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by ajkula66
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?
Replies: 29
Views: 523

Re: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?

bayou self wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:54 pm

Put Linux on your favorite machine, and Windows on your least favorite. Or, put the Windows machine in the garage?
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Unfortunately, I don't have a garage any more, so there goes that idea. I also happen to like the few old ThinkPads that I have left...
by ajkula66
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?
Replies: 29
Views: 523

Re: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?

@ Dekks : Many thanks for a well-positioned reply. Here's where I am at the moment: 1) I don't do any PC gaming. A conventional, real-world pinball machine is much more of my cup of tea. 2) Having used various *nix distros on recreational basis over the past decade, I have a decent understanding - a...
by ajkula66
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?
Replies: 29
Views: 523

Re: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?

Update: just booted the "live" Debian DVD and am typing this post using it. Thank you, Tasurinchi and Omineca, will keep everyone posted...
by ajkula66
Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?
Replies: 29
Views: 523

Re: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?

Tasurinchi wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:20 am

Of course there is: https://www.debian.org/CD/live/
Thank you, downloading as I'm typing this... :thumbs-UP:
by ajkula66
Sat Aug 18, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Driver help for T42 eunning windows 98
Replies: 10
Views: 137

Re: Driver help for T42 eunning windows 98

Try getting the device's hardware ID from Device Manager, then look for driver. There might be an old link/mirror with the Atheros driver for W98 still out there.

Good luck.
by ajkula66
Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?
Replies: 29
Views: 523

Re: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?

You're a technically-oriented person and the OS gives you complete control, which is what you're looking for. So why would I try to talk you out of it? Thank you for the kind words, but that description would've been more fitting a decade ago. Nowadays I'm just old, grouchy and lacking patience.......
by ajkula66
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Driver help for T42 eunning windows 98
Replies: 10
Views: 137

Re: Driver help for T42 eunning windows 98

Thanks for the post. I found that page earlier and tried all the wireless drivers on that page. None of them worked. I think a couple were only for 98SE which I don't have. I only have win98. Thanks very much, I'll keep looking. Let me know if you have anything else. Always appreciated. I haven't t...
by ajkula66
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 117
Views: 28738

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

The old master is coming out with a new album, hope to see him in November...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt2a3WliLA4
by ajkula66
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Driver help for T42 eunning windows 98
Replies: 10
Views: 137

Re: Driver help for T42 eunning windows 98

Sorry I don't know what MTM means. But should I try some wireless LAN drivers and see if I can get one to work? MTM is the 7-digit code I was referring to, and your system looked like this when it left the factory Based 2374-CTO: P M 745(1.8GHz), 512MB RAM, 40GB 4200rpm HDD, 14.1in 1024x768 LCD, 32...
by ajkula66
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Driver help for T42 eunning windows 98
Replies: 10
Views: 137

Re: Driver help for T42 eunning windows 98

Welcome to the forum! Now I just need drivers for the T42 for the PCI Card and the second PCI Ethernet Controller. What is the 7-character model number printed on the sticker that also shows the serial and the production date on the bottom of the laptop ? It should be something like 237x-xxx My best...
by ajkula66
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Favorite liquer/s ...
Replies: 11
Views: 271

Re: Favorite liquer/s ...

P.S. Please note that all of the above-mentioned alcoholic beverages are consumed FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES ONLY...... but then... I get sick a LOT ! Dave, my friend... For medicinal purposes nothing beats this one IME: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brandy-Slivovitz-yellow-Gentian-lincura/dp/B07BPD457L And...
by ajkula66
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?
Replies: 29
Views: 523

Re: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?

During the ~2 years that I used 8.1, I found it faster and more stable than 7, and it occupied less storage space because by then 7 had already had tons of updates, which could also have contributed to its sluggishness. Some say 8.1 is more secure than 7 as well. But my #1 favorite 8.1 feature was ...
by ajkula66
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: ThinkPad T61 With ATI Graphics?
Replies: 8
Views: 134

Re: ThinkPad T61 With ATI Graphics?

nightninja96 wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:07 am
Thanks for the help!
You're very welcome.

Wishing you the best of luck in your search for a replacement planar.
by ajkula66
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?
Replies: 29
Views: 523

Re: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?

What problems did you have with Windows 8.1? Honestly, I was so turned off by W8 UI that I haven't really played much with it. The bigger point here is that I don't see anything that even a tweaked 8.1 would offer me that W7 doesn't. Hardware that I'm hoping for won't be supported by it, which is t...
by ajkula66
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?
Replies: 29
Views: 523

Re: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?

pianowizard wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:57 am
Have you considered Windows 8.1?
Not for a split second.
It's an excellent option for Win 10 haters.
Reminds me of having a choice between lung cancer and a malignant brain tumour, albeit on a far less serious level... :twisted:

Thanks but no thanks.
by ajkula66
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: ThinkPad T61 With ATI Graphics?
Replies: 8
Views: 134

Re: ThinkPad T61 With ATI Graphics?

nightninja96 wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:44 am
Also, on a different note, do you know where I can get a good fx570m motherboard?
Post a WTB (want to buy) ad in the forum's Marketplace. You'll likely pay more than you would on shady auction sites, but it's pretty difficult to put a price tag on one's own piece of mind IMO.

Happy shopping.
by ajkula66
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: ThinkPad T61 With ATI Graphics?
Replies: 8
Views: 134

Re: ThinkPad T61 With ATI Graphics?

nightninja96 wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:28 am
What the heck is that thing than?
It's a motherboard.

I couldn't be bothered to zoom in the picture to verify which system it belongs to.

Your money your call by all means, but someone would have to have a pretty big gun pointed at my kids to make me buy *anything* from Aliexpress...
by ajkula66
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: ThinkPad T61 With ATI Graphics?
Replies: 8
Views: 134

Re: ThinkPad T61 With ATI Graphics?

Aliexpress...really ? :roll:

No T61/p was ever sold with an ATi graphics card, regardless of the target market. Period, end of story.
by ajkula66
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: IdeaPad Series Laptops
Topic: lenova G50
Replies: 12
Views: 224

Re: lenova G50

lady owner bought it from best buy $440 IMO, that's none of your concern. She could've gotten it for free, or paid $10K for it. None of that determines the actual value of a second-hand item. If I felt really generous - and had use for the system in question - I *might* offer her $100, take it or l...
by ajkula66
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?
Replies: 29
Views: 523

Re: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?

I'm partial to Debian distributions as well, but have never found the Trackpoint adjustments to be as precise as in Windows. This is a 100% valid complaint. Having said that, I can live with what I found in LMDE after minimal tweaking. Obviously, YMMV. I use Debian in many of my ThinkPads and I nev...
by ajkula66
Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?
Replies: 29
Views: 523

Re: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?

pianowizard wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:20 am
ajkula66 wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:10 pm
I have a tendency of wiping the SSD and performing a fresh install every six months or so.
With Windows 10, you don't need to do that.
I would rather go back to 701C, install W98 and use it as my daily driver...

Not moving to W10. Ever. Period, end of story.
by ajkula66
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: What to do if Computrace is activated in your TP BIOS
Replies: 90
Views: 72725

Re: What to do if Computrace is activated in your TP BIOS

Welcome to the forum! To get it disabled on my side - I need... to install Windows. The support person also said their software does not work on Linux at all, and therefore no agent application exists (even a utility to download) to disable Computrace in BIOS. Based on my very limited interaction wi...
by ajkula66
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?
Replies: 29
Views: 523

Re: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?

Yeah I've been playing with the "live" version of the latest LMDE beta for the past week and have gotten to like it a lot. While my preference is still Red Hat/Cent OS in certain respects, LMDE has provided me with a smoother overall experience for *my* needs. I'm unlikely to get anything done befor...
by ajkula66
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?
Replies: 29
Views: 523

Re: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?

Thinkpad4by3 wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:46 pm
I used Ubuntu for a week or so. Didn't like it. Doesn't mean other distros are better but if you are looking for a devil's advocate answer for SPECIFICALLY UBUNTU,you've come to the right place.
LMDE is Debian-based. Nothing to do with Ubuntu which I dislike for the most part myself.
by ajkula66
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?
Replies: 29
Views: 523

Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?

Those amongst you can be bothered to read my posts (rants ?) about operating systems are likely aware of the fact that for the past couple of years I've been running a "locked down" version of W7 Ultimate on my "main" systems. Some may also remember that I have a tendency of wiping the SSD and perfo...
by ajkula66
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Favorite liquer/s ...
Replies: 11
Views: 271

Re: Favorite liquer/s ...

Puppy wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:04 pm
Last three years ... water :D
Have you been ill for the past three years... :D (On a serious note, I hope not).
by ajkula66
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Screen Issues on T601
Replies: 7
Views: 197

Re: Screen Issues on T601

nightninja96 wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:30 pm
Is there anyway to confirm it is the GPU?
If you have a dock and can utilize the DVI output, yes.

You could also connect the LCD assembly to a *known working* T6x motherboard and take it from there.

Good luck.
by ajkula66
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Screen Issues on T601
Replies: 7
Views: 197

Re: Screen Issues on T601

The motherboard does have an 07 Nvidia Nvs 140m. I don't think the GPU is the problem because I plugged my T601 into a different monitor and didn't experience any problems with it. Does anyone know what the problem is? It most likely is a failing GPU. There are two separate output channels from the...
by ajkula66
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: Wireless Card Upgrades for W520
Replies: 4
Views: 147

Re: Wireless Card Upgrades for W520

IcarusFlies7 wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:21 am

...speaking of which, if anyone knows of a good graphics card for this thing that I can get on the cheap, would love any recommendations.
Graphic cards on most ThinkPads - including W520 - are soldered to the motherboard and not swappable.

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