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by pkiff
Wed Dec 08, 2004 2:31 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Find the right optical drive to fit 600X
Replies: 18
Views: 9566

For those who may be interested, I received a Toshiba SD-R6372 multiburner (CD writer/DVD writer) for my 600X today and swapped it with my original OEM Toshiba SD-C2302 DVD drive. The front bezels/faceplates on these two drives matched exactly and I swapped one for the other relatively easily, consi...
by pkiff
Mon Dec 06, 2004 10:29 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Changing Boot sequence
Replies: 9
Views: 2913

Yes, the Reset button should clear the sequence. Funny, that is the only step that seems to actually require the TrackPoint on my machine -- if I try to use the keyboard to highlight the Reset button and then hit <ENTER>, it just goes back one level like you describe. If you are using your TrackPoin...
by pkiff
Mon Dec 06, 2004 8:15 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Changing Boot sequence
Replies: 9
Views: 2913

You should be able to set your boot sequence from the BIOS, as Ian suggests. On my 600X, if you hold the F1 key on start up, you get to the Easy Setup/BIOS screen. If this is what you mean by the boot screen within 'set up' then it should be pretty self explanatory. Use the trackpoint to move the bi...
by pkiff
Sun Dec 05, 2004 7:46 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: 770x Question
Replies: 4
Views: 1420

Hey, I think the 770 series are fantastic machines myself, but $400-450 USD is way over the current value for an unmodified 770X today in my opinion. Admittedly, the value of a used item varies widely from one place to another and can be different from one day to the next, but I would argue that one...
by pkiff
Fri Nov 26, 2004 8:20 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Find the right optical drive to fit 600X
Replies: 18
Views: 9566

Compatible Toshiba Drives and Bezels for 600 series

Okay, so this is my second attempt to try to come up with some kind of compatibility list for CD-RW/DVD combo drives for the 600 series. Based on previous comments, I gather that there are many different drives which will fit in the UltraSlim Bay of the 600/e/x. Probably almost any standard, laptop-...
by pkiff
Mon Nov 22, 2004 3:46 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: TRACKPOINT CAPS COMPATIBILITY
Replies: 8
Views: 2646

I am almost certain that you can get all the classic TrackPoint caps you need from Bill Morrow at www.thinkpads.com. If you want to try a different kind of cap, you might consider the SofPoint caps , which are wide, convex nubs (like the IBM Soft Rim caps) instead of the classic concave points. Thes...
by pkiff
Thu Nov 18, 2004 1:37 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Find the right optical drive to fit 600X
Replies: 18
Views: 9566

The stock 600 series drive can be made by different manufacturers, all using bezels which look the same on the outside but mount to the drive in different fashions. Some snap on and some screw on. Oh. I didn't realize that. I had assumed (without actually looking yet) that the stock drives all had ...
by pkiff
Thu Nov 18, 2004 9:21 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Find the right optical drive to fit 600X
Replies: 18
Views: 9566

Possible drive replacements with bezels similar to 600X?

[ EDIT 2004-11-26: The information in this post is inaccurate. Read the rest of this thread to get more complete and accurate information about bezel replacements. - Phil. ] I also have been trying to locate CD-RW, CD-RW/DVD or CD-RW/DVD-R drives that fit in the 600 series and that do not require mu...
by pkiff
Tue Nov 02, 2004 9:48 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: uninstalling xp pro
Replies: 4
Views: 1169

If you have decided for sure that you really want to remove XP and replace it with Windoze 98SE, and if you have a Windoze 98SE install CD (as opposed to the IBM Recovery Disks), then you probably want to follow the advice provided by IBM: Considerations for Windows 98 - ThinkPad 600, 770/E/ED and t...
by pkiff
Wed Sep 22, 2004 7:59 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Difference between a 600/600E and a 600X base
Replies: 5
Views: 2109

Yes I think you're right - Max CPU is PIII 500 or PIII 850

I have 'read' certain 600X's are limited to one speed CPU while others can use a higher speed CPU (ie 800 (?) ). I'm not 100% sure, but I think you're right. Machines that shipped with the PIII 650MHz are speedstep enabled. Machines with PIII 500MHz orginally are not. See IBM document MIGR-4FMNJC: ...
by pkiff
Fri Aug 20, 2004 11:36 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: 770X Device Mgr. Conflicts ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1988

[edit: Darn, Greg answered your question while I was writing!] To install 98SE correctly onto a 770X, you should follow the instructions provided by the IBM Support pages: Installing Windows 98 and its device drivers - ThinkPad 770X . Before installing each software/driver item, however, I would dou...
by pkiff
Wed Aug 18, 2004 2:10 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: TP 770X, 98SE, IRQ conflict ???
Replies: 13
Views: 5474

The IBM file is a self-extracting .exe file I think. Then all you do is find the right subdirectory, locate the APM2APM.reg file, and "merge" it into your registry - this can be done from Windows Explorer or from your desktop. Then reboot. That's it. Note that the APM2APM.reg file is not the same as...
by pkiff
Wed Aug 18, 2004 12:31 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: TP 770X, 98SE, IRQ conflict ???
Replies: 13
Views: 5474

Yes, I saw that you mentioned that in your original post. Not sure why that is. Maybe the device doesn't get moved to the USB area like I thought, but to another spot -- there are a couple power-related system devices which also contain the "Intel 82371..." name. Here is the default 770Z Device Mana...
by pkiff
Wed Aug 18, 2004 9:27 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: TP 770X, 98SE, IRQ conflict ???
Replies: 13
Views: 5474

Assuming this is a fresh install of Windoze 98SE on your 770X, then this should be fixed by running an IBM registry patch called "APM2APM.reg" supplied with the Windows 98 installation supplement files - ThinkPad 770, 600E/X [Document ID: MIGR-4FJ3SC], otherwise known as the Supplemental File Disket...
by pkiff
Sat Jul 24, 2004 12:14 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Problem with my new laptop
Replies: 5
Views: 2970

If your backlight does not come on at all, then that would be a hardware problem. I don't know much about what LCD parts might be causing the problem. Others here might be able to help you with that, or you could just use some of that warranty you have. But the problem "fixes itself" sometimes? So s...
by pkiff
Sat Jul 24, 2004 9:59 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Problem with my new laptop
Replies: 5
Views: 2970

I can't quite understand your problem.

Is the problem with the brightness of the LCD screen or with the LCD screen turning on at all?

Is the problem the same when running on battery only as it is when plugged into AC adapter?
by pkiff
Sat Jul 17, 2004 2:54 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: 770Z CPU Upgrade Problems - PIII 500, 100MHz Mem, 127 Error
Replies: 16
Views: 20372

Also, Errors now appear during memory test

Also, one other item related to the upgrade. Shined indicated that after the upgrade, if they tested the memory using the built-in test routines of the ThinkPad Configuration Utitlity (i.e. Easy-Setup), they would get an error. I did not experience this error after upgrading my CPU and replacing the...
by pkiff
Sat Jul 17, 2004 1:20 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: 770Z CPU Upgrade Problems - PIII 500, 100MHz Mem, 127 Error
Replies: 16
Views: 20372

I can confirm 770Z with upgrade CPU boots to CD

Interesting. I did not check whether my 770Z could boot from CD before applying the CMOS edit, but I can confirm that my 770Z does boot from CD correctly now (with new PIII 500MHz CPU and with CMOS edited to remove 127 error).

Phil.
by pkiff
Mon Jul 12, 2004 10:09 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Generic windows 2000 pro on TP 600
Replies: 14
Views: 5668

600 Series under Win 2000 only supports certain functions

The various Battery Maximizer and Power Management utilities are not all compatible with the 600 series or with Windows 2000. In particular, the "Battery Maximizer" thingy and the in-depth "Battery Information" utility are not supported on the 600 series. Here's the relevant section from the "Batter...
by pkiff
Tue Jun 29, 2004 9:11 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: The official 770 Upgrade and general information Topic
Replies: 105
Views: 151148

NEW INFORMATION ON PIII CPU UPGRADE FOR 770X/Z! Recent experiments have resulted in two success stories installing a non-Speedstep PIII into a 770X/Z series machine in a way which allows it to boot cleanly into Windows without requiring any additional keystrokes. The trick involves editing a single...
by pkiff
Mon Jun 28, 2004 4:27 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: 770Z CPU Upgrade Problems - PIII 500, 100MHz Mem, 127 Error
Replies: 16
Views: 20372

That's what I think! Sweeeet! But if it's working for you, then you owe the greatest thanks to this Sharedoc character over at wimsbios.com , since they did all the actual work of examining the ThinkPad 600E BIOS registers, locating, disassembling and interpreting various key code snippets, and then...
by pkiff
Mon Jun 28, 2004 1:15 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: 770Z CPU Upgrade Problems - PIII 500, 100MHz Mem, 127 Error
Replies: 16
Views: 20372

WARNING: THIS POSTING CONTAINS INFORMATION ABOUT EDITING YOUR CMOS. THIS IS RISKY AND MAY CAUSE PERMANENT DAMAGE TO YOUR THINKPAD. I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DAMAGE RESULTING FROM ANY OF THE INSTRUCTIONS LISTED HERE. From Sharedoc's explanation over at wimsbios.com: When you boot, you get bios...
by pkiff
Mon Jun 28, 2004 10:57 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: 770Z CPU Upgrade Problems - PIII 500, 100MHz Mem, 127 Error
Replies: 16
Views: 20372

BREAKING NEWS! I am now the proud owner of a 770Z PIII 500MHz which boots clean with base 128MB memory running at 100MHz. No keystrokes required. The solution I used was posted by Sharedoc over at wimsbios.com Forum [links to Forum index, specific link to update thread appears below]. I take no resp...
by pkiff
Mon Jun 28, 2004 1:07 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: 770Z CPU Upgrade Problems - PIII 500, 100MHz Mem, 127 Error
Replies: 16
Views: 20372

After quite a bit of searching around the net for info on BIOSes and whatnot, I stumbled across a posting in another discussion forum where a user named Sharedoc seemed to have succeeded in eliminating the 127 error on boot in a ThinkPad 600E by editing a particular bit in the CMOS. As mdbrown and o...
by pkiff
Tue Jun 22, 2004 4:13 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: The official 770 Upgrade and general information Topic
Replies: 105
Views: 151148

Thanks. Looks like that fixes both things. I guess the CPU Cache Utility was working fine, I just thought there was a problem because the GUI doesn't give any feedback after you click on the "Configure Cache" button, and I couldn't remove the checkmark indicating that it is using the default setting...
by pkiff
Tue Jun 22, 2004 1:55 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: The official 770 Upgrade and general information Topic
Replies: 105
Views: 151148

I seem to get similar results as mdbrown and sickofit with my upgrade to a PIII-500 in a 770Z. 1: After upgrading the CPU to PIII-500, the FSB is changed to 100MHz, which kills the PC66-64MB DIMM installed in default. So I removed it and installed two of PC100-256MB DIMMs. Never tried,I just stuck a...
by pkiff
Mon Jun 21, 2004 7:37 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: 770Z CPU Upgrade Problems - PIII 500, 100MHz Mem, 127 Error
Replies: 16
Views: 20372

I guess I had the impression that some people might have managed the upgrade in a way that allowed the PIII to boot clean without needing keystrokes to bypass any POST errors. Is there no way to make the PIII upgrade boot cleanly in a 770Z? I'm not sure I will stick with the upgrade if that is the c...
by pkiff
Sun Jun 20, 2004 11:11 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: 770Z CPU Upgrade Problems - PIII 500, 100MHz Mem, 127 Error
Replies: 16
Views: 20372

770Z CPU Upgrade Problems - PIII 500, 100MHz Mem, 127 Error

I finally decided to take the plunge and try to upgrade my PII 366MHz 770Z to a PIII 500MHz. Unfortunately, I am getting the 127 Error on bootup. The computer will continue to boot if I type ESC at the error screen, then wait for the next error screen, then type ESC then F1. I had hoped however to g...
by pkiff
Fri Jun 18, 2004 5:05 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Fastest 770z CPU Upgrade - P3-500 or faster?
Replies: 16
Views: 5454

That's 650MHz with startup key sequence errors right?

Can you clarify whether or not you have to perform the escape key sequence during startup with this PIII 800MHz chip running at 650MHz? I assume yes, but I've lost track of whether this thread is tracking the fastest possible CPU under any circumstances or the fastest possible CPU which is recognize...
by pkiff
Thu Jun 17, 2004 9:40 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Video Card Upgrade
Replies: 12
Views: 6923

Voodoo 5 5500 works fine

Just a quick follow-up about which video cards might work in a docking station. Last night I installed a 64MB Voodoo 5 5500 PCI card in my SelectaDock III with a 600X. The installation went smoothly and the card appears to be 100% compatible, though I have not yet tested it properly with a range of ...

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