I'm having a hard time finding the answer to this, so I'll ask the community.

The dock for the Lenovo T60p has a Dual-Link DVI output, and I can presently drive a Dell 24" LCD panel at 1900x1200.

For extreme mind mapping, I want to drive a Dell 30" display at 2560x1600 from my ThinkPad T60p.

The T60p has a ATI Mobility FireGL V5200 chipset, which as best as I can tell should  work at 2560x1600.

Of course, I'd like some assurance before I move on this. If anyone has done this, please let me know.

Meanwhile, I'll continue to research.

Discussion/Comments (8):

ThinkPad T60p users: Can I drive a 30 Display?

Hi Eric,

I have exactly the same configuration and the same question! I'd appreciate it if you could let me know what you find out, because I'd love to have that 30 inch-er sitting on my desk.



Posted at 04/29/2007 10:25:09 by David Wilner

ThinkPad T60p users: Can I drive a 30 Display?

I have a 30" display from another manufacturer (same resolution), and I can assure you that the T60p will push the pixels just fine. I can't speak to the stock T60, but it's likely that it would work as well. The one caveat is that you need to make absolutely sure you use a dual-link DVI cable. A single-link cable cannot handle the bandwidth required to push 2560x1600.

Posted at 04/29/2007 18:44:11 by Cade Fassett

Thank you Cade, for the 30" LCD w T60p feedback!

I've moved this project from someday/maybe to current projects. Thanks!

Posted at 04/30/2007 12:09:28 by Eric Mack

ThinkPad T60p users: Can I drive a 30 Display?

Interesting that you are able to connect with a "native" connection. I've seen mixed reviews with other laptops.


Another thing you could try:

The thinkpad Advanced Dock has a PCI-Express Slot. I believe IBM/Lenovo is the only brand that has a real PCI-Express slot. You should be able to squeeze in just about any graphics card you desire.

Posted at 09/05/2007 9:21:57 by Clifford

ThinkPad T60p users: Can I drive a 30 Display?


Thanks for your response over email recently. I can confirm the following combination that I ended up getting works with 2560 x 1200 resolution:

- Lenovo T60p widescreen (ATI FireGL card)

- Lenovo Advanced min-dock

- 30" Apple Cinema Display

- Running Vista Business

The trick was to make sure I had the display on the big lcd only...when I have dual display then I get a much lower resolution.

Anyway, thanks again for your email response.


Posted at 03/20/2008 9:44:29 by Satya

ThinkPad T60p users: Can I drive a 30 Display?

Eric! Are you (have you) really driven your external monitor to 1920 x 1200 with your DVI output? What do I have to do to make this work?

When I set my res. to 1920 x 1200, my monitor reports it's getting a 1600 x 1200 signal and I see a clipped display.

The Acer utility running on the laptop says all the right things about the monitor.

OS = Win XP

Driver = 3-Jan-08 8.442.3.0 (last posted at lenovo.com)

Posted at 01/15/2009 14:08:43 by Jeff

re: ThinkPad T60p users: Can I drive a 30 Display?

Yes, I drive my 30" monitor. Works, great. BUT I had to update my video drivers to get it to work. I originally had the same problems that you describe.

Posted at 01/16/2009 20:00:58 by Eric Mack

ThinkPad T60p users: Can I drive a 30 Display?


I am now running 1920x1200 on the DVI-D output of the Advanced Dock (not mini-dock, fwiw) on my T60p (1600x1200 Laptop LCD, ATI FireGL V5200) to Acer P241W.

I am not sure how stable this will be. I.e., will it reliable boot up this way?

My recipe includes installing latest driver + ATI Catalyst Control Center from Lenovo.com and uninstalling the Acer monitor software.

There's a new version there from when I first wrote. Also never had Catalyst software before and maybe that helps.

Posted at 04/07/2009 18:59:28 by Jeff

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