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Using MS tools to get information on PCs using our software, our customers have sent several Lenovo systems which have names we simply cannot find using Google... no search results at all.

Considering these names/ids are returned by querying the system directly, not asking the customer to write it down by looking at the box, this seems odd.

The ones we have so far (more than one of each) are:

  • Lenovo 2241BL9
  • Lenovo 6463Y4H

My guess is these are Thinkpads after Lenovo took over the brand, but can anyone help me out with this detective work?

edit: the 2nd one does turn up some driver downloads and this page, but it's unclear what any of that means. Is the 6463y4h just a T61?


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Are you certain that these are SKUs and not asset tags? They certainly don't seem to follow the normal SKU pattern. –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Feb 15 '11 at 12:01
I don't know. Microsft tools shipped with Windows report "System Model: 2241BL9" I don't have much else to go on. –  John Feb 15 '11 at 12:41

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Those are valid machine types for Thinkpads. (Serial numbers generally start with 'L' or 'R'.) If you go here and put them in the Quick Path on the right side you'll see they return valid results. This is the best way to confirm what a Thinkpad is.

Product: ThinkPad T500 2241-BL9

Original description: Based on 2241-3WG: P8400(2.26GHz), 2GB RAM, 160GB 5400rpm HD, 15.4in 1680x1050 LCD, Intel X4500HD, CDRW/DVDRW, Intel 802.11agn wireless, Bluetooth, Modem, 1Gb Ethernet, UltraNav, Secure chip, 6c Li-Ion, WinVista Business 32

Product: ThinkPad T61 6463-Y4H

Original description: Based on 6463-CTO: T7300(2.0GHz), 2GB RAM, 100GB 7200rpm HD, 15.4in 1680x1050 LCD, Intel X3100, CDRW/DVDRW, Intel 802.11ag wireless, Bluetooth, Modem, 1Gb Ethernet, UltraNav, Secure chip, 6c Li-Ion, WinVista Business 32

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That's awesome, thanks for such a comprehensive answer –  John Feb 16 '11 at 9:27

The first one may be a Thinkpad T500 224 which seems to appear in different designs, the second one could be a Lenovo ThinkPad T61 6463. I found those two by searching and guessing, I can't guarantee if this are the ones you're looking for.

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The T500 does appear to have a 2241 version if I use smolts.org/reports/search_profiles to search for "2241B", the "L9" part is missing but I'd figure it makes sense. –  John Feb 15 '11 at 12:42
I think you are correct. Entering the numbers provided by the OP in Lenovo's product search (www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/…) returns exactly those products. –  Tobias Plutat Feb 15 '11 at 12:44

The first 4 characters are the actual model number and there's one or more for each marketing name.

e.g. I think all x200 have model number 7454, but x201 have model numbers 3323 or 3626.

The last 3 characters represent variants of that model. "CTO" is "configured to order".

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These seem more like serial numbers to me than model numbers. There should be a sticker on the bottom of each laptop with the model number as well.

You might also want to check out this page for more information on where to find the model number.

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-1: those look nothing like Thinkpad serial numbers, and look exactly like Thinkpad model numbers. Also the link provided is for consumer series Lenovo models which have a totally different scheme with the exception of very few models that are really cheap SL-series machines in disguise. –  Shinrai Feb 15 '11 at 15:17

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