Take a look at our
ThinkPads.com HOME PAGE
For those who might want to contribute to the blog, start here: Editors Alley Topic
Then contact Bill with a Private Message

Search found 236 matches

by ac12
Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: ThinkPad T61 Intel Graphics Windows 10 (1903) general lag
Replies: 15
Views: 2480

Re: ThinkPad T61 Intel Graphics Windows 10 (1903) general lag

But, now that Win7 is scheduled for EoL in Jan 2020.
Do we still continue to use Win7 on the T61, or bite the bullet and upgrade to Win10?
And will the latest ver of Win10 install, or are we in driver hell?

Maybe time to finally replace the T61.
But I HATE the chicklet keyboard of the new laptops.
by ac12
Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: ThinkPad T61 Intel Graphics Windows 10 (1903) general lag
Replies: 15
Views: 2480

Re: ThinkPad T61 Intel Graphics Windows 10 (1903) general lag

I think a SSD is mandatory today, for decent start up, response, and especially the blasted updates. I just upgraded my wife's desktop from a spinning HD to a SSD and the difference is like a NEW computer. The HD start up was painfully slow, and updates would take a LONG time. Now the SSD startup is...
by ac12
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: What OS to Choose
Replies: 16
Views: 1119

Re: What OS to Choose

The one thing to understand is XP is no longer supported by MS. That means some/many of the software vendors have also dropped support for XP. So you will have to look for software that will install and run under XP. Or install older XP versions of the software. I had to go through this when I rebui...
by ac12
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T-61 Reinstall Vista...
Replies: 10
Views: 796

Re: T-61 Reinstall Vista...

Paul,
I think Win10 would be pushing the T61 a bit.
I am running Win7 on my T61.
The big problem is finding Win10 drivers for the T61. Because of that I did not upgrade the T61 to Win10.

73s
Gary
KH6JRB

Have not turned on a rig in years.
Distracted with other hobbies.
by ac12
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: Ideal Setup for ThinkPad T22
Replies: 3
Views: 911

Re: Ideal Setup for ThinkPad T22

Yes I know you can go under the system requirements. But at what cost. Usually the performance suffers. You said you got Win7 to run on 256MB, then go for it. It can only get better with 512MB of RAM. I've long ago given up trying to shoehorn a later OS into an older/small computer. I used to do tha...
by ac12
Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: Ideal Setup for ThinkPad T22
Replies: 3
Views: 911

Re: Ideal Setup for ThinkPad T22

XP. I would not even think of Win7. Check system requirement for the the different OS. Win7 may not even run on the old CPUs. Your main limitation is the 512MB of RAM. The later OS gobble RAM and won't leave much/any for applications, so the OS would be constantly swapping to disk. This is the Win7 ...
by ac12
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: T23 which version of OS/2 to install
Replies: 2
Views: 1430

Re: T23 which version of OS/2 to install

OS/2 ??
That was a LONG time ago.
I did not know you could even find the SW any more.

oh oh
That could be another black hole for me to fall into.
by ac12
Thu May 30, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: ThinkPad T61 Intel Graphics Windows 10 (1903) general lag
Replies: 15
Views: 2480

Re: ThinkPad T61 Intel Graphics Windows 10 (1903) general lag

+1 on the SSD. I got so frustrated with the Win10 startup time and even worse, the time it takes for the Windows UPDATE to run, that I am going to replace the HD on my wife's computer and my test computer with a SSD. As much as I do not like auto-update, I may have to switch to that. The computer is...
by ac12
Wed May 22, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: How common is this crack in T2x systems *PICS*
Replies: 53
Views: 15090

Re: How common is this crack in T2x systems *PICS*

Whatever happened to the idea of a LIGHT Linux that will run on older computers?
Linux has changed paths with a higher hardware requirement.

At least there are a few light Linux.
I have "puppy Linux" on one of my old computers, to play with.
by ac12
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: SSDs work in the T23 and T30
Replies: 4
Views: 4013

Re: SSDs work in the T23 and T30

Yup. I've put inexpensive SSDs (mSATA via a mSATA to PATA adapter) into several old laptops that I could not bear giving up (T23 and Dell C400, maybe next a G40). I think the C400 did not like a particular mSATA to PATA adapter. Switched to a different brand/type adapter, and it worked. BUT, the old...
by ac12
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Thinkpad T61 hard drive upgrade
Replies: 7
Views: 955

Re: Thinkpad T61 hard drive upgrade

As I said, I do not remember the details of WHY you should install Win10 rather than clone from a HD to a SSD.
I think there was something in the Win10 install process that treated a SSD different than a HD. But I cannot tell you any more, as I did that research a long time ago.
by ac12
Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Thinkpad T61 hard drive upgrade
Replies: 7
Views: 955

Re: Thinkpad T61 hard drive upgrade

SSD of moderate size are not that much more than a HD. BestBuy.com shows a 240GB SanDdisk SSD for $40, and a 480GB SSD for $65. https://www.bestbuy.com/site/sandisk-240gb-internal-sata-solid-state-drive-plus/5394603.p?skuId=5394603 For my use, a 240GB SSD was more than enough space. I understood tha...
by ac12
Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T60 recommended SSD
Replies: 14
Views: 1713

Re: T60 recommended SSD

As I recall you really want to do a clean install on a SSD, not a clone.
Research if/how to create an install disk from the existing installation.
by ac12
Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: ThinkPad T23 Arrival
Replies: 60
Views: 12958

Re: ThinkPad T23 Arrival

I use a PCMCIA/PC Card WiFi adapter in my T23. That way I am not using one of the 2 USB ports, and PC Card as stated is fast enough. And the PC Card WiFi adapters are pretty cheap now. The only con is that I have to remove the card when traveling, as it sticks out the side of the computer, just aski...
by ac12
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T60p - Windows 10 or Windows 7?
Replies: 9
Views: 2572

Re: T60p - Windows 10 or Windows 7?

As I recall, you are limited to 4GB of RAM on the T60. To me, that will limit you to an OS that won't take a lot of memory. 4GB is usable for Win10, but I would not plan to multi-task with it. To me the major problem is to find drivers that work with Win10 for that old machine. I an running Win7 on ...
by ac12
Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Core Duo to Core 2 Duo worthwhile?
Replies: 15
Views: 2870

Re: Core Duo to Core 2 Duo worthwhile?

Thor
I'm confused, are you on a T60 or T61?
Cuz on a T61, I can run 8GB of RAM (2x4GB). I have two with 6GB running Win7-64bit. Before I got the 2nd T61, I had both 4GB modules in one T61 to max it at 8GB.
by ac12
Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Obtained a G50, what is this thing?
Replies: 13
Views: 4131

Re: Obtained a G50, what is this thing?

I have a G40 that I almost maxed out. - Changed the CPU from a Celeron to a Pentium. - Maxed out the RAM at 2GB. Specs say max 1GB, but 2GB works. - Put a 125GB HD. Next step would be a SSD, but XP does not support SSD, you need a SSD with firmware to do "garbage collection." I think this is the 'tr...
by ac12
Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T6x+SSD & Windoze (7) SwapFile: Where ???
Replies: 3
Views: 1204

Re: T6x+SSD & Windoze (7) SwapFile: Where ???

Swap comes into play when your OS and applications run out of physical memory. So if you have 4GB of RAM and have a bunch of stuff running at the same time, you could be using much more than 4GB of RAM. The system will "swap" RAM to/from the drive, virtual RAM. If you have a LOT of RAM, or more RAM ...
by ac12
Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: middleton question
Replies: 15
Views: 2704

Re: middleton question

Like WD40, silicone oils is not always the appropriate solution for lubrication. You likely need penetration capability of a very light oil, but you also don't want it to become so slippery that it won't keep position. And you don't want to chemically attack the bushing inside the hinge, whatever it...
by ac12
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: What can I do w/ my T61?
Replies: 15
Views: 3105

Re: What can I do w/ my T61?

re: the Middleton BIOS The Middleton BIOS is needed if you want to get more performance out of your spinning HD. As I recall the T61 runs in SATA-1 mode. Implementing the Middleton BIOS allows the T61 to run in SATA-2 mode. So through-put to/from the HD is increased. Though you will notice this more...
by ac12
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: What can I do w/ my T61?
Replies: 15
Views: 3105

Re: What can I do w/ my T61?

I am running Win7 (64bit) on my T61. Max the RAM to 8GB, or at least to 6GB. I replaced the spinning HD with a SSD, which made it much snappier and easier on the battery life. (best with Middleton BIOS) If it does not have Blue Tooth, put in the BT module. The alternate is a USB BT rcvr which will t...
by ac12
Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Wich battery do you recommend for T61?
Replies: 5
Views: 1611

Re: Wich battery do you recommend for T61?

Hmm at one time I was wanting the Nvidia graphics, but maybe not now, after reading of the decrease in battery run time.
by ac12
Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: What OS do you use/recommend for T61
Replies: 16
Views: 3433

Re: What OS do you use/recommend for T61

I have an issue on my older laptops with XP. Some software will NOT run on XP. So you then have 4 options. #1 - Look for an older version of that SW that will run on XP. #2 - Look for a similar SW that will run on XP. #3 - Use a newer OS, if you want to run that SW. #4 - Switch to Linux. But this is...
by ac12
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: SSDs work in the T23 and T30
Replies: 4
Views: 4013

Re: SSDs work in the T23 and T30

Agree I've put SSDs into several of my older laptops, to give them a bit more usable life. BUT, the OS and SW is what is ultimately killing these older machines. My T23 is stuck at Win-XP or a Lite Linux. Even web surfing is a PiA, since the computer can't handle the graphics on most of the web site...
by ac12
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T61p with laggy youtube 1080p playback issue
Replies: 14
Views: 2808

Re: T61p with laggy youtube 1080p playback issue

I sometimes have that problem on my desktop.
1080p works fine most of the time, then other time it stutters and I have to drop down to 720p to stop the stuttering.
I presume it is either congestion on the internet or the YouTube server is being maxed out.
by ac12
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Obtained a G50, what is this thing?
Replies: 13
Views: 4131

Re: Obtained a G50, what is this thing?

I upgraded the CPU in my G40 from Celeron to a Pentium and performance improved significantly. So IMHO, that is a worthwhile upgrade. Unfortunately, I think you are RAM capped at 2GB. For Windows, the obsolete Win XP is about as high as you can install. Or Linux. But even with Linux you may be limit...
by ac12
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Retro Thinkpad T61p Build! Warning PICS!
Replies: 93
Views: 11888

Re: Retro Thinkpad T61p Build! Warning PICS!

How is the computer standing up over time?
Putting RAM modules and CPUs on a beadspread is just asking for trouble.
There is a reason the manufacturers specify static safe handing procedures.
These things are static sensitive, and damage is sometimes subtle.
by ac12
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Questions on T60 and T61 ram/cpu upgrade
Replies: 13
Views: 2937

Re: Questions on T60 and T61 ram/cpu upgrade

No. The system won't even boot with one of these installed. Thanks! So, T60 limited to T7600 and 2 x 2gb... sad :( No different than older laptops which maxed out at 1GB of RAM. Effectively, those laptops could not be upgraded beyond Win-XP. I am getting ready to convert that laptop to Linux. Each ...
by ac12
Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Seeking Advice on a Potential T61p Purchase
Replies: 24
Views: 5968

Re: Seeking Advice on a Potential T61p Purchase

I use a VGA to HDMI adapter to do presentations, and it seems to work fine. But I am not running it at high rez, out of the old laptop that I use.
Just have to remember to plug in the USB plug to power the adapter.
by ac12
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Seeking Advice on a Potential T61p Purchase
Replies: 24
Views: 5968

Re: Seeking Advice on a Potential T61p Purchase

I tried some of the NEW keyboards, but my fingers just could not get used to the chicklet keys, for any significant amount of typing.
But I guess it is a trade-off, to get such a thin laptop.

Go to advanced search