Thinkpad 760L

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Thinkpad 760L

#1 Post by clarkey » Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:52 pm

Hi, have been posting in the X31 forum and have really appreciated the help trying to get the original boot disks.

I have recently acquired a 760L that I am intending to restore, will share some pictures when I get a chance.

I have several other newer Thinkpads including a p50 and a W530. Have always loved them and am enjoying finally getting to work on a few older ones. I am used to working on Amiga's for my vintage fix so these still feel modern to me :)

Current status of the 760L and a few questions hoping people can help.

Standby battery, it was leaking so I have removed it, was shocked to see how it had attacked the board, coming from the Amiga world the dam things are always a pain, any major issues just leaving it out, the machine seems happy and passes all hardware tests without it?

Sticky finish, I have managed to scrub all the rubber finish off the palm rest with water and a soft brush and it is back to plain plastic, however I am wondering what other methods people have to deal with this.

BIOS update, I want to update to the latest BIOS that I have got from the old IBM archives, however it requires a charged battery and mine is dead. I have looked at the link here and tried hex edit version however I can't find the refferenced elements to change, has anyone successfully updated a 760 series bios without a battery?

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Last question for now ( I hope) I want to restore the laptop to it's factory default state, it is running the original install and applications how do I create the restore media or go about resetting it, do I just use the windows 95 tool it looks like it takes 30 discs! Has anyone got a better suggestion?

Thanks

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Re: Thinkpad 760L

#2 Post by clarkey » Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:49 am

Any help would be much appreciated.

Ta

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Re: Thinkpad 760L

#3 Post by fultontech » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:08 pm

Are you saying you have the floppy disk creation utility on your system still?
As I recall it is just the OS, drivers, and some utilities, but not a full factory restore. You would need a recovery CD (if there was one for that model) to put it back to factory.

If you want to make the floppies, I recommend the blank IBM media if you can get it on ebay. The other older high end media might work fine, but the newer floppies from office max are hit and miss in the older machines.
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Re: Thinkpad 760L

#4 Post by clarkey » Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:36 pm

Thanks, yes just the inbuilt utility. I went for a wipe and rebuild in the end.

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Re: Thinkpad 760L

#5 Post by rimmer » Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:21 pm

The sticky rubbery black coating on the older thinkpads can be dried out with talc powder.

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Re: Thinkpad 760L

#6 Post by clarkey » Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:54 pm

rimmer wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:21 pm
The sticky rubbery black coating on the older thinkpads can be dried out with talc powder.
Thanks for the tip will give it a go.

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Re: Thinkpad 760L

#7 Post by thinkpadcollection » Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:50 pm

I use good 3M floppy disks.

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Re: Thinkpad 760L

#8 Post by clarkey » Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:03 pm

Thanks all, just wondering if anyone has managed to update the bios on a 760 without the battery at all?

BIOS update, I want to update to the latest BIOS that I have got from the old IBM archives, however it requires a charged battery and mine is dead. I have looked at the link here and tried hex edit version however I can't find the refferenced elements to change, has anyone successfully updated a 760 series bios without a battery?

viewtopic.php?t=78263

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Re: Thinkpad 760L

#9 Post by Icewobs » Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:28 pm

A bit off-topic, but I'm wondering some things

- I have a 760EL - what's the difference with the 'E' designation?
- Why should I update my BIOS? For a computer of that age to work, I'm happy enough to touch it minimally and not worry about it too much.

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