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" Legacy thinkpad resources...old IBM pccbbs mirror&

#1 Post by madmax » Sun Feb 05, 2006 6:27 pm

For those who still work on legacy thinkpads
a mirror of the old IBM BBS pccbbs...

This archive was made possible by the very kind and forward-looking
Aron Eisenpress who took it upon himself to mirror the entire
"ftp.pc.ibm.com/pc/pccbbs" archive on December 12th, 1999. This archive
includes all the files made available by IBM on that day to support
their PC hardware up to that date.

Feel free to mirror and/or use this content anywhere/however
you like, as long as you don't charge for it. IBM retains all
rights to this material.

http://greyghost.dyndns.org/pccbbs/

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Mod edit: (3 Aug 2015)
The link above no longer works. Here's the latest public working link for archive:
http://john.ccac.rwth-aachen.de:8000/ft ... rg/pccbbs/
If this link goes bad and you find another, please post it back here to let us know.

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#2 Post by dsvochak » Mon Feb 06, 2006 3:08 pm

Thank you for the link.
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#3 Post by 440roadrunner » Wed Feb 08, 2006 10:37 am

I found this some time ago. Don't know how long it's been up. Frankly, I find it a little insulting that IBM/Lenovo/etc can't afford to keep this stuff. Seems to me that keeping a simple little ftp site with a few files is negligible, given the long term success of their products, and the number (of us) that have supported THEM for so long.

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#4 Post by leoblob » Tue Feb 14, 2006 2:42 pm

I must be a little dense. :oops: I can't exactly figure out how to use it. Any pointers appreciated.
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#5 Post by dsvochak » Tue Feb 14, 2006 2:53 pm

The first thing I suggest one should do is go to the "gen_text_files" directory and download "allfiles.zip" which contains "allfiles.txt" which is a list, by directory and by name within directory, of the files available along with a short description of the file.

Most of the viewers here will be primarily concerned with the files to be found in the "mobiles" directory.
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#6 Post by leoblob » Tue Feb 14, 2006 11:31 pm

Thanks!

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#7 Post by joester » Thu Oct 18, 2007 7:16 am

GREAT link!

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#8 Post by smeden-dk » Sat Nov 17, 2007 4:41 pm

The link http://greyghost.dyndns.org/pccbbs/ above is dead. Is this the end for downloading drivers etc for the old Thinkpad ? :(

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#9 Post by rkawakami » Sat Nov 17, 2007 4:55 pm

Through a little bit of detective work, try this:

http://12.206.251.215/pccbbs/

Note that the IP address may change. This information was found at:

http://www.walshcomptech.com/
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#10 Post by smeden-dk » Sun Nov 18, 2007 9:32 am

GREAT! Thank you! :D

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IBM pccbbs back on line!

#11 Post by wpwood3 » Tue Jan 01, 2008 9:39 pm

It looks like Lenovo has got pccbbs back up and running!
...well sort of

The files are all there and can be downloaded. The problem is you can't browse them to see what's there. The files are hidden. You have to know the name of the file to download it.

For example

If you go to the following link you will see all of the pccbbs folders:
ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/pc/pccbbs/

Now, if you click on "mobiles" you get a blank screen instead of a list of files in the mobiles directory. But, the files are really there!

Try this url for "600cklst.pdf" which is the Thinkpad 600 checklist in pdf format:
ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/pc/pccbbs/mo ... 0cklst.pdf

Here's another on for the Thinkpad 600 setup guide "600setup.pdf"
ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/pc/pccbbs/mo ... 0setup.pdf

We need someone to do an html page that links to the files available.

Here's a link on the same server to several IBM Thinkpad themes and wallpapers:
ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/pc/pccwww/ww ... wallpaper/
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#12 Post by kev009 » Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:07 pm

I host a copy of this pccbbs mirror at:
http://ps-2.kev009.com:8081/pccbbs/

I am open to mirroring anything for vintage IBM gear. PM or use the contact link on that page!
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Re: " Legacy thinkpad resources...old IBM pccbbs mirror&

#13 Post by TTA » Sun Sep 13, 2009 3:17 pm

I have it all. Its not online but I have a local copy of the whole BBS. If it ever gets to the point where it's not up anyplace let me know.
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Re: " Legacy thinkpad resources...old IBM pccbbs mirror&

#14 Post by Unknown_K » Sun Sep 13, 2009 6:48 pm

I would like a copy of the files. Are they small enough to fit on a DVD and mail out?
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#15 Post by TTA » Thu Sep 17, 2009 12:35 am

Unknown_K wrote:I would like a copy of the files. Are they small enough to fit on a DVD and mail out?
about 800mb

shoot me a PM I don't see any reason not to share.
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#16 Post by RealBlackStuff » Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:24 am

I 'snagged' a TransNote just before Xmas, and found some very useful stuff here: http://www.transnote.info
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#17 Post by ilakast » Thu Oct 17, 2013 7:05 pm

One more mirror fully functional as of 2013

http://john.ccac.rwth-aachen.de:8000/ft ... rg/pccbbs/
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Re: IBM pccbbs back on line!

#18 Post by ilakast » Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:21 am

wpwood3 wrote:It looks like Lenovo has got pccbbs back up and running!
...well sort of

The files are all there and can be downloaded. The problem is you can't browse them to see what's there. The files are hidden. You have to know the name of the file to download it.
Quoting a 2008 post, this still holds true, just an update on the url and a "solution" to the filenames index:

http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc ... 0index.txt

Just by typing the filename one wants, almost all all (thanks ray) files are still available from Lenovo!
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#19 Post by rkawakami » Thu Mar 20, 2014 5:44 pm

Not ALL of the files listed in the index are available for downloading from the Lenovo site. Specifically, the PC Doctor diagnostics have been removed per the cancelled licensing agreement. There may be others but those are the ones I'm most familiar with.
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