T61/X61 SATA II 1.5 Gb/s cap - willing to pay for a solution

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Would you be willing to spend some money for a solution enabling SATA II on your T61/X61

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  1. energydream2007

    energydream2007 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hey all, does the T61 (6460-8MG) is fully compatible? i bought an ssd and really wanna try to boost the speed :]
     
  2. TPcurious

    TPcurious Newbie

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    Thank You OverTallman!! I only saw your reply a couple of weeks ago. I successfully flashed the BIOS over the holidays and now it shows version 7LETC9WW (2.29)! Very exciting!

    I'm going to upgrade to 8GB memory, an SSD and Win10. A couple of quick questions:

    I assume I need 2x 4GB DDR2 667 MHz PC2-5300 (200 pin) Sodimm Memory? I have found the following options online. Will these work?

    eBay: https://goo.gl/wFb6g9
    Jet.com: https://goo.gl/2QwTjS
    Amazon: https://goo.gl/y7xlw0

    For an SSD I am planning to go with Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5in SATA III. I know only SATA II is supported. Does this look okay?
    Amazon: https://goo.gl/t1UKPH

    Appreciate your advice. Thanks!!
     
  3. OverTallman

    OverTallman Notebook Evangelist

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    The memory seems good, GM965/PM965 can only reach 667MHz (PC2-5300) maximum on memory anyway so not much benefit to look for PC2-6400 modules. But man that's hell a lot of money.

    The SSD should be fine, just it'll max out at 300MB/s (SATA II). But since it's capped at SATA II speed, you can also consider cheaper options, like Crucial MX300 and Samsung 750 Evo
     
  4. TPcurious

    TPcurious Newbie

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    Thanks for your response OverTallman. Yes, the memory sure is expensive. I didn't realize PC2-6400 was compatible but that isn't any cheaper. I don't think PC3 memory like this https://goo.gl/oxNNAR is compatible, right?

    Thanks for the tips on the SSD. There doesn't seem to be much availability on the 750 Evo. The MX300 is about $10 cheaper but the 850 Evo seems to get better user reviews reliability-wise and I think I may still go with it.

    I have one more question if you don't mind. Would you go with these Software Empire options for Win7/10 pro software: https://softwareempire.com ? I've never done this before and OS by download makes me a little nervous. Thanks for all the info!
     
  5. OverTallman

    OverTallman Notebook Evangelist

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    PC3-xxxx = DDR3 RAM, definitely incompatible, it doesn't even fit, T61/R61/X61 use DDR2 RAM.

    Software Empire seems fishy to me, and more so on how the site send a copy to the buyer. In fact some people said they got ripped off by this site. Also look at this post for a tech guy's view.

    If you already have a Windows 7/8 Pro key on your hand, you can simply use it to activate Windows 10 Pro, they still work, but of course only if it hasn't been used to activate Windows 10.
     
  6. TPcurious

    TPcurious Newbie

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    Thanks for the input OverTallman. The hardware's been ordered and is on the way. I don't have a Win 7 key. I'm on XP now! :) This is a big upgrade! I think I'm just going to pay more and get the OEM Win10 Home version from Fry's. I just have too much pressing stuff going on right now to take on dealing with any problems that may come up with the Software Empire version.

    This is my backup laptop but I'm going to be using it more. I usually use my work laptop as my primary. Hopefully this upgrade for ~$300 will give me enough performance to go for another 3 years or so. Then I will invest in good new machine. Maybe another Thinkpad. Let's see what stand's out at the time ;-)

    Thanks for all your help. I will try to update when I have something to report! :)
     
  7. TPcurious

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    Hi OverTallman,

    I did the upgrade over the weekend. I have Windows 10 Home on the Samsung 850 EVO SSD with 8 GB memory now. The machine performs well!

    However, there is a hitch. There is no sound! I've tried reinstalling/updating the audio driver in Win 10 and looked up driver updates to no avail. The audio device is Intel/Lenovo 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller and Codec is Analog Devices AD1984 Rev 1.004 from PC Wizard.

    Any input on how to fix this or ideas on where to look for a solution? It would be crippling without audio ...

    Thanks for your help!
     
  8. OverTallman

    OverTallman Notebook Evangelist

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    I don't remember installing any audio drivers in Win 10 on my T61, R61 and X61, the generic HD audio driver works fine.
    However, if you want the specific driver, download it from Lenovo website, search T61 and download the audio driver for Vista, should work in 10 as well.
     
  9. Raidriar

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    If you guys have a T61P with the FX 570M, there is a chinese undervolted BIOS that reduces voltage from 1.15V to 0.95V, making the system run much cooler than previously. Also includes SATA II hack and SLIC 2.1 module, as well as no-1802
     
  10. TPcurious

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    OverTallman, I tried installing the Win 8 driver and it didn't work. Uninstalled and reinstalled it a couple of times and checked everything I knew still no luck. Then I just tapped the physical volume button on the keyboard once and the sound came on strong!! It works, Hurray!! :) I think it is just a quirk of the software. May even have worked with the Win10 generic driver.

    Anyway, the whole setup works great now. This is a really fine upgrade and will serve me needs well for a while. I am delighted really!! :)

    Thank you so very much for your help with this. You made it all so much easier and less scarey. Kudos also to Middleton for the fabulous SATA II BIOS mod. I'd donate for this but I understand he is long gone now.

    Thanks again and Merry Christmas to you. Have a great 2017!!
     
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