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Site News and Announcements / The Future of the Forum
« on: February 06, 2007, 08:08:38 AM »
Don't be too alarmed by this, but I have recently moved on to a new laptop.  I am now the proud owner of a ThinkPad T60 with a C2D that blows my previous zt3000 out of the water.

Anyway, as for the future, I don't see this site going anywhere.  My current hosting plan is for two years (as of last October) and there is no real burden hosting the site until possibly the plan expires.  That said, traffic on the site is not very great anyway so I don't plan to put too many resources into it.  I will still check almost daily to see if there is anything I can answer, but at this point the site is more of an archive.  I do get the occasional new account registration, but that's about it.

I don't expect the traffic here to pick up as the laptop has become all but extinct these days.  Thanks to those who have contributed and please try to stop back if you can.  To those who have moved on to newer and faster machines, good luck with your endeavor and hopefully you will find another forum as great as the X1000 Forums once were.

Links to other forums sites

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After talking with Flashram for a bit, I'm happy to announce that the forums are back up again.  Sadly the backup is from February 2004 and all users since then will need to re-register.  We also are missing many posts between then and now.  In a couple of days, he will be taking them back online to upgrade the forums software and then bring it back online.  I'm not sure yet what the fate of this forum will be, but for now I'm just going to hang out.  It would be nice if the forums could be combined into one so that we don't lose the awesome progress we have made in rebuilding the forums.  I can only assume that if all goes well, this site will not be in existance for much longer.  It has served a great duty in this time of need and I will make sure that I keep it up as long as needed and then create a redirect when I take it down.  Good luck to everyone, especially Flashram.  He has done a lot to get the forum back up and running, all while trying to juggle his hecktic life.

Flashram, we salute you!  8)

The old forums are back up as of now so go check them out at:

http://www.x1000forums.com/


The original forum went down and will most likely never return again...sorry to be a downer, but it appears that the domain name and possibly hosting has expired and seeing that Flashram didn't care to fix it when he still owned it, I don't see him helping out ever again.  Anyway, this site should be up for a while (I just bought two years of hosting) so feel free to make the most of this forum in its new home.  I will try to keep frequent backups of the database just in case of trouble, but this isn't really a high-traffic site like the other one once was...

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Site News and Announcements / New Avatars in the Gallery!
« on: August 19, 2005, 12:50:49 PM »
I have added some more avatars to the gallery for the x1000, zt3000, and nx7000.  Check them out and remember that you can link your own from off-site.  I may in the future open up the avatar upload if I get enough requests.  Let me know what you think about the site.

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Site News and Announcements / Added RSS .92 support to the forum!
« on: August 05, 2005, 10:55:32 AM »
I added some basic RSS support to the forum.  It supports RSS .92 and I finally have the notification in Firefox so that everyone can know that it's there.  Let me know in the Feedback forum if you have any problems with it.  Right now this is just a basic setup that I'm testing.  I may end up extending this further with new updates.

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Upgrades and Accessories / HOWTO: Swap the CD-ROM Drive (By Dan)
« on: August 05, 2005, 10:21:17 AM »
This may come in handy when Compaq comes out with DVD+RW drives.

To see what drives are currently available from HP, click here.

Does anybody know if we have aftermarket options for upgrading to DVD+RW? When I do a google search on the model number, SBW-241, I am drowned with links. This has me inclined to believe that it is a standard form factor?


Removing the Drive:



    * Remove the screw. (lefty-loosey, righty-tighty)
    * Slide the drive out using fingernails or some such.
    * Installation is the reverse of removal.[/list:u]


    Also, here is a couple of terrible pictures of the drive:

[/list]

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Technical Issues / Non-HP Intel PRO/Wireless 2200 with latest BIOS!
« on: August 05, 2005, 09:43:54 AM »
This was a little hard for me to get a hold of.  I was only able to find it copied from the old forum to an HP forum.  Anyway, the text is as follows:

Quote from: D_Angle at the HP IT Resource Center
Thanks to Mark Wrightson,

Here is the answer:

1. I reverted to an older bios on the zt3017ea v.F34, any newer version blocks this card instead of removing and reinserting it which did not work for me.
2. I used Koppix v 3.9
3. I skiped the ipw2200.tar.gz part

I have a solution thanks to whiteheat and druid cz from x1000 forums that allows you to use any Intel Pro Wireless 2200BG card inside your HP laptop.

Before, I received the error 104: unsupported wireless card, now my NC8000 laptop will boot perfectly. Now you can buy your card for < £25.00 instead of HP's £60 + vat + p&p.

First off if you don't have linux installed you will need to go to www.knoppix.org and download KNOPPIX_V3.8.2-2005-05-05-EN.iso, then burn the cd

You need to have the card install during the boot sequence so, have your laptop open and bootup, when you see the boot:_ line insert the card then press enter. Knoppix will autodetect the card & the bios wont complain.

Once knoppix has booted:

Click on the penguin on the taskbar and select "Root Shell", then the following command (from now on any line that begins with a # is a command to be typed at the Root prompt:
#iwconfig
You will get a list of ethernet adapters, eth0, eth1 etc. The wireless one should be quite obvious from the text displayed after it with all the wireless parameters!
#ethtool -e ethX
Obviously replace the 'X' with the index of your wireless card you found above.
You will get a hex dump of the 256 bytes of EEPROM data.
Note: There is nothing dangerous in the above steps at all.

If you want to writing to your EEPROM (You can seriously screw your card up so be careful ):

#mkdir /usr/tmp
#cd /usr/tmp
#wget http://www.geocities.com/sonyirclib/ipw2200.tar.gz

N.B. This file has already been patched to allow writing to the eeprom

#tar xvzf ipw2200.tar.gz
#cd ipw2200-1.0.3
#sh unload
#sh load

Now all that you need to do is write to the eeprom. If your card is from Europe:

#ethtool -E eth0 magic 0x2200 offset 0x8 value 0xf6
#ethtool -E eth0 magic 0x2200 offset 0x9 value 0x12
#ethtool -E eth0 magic 0x2200 offset 0xa value 0x3c
#ethtool -E eth0 magic 0x2200 offset 0xb value 0x10

If it is from the US:

ethtool -E eth0 magic 0x2200 offset 0x8 value 0xf5
ethtool -E eth0 magic 0x2200 offset 0x9 value 0x12
ethtool -E eth0 magic 0x2200 offset 0xa value 0x3c
ethtool -E eth0 magic 0x2200 offset 0xb value 0x10

N.B. the -E must be uppercase for writing to work.

Now reboot your computer and you should no longer get the error 104...!

For more details see: http://www.x1000forums.com/index.php?showtopic=8737

The original thread can be found here.

Please note that I can not be held responsible for any damage done to your hardware.  If I ever have to use this tip myself, I will try to clean it up a bit and make it more clear.  For now, you will have to take this at face value.

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Technical Issues / Bluetooth Software Issues
« on: July 12, 2005, 08:18:00 PM »
At one point there was a driver for bluetooth (Version 3.00C) that included a firmware update that could possibly render your bluetooth card unusable.  There was a huge post about it on the old forum and even though it did not occur with all users (including me), the threat was real.  Since then, HP has been much more cautious about their releases and the current release (Bluetooth by HP Version 3.00B) is very safe to use.  They have removed the firmware update entirely and just implemented the features in software.  

I would not be afraid to install this driver and I would recommend it as I have found the integrated Windows driver to be very lackluster at best.  Most times I could only pair with it once and then I would need to restart the computer.  Since switching, bluetooth has worked flawlessly.

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Links of Interest:



Time for Upgrade- 5 minutes.

First off- Some pics of the Bluetooth Model. It's an Actiontec BTM-200 module. I've seen USB versions of this on E-bay, but it doesn't have a connector for inside the X1000 series. It's also HP part number 338134-001 and goes for around $78.







Instructions:

  • Detach your X1000 from the docking station and find a soft surface to turn it over on.

  • Remove the battery.

  • Remove the two keyboard screws from the bottom. They're easy to find as they have a keyboard symbol next to them.
  • There are 4 tabs on the keyboard- they're between the F-keys. They slide down about 1/8". Slide them down toward the keyboard.
  • There's no need to remove the keyboard totally- just lift it and put it to the side. There will be plenty of room to work. Underneath where the space bar normally is there is a white connector- this is where one end of the bluetooth plug goes.

  • There are some wires going toward the battery compartment with some clips to keep the wires taught. Feed the other end of the bluetooth cable into the battery compartment. Put the keyboard back in place and secure it with the 'sliders'.



  • Attach the bluetooth module to the other end of the cable and secure under the clip in the battery compartment. They give two small screws to attach it in the battery compartment.



  • Put back in the battery. Put the two keyboard screws back in. YOU"RE DONE.

Easy and simple. I don't think there needed to be a tutorial- but if alot of you guys are like me, I'm an idiot when it comes to fixing things. It makes it easy to see what you're getting into before you order the upgrade!

I downloaded the software from HP and it works fine- turns on and off with the Wi-Fi button. I was a wimp and downloaded the 1.00C drivers instead of the 3.00C drivers. See the drivers forum for explanations about a possible bug that hoses your Bluetooth module in the new drivers.

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Upgrades and Accessories / HOWTO: Upgrade the Video Card (by Dan)
« on: July 12, 2005, 12:38:43 PM »
Before you can upgrade your video card you need to carry out the instructions in this topic:

Getting under the hood of your X1000 w/ pics

For a list of currently available video cards, check HP PartSurfer

Ok, once you finished dissassembling the case, you can:

Remove the heat shield:
  • Remove one L15 screw
  • Remove one L3 (small thread pitch)
  • Pull up on heat shield until the tab snaps upward past the PC Board

Once you have removed the heat shield. You can:

Remove the video card:
  • Use fingers to pull modem off and set aside
  • Use mounting boss from modem as a leverage point to pry off video card as shown.

Installation is the reverse of removal but make sure that thermal pads on the heat shield seat well against their respective chips.

Here are some random video related pics:





Maybe these pics can help someone determine if we have aftermarket upgrade options?

-Dan

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Upgrades and Accessories / HOWTO: Upgrade the Processor (by Dan)
« on: July 12, 2005, 12:36:26 PM »
Before you can upgrade your processor you need to carry out the instructions in this topic:

Getting under the hood of your X1000 w/ pics

Ok, that was easy, now lets:

Remove the heatsink:
  • Remove the four screws and associated springs
  • Lift heatsink/pipe assembly up and out of the case
    Note: These pictures are taken with the lcd and top cover removed. It is not necessary to remove these items when performing the processor upgrade.

Remove the processor:
  • Rotate the zif socket screw one-hundred eighty degrees towards the unlock position
  • Lift processor out of socket

Replacing the processor:
  • Installation is the reverse of removal, however:
  • Take care to align the correct corners of the socket and processor together
  • Insure that adequate heatsink compound or tape is present between processor and heatsink to allow proper heat dissipation.
  • Screw installation:
  • Barely thread each screw and spring through the heatsink into the motherboard bosses, when all four screws are in:
  • Following the numbering pattern shown on the heatsink:
  • Tighten each screw until it bottoms out in its boss. The springs will properly seat the heatsink against the processor.

Now you just slap the rest of the case back together and put a fork in it, it's done!

-Dan

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This is a pictorial guide to taking apart your X1000. It is meant to supplement the authorized service manual available here.

Taking apart your X1000 is a fundamental step in any one of the following endeavors you may wish to pursue:

Preliminary steps:
  • Get a towel or something soft to put your laptop upside down on. This will prevent it from getting scratched.
  • It may be good to cover your screen with the film that was included in shipping originally.
  • Get some organizing bins for screws. There are a lot of them and several lengths too.
  • L3 - PM2.5x3.0
  • L5 - PM2.5x5.0
  • L7 - PM2.5x7.0
  • L15 - PM2.5x15.0
  • Ground yourself

Getting started:

  • Remove Battery by sliding battery tab.
  • Remove Harddisk:
  • Remove the two L7 screws.
  • Use recess to leverage harddisk up with a flat blade screwdriver or your fingernail.
  • Remove CD-ROM
  • Remove one L7 screw
  • Use fingernail or flat blade screwdriver under the face of the drive to leverage out CD-ROM
  • Unhook the main and auxiliary WIFI antennae
  • Unscrew the one L5 screw from the WIFI access panel
  • Leverage under recess to remove access panel
  • Lift straight up to remove the antennae pictured below (pic stolen from ft):
  • Note: you don't have to remove the mini-pci card, just the antennae
  • Remove the two L15 screws that fasten the keyboard

Ok, now you can flop it over and get ready for:

Removing the keyboard:

  • Slide all four tabs in the direction of the arrows in the picture above.
  • Lift up from the tab side of keyboard.
  • Fold keyboard (keys down) onto touchpad taking care not to yank out the conducting ribbon out of the motherboard as pictured below.
  • Now, remove the ribbon from the motherboard by lifting the tabs on the ribbon connector as shown below. The ribbon should freely pull out now and you can stow the keyboard someplace while you forge ahead
  • With the keyboard removed, you are ready for the sketchiest part which is removal of the switch cover. Now, don't worry if you screw this up 'cause the cover is almost free ($165) at HP PartSurfer :roll:

Removing the switch cover:

  • Close laptop.
  • You need to pry the outer part of the hinge cover from the top of the case. The gap is very small to nonexistant so try this:
  • Start with a utility or exacto knife to establish a gap on hinge cover as shown above.
  • Follow up with a narraw flat head blade to snap the hinge cover loose.
  • Repeat for other side.
  • Now, open the laptop all the way to where touchpad and screen are both pointing straight up.
  • Pry up on switch cover along the red outline of the picture below. It is easiest to start from the right side and work your way to the left. Be careful, this part is fragile and not especially easy to snap off. Make sure not to use fragile parts below as leverage points to pry off the cover.

If you made it through the last part, congratulations on your nerves of steel. It is all downhill from here.

Removing the LCD Display (Not required for processor upgrade):

  • Remove the L15 screw
  • Pry up from where arrow indicates to disconnect the display cable
  • Pull cable out of its route and set aside somewhere where you can safely close the laptop lid without the connector applying pressure to the screen.
  • Close laptop lid and flip over as shown below:
  • Remove the two L7 screws
  • Remove the one L7 screw
  • Repeat for the other side
  • Now you can open the laptop lid and the display should freely slide out of the base. Stow the display while you continue ahead or if you were upgrading to the WUXGA for cheap, then installation is the reverse of removal.

Only a little bit left to go, time for:

Removing the volume adjuster speaker cover thingy:

  • Remove volume harness by prying up gently by sides of harness connector.
  • Remove three L5 screws.
  • Remove one L3 screw.
  • Lift by the fan cover sheet metal until the L3 cover has clearance above the L3 screw boss.
  • Now, slide upward to release clips on the bottom. The cover should come out freely now.

Now we can prepare for:

Removing the fan:
Check out the speaker, it's like a 6x9 for a squirrel.

  • Unplug the fan harness by prying on edge of connector
  • Remove L5 screw
  • Lift out blower wheel

If you are doing a processor upgrade you are pretty much done with this guide and can proceed to:

How to upgrade your processor w/ pics

If you are after the video card or just out for adventure, we must press forward

Removing the top of the case (Not required for processor upgrade):
Note: I did not have the most appropriate pics for these dissassembly steps so some components are pictured that you will have already removed.

  • Unplug speaker harnesses
  • Disconnect ribbon cable using procedure similar to keyboard ribbon
  • Pull Auxiliary and Main WIFI antennae cables through this opening
  • Unplug this harness
  • Remove two L7 screws
  • Remove one L5 screw
  • Remove one L3 (small thread pitch) screw
  • Flip laptop over face down on towel

Next step:

  • Unscrew three L7 screws
  • Unscrew three L5 screws
  • Unscrew six L15 screws
  • Flip back over
  • Starting from front and moving backwards, snap upper part away from the base.

If you made it this far, you can see that anything else you want to do is pretty much within an easy reach. The finished result should look something like these:



See the processor and video upgrading guides linked at the top of this post.

-Dan

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Feedback / What do you think of the Google Ads?
« on: July 11, 2005, 08:07:29 PM »
I just want to get some opinions about the Google Ads I added to the page.  What do you think about them?

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Site News and Announcements / Added Google Ads to the Site
« on: July 11, 2005, 08:05:57 PM »
I decided to try adding google ads to the site to see if I can generate some revenue toward server maintainance and a possible server migration.  Let me know what you think in the Feedback area as I am always open to suggestions.

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Software / HOWTO: Concurrent Remote Desktop in SP2
« on: July 06, 2005, 11:35:48 AM »
Text originally posted by _kC_ at http://forum.osnn.net/showthread.php?t=39878

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One thing i am very annoyed about with SP2 is why they have added (in build 2055) and then taken away in the final Build (2180) Concurrent remote dektop and a physical user logged into the same machine....

so if you are now running the SP2 final, and would like too use this feature.. heres what you must do..

Attached is a zip with 3 files
1. termsrv.dl_ (in case you want too add to a Slipstreamed CD)
2. termsrv.dll
3. Concurrent Remote sessions SP2.reg


Ok, so heres what to do

1. extract the zip...
2. Right click on the reg file and press merge, (Click yes when it asks you)
3. Reboot in safe mode (press F8)
4. copy the termserv.dll too these 2 folders

a) C:\WINDOWS\system32
b) C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386

(either make a copy of your original or rename the old one too .bak)

Then reboot back into normal windows... Now you can have a 2nd user physicaly logged into their account, while you can use your account via remote desktop BOTH AT THE SAME TIME!!

i cant believe MS removed this feature from the final build of SP2

the termserv here is from build 2055, if anyone knows any newer builds that this feature still worked, please let me know!

cheers


oh and if you want too add this too a slipstreamed SP2 CD, then simply copy the termsrv.dl_ too the i386 dir on the CD, then add the reg file to your regtweaks


You can download the file from:
*DOWNLOAD REMOVED, use link at top to get file*

EDIT:  Removed link to download.

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Linux / Running Linux on x1000/nx7000/zt3000
« on: July 06, 2005, 08:27:35 AM »
For those interested in running linux on their laptop, Ahmadster has created a package just for us called X1000 Linux.  You can read more about it at:

http://x1000.bitbuilder.com/

The torrent does not seem to work at all, but there seems to be one good mirror on the site.  I have not tried it personally (yet), but it looks very promising.  It is based off the Gentoo distribution and I have personally had good luck loading up my own system.  Find out more about Gentoo at:

http://www.gentoo.org/

I have also heard reports of successful installs using Fedora's various Core releases (from FC2 to FC4).  There is a specific account of it running on one user's website.  Even when doing other distributions, it has been very helpful for me.

http://fedora.redhat.com/
http://personal.eunet.fi/pp/joakim/nx7010.html

Although I have not tried it personally on my laptop or heard of any attempts, Ubuntu Linux looks like a very promising distribution.  You can find out more about each one at:

http://www.ubuntulinux.org/

As with any Linux distribution, forums like this one are one of the best resources.  Feel free to ask more questions and don't be afraid to join other Linux forums.  Another great resource is Linux-on-Laptops where users document how they got Linux running on their machines.  You can find out more about this at:

http://www.linux-on-laptops.com/

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