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IBM ThinkPad 330C (5523-JVB)

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IBM ThinkPad 330C (5523-JVB)

#1 Post by Bondi » Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:10 am

Yesterday got this notebook. It turned out to be in fully working condition! Though it doesn't look like a typical Thinkpad, it really is. The HDD connector is the same as on other 300/700 series machines, but it's located on the side of the caddy. It also takes IC-DRAM cards and has Easy-Setup. There is a funny volume control slide above the keyboard. It has 3 positions and controls pc-speaker volume (actually in 2 positions the speaker os off, and only in one it's on). There is also a resume/suspend button next to volume slider. The computer doesn't seem to react on it. But it's also used to access Easy Setup (need to keep it pressed and turn the computer on). The CMOS battery is dead, but I haven't figured out how to replace it. Built in power adapter is a very conveniet arrangement, need just plug in a standard power cord (110V!)
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Thinkpads: 330C, 360CE, 755CD, A21p, A31p, X60s, X230

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Re: IBM ThinkPad 330C (5523-JVB)

#2 Post by madicetea » Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:48 am

Love it, thanks for the pics!
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Re: IBM ThinkPad 330C (5523-JVB)

#3 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:56 am

You got a TFT one instead of a DSTN one. Lucky guy!
How are you powering it up?

Also the drive may not be dead, give a few good shakes like sort of mixing a smoothie with the top of the drive in your palm. Good firm shakes might get the drive to work again. I've fixed a half dozen drives this way!
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Re: IBM ThinkPad 330C (5523-JVB)

#4 Post by Bondi » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:11 am

Thinkpad4by3 wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:56 am
You got a TFT one instead of a DSTN one. Lucky guy!
How are you powering it up?

Also the drive may not be dead, give a few good shakes like sort of mixing a smoothie with the top of the drive in your palm. Good firm shakes might get the drive to work again. I've fixed a half dozen drives this way!
Yes indeed it's the TFT version. And the drive is actually not dead - there is a screenshot from scandisk report - even no bad blocks there. Assume it's original 340 HDD, but have't disassembled the caddy though.
I power it up via 220-110 voltage converter, and the laptop has a standard 110V AC in 2 pin power connector on the back (can be seen on the right on one of the pics) along with 15V DC in connector (on the right side)
Thinkpads: 330C, 360CE, 755CD, A21p, A31p, X60s, X230

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