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My Bluepad

#1 Post by cchisholm » Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:38 pm

I thought i would post my z61t and a bit about it.
I bought two of these z61t's in pretty OK condition on ebay, they came with docks. I originally bought them just to try out a thinkpad advance dock i have, which later died violently on me when the internal power delivery caught fire and the short killed one of the z61t's, but thats a whole other story.
That one has since been used for parts to be used on the still functional Z61t.

And i painted it blue:
(non embedded image: https://imgur.com/gZfcbzH )

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I used turquoise rustoleum universal metallic spraypaint.
https://www.rustoleum.com/product-catal ... pray-paint
A few coats on the cleaned and scoured lid.

I dont dual boot but i swap the SSD between a 120gb one with Windows Vista Ultimate 32 bit on it and a 500gb one with Xubuntu 16.04 on it. I use both OS's about equally, all it has to do is download videos and music.

The view on vista:
(non embedded image: https://imgur.com/msAVAxt )
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And then heres the desktop on Xubuntu including specs:
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Also, Hi! Im not here often, my first post was ages ago about my Thinkpad 701c.
I am sad to say that 701c has entirely died. Multiple issues built up until it wasnt reasonable to repair it, the mainboard with the AMD X5 has been saved but the rest is gone.
Thinkpads: Z61t, G40, 380ED, SL500

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Re: My Bluepad

#2 Post by dr_st » Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:59 pm

If you don't want to resize your pictures to a manageable size manually, please learn to use Imgur thumbnail codes:
https://api.imgur.com/models/image (at the bottom)

I did it for you this time. :)
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Re: My Bluepad

#3 Post by TPFanatic » Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:11 am

Z61t is already an uncommon device. That's definitely a unique sight. The metallic looks a lot better than the "colorware" colored ThinkPads. Doing just the lid is very tasteful.
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Re: My Bluepad

#4 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:13 am

Somebody has a good eye for nice colors. I might pick some up and do it on a TP with a really bad lid.
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Re: My Bluepad

#5 Post by axur-delmeria » Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:03 am

I'm not a fan of laptops with eye-catching colors, but I have to say the paintjob looks great. :thumbs-UP: :thumbs-UP: 8)
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X601 Core 2 Duo T8100
Toy: X60F Core Solo U1300
On loan: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E; X61 7676-A24; and a BOE-Hydis HV121P01-100 in failed SXGA+ mod
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Re: My Bluepad

#6 Post by Shredder11 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:19 am

Big thumbs up here for the colour and finish! Much better than all the other coloured laptops I see around the internet and stores etc.
Z61p x3 (C2D T7600, 3GB, 500GB SSD, BCM70015, Advanced Dock x1, Mini Dock x2)
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Re: My Bluepad

#7 Post by cchisholm » Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:27 pm

dr_st wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:59 pm
If you don't want to resize your pictures to a manageable size manually, please learn to use Imgur thumbnail codes:
https://api.imgur.com/models/image (at the bottom)

I did it for you this time. :)
Sorry, im a bit new here and im not sure how this site handles image resizing.
From my experience even on a 1200x800 screen everything looks fine. Though i imagine on some older browsers and lower resolution screens there may be an issue.
Ill be using gthumb in the future i reduce images to non stupid sizes that my iphone takes.
Thinkpad4by3 wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:13 am
Somebody has a good eye for nice colors. I might pick some up and do it on a TP with a really bad lid.
Thanks, its one of the more successful paintjobs ive done on a thinkpad before. I had a 15" T42 i once painted bright glossy yellow, and it looked real cool, except that the paint stayed tacky for its entire remaining lifespan.
This stuff was slightly tacky for about a week but is now very dry.
I also did an R52 with white wood paint white it was snowing outside but we dont talk about that.
TPFanatic wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:11 am
Z61t is already an uncommon device. That's definitely a unique sight. The metallic looks a lot better than the "colorware" colored ThinkPads. Doing just the lid is very tasteful.
I like the weird thinkpads, my other ones are all very non conventional models. I was debating going for a glossy metallic chrome like finish and polishing it and everything to replicate the titanium lid thinkpad, but thats kinda lame. A blue one was more appealing and the paint was cheaper.
Ive done other parts of a thinkpad in the past but the rest of this one is in pretty good shape, i mainly had to cover up the shadow of an old apple sticker the previous owner had on it and a big square glue spot.
It also does way better in the sun in the backseat of my car than it did when it was black.
axur-delmeria wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:03 am
I'm not a fan of laptops with eye-catching colors, but I have to say the paintjob looks great. :thumbs-UP: :thumbs-UP: 8)
Shredder11 wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:19 am
Big thumbs up here for the colour and finish! Much better than all the other coloured laptops I see around the internet and stores etc.
Thank you :D , i think next im gonna get something old and cheap like another 60 series or a bit older for windows 2000 compatibility and then paint it late 80's desktop beige.
Thinkpads: Z61t, G40, 380ED, SL500

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Re: My Bluepad

#8 Post by axur-delmeria » Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:09 am

cchisholm wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:27 pm
Thank you :D , i think next im gonna get something old and cheap like another 60 series or a bit older for windows 2000 compatibility and then paint it late 80's desktop beige.
Reminds me of this ancient Thinkpad 700C , which is said to be a German variant.
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X601 Core 2 Duo T8100
Toy: X60F Core Solo U1300
On loan: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E; X61 7676-A24; and a BOE-Hydis HV121P01-100 in failed SXGA+ mod
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Re: My Bluepad

#9 Post by dr_st » Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:04 am

cchisholm wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:27 pm
Sorry, im a bit new here and im not sure how this site handles image resizing.
From my experience even on a 1200x800 screen everything looks fine.
It looks fine because I went and edited your image tags to use large thumbnails rather than the full-size images. The full-size images were about 4000 pixels wide and would not look fine on anyone's screen, because, alas, this forum software does not handle automatic resizing.

Even if it did, it would still most likely force the client to download the full image (several megs) and then waste cycles resizing it. Not sure it's done server-side.

Always better to use a thumbnail feature built into the image host. Imgur has a very good and easy one, with multiple sizes to pick from. Read the documentation in my link.
cchisholm wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:27 pm
I like the weird thinkpads, my other ones are all very non conventional models. I was debating going for a glossy metallic chrome like finish and polishing it and everything to replicate the titanium lid thinkpad, but thats kinda lame. A blue one was more appealing and the paint was cheaper.
I found the Z61t a very interesting model at the time of its prime; it looked so much nicer than the ugly T61 14" wide and was shorter and more compact as well. Unfortunately, the platform has not aged well (it's the same limitations as a T60), and to add insult to injury, it does not even have an ExpressCard slot (which the T60 has), so no USB3.0, no fast SD card readers, etc. Also no IPS screen options. Pity.

Your paint looks amazing. You did a great job.
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Re: My Bluepad

#10 Post by teamde78 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:35 pm

That is a really neat paint job - Typically i enjoy the black chasis of the Thinkpad line, but this is really cool. Great work!
Thinkpads: T470 (daily Driver), T430, T60, Z61, T410

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Re: My Bluepad

#11 Post by wujstefan » Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:00 am

Now I started looking for a nice orange, yellow or cherry red rustoleum on Polish market. Have almost a dozen of titanium lids to refresh, and those colors are something very desired by me ;)
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Re: My Bluepad

#12 Post by axur-delmeria » Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:02 pm

wujstefan wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:00 am
Now I started looking for a nice orange, yellow or cherry red rustoleum on Polish market. Have almost a dozen of titanium lids to refresh, and those colors are something very desired by me ;)
I've never even seen a can of Rustoleum paint here in my country. :cry:
Is it a really good brand of paint?
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X601 Core 2 Duo T8100
Toy: X60F Core Solo U1300
On loan: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E; X61 7676-A24; and a BOE-Hydis HV121P01-100 in failed SXGA+ mod
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Re: My Bluepad

#13 Post by wujstefan » Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:16 pm

axur-delmeria wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:02 pm
Is it a really good brand of paint?
No.
It's just tested :D
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Re: My Bluepad

#14 Post by axur-delmeria » Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:10 pm

wujstefan wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:16 pm
No.
It's just tested :D
I first heard of the brand through meme pics like this one:

Image
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X601 Core 2 Duo T8100
Toy: X60F Core Solo U1300
On loan: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E; X61 7676-A24; and a BOE-Hydis HV121P01-100 in failed SXGA+ mod
:cry:

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Re: My Bluepad

#15 Post by TheForgottenKing » Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:06 am

axur-delmeria wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:09 am
cchisholm wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:27 pm
Thank you :D , i think next im gonna get something old and cheap like another 60 series or a bit older for windows 2000 compatibility and then paint it late 80's desktop beige.
Reminds me of this ancient Thinkpad 700C , which is said to be a German variant.
Japan had similar models like the 330C

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