Thursday, October 31, 2013

ThinkPad X240 - Removal steps of the battery pack

As we know, ThinkPad X240 comes with dual-battery, an internal and an external one. And of course that we can replace the external one without power off the system. But on a bad day in the future, the internal one doesn't want to work and we need to have a replacement. Following step by step instructions can help you a bit.

First of all, read carefully below notices:
Important notices for replacing a battery pack:
This system supports only batteries specially designed for this specific system and manufactured by Lenovo or an authorized builder. The system does not support unauthorized batteries or batteries designed for other systems. If an unauthorized battery or a battery designed for another system is installed, the system will not charge. Attention: Lenovo has no responsibility for the performance or safety of unauthorized batteries, and provides no warranties for failures or damage arising out of their use. 
The Lenovo Solution Center program provides an automatic battery diagnostic test that determines if the battery pack is defective. A battery pack FRU should not be replaced unless this diagnostic test shows that the battery is defective. The only exception to this is if the battery pack is physically damaged or a customer is reporting a possible safety issue. If the Lenovo Solution Center program is not installed in the computer, the customer should download this program before a non-physically damaged battery pack is replaced. Note that a physically damaged battery pack is not covered by the warranty.

Use only the authorized battery specified for your computer. Any other battery could ignite or explode.
Then, remove the external battery:

battery pack removal step 1

Next, remove the base cover

PCI Express Mini Card for wireless LAN removal steps 3 and 4

Finally, take the internal battry out.

PCI Express Mini Card for wireless LAN removal steps 3 and 4

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Lenovo International Warranty Service Facts and Tips

We’ve had lots of questions recently about International Warranty Service (IWS), what systems are eligible, what’s included, how to find out more, etc..  So, here are a few hints and tips to confirm whether you’re covered the next time you travel with your ThinkPad. - Lenovo Wordwide

What is International Warranty Service (IWS)?

IWS lets you receive Warranty Service for eligible Lenovo Think systems when you travel or relocate to a country where that product is sold and serviced.  The length of coverage is based on the length of your original base warranty, but the method or level of service (depot, onsite, carry-in) may be different.

There are certain countries that may require a proof of purchase or proof of proper importation before you can receive an IWS service and there may be fees or restrictions that apply when and if you need IWS. 
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Phillippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • China
  • Argentina

How can I determine if my machine is eligible for IWS?

You can check out whether your system is eligible, find contact information and country coverage at:
Upon providing your machine type or series number, identify the country of interest and call the contact number provided to initiate IWS service for your machine.

 What’s covered versus not covered?

  • Refurbished machines are not eligible for International Warranty Service.  Most refurbished machine warranties are shorter than the original warranty and are only valid within the country of purchase. 
  • Certain countries may not have the capability of servicing ALL models of a particular machine type.
    • In cases where the country may not have the ability to service a particular model, service may be provided on a “best effort” basis and some fees may apply.
  • Warranty Extensions and Upgrades (i..e Onsite) are the only Lenovo Services that are eligible for International Warranty Service
  • Accidental Damage Protection and Priority Technical Support are not eligible for International Warranty Coverage.
Hope this helps with your questions on International Warranty Service.  If you have others, shoot us note or comment and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can! 

How customers think of ThinkPad X230?

The best Laptop Ever!!!
Date: Oct 15, 2013

I am very satisfied with this product. Specially after selecting 16GB of ram to help out with VM hosts. Graphic is great, perfect size... I successully built a laptop that matched my needs :P I really recommend it !

Superb Hardware
Date: Apr 27, 2013
pros (13) Battery,Input/Output compatibility,Weight,Processor,Durability,Software compatibility,Memory,Bluetooth,Video card,Wireless card,Keyboard/peripherals,Build Quality,Display performance
cons (3) Display resolution,Included Software,Screen size

Like: - IPS display, it's really worth it - Keyboard lets me type like a demon - Chassis, super solid and great industrial aesthetic, this is no piece of apple jewelry - Great ventilation - Super easy to repair/upgrade - Works great with Ubuntu - MSATA slot for an SSD (for Ubuntu, perhaps) Dislike: - 1366x768 resolution... whyyyy??? - Bloatware, including something called "Windows" - Small-ish trackpad, I carry a mouse - HDD

Best Yet
Date: Mar 27, 2013
pros (6) Battery,Weight,Processor,Durability,Keyboard/peripherals,Build Quality

Bought the X230 last August to replace my several-year-old X200, which in turn had replaced some older model! I'm a satisfied Lenovo customer, obviously. I use it primarily for business applications and lots of online activity. Quite speedy with outstanding battery life (9-cell battery). Compact size and solid construction make it ideal for travel. The new keyboard style has won me over - my old machine with its IBM style keyboard now seems klunky and clattery. The little red trackpoint is one of my favorite Thinkpad features - hope they never, ever, do away with this option. Can't comment on Lenovo support because I've never had to contact them--which is a testament to the quality of the product.

Highly satisfied
Date: Mar 05, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Why I Like ThinkPads Best?

Over the last decade or so, I've owned and used 16 laptops from 7 manufacturers, so I've had a fair amount of experience with a variety of laptops.  Here's what I've learned, and what I've owned, in order:
1) a 75Mhz IBM ThinkPad 701c.  This is the original butterfly keyboard ThinkPad - still works great although it's now slow, slow, slow.  I never expected the butterfly keyboard to last this long, and am saving this thing as a collectors item. :-)
2) a 266Mhz Toshiba Satellite.  This was a bit clunky for me, and now has a broken screen, but the computer still works if hooked up to a display.  There was nothing in my experience with this Toshiba that would make me go out of my way to try another one, but nothing seriously disappointing that would lead me to avoid Toshiba, either.
3) a 500Mhz Sharp.  I returned to the store within 30 days when it gave me problem after problem.
4) a 700Mhz T20 ThinkPad.  I used this for 2 years and sold in on eBay - it held its value well.
5) a 2.8GHz HP Pavillion.  I sold this at the Dayton ComputerFest after 6 months because it was heavy and wasn't up to my usability standards.

An angry question from Mark Hachman - Lenovo, Why Are You Designing ThinkPads No One Wants?

Mark Hachman is a freelance reporter covering Microsoft for ReadWrite. Previously, he served as the West Coast news editor for PC  Magazine/, where he covered components, new technology and the larger Web 2.0 companies such as Facebook and Google. Before that, he worked for eWEEK, TechWeb, and ExtremeTech, which he helped launch. In his spare time, Mark sleeps as much as he can, as his second son was born in July.
Lets see how Lenovo make him sad....

Lenovo, Why Are You Designing ThinkPads No One Wants?

On Monday, Lenovo announced the ThinkPad T431s, the first ThinkPad based on its new industrial design, founded upon what the company called "extensive research" with ThinkPad loyalists and other users around the world.

So why does Lenovo appear to have got everything so wrong?

Not Your Father's ThinkPad - Unfortunately

Chiclet keyboards. Removing the buttons from the touchpad. Eliminating the removable battery. And loading Windows 8 without the benefit of an IPS (In-Plane Switching technology) display, let alone a touchscreen. All flaws that show Lenovo is heading in the direction of budget-conscious design decisions, rather than designing the bulletproof, bulldog-lovely black bento boxes that generations of users have used and cherished.

Traditionally, the ThinkPad has been the staple of quality employers everywhere. Nothing against the Mac, but if you worked with Windows, there was nothing better than a ThinkPad for everyday use. ThinkPads offered the basics: extras like the screen and graphics were nothing to write home about, and I found that the Wi-Fi would whimper and cower from Macs during crowded keynote sessions.  But the ThinkPad's keyboards verged on the iconic, and I owned ThinkPads that I dropped - twice - and they survived just fine.
Lenovo may be trying to drag its users kicking and clawing out of the past. I'm willing to concede - grudgingly - that the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga keyboard isn't bad, and it appears to be either close or identical to the T431s. I tend to prefer the keyboards used by the larger Asus models, and my notes tell me that Samsung's keyboards aren't bad, either. But chiclet keys simply lack the travel of a traditional ThinkPad keyboard, let alone the mechanical monsters that shipped with the original IBM PCs.

ThinkPad W540 - The most wanted ThinkPad this year

First up is what Lenovo calls its most powerful mobile workstation ever, the ThinkPad W540 -- clearly aimed at competing with the notebooks like the latest high-powered M-Series Precision models from Dell. The Chinese manufacturer backs its claim up with the inclusion of a 15.5-inch 3K IPS display, delivering a 2,880 x 1,620 resolution. While powered by Intel's quad-core i7 processor, the W540 takes it to the next level with NVIDIA's latest flagship Quadro GPU and support for up to 32GB of RAM and a full two terabytes of storage. That's all packed into a chassis that measures 27mm at its thickest point, weighs 5.45 pounds and delivers around six hours on a full charge of its six-cell removable battery. Lenovo has yet to set a price for the W540 but says it'll go on sale in November.
This portable 15.6" workstation is the thinnest and lightest in its class, yet sacrifices nothing in terms of speed, power, and durability. Graphics-intensive, ISV-certified applications with blazing-fast processing and advanced graphics technology, plus ThinkPad's known reliability, mean you can handle any heavy-computational task from anywhere you want to be.
Does it make you hungry? Keep your eye on:

ThinkPad X240 is now available on Lenovo US

The beautiful ThinkPad X240 with the price starting at $1,049 may take you a bit time considering for a Ultrabook. Take a look on its tech specs:

  • Intel® Core™ i7-4600U (Up to 3.00 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)
  • Intel® Core™ i5-4300U (Up to 3.00 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)
  • Intel® Core™ i5-4200U (Up to 2.60 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)
  • Intel® Core™ i3-4010U (Up to 1.70 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)
Operating System
  • Windows 8 Pro 64
  • Windows 8 64
  • Windows 7 Professional 64
  • 12.5" HD (1366 x 768)
  • 12.5" HD IPS (1366 x 768)
Intel® HD4400 Graphics
Face-tracking technology, low light sensitive
Up to 8GB DIMM
  • 3-Cell Internal (23.2 Wh)
  • 3-Cell External (23.2 Wh)
  • 6-Cell External Cylindrical (72 Wh)
Dimensions (W x D x H)
12.02" x 8.19" x 0.79"
<3 lbs
Battery Life
Up to 17.4 hours
ThinkPad® Precision Backlit Keyboard
Fingerprint Reader
I/O (Input / Output) Ports
  • Mini DisplayPort with audio
  • VGA
  • 3.5 mm Combo Jack Headphone / MIC
  • 2x USB 3.0, USB 2.0 (Always-on USB 2.0)
  • 4-in-1 SD card reader (SD / SDHC / SDXC / MMC slot)
  • Express card 34 mm
  • Smart card reader
  • HDD: 500GB / 1TB (5400 rpm)
  • HDD: 500GB (7200 rpm)
  • SSD: 128GB / 256GB SSD SATA3
  • mSATA: 16GB
  • Intel® Centrino® 7260 2 x 2 BGN + BT 4.0
  • Intel® Centrino® 7260 2 x 2 AC+ BT 4.0
Optical Drive
TrackPoint® with trackpad
Most of them seem to be fine, the dual-battery is a very good feature (+1 Lenovo), but it will be better if we have a Full HD IPS display here. And you should wait for a good coupon up comming time. "Thers's more thinking in a ThinkPad".
The 12.5" ThinkPad X240 Ultrabook™ is thin, light, built to last, and ready for business. Power Bridge technology lets you go ten or more hours without plugging in, vPro gives you the ultimate in manageability, and plenty of other features let you take your business on the road.
Build 1 for thinking more: