The ThinkPad 25th anniversary (T25) is the only modern ‘Lenovo’ laptop with a classic 7-row keyboard. As such, it’s considered an en

T25 Frankenpad

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The ThinkPad 25th anniversary (T25) is the only modern ‘Lenovo’ laptop with a classic 7-row keyboard. As such, it’s considered an enthusiast machine and a highly-sought after laptop by collectors. Unfortunately, the T25 is fairly lacking as the machine only has a dual-core 7th gen chip (i7-7600u). The T480, which shares a similar chassis as the T25, has in comparison a quad-core chip (i7-8650u) and a much more powerful GPU (MX150).

A brilliant hacker has managed to hack the T480 motherboard with the T25 chassis and keyboard, aptly naming it as the T25 frankenpad. This article describes the parts and steps involved as well as more information on the machine.

As the main article linked above already has all the relevant information on the parts, I’ll build on the original article. Please refer to the T480, T25 and T470 HMM for more info. Please refer to the FRU lookup (T480, T25, T470) for more information on different FRUs for all these machines.

There’s a hole for the fingerprint reader (01AX699). The FPR FRU consists of 3 parts, the FPR, FPR IO shield and FPR cable. Almost the entire 2017 lineup of ThinkPads have the same FPR and FPR cable. (X1C5, T470, T460s, T470p, P50, P70). However, the IO shield for the FPR will only be compatible with the one from the T470.

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