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IBM Thinkpad
Can it be updated

Msg#: 4223429 posted 4:16 pm on Oct 28, 2010 (gmt 0)
Hi All,

Not really a computer person but you lot have helped me out before.

I have an IBM Thinkpad 560x, I bought it second hand over 7 years ago and its been unused for the last 5 years. Recently turned it on and is working fine. It has Windows 98 on it. Don't think it is wireless capable but has infrared, no ethernet port on it either. Does have one USB port.

Q. Can it be updated to recieve wireless internet or be updated to a 2010 level of usability? Would it also take Windows XP or Windows 7?





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Msg#: 4223429 posted 5:09 pm on Oct 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

waoh its so old it has windows 98 on it?!?!?! Time to move on man! :-P


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Msg#: 4223429 posted 5:37 pm on Oct 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

Think of it as a portable typewriter for use in emergencies only.

Or, more realistically, a museum piece.

While you might be able to wireless-enable it with a PCMCIA card it is not worth the effort - a 233 MHz processor and 800x600 display is not going to be much use on the modern web.

And forget Windows XP or Windows 7 running on 96 Mb of RAM.



Msg#: 4223429 posted 6:54 pm on Oct 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

Well, thats pretty much that then, thanks for your help J_RaD & Samizdata.




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Msg#: 4223429 posted 6:45 pm on Oct 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

yea if you are looking for a new cheap thinkpad hit up IBM's referbs



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Msg#: 4223429 posted 1:45 am on Oct 30, 2010 (gmt 0)

Just looked on the IBM site - Windows 95 drivers are the latest they have. Hard drive and memory would be limiting even if XP drivers could be had.

J_RaD has the right idea.


Msg#: 4223429 posted 1:23 am on Nov 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

Windows 98?YES,Ii is so old.


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Msg#: 4223429 posted 3:41 am on Nov 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

Was a nice machine... in some countries it would be a great machine. Meanwhile, you might get more benefit (tax write off) by donating it to your choice of charities, schools, etc.

There is a secondary consideration of using it as an archival machine, ie. able to run legacy programs in original mode. This works perfect while the machine can be accessed by new(er) technology. I still maintain a 286, 386 and 486 for work that is NOT internet related and I have neither time nor desire to port code for those systems forward (nor do I see that bit of biz lasting much longer, but has lasted longer than I thought it might).

There comes a time when older kit can't be upgraded. That's when you get rid of it. Or use it until it dies.

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