The latest addition to the T42 is of course the built-in fingerprint reader to provide biometric security. Mouse, keyboard and webcam are fine with the ports. Having covered a lot of the basic features of a notebook, it might sound like the T42 is just a darn good machine that rises above the crowd with a basic approach to better quality for each notebook feature. Retrieved from ” https: So in desperation and denial, I tried everything I know to get it back, including:. The same behavior has also been observed on a T42, where the EHCI controller stopped working after structural damage to the laptop.

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You have to do three successful finger swipes, using the same finger, over the reader and then the software will record your fingerprint and converge the three successful swipe images view larger tyinkpad.

IBM ThinkPad T42 with Biometric Security Review (pics, specs)

Auto-suggest helps you quickly narrow down your search results by suggesting possible matches as you type. The same behavior has also been ibmm on a T42, where the EHCI controller stopped working after structural damage to the laptop. A great choice for people like me who do not like coated screens.

The inch screen on the T42 is very nice.

That’s a hard ask. The case is made of magnesium and titanium with thinkpa hinges for the screen. After a lot of reading and research, it turns out that sometimes if the laptop goes into suspend and you have the system set to allow the machine to cut power from the USB ports which I unknowingly did to save power, it will de-activtate thknkpad USB ports… and once it does that and you try to bring the machine back using the ports like with an attached mouse etc it can fry the circuitry, and the only fix is a new system board.


Following are the specs for this notebook: Matthias Himber wrote on linux-thinkpad: The keyboard does not have many extra buttons, only volume controls, mute and the Access IBM button.

Using the built-in IBM Access Connections application makes it very easy to find networks and manage various wireless connection profiles.

IBM ThinkPad T42 Review (pics, specs)

Not so with any ThinkPad, the keyboard is solid with zero rattle and zero flex. The performance was a little better after, but nothing great. Once it does, press next and it should start installing. Everything else is fine smell is gone.

I personally wipe out and do a fresh install of every computer I have owned. Surely the thumbdrivers both worked that time.

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I still think that it has something to do with the hardware trying to grab those ports for its own selfish reasons.

According to Big Blue, the fingerprint reader provides a convenient means for authenticating to a Windows system and eliminates the need for users to remember multiple passwords and thereby reduces the number of calls to support for forgotten passwords…Fingerprint technology provides the security of unique user identification, and the integrated design means no inconvenient external devices are needed. Prices on T43s have come down recently. Hopefully its still under warranty.


IBM ThinkPad T42 with Biometric Security Review (pics, specs)

Before anything reflow the Southbridge chip. The bottom does get warm after a while, but not to the point of discomfort if you are using it on your lap, even if you are wearing shorts! Headphones or a pair of external speakers are a necessity for decent sound. You can also swap out the CD ub and place an UltraBay Slim battery there so that when your 1 battery gets low you can just tell the notebook to switch to using the 2 battery, or it will do this tbinkpad for you if battery 1 gets low.

Another easy fix I saw was the guy who was running too many unpowered USB devices from his ports, this was verified by plugging them in one at a time until the error occurred. You can beef up the T42 and get a 1.

I thinjpad the white glove treatment. The ThinkPad h42 stands for high-quality, solidly built notebooks that are rugged in their matte black look, yet sleek and professional at the same time.

Plus I figured a laptop with good build quality would retain value better in case I wanted to sell it. Thinpkad doesn’t seem to matter what kind of device I have plugged in. I had bought my previous laptop on ebay as well and had a good experience for that purchase.