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by fultontech
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: IBM or Lenovo Desktops/Workstations/ThinkStations only
Topic: 7037-A50 (p5 185 server) woes
Replies: 1
Views: 156

Re: 7037-A50 (p5 185 server) woes

Was the graphics card in there originally? Are you able to connect via serial/management port? A serial cable, a putty session configured for a USB/serial adapter is what I use now days with my modern notebook. As far as the SCSI drive, you need to connect to firmware and run diagnostics first. Firs...
by fultontech
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: 750c repair
Replies: 27
Views: 1329

Re: 750c repair

I had a 750Cs that the power board that was melted at the adapter connector. I replaced it, but it wouldn't power on so I put it away as a parts unit. I had moved it around the room and into a storage unit where it sat for a couple of years. A few year later I was doing inventory and was checking al...
by fultontech
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: ThinkPad 770: Error reading Drive Z, possible drive lettering off?
Replies: 19
Views: 1002

Re: ThinkPad 770: Error reading Drive Z, possible drive lettering off?

As I recall, on the 770x CDs the first thing was to load a virtual floppy in memory that was a subdirectory on the CD. That would be A: Then the config.sys and autoexec.bat in A; would set the CD-ROM drive to something and the hard drive to something else, (I recall Z:, R:, and M: but don't quote me...
by fultontech
Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Thinkpad 360CE a lucky find and a question
Replies: 2
Views: 616

Re: Thinkpad 360CE a lucky find and a question

The S/390 is/was a mainframe. I do remember that some ThinkPad models that didn't sell got transferred internally within IBM to the mainframe group and sold as an appliance with special software used to manage the mainframe and midrange systems. I would bet if there is a PCMCIA card in there, it's l...
by fultontech
Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Buying a TP 750c
Replies: 2
Views: 740

Re: Buying a TP 750c

The two beeps are most likely the ones you would hear meaning the CMOS battery lost it's charge and the date and time need to be set. The screen is something else. A) the screen could be dead. Attach a monitor with a VGA cable to find out (I don't recall if it's VGA or SVGA, Id have to look in the p...
by fultontech
Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: SOLVED - Thinkpad 380XD USB Drivers in WIN95
Replies: 14
Views: 1348

Re: Thinkpad 380XD USB Drivers in WIN95

The IBM Microdrive came with an install diskette of the drivers for different OS of the time. I think it was around 1998 or 1999. I believe the zip file of drivers is still available in the same archives of ThinkPad and PC's but I'd have to look to be sure. I know I have it in my library, but I'm tr...
by fultontech
Fri Nov 23, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Old tablet software?
Replies: 2
Views: 888

Re: Old tablet software?

There were a few normal games that worked with the pen for the 360P/PE and 730T/TE under DOS/Win311 in the 1990's (the original Warcraft worked as I recall), but most pen business applications were geared toward handwriting recognition. There were a few applications written for specific industries o...
by fultontech
Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: SOLVED - Thinkpad 380XD USB Drivers in WIN95
Replies: 14
Views: 1348

Re: Thinkpad 380XD USB Drivers in WIN95

Win95? That is when USB was first out. Microsoft didn't provide device drivers, that came from the device manufactures. There are a few generic storage drivers out there still, but I think they only go back as far as Win98SE. I think the last time I needed to find some, I ended up going through a bu...
by fultontech
Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Vipre 260 drive failing
Replies: 3
Views: 975

Re: Vipre 260 drive failing

I've used laplink 5 for DOS to get everything off 1993 systems to Win98SE in protected mode, then from Win98SE to USB 1.0 256MB flash. Once I got it onto USB I copied it to a VMware virtual disk drive. DOS 6.22 and Win95 had a competing utility where you could use laplink or null modem serial cable ...
by fultontech
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: 701C obscure disk issue? Any suggestions?
Replies: 4
Views: 1530

Re: 701C obscure disk issue? Any suggestions?

Could easily be memory address incompatibility with the SSD that only crops up when the dock is connected.
Just look at how goofy the addressing was on the older systems for PCMCIA
by fultontech
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: 380XD BIOS memory test fails
Replies: 2
Views: 1095

Re: 380XD BIOS memory test fails

I have a 32MB card in a 750C that seems to take forever to check, but it does finish eventually. I haven't timed it though.
by fultontech
Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: legacy Thinkpad Recovery/Driver discs
Replies: 5
Views: 1459

Re: legacy Thinkpad Recovery/Driver discs

Yes, there is interest. Especially if you have any 800 series (speaking for myself of course).
by fultontech
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: HELP to identify this Thinkpad Model
Replies: 6
Views: 1224

Re: HELP to identify this Thinkpad Model

The model number should be on the bottom right of the screen bezel next to the hinge. Your photo is fuzzy so I can't read it
by fultontech
Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Information on the 750CE? *Warning: contains pictures*
Replies: 4
Views: 1153

Re: Information on the 750CE? *Warning: contains pictures*

IBM THINKPAD 750Ce User's Guide factory sealed New Old Stock

https://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-THINKPAD-7 ... 2293992413

I'd buy in now if I were you
by fultontech
Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: IBM Thinkpad 240 USB Windows 98 Installation
Replies: 4
Views: 1778

Re: IBM Thinkpad 240 USB Windows 98 Installation

As I recall, it was designed to boot from a specific PCMCIA CD-ROM drive or floppy. The early BIOS won't have boot from USB 1.0. Win98 was all real mode drivers as well, meaning the OS had to load the (correct) device driver first to use the device. The device drivers for Win98 were very limited, ev...
by fultontech
Thu May 17, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Why do i want a 10 year old thinkpad ?
Replies: 24
Views: 4104

Re: Why do i want a 10 year old thinkpad ?

"Why do i want a 10 year old thinkpad ?"

You don't. You want a 25 year old ThinkPad!
by fultontech
Fri May 11, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: WTB: Russian Keyboard for X220
Replies: 1
Views: 458

Re: WTB: Russian Keyboard for X220

If you get them off Amazon or eBay, just be careful that you looked up the correct part number. There was a flood of keyboards from China that were just the US keyboards with Cyrillic silkscreened on the side. Not any different from the OEM outside of the key logger added to the board...
by fultontech
Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Help needed restoring a couple of 600X thinkpads
Replies: 6
Views: 1972

Re: Help needed restoring a couple of 600X thinkpads

If I recall correctly, the 600X WIN98 recovery media checks the BIOS for the IBM name and once found, will continue the restore process, which is mostly unzipping files onto a blank hard drive. I believe the serial/activation number for win98/NT was hard coded into the recovery image rather than the...
by fultontech
Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Everyone needs a classic IBM ThinkPad running MS-DOS + Windows 3.11
Replies: 22
Views: 7087

Re: Everyone needs a classic IBM ThinkPad running MS-DOS + Windows 3.11

I started in the early 80's with the Tandy TRS-80 model III running TRS-DOS on floppy. No hard disk drives. I remember making lots of bootable disks for other programs so I didn't have to swap diskettes so often just to reread command.com I do recall a law office I went to once having an original IB...
by fultontech
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Win98 installation on the 600
Replies: 8
Views: 2184

Re: Win98 installation on the 600

Take a deep breath and step through the process. 1) (optional) go into bios and make notes of the current settings on paper, then reset to defaults. 2) boot from Win98 floppy, fdisk /mbr and reboot 3) boot from Win98 floppy, fdisk whole drive and reboot 4) boot from Win98 floppy, format c: /s and re...
by fultontech
Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Win98 installation on the 600
Replies: 8
Views: 2184

Re: Win98 installation on the 600

Did you redo the master boot record, before partitioning the drive?

fdisk /mbr
by fultontech
Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Old drive not recognized with IDE converter.
Replies: 13
Views: 3951

Re: Old drive not recognized with IDE converter.

I'd need to look at the spec sheets, but I think it a system bus type issue. It's most likely is not compatible with anything newer than 75x family
by fultontech
Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Old drive not recognized with IDE converter.
Replies: 13
Views: 3951

Re: Old drive not recognized with IDE converter.

IF I recall correctly, the pin out on the older IDE drives was different by one or two pins from the EIDE standard.
I've had to use LapLink 5 and cables to copy 750 era and earlier DOS systems to a 770X system running WIN98 in real mode that had a USB port.
by fultontech
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Thinkpad 760L
Replies: 12
Views: 4141

Re: Thinkpad 760L

Are you saying you have the floppy disk creation utility on your system still? As I recall it is just the OS, drivers, and some utilities, but not a full factory restore. You would need a recovery CD (if there was one for that model) to put it back to factory. If you want to make the floppies, I rec...
by fultontech
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Thinkpad 770X recovery with 770Z discs?
Replies: 16
Views: 5762

Re: Thinkpad 770X recovery with 770Z discs?

In this case we were talking about using recovery media for a different model. The older the system, the more specific the drivers were for devices and chipsets. The recovery media is a series of batch files and compressed achieves that work fine for the intended systems. Mileage varied for other mo...
by fultontech
Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: ThinkPad 600 PCMCIA Problems (Win 95)
Replies: 5
Views: 3962

Re: ThinkPad 600 PCMCIA Problems (Win 95)

It's been a long time since I messed with PCMCIA drivers, but as I recall the DOS drivers and programs, or "real mode" was different than the Win95 driver and programs. There are/were warnings in the IBM ThinkPad text documents about trying to use both or one vs. the other. It also had configuration...
by fultontech
Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: 390X BIOS update hardware error occurred
Replies: 7
Views: 4188

Re: 390X BIOS update hardware error occurred

Have you tried using a different floppy diskette?
by fultontech
Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: 5-1/4" Floppy drive on the 770
Replies: 1
Views: 3458

Re: 5-1/4" Floppy drive on the 770

Uh... no. No there weren't. There was a half length expansion slot on the original dock from 1992 that you could add a microchannel FDD controller card and attach an external 5.25" but I never saw anyone implement it. Here's a link to the adapter manual: http://www.minuszerodegrees.net/oa/OA%20-%20I...
by fultontech
Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: SELLING MY VINTAGE LAPTOP COLLECTION
Replies: 27
Views: 7124

Re: SELLING MY VINTAGE LAPTOP COLLECTION

goldeneagle wrote:
Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:44 am
I've already successfully rebuilt 2 750 series batteries that currently run for about 5-7 hours on a charge.
That is a long fricken time! Didn't the originals when new last for maybe 30-40 minutes?

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