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 Forum: Scott's Tips   Topic: New Books!

 Post subject: Re: New Books!
Posted: Thu May 24, 2018 7:11 pm 

Replies: 31
Views: 39570


... newer P-71 Lenovo Workstations. Do you still recommend Lenovo for a Workstation, or have you found something better? What is better... a laptop or desktop for a Workstation? I've been exclusively using laptops for more than 20 years now, a ThinkPad with a dock is both a laptop and a desktop ...

 Forum: Network Hardware & Configuration   Topic: Equivalent Keys Combination for Laptop Break Key

Posted: Wed May 31, 2017 5:33 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 2429


All of my ThinkPad laptops have a dedicated Pause/Break key but I know that many other laptops do ... shown here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Break_key If none of those work then I would recommend connecting an external keyboard that has a Pause/Break key. Let me know what solves ...

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: Lenovo Z70-80 laptop

 Post subject: Re: Lenovo Z70-80 laptop
Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 2:44 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 1813


I'd recommend a ThinkPad instead. Scott.

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: Lenovo ThinkPad T420: type, speed, and max. amount of RAM

Posted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 12:58 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 4552


... is if I can install DDR3L RAM modules in the ThinkPad T420 without having to expect any problems. ... in a system that the manufacturer doesn't recommend them for. Do you agree? According to the ... with. Scott, what would you buy if it was your laptop? I would buy a set of one of the 3 DDR3L ...

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: the sysRq key don't work

Posted: Fri Aug 07, 2015 12:25 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 6532


On my laptop T420 thinkpad I would like to know what does this key do the FN + SysRq ... I think I have them all ready up to date. I don't use or recommend SHAREit , REACHit , AMT , Access Connections , Wireless ...

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: when i turn on my laptop computer

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 4:14 am 

Replies: 35
Views: 18145


Whenever getting a used system I recommend reloading the OS from scratch and then installing all of the latest drivers. With the ThinkPad the update portion is made easy by virtue of the Thinkvantage System Update program: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/documents/tvsu-update ...

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: Lenovo Laptop Advice...

 Post subject: Re: Lenovo Laptop Advice...
Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 12:43 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 3210


... here: http://forum.scottmueller.com/viewtopic.php?t=2997 I can only recommend the T550 or later (or maybe the T541) due to the reinstatement of the TrackPoint buttons. Even with that they are lacking many previous ThinkPad features I have come to depend on . Scott.

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: Time for a new Laptop and Desktop...

Posted: Fri May 30, 2014 6:45 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 3859


... kind of hoping to get a hands-on look at the latest (T540/440 and W540) ThinkPads, but that hasn't happened yet, and may not for a while. While ThinkPads have been the only laptops I would use or recommend for some 20 years now, the changes Lenovo made to these models are unforgiveable, ...

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: TWO LEMON LAPTOPS

 Post subject: Re: TWO LEMON LAPTOPS
Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 4:44 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 4391


... of information on what to look for in a good laptop. If you search the forum here you'll also ... helpful information . In general any of the ThinkPad T-series models should meet most people's needs. I would recommend one with the larger 15.6" screen unless ...

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: Asking for Laptop advice.

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:38 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 5094


In most cases rather than using a laptop I'd recommend just using a pocket camcorder to record the services ... are asking is indeed possible. I exclusively recommend ThinkPad laptops, specifically the T-series, L-series or Edge ...

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: Building My First High Performance Laptop Computer

Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:13 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 3326


Unfortunately the only components in a laptop using industry standard form factors and interconnections ... build a complete laptop from scratch. What I recommend instead is to start with a base ThinkPad model having the features you want, then upgrade ...

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: T40p Processor Upgrade

 Post subject: Re: T40p Processor Upgrade
Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:18 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 6061


... a processor upgrade for the following machine: ThinkPad T40p (2373-G5U)... I couldn't figure out ... it's 400MHz. I've upgraded processors in many laptops, including several ThinkPads of that vintage. ... 2GB of RAM supported by that system) I'd recommend a faster hard drive . Unfortunately that ...

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: 64bit Intel T4400 Processor with No Virtualization (?!?)

Posted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:59 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 4927


... that would have prevented me from recommending that system. While this information ... at it anytime you are using the system. Since laptops are used both indoors and out, and in a ... I can offer is that your next laptop be a ThinkPad. They don't have the deal-breaker flaws ...

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: New processor technology=new recommendations??

Posted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 2:07 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 4833


... outlining his immediate need for a budget laptop for exactly the same purposes as you describe. ... and saw that the Outlet Store had a brand new ThinkPad SL510 Model 2847-6GU available for only ... If you can't find any of those, then I'd recommend looking for bargains in the the L or T ...

 Forum: Desktop PC Hardware   Topic: Assembling an All-In-One Desktop PC

Posted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:33 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 3213


If such a kit existed I would definitely *not* recommend it. That is because I don't recommend ... system, the only ones I do recommend are ThinkPad laptops , especially when combined with an advanced docking ...

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: Acer Aspire 7745 WiFi Freezes...

Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:28 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 5188


... the Station-Drivers site as well. ...do you recommend any utility program to download & ... PC to get info for the latest drivers for the laptop? If you had a ThinkPad (hint <g>) you could use the ThinkVantage System ...

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: Produce lineup placement of ThinkPad L, SL, and Edge?

Posted: Thu Oct 07, 2010 1:14 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 2934


Produce lineup placement of ThinkPad L, SL, and Edge? "Produce" lineup? ... . Now for some opinions: I don't normally use or recommend the Edge or SL-Series as those are low-end ... as those are more "netbook" than laptop). Of those here is my take: L-Series = Entry ...

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: 2nd best brand of Laptop?

Posted: Wed Sep 22, 2010 3:01 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 3280


I only recommend ThinkPad laptops. There are ways to get them for a lower price. Scott.

 Forum: Desktop PC Hardware   Topic: Laptop vs. Desktop

 Post subject: Re: Laptop vs. Desktop
Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:54 pm 

Replies: 25
Views: 5840


I disagree, I'd stack up a ThinkPad against just about any SFF system, especially if kept in the same environment. ... significantly less power), and heat is far better managed. Bottom line: I often recommend ThinkPads for home use instead of SFF systems. Scott.

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: Laptop recommendation

 Post subject: Re: Laptop recommendation
Posted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 1:31 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 2393


I recommend ThinkPad laptops. For the use you describe, I'd check out the SL, R, or X series. I believe all have matte screens, as glossy screens are simply unacceptable. Be sure to check for coupon and promo codes before ordering. Scott.

 Forum: Windows OS   Topic: Accessing XP owned printers in a workgroup by Vista notebook

Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 1:18 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 2616


I've exclusively used laptops as my main working machines for over 13 years ... and today I wouldn't consider anything else but a ThinkPad for my own personal use. Whether the system ... to XP. Instead of giving up on laptops, I might recommend that you consider giving up on Vista instead, ...

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: Laptop Repair Manuals

 Post subject: Re: Laptop Repair Manuals
Posted: Sat May 02, 2009 8:16 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 2424


Service manuals are a polarizing subject. Most laptop manufacturers don't provide any service manuals ... the best documentation in the business for its ThinkPad systems, which is one of the reasons I recommend them so highly (and use them myself). Dell provides ...

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: Laptop Modem

 Post subject: Re: Laptop Modem
Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:04 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 3896


... Here is a photo of an MDC connector on a laptop motherboard: http://supcontent.gateway.com/support.gateway.com/s/Profile/Profile55/Shared/4000960/10.jpg In fact my ThinkPad R40 came with one that had just a modem, which ... years, so I don't have any that I would specifically recommend. Scott.

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: can i get gigabit speeds out of my XPS1530 nic

Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 10:02 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 3994


... file transfers. For that reason I've been recommending laptops with integrated gigE for many years now. As I see ... a laptop with gigE integrated. I normally recommend ThinkPad T- and R-series models, most of which have had ...

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: USB Flash Drive Specs, SSDs, and "White Label" Hard Drives

Posted: Sat Dec 13, 2008 5:01 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 3103


... so expensive, this would be great for a laptop! You're just a little bit late to the party ... they have appeared in systems like the ThinkPad X300, which was introduced in Feb. 2008 ... the retail drive. Note that I only install and recommend Enterprise/RAID drives anymore, whether ...

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: ThinkPad and Intel Video Driver conflicts w/power management

Posted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 12:17 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 3129


With laptops you have to be more careful with drivers, as the ... ones. This is especially the case with ThinkPad video drivers. For example, if you use the Intel ... Bottom line: While I *usually* recommend using the latest drivers from the chipset or ...

 Forum: Desktop PC Hardware   Topic: Hard Drive Secure Erase

 Post subject: Re: Hard Drive Secure Erase
Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 7:16 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 5536


... that feature in its Travelstar drives and ThinkPad laptops. I described the addition of the ATA Security mode ... many pitfalls and problems that have prevented me from recommending or using the SECURITY ERASE UNIT command in ...

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: Ideapad?

 Post subject: Re: Ideapad?
Posted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 11:20 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 2177


I have only recommend ThinkPads for many years now, the reasons for which haven't changed: ... $600 range. Of course I'm not necessarily familiar with every laptop on the market, but I've not seen anything for $400 that ...

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: Laptop Reliability and How to Choose (ie. What to look for )

Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:07 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 4035


... are asking about the overall reliability of laptops vs. desktops, then I'd say that for most ... laptops in my experience (and many others) are ThinkPads. In fact they are the only brand that I wholehartedly recommend. For most uses I recommend the ThinkPad R Series: ...

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: ThinkPad graphics, quality and power cable questions

Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2007 10:44 am 

Replies: 11
Views: 6341


... graphics are excellent for non-gaming laptops, while I'd recommend discrete graphics for systems where gaming was more of a consideration. ThinkPads are generally well-balanced systems, as such they don't ...

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: Laptop spill emergency

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:06 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 3578


It is indeed possible to save a laptop after a spill. After a spill occurs you should ... of water may be required. To speed things up, I recommend first rinsing components off under a faucet ... for most laptops for under $100. Note that newer ThinkPad systems have a built-in drainage system that ...

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: Draw and Paint Peripherals and Software

Posted: Tue May 08, 2007 12:28 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 2072


... If you want a tablet based laptop, I recommend you get one of the ThinkPad X-series convertible models, which can function both as ...

 Forum: Laptop Hardware   Topic: Laptop Recommendation

Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 1:39 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 2580


There is no way in h*ll I would recommend that laptop! After a quick glance I see it lacks: -Core 2 duo processor ... considering all of the drawbacks. My current laptop (ThinkPad R40) is 3.5 years old now. Over the last 3.5 years ...
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