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[Method Share] How to change X230's keyboard to X220's.

2012-06-28, 3:07 AM

I just want to share a method here.

 

If you hate X230's keyboard and want to install X220's keyboard instead,

please bear in mind that the palmrest should also use X220's style.

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Re: [Method Share] How to change X230's keyboard to X220's.

2012-06-28, 3:19 AM
It's been done successfully, but the key mappings are different, so it's a no-go until there's a BIOS patch.

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Re: [Method Share] How to change X230's keyboard to X220's.

2012-07-02, 16:41 PM

I'm also looking forward.

The day X220 keyboard fits perfectly into X230T will be the same day I'll actually be "upgrading" to X230T from X201T

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Re: [Method Share] How to change X230's keyboard to X220's.

2012-07-03, 14:18 PM

Another Lenovo fail. Lenovo could make a BIOS setting allowing to switch between these two keyboard layouts and sell ThinkPad classic keyboards as an upgrade option for those who can't stand the new stupid layout. The cost of such BIOS setting is almost zero I guess (just a switch of two different tables) and these keyboards are already designed and made.

 

But no, Lenovo will not do that :smileyfrustrated: Lenovo will rather save every minute and every $ just to lose as much of old ThinkPad customers as possible.

 

I'm sure that such option would bring those magic 15,000 orders if available :smileyhappy:

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Re: [Method Share] How to change X230's keyboard to X220's.

2012-07-03, 19:07 PM

wrote:
It's been done successfully, but the key mappings are different, so it's a no-go until there's a BIOS patch.

Are just keyboard keys different, or also buttons such as power, volume, etc? Keyboard keys can be remapped with software (e.g. in Windows, using SharpKeys), although it won't work during BIOS screens.

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Re: [Method Share] How to change X230's keyboard to X220's.

2012-07-03, 19:30 PM
RichardW,

usually such tools don't work for key combinations like Fn+key



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Re: [Method Share] How to change X230's keyboard to X220's.

2012-07-03, 19:44 PM

wrote:
Keyboard keys can be remapped with software (e.g. in Windows, using SharpKeys), although it won't work during BIOS screens.

Unfortunately this will work for remapping the (working) key codes to a different Windows virtual key codes only. But if the hardware key code or combination (Fn + key) does not work at all, no way.

 

BTW is Matt Kohut still in Lenovo http://blog.lenovo.com/author/mkohut/ ? His blog is (was ?) good place for such article and discussions.

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Re: [Method Share] How to change X230's keyboard to X220's.

2012-07-03, 20:50 PM

wrote:

Unfortunately this will work for remapping the (working) key codes to a different Windows virtual key codes only. But if the hardware key code or combination (Fn + key) does not work at all, no way.

 


The only way to get the X220 keyboard working on the X230 is to hack BIOS.  Obviously I can't recommend that.

wrote:
 BTW is Matt Kohut still in Lenovo http://blog.lenovo.com/author/mkohut/ ? His blog is (was ?) good place for such article and discussions.

He is still at Lenovo but in a different role and I doubt he will be making blog posts like that anymore.

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Re: [Method Share] How to change X230's keyboard to X220's.

2012-07-04, 10:25 AM

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He is still at Lenovo but in a different role and I doubt he will be making blog posts like that anymore.

That's a pity. His blog has always been technically focused.

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Re: [Method Share] How to change X230's keyboard to X220's.

2012-12-03, 0:46 AM

any news on the biosmod for this?

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