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X140e Review and Upgrade Information (WLAN - WWAN - Memory - HDD)

2015-02-04, 15:42 PM

I bought a X140e AMD A4-5000 Machine for AD-Hoc projects and just some experimentation, especially since I did not want to experiment too much with my T530. Here are some details of what I have and the issues I faced with some resolutions. I hope it helps someone in a similar situation.

 

The part number I ordered off the Lenovo Website was 20BLCTO1WW with the following details:


Display Panel:                                       X140e 11.6WHD, WW AG Black
WiFi wireless LAN adapters:              ThinkPad a/b/g/n BT(2x2&BT4.0)
Wireless WAN accessories:                NONE
SIM Card for WWAN 2:                         NONE
Battery:                                                    6 cell LI Battery X131e
Processor:                                              AMD A4_5000 on MB
Hard drive:                                             500GB HDD 7200rpm
Total memory:                                       2GB PC3-12800 DDR3L (1 DIMM)

1.) Memory Upgrade (Yes 16 GB is possible - Maybe even 32 GB):

 

I replaced the out of box 2 GB module with 8 GB (2 X 4) Crucial Ballistic 1.35 V CL 9 DDR3 PC 12800 RAM. Even though 8 GB is maximum RAM as per the manufacturer, I have used 16 GB (2 X 8 GB) Crucial 1.35 V CL 11 DDR3 PC 12800 RAM in this machine and it has worked fine. I tested it for a few days before reverting to my setup of 8 GB.

 

I also installed the Lenovo Companion in Windows 8.1 and under Memory module checks it shows 32 GB Memory as the Max supported. My assumption hence is that once we get 16 GB SO-DIMM modules available, this baby might even support that. 

 

Max 32 GB RAM

 

2.) WLAN Upgrade from the Thinkpad (Broadcom) a/b/g/n BT(2x2&BT4.0) to Intel AC-7260 HMW FRU 04W3814

 

While configuring this machine online, I wasn't presented with any of the latest Intel offerings such as the AC-7260HMW WiFi Adaptor with BT 4.0. Post purchase, I found out that in the BIOS revision 2.06, Lenovo had added support for this WiFi card under the FRU number 04W3814. I ordered one online from eBay at USD $ 25 and this little module worked right out of the box. Just remove the old Broadcom chip, put in the Intel module, reconnect the antenna wires and boom, you get a MAX speed of 867 Mbps. If anyone is looking for this FRU, here is the link http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Lenovo-04W3814-Intel-7260-7260HMW-802-11AC-WiFi-BT-4-0-Dual-Band-Mini-PCI-E-Card-/200975860817?pt=US_Internal_Network_Cards&hash=item2ecb184451

 

P.S. I tried using this card in my T530 with the latest BIOS installed but apparently this FRU i.e. 04W3814 is not in the whitelist and hence CANNOT be used.

 

3.) WWAN Upgrade - NOT Supported

 

I wanted to see if I could use this machine with an internal WWAN card. Some Partner Info Documents for this model explicitly state that This Machine is WWAN Capable in Select Mature Markets. My assumption was that US and Canada would qualify as those select markets, but alas, that was / is not the case. X140e probably reuses some older assembly lines from say X130e or maybe it reuses the board because my Motherboard has the outline where the WWAN Card is supposed to fit. It even has the solder pads for the second PCIe connector which could then be used for a WWAN Card but no actual connector soldered onto to.

 

Interestingly enough, it even has the extra Antenna and the Red and Blue Antenna wires for the WWAN module but no PCIe connector. Another observation here is that right behind the battery there is a rubber flap which can be opened up and has a SIM Card shape engraved on it suggesting that a SIM could be inserted there but once again it has only the solder pads but no SIM Card holder actually soldered on to the Board.

 

4.) Ubuntu Dual Boot

 

Another reason for picking up this machine was that it is Marked as one of those Ubuntu 14.4 Ready machines. Once I managed to partition the HDD, and get Ubuntu installed from a flash drive, it found drivers for all the hardware. No issues on that end.

 

There are however tons of issues surrounding UEFI boot and other configuration issues with Dual booting Windows and Ubuntu using secure boot option and the net is full of various guides and solutions on different issues. You can always look them up but one issue (Chainloading the GRUB bootloader for a secure dual boot), still outstanding at the time of this writing, has been driving me up the wall and preventing my from Dual Booting in a secure mode. Hopefully soon that would be resolved.

 

I hope this has been of some help for anyone attempting to know more about this machine model. I will update this post if I end up making / attempting any more modifications.

 

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Re: X140e Review and Upgrade Information (WLAN - WWAN - Memory - HDD)

2015-02-05, 7:49 AM

Hello,

 

I performed very similar upgrades to yours on my X140e (16GB, 120GB SSD, 7260-AC) and did not notice any problems.  Right now I am using the machine as for Windows 10 testing, and it seems to work well for that purpose.

 

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Re: X140e Review and Upgrade Information (WLAN - WWAN - Memory - HDD)

2015-02-05, 17:57 PM

Hi Aryeh,

 

Not many issues with this machine. For the price I think this is indeed offering a lot.

 

My next experiments on this one are to try and upgrade the LCD if and when I can find a compatible one and finally take the plunge on the Windows 10 TP. I have that ISO lying around but never gotten around to installing it.

 

Did you do a clean install of Windows 10 TP or is it running in Dual / Triple boot configuration?

 

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Re: X140e Review and Upgrade Information (WLAN - WWAN - Memory - HDD)

2015-02-06, 6:34 AM

Hello,

 

I did a clean install to a blank SSD.

 

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Re: X140e Review and Upgrade Information (WLAN - WWAN - Memory - HDD)

2015-02-12, 2:59 AM

Hello Aryeh,

 

I am about to do a clean install of Windows 10 TP on an SSD to X140e. I was wondering if you had any issues with the drivers and whether any of the proprietary Lenovo softwares worked out of the box.

 

Also curious if any of the drivers / softwares from the Lenovo support page for either windows 7 or windows 8 were compatible with the Preview.

 

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2015-02-19, 6:39 AM

Hello,

 

I did not attempt to install any of Lenovo's drivers, just those provided by Microsoft.  Ethernet and video seem to work fine, as does an Authentec fingerprint reader I've plugged in via USB for biometric authentication.

 

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Aryeh Goretsky

 

 



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L380 YogaP72 (20MB-*)P50 (20EN-*)S230u (3347-4HU)T23 (2648-LU7)T42 (2378-R4U)T43p (2678-H7U)T61p (6459-CTO)W510 (4318-CTO)W530 (2441-4R3)W530 (2441-4R3)X100e (3508-CTO)X120e (0596-CTO)X220 (4286-CTO)X250 (20CM-*)Yoga 370

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