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I've put SSDs into several of my older laptops, to give them a bit more usable life.
BUT, the OS and SW is what is ultimately killing these older machines.
My T23 is stuck at Win-XP or a Lite Linux.
Even web surfing is a PiA, since the computer can't handle the graphics on most of the web sites.
I "think" the network connection is 10-baseT, so you also have a network bottleneck.
But for standalone word processing or spreadsheet work, it is just fine.
I've put inexpensive SSDs (mSATA via a mSATA to PATA adapter) into several old laptops that I could not bear giving up (T23 and Dell C400, maybe next a G40). I think the C400 did not like a particular mSATA to PATA adapter. Switched to a different brand/type adapter, and it worked.
BUT, the old OS (WinXP) do not handle SSDs, so you need to partition the drive using a 3rd party tool that will partition the drive as a SSD. And that was a pain.
As I remember, I had to
1 - Put the SSD into an external USB case
2 - Then run the partioning SW to it, specifying SSD.
2a - This was tricky. I made a mistake and had to fix the MBR, which took HOURS of research to figure out and fix.
3 - Remove the drive from the external USB case, and install it into the computer.
4 - Install the OS onto that partition. I do not remember if I formatted the drive or if that was part of the partitioning sw tasks.
The SSD also extends the battery life, so that helps with these old laptops with short battery life.
- USB2 - I put a USB2 PCMCIA card into the computer, to give me USB2 speed. BUT the cards require external power to run anything more than a flash drive.
- WiFi - I have use PCMCIA WiFi cards to get WiFi on laptops without internal WiFi. The Dell C400 had the antennas in the computer so I could just add an internal WiFi module, the T23 did not have antennas so required the PCMCIA WiFi adapter.
- NIC - I have not tried a 10/100 PCMCIA network card.
For local work (word processing and spreadsheet) it does just fine.
As was mentioned, web sites today require so much graphics processing that web surfing is where these old computers fail.
Also many software today do not support XP, and won't run. So you have to replace them with sw (current or old) that will run under XP, and that is getting harder to find.
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