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by acz
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: How to do middleton's bios properly?
Replies: 23
Views: 17065

Re: How to do middleton's bios properly?

Well, I seem to have successfully flashed my T61 with the Middleton 2.29 BIOS. It beeped once when it was done, and then rebooted from the CD. I waited until it beeped again, and then popped open the CD Drive before it rebooted from there, and let it boot from the C drive. Everything seemed to be wo...
by acz
Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: T23 CMOS Battery
Replies: 5
Views: 1839

Re: T23 CMOS Battery

I just have to second the motion regarding wine from Alsace, I daresay I have liked every one that I have tried! :)
by acz
Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: a long-lived T61 ?
Replies: 14
Views: 3168

Re: a long-lived T61 ?

UPDATE and Happy New Year. Well, this project went dormant for 18 months due other tasks in life, but with the advent of the New Year I hope I will be able to get back to extending the lifetime of this T61. A) Since the last update, the screen has gone wonky: At boot up the entire laptop screen is r...
by acz
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: a long-lived T61 ?
Replies: 14
Views: 3168

Re: a long-lived T61 ?

Thank you for all the helpful comments so far. I am encouraged that no one said "don't waste your time". With a busy summer ahead, I just have to make the time to proceed.
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by acz
Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: a long-lived T61 ?
Replies: 14
Views: 3168

a long-lived T61 ?

I am no expert, but able to follow instructions, and seek advice from the experienced users here. My trusty T61 is model 7658, Core 2 Duo T9300, 4 GB of RAM, BIOS 7LETC7WW 2.27 The hard drive is Hitachi Travelstar HTS725032A9A364 = 320GB SATA-300. Amazingly, this laptop has been a real frequent flye...
by acz
Thu Jul 28, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Help using a 1 TB HDD in T61 – is it an AHCI driver issue?
Replies: 3
Views: 1583

Help using a 1 TB HDD in T61 – is it an AHCI driver issue?

Help using a 1 TB HDD in T61 – is it an AHCI driver issue? I have a trusty Thinkpad T61 that was built in August 1997. It came with Win XP and a 100 GB hard drive. Some years later, I bought a 320 GB drive, and did a clean install of Win 7. That has been working pretty well for a long time, and of c...
by acz
Wed Feb 04, 2015 12:04 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Thinkvantage Toolbox, PC Doctor, and Solution Center on T61
Replies: 2
Views: 3637

Re: Thinkvantage Toolbox, PC Doctor, and Solution Center on

Thank you Ray for another thoughtful reply. I will follow your suggestions.
by acz
Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:04 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Thinkvantage Toolbox, PC Doctor, and Solution Center on T61
Replies: 2
Views: 3637

Thinkvantage Toolbox, PC Doctor, and Solution Center on T61

My T61 is getting old but seems to work reliably, running Win 7 64-bit. I believe that the Lenovo ThinkVantage Toolbox ("powered by PC-Doctor") software came with the machine originally (it is currently at version 6.0.5849). It autoruns quarterly to scan the hardware and tell me about system status,...
by acz
Tue Dec 16, 2014 3:03 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: new L540 - Win 8.1 downgrade to Win 7on a brand new machine
Replies: 1
Views: 1168

Re: new L540 - Win 8.1 downgrade to Win 7on a brand new mac

Well, FWIW here is how the story turns out: Rep #3 wins the prize. The shipping box contained recovery CDs for Windows 8.1 Upon the initial power-up, the new machine booted directly into Windows 7 Pro, no questions asked. Microsoft Windows Update offered about 80 patches. Lenovo System Update offere...
by acz
Mon Dec 08, 2014 4:35 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Where to buy memory nowadays (for L540)
Replies: 6
Views: 3278

Re: Where to buy memory nowadays (for L540)

Thanks everyone. I checked out NewEgg and a few other sites. I really wanted to make sure that I was ordering the right stuff, so I double and triple checked the numbers. As it turns out, BHPhoto had the Crucial 16GB memory kit with free expedited shipping and no tax, so they beat Newegg and Amazon....
by acz
Mon Dec 08, 2014 4:25 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: time to replace a T41p; there are so many Lenovo models now!
Replies: 21
Views: 5559

Re: time to replace a T41p; there are so many Lenovo models

Thanks again pianowizard. All good points. My first query to the forum was Oct 12, but I did not get around to doing any actual shopping until Dec 1 due to leading an overly busy life, just like everyone these days. I never saw that $650 T, somehow I missed it since I started with E as a target and ...
by acz
Sat Dec 06, 2014 5:50 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: new L540 - Win 8.1 downgrade to Win 7on a brand new machine
Replies: 1
Views: 1168

new L540 - Win 8.1 downgrade to Win 7on a brand new machine

In the process of ordering a new Thinkpad L540 last week, I had the opportunity to speak with three friendly Lenovo reps who answered various questions about my order. I told them that my wife (the user) would prefer to avoid the learning curve with Win 8, and thus stick with Win 7 for now, but migh...
by acz
Sat Dec 06, 2014 5:30 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Where to buy memory nowadays (for L540)
Replies: 6
Views: 3278

Re: Where to buy memory nowadays (for L540)

Thank you. Off topic P.S. I saw your signature. Have you tried to repair the pulsing fan on your T23 ? I have not fiddled with the old machines in years. Since the T20 was working until the Win98 driver got corrupted, perhaps I should reformat that hard drive and try to learn some flavor of Linux. P...
by acz
Sat Dec 06, 2014 4:03 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Where to buy memory nowadays (for L540)
Replies: 6
Views: 3278

Where to buy memory nowadays (for L540)

Its been some years since I added memory to any of my devices. Now, my wife is getting a new Thinkpad L540 with i7 processor for Christmas which will arrive next week. It comes standard with a 4GB of memory, but I figure its a good idea to get some aftermarket memory 2x8GB to max it out with 16 GB. ...
by acz
Sat Dec 06, 2014 3:36 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: time to replace a T41p; there are so many Lenovo models now!
Replies: 21
Views: 5559

Re: time to replace a T41p; there are so many Lenovo models

RealBlackStuff wrote:There's no harm in browsing the various sub-forums we have...
Among other things, you would have found this: Lenovo ThinkPad L540 Honest Review [Long Post]
Thank you RealBlackStuff for pointing me to that very thorough review. I learn something new every day.
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by acz
Fri Dec 05, 2014 4:26 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Linux newbie, planning to try zorin on a T41p runnning XP
Replies: 4
Views: 2816

Re: Linux newbie, planning to try zorin on a T41p runnning X

So, since my wife is getting a Thinkpad L540 for Christmas, the old T41p will be available in January for me to play around with Zorin or another Linux. Thanks for the advice so far, I am sure I'll be back to ask for more in the New Year.
by acz
Fri Dec 05, 2014 4:23 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: time to replace a T41p; there are so many Lenovo models now!
Replies: 21
Views: 5559

Re: time to replace a T41p; there are so many Lenovo models

Meanwhile, do you have an opinion about the Thinkpad that is being built for me right now? L540 with i7-4702MQ cpu (6MB cache, up to 3.2 GHz) win 8.1 pro 64 downgrade win 7 pro 64 1.6" FHD 1920x1080 Intel HD graphics 4600 4GB SODIMM (I'll add 8GB later in the second slot, or maybe 8GB in both slots...
by acz
Wed Dec 03, 2014 2:50 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: time to replace a T41p; there are so many Lenovo models now!
Replies: 21
Views: 5559

Re: time to replace a T41p; there are so many Lenovo models

Thank you pianowizard. I think you have really hit on something, and your distinction between home-oriented vs. business-oriented machines is a good one. Of course, I think a lot of folks are getting their machines at Costco, Best Buy, or another retailer. Personally I had no idea that Dell Precisio...
by acz
Tue Dec 02, 2014 7:16 pm
Forum: Pictures of your ThinkPad & desk setup
Topic: Here's my new beast - E540
Replies: 5
Views: 3950

Re: Here's my new beast - E540

Hello hwattys, Thanks for your comment. I went back to the drawing board yesterday, and was able to configure an L540 with very similar specs to the E540 that I mentioned for almost the same cost. So, that is what should arrive in a week or two. I decided that build quality should count a bit more h...
by acz
Mon Dec 01, 2014 7:39 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: time to replace a T41p; there are so many Lenovo models now!
Replies: 21
Views: 5559

Re: time to replace a T41p; there are so many Lenovo models

If you're not going for a T-model, and battery life is important, perhaps consider L540 instead of E540: Well, after more reading and discussion, I was able to configure an L540 with almost the same specs as the E540, and for almost the same price. The main difference is that I ordered less memory ...
by acz
Mon Dec 01, 2014 4:56 pm
Forum: Pictures of your ThinkPad & desk setup
Topic: Here's my new beast - E540
Replies: 5
Views: 3950

Re: Here's my new beast - E540

Hello Dawnbreaker. My wife is thinking to replace her T41p with a brand new E540 (I posted the details in another post). Some people on this site thought that the E540 was NOT a good machine. The Lenovo rep explained that in her opinion, it is best to stay avoid the "Lenovo" line and stay with the "...
by acz
Mon Dec 01, 2014 4:27 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: time to replace a T41p; there are so many Lenovo models now!
Replies: 21
Views: 5559

Re: time to replace a T41p; there are so many Lenovo models

Well, here is where my wife seems to be reaching a conclusion; I think that brand loyalty and keyboard feel are the main factors now. The 17" screens she saw seemed to be on machines with lower build quality, so she will settle for 15.6" screen with 1920x1080 resolution. Perhaps that will make her m...
by acz
Sun Oct 12, 2014 4:45 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: time to replace a T41p; there are so many Lenovo models now!
Replies: 21
Views: 5559

time to replace a T41p; there are so many Lenovo models now!

My wife has finally decided to replace her trusty T41p running XP. Going forward she would like a laptop with a large and excellent screen. Her main use will be for geneaology work, so that means email, web surfing, some documents and spreadsheets, and sharing photos with the extended family. I plan...
by acz
Tue May 27, 2014 12:03 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Linux newbie, planning to try zorin on a T41p runnning XP
Replies: 4
Views: 2816

Re: Linux newbie, planning to try zorin on a T41p runnning X

Thank you, that makes sense. I was not sure if the Pentium M was 32 or 64 bits. So I will do my experiment with the 32-bit OS on the USB stick. If that seems to work, I can make a separate 64-bit OS on a stick for the T61, My wife is hearing all the security concerns about XP, and the appeal of Zori...
by acz
Mon May 26, 2014 4:56 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Linux newbie, planning to try zorin on a T41p runnning XP
Replies: 4
Views: 2816

Linux newbie, planning to try zorin on a T41p runnning XP

My wife's laptop is a sturdy T41p with Pentium M CPU and 1.5 GB of RAM; she has been happy with Windows XP and MS Office up to now. With XP's demise, going to Linux seems appealing. One idea is to put Zorin-OS on that laptop. I have read that Zorin is a linux version which would look very close to X...
by acz
Fri Mar 21, 2014 3:09 pm
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Bluetooth problem with T61
Replies: 0
Views: 4853

Bluetooth problem with T61

Hello, I hope this is the correct forum for my query. My Thinkpad T61 is running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. For about the last month or so, there is a long delay whenever I open Microsoft Word. The Word opening screen says "Loading Add-ins (1 of 2) Send to Bluetooth" and sits there for about 30 seconds. ...
by acz
Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:11 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: I never got a T40 series Thinkpad
Replies: 39
Views: 9761

Re: I never got a T40 series Thinkpad

FWIW, my wife uses the T42p and I use a T61. We both travel quite a bit, and these have gone through many airports. They are in use about 6 days a week since they arrived from the factory. The T42 is all original parts and still going strong without any problems that I can recall. The T61 came with ...
by acz
Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:04 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: WiFi Driver for Intel Cards 14.2.0000
Replies: 3
Views: 1323

Re: WiFi Driver for Intel Cards 14.2.0000

Thank you very much TTY, I will happily ignore this update.
acz
by acz
Mon Oct 24, 2011 4:36 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: I never got a T40 series Thinkpad
Replies: 39
Views: 9761

Re: I never got a T40 series Thinkpad

@acz: off-topic: for your pulsing T23 fan, see this: http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?t=27245 off-topic: Yes, thank you very much for that reference. A couple of years ago, I had some time for a project and took the t23 apart, the inductors were firmly affixed. So at that point I chickened ...

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