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Existing T30 HDD/XP-install into "new"/used T30?

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Existing T30 HDD/XP-install into "new"/used T30?

#1 Post by Annecy » Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:21 pm

Hello ...
I have a T30 ...
that I bought in 2005 ... (supposedly) "refurbished" ...

In 2014 this T30 developed a display problem ...
Various 3rd party repair attempts failed ...

For whatever/various reasons ...
I would (very much) like to salvage
my existing T30 XPinstall ...
as a/my non-internet "MultiMediaMachine" ...

What are my options ???

Could I buy any (functioning :roll:) T30 for sale on eBay ...
and simply insert the HDD from my T30 ???
Would that boot ???

Or would I have to find/buy a 2366-85U model ... just like mine ???

In 2005 that (supposedly) "refurbished" T30 was sold to me ...
with various "problems" ~ including ...
a failed memory slot & a non-functioning VideoOut jack ...

I realize I could still use my T30 with a Dock&ExternalMonitor;
however, I'd rather NOT pursue that option ...


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Re: Existing T30 HDD/XP-install into "new"/used T30?

#2 Post by rkawakami » Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:51 pm


I don't believe that the various models of T30 made over the years changed either the Intel chipset or the video controller on the motherboard. Those two hardware subsystems are the main sources of problems when transferring a hard drive from one model type to another. What you may end up changing, and it should cause no software problems, is the display. Your -85U came with an XGA screen (1024x768 pixels). Some models of T30 came with an SXGA+ screen which has a pixel resolution of 1400x1050. In other words, with the SXGA+ screen you'll be able to display larger images without having to re-scaling them, or display more of a web page without having to scroll around. However, everything will appear to be a bit "smaller".

If you can get the model type of the T30 you are considering buying, go to the "MTM" link at the top of the page and plug it in there. You'll see what the original screen resolution was. Note that a previous owner may have changed the screen, so it doesn't hurt to ask the seller if (s)he knows what the resolution is. Good luck!
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Re: Existing T30 HDD/XP-install into "new"/used T30?

#3 Post by Annecy » Sun Feb 04, 2018 6:35 pm

Hello ...
and thank you ... for your reply ...

I am also/still wondering ... about the existing MS Windows XP install ~
which is ultimately what I am hoping/trying to preserve ...
and use in a (more) function T30 unit ...

Will that XPinstall boot in & adjust to ...
some other separate/different T30 unit ???

Also ...
Possibly the XP install will "think" that
a 2nd/concurrent XP install has been made :?: :?: :?:
Must I somehow ... deactivate the XP install in the source T30
before moving the source T30-HDD/XPinstall
to some other T30 unit :eek:

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Re: Existing T30 HDD/XP-install into "new"/used T30?

#4 Post by RealBlackStuff » Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:30 am

If all else fails, look in the T30 Recovery CD Set Needed thread and contact forum member jronald.
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