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For IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad laptop enthusiasts.

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  • When buying a used ThinkPad, remember to check that the BIOS is not locked with a supervisor's password and that Computrace is not enabled and activated.

  • When buying a new ThinkPad, consider taking the IPS screen option if possible, as it doesn't cost much. Not only will it have better brightness, colour, contrast and viewing angles - you will most probably more than make up the investment when selling it. Corporate bulk purchasers don't usually go for it. (Comparison video)

  • The only tools you need for servicing a ThinkPad are a set of small screwdrivers and a nylon spudger (for taking the screen and keyboard bezels off), and possibly a pair of tweezers. A can of compressed air may be useful too, and a bottle of isopropyl alcohol and cotton buds are good for cleaning, but not on the screen.

Useful links:

The /r/thinkpad FAQ wiki

ThinkPad buyer's guide for n00bs

ThinkPad Design - Spirit & Essence

ThinkWiki (Linux) Support Community

Lenovo Community Forum

Specification guides for current models

Specification guides for discontinued models (all the way back to 1992!)

Lenovo Outlet (US)

Lenovo Service Training Videos

YouTube Lenovo Service Channel

Mirror of Hardware Maintenance Manuals for discontinued models

Lenovo Parts Lookup

Lenovo System Service Parts

Lenovo Accessory Compatibility Matrix

Lenovo Battery Recall

Lenovo Photo Library (including lots of wallpapers)

IRC Channel (##ibmthinkpad on Freenode)

Discord chat channel

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