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Ideapad Yoga?

Discussion in 'IdeaPad & Essential' started by quickrabbit5, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. dan76

    dan76 Notebook Evangelist

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    oooo, makes me want to try and put that in my U300s !! Thanks for the find.
     
  2. Gonzo09

    Gonzo09 Newbie

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    Better be sure the 256GB model ships with one drive and not two 128's. The Lenovo sales chat dude wasn't aware that the Yoga 13 supports two drives.
     
  3. dennya

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    Mine's going back to Best Buy. After it's been on for about an hour, the screen will suddenly rotate 90 degrees, and then the automatic rotation will no longer work. Plus at that point the keyboard/touchpad stop responding periodically until I suspend/resume the system.

    I have to assume there's a marginal hardware component in the one I got that fails after it heats up a bit. Or some service is crashing. Either way, a full restore didn't fix it.

    Makes me sad. I really like the Yoga, but BB has no replacements in stock, so I'm going to just wait a little while to see if they get some of these bugs ironed out. And then I can compare it to the Asus Transformer Book 13 as well.
     
  4. Shiftster

    Shiftster Notebook Enthusiast

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    So i just exchanged mine. The paint started peeling on the back hing. I got a second one but i am nervious it will do the same thing. Is this problem wide spread or just a few defects?

    Also when is the x1 carbon supposed to come out
     
  5. pepper_john

    pepper_john Notebook Deity

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    X1 C touch seems to have a TN display rather than an IPS one.
     
  6. ammarr

    ammarr Notebook Consultant

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    This is one issue because of which I'm hesitant to continue testing the yoga. If paint starts coming off, return/exchange could become a hassle.

    Shiftster: Where did you buy yours? Did you have any trouble with the exchange?
     
  7. Shiftster

    Shiftster Notebook Enthusiast

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    I got the first one online from Best Buy for business and then I just returned in the store with no problem.

    I didn't have a single problem with my first Yoga until the paint started to go. But this new one has that bounce/noise in the keyboard. I'm sure I could fix the keyboard but I spent a lot of $ on this thing with the ram and new mSATA ,which thankfully I hadn't added yet, to have the paint peel and look like crap in six months. The problem is I don't really see anything out there that I like better right now and I sold my old laptop when I got this one, so now I'm stuck.

    I am sad to say that I think my new plan is to take advantage of my silver membership's 90 day return policy and hold onto this thing till the X1 touch comes out. I really really like the Yoga but I would be a fool to stick with it after two bad ones in a row. I had a lot of fun with the tablet features and I am sure they will have a better version next year with all the bugs worked out but I just can wait that long.
     
  8. leftbrain99

    leftbrain99 Notebook Consultant

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    As I said I would be earlier in this thread, I am definitely excited about the prospect of an X1 Carbon. A non-IPS matte screen, as with the original X1C, is fine with me, and probably preferable. This IPS is beautiful of course but I hate the glare - it absolutely drives me insane. That said, I'm not sure a touchscreen display can be done satisfactorily without a glass screen and therefore IPS would seem logical at that point, so I question the rumors.

    I might miss the convertability of the Yoga, but probably not THAT much. The touch-screen keyboard on the Yoga isn't integrated well enough for stand mode to be as convenient as I would have liked (while sitting on the train for instance). Decisions, decisions.
     
  9. rkurata

    rkurata Notebook Enthusiast

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    I upgraded my Yoga today with 8GB of RAM and added a 256GB SSD to make a total of 384GB!

    Everything went pretty smoothly. I followed the instructions on the Lenovo hardware manual and used some of the tips on this forum as well as others.

    The RAM was pretty east to upgrade. The only thing scary is bending the keyboard back while prying up the double stick tape. If you take your time it's no problem. Make sure you use something thin and plastic to pry up the corner. Put the screen all the way back until it's against the table or put it in tablet mode and put something underneath to protect the glass. There is little latches along the top that you need to pull the keyboard past. Once you do that you have to lift the keyboard up slowly pry up the double stick tape. Pull up and toward the screen. The latches on the RAM are simple to handle. Just replace the RAM and put the latches back on.

    Upgrading the SSD takes a little more patience. A T5 star shaped screw driver was fine for taking the screws off the back and a very small Phillips for the rest (one of the tiny ones that you can spin with your finger tips).

    There are 3 cables you need to take off:
    There is a tiny cable next to the fan on the right side. This one is simple, just flip up the white tab and pull on the flap connected to the ribbon cable.
    The large ribbon cable under the RAM has the same kind of tab as the above connector, just flip it up with a small flat head and gently pull the cable back.
    The third cable is not a ribbon cable, it's a plug that you need to pull back, which is kind of tricky due to the small space. I wiggled the connector with a small flat head screw driver by applying small pressure on each side back and forth until it loosened up. Make sure you are detaching the correct connector because there are a total of 4 cables under the RAM. The one you want is the one way on the left with a right angle cable connected to it

    After you have the connectors off you need to lift up the bezel. This is similar to lifting the keyboard up since there are tabs locking in the bezel on the edges. Just slowllift the bezel up going along the edges. After you lift up the bezel you will see an empty slot where you will put the second SSD card. Just insert the drive and screw it down. I bought some M2x3 screws for like $6.00. I heard some people getting it from their old laptops. You could also find one inside the Yoga that is not needed.

    Putting everything back together was not too bad, but you have to take your time putting the cables back in. I had to use my flat head screw driver to help push the cable in the correct position to slide the ribbon cables in. To put the keyboard ribbon cable on place the keyboard upside down on the laptop then put the cable in.

    Before putting your keyboard on locate the little metal latches that need to go on, make sure those 4 latches line up with the 4 holes on the bezel before sliding the keyboard on. After you got those in place snap the keyboard back on.

    One last thing, before your SSD drive shows up you need to reformat it. To do this go to Run (Windows key + R) and launch diskmgmt.msc
    Then right click on the 256GB drive and select format (forget what it said exactly).

    I actually have photos of the inside and all connectors, but they are too big to upload. If you want them let me know.

    Hope that helps!
     
  10. dan76

    dan76 Notebook Evangelist

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    Great writeup, thanks rkurata. I'd love to see the photos. Maybe you could resize them and post in this thread? I know others would love to see as well. Or upload to tinypic or elsewhere and share the link. Thanks again!
     
  11. Dessieman

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    I second that. As someone who is thinking about upgrading to a second ssd, I want to make sure that nothing goes wrong, and some things just need pictures!
     
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    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9y8aeo0b42teqod/v59UIG2wTZ

    The upper right of the main picture is the 2nd ssd slot. I didn't take pictures of the entire disassembly however.

    A couple tips.
    1) For the ribbon connectors, just lift the thin plastic part straight up and then slide the ribbon out.
    2) For the keyboard, lift the front edge and then slide the keyboard horizontally towards the screen.
    3) For the shell (after removing all screws): Start on the edge with the touch pad and start prying apart then work your way around the edges with your fingers.
     
  13. digitaldr

    digitaldr Notebook Guru

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    Check out this thread on the official Lenovo forum for some more pics - the Lenovo employee who posted the picture says he is working on a SSD/RAM upgrade guide with pictures. On a side note DC power socket looks to be modular ie not soldered to the motherboard so should be easy to replace.
     
  14. rkurata

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    rkurata Notebook Enthusiast

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    Here are a few more, they only allow 6 per post:

    Screenshot1.png Screenshot2.png Crucial.jpg
     
  16. DanielNTX

    DanielNTX Notebook Consultant

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    Here's a Hotfix from Lenovo to fix the partitioning scheme on the SSD: Hotfix for Windows 8 (64-bit) - IdeaPad Yoga 13
     
  17. dan76

    dan76 Notebook Evangelist

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    That's pretty huge! DanielNTX, awesome find, thank you.

    Has anyone tried it yet? I'd love to have confirmation before running a 109k exe that messes with partitions (awfully small right?). What do you all think?
     
  18. ammarr

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    Tried it. Works well.
     
  19. dan76

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    Wow, my mind is blown how easy and quick that was. Re-partitioned and no reboot or anything?! Pretty awesome, good work Lenovo.
    AfterPartition.jpg
     
  20. digitaldr

    digitaldr Notebook Guru

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    You can't restore from an SD card unless you use a USB card reader - it isn't recognized in the slot.
     

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