[ltp] X62 from N51B?

Unknown temp1 at blepsias.net
Fri May 15 21:20:19 CEST 2020

Feel your pain KL. I've recently switched from maxed out T61 SXGA+
units to the T430. I did the IPS upgrade to 1920x1080, but still miss
the overhead space. I've got an X230 carcass that I have a Nitrocaster
mod for. We'll see how that goes, still won't get any height though. I
wish the nb51 crew would build a board to fit the standard T61 shell.
Best regards. Stay healthy one and all.

On Fri, 2020-05-15 at 11:54 -0700, Keith Lofstrom wrote:
> On Wed, May 13, 2020 at 10:13:14PM -0400, Cynthia wrote:
> >    I am just looking for recommendations for which models to search
> >    for.  If there's one with no trackpad but newer than my old one,
> > I'd
> >    want to look at that first.  Ideas?  
> Years ago, I hacked 2048x1536 screens into T60 thinkpads.
> Then my eyes grew too old to see the tiny pixels.
> I read and write and engineer instead of watching videos,
> so the taller the format, the better.  I'm writing this
> on a 1280x1024 desktop screen turned sideways.
> More recently, I've stockpiled enough used X61 Thinkpads
> (1024x768) to last me for life.  I also stockpiled
> replacement fans and keyboards.  Not sure what I will
> do when quality replacement X61 batteries are no longer
> available on the aftermarket.
> Meanwhile, after the plagues (medical and political) ...
> ... I hope to make arrangements with the N51B Thinkpad
> user's group in Shenzhen China (north of Hong Kong). 
> They designed and built a new design, "X62" motherboards
> to fit into the X61 chassis; lower power, MUCH faster,
> USB3, more memory.  Some of them also replaced screens
> with newer high resolution LCDs, excellent news for
> younger eyes, but smaller vertically, hence not so
> good for me.
> Hardware wizard xiphmont has designed LED strip
> replacements for X61 CFL screen backlights. 
> Perhaps neither will make more.  I hope we can get the
> design files and make them ourselves.  Surface-mount
> circuit board manufacture is complicated, and most of
> the production systems are in China now.  If our N51B
> friends can't help us with the actual build due to
> complicated taxes and export restrictions, maybe there
> are a few American (US/CA/MX) and European prototype
> manufacturers that we can hire to help.
> Keith
> -- 
> Keith Lofstrom          keithl at keithl.com

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