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    IBM ThinkPad 2 cents request

    I've had my appetite whetted for a secondhand ThinkPad. Just something slim and small that I can keep in my toolkit, preferably the 570 or even better the 240 (x). I realise neither of them come with integrated FDD/CD, but this wouldn't be a problem.

    Has anyone had any experiences with either of these? Any let-downs or weaknesses?

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    Re: IBM ThinkPad 2 cents request

    I do not have any experiencewith the IBM laptops. Back in the late 80's at NASA we used Dell, and at the plant where I work now we use Dell.
    That said my dad worked for NASA in one manner or another for well over 30 years <img src=/S/alien.gif border=0 alt=alien width=14 height=15> . The Space Shuttle only uses IBM because of the quality and tolerances used.
    A final thought that I have heard since the 80's "Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM" <img src=/S/angel.gif border=0 alt=angel width=15 height=21>

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    Re: IBM ThinkPad 2 cents request

    Yea I have never heard anybody complaining about an IBM product. I personally don't use them but it's not because I think their a bad product.

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    Re: IBM ThinkPad 2 cents request

    Hey Fish:

    I've been using a Thinkpad 240 for about 4 years now. When I bought it is was discontinued so an excellent price ($1200US at that time). It's a Celeron 333, came with 128MB RAM (which I maxed out at 256MB), and the 10.4" screen. Within the first week I owned it, I had to take it in for warranty service as the motherboard lost the ability to take the power from the AC adapter (thus running down the battery to nil and didn't run anymore). Once the MB was replaced, it ran fine. These days, the screen is a little wonky, in that it sometimes comes on extremely dim. The remedy is that I found a location on the hinge that if I pressed it in while it's booting or resuming from suspend mode, the screen fires up at proper brightness. It's an odd problem that I haven't wanted to pursue with a repair - at this point in it's life cycle, it's not going to be worth the expense (the LCDs are the most expensive component there is on a notebook).

    That being said, I've been happy with the 240. I'm a big fan of the subnotebook form factor. IMHO, the more portable a notebook is, the more likely you're actually going to use it as a portable machine and not leave it at home because it gives you a sore shoulder/back/neck/whatever. I have never had a problem with the 10.4" screen - it's extremely bright, brighter than many comparable 12.1 and some 14.1" screens. I like the trackpoint mouse button in the middle of the keyboard - it's an IBM thing, but as a proficient typist I like having the mouse where my typing fingers are. Despite my two hardware issues, over four years of hard use it has been reliable and suited my purposes well.

    In general, even old discontinued units are a good buy when you're dealing with a company steeped in history with notebooks. I think you can feel much more confident about being able to get support, service and downloads for your unit into the future.

    Hope this all helps - if you have any other questions, post back, and definitely let us know how it goes!

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    Re: IBM ThinkPad 2 cents request

    > The remedy is that I found a location on the hinge that if I pressed it in while it's booting or resuming from
    > suspend mode, the screen fires up at proper brightness.

    I had a similar problem with the edge connector on a Gateway Solo a long time ago. I never found *exactly* the right spot, but I got good at shutting down Windows 95 "blind" so I could "massage" the connector and restart.

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    Re: IBM ThinkPad 2 cents request

    OH I'M SO HAPPY!! <img src=/S/bananas.gif border=0 alt=bananas width=33 height=35> <img src=/S/mice.gif border=0 alt=mice width=50 height=25>

    After placing the winning bid in an eBay auction recently, I took delivery last Friday of my second-user 240x. It's delicious and slim and everything I thought it would be. The seller even threw in a Belkin mini mouse FOC! I know there are a lot of scare stories about online auctions, but the seller was very forthcoming with contact details and I had a good feeling about him.

    Spec: Piii 500, 64MB, 12GB HDD, large battery (3.1AH), 10" screen. The memory isn't quite up to par, but then with prices being as low as they are, it's nothing to stick

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