• Thinkpad Nostalgia

    From poindexter FORTRAN@21:4/122 to All on Thu Mar 9 00:00:13 2023

    I went through a box of old equipment I had in storage and found my old IBM Thinkpad X60 from several jobs ago. It's a transitional generation, has both IBM and Lenovo logos.

    It's got a 1.8 Ghz Core 2 duo, only a 32-bit CPU. 2 GB of RAM. I took out the 500 GB hybrid SATA drive I'd put into it in 2014, and replaced it with a 256GB SSD.

    The battery is holding a full charge!

    I did some digging around on the 'net to find a current 32-bit OS. NetBSD was intriguing, as is BunsenLabs Linux, but Linux Mint Debian edition still comes in a 32-bit edition.

    The keyboard is a little cramped, but I used to type on this thing non-stop. It might take some getting used to.

    It's a tiny little thing, with a mouse and a power supply it'll fit into a XS sized Timbuk2 messenger bag - my next quest.

    Did I mention I'm typing on it right now? I opened a terminal program and telnetted to my BBS, and the graphics characters look pretty good...
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  • From Gamgee@21:2/138 to poindexter FORTRAN on Thu Mar 9 07:36:00 2023
    poindexter FORTRAN wrote to All <=-


    I went through a box of old equipment I had in storage and found
    my old IBM Thinkpad X60 from several jobs ago. It's a
    transitional generation, has both IBM and Lenovo logos.

    Great little laptop!

    It's got a 1.8 Ghz Core 2 duo, only a 32-bit CPU. 2 GB of RAM. I
    took out the 500 GB hybrid SATA drive I'd put into it in 2014,
    and replaced it with a 256GB SSD.

    Hmmm... the Core-2-Duo is a 64-bit processor. My board runs on a SFF
    Dell with that CPU, on 64-bit Slackware.



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  • From vorlon@21:1/195.1 to poindexter FORTRAN on Fri Mar 10 10:01:16 2023
    Hi poindexter FORTRAN,

    It's got a 1.8 Ghz Core 2 duo, only a 32-bit CPU. 2 GB of RAM. I took
    out the 500 GB hybrid SATA drive I'd put into it in 2014, and replaced
    it with a 256GB SSD.

    humm. From memory Core 2 duo's are 64bit cpu's.
    What model is the cpu?

    I did some digging around on the 'net to find a current 32-bit OS.
    NetBSD was intriguing, as is BunsenLabs Linux, but Linux Mint Debian
    edition still comes in a 32-bit edition.

    Straight debian still has a 32bit version.



    \/orlon
    aka
    Stephen


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  • From paulie420@21:2/150 to poindexter FORTRAN on Thu Mar 9 19:16:49 2023
    I went through a box of old equipment I had in storage and found my old IBM Thinkpad X60 from several jobs ago.

    It's got a 1.8 Ghz Core 2 duo, only a 32-bit CPU. 2 GB of RAM. I took
    out the 500 GB hybrid SATA drive I'd put into it in 2014, and replaced
    it with a 256GB SSD.

    Ahh - I love my old Thinkpads... this might be a good Haiku PC, if so inclined to try it out as a bare metal OS.



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  • From Greenlfc@21:2/150 to poindexter FORTRAN on Fri Mar 10 05:47:17 2023
    On 09 Mar 2023, poindexter FORTRAN said the following...


    I went through a box of old equipment I had in storage and found my old IBM Thinkpad X60 from several jobs ago. It's a transitional generation, has both IBM and Lenovo logos.

    It's got a 1.8 Ghz Core 2 duo, only a 32-bit CPU. 2 GB of RAM. I took
    out the 500 GB hybrid SATA drive I'd put into it in 2014, and replaced
    it with a 256GB SSD.

    The X60 was a great machine; I have one in my stable, but the battery is shot and I don't do anything with it. I use my X200 more often than it, but I much prefer the old aspect ratio of the display.

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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@21:4/122 to Gamgee on Thu Mar 9 07:19:00 2023
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    poindexter FORTRAN wrote to All <=-
    It's got a 1.8 Ghz Core 2 duo, only a 32-bit CPU. 2 GB of RAM. I
    took out the 500 GB hybrid SATA drive I'd put into it in 2014,
    and replaced it with a 256GB SSD.

    Hmmm... the Core-2-Duo is a 64-bit processor. My board runs on a SFF
    Dell with that CPU, on 64-bit Slackware.

    All this time, I thought it was 32-bit - probably because it maxxed out
    at 3 GB of RAM. I was buying T60s at the time, which had 32-bit Core Duo
    T2400 processors, which might have confused me more. That certainly
    widens my options!


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  • From boraxman@21:1/101 to vorlon on Sun Mar 12 12:26:14 2023
    vorlon wrote to poindexter FORTRAN <=-

    Hi poindexter FORTRAN,

    It's got a 1.8 Ghz Core 2 duo, only a 32-bit CPU. 2 GB of RAM. I took
    out the 500 GB hybrid SATA drive I'd put into it in 2014, and replaced
    it with a 256GB SSD.

    humm. From memory Core 2 duo's are 64bit cpu's.
    What model is the cpu?

    I did some digging around on the 'net to find a current 32-bit OS.
    NetBSD was intriguing, as is BunsenLabs Linux, but Linux Mint Debian
    edition still comes in a 32-bit edition.

    Straight debian still has a 32bit version.


    I'm using 32 bit Debian on my Thinkpad T43. I would recommend at least 2G to run it, but it works well. From what I've read, Debian 12 will still support 32 bit.

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  • From vorlon@21:1/195.1 to boraxman on Sun Mar 12 10:47:10 2023
    Hi boraxman,

    Straight debian still has a 32bit version.

    I'm using 32 bit Debian on my Thinkpad T43. I would recommend at
    least 2G to run it, but it works well. From what I've read, Debian 12
    will still support 32 bit.

    I hope they continue to. Debian still supports many diffrant cpu type's,
    even thought they are not in "Mainstream" support. (Ie: M68K, etc...).



    \/orlon
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    Stephen


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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@21:4/122 to boraxman on Sun Mar 12 08:36:00 2023
    boraxman wrote to vorlon <=-

    I'm using 32 bit Debian on my Thinkpad T43. I would recommend at least
    2G to run it, but it works well. From what I've read, Debian 12 will still support 32 bit.

    I loved those old T43s. a 32-bit Linux, SATA SSD, and max the RAM out,
    and it's a usable little system. The only thing that was a bit choppy
    was full-screen video. I used that for *years* as a daily driver when I
    was out in coffee shops, and loved the looks you'd get from a coffee
    shop full of MacBooks when you pull out a square black stickerbombed
    laptop.

    I could never find the holy grail, a T43 with the 2.0 Ghz processor.
    Most of the ones I ran into were 1.7.



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