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(Q) From a newbie on Thinkpad T530 Laptop.

2013-02-04, 23:23 PM

Hi.

I am interested in purchasing Lenovo Thinkpad T530
I have a few basic questions for members that are familiar with this laptop.


Can I upgrade the hard drive to SSD(after purchase) or is the HD not upgradable?
Can the memory be upgraded(after purchase)?
Is the battery fixed in the laptop or can I remove the battery and recharge it separately?
I also notice in another thread, there are still issues with the T530, should I delay my purchase until

these quirks are fixed?

 

Thanks.
TC.

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Re: (Q) From a newbie on Thinkpad T530 Laptop.

2013-02-05, 1:13 AM

HD is upgradable after purchase.  I upgraded mine to an SSD, runs beautifully.  RAM's also upgradable to a max of 16GB. One stick is easily accessible on the bottom, the other is under the keyboard, but stil accessible.

 

Battery is removable, but I am not sure if you can charge it outside the laptop.

 

As to purchasing, nothing's perfect, but I can say that I love mine, purchased a month ago.  No big complaints.

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Re: (Q) From a newbie on Thinkpad T530 Laptop.

2013-02-05, 19:16 PM

Thanks Penna for your quick reply.

 

Just one follow-up please.

You  stated the battery probably should not be removed, even for recharging.

 

If I wanted to run my notebook on the power cord w/o using the battery, what are the steps?

 

Thanks.

TC.

 

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Re: (Q) From a newbie on Thinkpad T530 Laptop.

2013-02-05, 20:51 PM
There aren't any steps. Running without the batter will likely cause issues primarily slower processing speed. Its not designed to be removed or run without it in the system.

As for the issue they essentially remain. Some people seem to get really bad units with finish and functionally that never should have left quality control. It make you wonder. Thats the danger of online ordering. They is no dealer checkout counter to show what was in the box etc. You may want to look and decide if you really want Windows 8 also, if not I am sure you can select a Window 7 OEM build still.
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Re: (Q) From a newbie on Thinkpad T530 Laptop.

2013-02-06, 3:07 AM

Hi tomx2,

 

Can I upgrade the hard drive to SSD(after purchase) or is the HD not upgradable? yes

Can the memory be upgraded(after purchase)? yes

Is the battery fixed in the laptop no

or can I remove the battery yes

and recharge it separately? no, battery should be connected to system to charge

 

Here is the Hardware Maintanence Manual which shows how to remove and replace the parts you were speaking of.

 

 

 

 

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Re: (Q) From a newbie on Thinkpad T530 Laptop.

2013-02-06, 16:12 PM

wrote:

Thanks Penna for your quick reply.

 

Just one follow-up please.

You  stated the battery probably should not be removed, even for recharging.

 

If I wanted to run my notebook on the power cord w/o using the battery, what are the steps?

 

Thanks.

TC.

 

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Just to be clear, there is no harm in removing the battery.  I just don't know of any way to charge it outside of the computer.  But it is very easy to remove if you want to swap batteries or remove it for storage.  (Of course, be sure your system is powered down before removing the battery.)

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Re: (Q) From a newbie on Thinkpad T530 Laptop.

2013-02-06, 19:30 PM

Thanks you very much for all the replies.

 

Sorry for the stupid questions, but this will be my first laptop. Been a desktop power user all my life.

It’s good to know I can upgrade memory & HD.

I now understand recharging the battery coexist with it remaining attached the laptop. And the T530 can run on power if I removed the battery, but at a slower pace.

 

I guess just one question I would ask. Can I run the T530 laptop w/o utilizing the battery?

 

I was told, some notebook brands have similar requirements keeping the battery attached to the laptop.

But the difference is, you can still run off the AC power specifically even if the battery is 100%. charged

Upon completion of your session(having ac power plugged in & battery attached), the battery would remain charged at 100%.

I would guess some internal switch would turn-off the battery usage if the ac power was plugged in detected.

I was under the impression the T530 would function in a similar manner.

 

Thanks for your help.

Tom.

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Re: (Q) From a newbie on Thinkpad T530 Laptop.

2013-02-06, 20:30 PM
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Re: (Q) From a newbie on Thinkpad T530 Laptop.

2013-02-07, 3:20 AM

tomx2,

 

The answer to your question is yes.

It is possible to run your system with the battery in, on 100% and the system will not be utilizing the battery.

 

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Re: (Q) From a newbie on Thinkpad T530 Laptop.

2013-02-07, 8:43 AM

In all brands, or even in all laptops - it's highly indicated to use battrery as a frontline secure against grid overload (which can be made by: vacuum cleaner, air condition machine or electric kettle).

 

When -caused by grid overload- a electric charge is going to your laptop - first of all it's hitting battery - and it's stopping on it. Bettery must be replaced, but wihout battery - it's for 70% sure, that the same electric charge will just smash your mother board or one of chipsets installed on mb.

 

Of course - if You are using UPS with Surge Protector (the best known is for ex.: APC), You can easyly remove battery (if bios or manufacter let you do this) and use laptop as a typical desk machine. I have those protection stuff as well and I'm using my t61 without battery - simply battery is used all the time (even with lenovo's power supply) and after 12 months there is high likly to replace battery (and as we all know, it's not cheap stuff).

 

On other hands - even polish sellers of lenovo - they simply use surge protector, and in shops, on storefronts, there are power on laptops without battery ;-)

 

And by the way - i think, that U can always change AC/DC options in your system - to get full acceleration speed without battery...

 

It's interesting question of recharge battery not by laptop + power supply - it's quite rare stuff - charger for laptop battery.

 

If there are arleady know problems with new product - and manufacture didn't made any steps to make it fix - it's better to don't bay it - it should be obvious...

 

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