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Thinkpad T420s/T430s WQHD upgrade kit better than FHD 1080p Retro 25

Thinkpad T420s/T430s WQHD upgrade kit better than FHD 1080p Retro 25

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=========BUYERS PLEASE READ VERY VERY CAREFULLY=========

You are looking at a specialised kit made by Javi-Jie from 51nb. This kit supports higher resolution of 2560*1440 (2K, WQHD, whatever you wanna call it) than the previous FHD kits.

After discussion with Javi-Jie, we decided to bring this kit to feebay to the public to show disappointment of the Thinkpad Retro 25

ALL Credit for this marvelous modification belongs to Javi-Jie



Notice:
Installation
1. Compatible screens

Javi-Jie has tested LP140QH1-SPB3

Other screens should work, since almost all the WQHD 14" screens are manufatured by AUO and the rest have pretty much the same technology. According to Javi-Jie all WQHD screens should work. But experiment at your own risk. I will continue expanding the list of compatible screens

Since there're only a handful number of 14" WQHD screens on the market, the chance for you to get a so-called "compatible" or counterfeit is rather low.
But please, take extra caution when buying from the sellers from Hong Kong/China.

2. I'll also send a guide in English to your paypal email. Please make sure you can receive emails on your paypal email address.

3. Price is for the upgrade kit ONLY. You will need to buy the screen yourself, please do not buy the screen before receiving the kits as the pathetic USPS has more than 3% chance losing or returning a packet.


Purchase & shipping (Please read!)
1. Returns/refunds not accepted in any circumstances since this is a aftermarket product and installation requires certain level of skills. However every board will be tested before shipping.
2. I can do free installation and 1/3 discount for members of 51nb, thinkpad forum, and thinkpad-forum.de. (please check thinkpad forum or 51nb for details, my forum ID is exactly the same as my ebay ID)
3. I can offer compensable installation services for non-forum members.
4. I reserve the right to cancel orders from certain locations.
5. If you ask me to post to a P.O. box address, you will take the risk of lost item yourself.
6. Due to the arise of copycats, every single kit is securely marked with a unique serial number. Me and Javi will reserve the right for legal actions in case of counterfeit products being seen on the market.
7. If you have changed your mind, please inform me within 24 hours of purchase. I'll block buyers who placed orders but failed to pay.
8. I know how to do the custom declarations in favour of the receiver, so there's no need to send me msgs to remind me what to do ;) But although I'll try my best, I can't promise anything.
9. Since this kit is also being sold elsewhere, please notice that the availability here on this ebay listing does not represent the actual availability


Q & A
Q: Will there be a FHD kit for T420/T430 (non-s models)?
A: Hopefully, as of Nov. 2017 the newer revision of chip provides better compatibility. We will start working on the existing issues after recovering the cost of WQHD kits

Q: I've seen seller on ebay selling non-s FHD kits, why Javi-Jie can't make those?
A: Those copycats just added a cable to move the kits to the back of LCD panel. Doing such alleviates, but not completely resolve the problems. The rest of the kit is just a straightforward copycat from PCB design to firmware.
I can't stop you from trying those out, but please don't blame Chinese for the lack of copyright protection if you do so.
Meanwhile as for those kits a unique serial number is built in and we will reserve the rights to take possible legal actions.

Q: Will this work on other laptops?
A: Some people have managed to get this kit working on HP 8470p and also thinkpad E531. theoretically, it should work with all laptops which provides dual channel LVDS, but some soldering might be needed. You are free to take a try at your own cost

Q: Will there be similar kits for X220/X230?
A: Unlikely. Because (1) X220/X230 have single channel LVDS, which is not enough for 1080p FHD. In comparison T420(s)/T430(s) have dual channel LVDS. So in one word, if you want FHD on X220/X230, you will need to give up the DP port on docking station
(2) Also, in order for the brightness control to work perfectly, BIOS need to be modded, which isn't a problem on X220. However starting from X230, some SOB invented RSA-signed BIOS that ruled out the possibility to flash modded BIOS without a eprom programmer

Q: Will this work with my T420s with NVS4200m or my T430s with NVS5200m/NVS5400m?
A: Yes

Q: Which screen do you recommend? Are the screens on ebay reliable?
A: Almost all the WQHD 14" screens are from the same manufature or based on the same technology, It makes little difference.

Q: Will it work with Mac OSX/Linux/GNU?
A: Yes, but on OSX it's not a straight forward task, you will need EDID injection. I won't provide any help on this, but I'm pretty sure that you can get this done if you know how to install OSX on T420s/T430s.
On linux/GNU it's as hassle-free as on windows.

Q: Can I use the cables from T420s FHD kits for WQHD kits?
A: No. This is a completely new kits, specifications are differeny and parts are not compatible between the two.
=========BUYERS PLEASE READ VERY VERY CAREFULLY=========

You are looking at a specialised kit made by Javi-Jie from 51nb. This kit supports higher resolution of 2560*1440 (2K, WQHD, whatever you wanna call it) than the previous FHD kits.

After discussion with Javi-Jie, we decided to bring this kit to feebay to the public to show disappointment of the Thinkpad Retro 25

ALL Credit for this marvelous modification belongs to Javi-Jie



Notice:
Installation
1. Compatible screens

Javi-Jie has tested LP140QH1-SPB3

Other screens should work, since almost all the WQHD 14" screens are manufatured by AUO and the rest have pretty much the same technology. According to Javi-Jie all WQHD screens should work. But experiment at your own risk. I will continue expanding the list of compatible screens

Since there're only a handful number of 14" WQHD screens on the market, the chance for you to get a so-called "compatible" or counterfeit is rather low.
But please, take extra caution when buying from the sellers from Hong Kong/China.

2. I'll also send a guide in English to your paypal email. Please make sure you can receive emails on your paypal email address.

3. Price is for the upgrade kit ONLY. You will need to buy the screen yourself, please do not buy the screen before receiving the kits as the pathetic USPS has more than 3% chance losing or returning a packet.


Purchase & shipping (Please read!)
1. Returns/refunds not accepted in any circumstances since this is a aftermarket product and installation requires certain level of skills. However every board will be tested before shipping.
2. I can do free installation and 1/3 discount for members of 51nb, thinkpad forum, and thinkpad-forum.de. (please check thinkpad forum or 51nb for details, my forum ID is exactly the same as my ebay ID)
3. I can offer compensable installation services for non-forum members.
4. I reserve the right to cancel orders from certain locations.
5. If you ask me to post to a P.O. box address, you will take the risk of lost item yourself.
6. Due to the arise of copycats, every single kit is securely marked with a unique serial number. Me and Javi will reserve the right for legal actions in case of counterfeit products being seen on the market.
7. If you have changed your mind, please inform me within 24 hours of purchase. I'll block buyers who placed orders but failed to pay.
8. I know how to do the custom declarations in favour of the receiver, so there's no need to send me msgs to remind me what to do ;) But although I'll try my best, I can't promise anything.
9. Since this kit is also being sold elsewhere, please notice that the availability here on this ebay listing does not represent the actual availability


Q & A
Q: Will there be a FHD kit for T420/T430 (non-s models)?
A: Hopefully, as of Nov. 2017 the newer revision of chip provides better compatibility. We will start working on the existing issues after recovering the cost of WQHD kits

Q: I've seen seller on ebay selling non-s FHD kits, why Javi-Jie can't make those?
A: Those copycats just added a cable to move the kits to the back of LCD panel. Doing such alleviates, but not completely resolve the problems. The rest of the kit is just a straightforward copycat from PCB design to firmware.
I can't stop you from trying those out, but please don't blame Chinese for the lack of copyright protection if you do so.
Meanwhile as for those kits a unique serial number is built in and we will reserve the rights to take possible legal actions.

Q: Will this work on other laptops?
A: Some people have managed to get this kit working on HP 8470p and also thinkpad E531. theoretically, it should work with all laptops which provides dual channel LVDS, but some soldering might be needed. You are free to take a try at your own cost

Q: Will there be similar kits for X220/X230?
A: Unlikely. Because (1) X220/X230 have single channel LVDS, which is not enough for 1080p FHD. In comparison T420(s)/T430(s) have dual channel LVDS. So in one word, if you want FHD on X220/X230, you will need to give up the DP port on docking station
(2) Also, in order for the brightness control to work perfectly, BIOS need to be modded, which isn't a problem on X220. However starting from X230, some SOB invented RSA-signed BIOS that ruled out the possibility to flash modded BIOS without a eprom programmer

Q: Will this work with my T420s with NVS4200m or my T430s with NVS5200m/NVS5400m?
A: Yes

Q: Which screen do you recommend? Are the screens on ebay reliable?
A: Almost all the WQHD 14" screens are from the same manufature or based on the same technology, It makes little difference.

Q: Will it work with Mac OSX/Linux/GNU?
A: Yes, but on OSX it's not a straight forward task, you will need EDID injection. I won't provide any help on this, but I'm pretty sure that you can get this done if you know how to install OSX on T420s/T430s.
On linux/GNU it's as hassle-free as on windows.

Q: Can I use the cables from T420s FHD kits for WQHD kits?
A: No. This is a completely new kits, specifications are differeny and parts are not compatible between the two.

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