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E520 - Battery, brightness control, CPU upgrade & secondary hdd

2011-07-05, 19:27 PM

Hi there!

 

Just got myself a new E520. My first ThinkPad :) After a day of usage I'm feeling really happy about the purchase, but I still have a few questions to ask.

 

How should I take care of the battery? Is there a some procedure on how I should wake it for usage, because it's brand new and been sitting in warehouses somewhere without being used? Should I discharge it and then leave it on AC for like 12 hours or something?

 

The brightness control seems somewhat strange. Levels from 2 to 15 are ok, but 0 (darkest) and 1 seems like they should be somewhere at 10. When I'm on the battery I use level 3 after couple minutes of no usage, power saving kicks in and sets level to 0 (and makes the screen more bright). How can I fix that? I know I can make the power saving to change brightness level to 2 instead of 0, but I want 0 to be darker than 2. Do you know what I am sayin' ?

 

I'm feeling about aftermarket SSD, but their prices are currently too high to get one for all the media, so I'm thinking about putting small SSD as a primary OS drive, and moving current drive to the place of dvd drive. I know that I need some kind of bay or something. Where can I find it? Am I voiding my warranty by doing that by myself? What is the connector used to connect the dvd drive? mobile SATA or regular SATA?

Or can I add additional battery instead of dvd-drive? Additional mobility would be great :)

 

Does this model support docking station?

 

The CPU that I have is i3-2310M , it feels fast enough for the moment right now, but I'm thinking that after some time it can get too slow for me. Can I just upgrade to other Sandy Bridge by only changing the CPU itself or the motherboard on i7 / i5 E520's is somewhat different?

 

Where can I find the "All in One" power adapter to support 110-220V for Europe / America, 12V car and ?V plane sockets?

 

My model came with the Win 7 HP x64 preloaded, but no installation disks were in the box. I've created the back-up disks, but I really like my system without any addons. If I would steal a dvd copy from some warez site and use my original cd-key that came with this laptop would that install be genuine and legal?

 

Oh and also, the battery (while locked) seems to move a few mm's when i touch it with my fingers, seems like it's not 100% secured there. Is that faulty case or this is normal?

 

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Re: E520 - Battery, brightness control, CPU upgrade & secondary hdd

2011-07-11, 16:30 PM

Hey! It's me again :)

Brightness issue solved by updating video drivers to the newest ( that version wasn't available at the time of my first posts )

Another thing popped up. I can't use integrated BlueTooth. Computer shows that BlueTooth is there, but I can't use it. Whenever I try to send some file or pair my phone over BT I get errors like 'unable to connect' and something like that.

I've installed latest drivers 'Bluetooth with Enhanced Data Rate Software II for Windows 7', ThinkVantage System Update tool shows no new updates available. Although, I've did a clean Windows install so I don't have that PC Doctor thingy that came with the OEM OS install that had a hardware test tools. Where can I find that software, so I could do some further testing? I mean, how is it called exactly? (edit: BT is enabled in Fn + F9 )

Edit 2: BT problem solved after uninstalling every software & every hidden/visible device from device manager proceeded by fresh install of BT drivers from lenovo :)

 

I just love the keyboard, never going to buy laptop from different brand. Although, I have a stationary PC and I would like to have the same feeling on the keyboard for that PC, can I find some Lenovo USB Keyboards in the market?

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Re: E520 - Battery, brightness control, CPU upgrade & secondary hdd

2011-07-05, 22:36 PM
You can lengthen the life of the battery by using Power Manager to set a charging threshold of around 80-90 percent. Also avoid discharging the battery below 10%.

The brightness issue is definitely not normal behavior. Can you try updating the system with System Update?

I'm not sure if the E520 supports a UltraBay SATA adapter... If it supports a docking station, there'd be a connector on the bottom.

The E520's CPU is socketed according to the Hardware Maintenance Manual (http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/0a60536_01.pdf) so you should be able to swap it for a higher second-gen Core CPU.

You can probably find the travel adapter on Lenovo's site or on eBay or something.

Microsoft offers a legal download of original Windows 7 ISO's off of DigitalRiver. The links are on the NotebookReview forums here:
http://forum.notebookreview.com/windows-os-software/428068-legal-windows-7-download-links-just-like-vista-before.html

The battery wiggling is generally intentional to accomodate for thermal expansion and contraction, unless it's REALLY wiggling.

Enjoy your new E520! :)

W520: 2960XM, Q2000M @ 1091/1380, 32GB RAM, 500GB&750GB HDD & 500GB SSD, FHD&MB168B+
X61T: L7500, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, XGA screen, Ultrabase
W550s: 5600U, K620M at 1164/1281, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 3K touchscreen
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Re: E520 - Battery, brightness control, CPU upgrade & secondary hdd

2011-07-06, 13:14 PM

I've did the lenovo update, all the drivers are the newest, brightness thingy seems strange :smileyindifferent: Even tried reinstalling OS (restore factory state of hard drive, or how is that called).

 

Ok, so anyone knows about how can I connect secondary hdd ? :)

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Re: E520 - Battery, brightness control, CPU upgrade & secondary hdd

2011-07-11, 16:30 PM

Hey! It's me again :)

Brightness issue solved by updating video drivers to the newest ( that version wasn't available at the time of my first posts )

Another thing popped up. I can't use integrated BlueTooth. Computer shows that BlueTooth is there, but I can't use it. Whenever I try to send some file or pair my phone over BT I get errors like 'unable to connect' and something like that.

I've installed latest drivers 'Bluetooth with Enhanced Data Rate Software II for Windows 7', ThinkVantage System Update tool shows no new updates available. Although, I've did a clean Windows install so I don't have that PC Doctor thingy that came with the OEM OS install that had a hardware test tools. Where can I find that software, so I could do some further testing? I mean, how is it called exactly? (edit: BT is enabled in Fn + F9 )

Edit 2: BT problem solved after uninstalling every software & every hidden/visible device from device manager proceeded by fresh install of BT drivers from lenovo :)

 

I just love the keyboard, never going to buy laptop from different brand. Although, I have a stationary PC and I would like to have the same feeling on the keyboard for that PC, can I find some Lenovo USB Keyboards in the market?

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Re: E520 - Battery, brightness control, CPU upgrade & secondary hdd

2011-09-14, 15:27 PM

I thought  that I was the only person having the brightness issue.   In my case, I am a linux user, and  I noticed this issue on Win 7 just when I launched it for first time, in that moment  I thought it was normal, but after install my Linux OS I noticed this problem too. Right now It is driving me crazy because of I don't know if the brightness on Linux is the Maximun.  After you updated the  Video drivers on windows 7, Did you notice an  brightness increment ? or  only the display count was fixed?.

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Re: E520 - Battery, brightness control, CPU upgrade & secondary hdd

2011-09-14, 15:53 PM

Same problem here regarding brightness both on factory system and a clean install of W7. Level 0 and 1 equals 8 or 9 I think. I'm using the latest Lenovo Intel HD Graphics Driver 8.15.10.2418. Might try the latest Intel driver.

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2011-09-14, 22:19 PM

Well The fact is that I want to know if the it will increase the bright? or only will setup correctly the brightness level count?

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Re: E520 - Battery, brightness control, CPU upgrade & secondary hdd

2011-09-18, 16:51 PM

Hello everybody,

 

Yes you were right, I just go to the  Intel web site and download the newest Inel video  driver.  For those who want to install  the Intel video drivers will be facing a problem during the installation. Due  to the laptop it is built  with a  custom OS by Lenovo, when you try to install it, a message is prompt saying that you can not install this video driver  and that you should go to the vendors website and download the  correct driver for your  laptop. What did I do?, well , I extract the driver from the  .exe fiel ( Intel driver ) and search  the  video driver, for this, you must download winrar, open the  file with winrar and extract  all those files . After that install it  manually through the device manager chossing the intel driver from the new files previosly  extracted. 

 

The outcomes:

 

Level brightness count fixed.

The display brightness increased one more level.

 

Despite all these results, I am still having  a problem.  The problem persist in my linux partition, due to the lacf of Intel drivers for this video  card. So I think I will keep working on Windows 7 and wait untiil a new Linux driver fix this issue.

 

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