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My ThinkPad T43 type 1871 upgrades

#1 Post by Droider » Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:45 pm

Had my fair share of experience with the T40, T41 and T43 before but i had to sell them all cause there were always some minor issues with either cosmetics of the housings or those little white spots on the displays which my stomach didn't quite like. Recently a mint conditioned T43 type 1871 was introduced to me for cheap, i couldn't let it go but buy the little original devil. Original configuration was 1.86ghz, 512mb ram, 2915abg wifi, 40gb 5400 hdd, 14" xga, pretty standart T43. What i liked about this one was the display still so bright and white like its ccfl tube shines like day1, keyboard or touchpad has no signs of wear, the original battery still has %70 life in it. I decided to spend some money on it to maximize to my liking cause i like the T43 series, it is worth it for me what its worth.

1- Bought a Toshiba Tecra A4 complete laptop from thriftstore just for its Pentium M 770 2.13ghz cpu. This costed less than ordering the cpu from ebay or aliexp.
2- Bought a 1.8" sata to 44pin ide converter to use the 64gb samsung ssd salvaged from Thinkpad X300. The adapter costed more than Tecra S4, go figure.
3- Bought a TP-Link WL-861N cause why not. This card is said to be the best for mini pci socket, 9$ including shipping. Reasonable purchase.

* Installed WinXP SP3, some of my fave old games, music and movies. Flys through youtube with VLC.
* PM770 temps 46c idle and 67c load (max performance mode) not different than PM750 it had before. Maybe even runs cooler, using arctic mx-4 2019 edition.
* 64gb 1.8" samsung ssd, 70mb read and write and usual access times of an ssd brings new life to the olddog.
* Wifi card was totally worth it compared to the darn intel 2915abg, it really sucked.

I read people saying T43 being the last true IBM made THINKPAD, true or not. This particular T43 is my fave thinkpad for now. :wink:

IBM THINKPAD T43P, PM770 2.13ghz, 2GB DDR2, 15" UXGA, ATI FireGL 3200, 160gb HM160HC, Atheros AR9223 8)

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Re: My ThinkPad T43 type 1871 upgrades

#2 Post by RealBlackStuff » Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:52 pm

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Re: My ThinkPad T43 type 1871 upgrades

#3 Post by Droider » Sat Oct 19, 2019 2:14 pm

She is being picked up with care. Does it make speed or heat difference if i used 2gb single stick ram versus 1gb x 2 sticks ?

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Re: My ThinkPad T43 type 1871 upgrades

#4 Post by Cigarguy » Sat Oct 19, 2019 2:38 pm

Dual channel and a little bit cheaper. Speed difference? Doubt anyone will notice.

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Re: My ThinkPad T43 type 1871 upgrades

#5 Post by kfzhu1229 » Sat Oct 19, 2019 2:40 pm

Droider wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 2:14 pm
She is being picked up with care. Does it make speed or heat difference if i used 2gb single stick ram versus 1gb x 2 sticks ?
1gb x 2 config means dual channel, thus effectively double the speed of 2gb x 1. Though for a single core Pentium M Dothan, even with the 780 you can barely notice it.
If you have the latter one, I am sure an owner of a core duo gen laptop (T60, R60, Dell Latitude D820/620, etc.) will be more than happy to pay a decent amount of money and make use of that 2gb stick (max configuration for them), or if you are lucky and own the 2GB stick you can trade with them to get 2x1gb sticks and get some money at the same time. I got a total of 6 of 1GB sticks because they came off the Core duo and Core 2 duo and dead Pentium M Dothan gen laptops in China (Dell Latitude D610, D630, HP Compaq 6531s, Asus F83se, Toshiba Satellite A200).
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T23 PIII 1.13ghz 1gb W7
T43 15" 1.86 XGA 2gb fp W7
T530i 15.6" i7 16gb fp W10
Flexview UXGA:
A30p PIII 1.2 1gb W7 (IDTech)
T43p 2.26 2gb fp W10

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Re: My ThinkPad T43 type 1871 upgrades

#6 Post by Droider » Sat Oct 19, 2019 5:31 pm

Run passmark memory bench and results aren't different for 2gb single vs 1gb x dual sticks. Just tested.

2gb single scored 337 points
1gb x 2 sticks scored 347 points, dual channel my :lol:

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Re: My ThinkPad T43 type 1871 upgrades

#7 Post by Cigarguy » Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:49 pm

Told you.

Having said that, synthetic tests is not the be all and end all. There's a time and place for it.

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Re: My ThinkPad T43 type 1871 upgrades

#8 Post by kfzhu1229 » Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:50 am

I think with graphical intensive tasks such as games you may notice it - especially since you are on iGPU.
I remember that I restored a Dell Latitude D630 with NVidia graphics with 128MB VRAM, and 4+1GB asymmetric dual channel DDR2 667mhz. When playing league of legends it starts to stutter randomly because it runs out of VRAM and the system RAM is too slow. However replacing the RAM with 2x4GB dramatically reduces the random stutter (And no we checked task manager it wasn't running out of RAM).
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T23 PIII 1.13ghz 1gb W7
T43 15" 1.86 XGA 2gb fp W7
T530i 15.6" i7 16gb fp W10
Flexview UXGA:
A30p PIII 1.2 1gb W7 (IDTech)
T43p 2.26 2gb fp W10

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