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eBay Score T61p Updated

#1 Post by DartMan68 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:51 am

I just got a T61p for $25 and shipping, complete with 2 chargers, from an eBay seller whom claimed to be the original owner whom bought it new in '08.
The seller said it just recently stopped working, no idea why. When I got it, the only outward damage was a broken corner on the palmrest, right side. Otherwise, aside from a bit of wear from use, it appeared to be in great shape. I power-tested and BIOS-boot tested it. Success both times, no problem. :banana: Inside, the only thing wrong was a mostly clogged heatsink, dusty fan, and dried paste. Cleaned that and put on new paste. It's now my daily-driver, with Middleton's BIOS + CTRL/FN Swap then highsun T61-BIOS(1.0)_ASPM_OC, Manjaro 18.0.4_stable MATE edition Linux and Windows 7 Pro, an SSD, p/n 45N8424/04Y2143, 128GB Samsung MZ7TD1280, 4GB DDR2-667 (2x2GB), and Intel Wireless-N 7260 w/BT4, p/n 04X6011. Writing this with it. :D

It appears to have the originally installed board, so it's a survivor...
The MTM is 6460-DVU. Date code is 08/05. It has a good FX570m board in, p/n 44C3931/42W3420, with C2D T9300. The codes on the GPU are G84-950-A2 and 0811A2. (The 11th week of 2008 (March 10th-16th).

*Update. So far, so good. It's running fine. The T9300 is now my spare and the X9100 is locked to 3.724GHz and the FX570m is OC'd to 540/1080/766 in Windows 7, using ThrottleStop and RivaTuner. I'm still figuring out the tools in Manjaro and once I have, I'll be shooting for similar levels there. Thank you to those whom have helped me here.

**Update 2. I had to revert to Middleton's from highsun's due to EIST_LOCK being enabled and to swap the X9100 for the T9300. Installed phc-intel, c2ctl, msr-tools, and Thinkfan. Now the T9300 is running at 2671/2537 and c2ctl reports FID 76 and VID 40 for both cores, with boost enabled. I tweaked nVidia-settings so it will stay at 475/1404/950 using this post (https://forums.opensuse.org/showthread. ... -how-tweak).

***Update 3. After using the script referenced in the Arch thread here (https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=126444) and found here (https://github.com/davidbosman/scripts/ ... rvolt.bash), the T9300 is running at/near max at a VID of 25, or 1.1v.
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Lenovo TP T61p MTM 6460-DVU T9300 4GB 128GB SSD WSXGA+ nVidia FX570m
Lenovo TP T61p MTM 6457-W3P T7700 4GB 128GB SSD *WSXGA+ **Intel X3100
*(repl. dim Samsung WUXGA) **(repl. faulty FX570m)

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Re: eBay Score T61p

#2 Post by wujstefan » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:02 am

Nice shot! A decent machine in happy hands :)
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Re: eBay Score T61p

#3 Post by TheForgottenKing » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:32 am

Is it 1920x1200?

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Re: eBay Score T61p

#4 Post by Screamer » Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:59 am

MTM wrote:T9300(2.5GHz), 2GB RAM, 160GB 7200rpm HD, 15.4in 1680x1050 LCD, 256MB nVIDIA Quadro FX 570M, CDRW/DVDRW, Intel 802.11agn wireless, Bluetooth, Modem, 1Gb Ethernet, UltraNav, Secure chip, Fingerprint reader, 9c Li-Ion, WinXP Pro
Doesn't seem like it, the MTM states that it has a 1680x1050 display.

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Re: eBay Score T61p

#5 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:16 am

Screamer wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:59 am
MTM wrote:T9300(2.5GHz), 2GB RAM, 160GB 7200rpm HD, 15.4in 1680x1050 LCD, 256MB nVIDIA Quadro FX 570M, CDRW/DVDRW, Intel 802.11agn wireless, Bluetooth, Modem, 1Gb Ethernet, UltraNav, Secure chip, Fingerprint reader, 9c Li-Ion, WinXP Pro
Doesn't seem like it, the MTM states that it has a 1680x1050 display.
And it says it right in his signature anyway.
Thinkpad4by3's Law of the Universe.

The efficiency of two screens equally sized with equal numbers if pixels are equal. The time spent by a 4:3 user complaining about 16:9 is proportional to the inefficiency working with a 16:9 display, therefore the amount of useful work extracted is equal.

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Re: eBay Score T61p

#6 Post by DartMan68 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:12 pm

wujstefan wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:02 am
Nice shot! A decent machine in happy hands :)
Thank you. I appreciate it. :thumbs-UP:
I'm planning to add the webcam option, using OE parts, from the HMM. And later, a larger-capacity OE SSD. It's a bit of an oddity, but I prefer using OE parts when upgrading. It just fits, if you see what I mean. I'm the same way with cars. Hot-rodded 318 using OE Mopar parts, not aftermarket.
Lenovo TP T61p MTM 6460-DVU T9300 4GB 128GB SSD WSXGA+ nVidia FX570m
Lenovo TP T61p MTM 6457-W3P T7700 4GB 128GB SSD *WSXGA+ **Intel X3100
*(repl. dim Samsung WUXGA) **(repl. faulty FX570m)

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Re: eBay Score T61p

#7 Post by DartMan68 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:32 pm

TheForgottenKing wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:32 am
Is it 1920x1200?
No. It isn't. Had it had the WUXGA display installed, I'd have swapped in a WSXGA+, like I did with the other T61p I have. My eyes aren't as good as they once were, and 1680x1050 works best for me.
Lenovo TP T61p MTM 6460-DVU T9300 4GB 128GB SSD WSXGA+ nVidia FX570m
Lenovo TP T61p MTM 6457-W3P T7700 4GB 128GB SSD *WSXGA+ **Intel X3100
*(repl. dim Samsung WUXGA) **(repl. faulty FX570m)

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Re: eBay Score T61p

#8 Post by theterminator93 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:33 pm

Nice find! I abused loved my T61p since I received it new in October of 2007, until I officially retired it in favor of the W520 I have in my sig. in early 2015. Aside from the well known GPU issue (which as many have said, with these being 11-12 years old now, that would be common with any system) they are fine machines indeed.
Daily: T25 | W520 i7-2860QM·Quadro 2000m·IPS FHD | T420 i7·NVS·IPS FHD | X220 i7·IPS FHD | T601F T9900·NVS·LED UXGA
Wife's: T61p T9500·FX570m·WUXGA | X220T i7-2640M
Others: T61p·61·43·42p|X41T·24·23·22|G41|A31p·22m|i1200|TransNote|380D|365XD|701C|755C|760EL

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Re: eBay Score T61p

#9 Post by DartMan68 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:33 pm

theterminator93 wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:33 pm
Nice find! I abused loved my T61p since I received it new in October of 2007, until I officially retired it in favor of the W520 I have in my sig. in early 2015. Aside from the well known GPU issue (which as many have said, with these being 11-12 years old now, that would be common with any system) they are fine machines indeed.
Thank you, too. I appreciate it. I agree. They are fine machines. My first laptop was a recycle-bin find T43 14.1" MTM 1871 with a bad screen. I forget the exact MTM, it's been so long. I replaced the screen, upgraded the CPU, RAM, and HDD, and installed Linux. A friend once gave me a nice G580 when she got a new Dell. It was an OK laptop but I didn't much like it, compared to the T500 MTM 2242-CTO I had at the time. Overall look and feel, 16:9 instead of 16:10, Chiclet keyboard, less robust... I found a Core i7-3610QM in a dead Asus motherboard in the recycle-bin, swapped it in in place of the i5-3210M, and sold it to the local compshop for $200. :D
Lenovo TP T61p MTM 6460-DVU T9300 4GB 128GB SSD WSXGA+ nVidia FX570m
Lenovo TP T61p MTM 6457-W3P T7700 4GB 128GB SSD *WSXGA+ **Intel X3100
*(repl. dim Samsung WUXGA) **(repl. faulty FX570m)

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