Stand back Mr Pig

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Been over six months since the last moment in time when I didn’t feel guilty to just kick back and learn some more digital art stuff. With 99% of the time in front of the screen being spent on Uni or work, it gets to that point where if you aren’t doing one of the two then somewhere in the world a penguin goes another night without a fish. Alas though with my Honours on the horizon of being finished and work calming down to a more normal level personal time is on the arise.

I bring you Stand back Mr Pig.

http://www.beakable.com/projects/photoshops_and_drawings/stand_back_mr_pig

I thought my last digital drawing was pretty good and a big step up from my prior attempts but this blows underwater escape out of the water. Still a lot of improvement to go and a great deal of techniques to pick up I’m far from being “good” at it yet, however definitely improving.

Lenovo x201 Battery Problem

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Pretty much no posts over the last few months as I have been extremely busy. Been doing some large projects for the Boston Consulting Group as well as wrapping up my honours year project and papers. Expect to see a lot more activity now though!

Anyway my return to my blog is hopefully going to reach folks having trouble with their Lenovo X201 Tablet. I ordered one about a month and a half  ago but with delays due to faulty processors and  mother nature it took about four weeks to arrive, damn you volcanoes.

The X201 finally arrived and it was everything I was wanting and better. Photoshop on it is awesome and extremely smooth, boot time brilliant, pretty damn light and the main attraction 12 hours of battery life… if your battery works that is.

My Lenovo battery was playing hard to get. It would charge to about 34% and go no further, if you hibernated it and woke it back up it would charge some more. Battery maintenance options did nothing and Google search brought up nothing except for other cries of help. Updates for both Windows and Lenovo turned up dead ends and even the Lenovo tech team where a bit of a wall with the usual “have you tried turning it off and back on” sort of answers.

Eventually Lenovo sent me a new battery and I thought I would finally be free to run through fields for twelve hours playing minesweeper. No.

This battery charged to 88% out the box and through battery gauge resets eventually to  100%. However five days on and it is back to the 34% of doom.

So here is what I have found. The answer to fixing your X201 battery problems. The latest Lenovo BIOS update. Now the BIOS update isn’t part of the Lenovo laptop manager application so you have to Google it. Here’s the link I used:

http://www.userdrivers.com/Notebook-Tablet-PC/Lenovo-ThinkPad-X201-X201s-X201-Tablet-BIOS-Update-Utility-1-14-1-08-for-Windows-XP-Vista-7/

Downloaded, ran, it updated, restarted and too much enjoyment the Lenovo x201 actually started charging.

Hope this reaches someone else having the same issues :) .