Random Thinkpad shutdowns

Since getting a Thinkpad T60p and a port replicator, I’ve been cursed with a particular problem whereby the machine would sometimes power itself off when I attached it to the dock. A problem, since my normal mode of working is to suspend between office and home, and then plug back in… IBM’s internal VPN software ensures that the change in connection between home and office networks is transparent to all of my applications. I’d heard that it was to do with static, and therefore got into the habit of earthing myself by touching metal before docking the machine.

Lenovo have now announced a fix for this issue (which affects a few of the more recent Thinkpad models, unfortuately), in the shape of “two conductive rubber caps”. Need to get me some of those.

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