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by ac12
Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series
Topic: ThinkPad T23 Arrival
Replies: 12
Views: 462

Re: ThinkPad T23 Arrival

It is an investment, but in a different way. You invest $x into gear TI DO A JOB/TASK, not to get $y in return like the stock market. The longer it serves that purpose, the better your return on your investment. Example, I can still do word processing and spreadsheet work on an old XP machine, I don...
by ac12
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series
Topic: ThinkPad T23 Arrival
Replies: 12
Views: 462

Re: ThinkPad T23 Arrival

Bump the RAM up to 1GB, to reduce disk swapping. I put a SSD into my T23, and it feels a lot faster. Nice machine, but time and Windows moving on has made it obsolete for anything new than XP. And web pages load SLOW. As long as you stay off the web, it still works decently well for local applicatio...
by ac12
Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series
Topic: ThinkPad T2x battery pack rebuild - anyone?
Replies: 2
Views: 564

Re: ThinkPad T2x battery pack rebuild - anyone?

Depends on what battery you use. I would NOT use a Lithium battery, because you NEED to have controlled charging. Li batteries are not to be fooled with, they can get nasty. NiMH might be OK. The problem is, where is the charging circuit? If it is in the battery case, then you are out of luck, cuz y...
by ac12
Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: SSD Drive Install Guide - T-61?
Replies: 4
Views: 790

Re: SSD Drive Install Guide - T-61?

Do the Middleton BIOS upgrade BEFORE you put the SSD in.

For replacing the primary drive:
I just screwed the SSD onto the drive caddy, replacing the old HD.
And yes I had to replace the rubber rails.

After that I just did a clean Win7 install, and I was off to the races.
by ac12
Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: IBM ThinkPad G40 Microsoft Windows 7
Replies: 22
Views: 6877

Re: IBM ThinkPad G40 Microsoft Windows 7

To resurect an old thread . . . I have a mSATA SSD in a mSATA to PATA adapter on 2 other computers; a Thinkpad T23 and a Dell C400, both with Win-XP. The SSD does make a significant difference in how snappy the old computers feel, vs. mechanical hard drives. I attribute this to the essentially 0 acc...
by ac12
Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Does anyone have the elusive G50?
Replies: 9
Views: 1009

Re: Does anyone have the elusive G50?

From the link that RBS gave, the G50 appears to have a 2GB max RAM. That is as limiting as the G40. So XP may be as far as you can go. Win7-32bit, maybe ??? RAM: MS specs Win7-32bit at 1GB min RAM. - So at 2GB, you have 2x the min RAM requirement. But video ? - DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1....
by ac12
Fri Jun 30, 2017 12:44 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Looking for somebody to clone me their hard drive
Replies: 11
Views: 1107

Re: Looking for somebody to clone me their hard drive

Sorry, but as Ray said. Most any installation will have personal data and licensed software which CANNOT be given away, via a drive cloning. And uninstalling the software from the cloned drive will be a PiA, because he would have to swap the cloned drive into the computer to boot from and run the un...
by ac12
Mon May 22, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: G-series hard drive upgrade/replacement question
Replies: 14
Views: 1903

Re: G-series hard drive upgrade/replacement question

hmm
Maybe worth a try, to get a more current OS on the G40.
by ac12
Thu May 18, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Which T60 should I chose?
Replies: 9
Views: 1357

Re: Which T60 should I chose?

+1 on the T61. You are not memory limited as the T60. So you can run Win7 with more memory. I have 6GB in my T61, running Win7. I found that with 4GB, I was using max RAM regularly, so the memory was probably swapping a lot. With 6GB I have more free memory, so it is likely not swapping much. But go...
by ac12
Mon May 15, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series
Topic: [T30] New (but late) owner of this great laptop *PIC*
Replies: 21
Views: 13247

Re: [T30] New (but late) owner of this great laptop *PIC*

If the SSD from the Toshiba is a PATA drive, I would move it into the T30. Alternatively, get a mSATA SSD and a mSATA to PATA adapter. I have this setup in my T23. The SSD will increase the performance and decrease battery drain. And the SSD will be cooler inside than the spinning HD, so less heat f...
by ac12
Mon May 15, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: G-series hard drive upgrade/replacement question
Replies: 14
Views: 1903

Re: G-series hard drive upgrade/replacement question

But with only 2GB of RAM, performance would suck :(
by ac12
Wed May 10, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: G-series hard drive upgrade/replacement question
Replies: 14
Views: 1903

Re: G-series hard drive upgrade/replacement question

The other option is to put a mSATA SSD into a mSATA to PATA adapter. I have one in my T23 and Dell C400. It really made a difference in how fast the OS boots and on drive intensive activities, I can really see the speed increase on these older PCs. On the PC with a HD, I can just seen the disk light...
by ac12
Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: t61 7661 upgrades
Replies: 2
Views: 938

Re: t61 7661 upgrades

I think you can apply the Middleton BIOS directly. If you have not, here are some upgrades that I did/plan to do. - RAM, as much as you can afford. System max is 8GB. Depending on what you do, you could see significant improvement by the system not having to swap files to/from the HD, I did. - switc...
by ac12
Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:11 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Bad fan
Replies: 7
Views: 2395

Re: Bad fan

Got the fan in the mail.
Now to get the fan installed.
Taxes are now taking priority.
by ac12
Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: To Middleton my BIOS or not
Replies: 14
Views: 1559

Re: To Middleton my BIOS or not

i think the whitelist is worth it because you're limited to 54g cards with the Lenovo ID only? That's not acceptable 5yrs ago let alone today. Most of my downloads are less than 50 MBps/500 Mbps (Gb modem, switches, and nic), and many below 10 MBps/100 Mbps. Today, that slow speed is quite irritati...
by ac12
Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: To Middleton my BIOS or not
Replies: 14
Views: 1559

Re: To Middleton my BIOS or not

Unless you increase the throughput of the drive interface, I would not bother going to SSD. Just leave the HD in there.
by ac12
Wed Feb 22, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: New Lenovo T61 Questions
Replies: 22
Views: 2142

Re: New Lenovo T61 Questions

The problem with RAM is the blasted 4GB modules are so expensive :(
I ended up splitting my two 4GB modules between my two T61s, with each having 6GB (4+2 config). Not as good as going all the way to 8GB, but better than 4GB (for Win7-x64).
by ac12
Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:27 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: New Lenovo T61 Questions
Replies: 22
Views: 2142

Re: New Lenovo T61 Questions

BIOS, then hardware, then OS, then apps. 1) BIOS - Depending on what hardware you are planning to install, you may need to install the BIOS before the hardware. I understand that there are certain things that may cause a POST failure, because the factory BIOS is not allowing it. The other is the dri...
by ac12
Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Just bought a (used) T61... <PICS>
Replies: 13
Views: 2041

Re: Just bought a (used) T61 ...

The T61 is a nice computer. I am in the process of setting up my 2nd T61. I "enhanced" it and plan to do a bit more in the near future. Then I am going back to upgrade the 1st T61.
by ac12
Sat Feb 04, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T61 and streaming video (NVIDIA Quadro NVS 140M)
Replies: 13
Views: 2448

Re: T61 and streaming video (NVIDIA Quadro NVS 140M)

Check if there is another computer in your office that will play streaming video smoothly. Because the problem may not be your computer but rather your ISP, the internet connection, the internet itself or the source server. - Even on my quad core desktop, I have had video stutter or stop. To me this...
by ac12
Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series
Topic: Solid State Hard Drive on T23 (w/pictures)
Replies: 19
Views: 15887

Re: Solid State Hard Drive on T23 (w/pictures)

Update to my T23 and SSD. I moved the 120GB SSD to another computer. I decided that another laptop could use the larger SSD more than the T23. So I got to do this all over again with a 64GB SSD in the T23. This time I made a few changes. - I partitioned the SSD as before, as an external drive on a X...
by ac12
Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T61 fingerprint reader palmrest- bezel swap
Replies: 4
Views: 1223

Re: T61 fingerprint reader palmrest- bezel swap

Recently did this with my two T61s, and it worked just fine.
I'm moving the best stuff to one of the T61s, and upgrading it as much as I can, to be my primary T61.
by ac12
Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Price check: G41 in perfect condition
Replies: 12
Views: 2988

Re: Price check: G41 in perfect condition

Flash and Java, basically a lot of web surfing is painful with the old machines. The sites that do a LOT of stuff, put a lot of processing requirements on the computer, and these old guy have a hard time. I use an ad blocker to intercept some of these processor hungry tasks. I will use one of my old...
by ac12
Wed Jan 04, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Price check: G41 in perfect condition
Replies: 12
Views: 2988

Re: Price check: G41 in perfect condition

Well, this is difficult. These systems seem really rare; and getting one in working condition (not to mention cosmethics) seem pretty hard. The G40/41 may be somewhat rare, but, what are you going to run on it? I have an upgraded G40 with a P4, and all I can run is XP, or Linux. The 2GB max RAM on ...
by ac12
Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:56 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Price check: G41 in perfect condition
Replies: 12
Views: 2988

Re: Price check: G41 in perfect condition

Don't know. As much as I like my G40 and wanted a G41, the slowish single core processor, 2GB RAM limit and PATA drive interface were too constraining, and limited me to Win-XP (or Linux). So even though I like my G40, I've abandoned it for a T61 with 6GB of RAM and a SSD running Win7. So that is th...
by ac12
Sun Nov 20, 2016 4:45 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Keeping my nine year old alive, and SSD recommendation
Replies: 10
Views: 1962

Re: Keeping my nine year old alive, and SSD recommendation

I think Win10 will want/need too much resources to run well on the T60. Also, and importantly, you likely will not have the T60 drivers for Win10, so you have to make do with generic drivers, which may not work as well. On my T61, I have stopped at Win7, and I have 6GB of RAM in it. Granted I don't ...
by ac12
Wed Nov 02, 2016 12:32 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: G41 Project - Finished! 1 Pic
Replies: 75
Views: 22675

Re: G41 Project - Finished! 1 Pic

Shredder
Thanks for the info on the memory speed.
I won't waste $$ on upgrading the memory.
by ac12
Sat Oct 22, 2016 1:56 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: G41 Project - Finished! 1 Pic
Replies: 75
Views: 22675

Re: G41 Project - Finished! 1 Pic

Not all mSATA to IDE adapters work the same. I have one (Aleratec) that refused to work on my Dell C400, the BIOS refused to see the drive, but worked fine in my T23. But you bring up a question. Both of the following are running XP. Device Manager reports the following UDMA modes. My T23 with an Al...
by ac12
Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:46 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T61 replacement WiFi card?
Replies: 7
Views: 1664

T61 replacement WiFi card?

I've been reading the threads, and it seems the recommendations narrow down to the Intel Ultimate-n 6300 and Atheros AR9380. So any comments between these 2 cards? Or is there a newer card that is better? I have the Middleton BIOS, so that clears the whitelist issue. And I have 3 antenna leads on th...
by ac12
Tue Oct 04, 2016 5:42 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Bad fan
Replies: 7
Views: 2395

Re: Bad fan

Well now I HAVE to replace the fan, it just died.
Thankfully, it limped on for long enough for me to get a new main computer built, and files transferred to it.
Now the fan replacement is not so critical. Important, but not critical.

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