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[*HUGE PICS*]Thinkpad 555BJ - The Printer Thinkpad!!!

#1 Post by jack_zhan » Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:36 am

Here is the ultra-rare japan-only Thinkpad 555BJ! :banana: :banana:

Heavily scratched case...
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But nearly new inside!!!
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Lift the keyboard to feed paper!
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The name plate and also the printer cartridge cover!
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More detail photos to take with my DSLR. This unit is not working but restoration work ongoing! I will try my best to get it back to working condition!

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Sticker on back says "Type 2437J". Another sticker under the keyboard says 2437-JWC.
The machine has a size-unknown SIMM installed. And a very clean empty coprocessor slot.
I love the idea that a battery pack is optional with this model. My machine comes with a fake battery, so zero corrosion and shining new battery contacts!
DC power is provided by a 4-pin connector, rating 20V-2A. Mine is nearly broken so I am looking for replacement. The connector looks like this, overall size approx. 1.2cm*0.8cm:
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If any one know this connector I would be glad to know how to get a replacement.
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Re: [*HUGE PICS*]Thinkpad 555BJ - The Printer Thinkpad!!!

#2 Post by ilakast » Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:01 pm

A-m-a-z-i-n-g find!

Is the connector something like this maybe? http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/File:4pin-power-plug.JPG

http://www.g-mark.org/award/describe/21448 nuff said
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#3 Post by Tasurinchi » Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:03 pm

I'm so jealous! :mrgreen:
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#4 Post by ajkula66 » Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:25 pm

Simply stunning.

My hat's off to you, and the very best of luck with the restoration.

Please keep us posted.
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Re: [*HUGE PICS*]Thinkpad 555BJ - The Printer Thinkpad!!!

#5 Post by jack_zhan » Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:03 am

To ilakast:

Great! Exactly what I need! So now add 555BJ to the 40W list please :)

To all:

I am now having trouble finding such things like HMM. Lenovo Japan didn't give me a acceptable answer. :? I am trying to contact some Japanese Thinkpad collectors. If anyone here lives in Japan, I would be very thankful to be informed.
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#6 Post by Tasurinchi » Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:17 am

Finding a HMM will be probably challenging...

I guess you've see these two links already, but just in case...

http://pc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/2002/1010/tp06.htm
http://www.aichi.to/~thinkpad/catalog/tp555bj/
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#7 Post by jack_zhan » Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:09 am

Yes you are right Tasurinchi :wink: I have already see both...and many others from searching in google.co.jp.

Now I know the exact IBM publication number for the HMM is SY88-3041-00. I have sent requests to IBM and InfoCreate (a Japanese company that produced publications for IBM Japan) for the HMM. Now I can only wait.
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#8 Post by ilakast » Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:34 pm

jack_zhan wrote:To ilakast:

Great! Exactly what I need! So now add 555BJ to the 40W list please :)
Done :D
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Re: [*HUGE PICS*]Thinkpad 555BJ - The Printer Thinkpad!!!

#9 Post by jack_zhan » Thu Jul 25, 2013 2:34 am

Could anyone here contact IBM or Lenovo on behalf of me? Both of them offer only support through phone call, but I am in China and international phone calls from here can be very complex and expensive. :(
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#10 Post by madicetea » Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:54 pm

jack_zhan wrote:
Thu Jul 25, 2013 2:34 am
Could anyone here contact IBM or Lenovo on behalf of me? Both of them offer only support through phone call, but I am in China and international phone calls from here can be very complex and expensive. :(
Far-fetched that you are still watching this forum OP (I noticed the last login was in 2015), but if you are interested I'd love to at least have photos of the machine (your Flickr links died) and I would be able to ask (and I probably will anyway) for the document you are looking for.

*Good work on finding that documenting code btw, that must have been he** in itself.

(I'm very sure Lenovo will not have that document.)

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Re: [*HUGE PICS*]Thinkpad 555BJ - The Printer Thinkpad!!!

#11 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:57 pm

madicetea wrote:
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:54 pm

Far-fetched that you are still watching this forum OP (I noticed the last login was in 2015), but if you are interested I'd love to at least have photos of the machine (your Flickr links died) and I would be able to ask (and I probably will anyway) for the document you are looking for.

*Good work on finding that documenting code btw, that must have been he** in itself.

(I'm very sure Lenovo will not have that document.)

Best to you and happy new year,
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Given you are trying to repair the 555BJ, the best bet it actually to call Canon. They made the bubblejet machines under the NoteJet lines and I belive the NoetJet III or NoteJet 486 are just OEM models of the 555BJ. Same with how the iSeries are Acer machines.
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Re: [*HUGE PICS*]Thinkpad 555BJ - The Printer Thinkpad!!!

#12 Post by madicetea » Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:03 pm

Thinkpad4by3 wrote:
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:57 pm
madicetea wrote:
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:54 pm

Far-fetched that you are still watching this forum OP (I noticed the last login was in 2015), but if you are interested I'd love to at least have photos of the machine (your Flickr links died) and I would be able to ask (and I probably will anyway) for the document you are looking for.

*Good work on finding that documenting code btw, that must have been he** in itself.

(I'm very sure Lenovo will not have that document.)

Best to you and happy new year,
madicetea
Given you are trying to repair the 555BJ, the best bet it actually to call Canon. They made the bubblejet machines under the NoteJet lines and I believe the NoetJet III or NoteJet 486 are just OEM models of the 555BJ. Same with how the iSeries are Acer machines.
Huh, interesting thought. But the HMM itself would still be an IBM document, nah?

But yes, if the part broken is a printer part (in part or in whole) then Canon would be the only chance for it. [*Still, I don't know if Cannon is like Citizen. Citizen has replaced a 10-year-old watch with new parts. Can't say I ever asked for a business printer repair from anyone other than Xerox though.]
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