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by farmall
Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?
Replies: 69
Views: 3472

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

I see no reason to "switch" when I can have it all at zero cost. It's trivially easy to use VMs. My Linux hosts have Windows guests and Windows hosts have Linux guests. If I only ran one or the other I'd still use VMs to have different OS versions and test applications before loading to bare metal....
by farmall
Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Good distro for replacing Windows?
Replies: 6
Views: 1225

Re: Good distro for replacing Windows?

Windows installs deteriorate over time. The colloquial term is "winrot" and the usual solution is nuke and pave (wipe and reinstall). I keep a bootable USB flash drive for Windows 7 with folders containing any applications and printer drivers. They are easy to prepare for both Windows and Linux. If ...
by farmall
Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T61p 15.4 - Keep or ditch for W500
Replies: 13
Views: 4471

Re: T61p 15.4 - Keep or ditch for W500

I don't see an SSD mentioned. If still using spinning rust for your operating system drive, an SSD will make your machine much nicer to use. The old spinner can be used for extra storage in a caddy. Even if you replace your T61 an SSD is a very good idea because old spinners are severe performance b...
by farmall
Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Dead T61 w/Nvidia 140M? Here's an option. *PICS*
Replies: 71
Views: 57247

Re: Dead T61 w/Nvidia 140M? Here's an option. *PICS*

It's not always true but finding successful examples to copy takes some looking. This thread goes into depth and has a couple of successful examples. https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/forums/v3_1/forumtopicpage/board-id/tp08_en/thread-id/31721/page/1 Best e-gpu forum I've seen: https://www.techinferno.co...
by farmall
Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: What do you do with Linux?
Replies: 35
Views: 4613

Re: What do you do with Linux?

I do everything I'd do with a Windows box with much greater convenience, control and stability. If I want to run Windows-only applications I run them in a virtual Windows machine using KVM. I don't dual boot and dislike it. Before VMs were convenient I used hard disk swap racks instead or selected m...
by farmall
Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:59 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: Replace base x220- how to get coa label/touch button adhesive?
Replies: 2
Views: 1296

Re: Replace base x220- how to get coa label/touch button adhesive?

COA labels are controlled items (and useless unless you have a particular reason to want one) but if you aren't good at remembering software keys you could type yours, print on a label, then paste that in the battery compartment for reference. You can read your existing key with a variety of free ut...
by farmall
Fri Nov 11, 2016 1:47 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: Protect MBR from ransomware
Replies: 8
Views: 2304

Re: Protect MBR from ransomware

For maximum protection, run Windows in a virtual machine on a Linux host. You can take a clean Snapshot in Virtualbox (a good basic virtualization solution) and a fresh install is a VM reboot away. The best way to protect Windows is by running it as a guest OS, and if you are that interested in secu...
by farmall
Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Yoga
Topic: Thinkpad for computer science major
Replies: 7
Views: 4061

Re: Thinkpad for computer science major

No matter what you eventually bought, a Comp Sci student should have zero difficulty running Linux and other OS in virtual machines. They are better for learning than bare metal because you can restore to a previous state. You can network virtual OS and try any software you like at no risk of borkin...
by farmall
Sat Aug 15, 2015 11:39 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Need advice for my 6 T61s
Replies: 26
Views: 3887

Re: Need advice for my 6 T61s

I've been throwing Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit on T61s for years with not much fuss, but sometimes it just hangs because it's Windows. I greatly prefer Linux on T61s and anything else I can run it on. If you don't absolutely require Windows I suggest experimenting with various live Linuxes off USB key...
by farmall
Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:32 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Fixing a problematic T61p...
Replies: 5
Views: 1526

Re: Fixing a problematic T61p...

Easy way is wait for a cheap Intel GPU donor notebook and swap whatever is good from yours. My WUXGA T61 is made from an Intel base and a screen from a dead Nvidia unit. Takes little effort to swap.
by farmall
Tue Feb 17, 2015 3:49 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Dropped "fixed" nvidia T61
Replies: 2
Views: 4842

Re: Dropped "fixed" nvidia T61

I don't find the labor involved to possibly rescue garbage GPUs for a little longer worth it though T61s are easy to disassemble. Organ donors are so cheap on Ebay it's less hassle to find a T61 with no hard disk and an Intel GPU and swap your parts over. I don't buy boards since people who pull boa...
by farmall
Tue Feb 17, 2015 3:42 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Thinkpad T60p: Hard drive replacement & copying
Replies: 19
Views: 3089

Re: Thinkpad T60p: Hard drive replacement & copying

Cloning an old install also clones any problems with that old install. I usually use hard disk replacement as an opportunity for a clean installation of OS and applications.
by farmall
Tue Jan 27, 2015 6:41 pm
Forum: OS/2 Questions
Topic: List of Thinkpads that Supported OS/2
Replies: 26
Views: 12835

Re: List of Thinkpads that Supported OS/2

I strongly advise anyone with a set of floppies to image them using Winimage or similar on Windows (dd in Linux) and make self-extracting files so you can write fresh floppies if your originals become corrupted. Self-extracting files are handiest because you don't need the program which produced the...
by farmall
Fri Jan 23, 2015 7:18 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Is it difficult to remove Windows and Load Ubuntu?
Replies: 10
Views: 2867

Re: Is it difficult to remove Windows and Load Ubuntu?

Thanks for that tip. Glad I didn't get a 1TB version!

If it acts up I can reimage it to another drive in my Ultrabay then then play with whatever fix is current. Yet another case of Thinkpad Convenience. 8)
by farmall
Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:50 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: X200T Can't install XP
Replies: 10
Views: 1953

Re: X200T Can't install XP

You can use a Windows XP .iso image and a USB tool (Rufus is excellent) to prepare a USB flash drive to perform your install. You may copy additional drivers and applications to a folder on the drive to finish the installation. This is less prone to error IMO than using an external drive, though I k...
by farmall
Thu Jan 15, 2015 2:03 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T60 doesn't boots/show picture/beeps
Replies: 34
Views: 3432

Re: T60 doesn't boots/show picture/beeps

Thanks to this forum I learned to download the psref to see what fits what and what potential organ donors contain. That's the fast way to search Ebay and do your own homework. If seller doesn't show a pic of the tag I ask for it. http://www.lenovo.com/psref/psrefs_withdrawn.shtml I don't buy system...
by farmall
Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:54 am
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: Trying to mount a WD Passport Pro (Thunderbolt) on my W540
Replies: 5
Views: 2598

Re: Trying to mount a WD Passport Pro (Thunderbolt) on my W5

If I got one of those for free and it was not cooperative I'd gut it for the quality hard disks and use them in cheap USB external enclosures or in Ultrabay caddies. It's an easy teardown: http://www.storagereview.com/wd_my_passport_pro_review_4tb Caddy vendor also is a forum sponsor: :mrgreen: http...
by farmall
Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:09 am
Forum: Windows 8
Topic: x200 tablet and windows 8.1
Replies: 6
Views: 6442

Re: x200 tablet and windows 8.1

Posted by Majestic: You might find this discussion of interest on another forum........ Thank you! I don't want those "features" so no need to load drivers. I rather like 8.1 (after turning off Metro and installing Classic Shell) on my X200 tablet, and when I swapped in an SSD I'd loaded with 8.1 i...
by farmall
Wed Jan 14, 2015 11:37 pm
Forum: Windows OS (Versions prior to Windows 7)
Topic: what happens when microsoft ends support for XP?
Replies: 18
Views: 18460

Re: what happens when microsoft ends support for XP?

Deep Freeze by Faronics is an old standby for locking down school and business PCs, but it also is fine for reverting your machine to a clean state each reboot. It's around fifty bucks but eliminates need for other programs such as AV which devour RAM. No changes including malware survive the reboot...
by farmall
Wed Jan 14, 2015 10:21 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Is it difficult to remove Windows and Load Ubuntu?
Replies: 10
Views: 2867

Re: Is it difficult to remove Windows and Load Ubuntu?

For those new to Linux I suggest disconnecting other hard drives in the system so they cannot overwrite their boot record. Linux is quite portable so you can install it with your drive in or connected to another PC then install where ever you like. WARNING on Samsung SSDs! Their Samsung Magician fir...
by farmall
Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:17 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: X201 Tablet motherboards into X200s
Replies: 11
Views: 2463

Re: X201 Tablet motherboards into X200s

OP could always sell the tablet mainboard here or on Ebay.

Alternate option, get a dead X200 tablet or a BIOS-locked one since there's no need for the mainboard. I've been considering the same thing
since it's so inexpensive.
by farmall
Thu Jan 08, 2015 10:02 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T61P/advanced dock/Asus 6450=major problems
Replies: 10
Views: 2176

Re: T61P/advanced dock/Asus 6450=major problems

Your mileage may vary with live CD/DVD but with a good drive you can boot most of them. FalconFour 4.5 (MANY troubleshooting tools and WinPE/DOS/Linus/MS DaRT evironments), Window Maker live, Debian live, Knoppix, any Windows install CD/DVD, Linux Mint, Ubuntu should all boot and run fine. That's a ...
by farmall
Thu Jan 08, 2015 6:03 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: X200 - W7 32bit recovery CD - Anyone confirm ?
Replies: 10
Views: 3110

Re: X200 - W7 32bit recovery CD - Anyone confirm ?

You could build a better Polish Win7 x54 recovery image for any computer by slipstreaming driverpacks and any software you want to load, then sysprepping the image. Don't limit yourself to recovery disks. They are convenient but not ideal, and you know what apps you prefer. A single sysprepped image...
by farmall
Sun Jan 04, 2015 3:02 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Window Maker Live wmlive_0.95.6-2 released
Replies: 3
Views: 3333

Re: Window Maker Live wmlive_0.95.6-2 released

Nice distro with a MUCH more useful program selection (for me anyway) than on most live distros. I booted i686 wmlive from live DVD on a T61 and it used only about 1GB RAM at idle, similar to what it does booted live in a VM. (This was play with live distro night...) Next to it on another T61 I boot...
by farmall
Sat Jan 03, 2015 9:52 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Is it difficult to remove Windows and Load Ubuntu?
Replies: 10
Views: 2867

Re: Is it difficult to remove Windows and Load Ubuntu?

OP can do it without spending any money by burning recovery media for the T61 before he installs Ubuntu. If he decides he misses Windows he can do a clean reinstall that way. Since a Ubuntu live CD or USB will boot and run on a T61 he can even use the T61 between installs or with no hard disk at all...
by farmall
Tue Dec 02, 2014 5:07 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: Re-installing Win 7: Use Restore Partition or Ext. DVDs ?
Replies: 3
Views: 2090

Re: Re-installing Win 7: Use Restore Partition or Ext. DVDs

You can also load any OS you wish to install to a USB flash drive and drop any other programs you typically install into a folder there if you have room. This works for me on Windows. There are a variety of tools that do the same job: http://wintoflash.com/overview/en/ I download .isos from Digital ...
by farmall
Sat Nov 29, 2014 6:52 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Installing bluetooth on a T61 that doesn't have it?
Replies: 6
Views: 2281

Re: Installing bluetooth on a T61 that doesn't have it?

I'll find out in a couple three days when they show up but this is as normal as it can be for PC component swapping. I chose a number used in Centrino combinations and my non-BT 6300 outperforms the stock wifi card in my X200. That had BT already. http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/wireless-prod...
by farmall
Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:30 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: USB Mouse Conflicts w/ USB Keyboard in DOS
Replies: 31
Views: 9762

Re: USB Mouse Conflicts w/ USB Keyboard in DOS

Just curious, but is there a specific reason you cannot run DOS in a virtual machine and require it on bare metal?
by farmall
Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:48 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Installing bluetooth on a T61 that doesn't have it?
Replies: 6
Views: 2281

Re: Installing bluetooth on a T61 that doesn't have it?

Thread necromancy but this may help someone. Combo Bluetooth/Wifi cards exist if you want to upgrade your wifi while adding Bluetooth. I always flash Middleton BIOS so no whitelist issues with a card upgrade. I just ordered a 2230BNHMW off Ebay for five bucks. I order by that number as there are man...
by farmall
Wed Nov 26, 2014 5:59 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: T61 + SSD, which distro to use?
Replies: 7
Views: 4019

Re: T61 + SSD, which distro to use?

I've used a variety of distros on my T61s and for the last two years have been very pleased with CentOS. Stable, easy to work with, and now Red Hat has joined forces with them. http://www.redhat.com/en/about/press-releases/red-hat-and-centos-join-forces I like 6.5 and am installing 7 on another T61 ...

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