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My thinkpad collection

#1 Post by Droider » Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:01 pm

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My first thinkpad was a T410, it was a nice machine but i cheated it with an Elitebook in the end. After a while, myself left with the taste of thinkpad in my heart, i came across a Thinkpad T40 offered to me for next to nothing and bought it. Asked for help from the community and got helped with all of my questions. The community, the affordibility, the cheap spareparts and moddability of thinkpads got me hooked to thinkpadding :) :roll:

Ever since the T40, i have been on the hunt for thinkpads whether in fleamarkets, online listings, local shops and i bought many and sold many. Sold many because i am not into collecting unless the device is in pristine condition, i can't sell a perfect machine with the fear of "what if i can't find again " , so i kept buying, assembling 2-3 devices to make a perfect one to my liking etc, regular stuff any thinkpadder usually does. I wanted to share my humble collection briefly. I listed the devices in order its value in my eyes. I happen to keep thinkpads with no pressure marks nor yellowish screen, i always search for used working batteries for my devices.

1- Thinkpad T23
Pentium 3 1200mhz, 1gb sdram, s3 supersavage 16mb, 14.1" xga, factory installed wifi, 64gb msata ssd, windows 2000.


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T23 had some minor issues when i got it. non functional lid button switch, square white spot in the middle of the screen, dead battery, usual right side of the palmrest crack. I don't really know what is so special about T23 but it holds its place as my most beloved TP of all times. I was able to fix all of its issues, including the white spot in the screen, sourced two working batteries, i even imported 1gb sdram for it from china. It is running like a poem with W2K, quite snappy, great speakers and eventho the screen is just a TN XGA, its colors and brightness are so appealing to my eyes. The cpu p3m-1200mhz tualatin and graphics chip S3 brings me to the nostalgia train cause it was the first vga chip in my first computer. It is quite capable for the likes of Half-life, quake2 or 3. T23 holds its special place in my collection as a device that i would never consider parting ways. A true champion, mvp, king of the hill whatever. 8)

2- Thinkpad T43p
PM 2.13ghz, 2gb ram, 64gb samsung ssd with adapter, 300mbps wifi n card, firegl v3200, windows 7


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Bought this one from someone in another city, only saw some blurry photos of it before buying. I had no idea that it would have been in pristine condition. It only missed the hdd cover, had a small crack under the bottom housing that i was able to epoxy nicely and source hdd cover. Its screen is so beautiful to look at even by todays standarts, No issues with the lcd, perfect. it is always been a joy to use. Upgraded the cpu to 2.13ghz pentium m, 64gb ssd, it is sporting windows 7 fluently, It runs windows 10 nicely as well tho not as great as win7 for sure. Using it as a tv with pcmcia avermedia card, I am able to watch youtube at 1080p with potplayer, it has respectable graphics power for games until 2005-06. It is a keeper and every thinkpadder should have one of these beasts in their collection.

3- Thinkpad X32
Pentium M 1.7ghz, 2gb ram, 16mb radeon 7000, 12.1" xga, 64gb msata ssd, windows xp


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X32 was like a myth to me cause its rarity is repeatedly posted by thinkpadders, so i never thought i could get my hands on a X32. Lol, I got not one but two X32 here and surprisingly both are pristine like new condition. I couldn't find any faults with them and I usually do. They came with X3 docking stations with %90 life batteries. Being a fan of X41 series, performance of X32 blew my mind. X32 has real cpu instead of the low power cpu variants of X40 and X41 series. These little fellas could easily had 2nd place in my list if i wasn't sentimental about my UXGA T43p :D

4- Thinkpad T61
Intel T8300, 4gb ram, 120gb 840pro ssd, 5300agn, 14.1" 1280x800 display, x3100 vga, windows 7


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I got two of these 14.1" widescreen T61's. The first one was X3100 variant with perfect working condition with a flawless bright, nice contrasted 1280x800 panel. It had some cracks at the side of the bottom housing and palmrest, no battery included. The second one arrived 3 days later, nvs140m variant with 1440x900 panel with some tiny pressure marks, no battery included.. NVS140m board had a strange issue where it auto powers up when connected to ac adapter. I wasn't able to fix it by replacing the dc jack or cleaning the board, good news it didn't have cracks with bottom housing nor palmrest. Made a thread about these recently and deciced to assemble a perfect INTEL X3100 T61 and i did. It runs windows 7 super smooth, youtube in browser 1080p is not an issue at all, plays half-life 2 and unreal 2004 with maximum settings at 1280x800. Machine runs quite cool and silent as well cause i put the FX570m heatsink fan :) I still feel lucky to source a 9cell panasonic battery with %70 life for this device, it is a keeper in my collection when i need more computing power.

5- Thinkpad T42p
Pentium M 765 2.1ghz, 2gb ram, 160gb hm160hc hdd, 15" uxga panel, 128mb firegl T2, windows xp


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Bought it yesteday, still so fresh in my collection. I always thought T42p was rarer than T43p over here. Its keyboard was missing like %90 of its keys. The screen had ink lines drawed with a pen possibly by a child who abused the machine. Cleaned the lcd with baby wipes, all lines went away, left me with a perfect UXGA screen, no pressure marks etc. Thing is running hot, i need a longfan for this device, if it doesnt help, i may replace pm765 with pm745. It is in perfect condition right now with no cracks or etc, runs with windows xp.

6- Thinkpad T60
T7400, 3gb ram, 14.1" 4:3 1400x1050, 64mb x1300, 5300agn, 120gb ssd, windows 7


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Always on the hunt for a T60 sxga+ or T60p in good condition, got this device with T5500 cpu, upgraded straight to T7400,3gb ram, 5300wifi etc. It runs super cool with T7400, absolutely silent. I would have ranked this one better if the colors of its inferior samsung sxga+ panel were more lively. Still, it is a milestone in thinkpads history and a keeper, being my most powerful 4:3 Tp after all. Got a 6 cell panasonic battery with %80 life.

7- Thinkpad X41 Tablet
Pentium M 1.5ghz lv, 2gb ram, 32gb msata ssd, 12.1" xga ips panel, GMA 900, windows xp


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I have always been a fan of X41 devices, eventough X41T isn't as much loved as a regular X41 by myself, i value this one because it is in pristine condition. Need a working battery for this one and unfortunately it is not easy to find a working one for cheap here.

8- Thinkpad 701CS

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Got this one today, i am not into this kinda of old devices but the uniquness of the keyboard and rarity of one, let alone a working one. I am going to sell it buy more thinkpads to my liking.

9- Thinkpad T43
Pentium M 1.86ghz, 2gb ram, 80gb 7200rpm hdd, 64mb radeon x300, windows xp, 14" xga

Not much to say about this one, it is a nice machine but it is going to be sold to make room for other devices.

10- Thinkpad X41 halftop
PM 1.5ghz,2gb ram, GMA 900, no panel :)

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This one will have its place upper in the list when i find lcd for it. It is super light and cute atm, i like it :)

I have a pristine A30p with uxga panel with dead mobo and a X61 with dead mobo that couldn't make it into the photos, maybe one day, i could get mobos for them. I also have two pieces of A20m with orange panels rusting in the attic. I am on the hunt for devices like TP 600x, X61s, G41, Z61p, T60p, T61p...

My Thinkpads at the moment
T61, 14.1" GMA X3100
T61, 14.1" Quadro NVS 140M
T60, 14.1" Radeon X1300 x2
T43P, 15" FireGL V3200
T42P, 15" FireGL T2
T43, 14.1" Radeon X300
T43, 14.1" GMA900
T42, 14.1" Radeon 7500
X60s, X41t,X41, X32 x 2, T23, TP600, 701CS

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Re: My thinkpad collection

#2 Post by MikalE » Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:04 pm

Very nice collection. I'm only halfway where you are, but my machines are newer.
A31p P-IV 2Ghz, 2MB, 2653-R6U
T500 T9600 2055-BE9
T510 i5 4384-DV7
T510 i7 4349-A64
T520 i7QM 4242-4UU Highly Modified

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Re: My thinkpad collection

#3 Post by dr_st » Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:58 pm

A nice collection indeed. :thumbs-UP:
Droider wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:01 pm
T23 had some minor issues when i got it. non functional lid button switch, square white spot in the middle of the screen, dead battery, usual right side of the palmrest crack. I don't really know what is so special about T23 but it holds its place as my most beloved TP of all times. I was able to fix all of its issues, including the white spot in the screen
I'm curious - how did you fix the white spot?
Droider wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:01 pm
X32 was like a myth to me cause its rarity is repeatedly posted by thinkpadders, so i never thought i could get my hands on a X32. Lol, I got not one but two X32 here and surprisingly both are pristine like new condition. I couldn't find any faults with them and I usually do. They came with X3 docking stations with %90 life batteries. Being a fan of X41 series, performance of X32 blew my mind. X32 has real cpu instead of the low power cpu variants of X40 and X41 series. These little fellas could easily had 2nd place in my list if i wasn't sentimental about my UXGA T43p :D
I have one of those impressive little machines myself. Well, it was impressive 15 years ago but its days of glory were short-lived, and now it is mostly a curiosity. Mine isn't in such a pristine condition, though - the lid has seen some wear and tear. I do have the IPS screen, and it can even run Win7 after some graphics drivers hacking, but it's best with XP.
Thinkpad 25 (20K7), T470p (20J7), Yoga 14 (20FY), T430s (IPS FHD + Classic Keyboard), X220 4291-4BG
X61 7673-V2V, T60 2007-QPG, T42 2373-F7G, X32 (IPS Screen), A31p w/ Ultrabay Numpad, A21m 2628-GXU

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Re: My thinkpad collection

#4 Post by RealBlackStuff » Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:13 am

The T23 is definitely my longest owned (since 2003) and most-used (for password-removal) Thinkpad.
I still got two of them in almost pristine condition and with working batteries (from T30).

The current favourite is my T440p.

As for T43 and X41 Series: both can be upgraded to SATA drives instead of IDE/PATA.
The how-to is described in their respective forum.
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Re: My thinkpad collection

#5 Post by Droider » Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:32 am

dr_st wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:58 pm
A nice collection indeed. :thumbs-UP:
Droider wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:01 pm
T23 had some minor issues when i got it. non functional lid button switch, square white spot in the middle of the screen, dead battery, usual right side of the palmrest crack. I don't really know what is so special about T23 but it holds its place as my most beloved TP of all times. I was able to fix all of its issues, including the white spot in the screen
I'm curious - how did you fix the white spot?

Droider wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:01 pm
X32 was like a myth to me cause its rarity is repeatedly posted by thinkpadders, so i never thought i could get my hands on a X32. Lol, I got not one but two X32 here and surprisingly both are pristine like new condition. I couldn't find any faults with them and I usually do. They came with X3 docking stations with %90 life batteries. Being a fan of X41 series, performance of X32 blew my mind. X32 has real cpu instead of the low power cpu variants of X40 and X41 series. These little fellas could easily had 2nd place in my list if i wasn't sentimental about my UXGA T43p :D
I have one of those impressive little machines myself. Well, it was impressive 15 years ago but its days of glory were short-lived, and now it is mostly a curiosity. Mine isn't in such a pristine condition, though - the lid has seen some wear and tear. I do have the IPS screen, and it can even run Win7 after some graphics drivers hacking, but it's best with XP.
Thank you. There was a square white spot, it wasnt a pressure mark. I dissambled the screen. Cleaned the panel underneat and sanded the part of the lid at the spot mark was happening. Went away.


X32 such an awesome tp, i read about the misfortune of your x32 man. Seems like ips panel did more harm than good for it.

@Rbs,

Yes big bro i am fully aware of those mods. However knowing myself, i am afraid to kill the device. I have been asking for a video tutorial about these mods, hopefully one day, someone would upload and i would feel the balls to do the satamod myself.

My Thinkpads at the moment
T61, 14.1" GMA X3100
T61, 14.1" Quadro NVS 140M
T60, 14.1" Radeon X1300 x2
T43P, 15" FireGL V3200
T42P, 15" FireGL T2
T43, 14.1" Radeon X300
T43, 14.1" GMA900
T42, 14.1" Radeon 7500
X60s, X41t,X41, X32 x 2, T23, TP600, 701CS

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Re: My thinkpad collection

#6 Post by Droider » Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:35 am

MikalE wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:04 pm
Very nice collection. I'm only halfway where you are, but my machines are newer.
Thank you, i wouldnt be able to collect such devices for the sake of collecting as they dont cost as little as a mcdonalds menu :D

My Thinkpads at the moment
T61, 14.1" GMA X3100
T61, 14.1" Quadro NVS 140M
T60, 14.1" Radeon X1300 x2
T43P, 15" FireGL V3200
T42P, 15" FireGL T2
T43, 14.1" Radeon X300
T43, 14.1" GMA900
T42, 14.1" Radeon 7500
X60s, X41t,X41, X32 x 2, T23, TP600, 701CS

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Re: My thinkpad collection

#7 Post by manmanmanman » Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:52 am

That X41t is just incredible, what a find. Very nice collection!
X60 | X200s | X230t | T42p | A31p with numpad | i1400 | T40, T41, T42 | A31

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Re: My thinkpad collection

#8 Post by Droider » Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:01 pm

manmanmanman wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:52 am
That X41t is just incredible, what a find. Very nice collection!
Thanks man, hope you get a much better condition X41T yourself.

My Thinkpads at the moment
T61, 14.1" GMA X3100
T61, 14.1" Quadro NVS 140M
T60, 14.1" Radeon X1300 x2
T43P, 15" FireGL V3200
T42P, 15" FireGL T2
T43, 14.1" Radeon X300
T43, 14.1" GMA900
T42, 14.1" Radeon 7500
X60s, X41t,X41, X32 x 2, T23, TP600, 701CS

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