[ltp] X62 from N51B?
carl at comets.me
Fri May 15 21:48:51 CEST 2020
I loved the T61. I never knew there was a community of hardware hackers out there. NICE!
I no longer have any ThinkPads, but this conversation is getting me interested. I stopped hacking at hardware when SMT's came to dominance. And, I also share KL's syndrome (I am OLD).
Thanks for sharing these thoughts.
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Subject: Re: [ltp] X62 from N51B?
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
> 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 Lofstrom keithl at keithl.com
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