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T480: add RAM?

Q: T480: add RAM?

Another similar question, is it possible to install more RAM into the T480? It comes with 16GB, but are there sockets available to install another 8GB?

Moderator note: post moved, subject edited to match content. Was: Re: X1 Carbon 3rd Gen Hard Drive Replacement

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A: T480: add RAM?

Per the base spec: "32GB max / 2400MHz DDR4, dual-channel capable, two DDR4 SO-DIMM sockets"

http://psref.lenovo.com/syspool/Sys/PDF/ThinkPad/ThinkPad%20T480/ThinkPad_T480_Platform_Specificatio...

Depending on how your machine shipped, you may have a single 16GB stick and an empty socket, or two occupied sockets.

Z.

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I've noticed my fan always stays on regading the temps when my machine is plugged on the 65W charger, temperatures remain between 38 and 57 on light use, but even when idling the fan kicks on as soon as I plug in my charger and turns off a couple seconds after I plug it off. I have tried to fix it by installing the patch mentioned on https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/es/en/solutions/ht506625 and changin the BIOS profile for the plugged status (it's on the same profile now both for AC plugged and unplugged) but the problem perists. Anyone knows how to fix this issue without the need to install 3rd party software or can point me to the windows 10 settings that regukate this behaviour? Thanks in advance.

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If I buy a T480 mostly for office use I think an i5 could do the job or what do you think? I don't have any games at all but many people thinks that it is crazy not to buy an i7. Peter

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Dear Lenovoi need your recomendation about upgrading my thinkpad T480 ram from 8 to 16 and adding ssd m2 so please check the attcahed screenshot.ThanksHossam Gebril

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In my T480 I am noticing the bottom of the laptop gets supper buring hot, and the laptop is very quite that is cooling Fan is not running.Upon trying restart the laptop, it shows 'Fan Error' in black screen and the laptop does not start.Have to hit the Power button again to start the laptop. I am affraid if not vigilent (when fan is not working) and the laptop will get very hot and damage the hardware. Started in April, (got this laptop in end of Jan 2019) and it is happending twice a week. Anyone else experincing this Fan Error issue on T480? I just check for System Updated following are being updated now:

A:T480 Fan Error

Take the laptop into your local ASP or call support for depot service, your thermal fan and fan cable connection should be diagnosed.  

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After perusing this and other forums looking for a definitive answer, there seem to be dissenting opinions on whether using the drive caddy and adapter cable in the HDD bay will allow 2280 M.2 NVMe SSD drives to utilize all 4 PCIe lanes. I want to know if there is a reason to shop for a higher end M.2 drive if I can't extract full performance out of it.

A:T480 M.2 SSD Performance

I don't have one to test, but the platform spec for the T480 says that some of the T480 machines have SATA drives and some have this: "M.2 SSD / PCIe NVMe, PCIe 3.0 x 4"
 
To me, that means is should use 4 lanes

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I have an interesting dilemma. I purchase my t480 with an m.2 NVME drive and built-in adapter, but am now looking to put a larger capacity Samsung 860 pro which is, of course, the SATA type - not m.2.... Does Lenovo offer the standard SATA adapter / HDD cage for sale as an accessory? Thanks

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I ordered a T480 with the Geforce MX150 option. Was surprised to see my delivered unit with Intel UHD 620 and simultaneously active with the Geforce GPU. The Intel GPU however is the default display adapter. Intel UHD 620 is active display adapterI've never quite seen this before. Desktop mainboard BIOS would typically disable the onboard GPU if slotted with an actual video card (leaving the OS blind to its presence), and all my previous laptops that I configured with a discrete GPU would have just that alone. Am I supposed to disable the UHD 620 in Device Manager in order to force the Geforce to take over? I don't see anything in the BIOS that can influence this (in fact it seems to suggest the UHD is in charge with its shared memory setting).

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hi, worldI have included all the options in the latest BIOS version. but still nothing works. hardware virtualization technology does not work. Windows 10 Pro.Hyper-V disable

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Hi,Recently bought a T480 with the 150MX Nvidia card. The laptop works great during normal operation during work etc but when I get home and want to play some games, nothing is working as it should. What happens is this:When I start the game everything is running good but after a few minutes I can see my CPU start to lower it's power limit (PL1) slowly towards 5W. It will stop at 5W never gaining any wattage back until i restart computer. The PL1 is at 15W when computer is newly booted. I have tried to uninstall the Intel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework, this results in that the processor is fixed at 15W but after a while the iGPU will go crazy and goes to 100% leaving the CPU at 2W = 0.2Ghz. And I have to restart. So this is not a valid solution. All my power settings are on maximum performance ofc.I have tried almost everything I can think of and been browsing all kind of reddit threads without any long term solution.

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Hi,I'm planning to buy the T480 Laptop and i want to buy the RAM outside and upgrade. i would like to know how many Slots will be there by default in the T480 Laptop so that i can buy the RAM accordingly. I'm planning to buy with the 4gbDDR4 RAM and upgrade it to 32gb by purchasing 2 16gb Sticks. can i do that. how can i get confirmed that the T480 comes with 2 slots or 1 SLOT for Ram. can you please help what's the best option to get it upgraded to 32gb ram  

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My T480 came with a battery that doesn't last long but also seems to have room for an additional battery.  Could someone direct me where to purchase the additional battery?  Lenovo support/chat/etc doesn't seem to want to help me at all, despite email requests, trying to enter chat (on hold for 45 minutes now) etc. Thank you! 

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I have a new laptop T480 nothing is on it but Office and Chrome. However I use the internet a lot. Intermittently the laptop will come to a crawl and when I check the Task Manager there are times the CPU night be high but the GPU is pegged out anywhere between 85-99%. I have done all the firmware and BIOS as well as all other updates and calling in the phone support folks don't know what a GPU is and I have been passed back and forth to software to hardware the hardware person got my information asked me to please reboot then format the drive. I believe it is the hardware but after an hour on the phone I still have not received any troubleshooting help. 

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I am going to buy a Think Pad T480 with touch screen but I have a doubt: can I use my Wacom pen (I have a tablet Intuos5) on the T480 display? Or which pen should I use?Thanks for suggestions. 

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Good morning, Over the past 5-6 months, we have been updating machines to the newer T480, T580, and P52s, with the new style UltraDock (40AH0135US).  As these docks only have display ports, we have been utilizing VGA and DVI adapters to send video out to monitors. Many of the users are experiencing issues where their video, for the laptop and external screens, will blink, or just black out momentarily.  We have been in contact with both Lenovo, and our vendor's support for options.  We have tried* Letting Lenovo replace the docks    * Same issue occurs* Different display to VGA/DVI out adapters    * Same issue occurs* Running a display port cable to the monitor, if available    * Same issue occurs* Tried a different dock (40AJ0135US) that does have a VGA out onboard    * The machine seemed to run well for about a week, then the issue began to occur againWe have been monitoring the logs, and have found a common entry in at least 3 of the machines* In the system logs, we found 2 Informational messages:    * Event ID - 20003 Microsoft-Windows-UserPnP       Driver Management has concluded the process to add Service igfx for Device Instance       ID PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_5917&SUBSYS_225A17AA&REV_07\3&11583659&0&10 with the following status: 0.    * Event ID - 20001 Microsoft-Windows-UserPnP       Driver M... Read more

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Hey! I was wondering any kind of SSDs would work with the T480? Right now I bought it with 500 GB HDD and Intel Optane (16Gb), but in the future, I might consider upgrading to 512 nVME SSD for system. Also, what do you guys know about the battery life upon general internet usage? I bought a battery with 72Wh so in total it would be 96 Wh. Plus, I also own a Varta Power Bank (13mAh) 48,1 Wh. Do you guys believe it could charge the battery by any chance? https://www.varta-consumer.com/en/products/portable-power/overview/details/lcd-power-bank-13000 Please let me know you guys think! Bellow you can see the exact specs. (In general I will not use the dedicated GPU, just the integrated)

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T480 doesn?t charge with the USB-C AC charger plugged in. when the AC charger is plugged in, the orange LED illuminates and blinks three times, the plugged in logo pops up momentarily then nothing. The thinkpad was purchased in October this year with everything working flawlessly... I then left the standard 45W charger at an airport. I ordered a replacement and received it 6 weeks ago and has been working fine until today... Do I have a dead AC charger? anyone have similar issues?  

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Hello,T480the following model 20L5000Bxx, http://psref.lenovo.com/Detail/ThinkPad/ThinkPad_T480?M=20L5000Bxx has SSD M.2 PCIe NVMe Opal2 storage.Is it possible to add 2.5" SATA drive, and have it together with above mentioned? Thanks

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We have an associate who uses a T480, he has dual screens and we have an HDMI and USB C to Hdmi for his displays. Most of the time they are running fine, sometimes though the USB C one goes black, and he has to unplug and replug it back in. Then it wakes up, we have replaced his USB C adapter and cable to the monitor and it hasn't helped. Is there possibly some settings that turns off the USB C port after a time period? It's hard to pin point because it happens throughout the day. Any help is appreciated.  Thanks in advanced.

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Dear All,I appreciate your help in advnace. my T480 take more than 35 sec to shut down, but I find it weird compared to my old T540p, or other T480 devices on the show in Lenovo stores. It starts up normall (within <10 secs).FYI, it is equiped with PCIe-NVme 981 512 Gb.Any solution?Bios update did not help , so I rolled back to the 1st version coz the lastest 2 version make the fan kicks annoyably at every start-up!

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HiI've bought a SATA III SSD to put on the second slot of my laptop but I haven't done enough research by the way this SSD doesn't work on this slot. So I had an amazing idea try it on the slot where my first SSD with fedora (Linux) work. It works I've installed Windows on the SSD but when I put my SSD with fedora in this slot back the SSD isn't recognized. I'm sorry for my terrible English and I hope someone could help me.Thanks for reading,

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I have a W520 now with 8gb ram, and a Quattro 1000 w/2gb graphic memory.My system ram is usually under 5gb usage, and I don't do a lot as far as video goes.Only youtube, and I am hooked up to a 1920x1200 monitor most of the time.For a T480, Is 8gb of ram sufficient, or would 16 make better use of the graphics card?





W-520, i7-2760QM, 8gb, quadro 1000, FHD, 500gb/7200rpm, WIN7PRO

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Hello all, Just received my sixth thinkpad in the last 23 years. It arrived yesterday.  It is a: T480, I7-8550U, 16GB(8+8), 512 M.2 SSD, iGPU, Win10 Pro The fan is really annoying.  It goes on and off constantly.  It seems to ramp up to full speed.  I have been reading about fan noise with this model all over the internet.  Is there a way for it to run constantly at a lower speed than the constant on and off?  My previous model was a T430 never had issues with fan noise (it was very quiet too when it ran). Currently running a test:  Not using the laptop at all.  Opened 1 tab on Chrome and have it sitting on cnn.com.  Also, opened one tab on Edge also on cnn.com.  Task manager open.  Chrome uses less CPU but more memory than Edge.  CPU is running between 15% and 20%.  Fan turns on every minute or so for about 20 to 30 seconds then goes off. It is loud and annoying going on and off.  Why can't it just be a constant lower speed?  On and off is ridiculous.  If this keeps up this machine is going back. Thanks for any replies and suggestions.

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Hi,New T480 user, with a new T480.I have a USB that I want to boot from for a temporary Linux session.I did the following:(1) Placed the USB key into the USB port(2) Restarted laptop(3) selected "Enter" when the red Lenovo logo starts on restart(4) selected the "boot from external device" option on the menu that appears(5) On the next menu that appears, I can see my USB key listed, but when I select it and press enter, nothing happens. It just stays on the same menu.I have tried this several times, restarting from both my admin account, and my windows account (I have these separate for security purposes), but cannot get it to work.Any suggestions?Thanks in advance

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Hi, everyone. Need your help to determine if a 128GB M.2 2242 PCIe NVMe SSD part number HFM128GDGTNG (Lenovo P/N SSS0L24763) would work as a second drive in the WWAN slot of my 8th gen ThinkPad T480, model 20L5-001GUS. Thanks in advance for any help. Herlock

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Hi,This is the first Lenovo Laptop bought by me.I am using the laptop for a few days and the impressions are overalling good, but, I have 2 problems:The first is with the 2 battery system.I tought that the first battery to discharge was the removal battery, but that is not the case. Do I have to change something in BIOS?The second problem is with the UltraDockStation.When I have 1 USB disk connected to the DockStation, I am unable to backup laptop to USB disk, or to transfer big files (10GBs for example) (from the laptop to USB 3.0 disk). It starts normally and then it freezes the transfer.If I connect the USB disk directly to the laptop this problem doesn't occur.All components area updated, with Lenovo Vantage.Anyone has this problems and are there any ways to solve it?Thank you

A:2 Problems with new T480

I can only respond to the 1st question.  See post below.  you cant change in Bios discharge priority.  Discharge priority depends on the wear level of the 2 batteries.
 
https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-T400-T500-and-newer-T/T470s-battery-discharge-priority/m-p/380...

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Hi everyone, today I upgraded the RAM and the SSD of my T480. I am absolutely not doing this for the first time and I was really careful. I removed the external battery and deactivated the internal battery before starting with the procedure. I used only ESD-safe tools and an ESD-wristband to make sure that the device doens't get damaged by static discharge.After installing the components, my device would no longer turn on. When I connect the charger, the power led flashes 3x but when I press the powervbutton nothing happens. No fan spin, no lights turning on, absolutly nothing.I then tried removing the RAM and the SSD and turning on the machine. But that didn't work as well.After that I tried removing all the power sources (internal and external battery, CMOS-battery), pressing the power button for 60 seconds and leaving the device for 1 hour before reconnecting everything. But it still can't turn it on. Do you guys have any idea what I could try to make my device work again? Thanks in advance. --resonance

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My T480 came with the standard 512GB NVMe SSD in-a-caddy. I'd need some more storage so am attempting to tweak the laptop, putting in 2 SSD into the 2.5" space. Here's my plan: M.2 2280 NVMe/SATA
-> Proprietary connector (F) on the motherboard
-> Proprietary connector (M) 00UR495
-> SATA-600 (F) 00UR495
-> M.2(NGFF) SATA KEY B+M SSD to SATA Adapter card
-> Crucial MX500 M.2 Type 2280 SSD

M.2 2242 NVMe slot
-> NGFF M.2 PCIe M-Key extension card with 20CM cable
-> Lenovo SSD M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe 512GB OPAL 2.0 SSD M.2 2280 Samsung (FRU 00UP490)I thought of extending the M.2 2242 NVMe slot with an extender card but turns out it doesn't fit. These are the two pieces I'd like to connect by an extender card: Motherboard: Lenovo T480 M.2 B-key (NVMe only x4 slot, x2 physically wired)https://imgur.com/rutbx72--> The 6 pins on the bottom (only 5 physically wired) suggest to me that this is a B key M.2 slot.NVMe SSD:Lenovo NVMe SSD M-key (PCIe GEN3 x4 NVMe)https://imgur.com/dI1AyRq The extender card I had attempted early, but that doesn't fit the M.2 2242 NVMe slot:http://eshop.sintech.cn/storage-adapter-ngff-m2-pcie-c-130_137.html Am I correct to conclude that the M.2 2242 NVMe slot is B key? Or is this a more special WWAN slot or alike?

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Using the trackpad on this T480 (i5 8350u, mx150, 16gb) results in jumpy cursor movement, especially at low speeds. It doesn't really hinder the usability but it's definitely not smooth. Is the trackpad just *like* this? Or do I have a dud? What I've tried to troubleshoot: This isn't a screen issue because my wireless mouse tracks very smoothly.I'm on the latest intel + nvidia drivers on windows 10 1803 (latest updates).I've also tried using the trackpad on ubuntu live usb and it is also jumpy there -- so is it definitely a hardware issue? Any ideas? Should I return it?

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Hi, I can't update my ssd firmware on my T480 with the zip package and following the attached instructions in the txt file.Windows udpate is 1809, fresh setup, unencrypted ssd, bios 1.19. Basically all latest update from System Update. Any idea of what could be a "device reason" or code RC=0x1? See attached screenshot. thanks

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I got a T480 today and it shows out that the dirve already been power on 106 times. I just got my new laptop today. I ordered it at Nov.14th and it is a T480 with 512G HDD.I opened my laptop, went through the guide, but when I ready to use, I noticed there are some films in my recycle bin that I never download. So i went to download a Crystaldiskinfo and found out that this drive's power on count is 106 count. I was gald with my new laptop. I was. Now, should I ask to change a new laptop or just ask for a new drive?

A:T480: New laptop, old drive.

You bought directly from Lenovo?
 
The latop is used.  If you bought as new, you would be justified in returning it.

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Currently have set up to charge both my battery until 85% but only 1 have managed to charge to 85% while the other is no where close to 85%. Any ideas why is it doing this? Picture below .. 

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Hi guys, I am planning to purchase the T480. I am a Linux user, therefore, I will be installing Ubuntu 18.04. I will use VirtualBox to run a windows system which will be used to do word, excel, visio stuff. This will run through out my work day. Apart from that, I will also be spinning up other ubuntu VMs to run / test software and apps occassionally. The config I have in mind for the T480 is as below:- Intel Core i7-8650U Processor (8MB Cache, up to 4.2GHz)14.0" FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS,Anti-Glare,250nit32GB(16+16) DDR4 2400MHz SODIMMIntegrated Graphics (Intel UHD Graphics 620)1TB Solid State Drive PCIe-NVMe M.2 2280 OPAL 2.0 So I am opting for the integrated graphics as I will not be playing any games or doing any graphics / video editing related stuff. Also so that I can save on battery consumption. However, I also notice that if I opt for the MX150 graphic card instead, there will be 2 heatpipes resulting in better cooling system. So, I would appreaciate some advise on this. Is it ok to go with the intergrated graphics with the work I do? Will the system heat up if running multiple VMs ?Should I invest on the MX150 for better cooling ? And will there be significant usage of battery with this ?Overall, what is the advise. Also, if I should be patient and wait for the T490 assuming it will be launched in Jan / Feb 2019. I've used the x240 before and I did experience massive heat on the bottom of the laptop.  The X1 carbon 6th gen i... Read more

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I recently purchased a T480 (Win 10 Pro 64-bit, 24 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD HD) which came configured with OneDrive. Since I have a private cloud storage service, I've tried to disable OneDrive with absolutely no sucess. Attempting to unistall the software has caused many odd system behavior: a) All default user visable system folders, e.g., Documents, have path: Disk:\Users\uname\OneDrive, though function was disabled; b) When MS Office is installed, all default files & folders are stored on path described, which reports an error of device (OneDrive) is available. Essential, my laptop is unusable. Have others experienced this problem? If yes, did you resolve it? Please share your solution if you did. Desperate!! Thanks for listening. 

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I've got a 2 month old T480 that intermittently, but frequently, refuses to shut down. It just spins at the Windows 10 shut down screen. After updating all available Windows and Lenovo updates it still occurs. Recently the battery occasionally stops charging. Removing and replacing the battery seems to resolve until the next time. This has only happened twice in the last week or so but I'm not sure if this is a related symptom or something else entirely.  I've got an X1 Yoga that has also had similar issues shutting down but very rarely. So I'm not sure if this is a Lenovo/Windows 10 thing or if something else is wrong. Any ideas or things to check?

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HelloI am having the same problem as many others. My trackpoint and the three keys (right left and middle click) have been disabled. The bios says they are enabled and they have worked before. When I go to settings the option to enable it is greyed out which leads me to think it is a problem registiring the keys. I have tried many shutdowns and reboots but none have worked. What should I do?Some people say that a keyboard replacement is best. Would it work for me?Should I send it to Lenovo for repair?

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Hi guys,I'm thinking about purchasing ThinkVision P24h monitor with USB-C input as an addon to my new T480. Both of them will be my first USB-C devices and I'm quite confused about possibilietes of USB-C.Am I getting it right, that single USB-C cable beetwen ThinkVision P24h and T480 will provide:Charging for my T480Video input for ThinkVision P24h from T480Connection to all peripherials (mouse, keyboard, etc.) connected to monitor via built-it USB hub for T480Am I gettting it right? Thank you

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I have accidently spilled water on my T480 laptop... I have switched off urgently and kept right now in dry place for water to evaporate. I am going to switch on my computer after 3 days from now. Is my laptop covered in warranty for water spill? Dont know the hidden meanings of Warrantt type.    Below is my warranty status:Your product is in warrantyCurrently viewing support resources for:T480 (Type 20L5, 20L6) Laptop (ThinkPad) ? Change Product Warranty Type: 3EZ Valid from: 2018-04-04 Expires in: 2021-07-02This product has a three year limited warranty and is entitled to depot repair service. Customers may call their local servicecenter for more information. Dealers may provide carry-in repair for this product. Batteries have a one year warranty. Warranty Type: 1EZBAT Valid from: 2018-04-04 Expires in: 2019-07-02The battery included within this product is entitled to a 1 year CRU/Depot warranty. Please note that this may differ from thewarranty of the base product itself.  













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A:T480 - Water Spill

It is not covered.  You would need to have bought something called "Thinkpad Protection" or "accidental damage coverage".

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We just purchased 20 of the T480 laptops, with 40AF ThinkPad Hybrid USB-C with USB-A Dock's.  We are having several issues with these devices:The internal battery drains almost all the way down before the replaceable battery drainsThe monitors connected to the dock don't work in BIOS and pre-windows logon screen.  We are unable to enter the bitlocker unlock key without using the laptop itselfThe USB ports on the dock cut in and out.  You'll be moving your mouse and all of the sudden it stops moving, then jumps accross the screen.  You'll be typing, and all of the sudden you'll get 10 of 1 character.  This happens about every other minute or so. Sometimes the dock and laptop don't proprly recognize each other.  The orange light on the dock never turns white, the laptop never chargess.  The only way to fix this is the power cycle the dock. I've tried 2 different docks with my laptop, and they both have the same issues. Running BIOS 1.12, and I see the new BIOS version's don't fix any of these issues. 

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Does anybody know if in case of Thinkpad T480 version with MX150 there is this disk speed limit? As far as I know, the T480 read/write nvme ssd speed is limited to 1800Mb/s. Does the version with GF MX150 have the same limit?  

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So while I work on a lot of lenovo systems (average 90+ a month, several models), I am starting to notice an issue with the T480 systems. I have been seeing an issue where people are not closing apps and just putting their systems to sleep, while this normally stops everything, I am noticing that the systems are still running and becoming overheated. It has gotten to a point that I decided to try this out for myself, and sure enough I came back, screen was black, system on, and I cannot turn it off! I pulled the basecover off and had to disconnect the internal battery (ONLY PROFESSIONAL TECHNICIANS SHOULD BE DOING THIS) in order to stop the system. After letting it cool for 3 - 5 minutes, the system starts back up with no issues, now I have seen this as well with several other T480 systems! Is anyone else starting to notice this? Is this a T480 issue or a software issue? Thanks

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I've been told by my IT team that the T480 laptops are only compatible with Windows 10 becuase of the Kaby Lake Processor.  Is this true?  I looked online and saw there are T480 Windows 7 drivers still available on this site.  Thanks   

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HiI am facing a strange situation.When I shutdown my laptop at 4:00pm, I check my battery charging level.Then next day at 9:00am when I start it, I notice that there is a decrease in charging by ~10%.Is this normal???

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Hi Folks,I am looking at a new T480 (not T480s) as a potential work replacement.  I have used Thinkpads off and on since the late 1990s, and am currently using a T460.  I am a Linux user (Ubuntu).I see from specifications listings at Lenovo that the T480 has two (??) SO-DIMM memory sockets.  My T460 has one, and also has RAM soldered onto the Motherboard.  I would like to verify with another T480 owner that it does in fact, have two SO-DIMM sockets rather than one DIMM socket plus on board RAM.https://psref.lenovo.com/syspool/Sys/PDF/ThinkPad/ThinkPad%20T480/ThinkPad_T480_Platform_Specificati...Some of the T480s (specifically the i7-8650u model) have a Nvidia GPU.  I don't need this GPU and see it as something that really could just add battery drain without any benefit.  Can I just remove this GPU?  I see tear down videos of T480s models and it looks like it could be removed altogether.Thank you for any help.  In spite of being slightly larger and heavier than my current T460, the new T480 looks like a power user's dreams come true.  Just need to confirm the two things above to finalize my decision.

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