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

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I accidentally plugged my USB mouse into my eSata port… it works?

I'm on a Thinkpad T510 and I accidentally plugged my Razor USB mouse into the eSata port not realizing my error because it has been working fine this whole time. Does this seem a little odd?
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Swapping Function (Fn) and Control (Ctrl) Keys on Lenovo ThinkPad W500

I'd like to swap the Fn and Ctrl keys on my ThinkPad W500 (like many others! See: How can I switch the function and control keys on my laptop? and Intercepting the Fn key on laptops) Numerous folks ...
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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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Windows 7 Webcam recording software [closed]

I want to record a video on my webcam on Lenovo T61 powered by Windows 7 Professional. I've noticed it's working differently from Windows XP. Can anyone care to recommend a decent webcam software that ...
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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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Magical moving desktop icons

I have encountered a very strange behavior in Windows 7 that I cannot seem to identify and I have never seen or heard of on any system configuration. Whenever I move my mouse to the left-most edge of ...
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How to stop my laptop's screen from rotating when I press Alt + Arrow?

I have a ThinkPad laptop, and whenever I press Alt + Left arrow, my screen rotates to the left. How do I stop this annoying behavior?
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What kind of SSD does the ThinkPad X200 come with, and is it any good?

I'm considering a ThinkPad X200. There's a 128 GB SSD option, and since I'm a huge fan of the Intel X25-M SSD I've been using on my older X61s, I'm thinking of going with that. I am kind of worried ...
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Thinkpad shuts down after 10 minutes of heavy use

Less than two years ago, I bought a Lenovo Thinkpad R500. When using the CPU heavily, it sometimes decides to reboot (with Ubuntu briefly showing "shutdown" message). A Linux widget shows me the CPU ...
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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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Arch Linux drops me on my school network

I'm running a Lenovo X61 which I carry around my college for getting on the internet at various points in the day. The network has always been finicky but recently it's gotten worse. I'll connect ...
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Anyone using the ThinkPad fingerprint reader? [closed]

I got a new ThinkPad with the built-in fingerprint reader. At first I thought it was silly, but then I thought, hey, this could save me typing my password every time I boot up. Is anyone using it? ...
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Thinkpad T60 does not turn on

When I plug in the charge, the battery symbol and the charge symbol will light up green. Then, when I try to press the power button, the lights turn off and nothing happens. After this, the only ...
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Can you plug-in the battery while laptop is on AC only?

I'm using my laptop at home with battery removed and only connected to the AC power. However I'm lacking the mobility as my power cord is kinda short. Is it safe from electrical point of view to plug ...
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How can I deactivate ThinkVantage Access Connections?

How can I get rid of this damn program, short of actually uninstalling the ThinkVantage suite? I activated it once on my ThinkPad (with Windows XP), and it now refuses to switch off, even if I tick ...
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Thinkpad trackpoint: scrolling and middle click possible?

I'm using an X61s laptop (under Windows) that only has a trackpoint, not a touchpad. The trackpoint has a scroll function that is activated by holding the middle button and then using the trackpoint ...
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Screen Brightness Changes Depending on Screen Contents - how do i turn it off?

I recently got a ThinkPad x240 with Windows 8.1. I have a problem regarding screen brightness, but it's nothing that seems to have been discussed here, yet. It's not one of the common brightness ...
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assigning a rotation script to a hardware button

I have a ThinkPad X201 tablet. On the tablet there is a button that rotates the screen. It works great in Windows but doesn't work properly in Linux; it rotates the screen but doesn't rotate the ...
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Is it possible to remap the Back/Forward keys of a Thinkpad USB keyboard on Linux?

On my Thinkpad laptop I can easily change the Back/Forward keys to something else (I usually map them to PageDown/PageUp), as they have their own keycode (166 and 167): xmodmap -e 'keycode 166=Prior' ...
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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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How to remove Lenovo's “ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software” logon icon?

I think that the ThinkVantage Fingerprint software icon at the logon screen is annoying. I'm using Windows 7 Pro (64bit). It has a picture of a finger and it states "Swipe your finger" across the ...
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Lenovo T420 integrated camera is not working

Im using a Lenovo ThinkPad T420 with Windows 7 64-bit and my integrated webcam is not working. Skype settings always show an error (see below). I tried to install this driver but it didn't work. ...
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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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Thinkpad laptop heats up more than it used to - what are my options?

I have a 3 yr old laptop (Thinkpad T61) which runs seemingly much hotter than it used to. It's not uncomfortable to touch, but I wonder whether I should do something about it. It does get ...
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Disable wireless when ethernet connection is detected on an HP EliteBook

My company has recently started giving out HP Elitebooks to employees, replacing the Lenovo ThinkPads we used to use. I'm trying to find a way to disable the wireless when it detects that an ...
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Windows 8 Consumer Preview Upgrade keeps on failing

I've had this error five times now. I've redownloaded it three times, I've tried installing from DVD, USB, and internal HDD. It hangs on 90% for a few minutes then suddenly switches to "Your PC will ...
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How to disable SimpleTap on Thinkpad Edge e430

Recently, I have bought a Thinkpad Edge e430. I find it good and enjoyable. But, there are so many preinstalled programs that I don't need, since I'm a student and not a small business. I want a ...
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Thinkpad trackpoint scrolling with VMWare

ThinkPads have a middle mouse button for scrolling, sort of like a mousewheel. The trouble is, when I'm using VMWare, the scroll messages don't seem to get through to the guest operating system and ...
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Does HDAPS wear out a hard-drive?

I’ve installed hdapsd on my Thinkpad. It is a Linux daemon for hdaps that parks the hard-drive whenever the accelerometer detects a shock. Since installing it, I have noticed that even small movements ...
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Can I fine-tune my screen brightness keys? (Ubuntu Studio, Thinkpad T420s)

I am in a similar situation as question Can I fine-tune my screen brightness? . For me, Thinkpad T420s and Ubuntu Studio 11.10. The brightness keys work fine but the increments are too large. I have ...
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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 ...
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Why won't Windows 7 remember my screen resolution settings?

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T420. I use it in three situations: Connected to docking station with two LCD monitors at 1280 x 1024. Connected to docking station with two 21" LCD monitors at 1680 x 1050 ...
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Install Lenovo software on clean ThinkPad X301 with Win 7 Ultimate?

I just did a clean install of Win 7 Ultimate to my ThinkPad X301. Windows seems to have drivers available for most of the system devices, if not all of them. If I choose not to install the Lenovo ...
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External speakers make buzzing noise when laptop is plugged in

Any powered external speakers I connect to my laptop make a buzzing noise when my laptop is plugged in. I also have battery-powered noise-canceling headphones that make the buzzing if noise canceling ...
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What does the ThinkPad “power button trick” do?

While searching for a fix for my broken ThinkVantage Power Manager, I came across a forum post suggesting that I press the power button ten times after disconnecting power to the machine. At first I ...
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Keep lan connection alive while going to sleep

Is it possible to keep lan connection alive when going to sleep? Although I would like a laptop independent(in general) answer, my laptop is Thinkpad T500 and the power manager shows in PCI options, ...
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Make acpi beep when the power supply being unplugged even if the alsa is turned into mute

My laptop is Thinkpad Edge series, of which laptop will produce a beep when the power supply being unplugged. But I noticed that the beep has been blocked if the alsa is turned to mute. So, I wonder ...
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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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Windows equivalent of /proc/acpi/ibm/light

I want to the led on my Lenovo Thinkpad- T500 to blink programmatically. I see it can be done in linux by echo "on" > /proc/acpi/ibm/light Is there any equally simple windows alternative for ...
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Alt+SysRq on a laptop

I have a Lenovo T410, and I would like to use the SysRq key, but whenever I press the Alt+SysRq+letter combination, I keep getting the print screen dialog in linux. Is there a way around this? I ...
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Laptop CPU fan not working properly

My laptop's CPU fan is suddenly acting very bizarre, and I am at a loss for what to do so I am asking for some help. Specifically, the fan is not even starting to spin until the CPU reaches 60 ...
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Windows 7 drivers for Lenovo Thinkpad T400

I've been playing with versions of Windows 7 since PDC last year and finally installed the RTM version 2 weeks ago. However, even given a year head-notice, it seems like Lenovo has not updated all ...
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Very poor battery life on Lenovo ThinkPad W500 laptop

I have a new ThinkPad W500 laptop (w/ 9 cell battery) running Windows 7 RTM 64-bit. All drivers* and BIOS are the latest. Battery life appeared poor so I performed several tests under the following ...
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How to disable “ThinkPad Zoom”?

I have a ThinkPad T61p that is running Vista 32-bit SP2. I program in Eclipse a lot, and I find that when I try to type the code completion hotkey (Ctrl-Space), I often accidentally press the ...
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Installing Windows 7 from USB on a Thinkpad T61

I am trying to install Windows 7 Professional from USB 3.0 flashdrive, on a Thinkpad T61. The problem is, Thinkpads BIOS will not detect the flash drive as bootable medium, and won't allow to boot ...
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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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Can I replace laptop SSD harddrive with normal drive without voiding the warranty?

I have a Thinkpad w510 with a 128 GB SSD drive. However, I have found out that storage capacity of the SSD disc is insufficient. My question is: Is it possible to a get new laptop 500 GB harddrive ...
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Keeping a laptop power supply on without a laptop connected - any negative consequences?

Sometimes I unplug my Thinkpad laptop from its AC/DC power supply adapter and keep the adapter connected to the power socket. Are there any possible negative consequences? Some ideas I was thinking ...
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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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Is my Thinkpad's screen broken or is it me?

So I've bought Thinkpad Edge 14. A fine machine in many areas, BUT! I hate its display. The things flickers! It's like having a CRT with too low frequency. If I wave my hand in front of it, I see the ...