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I’d probably take a W520 over it, but Lenovo Thinkpad T420: Another excellent, inexpensive Linux laptop | Open-Source Routing and Network Simulation

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/05/25

Reading the below, I’d probably go for the W520. Both series are the final ones having a 7-row keyboard.

I recently purchased a used Lenovo Thinkpad T420 laptop to replace the Lenovo Thinkpad T400 I was previously using as my main platform for researching open-source network simulators and emulators. …

Source: [WayBack]Lenovo Thinkpad T420: Another excellent, inexpensive Linux laptop | Open-Source Routing and Network Simulation

Do not get the T420s as it is the slim-line version which is harder to upgrade and for some users gives thermal issues.

The T420 has only USB2, the W520 has USB3, better screen, faster processors and allows more memory (32 gigabyte for quad core processors).

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InitialKeyboardIndicators registry setting to fix NumLock in a certain state.

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/09/30

There are odd things with the InitialKeyboardIndicators registry setting. Technet only documents bitflag value 2.

According to the docs it should be a bitflag, but sometimes you encounter InitialKeyboardIndicators value 2147483648 (0x80000000) especially as part of the .DEFAULT profile at HKEY_USERS.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard.

The problem I had was having these symptoms:

  1. while logging in locally, I manually turned of the NumLock (as I have a 46W6740 UltraNav keyboard without a numeric keypad)
  2. after logging in locally, it magically turned itself on even with InitialKeyboardIndicators=0 in my local profile at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard.
  3. after logging in locally and turning it off, future local logons would keep it off
  4. after logging in remotely, it would magically turn itself on while logged in
  5. after having logged in remotely, the local logon console would have it turned on again

After reading Num Lock problem: Strange number in InitialKeyboardIndicators in Registry, I set both values to 0.

Now that it is 0 in both at HKEY_USERS.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard and HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard, symptoms 4-5 still hold. Strange.

It is not the same problem as Num Lock state not retained after resume from Hybrid Shutdown in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

If it persist, I might just put a script in: [Partially Solved: re-wired keyboard lol] Registry key “InitialKeyboardIndicators” NEVER keeps NumLock ON + ScrollLock ON (6) at startup and reverts back to NumLock ON (2).

–jeroen

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optional Windows Update “Synaptics driver update for Synaptics Composite USB HID Device” breaks some UltraNav USB keyboards

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/06/27

About a year ago, I ran into the optional Windows Update “Synaptics driver update for Synaptics Composite USB HID Device”.

It basically breaks the UltraNav/TrackPoint functionality of some USB keyboards like my 31P9304 USB TrackPoint keyboard (also known as SK-8835)

I bumped into this on another system as well, so I was glad I found this on an asian site: 联想ThinkPad|ThinkCentre|ThinkStation服务与驱动下载常见问题.

Below is the English translation of which the most important is the workaround: Install the Windows Vista driver from the Lenovo support page.
http://www.lenovo.com/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-66917

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Reminder to self: SKU numbers for the ThinkPad UltraNav USB keyboards with horizontal Enter key and 6 rows of keys

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/12/14

IBM/Lenovo stopped producing ThinkPad UltraNav keyboards with 7 rows of keys a while ago. It stopped me from buying ThinkPad machines (together with the screen issues), but I still use the external USB UltraNav keyboards which are harder and harder to get.

So here some SKU/FRU/PN/EAN that seem to have a horizontal enter key and US layout.

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Since none of the pictures returned for searching 46W6740 is correct, here is…

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/10/16

Since none of the pictures returned for searching 46W6740 is correct, here is one that is. – Jeroen Wiert Pluimers – Google+

46W6740 Ultranav keyboard (not full size, no trackpad, only trackpoint, no Windows keys). Click to get a larger picture.

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