I haven’t been using the Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Tablet PC as I’ve been putting some other Tablet PCs to the test recently, but I went back to it earlier this week. It feels like returning to an old friend. Prior to setting it aside I was experiencing a number of anomalies that were leading me to believe it was time to rebuild from scratch. I’m sure you’re familiar with some of them:
Inconsistent issues putting the Tablet PC to sleep and returning from sleep.
Interminable waits and the occasional crash when switching the screen between landscape and portrait modes.
Disk thrashing that would never, never, never, never, never, never, never end. Never.
The system reporting a wide discrepancy of disk space being used. When I say wide I’m talking one minute it would say 10GB available and the next time it would say 30GB available.
Heat build up
On Tuesday I noticed that Lenovo was pushing through a BIOS update (1.17) for the X61 and after backing everything up I went ahead and launched the update process.
At the moment, and it is still early, it seems to have corrected, or at least helped somewhat, most of the issues I mentioned above. I’m definitely seeing disk thrashing come eventually to a halt, and I haven’t had an issue with rotating the screen, although it still takes some time for the rotation to work. The heat build up seems to have lessened as well. Going to sleep and returning from sleep also seem to be less of a traumatic experience.
So, for ThinkPad users you might want to give this a go. Just make sure you backup before you do.