Thinkpad R61: I do have an R61 with a C2D, but quite frankly I'm a sucker for those old

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Oct. 9, 2022, 7:09 p.m.

I've always wanted an old P4 era Thinkpad for some retro games... and I just scored one off Ebay. I do have an R61 with a C2D, but quite frankly I'm a sucker for those old 4x3 screens, and this generation of computers is when I truly first started experimenting with and learning about computers.

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Oct. 9, 2022, 7:09 p.m.

If your budget will allow, a 15" t42p is the absolute best you can get. If you fancy core duo, the equivalent t60p. But t42p will run win 98se perfectly as all drivers are on the lenovo EOL portal. With a T40 Intel wireless card even wifi works.

Funnily enough the same seller was also selling a T42 for the same price, but it was in far worse condition. My first Thinkpad was actually a T60 I found at a thrift store and repaired, but sadly it completely gave out after a year or two. I do miss it and would love another one, but for some reason they are so much more expensive in the second hand market.

Displays from that era are usually very yellow and dim by now

none of mine are.

I've been looking for a t42p or t43p, the only problem is they are not well and truly into the "retro" tax with people wanting $400+ for them, and no-one in the UK is selling them anymore.

I know with the W500 you can get a drop in LED backlight replacement, and I think for the 4:3 T60 too, not sure about the T4x though

i might have a spare T42p - i'll have a look this evening. I cant really recommend a T43 series due to the whitelist HDD. Even if you bypass it, in my experience a few hours of use over a couple of weeks and it will toast even an ssd. Its very important to use only whitelist HHD's (one of which is a 120gb 7200rpm drive - if you can find one they are great)

Seriously? They limited you to specific hard drives? That's dumb.

it made sense at the time. Thinkpads are military spec and IBM out a lot of effort into securing data. the T43 had motion sensors that parked the drive in a millisecond in case the laptop is dropped. It was a clever way of protecting data in case if impact. I imagine only certain drives had the right firmware . We found non whitelist drives lasted from a couple of weeks to a few months. The main problem is it was too sensitive and if you used the thinkpad on your lap it would be constantly parking, that's likely what kills non whitelist drives

I checked; I do have a spare 15" T42p

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Oct. 9, 2022, 7:09 p.m.

Which retro games you'll like to play?

I've been wanting to get into the first two Rollercoaster Tycoon games.

great decision. Which OS will you use?

I'm thinking I'm going to toy around with OS/2 first, but then most likely I'll install Windows XP.

XP of cause will be a good choice. Maybe you could use a linux with Wine for emulating Windows. You still have a XP?

Honestly I've never had any luck getting Wine to work with anything.

the same problems I had before I started to use winetricks and playonlinux together with gui for former-Win-users. After 10 years after changing away from Windows (7) I'm able to start almost every application with wine - excluding PublishOrPerish.




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