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Thinkpad Restoration Part I

Why a Thinkpad?

why not .. no seriously I started to look at a thinkpad a while back for 3 reasons one to replace an ailing joke of a notebook from HP its lasted 2 years and now the mousepad has packed up completely and parts are next to impossible to find without paying huge amounts to HP. then it got destroyed when I needed some parts for this restoration secondly the other reason for picking a Thinkpad is despite a soldered in cpu on this model the service paperwork is massive with Thinkpads and they tend to last a long time.

So lets get to it but before that this is what the laptop looks like right now yeah you are going to say what a mess but this is mostly cosmetic and if I really did not like it I could plasti dip the lid and then remove it around the logos the screen is a pretty simple fix a bit of screen cleaner will sort this out and air duster should sort out the vents etc.

Power Supply

most older Thinkpads need a 20v 90w power supply and the x220i is no different in that it need so I checked my multi volt power adaptor could do this and it can so all good there

next up I needed to check if I had the right connector for the thinkpad or i needed to order a connector for it thankfully after a bit of searching I found the right adaptor piece and put it on the connector of the multi power supply.

Hard Drive

for this I will be using a 1TB drive in the thinkpad it should be more than enough for it and when I set it up in the thinkpad I will reformat it and then install windows 10(I will cover that later)

and finally to end part 1

Memory

For this I will be using 8GB of DDR3 1600mhz *see my list below* seen above key to help understand this choice

Bios Battery

This is not a necessity but as i need to reset the BIOS anyway I might aswell change it so its 100% good

So my plan of attack for this project will be as follows I am expecting the laptop will last around another 3-4 years.

  • Remove any Stickers (except ones I need) and remove any sticky residue from old stickers
  • Replace the BIOS battery removing the BIOS password in the process
  • Check the laptop boots correctly
  • Install windows 7 from Lenovo recovery system and then upgrade it to windows 10
  • Install any updated drivers into windows 10
  • Update & Unlock the BIOS to allow memory to run at full speed (this has been locked since BIOS v1.29)

I released this the day before I had the laptop but if you are reading this in a few weeks time then this project will be done.

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