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by ac12
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Questions on T60 and T61 ram/cpu upgrade
Replies: 11
Views: 510

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: 2912

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: 2912

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.
by ac12
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Seeking Advice on a Potential T61p Purchase
Replies: 24
Views: 2912

Re: Seeking Advice on a Potential T61p Purchase

You NEED to get the date off the bottom label.
The Nvidia GPUs before a certain date have a very high failure rate.
by ac12
Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T61p 15.4 - Keep or ditch for W500
Replies: 9
Views: 2516

Re: T61p 15.4 - Keep or ditch for W500

jaspen-meyer wrote:
Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:57 pm
The T500 can be modded to take a quad core Q9100. Can't the T61p also take a quad core?

edit: changed T81p to T61p
Not that I know of.
At least without major surgery.
by ac12
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: A new G40
Replies: 25
Views: 3457

Re: A new G40

I love my G40, but it has become an "orphan." It is not able to run Win7, primarily because it is limited to 2GB of RAM, so it is stuck at XP. Upgrading from a Celeron to a Pentium CPU, and maxing the RAM to 2GB made a BIG difference. If you are brave enough to open the computer, you can replace the...
by ac12
Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: ThinkPad T23 Arrival
Replies: 48
Views: 5551

Re: ThinkPad T23 Arrival

It is an investment, but in a different way. You invest $x into gear TO 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. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: ThinkPad T23 Arrival
Replies: 48
Views: 5551

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. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: ThinkPad T2x battery pack rebuild - anyone?
Replies: 2
Views: 3573

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: 1102

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: 10392

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: 4313

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: 1427

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: 5283

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: 1630

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. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: [T30] New (but late) owner of this great laptop *PIC*
Replies: 21
Views: 16425

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: 5283

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: 5283

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: 1069

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: 2550

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: 1978

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: 1978

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: 2485

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: 2485

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: 2282

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: 2847

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. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: Solid State Hard Drive on T23 (w/pictures)
Replies: 19
Views: 19150

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: 1375

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: 3211

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: 3211

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 ...

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