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List of the ThinkPad models I owned

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/12/02

I stopped buying ThinkPads when they messed with screen sizes (a long while they did not have anything 16:10 at 1920×1200 or better) and keyboards (no 6-row keyboard for me).

So below is the (at least partial) list of ThinkPads I own(ed) and features they so I can find back information on them in case of need.

Note I had the X201 despite the smaller screen size, as it was an excellent travel companion.

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I could not get this to work: Use a second laptop as an extended monitor with Windows 10 wireless displays – Scott Hanselman’s Blog

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/03/10

I had a vague recollection of this was possible, so I was glad to find it back after having recovered from all cancer treatments at [Wayback] Use a second laptop as an extended monitor with Windows 10 wireless displays – Scott Hanselman’s Blog.

The feature is called “Miracast” and has a built-in Windows 10 implementation for both sending and receiving not just over WiFi, but also over the local fixed ethernet network: [Wayback] Miracast on existing wireless network or LAN – Surface Hub | Microsoft Docs.

With such support, I’d expected an “it works out of the box” experience. It is far from that, so let me show what I bumped into and how I finally did not get it working.

TL;DR

  1. Windows will tell you when it doesn’t work
  2. Windows won’t tell you why it doesn’t work
  3. The tooling to try to find out why it doesn’t work is not sufficient: documentation is scarce and far from complete

When out of luck

I tried two machines with Intel processors having built-in graphics engines.

Thinkpad T510

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Thinkpad max memory configurations for the models I own

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/02/28

Below are the maximum memory configurations for the Thinkpad models I own.

Note these re only 7-row keyboard configurations, the 6-row keyboards were always “meh”.

I used this command to get the CPU information:

wmic cpu get name

Memory speed

As mentioned in PC3-8500 or PC3-10600:

As PC3-10600 is getting increasingly difficult to acquire, PC3-12800 can be used instead. Using PC3-12800 may or may not increase the performance of your model, as some models may underclock it to their respective original DRAM speeds.

T510 – the midrange

Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU       M 560  @ 2.67GHz

[Wayback] Category:T510 – ThinkWiki

You might think it would fit two 8GB modules and be upgradable to 16GB, but the chipset prevents it. Some of the W510 models seem to accept 8GB modules though:

W701 – the largest of the bunch

Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU       Q 720  @ 1.60GHz

[Wayback] Category:W701 – ThinkWiki

  • 2, 3, 4 or 8GB PC3-8500 memory standard, upgradable to 16 GB

I actually still have 16GB in my version, see: ThinkPad W701: Win7 Ultimate x64 suddenly only saw 8GB RAM of 16GB (via: [H]ard|Forum).

Searching back my blog history, I did note that 32GB should fit: ThinkPad W701 with 32GB of memory via: forum.thinkpads.com • Newer 8G memory sticks in a W700, W701, W500, W510 ?

X201 – the smallest of the bunch

Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU M 620 @ 2.67GHz

[Wayback] Category:X201 – ThinkWiki

Some seem to differ however, and got 16GB to work, but others don’t, as only the lower 8GB are accessible:

I might upgrade the W701, order 4*8GB modules, test some in the X201, then order more if it works.

Notes

Just in case I want to ever get a smaller Thinkpad with 7-row keyboard that allows 32-gigabytes of memory, the state as of 2019 is pretty accurate as no 7-row keyboards were manufacturerd after that (not even the horrendously expensive T25, which was a 2017 model [Wayback]/Archive.is] My ThinkPad T25 review : thinkpad):

[WaybackCurrent Thinkpad models that support 32 gb ram (even unofficially) – Thinkpads Forum (state in 2019)

If you really want to go the T25 way, you can modify it to put T480 hardware in it: [Wayback] Thinkpad T25 Gets Less Retro With Hardware Swap | Hackaday

–jeroen

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ThinkPad T440p Touchpad Swap: Installing Correct Drivers – YouTube

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/02/08

[Wayback/Archive.is] ThinkPad T440p Touchpad Swap: Installing Correct Drivers – YouTube

One of the most common upgrades for any Haswell (xx40) series ThinkPad is to replace the awful button-less touchpad (sometimes referred to as the ClunkPad) with a T450 touchpad that has the proper buttons for TrackPoint users. However, getting the buttons to work properly on xx40 hardware can be tricky – particularly if you are running Windows 10. In this video you will see how to get drivers installed that will allow you to use the TrackPoint as if this were a T450! As always thanks for watching! Some of the guides I used for this video:

I have edited the link so they show forum post titles, added way-back links, and added some crucial information:

Via [Archive.is] ThinkPads Old and New | Facebook

–jeroen

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The Definitive T430 Modding Guide | by George Kushnir (https://n4ru.it) | Medium

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/01/13

Lots of ideas, also for the W530 model: [Wayback] The Definitive T430 Modding Guide | by George Kushnir (https://n4ru.it) | Medium.

–jeroen

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