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New IBM Lenovo ThinkPad R60

#1 Post by sdfox7 » Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:37 pm

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I am pleased to announce I have taken delivery of a ThinkPad R60 in pristine condition. I have already reloaded a factory installation of Windows XP and added Service Pack 3 for good measure. I am fully aware this machine is capable of running Windows 7, but XP is a stalwart. This machine also has an Intel 80GB SSD (SSDSC2CT080A4), even though I can't find any information that they shipped with these. The seller did not tell me (or was not aware) that this machine had an SSD, but it boots very fast--less than 10 seconds--with Windows XP.

I was a little concerned about getting this machine since the R series is considered the budget model. However, after the catastrophic failure last year of my T40 which suffered chassis flex, I figured it couldn't hurt to have a heavier and more sturdy machine like the R60.

There are a few things that I find interesting about this machine. It was manufactured during the IBM/Lenovo era where both badges were present. Second, this is a Core 2 Duo machine but has a "Centrino Duo" sticker. I read online that this is actually common, some Core 2 Duo machines have Centrino Duo stickers. Finally, this machine has Bluetooth, which completely surprised me for the manufacture date. The Bluetooth works with Windows XP and a new Bluetooth speaker that I bought recently.

I drove about an hour to pick this up, but it was worth it.

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Re: New IBM Lenovo ThinkPad R60

#2 Post by dr_st » Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:19 am

Congratulations! Nice machine and looks in great condition indeed. The SSD was obviously installed aftermarket. These are the original specs:
http://tp.krelay.de/index.php?type=9456-HTG

"Centrino" is an Intel brand which means the system has an Intel CPU, chipset and WiFi. Laptops that shipped with Intel WiFi usually got Centrino stickers, while those that shipped with adapters from other vendors (or without any at all) would have a "Core Duo" / "Core 2 Duo" sticker typically. For some Thinkpads the presence or absence of Intel WiFi would dynamically affect the BIOS splash screen too, although I don't remember now if this was a thing on the T/R/X6x series (it definitely was on X3x/T4x/R5x).
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Re: New IBM Lenovo ThinkPad R60

#3 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:02 am

dr_st wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:19 am
For some Thinkpads the presence or absence of Intel WiFi would dynamically affect the BIOS splash screen too, although I don't remember now if this was a thing on the T/R/X6x series (it definitely was on X3x/T4x/R5x).
Definitely wasn't on the Lenovo machines, but depending on the IBM, you got anything from a change in the size of the IBM logo to a giant Centrino logo. Same thing with Dell's during that time, they had a tendency to paste a P4 logo in the corner too.

I know my T40 has the IBM card and the logo was tiny compared to the T42 which was Intel equipped. Also know of another T42 that had the logo pasted, also Intel.
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Re: New IBM Lenovo ThinkPad R60

#4 Post by RealBlackStuff » Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:14 am

Nice find!
Beautiful condition!
Should you be so inclined, you could upgrade that to a really solid FrankenPad with SXGA+ or UXGA (CCFL or LED).
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Re: New IBM Lenovo ThinkPad R60

#5 Post by ZaZ » Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:16 pm

Don't forget to add the touch padless palm rest from the R60e for an even better aesthetic:

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Re: New IBM Lenovo ThinkPad R60

#6 Post by TPFanatic » Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:30 pm

Some of my T42 say Pentium M, others say Centrino on the splash screen. I've always wondered why.
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Re: New IBM Lenovo ThinkPad R60

#7 Post by axur-delmeria » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:43 pm

TPFanatic wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:30 pm
Some of my T42 say Pentium M, others say Centrino on the splash screen. I've always wondered why.
The Centrino branding refers to the entire platform (CPU + chipset + wifi). If it doesn't have an Intel wifi chip, it doesn't get the Centrino label.
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Re: New IBM Lenovo ThinkPad R60

#8 Post by dr_st » Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:10 pm

axur-delmeria wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:43 pm
The Centrino branding refers to the entire platform (CPU + chipset + wifi). If it doesn't have an Intel wifi chip, it doesn't get the Centrino label.
And surprisingly, you do not have to have Intel wired LAN to get the Centrino label (e.g., T43 and Z-series which have Broadcom).
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