[sf-lug] laptop upgrade recommendation

jason stone jasonstone at gmail.com
Sun Jan 31 09:16:34 PST 2010

You may have attempted this already, but hook the laptop to an
external monitor (function-F7 toggles).  It is quite possible that you
have an inverter board problem, not a problem with the video 'card'
circuitry.  If that is the case, you can replace the inverter/screen
and use it as a laptop.

Either way, a laptop with a dead screen is a great energy efficient
server with built in UPS.  :)

A T42 should be able to take two 1 gig sticks.  If my memory serves
me, one slot is under the keyboard and the other slot is under a plate
on the bottom of the laptop.  Both are user serviceable.


On Sun, Jan 31, 2010 at 6:30 AM, Grant Bowman <grantbow at gmail.com> wrote:
> My T42 off eBay was great for $187 including shipping.   Unfortunately
> the video card on the motherboard died a few months later.  On bootup
> it displays OK for a few minutes and then just goes black.  I had to
> run out right before the Ubuntu Developer's Summit (UDS) in Dallas, TX
> and get a replacement.  Great machines and I'm looking for another to
> move my hard drive to.  Wifi chips vary even within the T42 line -
> some better than others.  A gig of RAM is good for that vintage so
> might be worth the extra money.
> Grant
> On Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 8:01 PM, Michael Shiloh
> <michaelshiloh1010 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Save on shipping; ask them if you can pick it up from their office in
>> Berkeley.
>> Super nice people, and extremely supportive of all good things. I'd give
>> them my business, if I had a chance.
>> M
>> jim wrote:
>>>   watch out for the ravages of age. that said, i've got a T-42 and have
>>> liked it. the only problem was, of course, getting the wifi to work.
>>> zareason's got a netbook for sale with a base price of about $350--probably
>>> close to $400 with shipping and tax. i've got one and it's good enough for
>>> me, and plenty okay with a USB keyboard and mouse and extra flat panel
>>> display. and new, too: clean and everything's under warrantee.
>>> http://www.zareason.com
>>> On Mon, 2010-01-25 at 16:54 -0800, ron wellman wrote:
>>>> friends,
>>>> I'm needing to upgrade to a different laptop; I've been using a
>>>> latitude CSx for the past couple years. At that time a friend
>>>> recommended a purchase of a used thinkpad T42. I'm wondering if this
>>>> would still be considered a good choice. I have found a refurbished
>>>> one nearby for $240. ( I should say I am short on funds and I can
>>>> afford this.) Will install Ubuntu of course.
>>>> Here is some info about it:
>>>> 1GB RAM
>>>> 40GB Hard Disk Drive
>>>> 1.7 GHz Processor
>>>> XGA 14" LCD Screen (1024x768 pixels resolution)
>>>> Built-in WiFi
>>>> DVD-ROM/CD Burner
>>>> 1-inch thick 4.9 lbs
>>>> thanks,
>>>> Ron Wellman
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