giving up that easily;)?
No, not entirely, but I don't hold out much hope on the matter either ... and, at the very least, am disappointed that it isn't something that is as simple as out of the box plug and play, like some advertorials convey:
(<-- same as first, but this time in German ... I don't sprechen sie deutsch, so I have no idea if it adds anything )
Regarding the "regular laptop" seen in the video: it might be an HP (at least it looks like they put a small piece of grey/silver tape over top of an hp logo right by the webcam ... though I could be wrong .. visually it strikes me as being an HP like design ... though it could also be an Intel special build, just like AMD used when they showed off an AMD/Compal Trinity based laptop back in Jan: http://www.anandtech.com/show/5411/amds ... in-mid2012
The other thing I note about the Intel based laptop is the white cable connector adapter (going to the right samsung monitor?) -- looks like it might be either of: a mini-dp to DVI, mini-HDMI to DVI, or even a simple Thunderbolt adapter connected to a DVI cable.
Interestingly, (and, somewhat unrelated) a more recent video featuring a newer AMD/Compal design shows what looks to be the use of Lightening Bolt:
* http://www.anandtech.com/show/5413/amds ... r-usb-30dp
I've always thought that the ViDock/eGPU, and now Thunderbolt and Lightning Bolt, offer(ed) some interesting possibility for multi-monitor setups. Anyway, I digress
Well, that's a shame (if indeed true).. What the hell were they (Lenovo) thinking (crippling it that way) /me wonders...
Let me address the latter first. If the system is truly incapable of driving three displays simultaneously, I think its (purposeful) castration is a reflection of the fact that there is a limited subset of end users who would have much need for it. I have no idea about what costs or quantities of units being shipped, or the number of users who might make use of such a setup, but I can understand from a business perspective why if has been done if, say, for example, they are going to produce a quarter million units for world wide sale, 50 cent part for a 3rd TDMS, and only 20K users would use it.
Now, getting back to the faint possibility that there is still some hope. There is a dearth of information about a tri-display config with the HD Graphics 4000, and much of what little is out there strikes me as misinformation. (I haven't even found any mention about it on Intel's site or support site http://communities.intel.com/community/tech/graphics
). But here is three tidbits that are useful:
* http://phoronix.com/forums/showthread.p ... post261334
* http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showth ... t=18402722
I would discount the tomshardware post as being false (reason: allquixotic's post -- I am familiar with his/her postings and would consider them a reliable source). In any regard, the tomshardware post, like the others, does convey an important theme which I now believe is key: the outputs have to be digital. This would be similar as to the Eyefinity cards ... otherwise, there are plenty of cheap Radeon 5450s, 6450s or what have you, which have three outputs (generally, VGA, DVI, & HDMI), but none of them (AFAIK) will yield a tri-monitior config, but all will provide a dual monitor config off of any combination of two connectors from the three available.
So, that said, I think the only hope for a tri monitor config with the X230 is through a dock and with some combination of the digital outputs (perhaps using unique combos i.e. DVI, HDMI, dp and not something like DVI, DVI, DP). Andrew didn't explicitly state what output combos he had tried with, so perhaps he could elaborate there. My other thoughts here are perhaps the Winodws driver are not exposing this, whereas attempting it under Linux might expose working functionality. Or, perhaps the dock, or the laptops dock connector itself, are not wired in such a way as to allow for exposure of the HD Graphics 4000's underlining tri-display capability. Or maybe it requires the release of a new dock to expose this feature.
All in all, there might be a chance it could work (one way or the other), but its not a very big one.