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New Thinkpad owner looking for advice and recommendations

#1 Post by IBM_Thinker_89 » Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:21 pm

I bought a Thinkpad T40 2373 in like new condition from eBay for about $30, it was a teachers/school computer and was pretty mint, even had the protective films still on everything, looked to be barely used and i'm super happy about my purchase, although it leaves a lot to be desired in performance. This is my very first IBM Thinkpad, and i'm very proud to be an owner of a pre-Lenovo machine as amazing as this one. :D

My CMOS battery is dead so i want to do a full overhaul in spec with Windows 98 SE or XP Pro in mind while i'm in there working for some retro gaming goodness, and i wanted recommendations for upgrades to make my experience as good as it can possibly be.

I'm not sure if Windows 98 SE or Windows XP Pro will run better on it, but i want the most seamless and lightweight possible OS to conserve system resources.

I will be playing mostly Windows 95/98 games on it as well as some DOS based games. Windows XP games only if it's decided that the final product will run them well enough to be playable.

If at all possible also a new battery since this one is pretty shot, the charger is fine though.

My T40 system specs are as follows:
Intel Pentium M 1.5Ghz
SoundMAX Digital Audio
32MB ATI Mobility RADEON 7500
DirectX 9.0c
512Mb DDR PCI 2100 200-pin (single stick so one slot is free)
Hitachi Travelstar 80GN 60GB UDMA/100 4200RPM 8MB 2.5" IDE Hard Drive
IBM ThinkPad T40 2373

Intel Pentium M 1.5Ghz (Windows 98 SE)
SoundMAX Digital Audio
32MB ATI Mobility RADEON 7500 (DirectX 9.0c)
512Mb DDR PCI 2100 200-pin (single stick)
Hitachi Travelstar 80GN 60GB UDMA/100 4200RPM 8MB 2.5" IDE Hard Drive

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Re: New Thinkpad owner looking for advice and recommendations

#2 Post by ajkula66 » Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:34 pm

Welcome to the forum!

I've never ran 98SE on a T40 so I can't offer you any advice there, but XP will call for maxing out the RAM at 2GB. 512MB is simply not enough for it to run smoothly.

Enjoy that oldie!
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