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CrankyOldMan
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X200 tablet available without TPM?

I'm looking to buy an X200 tablet for school this fall, but I'm curious about the Trusted Platform Module (TPM).  I'm not a big fan of having TPM on my personal use equipment, thought I do see the advantages in a managed IT infrastructure.  According to the maintenance manual there are motherboards available both with and without the "security chip"/TPM feature, but purchasing one separately is a joke (US$1,400 or more) considering the cost of the base unit itself.  When customizing a unit on the Lenovo store there is no option for purchasing without a TPM.  The tacover.pmd document lists the TPM as being integrated into the ICH9M chip, which is the reason for needing a whole separate motherboard to get a unit without a TPM.

 

Long story short, is it possible to have Lenovo build me a unit with a non-TPM motherboard?

 

Thanks in advance.

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Re: X200 tablet available without TPM?

you can switch off the feature in the BIOS, it would probably cost the same regardless.... but unless you have a large order of some sort, these sort of things are not negotiable on a single build basis. 
Regards,

Jin Li

May this year, be the year of 'DO'!

I am a volunteer, and not a paid staff of Lenovo or Microsoft
CrankyOldMan
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Re: X200 tablet available without TPM?

Thanks for the quick reply.  Looks like the BIOS option would be the way to go then.  =)
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Message 4 of 6

Re: X200 tablet available without TPM?

in the old days, the TPM chip is comes on a sort of daughterboard that attaches to the main motherboard, and during DIY repairs people like to take them off and misplacing them, which render their motherboard useless.. i guess the integrating the TPM lowers the build cost and lessen the chances that people detaching them physically. 

 

 

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Jin Li

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I am a volunteer, and not a paid staff of Lenovo or Microsoft
hkyeung
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Re: X200 tablet available without TPM?

I really like the idea of TPM, so my nude pictures on my laptop are safe.

 

besides, I really have no idea why would people disable it.

My little rant.
How to make your Lenovo logo look much more better.

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Re: X200 tablet available without TPM?

obviously Edison Chen should have been using Thinkpad with TPM, otherwise he wouldn't have caused so much controversy with those photos when his laptop broke down.
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Jin Li

May this year, be the year of 'DO'!

I am a volunteer, and not a paid staff of Lenovo or Microsoft