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The Dreadnaught - Z61P

#1 Post by fatkatsupra1 » Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:08 pm

Hello all,

Got the itch to try another new old IBM Thinkpad after finally getting my A20m stable and running smooth.

I found a fully loaded Z61P on the ol fleabay and paid about $100 for it. Definitely the most I have spent on an oldie but the laptop looks basically unused.

Call it the Dreadnaught because with the sharply angled case it reminded me of the naval Dreadnaught class ship bows.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com ... L1319_.jpg

https://www.notebookcheck.net/fileadmin ... cb42ef.jpg

Swapped the slowdrive for a 1TB SSD and setup a dual boot XP SP2 and ubuntu 19.10 and I LOVE IT.

The only thing that has blown me away is how energy hungry it is. The screen isn't nearly as bright an my X60s.

Anyone ever used a battery in the ultrabay for the Z61? If I can figure how to upload a picture I will post of few.


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Re: The Dreadnaught - Z61P

#2 Post by wujstefan » Tue Jan 07, 2020 5:20 am

Yup, I'm using UB batteries in mine units.
SHARP WUXGA screens work great in those units, are brighter and LESS power hungry.
Undervolting CPUs and GPU works wonders.

One of my very favourite units. Especially with Ti cover.
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Re: The Dreadnaught - Z61P

#3 Post by fatkatsupra1 » Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:09 pm

I will have to grab an ultrabay battery and see how it boosts the run time.

A brighter display would be awesome but I am seeing $300 on ebay!

Love the look and it is solid! Built like a tank.

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Re: The Dreadnaught - Z61P

#4 Post by wujstefan » Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:53 am

Check out for Phillips display from T61p. If not, I've got one or two spare SHARP displays. For way, way less than $300 :D Need to check them vs Z6x; not all work well with those systems.

I've also got a few spare used and new genuine UB battery.

BTW, I love the "Dreadnaught" comparison :D
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Re: The Dreadnaught - Z61P

#5 Post by Eugor » Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:52 pm

I must say, I also love the Dreadnaught reference. Very apropos. I also have a Z61, but mine is the m class. Not quite the flagship that yours is, But I do enjoy using it nonetheless. With an ssd and running mint xfce, it is a comfortable workspace. If you find that brighter screen that works for you for less than 300, I am curious to hear about it. Dim display is my complaint as well.

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Re: The Dreadnaught - Z61P

#6 Post by wujstefan » Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:56 am

Eugor wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:52 pm
If you find that brighter screen that works for you for less than 300, I am curious to hear about it.
LP154WU1-TLB1 from LG
It's hard to get the Sharp panels nowadays...
You can try to hunt Dell D810 w/WUXGA - the panel sits in there ;)
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Re: The Dreadnaught - Z61P

#7 Post by Eugor » Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:02 pm

wujstefan wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:56 am
Eugor wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:52 pm
If you find that brighter screen that works for you for less than 300, I am curious to hear about it.
LP154WU1-TLB1 from LG
It's hard to get the Sharp panels nowadays...
You can try to hunt Dell D810 w/WUXGA - the panel sits in there ;)
Many Thanks. I will see if I can find one.

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