

Consider this: a X220 is still over $200 USD in that condition. And you're effectively paying USD$160

>> No.52132234

Yeah, it looked pretty good to me too. I think the seller is just some random person, though. If they don't know how to check for Computrace, how will I tell them to check for it? Is it just some program installed on a windows machine? Will it be obvious if it's there?

>> No.52132248

It's in the BIOS. Worst case scenario, it's enabled, you resell it at a profit by simply not mentioning it's enabled.

It's a thing to find stolen laptops.

>> No.52132280

Ah, so I should get him to send me a photograph of the bios? I think there's a button you can hold to make Thinkpads boot to BIOS, isn't there? Or is that just on newer models?

>> No.52132299

It's a little more complicated than that. Blue Thinkvantage button to go to BIOS. Then, go to security tab, then the computrace one. I think those were the steps. Too lazy to reboot my machine, and I don't have another one to check it with

>> No.52132327

Righteo, that's close enough I think, and I can always just search it anyway if the seller doesn't know how. Thanks a bunch anon, enjoy the bird webm.

>> No.52132343

Seriously, that was brilliant. Just make sure that it's disabled. Have him select permanent disabled if possible so that it isn't fucked up before you get it. Once it's enabled, there is no fixing that.

>> No.52132679
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>I asked /sqt/-tier shit and didn't read the sticky
>then I got mad because /tpg/ wouldn't spoonfeed information directly to me
>I should go back to reddit

>> No.52132821

should i purchase a 30$ generic x220 9cell or a 75$ genuine from lenovo x220 9cell? and what are the disadvantages of the generic one?

>> No.52132877

also this is the 9cell i am looking at:

is it actually genuine or a chinese with genuine img?

>> No.52133264

in the bios
if computrace is on and active you can't disable it unless you call them.

>> No.52133283

How can I fix the latch on my X200 tablet? The switchy bit keeps pooping out and doesn't hold in place.

>> No.52133572
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So I bought into the Thinkpad meme and picked up an old T30 I came across at Goodwill. Battery as expected doesn't last for long, so I ordered an aftermarket replacement.

It doesn't fit. Rather, it almost fits, but doesn't seat in the compartment quite right, the latch on the compartment doesn't catch the battery. So it's pretty much being held in place by friction.

I went back & forth with the seller, eventually theorized that little tabs & protrusions on the replacement battery is a little bit off, and trimming them down might do the trick. They actually gave me permission to do that without voiding any possibility of returns. It didn't work, so they sent me a second battery in hopes maybe something was wrong with the first. Second battery doesn't fit either.

So now I have two replacement batteries, and neither fit. One possibility I considered is cracking open the original battery's case and swapping the internals. I'm assuming the shape of things inside should be the same, or not require too much modification.

I don't know who she is.

Possibility? Crazy talk? Don't really have much choice if I want to use it unplugged, and I doubt I can get OEM replacements.

>> No.52133987

intel 9.x display drivers for the x220 blur the display in win7, even with an IPS panel text looks like it's smeared in vaseline. rolling back to 8.x fixes it.
anybody else noticed this?

>> No.52134108


Can't you just recell the old battery? This shouldn't be too hard, see https://jaforeck.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/t40-recelling/

Use the Panasonic NCR18650B for this to get the most capacity out of your old battery.

>> No.52134128

And try to get the batteries with soldering tabs as soldering a li-ion directly is not a good idea

>> No.52134187

ThinkPad Guide update is coming up.
The section with reasons to get a ThinkPad is getting real old and needs to be updated.
What's /tpg/'s favourite ThinkPad features and why?
Why should one still buy a ThinkPad instead of a Walmart $250 piece of shit?

>> No.52134541

9.17 here, not a problem, but it shifted brightness control levels

>> No.52134544

My favorite features:
-Easily repairable and cheap parts
-Built like a tank compared to modern ultrabooks

On newer thinkpads:
-backlit keyboard on selected models
-plenty of ports compared to most ultrabooks/laptops with docks that can be bought/found for cheap
-very good battery life (my X230 easily does 10 hours).

What I dislike about the newer models:
-RAM support (8GB max with X240 and higher)
-Undervolted CPU's, then again the integrated graphics are pretty nice to make up for it
-trackpad on the X240 is shit tier (thankfully they fixed it on the X250

Also yes I prefer the smaller models (X) because of their size and portability.

For me the X230 is perfect. It is cheap, sturdy (although the front bezel is notorious for corner breaks, but only 20 dollar max to replace). It's fast and has great battery life. It was a very nice upgrade from my T410 in pretty much each and every way.

The X240 looks nice but has a terrible trackpad and a 8GB memory limit. I'm not sure on the X250 since I havent been able to use it yet. (was able to use the X240 in a UsedProducts shop).

>> No.52134905

I think it's perfect as it is.

Though it's worth adding Expresscard as a selling point for eGPU folks.

>> No.52134943

It's worth putting small Wikipedia-style captions under each picture, so people know for instance which model they're looking at.

>> No.52134969

really? have a t410, and was gonna get an x-something, was looking at x200 for libreboot, but could probably get a x230 too. see one on cl for 350.

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Been toying around to see how capable this old thing is but.. How old / lightweight would games have to be if I want to run them on a T60? I don't believe this thing has any kind of graphics capability in it. Am I SOL in that regard?

>> No.52135219

>customization and replacement parts
>sturdy construction

>> No.52135296

That's pretty much what I have in mind, didn't know it was a thing. Only I'm transplanting the hopefully identical contents of the aftermarket battery to the OEM battery shell.

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Guise, I'm losing my higest bidder rank on a x200.
Before I bid again, can you redpill me on the difference between a c2d and intel core i 1st gen? Is the gap THAT huge?

Also, I play by the rules of the used thinkpad guide for the maximum price I would put in the bid.
Does it include the price of the battery + HDD bay + charger or does it assumes that we already have them at home / will buy them separatly without counting them in the budget price?
When was it actualised?

>> No.52135841

How much do you intend to pay for an X200?

Consider the fact it's already a 7 year old machine.

>> No.52135868

Digitizer. It's what I love most about mine. You can do so much with the ActivePen. Like digital art. Can't do that on most other laptops, and the thinkpad digitizer is pressure sensitive and pretty fucking good.

>> No.52135950

I choose a budget of 100$ for a functional laptop (only thing I am indiferrent is whether I have to provided the hard-drive myself so I don't include it in the budget).

I have a "powerful" laptop I take to my lab 'n' stuff but I'd like a smaller laptop for when I go in a trip or just hang around.

>> No.52135962

I have a T530 and when it's off mains power it's slow as shit, especially when on the internet. Websites take forever to load, especially 4chan for some reason. Changing the power setting in Windows 7 does nothing. It acts the same on powers saver, balanced, and high performance. Only by actually plugging it in does the performance improve. Are there some other power settings I'm not aware of?

It has an i7-3630QM and 8GB of RAM so it's not an issue of specs. My browser is Firefox and I did a clean install of Windows after I got it so there shouldn't be any Lenovo bloat on here.

>> No.52135979

Change your energy settings you retard.

>> No.52135999

>Changing the power setting in Windows 7 does nothing. It acts the same on powers saver, balanced, and high performance

I'm sorry, whose the retard?

>> No.52136011

Maybe you should change the individual settings inside each power mode?

>> No.52136065

Get an X201, hell even X220 was hitting ~$100 in some cases.

$100 on a X200 is simply not worth it.

>> No.52136071

Such as?

I'm on high performance right now and wireless adapter settings for battery are set to max performance and the max CPU states for battery is set to 100%. I can't think of anything else that could possible be a cause of the bad performance.

>> No.52136099




>> No.52136100

You don't count the price of charger+hdd bay+battery (+ram in some cases)

>> No.52136126


this was the top result for x201, it has everything + docking station for 95 bucks

>> No.52136165

That's a nice one. But there are still 4days of bidding and I guese the final price will be far above the current one.

If it was the final price I could get it for, I'd buy it without hesitation.

>> No.52136175

Ayy, I'm not lucid enough. So it's settled for 95$?

>> No.52136188

yeah it's buy it now

>> No.52136213

It just says "Tested Working", no precision on whether the bios is locked or about computertrace.

>> No.52136246

message the seller and ask then

>> No.52136299

I'll ask.
If 100$ is the price for a x201 with all the accessories, what would then be the top recommendable price for a x200(and its accessories)?

>> No.52136320 [DELETED] 
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>tfw when your "used" ThinkPad actually came like new

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>tfw when your "used" ThinkPad actually came like new

>> No.52136349

Hi all won my first thinkpad its a W520, its gonna take a few weeks to arrive as its coming from the states.

In the meantime any glaring issues I need to fix as soon as it arrives such as reapplying the thermal paste or replacing the keyboard?

>> No.52136675

Replace keyboard and/or trackpad if they looked like shit in the pictures, same goes for the rest of the case.
Run a stress test once you get it, replace thermal paste/clean heatsinks if you get bad temps.
Also get a genuine 9-cell if it doesn't come with one.

>> No.52137029

Anyone have any experience cleaning *20 series keyboards, more specifically the trackpoint buttons ?

I just spilled a bit of coffee on my thinkpad, most of it just got on the wrist rest, but it seems a little bit got into the left trackpoint button. It still works as it's supposed to, no issues registering clicks, but it feels mushy and doesn't sound right. At least it doesn't stick, and I don't think it's going to since I don't use sugar in my coffee.

Anyone got a relatively simple way to clean under these buttons ?
Or would the only solution be to buy a new keyboard ?

>> No.52137297
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Does anyone have a good W7 (I know, but I need it for class) theme that doesn't clash with the black aesthetics?

Seriously, classic looks like shit. I want performance and battery over looking good, but a simple color change would be cool.

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>he doesn't use an X220/30 Tablet

>> No.52137735

I got a x1 carbon about 6 months ago. For someone always on the road , this thing is great. Really looking into the new fall 2015 version with 16gb ram

>> No.52137749

I recently got a hp elitebook 8540w, with the quad i7 ,8gb ram and ati firepro 5800 for $220 off eBay. Upgraded to a 250ssd and threw a 2tb HD in the expansion slot.

Works wonderfully, if any of you out there want to "game" get this instead of a ThinkPad.

Plays most modern games at 900p, med effects around 30-40fps!

>> No.52137838

I wonder how hot it gets


>> No.52137867

>Works wonderfully, if any of you out there want to "game" get this instead of a ThinkPad.
More like just get a laptop with a decent dGPU. W520 works fine for gaymen with its Quadro GPU, same can be said about other W series. They might be hard to find for 220 dollaridoos, though.

>> No.52138036

pls respond
I knew asking for windows advice on /g/ would be a bad idea

>> No.52138128

Hey g,

i'm in the process of buying a t420s today. I don't know much about the differences between the regular and the S models except it is slimer. I'm paying CAD 240$ (USD 170$) for it with a 128gb SSD in it. I want to make a good buy and have it for a long time. What can you tell me about the S model ?

>> No.52138147

After about an hour or gaming, the CPU and gpu(share the same heat sink) get to 77-79c. Well within there thermal margin. I do tend to throw a cooling matt under for shits and giggles.

>> No.52138184
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>I do tend to throw a cooling matt under for shits and giggles.

>> No.52138196

less battery life soldered in cpu

has usb 3.0

>> No.52138286

On the upside, the X220t has been behaving since last wednesday after I took it apart and put it back together. The only evidence of anything sticking out being the loose frame screws which were still in place. Heh

Expect half the battery life, a slimmer profile and slightly less plastic (the base of the T4x0s is Mg alloy). No you can't improve the battery life markedly without getting a slice which makes the whole thing quite a bit chunkier, moreso than a 9 cell on a regular T420

>> No.52138288


Doesnt plan to change the cpu and will probably always use it plugged in. And is the price good ?
thanks for answers.

>> No.52138302

I'd advise you to return both aftermarket batteries because they will probably not have 18650s of the same capacity as the panasonic I mentioned, let alone of similar quality.

>> No.52138340
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>that feel when battery reset shows that your recently bought thinkpad has waaay more battery capacity than it reported

>> No.52138413

I only visit these threads for the trap.

>> No.52138493

There was this guy who posted a solution for the 100% GPU drain when watching videos on X220 on Linux.

Where is he?

>> No.52138676


dunno anon probably sleeping :)

>> No.52138878
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Been a while since I've been here on /g/
Picked up a new X200t today to replace my old one, with a broken screen.
Managed to find an "incomplete" body (no HDD, no RAM, no Pen) on ebay.
Just gonna swap in my Ram, HDD, Pen, etc. from my old one to the new one.

Also found a docking station for it for 25 bucks w/ a CD drive... so I grabbed that as well.
Pretty excited to get it and slap linux on it and get to writing some python!

>> No.52139199

Hey, is ssd better than hdd? Like there's a laptop that costs 300 with 500gb hdd 6gb ram and another laptop that's 315 with 128gb ssd and 8GB ram. Both have core i7 2nd gen, and 2.70 ghz. Are these alright specs for the price? Should I get the 300 laptop or the 315? Do you think I could do some casual gaming with it ( minecraft, undertale, etc just common low res games )?

>> No.52139264

Is a Elitebook 2570p (i5-3360M, 8gb ram, and 180gb ssd) with docking station a good deal for $220?

>> No.52139328

The T410 is a very good machine too but it is quite power inefficiënt. It might have a better keyboard than the X230 depending on what you like (travel time is about the same but the chicklets on the X230 are somewhat harder to press). Honestly the T410 was a bit too big for me, I already have a desktop for when I need a bigger screen and the keyboard on the smaller thinkpads is the same size (which is important to me).

>> No.52139356
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How did I do lads?

>> No.52139400

What did you pay for it?

(Pic: X230)

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>forgot pic

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my full set-up

>> No.52139434

If you have the dedicated graphics, it's a pretty decent machine for late-90s/early-00s vidya. If you're stuck with intel, you're basically fugged. Can probably emulate old vidya, but wouldn't try anything 3D beyond like Quake 2.

>> No.52139503

Did you even read the Used ThinkPad Buyers Guide?

>T series models with an ’s’ suffix (eg. T410s) means they’re slimmer than the regular T series laptops but unlike the X series, they have worse battery life compared to the regular T laptops. They also usually cost more than a regular T series.

>> No.52139510
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P l e a s e
r e s p o n d

>> No.52139527


>> No.52139549

why would I use a heavy, cloggy and overall uncomfortable to use thinkpad over a sleek notebook?

>> No.52139559

>They’re really cheap when you buy a used one.
>Keyboards feel excellent while typing (yes, even the newer ones).
>Great durability thanks to the inclusion of rollcages and use of glass fiber reinforced plastic for the chassis. The keyboard is splash proof and spilled liquids will drain out.
>Utilitarian design - e.g. indicator LEDs, 7 row keyboard layout on older models.
>Docking solutions that easily turns your laptop into a desktop.
>Easy to repair, upgrade and maintain thanks to readily available service manuals for almost every model. Spare parts are easy and cheap to obtain.
>The best trackpoint (that red thing on the middle of the keyboard). Great for those who type a lot or hate swiping their fingers all over a touchpad.
>Excellent GNU/Linux & *BSD support.

>> No.52139572

Most of these apply to other devices, though

>> No.52139586

Such as? Del and HP enterprise lines are out of your answer, as they're talked about in here.

>> No.52139605

The HP pavillon line.

>> No.52139646

>They’re really cheap when you buy a used one.
Yes because they're shit
>Keyboards feel excellent while typing (yes, even the newer ones).
>Great durability thanks to the inclusion of rollcages and use of glass fiber reinforced plastic for the chassis.
>The keyboard is splash proof and spilled liquids will drain out.
>Utilitarian design - e.g. indicator LEDs, 7 row keyboard layout on older models.
>Docking solutions that easily turns your laptop into a desktop.
>Easy to repair, upgrade and maintain thanks to readily available service manuals for almost every model. Spare parts are easy and cheap to obtain.
>The best trackpoint (that red thing on the middle of the keyboard). Great for those who type a lot or hate swiping their fingers all over a touchpad.
>Excellent GNU/Linux & *BSD support.
Some models

Now begone with your bait. You've already had two (you)'s, after all.

>> No.52139658

serious question

why is it so gratifying to see that (you)

I'd like to learn the psychology behind that shit.

>> No.52139669

But Anon, 4 of those are subjective taste.

>> No.52139688

It's just like le upboats in leddit, some people crave attention (good or bad it doesn't matter) for some reason.
It's the same thing that makes neckbeards make desktop threads to show off, speccy threads or even /tpg/ posts showing off their thinkpads.

>> No.52139689

Because its refreshing to see attention coming to you with no normal social activity at all.

>> No.52139697

I'd like to learn the psychology behind being a tripfag

>> No.52139700
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>But Anon, 4 of those are subjective taste.
It's funny, it's almost like some people prefer different things.
If you don't like utilitarian design, trackpoints, the keyboards, or linux, then don't buy a Thinkpad. simple as that

>> No.52139759

But I like those things.
My point is , that other laptops have those features.

>> No.52139792

It's shit senpai

>> No.52139829

Whats your dream thinkpad lads?

Mine is a T430 with dedicated graphic card, Quadcore, T420 keyboard, the QHD-kit that is on Taobao at the moment (or at least the 1080p one) and an ultrabay battery (IF THEY FKING MADE A COMPATIBLE ONE)

Why cant they make such a device today?

>> No.52139843

one that isn't shit

>> No.52139880

It's not. The trick is to newer experience anything higher. Same with IPS panels, I never used one so the shitty TN on X220 is fine for me

>> No.52139905

Where can I find a nice IPS for the x230?

>> No.52139913

>Modern dGPU
>16:10 4k IPS display for glorified 1920x1200
>Quadcore i7
>16GB+ RAM

1366x768 is objectively shit, and no one should have to use it in 2016-1 day

>> No.52139927


>> No.52139929

>Forgot 9-cell + slice battery

>> No.52139951

I don't know. I paid 225 europoors for my X230 but it was in bad shape (had to order a new bezel and top lid).

>> No.52139997

>X230 keyboard
>X250 trackpad
>16:10 IPS 1920x1200
>quad i5 + latest dGPU
>16GB ram
>dual SSD, one in mini pci-e
>9 cell battery
>great quality audio

>> No.52140000

Bitch, people get mad that they can't find a laptop that can play games from 2010 thats under 14" and under $200 with an SSD.

Thats maybe retarded.

might be legit
message them about the 2 year warranty.

Love that

She's gone -_-

>> No.52140021

13 inch
latest specs
X220 keyboard
Lots of status leds
IBM logo
No windows key

>> No.52140060

>pavillion line
I owned a DV6130ed and I can confirm that it was utter trash.

>hinges made of cardboard
>glossy shitty housing and screen, terrible to use in the sun
>Nvidia 8400m that gets hotter than the sun and causes failure
>trying to replace something means taking apart the thing and plastic clips breaking/snapping everywhere (even with special plastic tools).

I repair laptops and it is not the only Pavilion I have had the misfortune of repairing/using. The only consumer grade laptops that are okay quality were Sony Vaio's when Sony still made them.

Elitebooks are fine machines but the pavilion line is absolute dogshit.

>> No.52140177

>using windows
>wants to makes windows look good
>disregarding linux on the fucking thinkpad thread.
>asking a question not related to thinkpad on /tpg/
>bumping his question twice
>using windows

Alright, I'll try to be nice and say you. Wrong thread cretin. try /sqt/ or ask the ricers of desktop threads.
If you're not retarded so much that you cannot use irc, go on #rice. I know there are people on this channel who are using windows.

Now, go away kiddo.

>> No.52140263

not wanting to go off topic because of that fag,
but I am currently trying to repair an old pavillon dv 5 eg.
everything works fine, just the audio doesn't seem to work because the multimedia touchbutton bullshit is separated from the mobo.

>> No.52140410

Is it just the speakers that don't work or the jacks as well? Audio should work without the touch buttons (unless it is constantly try to mute or something because of a broken ribbon cable/button).

Could be a driver problem too.

>> No.52140485

>unless it is constantly try to mute or something
That's exactly the problem.
Drivers and BIOS are up-to-date.
The jack don't work either.

>> No.52140674

A sloppy fix would be to just disconnect the touch button ribbon. You could try ebay for a used touchpanel, just make sure it's the right part number (HP usually uses the same buttons/keyboard/covers in multiple series).

>> No.52140711

>A sloppy fix would be to just disconnect the touch button ribbon
It already is.
It appeared to have been cut throught with a scissors. I will try to find a touch panel on ebay too.

>> No.52140795
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I am going to liberate my x200. I have everything I need except the raspberry pi.

>> No.52140894

$100 X220 has arrived. Here's my report:
>exterior physical condition: excellent, better than my own X220 that I paid $209 for
>screen: TN, some minor damage on the left and right sides, doesn't wipe off. Probably the worst part of the deal. If I were buying this for myself that'd be the first thing I replace.
Might bring this up to the seller actually, since the listing said the LCD was in good condition when this is clearly damaged.
>battery: 9cell Sanyo, pretty heavily used. 400+ cycles, ~75% capacity. Par for the course, I've gotten worse.
>keyboard: feels like the shitty manufacturer, keyboard is relatively unused (keys aren't shiny much) but still feels mushier than usual
>trackpoint/trackpad: both practically unused, no complaints
>thinklight: werks
>Computrace/BIOS password/etc: all clear
For $100, it's just about what I'd expect. The physical condition is remarkable for the price, although it's most likely not the same for all units. Hopefully the same is true of the screen condition and the other anons that are buying this as their first Thinkpad don't get disappointed.

>> No.52140902

It could be making contact because it is cut through (hence the muting). If you disconnect the cable (or whats left of it) and it still tries to mute everything then something on the mobo might be fried and a new touchpanel would probably not even work.

>> No.52140940

Is the actual TN damaged or just the bezel? The bezels of the X220/X230 are notorious for breaking in the corners. Cheap to fix though (can be a shitty job if you need to replace the back lid as well).

>> No.52140959

I'm installing both windows and linux you retard, but linux is so easy to rice I don't need to ask for help about that.

And how the fuck is it not related to thinkpad? I'm asking if there's a thinkpad theme people here use that matches the aesthetics of the laptop.

>> No.52140985

It's the actual screen. There's little vertical scratches on the left and right sides of the screen.

>> No.52140993

For what purpose.

>> No.52141002

If that doesn't work, I can salvage it and sellthe parts or buy a 6 dollar hdmi sound adapter.
I just tested hdmi,works fine

>> No.52141012

Ow shit that sucks. You could replace it for a god tier IPS panel though.

>> No.52141054

So that I can have a laptop running only free software. Also, Libreboot makes boot times faster and removes the wifi card whitelist.


>> No.52141063

I'm thinking what I'm going to do is pick up an IPS for my own X220 and put the good (not scratched to shit, anyway) TN from that in this one. This one's for a buddy, and while I like the dude enough to buy him a laptop and ship it to him halfway across the world, I'm not throwing an IPS screen in there too.

>> No.52141074

Yeah that because HDMI doesn't actually use the sound card directly, it uses your graphics card and passes the audio digitally through the HDMI. So you are basically bypassing your soundcard by doing this.

>> No.52141091

It sounds like shit, too

>> No.52141104

>So that I can have a laptop running only free software.
For what purpose.
>Also, Libreboot makes boot times faster and removes the wifi card whitelist.
That's nice.

>> No.52141196

I like having the four freedoms with as much of my software as possible. I believe that if you do not own the software, then you can not truly own the hardware.

Also it is a fun project to do over winter break.

>> No.52141315
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Does anyone have a link to Oleh's modded bios for the T420?

All of the links on his forum post are dead or deleted and he's banned from the forum.

pic somewhat related

>> No.52141429
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Is it normal for the gauge battery reset to stop at 0% battery and just...kind of chill there?

The computer didn't turn off or anything which I've heard happens sometimes. Clicking on the 0% tells me power manager has crashed, but both the battery maintenance window and the display stay visible, clicking it again causes the same. The Battery Maintenance Window works fine, but I don't wanna stop the process if it's normal.

The windows battery display tells me "0% available (plugged in, charging)"


>> No.52141475

Oh yeah, and it stayed at 7% for like three hours before starting to drop again, which is the only thing keeping me from panicking.

>> No.52141670

Recommended inexpensive laptops for university and school?

>> No.52141680
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Interested in a Lenovo machine, but read a lot of shit about the Spyware they pre-install. 3 or so instances just recently. What do /tpg/? How malicious is the spyware?

>> No.52141699


>> No.52141704

You can just install a fresh copy of Windows 7 on Thinkpads, they don't come with rootkits or anything.

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>> No.52142054

>they don't come with rootkits or anything.
[citation needed]

>> No.52142360
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Stop being so fucking paranoid.

>> No.52142436
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>> No.52142456

Thinkpads were never affected. They're a completely separate division from Lelnovo's consumer lines.

>> No.52142649

I literally scanned my PC with a rootkit finder(GMER) and found nothing, it was a T520 though

>> No.52142896

The *20 series was long before the whole rootkit thing came up. 2014 models and newer only iirc

>> No.52144106

Good luck flashing with rpi

>> No.52144154

It was normal, for future reference.

>> No.52144273

Thanks. My pi was supposed to arrive on Saturday, and I have had all of the other parts since Sunday. USPS says that they are processing an exception on the package. I have my x200 all dismantled and wired up ready to be flashed.

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would anyone recommend this? Does it come with a M.2 slot?

>> No.52144638

I'm not sure that it's worth its weight in syrup.

>> No.52145205

Could've sworn the most recent one inclufded Thinkpads

>> No.52145353

Which is a distro worth of being installed on my thinkpad t420?

>> No.52145365

>Read the fucking OP
>Hint: there's a discount

>> No.52146522

My T420 gets some stuttering when playing shit like Mount and Blade and Counter Strike. No stuttering on offline games.

I've updated drivers to no avail, should I changed my NIC?

>> No.52146585

T420 with i5-2520M 2.50ghz, 8GB ram, SSD 128GB, 320 euros

should i buy it?

>> No.52146626

Dumb question

Where the hell is the second RAM slot on the T420? I found the first one when pulled my mSATA SSD, but I haven't the slightest clue where the second one is

>mismatched RAM from seller, would like to get matching RAM sticks

>> No.52146701

Underneath the keyboard m8

>> No.52146715

Wait... So I have to pull my keyboard to get matching RAM? Fuck me that sounds like a pain... T420 is max 16GB of RAM correct?

>> No.52146728

>thinkpads are easy to service

what a meme

>> No.52146755

Yes and yes.

There's actually a pretty quick and simple video tutorial if you do a YouTube search. I haven't changed the RAM myself but that's how I know about it.

>> No.52146759

>X-series design, X220 keyboard
>X250 trackpad
>3200x2000 12.5" IGZO IPS panel
>quad core Skylake i5/i7 with Iris Pro iGPU
>1TB M.2. Samsung SSD
>three USB C ports, two USB 3 ports, miniDP
>Removable 9-cell, 84+Wh battery, optional slice
>good audio quality
>latest wireless specs
>no camera or mic
and in a perfect world
>libreboot without Intel ME firmware or Intel microcode, no blobs for any hardware

>> No.52146761

They are, except if you want to service the motherboard itself.

>> No.52146778

>3200x2000 12.5" IGZO IPS panel
enjoy your shitty scaling

>quad core Skylake i5/i7 with Iris Pro iGPU
and house fire

>> No.52146795
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>toolless back panel
>access to pretty much everything

>> No.52146798

Found the video. I feel like a dickhead after having seen the video. Simple as shit.

2 screws and a little pushing and out comes the keyboard. Now I'm debating whether I want to install WWAN or just stick with mSATA SSD...

>> No.52146847

How is 1600x1000 with strict doubling "shitty"?

And I thought the Skylake Iris Pros weren't housefires unlike the previous generation? Am I wrong?

>> No.52146914

Yeah RAM is the last job I'll have to do with mine, but I personally don't think I'll need more than the 8gb I currently have. I bought it with the i7 and SSD. Swapped the optical drive for an HDD caddy. So I'm pretty comfy at the moment. Very cheap all together.

>> No.52146983

Currently I'm on 120GB mSATA, nothing in hard drive slot, 6GB mismatched RAM, and an optical drive paired with an i5 2520 and the dGPU. 6-cell battery with 55% of original charge capacity and 9-cell battery with at least 90% of original capacity on standby. Got it as is for $220. But damn I want more capacity...

>> No.52146995

having the hardware is one thing

having software not break on you because it can't handle scaling is another

>> No.52147120


I'm new to Thinkpads and glad I fell for the meme. Its just a shame about the screen because I do definitely notice the difference when I jump from my Asus to the T420. But that's something I can put up with.

>> No.52147143

Eh, that's fair. Linux HiDPI support has been improving though.

>> No.52147154

also forgot to mention, quad cores = 45W tdp

so you'll have a hot running machine with shit battery life

>> No.52147169
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New computer came in - currently visiting my fiancee's family so its waiting for me at my parent's house. Paid $130 for it.

Planned upgrades:
- IPS screen
- 128 SSD
- 9-cell battery
- Another 4GB of RAM (for free from my pops)

Total comes to around $250 or so for a really clean x220.

Which distro do you guys suggest? I started with Ubuntu, moved to Mint, but I'm tempted to try something new.

>> No.52147206

I'm new to Thinkpads too, but I already knew I wanted one.

Working with my dad, we had a Thinkpad T430. I got it for his company specifically because it was to be mounted inside of a car and be bounced around all day running license plate recognition software. The damned thing is still going strong 2 years later.

That made me decide to get one for myself. I got myself this T420 last month, and got an Elitebook 2760p Tablet for the fiancee (her choice, she likes HP even though I found an X220 tablet for the same price)

I am now addicted and don't want consumer grade laptops anymore. I love the keyboards on the T420 and T430 and the general "throw me at a wall, you know you can't break me" feel of the machine

On a somewhat related note, we also have a Panasonic Toughbook for employee use at my dad's company. It runs like shit because of it's age, but I'll be damned the day someone manages to kill it.

>> No.52147229

I'd suggest Ubuntu MATE

Used it as my rescue distro when I blew up my Win7 install during a failed ricing attempt earlier today. Really good DE

>GNOME 2 feels

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One major regret of the Tblazeit

>no USB 3.0

>> No.52147269

Try Xubuntu

>> No.52147278

i sold my mba, and i want to buy a thinkpad, should i get a t450? with the fhd screen??

>> No.52147286

mah nigga

>> No.52147328

Well, someone recommended I try it yesterday in an /flt/. I gave it a chance, and the second I got into the DE I fell in love.

Seriously, so much better than Unity. So much more useful. Delicious all around.

>> No.52147346

God damn it. Do you really have to drop to a dual core for a >35W TDP?
Yes, yes I do. The 6650U looks pretty close to what I want, though. I just want something 2-3x more powerful than my i5 520M with enough GPU power to run mpv with opengl-hq.

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>> No.52147580

Get an express card with USB 3.1.

>> No.52147684

I have no idea where to get the correct express card. Let's put it this way: it'll literally be the first time I have ever bought one or used one

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>> No.52147739

You go to Ebay, you search for "usb 3.0 express card" and choose literally anything. The cheapest works well.

If you buy one, it comes with the card itself and a cd with drivers.

The USB itself isn't quite capable of reaching full 3.0 potential, but it's really close. It can even drive 2.5" external HDD's, current wise.

>> No.52147771

>usb 3.0 express card

Will this one work?

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>> No.52148923

What theme is that?

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Hey /g/ i just bought a thinkpad but i think there is a supervisor password on it, i can acces the bios but cant change most of the settings. The thing is there is nowhere it ask for the supervisor password and i might know it. At least i can get a refund but i would like to keep it because i like it and i got a good deal on it. Thanks for helping me!

>> No.52149068

If there is a password on the BIOS or Computrace or Inter AMT is enabled it's stolen.

>> No.52149138


Where can i see that ?

>> No.52149158

you just replyed to yourself, I'm not too knowledgeable about this, but can you get into the BIOS and adjust settings?

>> No.52149176


I can acces the bios but cant change boot order or stuff like that.

>> No.52149191

So it asks for a password then?

>> No.52149198

How do I make the expresscard slot on my x220 less useless? What cool shit can I use it for?

>> No.52149224

Same question but for Smart Card on T420

>> No.52149242

Not the supervisor password, the power on password which is just "enter" and it let me change the hard drive password

>> No.52149319


i guess you're fine then. disable all of the passwords as well as the Intel tracking (AMT??) and Computrace. Then if it's stolen it's as good as yours.

>> No.52149337


>> No.52149411


But i cant thats the thing, the supervisor password cant be changed, i know the power on password and can only change the hard drive password???

>> No.52149526

if there is a supervisor password you are fucked

if you can't change all of the settings in the bios id immediately return

>> No.52149567

Placebo theme called Ashtray

>> No.52149633


The thing is, if there was a supervisor password, wouldnt it ask for it? There would be a way for me to enter it somewhere no?

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Got an X220 w/arch. Anyone tried slapping free/openBSD on these? How does it run?

>> No.52149828

Windows 10

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How good are these? Anyone used them before? Are them big or small?

>> No.52150561

Where is the Smart Card slot? Also, what is a Smart Card?

>> No.52150635

I want to thank you kind anon.

>> No.52150692

is the t500 good or a meme

>> No.52151565

is there any news on the thinkpad retro? or did it die before being born?

>> No.52152278

X220t w/ 1200p IPS and modern CPU, all the docking stations and battery options, expresscard eGPU.

>> No.52152579

literally read the sticky
no news

lol, w10, ever

a million times better than Arch

>> No.52152848

Got a T450s from work, but there's so much lenovo software on it, just seems like it's bloating it (my fucking thinkpad seems to run at 50% constantly).
Is it at all worth it to keep it? Running Windows 8.1

>> No.52153316

reinstall windows 8.1 or 7. No more bloat.

>> No.52153342

>have latitude e5450
>happy with it but been thinking about upgrading the panel for higher resolution

is fhd worth it on a 14 inch laptop?

>> No.52154433


Nice for $130. I got my x220 for $200 (already came with IPS,120 SSD, 8 GB and 40% 9 cell)

>> No.52155381

Hey, I'm looking into buying a used thinkpad. Something that I can carry with me and I don't have to worry about getting wrecked. I would probably install some lightweight linux distro on it and mainly use the terminal. It should handle light web browsing though.

So far the best deal I have found is x200s for 100€. The x220 model goes for around 230€ /w i5/4GB/HDD/used battery. In any case, I will be looking into swapping the HDD to SSD on both models and buying a 9-cell battery since I will be going to places where electricity is not readily available 24/7.

What do you think, would that x200s be a good option or should I invest in the x220?

>> No.52155475

have the 8470p

such a fucking good notebook. Popped it open put my 4gb ram in. cleaned it. Runs like a desktop. Just need a SSD now and I am happy.

>> No.52155516

I'd go with the x220 better hardware = better

>> No.52156046

I would think he got banned for a reason...

ThinkPads never had gotten the SuperFish crap.
But my refurb X1C3 did get pokki or the Lenovo Customer Experience crap.

pokki, it installed with clean installs I believe but I don't think its going on anymore.

>> No.52156129

W500 is a bit better but the WSXGA+ and WUXGA panels are nice for being TN.

If you could get a panel under $100 I'd say so, especially so if IPS.

>> No.52156639

possible to get an x220 w/ 1440 900 display? 1366 x 768 is so shitty its unreal

>> No.52156680

can someone answer this, is the t450 worth it?

>> No.52156815

x120e with 9cell battery, newest Intel Atom and WWAN+msata/m2 SSD, also fhd screen

>> No.52156860

quick very important question: does it have the overclocking ability?
Please for the love of god tell me it is, I'll buy a x220 immediately

>> No.52157053


>> No.52157059


I just bought a new SSD for my t420 but the previous hard drive had this pull tab on it. If I'm to insert the new drive in, how will I ever remove it?

>> No.52157079

i have been asking for the t450 for about two days, nobody answers, it's a sad day.

>> No.52157111

the tab is attached to the tray isn't it?

>> No.52157114

just bought a T420. I installed linux mint on it, and wanna do full disk encryption. should I use the disk encryption that comes with the bios or some encryption I can find in the package manager? what's the best one? It doesn't have to be super secret ultra encryption that even the FBI can't crack, just something so that a random thief or whatever can't get in.

>> No.52157188

I've seen this thread already.
> Enabled hidden "advanced" menu
doesn't tell me much.

I just need to know I could overclock the i5 unit.

>> No.52157203


>> No.52157211

t450s = yes
t450 (aka poorfag) = no

>> No.52157222

Why not?

>> No.52157233

well, why the t450 is bad?

>> No.52157240

new thread:

>> No.52157255

shit screen options

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> the tab is attached to the tray isn't it?
No I don't think so, the new ssd is just as thick but without the tab

>> No.52157276

you can get the FHD IPS 1920x1080 screen on the T450.

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