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760E - issues

#1 Post by my03 » Wed Nov 24, 2021 11:43 am

Hi,

i received my (old) new TP760E today. Its in fairly decent condition also. 24mb ram, CD-rom and the battery seems to actually hold charge for a while. Naturally it has the 301 error so cmos needs to change. I also get the I9990305 (i believe it means boot-sector can't be found on HDD). Its a little bit "sticky" but i assume that is how they become with age.

Naturally, i want to get inside it to check out things and so the way to do that on this model (i believe) is to push the keyboard levers "from" you (since "against" you opens the lid). I can successfully push the left side and open they keyboard on that side, but the right-hand side lever seems to be stuck in place.

What would be your advice here in how to open it on the right side? How much can i force it? Assuming something is stuck in there, what would be the way to deal with this?
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Re: 760E - issues

#2 Post by my03 » Wed Nov 24, 2021 12:05 pm

Figured it out. It was the proprietary memory pcb (that holds the two dimms) that somehow held it in place and made it impossible to move it. Now i'm in with the next question:

HDD is dead as a door-nail and i want to break in to the caddy. Removed the two screws in front, but it won't budge otherwise. What is the patent trick to split the caddy to remove the HDD inside?

well, i'm in. The trick for this particular caddy was to carefully "expand" the plastic cage while sliding the fingers towards the back & carefully lifting the drive out of the caddy itself. The 3GB drive will now meet its maker for sure (it barely gives any life-signs anyway).

Plan now is to put a 4GB DOM (2.5 inch) in there.

Btw, inside the unit is a steel-cage fastened by a bunch of screws. Is the cmos-battery hiding underneath there?
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W530 3940xm, 32gb, 520/240/240gb ssd, 1980x1080
T410 w. I7-640m, 8GB, 240+128gb ssd hd, 1440x900
X61 w. T7500, 8GB, 240gb ssd, 1440x900 (middleton bios)
365ed
360cs
701cs
T590 (work machine)

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Re: 760E - fool proof way to open "stuck" keyboard??

#3 Post by my03 » Wed Nov 24, 2021 4:02 pm

Documenting the whole thing here: http://syntkap.ddns.net/roller/
W530 3940xm, 32gb, 520/240/240gb ssd, 1980x1080
T410 w. I7-640m, 8GB, 240+128gb ssd hd, 1440x900
X61 w. T7500, 8GB, 240gb ssd, 1440x900 (middleton bios)
365ed
360cs
701cs
T590 (work machine)

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Re: 760E - fool proof way to open "stuck" keyboard??

#4 Post by axur-delmeria » Wed Nov 24, 2021 10:48 pm

Open the HMM link just below this forum's banner in a new browser tab. text search for 760, and download the Hardware Maintenance Manual it leads to.

One more thing: can you measure the height of the 3GB HDD? I can't remember whether it was 12.7mm or taller than that.
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Re: 760E - fool proof way to open "stuck" keyboard??

#5 Post by my03 » Thu Nov 25, 2021 3:49 am

Thx axur-delmeria, i'm heading there now :)

I measured it and it is 16.55 millimeters thick (17mm according to: https://www.amazon.com/IBM-DLGA-23080-2 ... B00X6CJU1Y)
W530 3940xm, 32gb, 520/240/240gb ssd, 1980x1080
T410 w. I7-640m, 8GB, 240+128gb ssd hd, 1440x900
X61 w. T7500, 8GB, 240gb ssd, 1440x900 (middleton bios)
365ed
360cs
701cs
T590 (work machine)

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Re: 760E - issues

#6 Post by my03 » Fri Nov 26, 2021 6:10 pm

so today i ordered a Syba dual CF adapter in a 2.5 housing (i run these in my both Toshibas - Libretto 110ct and the 480CDT - without issues) and i hope that the 760 will not complain when paired with a 8GB compact flash?? Or am i pushing the size limit too far with 8?

(https://www.amazon.com/Syba-Compact-Ada ... DDXUM?th=1)

What size HDD will the 760 handle?
W530 3940xm, 32gb, 520/240/240gb ssd, 1980x1080
T410 w. I7-640m, 8GB, 240+128gb ssd hd, 1440x900
X61 w. T7500, 8GB, 240gb ssd, 1440x900 (middleton bios)
365ed
360cs
701cs
T590 (work machine)

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