okay, bought a replacement x220 motherboard from china. now to hope that it's the real deal.

my old motherboard had an i5 but I managed to find an i7. not the fastest i7 that the x220 ever came with, but the second fastest. i5 motherboards are plentiful, but i7s are rare.

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I've bought a few thinkpad components like that from China, and I don't think I've ever had a fake. Probably just eWaste or recycling of old machines that lead to most of the components you see on eBay. Batteries are a bit scarier though.

@dthompson I don't like working on laptops 😅

@kai it can be a pain, for sure. thinkpads are easier to work on than some others.

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