Hi, I am a new owner of a IBM THINKPAD T30. (Bought off Ebay) Can someone tell me:
1: Do I need the Wireless MPCI card?
2: Should I purchase a 1TB external drive to increase memory?
3: How can I get a free dvd decoder codec?
4: How do I update ALL the Windows software?(Currently running XP)
I purchased a pair of used IBM T30(s) several years ago. One thing that I've learned is that a machine with a fresh Windows XP install runs faster than a 2 year-old install (even after Registry Cleaner and HD Defrag). If I am wrong, then someone please tell me what products I ought to be using.
Please search my posts "robert213" and then you will see my progress thru:
A. Purchase two used PATA/IDE (not Sata) 100 GB Hard Drives.
-- Hitachi 5K100 (5400rpm) or 7K100 (7200rpm) 80 or 100 GB Hard Drives.
-- Western Digital Scorpio Blue (5400rpm) or Black (7200rpm) less than 320 GB Hard Drives.
B. Obtain IBM T30 Recovery CD
-- This CD will restore your machine back to the way it left the factory.
-- It includes Windows XP Pro, Device Drivers, and IBM Utilities.
-- RealBlackStuff has a post in this T30 forum that will be of help for you.
C. Download MS Win XP Service Pack 2 and Service Pack 3.
-- If I remember correctly, the IBM T30 Recovery CD has SP1.
-- Therefore, you can skip over SP2.
D. Free DVD decoder codec
-- The IBM T30 Recovery CD includes InterVideo's Win DVD 3.2 DXVA
-- which has DVD decoder codec needed to run Windows Media Player
F. Purchase Acronis True Image Home
-- Use this to make back up copy of your fresh Windows XP SP3 install
G. Purchase Apricorn Drivewire Adapter
-- Use this as your HD enclosure for your backup Hard Drive.
H. Purchase USB 2.0 PC Card
-- The port on our T30's is USB 1.1. USB 2.0 is much faster.
-- AKE PC Card (with 5V power cord, if available)
I. Download Avast! (anti-virus) and ZoneAlarm (firewall)
J. Should I purchase a 1TB external drive to increase memory?
-- Purchase two 512MB PC2700 memory chips.
-- Purchase one 1GB PC2700 memory chip and use one existing 256MB.
-- I use my original 40GB HD for backup copies of spreadsheet & docs.
K. Do I need the Wireless MPCI card?
-- Most folks, purchase an internal wireless card.
-- I was lazy and purchased Linksys -11g PC Card
-- I connect ethernet cord directly to router when downloading install programs
At first this may seem like a lot of work, but
my IBM P4M T30 with fresh Win XP install runs just as fast as
my GF's 2 y/o Dell iCore5 Latitude E6510.
The hard part (the lessons learned from prior mistakes) has already be done
for you by the members of this T2X/T30 forum.