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by Cigarguy
Fri Dec 25, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Name you have chosen here
Replies: 16
Views: 2037

Re: Name you have chosen here

I likey cigars.
by Cigarguy
Wed Dec 09, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X60/X61 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: screw stuck by design?
Replies: 14
Views: 1654

Re: screw stuck by design?

Yes a screw needs to turn in order to tighten or loosen. Doesn't matter what that screw is holding together, it needs to be removable.

RBS have some good tips on removing old stuck screws. Worse comes to worse, I've drilled out the head of completely striped screws.
by Cigarguy
Tue Dec 08, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X60/X61 Series incl. Tablets
Topic: screw stuck by design?
Replies: 14
Views: 1654

Re: screw stuck by design?

No screw is designed to be "stuck" tight. Some, such as those on some battery compartment cover, are designed to stay on the cover when you unscrew them so that you don't lose them. I suspects yours is just a bit sticky and won't lift out after you unscrew it. That's normal. Once you take that panel...
by Cigarguy
Fri Sep 04, 2020 1:19 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Requesting Help Finding Modern Linux Distros for T60
Replies: 28
Views: 3169

Re: Requesting Help Finding Modern Linux Distros for T60

I have a few T60 running both Linux Mint and Windows 7 without any problem. I love this generation of Thinkpads and its computing power is more than enough for my mobile needs. Are you certain that some if the issues you are having is not hardware related? I'd check the RAM, HDD and CPU temp. I'd al...
by Cigarguy
Thu Aug 27, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T60/T61 Series
Topic: Thinkpad T60 won't start with new CPU.
Replies: 3
Views: 1868

Re: Thinkpad T60 won't start with new CPU.

Upgrade to the latest BIOS using the working CPU, then install the T7400 and go from there.
by Cigarguy
Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: ThinkPad T60/T61 Series
Topic: T61: Another dead motherboard or is there any hope?
Replies: 15
Views: 2781

Re: T61: Another dead motherboard or is there any hope?

Last bare bones T61 I bought from a local reseller was $20-$40 Cdn. Bare bone T61 do not come with a battery, HDD or RAM but everything else works. $50 to $100 Cdn is bare bone T500 or T510 in good condition for me. An end user who is used to a T61 will not notice the difference between a T61, T500 ...
by Cigarguy
Wed Aug 26, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T60/T61 Series
Topic: T61: Another dead motherboard or is there any hope?
Replies: 15
Views: 2781

Re: T61: Another dead motherboard or is there any hope?

These machines have been great machines over the years but it is getting to be 12+ years old which is a very long time in computer life. Failure at this age can be due to a number of reasons. They are inexpensive and easy to replace. You could look for another used T61 and swap the MB or maybe look ...
by Cigarguy
Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Corona-COVID-19 virus statistics and HOW is it affecting you.. what are you doing..?
Replies: 152
Views: 45827

Re: Corona-COVID-19 virus statistics and HOW is it affecting you.. what are you doing..?

Was off for 2.5 months and was bored to tears. Kept myself busying shopping for and keeping the spirits up of a few seniors who choose to self isolate in March, April and May. Now that everything pretty much opened up again as we've flattened the curve, I've been back to work with some sensible prec...
by Cigarguy
Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: does T420 (not T420s) not support an UltraBay?
Replies: 1
Views: 2444

Re: does T420 (not T420s) not support an UltraBay?

My T420 supports an Ultrabay HDD without any problems. I'm thinking it's not laptop but the Ultrabay adapter that is the problem.
by Cigarguy
Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: ThinkPad X230-X280 / X390 Series
Topic: Disabling batery validation on a new x230 without battery
Replies: 12
Views: 2908

Re: Disabling batery validation on a new x230 without battery

Yes you need a battery. Most laptops require you to have a good battery installed in order to flash the BIOS.

Also, why flash the BIOS? If it is not broken don't fix it until it breaks.
by Cigarguy
Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: ThinkPad X230-X280 / X390 Series
Topic: Disabling batery validation on a new x230 without battery
Replies: 12
Views: 2908

Re: Disabling batery validation on a new x230 without battery

I've upgraded many BIOS with a 3rd party battery.

There's a reason why most laptops check that a battery is installed before allowing you to flash the BIOS. Wait for the laptop to arrive, then play with it.
by Cigarguy
Sun Jul 26, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: T510 bios boot order locked
Replies: 9
Views: 2365

Re: T510 bios boot order locked

You already know about F12 being the option to select boot devices. This function is controlled by the BIOS and has got nothing to do with any boot manager software tried to any OS. Also, I noticed that older BIOS will not boot from a USB 3 key. It won't show up in the list of bootable devices. Find...
by Cigarguy
Sat Jul 25, 2020 4:19 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Wiping data question before selling
Replies: 14
Views: 2947

Re: Wiping data question before selling

For most people, and companies for that matter, secure erase is more than sufficient. If you really have super duper sensitive porn data then sell the laptop without that particular HDD/SSD. The most unrecoverable way of erasing data is to remove the platters from a HDD or PCB from a SSD, smash it i...
by Cigarguy
Fri Jul 17, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Inacessible Boot Device - cant copy encrypted data HELP
Replies: 2
Views: 3068

Re: Inacessible Boot Device - cant copy encrypted data HELP

Good excuse as any to do a fresh install.
by Cigarguy
Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Corona-COVID-19 virus statistics and HOW is it affecting you.. what are you doing..?
Replies: 152
Views: 45827

Re: Corona-COVID-19 virus statistics and HOW is it affecting you.. what are you doing..?

As soon as someone present their opinion and only their opinion as "facts", that's when I tune out. In this day and age it's all about presenting the most attention grabbing headlines, truth be darn. The more sensational the better.
by Cigarguy
Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Kryonaut is no longer my favourite Thermal Paste
Replies: 6
Views: 3503

Re: Kryonaut is no longer my favourite Thermal Paste

Interesting observation RBS. For my laptops I still use the old tried and true AS 5 or MX 4. Mainly because I have lots of these around, know what they do and are used on systems that responds well to them. I still do a lot of tinkering and overclocking just for fun. For these I've used the more exp...
by Cigarguy
Mon Jun 01, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T60/T61 Series
Topic: T61 NOS Nvidia mobo installation problem/question
Replies: 20
Views: 4503

Re: T61 NOS Nvidia mobo installation problem/question

Hmmm....you've removed everything, including memory sticks and not getting the 1-3-3-1 memory error beeps. Double check that the CPU is seated properly and the tightening screw is screwed down. On a couple of instances I forget to screw down the CPU and got nothing. Also while you are at it double c...
by Cigarguy
Sun May 10, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T60/T61 Series
Topic: Do I need a whole T61 to build a T601f?
Replies: 4
Views: 2764

Re: Do I need a whole T61 to build a T601f?

Kinda make sense that no you don't need a complete T60 and T61. You only need the parts that goes into making a complete T601. The rest is spare parts or waste.
by Cigarguy
Wed May 06, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: I want my Real Black Stuff!
Replies: 17
Views: 7331

Re: I want my Real Black Stuff!

I like all good beers.

I OBJECT to your objections RBS. How in the world do you NOT like Kilkenny? LOL
by Cigarguy
Wed May 06, 2020 6:11 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: I want my Real Black Stuff!
Replies: 17
Views: 7331

Re: I want my Real Black Stuff!

Me too RBS. With this lockdown been drinking lots of craft beer local to Western Canada. However I do miss a real pint of expertly pulled Guinness from my favourite small English style pub. A Kilkenny is also "mighty" as you Brits would say. Having said that an Irish friend of mine says that Guinnes...
by Cigarguy
Mon May 04, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: For once I agree with the Brits and the Russians
Replies: 12
Views: 4535

Re: For once I agree with the Brits and the Russians

Can't agree more but there are those who will drink the Lysol.
by Cigarguy
Sat May 02, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T60/T61 Series
Topic: How do I install custom BIOS on a T60
Replies: 11
Views: 5638

Re: How do I install custom BIOS on a T60

It's not that difficult especially on this machine on this BIOS. Being that this is an older machine there are lots and lots of info on the interweb on how to create a boot CD. And on how to update BIOS/firmware from a CD. Booting from a USB may or may not work but it's not rocket science. There are...
by Cigarguy
Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T60/T61 Series
Topic: T61 DDR2 667MHz or 800MHz
Replies: 18
Views: 4618

Re: T61 DDR2 667MHz or 800MHz

I've been running Mint Cinnamon on a T61, with pretty much the same specs as yours, for about 2 years. Love it. Originally it had 4 GB RAM before I upgraded to 8 GB RAM. I have not noticed any difference with the RAM upgrade. I did it because I got the RAM for cheap and because I can. I don't need/u...
by Cigarguy
Thu Apr 23, 2020 2:43 am
Forum: ThinkPad T60/T61 Series
Topic: T61 DDR2 667MHz or 800MHz
Replies: 18
Views: 4618

Re: T61 DDR2 667MHz or 800MHz

Even if you could run at 800 MHz doubt you notice any difference at all over 667 MHz. I'd look for something reliable in the capacity that I need.
by Cigarguy
Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:23 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: T440p Bios Password Reset Help Please
Replies: 2
Views: 2353

Re: T440p Bios Password Reset Help Please

5. Passwords: Discussion on how to defeat the **password or Security Chip on thinkpads specifically or lenovo/IBM branded computers in general will NOT be allowed. The structure of the security system and how to best secure a thinkpad, etc. is allowed as long as it does not touch on bypassing such s...
by Cigarguy
Sun Apr 19, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Wanted urgently: People who know a half century-old computer language so states can process unemployment claims
Replies: 19
Views: 7722

Re: Wanted urgently: People who know a half century-old computer language so states can process unemployment claims

I did COBOL programming or about 5 years back in the 2000s. Can't say I missed it.

This is sad, just sad.
by Cigarguy
Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Corona-COVID-19 virus statistics and HOW is it affecting you.. what are you doing..?
Replies: 152
Views: 45827

Re: Corona-COVID-19 virus statistics and HOW is it affecting you.. what are you doing..?

We've been staying at home for the last 10 days. Got 2 other parents that we are safeguarding. Before all of this I was helping about 10 seniors with basic chores around the house and mostly with language translation. As they are all over 65 I've advise them to stay at home and lock themselves in. H...
by Cigarguy
Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Corona-COVID-19 virus statistics and HOW is it affecting you.. what are you doing..?
Replies: 152
Views: 45827

Re: Corona-COVID-19 virus statistics and HOW is it affecting you.. what are you doing..?

https://www.pbs.org/video/american-experience-influenza-1918/ Interesting watch. Puts a little perspective based on history. We as a species survived 100 years ago and many more before that. We'll get through this too. If ever Coronavirus and Ebola ever mate, then we're screwed. Like 9/11, it'll be ...
by Cigarguy
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Corona-COVID-19 virus statistics and HOW is it affecting you.. what are you doing..?
Replies: 152
Views: 45827

Re: Corona-COVID-19 virus statistics and HOW is it affecting you.. what are you doing..?

Most of the world's population is staying home. Fear, panic (irrational for some). No sports, can't go out, can't do anything but breed. Hmmm....might be a good time to stock up on diapers and baby supplies. Might be a huge baby boom in 10-11 months time.

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