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Thinkpad X200 Tablet

updated 2022-08-11


Contents

See also

Integrated camera

This is FRU 2060 in the hardware maintenance manual.

Some models have the camera, some don't. It will be in the middle of the top of the screen bezel (looking at the screen with the lenovo logo oriented normally); some have a black plastic trapezoidal cover, some have the camera option. Camera kits are available on-line for the X200 Tablet for around US$15 or so at time of writing.

SATA drive

As far as I know, any 2.5" SATA laptop-sized drive will work.

To replace the drive, locate the drive cover between the stylus holder and RJ-11 modem port on the right side of the laptop. Unscrew the screw holding in the cover, to which the hard drive icon on the bottom of the laptop under the stylus holder is pointing. Lift out the cover and there the drive will be exposed.

Hard drive caddy

Most of the eBay listings for X200 Tablets don't have hard drive covers or caddies. You will want a caddy because it makes it much easier to get a drive out, and because it spaces out the drive in the space provided and provides some (minimal) amount of shock protection. This is especially good for hard disks as you don't want those moving around in your laptop chassis, even if there's no risk of them being disconnected.

In a pinch you can use cardboard to space out a drive. I made out okay using folded cardstock given that my X200 Tablet was going nowhere except my desk. You should not do this for long periods, not really because there's some risk that increases as time wears on but just because in general it's stupid.

The same rubber rails that go around the hard drive, and the same metal thing that you screw onto the drive that has the black ribbon attached used to pull the drive out, are used for the X200, X200S, X200 Tablet, X201, X201S, X201 Tablet, T420, T420S, T430, and T430S, as far as I know. Rubber rails for the X220 Tablet did not work, nor did the bay cover for the X220 Tablet work for the X200 Tablet.

Memory

This is FRU 1040 DIMM in the hardware maintenance manual. The system memory modules and the access panel only have to be removed if the modules specifically are being replaced or if the system mainboard is getting replaced.

RealBlackStuff says the X200 Tablet is compatible with DDR3-1066 (PC3-8500) and DDR3-1333 (PC3-10600). It's possible to have 8GB memory installed. eBay seller laptopused correlates that DDR3-1333 dual-rank memory should work. Apparently for technical reasons the X200 Tablet must take 2Rx8 memory; two ranks of eight chips, and for 8GB memory, 256MB per chip (divide 8192MB by 2 modules * 2 ranks * 8 chips).

OEM-configured laptops can have DDR3-1066 memory from Elpida or Samsung. Laptop Mag says the laptop came with 2GB RAM by default and is upgradeable to 4GB but most laptops for sale secondhand have 4GB memory installed. Types 7449-43U and 7450-EYU came with 2x2GB DDR3-1066 SO-DIMM (PC3-8500).

I got in touch with eBay seller woosterpsu who was auctioning off an X200 Tablet to benefit the Electronic Frontier Foundation with 8GB RAM installed and reported in the BIOS. The seller sent me an image of the installed memory: a Hynix 4GB 2Rx8 PC3-10600S and a Dell P/N SNPX830DC/4G, both scavenged from other laptops. These are confirmed working in a Core2 Duo L9400 X200 Tablet.

Screws

Per the hardware maintenance manual (page 225), the following screws are necessary for full assembly of the X200 Tablet:

Quantity Head Length Style Color
1 M1.6 6mm Wafer head Silver
1 M2 2.5mm Wafer head Black
11 M2 3mm Flat head Black
18 M2 3.5mm Wafer head Silver
1 M2 3.5mm Wafer head Black
3 M2 6mm Wafer head Silver
13 M2 6mm Wafer head Black
1 M2 3mm Stud (height=4.2mm) Black
1 M2 3mm Stud (height=5.5mm) Black
6 M2.5 6mm Wafer head Black
9 M2.5 8mm Wafer head Black
1 M3 3mm Wafer head (HDD screw) Black

Additionally listed are 9 circular screw caps and 6 square screw caps.

Two screw kits are listed with part numbers 45N3139 and 60Y4164. The difference is that 45N3139 has one more M2x3.5mm silver wafer head screw listed (18 versus 17). 45N3139's contents in particular are reflected in the table above.

On page 79 of the hardware maintenance manual some very rarely-noted screw notices are listed that are worth repeating, though it's up to the maintainer to follow the practices they so choose:

Software

For some procedures in the hardware maintenance manual a ThinkPad Hardware Maintenance Diskette is needed. This was available only to licensed dealers.

Here's a chart of executable names relevant to the X200 Tablet as provided from Lenovo and their product names. A lot of this is sourced from hearsay and olden lore so it may not be fully accurate, and definitely isn't complete. Also, I trimmed down redundant sections of product names - for example, 7wuj45uc.iso is actually BIOS Update Bootable CD for Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit), Vista (32-bit, 64-bit), XP - ThinkPad but if it's bootable itself operating system compatibility likely doesn't matter.

Executable Product name Version
6itr02ww.zip BIOS Settings Capture/Playback Utility 4.01
7wuj45uc.iso BIOS Update Bootable CD 3.21
7wuj45u6.exe BIOS Update Utility for Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit), Vista (32-bit, 64-bit), XP 3.21
6ea118ww.exe Conexant Audio Driver for Windows Vista (32-bit, 64-bit), XP 4.92.15.0 / 3.64.15.0
6ea160ww.exe Conexant Audio Software for Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit) 4.92.12.0
maint150.exe IBM Thinkpad Hardware Maintenance Diskette (HMD) 1.50
maint160.exe IBM Thinkpad Hardware Maintenance Diskette (HMD) 1.60
maint169.exe IBM Thinkpad Hardware Maintenance Diskette (HMD) 1.69
i7tm23us.exe IBM Thinkpad Hardware Maintenance Diskette (HMD) 1.75
i7tm25us.exe IBM Thinkpad Hardware Maintenance Diskette (HMD) 1.77
i7tm37us.exe Unknown Unknown
i7tm38us.exe IBM Thinkpad Hardware Maintenance Diskette (HMD) 1.89
83ts04ww.exe ThinkPad BIOS Settings for Windows 7 (32-bit), Vista (32-bit), XP, 2000 3.03

Lenovo's X200 Tablet downloads won't last forever. Here's a JavaScript that allows a user to download arbitrary executables from Lenovo's download servers.

The following operating systems were available pre-installed by the OEM, depending on the variant:

9front system usage is described in the 9front FQA, section 3.2.5.2.1.

Linux system usage is described in detail on the Arch GNU+Linux wiki - any Linux or UNIX specific knowledge I have I add to the Arch wiki rather than putting on this page.

Stylus

The X200 Tablet originally came with a single-button stylus with a gray "eraser". I found some single-button stylus from eBay, with a red "eraser", and that worked too. I have a two-button stylus that came with another X200 Tablet but it's as of yet untested. The Fujitsu T-5000 digitizer pen does work, identically according to xev(1).

Do not try to insert two-button Thinkpad styluses into the stylus holder of the X200 Tablet as they'll become stuck in there because of how the buttons are shaped. To remove a stuck stylus the digitizer pen case (part number 45N3146) must be unscrewed and removed from the chassis. Following the hardware maintenance manual, remove FRUs "1020 Battery pack" and "1060 Keyboard" and follow steps 6 and 7 of the removal process of FRU "1180 DC-in connector, fan, digitizer pen case, and pen switch assembly". No other FRUs need to be removed, nor do any other steps of the removal process of FRU 1180 need to be followed.