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Restoration of a ThinkPad T40 and some questions

#1 Post by Droider » Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:41 pm

Hi everyone,

Found a reasonable offer for a ThinkPad T40 type 2373 and bought it. It was in perfect working condition and acceptable shape.The only cosmetic issues are the palmrest right upperside and middle thin plastic is broken. I am hunting for a mint condition palmrest atm.

Upgraded cpu from 1.5ghz banias to 1.7ghz dothan
Upgraded from 256mb to 2gb ram
Replaced 30gb 4200rpm hdd to 80gb 5400rpm
Replaced 11mbps wifi card to 2200BG with no1802 hack.

I had all of these parts in my cemetary, so i didn't spend 1 cent on top which was nice. The laptop works great and kinda silent, it is cool as well. The battery is naturally dead, holding for 5 minutes :) I need help with my little issues and questions for the ThinkPad enthusiasts.

* Wifi on indicator doesnt work.
* If i turn down brightness to level3, the screen goes very dim unless the lid is closed and opened again. The charging adapter is a counterfeit with original voltage and amp. Same issue repeats without the charger connected as well.
* I downloaded the T40 restore iso disks. Would you install it yourself or keep your nicely configured and customized SP3 installation ?
* Should i bother with Windows 7 ? I will not put an ssd in it.
* Is the performance gain worth it from 1.7 to 2ghz dothan ? I can get pentium m 755 for 11$ shipped.

Have a nice day !
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Re: Restoration of a ThinkPad T40 and some questions

#2 Post by dr_st » Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:16 am

Droider wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:41 pm
* Should i bother with Windows 7 ? I will not put an ssd in it.
IMO, no.
Droider wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:41 pm
* Is the performance gain worth it from 1.7 to 2ghz dothan ? I can get pentium m 755 for 11$ shipped.
As strange as it is to talk about any kind of 'performance' from a machine that's over a decade and a half old, there definitely is a clock-for-clock difference between a Banias and a Dothan, and considering you will also be boosting the clock speed, I'd say that for $11 it's a certain win.
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Re: Restoration of a ThinkPad T40 and some questions

#3 Post by Droider » Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:26 pm

I upgraded the cpu to 1.7 dothan already. I was asking if the difference compared to 2.0ghz dothan would be worth the upgrade. Thanks.
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Re: Restoration of a ThinkPad T40 and some questions

#4 Post by ajkula66 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:10 pm

Droider wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:26 pm
I upgraded the cpu to 1.7 dothan already. I was asking if the difference compared to 2.0ghz dothan would be worth the upgrade. Thanks.
Not in my opinion.

PM 735 is the coolest-running Dothan in my experience, and I'd stick with it.
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Re: Restoration of a ThinkPad T40 and some questions

#5 Post by shawross » Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:16 pm

Depends on what you are using it for. A T40 doesn't strike me as an internet option.

Why don't you just use it as is and see how you go?
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Re: Restoration of a ThinkPad T40 and some questions

#6 Post by Droider » Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:47 am

This is just being done as an hobby :) No real use at all for it. Btw i bought the PM755 for 8.8 usd shipped from aliexpress. They offer 2 usd discount for your first purchase. Yay, it is going to break the 2ghz barrier :lol: I use it to listen to my metal/rock archive and dvd movies and some old games. I just need to get a mint condition palmrest and it is done for good. :)
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Re: Restoration of a ThinkPad T40 and some questions

#7 Post by Droider » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:51 am

I downloaded all 4 of the t40 recovery iso files and i want recover it using from a usb drive. Rufus doesnt recognize the iso files. Help please.
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Re: Restoration of a ThinkPad T40 and some questions

#8 Post by Screamer » Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:56 am

I am not exactly sure on what you did, but were these 4 .iso files combined into one .iso? If that is so, I doubt that would work.

May I suggest a fresh installation with a Windows XP Professional disc, if that is possible?

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Re: Restoration of a ThinkPad T40 and some questions

#9 Post by Droider » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:06 am

https://archive.org/details/IBMThinkpadT4041RecoveryCDs

There are 4 seperate iso files here. 1st one being bootable cd image. I wonder if i can burn these files into bootable usb drive instead of cd and restore the thinkpad t40 to its original factory state.
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