a brand of laptop, originally produced by IBM. The brand is now manufactured and sold by Lenovo.

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Thinkpad T420s Flashes a Black Screen for 1s When AC Plugs In/Out

Just as the title says. A friend of mine is having this issue with his laptop. Is this normal? Can it be fixed such that there is no black screen flash?
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Connect old IBM Thinkpad monitor to Desktop PC?

I have an old IBM Thinkpad laptop. It worked a few days before, but I decided to take off all the components (harddisk, cd-rom, keyboard) as the laptop was not useful at all. But, it has a shiny 15" ...
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pcdrcui.exe - Entry Point Not Found

I keep getting this error message on my Lenovo Thinkpad T400 running Windows 7 Ultimate: As far as I can tell, aside from showing this error, nothing is wrong with the system. It doesn't pop up ...
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I can't find WLAN drivers for my ThinkPad Edge 13 (AMD)

So, today I bought this machine (Croatian site but you should be able to analyze the specs). There were no CD's in the box. Fortunately, the Windows Update service (I installed Win 7 x64) was able to ...
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How can I restore my Lenovo T500 to Switchable Graphics without being able to see the screen?

I changed my Lenovo T500 from 'Switchable Graphics' to 'Discrete Graphics' in the BIOS. Now I don't get any display out on the internal LCD, or an external VGA monitor. Not even the POST screen. How ...
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Should LCD Brightness Match Environmental Lighting?

I have a new T410 laptop and ever since I've been using it, I've discovered that my eyes don't stress as much when I adjust the brightness to my environmental lighting. For example, during the day, I ...
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So did Lenovo BIOS secure erase just brick my SSD?

I tried the "Erase the Solid State Drive in the HDD bay" BIOS feature following these instructions. The message "Now erasing... It may take about 6 minutes." came up. After waiting over three hours, I ...
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How to bypass Lenovo Thinkpad power-on password?

My brother has a Lenovo Thinkpad laptop. He decided to format his laptop, but after the format he couldn't power on his laptop because of the power-on password. The password is required at start-up. ...
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LAN connection drops when screen turns off

I have a very strange issue with my network connection on my laptop. My LAN connection disconnects every time my lcd screen light turns off. and when I press a key or move the mouse to turn on the ...
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Thinkpad X201 freezing on startup

I recently purchased a Lenovo Thinkpad X201 with Windows 7 x64. The computer arrived packed and new. We installed the most basic programs on it: Office 2010, Winrar and a printer. After about a week, ...
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Abrupt shutoff of Lenovo Thinkpad. Can it be fixed?

I have a Lenovo R61 circa 2008 that has had this abrupt shutdown problem for the last year. "Abrupt" as in there is no OS shutdown, no warning, just POOF! it is off. As if abruptly unplugged from all ...
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Lenovo T410 Camera Software

What free software can I use to acquire a photo from the camera on the Lenovo T410? The camera drivers are properly installed and working in applications like Skype and ManyCam, but I am not sure what ...
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Restoring factory contents on an old ThinkPad

I have an old IBM ThinkPad R50e and a set of seven recovery CDs that were created before the laptop was ever used. The seven CDs consist of one boot CD and six data CDs. I want to restore the ...
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Linux Mint Boot problem (on specific hardware)

I am having a Lenovo Thinkpad SL400c laptop running on c2d(64 bit) processor. The problem is, Linux Mint doesn't boot in this laptop but boots well in other laptops( I tried it in dell inspiron and ...
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Connecting ThinkPad T410 (Windows 7) to Macbook (OSX 10.6) through ethernet cable

I have searched and read a few other forums for this solution but have yet to be able to accomplish this task. I want to connect my Windows 7 laptop to my Macbook to share large files (10GB or larger) ...
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How to make shares visible in the Windows (win7 64 pro) Network view?

OS: Windows 7 64bit Pro System: Thinkpad x201t I have a big problem trying to access network shares located on other windows pcs (xp,vista) and NAS System (readynas nv+) from my win7 pro 64 thinkpad. ...
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Why can't I put my laptop to suspend/sleep mode?

Every so often on my Debian squeeze, when I hold down the shutdown button I don't get the options to suspend, etc. Would anyone have a clue as to why this occurs? Seems like a kernel bug. ...
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is there a way to turn off active protection system (harddrive shake detection) on linux

i have thinkpad x201 tablet. when i ride in a car, the laptop shakes a lot. on win 7 i can lower sensitivity. is there a way to do this on ubuntu? at the moment i use virtualbox
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Bluetooth audio device discovering/connecting issues

I have a thinkpad t410 with windows 7. I can't get my yamaha bluetooth audio device to show up as a discovered device to connect. What do I do?
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Compare motherboard specification of laptops

Sometimes you can customize a ThinkPad so that a T series has the same CPU and RAM as, say, an L series. I guess you can have the same storage and graphics too, but that's not my concern. The question ...
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ThinkPad Windows 7 laptop is often slow but only when plugged into AC power

It's a ThinkPad W510, with Windows 7. I've been struggling with this since I got the laptop. Very often, say for 20-30 minutes at a time several times a day, the laptop gets painfully slow. I'm ...
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Why can't my laptop charge batteries or run on AC power?

I have a broken ThinkPad T61. It ran hot and died while on AC power. When I attempted to boot it, I got the BIOS message "Fan error." I'm assuming that something got too hot and broke as a result of ...
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Maximum Windows volume, laptop's bar is at 50% - how can I boost the system volume further?

I have a laptop with Windows 7. I set all the usual volume control are at max (via the mixer), but there is a separate (hardware?) volume bar that is displayed whenever I change the volume, and it is ...
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I have disabled the DVD on my IBM Thinkpad, now it will not start

I was having issues with the DVD on my IBM thinkpad so I foolishly decided to disable it. Now it will not boot. After starting it,a blue screen comes up and tells me to run the "chkdsk /F" command, ...
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What kind of SATA interface is on a Thinkpad X120E?

I recently ordered a Thinkpad X120E with an AMD Fusion (Zacate) chipset. I am eyeballing an SSD for it, however newer SSDs are coming out with 6Gbps SATA interfaces. I doubt such a cheap laptop has ...
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SandForce SSD encryption - security and support

I'm currently thinking about buying a ThinkPad X201 and equip it with a SSD drive. Now, to protect my data I always used Linux with LUKS full disk encryption on my laptops. However, as stated in ...
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Having issues with flickering output to TV from Windows 7 laptop

I cannot tell why this is happening. I cannot get a pattern as to when it happens. Sometimes, I watch entire Hulu content without any interruptions. Other times, it happens 2-3 times in a span of 3 ...
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Think Pad T410 vs W510 for development [closed]

I am looking to get a new laptop for work. I will be mostly programming in Visual Studio 2010 and have 2 options: ThinkPad W510 with i7-720QM processor ThinkPad T410 i7-620M (2.66GHz, 4MB L3, ...
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why Thinkpad T410s intermittent keyboard death?

I have a Thinkpad T410s running Windows 7 64-bit. I have had it for three months. It has the latest BIOS (1.41) and trackpad drivers. In the last week I have started to notice that the keyboard ...
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Why does my Windows 7 laptop emit a buzz when I left click my Desktop?

I have a Lenovo T410s with SSD. I have a JPEG image as my background (I think MS got rid of those annoying Active Desktops AFAIK). When I left-click on the Desktop, I hear a buzz. Has anyone else ...
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Meanings of function keys on the keyboard and of special icons on the lid on a laptop

My laptop is Lenovo T400. I was wondering what the meanings of the function keys with those blue icons on the keyboard are? what the meanings of the flashing icons on the bottom of the lid are? I ...
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How can I disable a CD drive without any special software?

I have a Lenovo w510 laptop. When it came, its CD drive was powered off; I right-clicked it and enabled power to it. Now I want to power it off again, without using any software. Does anyone know ...
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Lenovo T510 Keyboard Removal

I've removed the bottom ram cover, and the two keyboard screws from below. Supposedly, the next step is to push down and forward on the keyboard. However, when I do this the keyboard does not move ...
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Delete hiberfil.sys on Windows 7

Ok, so I know what hiberfil.sys is, and I want to use hibernation on my laptop. But I have another hard drive active in my laptop, it's taken from my old one... and I want to get rid of the ...
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How to tell if my Lenovo T400 laptop is with or without IEEE 1394 models

My laptop is Lenovo T400. Its ThinkVantage Toolbox notified me that I have to deal with System Issues after Battery Drain. The link asked me to update my BIOS and Embedded Controller code, for which I ...
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Will recover from recovery disks created from recovery partition restore the recovery partition?

My laptop is Lenovo T400 with Windows 7. After creation of recovery disks from a recovery partition, if the recovery partition is deleted, will recovery from the recovery disks restore the recovery ...
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How to verify recovery disks created from recovery partition?

For my Lenovo T400 with Windows 7, I created three DVDs from its recovery partition. I was wondering if it is better to verify that the recovery disks are working and how to? I don't want my ...
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Have I created the recovery disk from recovery partition correctly?

I was creating recovery disk from recovery partition on my Lenovo T400 with Windows 7. 6.5 GB of the recovery partition has been occupied. But in the process, I created three DVDs. I might remember ...
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thinkpad middle click in a VMWare doesn't work (guest: Ubuntu and host: windows 7)

problem: when i try to paste with middle click, the middle mouse button is ignored. in other cases middle click is also ignored. my set up: VMWare workstation 7.1.3 Host: windows 7 64-bit ...
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Very slow Windows 7 on Thinkpad T61

I have a very strange problem with my fresh install of Windows 7 Profesional, 64bits on my Lenovo Thinkpad T61 : The overal performance is very slow, the disk is constantly spinning, even without any ...
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ThinkPad Edge 14 hangs during shutdown - what could cause this?

When I try to shut down, it goes to the "Shutting down" page and just simply stays there forever until I force a shut down holding the power button. Then at restart I have to choose to start normal ...
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Wrong screen resolution with HDMI output to HDTV

I own an HDTV with a native resolution of 1360x768. Sometimes I plug in my laptop to watch movies, and I used to do it with a VGA cable. I've had no problem setting the laptop to the TV native ...
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Lenovo's password security

We talking about a T500 Lenovo notebook, but take the question generally. So: I have a BIOS password, a Windows password, a Boot password. Does that mean my HDD is hardware encrypted and I'm safe ...
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Audio broken on clean install of ThinkPad T60

I just reinstalled a clean version of XP SP3 on a ThinkPad T60. After downloading all of the missing drivers from the Lenovo site, everything seems to work except for the audio. I installed the audio ...
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How to set Laptop Brightness in Gnome and /proc on Thinkpad W510?

I can set the brightness of my laptop screen already via /proc. I can read and change the value. Now I've set the value to 33 and then I went into gnome power management and enabled the option that ...
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Thinkpad T40 w/ XP+SP2 keeps dropping off wifi

I have a Thinkpad T40 laptop with XP / SP2. Its been locked up for the last 2 yrs or so as the screen stopped working. I took it out and plugged it to my TV and it boots up fine. But the wifi ...
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Installing RAM in Lenovo W510, does it need to be balanced?

We are upgrading RAM on a W510. There are 4 slots, currently 2 x 2GB installed. Question is: can we install a single 4GB chip, or does it need to be balanced with 2 new chips?
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Can any ssd drive be put in an ibm thinkpad x31

I've heard one of the ways to breath new life into an old machine is to put an ssd drive in it. So I've got this x31 and I have no idea what kind of interface the drive has, but it's a 40 gig drive, ...
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ibm t61 battery isn't charged

I've just bought an IBM T61 laptop and it has a non-orginal battery. Everything was ok (laptop worked without being plugged in), but something has changed, and now the battery isn't charged. Power ...
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How to get used of trackpoint on a thinkpad?

Recently my shoulder hurts due to frequently arm movement switching between keyboard and mouse. Then I start using trackpoint. The problem is, while everyone saying the trackpoint is more accurate ...