AndyMH wrote: ⤴Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:54 amThe T430 is built like a tank, I have two both running LM19.0 cinnamon, and bought another for the better half (she's running win 7 ). Highly recommended and easy to fix if something breaks - good spares availability on the likes of ebay. All mine are second-hand ex corporate, probably had the main one for three years. Thinks to look out for:
- You can upgrade the screen, just replaced the 1366x768 screen in one of mine with a gloss 1600x900 - so much better (you have to replace the cable to the screen as well).
- CPU - the most common processor is the i5-3320M, there are a few with an i7. The cpu is socketed and you can upgrade it.
- Graphics - most are integrated intel graphics but there are a few with a separate nvidia GPU.
- Bluetooth - is an option, is it fitted? You can always use a bluetooth dongle.
- DVD drive - another option, does it have one? You can always use an external USB DVD drive.
- Storage - space for one 2.5" drive, first upgrade if not already there is to replace an HDD with an SSD, note they can only take 7mm thick drives. Replacement is easy. There is a PCIe slot that will take an M2 sata drive or a WAN card (mobile internet). In one I have a WAN card, the other a 120G M2 SSD. Note, there is a whitelist in the bios (you can't change it) that limits the choice of WAN cards, think it is only 2G. Also note the slot is SATA2 so slower than the main drive slot which is SATA3.
- Webcam - I thought they all had one, but my second T430 says (lsusb) it doesn't have one - maybe I dislodged the cable when I replaced the screen.
- Memory - max is 16G, there are two slots, one underneath (easy) and one under the keyboard (not difficult but not as easy). If you buy one with 4G RAM and then find out it is 2x2G an upgrade to 8G will mean replacing both. I have 16G in my main T430 and 8G in the second.
Support is good - you can download all the tech manuals from lenovo, there is a thinkpad forum (not as active or friendly as mint) and https://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/ThinkWiki.
- Connections - there is a built in SD card reader, a slot for a 34mm express card and 2xUSB3 and 2xUSB2. Video - VGA and mini displayport. My main T430 is permanently plugged into an external monitor (2560x1080) via displayport to HDMI cable. Note you can pick up a docking station on ebay for about £10.
Buy one - you won't regret it, high quality at a cheap price.
Any questions, ask...
Edit - mint installs 'out of the box' with no problems. All mine are legacy install, you could use UEFI if you wanted.
Edit2 - I am biased, I've been using thinkpads for the best part of twenty years and wouldn't consider buying anything else. Every one has been second-hand.
AnyM,many thanks for your detailed description. All you guys thanks for the many advices. I wrote them down and made a good deal! 4 year old T430 for 130 euros. Very happy! These Thinkpads surely are popular on this forum! That's the reason why I bought one. And I can (fortunately) tell you, that I got really lucky buying it from some individual I didnt know at all. Everything works smooth though on my T430, which I bought just an hour ago. Everything looks so beautiful and runs so silently. I am stunned.
I must say that I have always been lucky with buying machines. Knock on wood. I thought I was gonna use this "old" T430 as a backup notebook with which I could experiment, but this T430 is in such a good condition that I am really smitten with it instantly. This will become my main computer! Yippie!
On a downer note, I almost dont dare say it, but Windows 10 is installed on this machine. An illegal version. The guy said it was easy to download an illegal version myself, with my own installer key. I wont bother. But I must admit (please dont shovel me down under)... but I must admit that Windows 10 looks really beautiful and is very user friendly.
I went through all the menus without worries untill I reached the privacy settings, in which EVERY settings was turned ON by standard. EVerything on my pc could be snooped upon by Microsoft. Jeewhiz!! That really reminded me again why I turned away from Windows and towards Linux. Windows just cant resist to want to own every single bit of information about their users. I couldnt even play a video, without having to download an app from the Windows store. Fortunately the guy who sold it to me, put Vlc Mediaplayer on it so I could do a test run for sound and pictures. Runs perfectly. I am one heck of a lucky guy.
Thank you all you Linux minded Thinkpad fans. I have joined your club!