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    Default X61t Purchasing, Customizing and Troubleshooting FAQs

    Hello,

    I have gotten so much useful information from this forum in regards to the X61t that I thought it might be helpful to organize it for quick reference. I started this as a personal project but figured I might as well share it with others.

    If I missed anything, anyone please feel free to add useful FAQs to the list.

    Mods, maybe we can make this a sticky and keep adding to it from time to time?

    Purchasing an X61t

    Which display should I go with, the XGA with touchscreen or the SXGA+?
    It obviously depends on your personal preference but this topic is discussed in the following threads:
    SXGA+ Resolution on the x61t
    X61 XGA (non-MT) vs. XGA MT vs. SXGA+ screen brightness
    Multitouch or Superview
    Need to Understand Multi Touch Features



    What do X61t owners think of their purchase?
    Generally the reviews by owners are very favorable. The thread below contains a poll.
    How happy are you with your X61T?

    Also here is a very thorough review by forum member jenarelJAM:
    http://www.tabletpcreview.com/default.asp?newsID=896


    Should I get more RAM or Turbo Memory?
    Based on some issues with crashing and locking up, Turbo Memory might not be a good idea right now. This is discussed in the following thread:
    More RAM, or turbo memory. Which is better?

    Note: Perhaps this issue is resolved: Lenovo released new Turbo Memory driver

    As a side note, it is much cheaper to buy your RAM from a third-party vendor and install it yourself.


    Ok, I want to install my own RAM. Should I get 4GB?
    The 32-bit version of Vista only uses up to 3GB of RAM, even if you put in 4GB. Lenovo is shipping only the 32-bit version of Vista. There may however be some advantages of having 4GB because the ram is evenly distributed across two cards. This is discussed in the following thread:
    Is 4GB of RAM possible in the X61?


    Should I get a 5400rpm or 7200rpm hard drive?
    The 7200rpm hard drive delivers better performance at the expense of heat and battery life. This is discussed in the following thread:
    Lenovo X61 Hard Drive 5400 vs 7200 rpm


    Why is my shipping date so far in the future?
    Lenovo has experienced delays of certain components from their suppliers at various points in time. We have seen delays for SXGA+, then delays for the XGA screen. Currently it looks like the WWAN orders are taking the longest. This is being discussed in at the owners lounge:
    ThinkPad X61 tablet PC Owner's Lounge



    Customizing your X61t

    Can I remove all the preloaded Lenovo software?
    Yes. You can do a complete re-install of Vista (which is complicated for most users) or restore your system to factory settings with control over which programs get loaded. Details are in the threads below:
    Clean install on X61t
    The best plan for a clean install?


    Can I install the 64-bit version of Vista?
    This is probably not a good idea as all the 64-bit drivers are not quite ready but it has been attempted before in the thread below:
    Anybody installed Vista X64? I just did.
    Vista X64 problems


    Should I get a screen protector?
    Screen protectors are being discussed at the following thread:
    Do you use a screen protector?


    Troubleshooting

    I am experiencing random lockups, especially when I am on battery power. Is this a problem for anyone else?
    Some users have reported this and after research it appears to be an issue with Intel Turbo Memory. More info in this thread:
    Random Lockups when on battery

    Why is my fan always on?
    This is addressed in the thread below:
    Will the fan on x61t ever stop?

    My X61t makes a constant high-pitched noise. Is this normal?
    Actually yes, this has to do with the way the Core 2 Duo switches from high-intensity settings to low-intensity settings. You can tweak this with some work but until Lenovo puts out a BIOS update, it's probably not a good idea to tweak this. More info in this thread:
    Constant noise


    The Bottom 1/3 of my screen has horizontal shaking lines.
    This can sometimes happen. More info in this thread:
    The Bottom 1/3 of my Screen Has Horizontal Shaking Lines

    LCD coming off of bezel.
    This can sometimes happen. More info in this thread:
    LCD coming off of bezel. Anyone else?
    Last edited by SimsHsia; 12-29-2007 at 10:04 PM. Reason: Updated Dec. 29th: SXGA+ VA Pics, courtesy of SgtDirtbag // Updated on 7-16-07 with the latest threads of interest

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    Default Re: X61t Purchasing, Customizing and Troubleshooting FAQs

    good thread for a sticky, you must be bored

    now if you could add a Lenovo deals portion where we can get the latest on savings, coupon codes, etc etc

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    Default Re: X61t Purchasing, Customizing and Troubleshooting FAQs

    Thanks d_lomanto!
    I must admit I actually went through most of those threads even before my X61t was delivered.

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    Default Re: X61t Purchasing, Customizing and Troubleshooting FAQs

    This is a very nice summary!

    Thanks!
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    Lenovo X61t: Intel C2Duo L7500 : 2GB Lenovo PC2-5300 : 160GB 5400 RPM : Intel 4965AGN : Cingular WWAN : Bluetooth : 8-Cell : Vista Business (32-bit) : 12.1" SXGA+ 1400x1050.

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    Default Re: X61t Purchasing, Customizing and Troubleshooting FAQs

    Very nice thread! This should definitely be made a sticky, it would help a lot of people who are interested in the X61t.

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    Default Re: X61t Purchasing, Customizing and Troubleshooting FAQs

    Yes, sticky please.

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    Default Re: X61t Purchasing, Customizing and Troubleshooting FAQs

    Topic made into a 'Sticky'.

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    Default Re: X61t Purchasing, Customizing and Troubleshooting FAQs

    I would like an inclusion of the states where Lenovo charges taxes.
    I'll contribute NY -I've been charged 8.42% tax
    (this and the late EDD has me reconsidering whether or not I want to cancel; I find it hard to justify paying taxes, without the instant gratification that comes from buying locally.)

    Lenovo X61 tablet brings the noise!
    X61 tablet audio popping static noise?
    Popping Noise in x61 tablet??
    Will the fan on x61t ever stop? This one is especially cool; there is a suggestion for monitoring the fan (which in turn monitors temperatures)
    Last edited by manhattan; 07-10-2007 at 10:01 AM.

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    Default Re: X61t Purchasing, Customizing and Troubleshooting FAQs

    Quote Originally Posted by manhattan View Post
    I would like an inclusion of the states where Lenovo charges taxes.
    I'll contribute NY -I've been charged 8.42% tax
    (this and the late EDD has me reconsidering whether or not I want to cancel; I find it hard to justify paying taxes, without the instant gratification that comes from buying locally.)
    I can confirm that Lenovo charges 7% tax in NJ. It doesn't really bother me too much, because newegg charges tax here too, so I'm used to it.

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    Default Re: X61t Purchasing, Customizing and Troubleshooting FAQs

    Oh my God, I forgot that other states have sales tax!

    I'm from Oregon and will be going to school in NY.


    Craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaap.

    *wallet shrinks further*
    Xiao-Yue
    Desktop PC: abit IP35 Pro : Intel C2Quad Q6600 : 4GB Crucial PC2-6400 : 320GB SATAII/300 : ATI X1950XT : Vista Business (32-bit) : Acer 22.1" 1680x1050.
    Lenovo X61t: Intel C2Duo L7500 : 2GB Lenovo PC2-5300 : 160GB 5400 RPM : Intel 4965AGN : Cingular WWAN : Bluetooth : 8-Cell : Vista Business (32-bit) : 12.1" SXGA+ 1400x1050.

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