ThinkPad Thread.
tedster
Posted 2021-05-27 12:41 AM (#2182)
Subject: ThinkPad Thread.



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Every good forum needs a ThinkPad thread. Time I inflicted one on this one then!

Here's my R50e. One of the last IBM designed machines. I bought it new in the mid 00's. It was the cheapest one you could get! It showed! Sporting a measly Celeron M 1.4GHz and 256MB of RAM the Windows XP experience was less than stellar. No mind, I soon upgraded it to a 1.8GHz Pentium M and 2 gigs of RAM. That improved things nicely.

I still use it for the odd nostalgia session and it copes with low spec games very well. It still has its original CMOS and main batteries, although the latter is on its last legs.

I have a brand new (NOS) genuine keyboard on it, that I found on the 'bay for peanuts not long since.

It's a cracking little machine, still in perfect working order and just as usable today.



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spacedrone808
Posted 2021-05-29 6:55 AM (#2184 - in reply to #2182)
Subject: RE: ThinkPad Thread.



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Unreal is goood!
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tedster
Posted 2021-06-10 4:51 AM (#2201 - in reply to #2184)
Subject: Re: ThinkPad Thread.



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I have a PATA to SSD converter in the Thinkpad, it holds a 120GB M-SATA card. It just slots right into the HDD bay like it was a regular drive. It pretty much maxes out the bus on the machine.

It's a worthwhile upgrade, the lack of latency and the overall snappier feel makes for a much improved experience.





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tedster
Posted 2021-10-12 9:48 PM (#2292 - in reply to #2182)
Subject: Re: ThinkPad Thread.



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My main ThinkPad is the venerable T-430. A fantastic little machine that you can upgrade to suit your requirements.
I've been doing so with a vengeance on the one I got! It's in fantastic condition and looks pretty much, brand new.

1st thing is, to flash the 1vyrain bios to remove the hardware "whitelists" and unlock the advanced settings in the bios.
I've swapped out the original i5 dual core four thread CPU for an i7 quad core eight thread one. Added 16 GB of 1866 MHz DDR3L RAM.
Added a 512 GB SSD, a 256 GB M-SATA card and swapped out the DVD drive for a SATA caddy containing another 256 GB SSD. I never use the DVD drive anyway but I can easily swap it back.
I've also added the Intel dual AC wifi card and Bluetooth.

A big upgrade this week was swapping out the motherboard for one containing the dedicated Nvidia NVS 5400M graphics chip. This required a new CPU cooler and I've also got a 135W Power Brick to cope with the extra demands.

I've made an already capable little machine even better and it really is a joy to use.





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tedster
Posted 2021-11-08 8:58 AM (#2300 - in reply to #2292)
Subject: Re: ThinkPad Thread.



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Got a dock for the T430, 25 quid posted off the 'bay. Bloody thing would have cost hundreds back in the day. It's NOS and gives me a useful bunch of extra ports.
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