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Upgrading my X61s

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Upgrading my X61s

#1 Post by KeatonR » Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:16 pm

Contemplating upgrading my X61s. I bought it new years ago and am a longtime Thinkpad fan, but I guess I need to decide if it's worth the time, effort and expense. It's in very good condition.

Here are the current specs:

Windows Vista Business
Intel Core2 Duo CPU, L7500 1.6GHz
4.00 GB RAM
32-bit OS
70 GB HD

Clearly I need to upgrade the OS. Has anyone put Chrome on and just made the Thinkpad into a Chromebook?

But I guess if I'm going to upgrade the OS I should probably move to a SSD first. And add RAM. And I'm reading that doing the Middleton BIOS thing is worthwhile. Anything else?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Upgrading my X61s

#2 Post by axur-delmeria » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:10 pm

SSD is your top priority, as it's a game-changer when it comes to improving the laptop's responsiveness. Middleton BIOS helps because it unlocks SATA II (300 megabytes/sec) mode-- without it, the SATA port is stuck at 150 megabytes/sec max.

I don't know why you'd want ChromeOS when you can put a real Linux distribution without much issue. I've been rocking Debian with Xfce on various X61 units for the better part of a decade.
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X601 Core 2 Duo T8100
Toy: X60F Core Solo U1300
On loan: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E; X61 7676-A24; and a BOE-Hydis HV121P01-100 in failed SXGA+ mod
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Re: Upgrading my X61s

#3 Post by KeatonR » Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:18 pm

axur-delmeria wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:10 pm
SSD is your top priority, as it's a game-changer when it comes to improving the laptop's responsiveness. Middleton BIOS helps because it unlocks SATA II (300 megabytes/sec) mode-- without it, the SATA port is stuck at 150 megabytes/sec max.

I don't know why you'd want ChromeOS when you can put a real Linux distribution without much issue. I've been rocking Debian with Xfce on various X61 units for the better part of a decade.
Thanks for the reply. I was thinking Chrome because it looks easy and I don't know anything about Linux, but I'll do some digging around and see if it looks like something I'd be comfortable with. And I'll start with the SSD -- thanks!

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