T430 Owner's Thread

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  1. yaonyc

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    hello guys, i read through many pages. Sorry if i am asking a redundant question.

    Has anyone installed classic 7 row keyboard on the T430, flashed the bios and got all the keys working correctly?

    or is it destined to have some keys not mapped correctly and will never work?

    thank you guys.
     
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    Some of the keys will not work due to nonexistent electrical connection resulted by the retarded move to 6-row keyboards.


    NMB is the best manufacturer for classic thinkpad keyboard, same caution applies when buying this FRU from ebay or similar due "compatible" scam (different FRU listed as "equivalent").

    FRU: 45N2211


    I have T430 installed with the NMB keyboard (navi-move on ebay got me the correct FRU, might've been luck though), haven't gotten around to EC flashing it though.



    EC mod to remap keyboard keys:
    https://github.com/hamishcoleman/thinkpad-ec
     
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    hi mobius.

    that is fantastic information. exactly what i was looking for.

    i'm also thinking of getting a T430 for my collection and doing the 7 row mod. the classic keyboard is a dream to type on!

    i been using my new (old) t420 with 320gb hdd (slow slow slow) and enjoying typing long emails and word docs :)

    when you installed the classic keyboard, is the upper portion where the volume controls are, stick out a bit? is it flush and look factory installed?

    Also, are all T420 stock keyboards NMB brand?
     
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    T420 have 3 brand for keyboard manufacturer. People say that NMB is the best but I haven't tested the other brand.

    I have NMB keyboard.



    About the volume controls, you need to see this guide.

    http://www.instructables.com/id/ThinkPad-T430T430sX230-Classic-Keyboard-Mod/


    That will guide you to mod the 7-row keyboard to fit the T430.

    I would also like to add that I bent my NMB keyboard ever so slightly on the F2-F5 region due to a VERY slight bulge, you may or may not need to do this. Some hand fitting is needed for these keyboard to fit.

    I'll post pictures once I get my T430 up and running (@ me tomorrow if I don't post). I don't have it on hand right now.
     
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    awesome! thank you.

    please post and give us information :) :)

    the T430 with the classic 7 row keyboard is the IDEAL DREAM.

    the T430 is supported for Windows 10 and has USB 3.0 native :)
     
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    HI mobius.

    Is it worth it to buy a t430 with Nvidia?

    Or is hd 4000 good enough?
     
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    iGPU is better due to less points of failure. Less heat is also an advantage when you're planning to run quad core.
     
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    im leaning towards the HD 4000 on the T430 is good enough for most purposes. nvidia also draws a lot from the battery as well.

    OR

    there is a fine example of T430 for sale, and it has nvidia. just turn off nvidia in the bios? and force the HD 4000 to be used?
     
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    hi mobius,

    what is the specs of your T430?
     
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    That can work. I'm not entirely sure if turning it off in the bios results in optimus or actually turning the nvidia gpu off.

    Safer to buy without the nvidia.




    i5 3320M (dual core, waiting for quadcore cpu)
    8GB ram I had lying around
    256GB 850 Pro
    2TB hdd (adapter broken, waiting for replacement)
    Intel 7260AC (after the bios is unlocked)
     
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