[ltp] T520 Wireless

Henrique de Moraes Holschuh linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:35:33 -0300

On Fri, 21 Sep 2012, Richard Neill wrote:
> 3. When swapping CPUs, be very gentle, don't bend the pins, replace
> the thermal grease if necessary.

It is almost always necessary.  And you need very good thermal compounds for
this, so acquire them beforehand.  A safe bet is Arctic Silver 5, but there
are many others that will also work just as well, or even better.

They are all expensive, but you will need so little, you can just buy the
smaller container you can find.  Whatever you do, get something that does
not become too liquid at any moment, that can handle large dynamic thermal
cycles (laptops go from cold to hot to cold again several times a day) and
don't even _consider_ getting one that reacts with metals or conducts

> 4. Either remove the sticky screw covers very carefully with a thin
> flat screwdriver (so you keep them sticky), or buy spares for $5 on
> eBay.

If you're going to buy the covers, also get a thinkpad screws set for your
model in eBay.  Teflon-coated screws really are not meant to be reused
several times, they lose the coating.

> My T60p has had:
>   - CPU upgrade from Core to Core 2 (now 64-bit)
>   - RAM up to 4 GB
>   - Wifi upgraded from a/b/g to a/b/g/n
>   - New keyboard (wear and tear)
>   - New screen (failed backlight of original 1600x1200, now 2048x1536)
>   - HDD -> SSD
>   - Replacement heatsink/fan (old fan bearing)

Wah, I really wish I had a nice box like that to work with :-(

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh