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    I am posting this to do inquiry aboutwhat upgrades I can get for my IBM Thinkpad T30 type 2366-QU5, as I musing it as a desktop replacement, and occasional mobile computer.The recent specifications of the laptop is as comes: Mobile Pentium4M 2.4 GHz, 1GB DDR 266 RAM, CD-RW or DVD-ROM Drive,60 GB IDE HD, Windows XP PRO SP3 X86,14.1 SXGA, 802.11 B Wireless/Modem.

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    First- as cheap as memory is-max it out then find somebody or learn how to clone your HD to sumthing as 100 to 250GB, the rest of it- you're glued down until novel laptop time. (Probably a DVD burner still outsiders are cheap enough presently-why trouble with having your old one lay around later a swap.)

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    They are mainly a 2.8 Ghz Celeron, 2GB of RAM, though those are iffy upgrades, as it will take an expert that knows the chipset and laptop better than me to answer that question, and i m planning to get a 160GB hard drive partitioning it in to a 10 GB for Ubuntu, 5GB for the restore partition and the rest for windows. I m also trying to find a DVD burner for my laptop, but as its too old, the connector on it is different, so its hard to find a compatible one.

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    IMO, you are better off with Pentium M 2.4 Ghz as compared with Celeron 2.8 GHz. As somebody has suggested add another 1 GB RAM, or if possible you can get 2 x 1 GB faster RAM, though don't know how much it shall benefit. Also you may try higher capacity 7200 rpm HDD, before purchasing check if its simpatico, although it should be.

    I can't see other other possible useful upgrade you might do with this laptop. Hope this helps.

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    I've used a 2.8 ghz celeron depended SFF HP desktop with a ton less memory than this (504MB), and its light years faster than this, just because its a celeron doesn't mean its going to be a PIII in terms of performance, yeah, it doesn't have all that much features per price/performance, but being this is a business laptop, I don't care about the extra features, thats why i have my desktop for, so i have my eyes set on it, and i desperately need to know if my laptop supports it or not, and im planning to up the ram to 2GB and my IDE hard drive to 160GB.

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    You can run one, but the price up front will cause you call the paramedical squad. The recent size per $ is however way out of line. As I first positive, max out the memory that the motherboard will keep, probably a novel-big-very fast conventional laptop hard drive-clean up your OS install-Optimize, etc. Check the drivers for most novel and best, then live with it. Or acquire it into nice shape and sell it and purchase novel technology, the major companies are really pushing their sales now and you could be the winner. Careful selecting and you could however find XP pro or MCE on one. (I did on a Inspiron 9400-Love it!)

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    The problem may be with the Inverter board instead as compare the display. Or also the graphics system , power it up and link an outside monitor to it, hit the fN, add whatever key to switch to external and see if the Thinkpad graphics however work. The LCD is easier to replace as compared the Inverter board, costs are near to the same, (Staggering) It must be the correct display though, and nothing else. Prices I found were between 150 and 225$, If that fixes it-you're out lucky, in my exp- the inverter boards are usually BURIED, and you need to be very adventurous to change one. JFWIW, your decision about upgrading it may have been made for you.

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