08-31-2009 10:30 AM
Thanks for your information. Can you fully use your x60?
Yes, but there are a couple things not fully working as they did in XP. I am using the KDE4.3 desktop and some of the Fn keys are not working, i.e. Fn F2, F3, F4, F8 and F9. these did work when i was using the Gnome desktop though so there is a key mapping problem in KDE which I haven't looked at resolving yet. Also, the dock / undock doesn't work as elegantly as in XP but it works with a few tweaks. But battery life is as good if not better as it can be tweaked more finely, video is as good, I seem to get better wifi range in Linux, you can also turn down the Tx power so you don't get as much heat build up as you do in XP.
I now use Linux as my primary OS on the X60S and I run my business from it so it gets worked hard. I won't mislead you and say that Linux is 100% but some tweaking and configuring it's 95% I'd say and plenty good enough to do your daily work on unless you want to run heavy graphics apps.
The important thing is no more screen flickering.
If you're not familiar with Linux you could try Ubuntu as it's supposed to be the easiest for newbies but ultimately not as easily configurable rom what I have read. Just download a few of the live CDs from the various distributions and give it a try.
09-09-2009 06:52 PM
I have something simliar on my fresh out of the box X200s (with LED based WXGA+ screen)
Not sure if this is the same, if anyone can confirn that this is or is not related to the issue in this thread that would be very helpful.
While actively using the computer the screen seems to go into a battery conserve mode - screen goes form full bright to 1 bar of brightness - OSD shows the same, then within seconds it returns to normal. This looks as if it were a power mgmnt issue but it's occuring while I'm typing, scroling, etc. not when it's supposed to be (when it's not being used).
Happens every few minutes, and it's mighty annoying.
09-22-2009 01:45 PM
I've owned an X60T tablet version of this notebook for about 2 months and have shipped it to Lenovo twice (under warranty). I was experiencing the same issues with the flickering and screen shutdowns with the unit going into sleep mode.
1st service: Lenovo tightened the base where the monitor attaches to the body and secured the hard drive with a tray into the SATA connector (bought unit used and hard drive tray was missing). Lenovo also reformatted and reinstalled XP. I thought perhaps either the loose monitor or unsecured drive was causing the flicker and shut downs because of loose power connections. Got the computer back and experienced the same issue, only the flicker and shutdowns occurred more often! Things actually got worse!
Frustrated, I installed a 32 GB ssd drive and installed Windows 7 hoping this would help. Nope. Aside from the amazing performance of an ssd, the problems persisted.
2nd service: currently being done. Not sure what Lenovo will do, but I'll update this post.
I've read all the comments regarding this problem with the X60 and I'm not convinced it's related to a video driver. I have the tablet version and have never experienced problems in tablet mode when the monitor is flat and secured. I've only experienced problems when the notebook, particularly the monitor, is moved. This occurs most often on the train during my commute into work.
Anyone else with a tablet X60 experiencing the same thing?
One positive in this whole annoying experience has been Lenovo's customer service. The response and turnaround time for service is amazing! If Lenovo had customer service like AT&T, I would throw the notebook into a river and purchase a Fujitsu instead.
09-22-2009 02:32 PM
welcome to the board...
If you read the whole thread you would see, that we already confirmed - verifyable - that we linked the problem starting with a certain level of device driver. It worked fine with older drivers, bad with newer.
I spent a hell lot time ... went forward and backward. Also had my machine in warranty - they didn't find any hardware problem. My workaround is the older driver... currently 188.8.131.5260. It might be related to side effects with other drivers...
Hey - but please lets stop discussing potentially other issues besides the video driver within this thread. This one is related to a faulty driver - unless Lenovo proves us wrong. Maybe your system has a different problem, then please start a new thread.
Don't take my comments personally. Many people in this thread - including me - are frustrated by the ignorance of Lenovo with this widely existing problem...
So far we received not a single searious real interest in getting this solved by Lenovo, which let me appear the forum as a "Potemkin Village"....
Have a nice day.
09-23-2009 09:28 AM
Thanks dsp, no offense taken. We're all here to try and figure out how to solve these maddening problems so we can go on with our lives..
I'm sure there are many like yourself who've spent countless hours determining the problem to be with the video driver. And for that we are thankful. I am passing on my observations with my particular machine. As I said, when used in tablet mode, I experience no problems whatsoever. I've even taken to writing my memos, in tablet mode, just so I can complete my tasks without the notebook going to sleep. This, to me, appears unrelated to the driver.
I am running my machine with an ssd drive and windows 7, which is a fantastic setup. I am not willing to keep using xp with older drivers or linux, just to use the X60; I'd rather buy a different notebook.
If Lenovo fixes my problem with hardware repairs, I will start a new thread so folk with similar symptoms know how to resolve the problem.
10-11-2009 12:39 PM - edited 10-15-2009 11:18 AM
Firstly, my apoligies for bumping up this older thread.
I may have found relief for Vista users with this problem, but as I haven't bumped up to Vista yet(I am waiting for the Ultrabase I ordered to get here) I haven't been able to test this out.
According to this thread on Thinkpads.com ( http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?t=62561 ) A user reported he solved his screen flickering problem with a driver version of 184.108.40.2069. Unfortunately the link to the older driver doesn't work. The relevant post is at the bottom of the page.
However, after much searching I found where you can find it. Try this site:
Search for 7ad528ww.exe; this is the correct version you're looking for. Please keep in mind I have not tested this one out yet. Once I get my Ultrabase in I plan on getting Vista on here and testing it out. This may even work for Win7 users with the same issue. I hope this helps.
Update: I am now running Vista Ultimate x86 SP1 on my X60s and using these drivers. I have been on battery power for about an hour and have not had any flickering or blanking problems. I don't want to sound premature about this, but this driver seems to be old enough to not cause any problems.
10-15-2009 01:20 PM - edited 10-15-2009 01:25 PM
I've downgraded my Vista video driver to the 220.127.116.119 and the video flicker stopped in my X60s.
Note that Automatic windows updates will try to reinstall the newer version, so you should not allow it and hide it permanently from the updates.
Here extra info:
(18.104.22.1689-this version does NOT have the flicker issue)
(22.214.171.1247-this version HAS the flicker issue and windows Vista will try to install it automatically with the updates.)
If someone has a better workaround, please let me know.
10-22-2009 12:20 AM
Update on my earlier post:
Finally received my X60T back from Lenovo after third (yes third!) service call.
Service #1: sent to Lenovo because computer exhibiting exact problem described in this thread. When I got it back, the problem was WORSE! Lenovo replaced/repaired hard disk caddy and monitor hinge and something called a planar yonah. Where the screen flicker and shutoff was previously intermittent, the newly serviced computer exhibited the problem much more often. wtf?! Not sure why, but returned to Lenovo.
Service #2: Lenovo replaced the lcd cable, hinge and protection plate. Lo and behold, no more screen flicker and shutoff problem! Used continuous for 3 days with no problems..but new problems became apparent: fingerprint scanner, tablet function and status displays for battery, etc., no longer functioned..wtf?!! Sent to Lenovo again.
Service #3: Lenovo replaced/repaired system board and updated the bios/embedded controller. Now the computer works as intended. No flicker, no shutoff, nothing. Been using for 1.5 weeks and I'm happy I stuck with Lenovo. Had this service call failed, I would have smashed the notebook and shipped it to their corporate HQ with my regards.
I know this experience is contrary to what most believe in this post. I document it here only because it may be an option for those who have tablet versions of the X60 and/or still have warranty remaining on their computer...Again, my case may be unique, but I submit it as my experience with this vexing problem. I'd rather spend Lenovo's money to fix my computer problem, not the other way around.
Lenovo, for all their perceived evil in disregarding this problem, spent much more than my computer is worth and they repaired it. Aside from some blunders, the customer service was excellent and turnaround times were amazingly fast. I give credit (and criticism) when it's deserved. Good luck to all.