I've just acquired an old Thinkpad!

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by TomsMacBook, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. TomsMacBook macrumors 6502

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    Well, as the title says, I've just found an old Thinkpad in my possession.

    Basically, it was originally my older brothers laptop. He got a new one, I got this one. I got a MacBook, my little brother got this one for general usage. Recently, he downloaded an .exe that stated itself as 'Pirates of the Caribbean PS2 Cheats', which was, of course, a virus. I got rid of the virus (Hurrah for AVG.) and now it's found itself in my possession.

    But the question is, what do I do with it? I already have a MBP, so I don't need another on-the-go computer. I was thinking about using it to get my 360 online with. The sharing-the-computers-internet jazz. But I'd like to hear some suggestions!

    Here's the spec's:
    Intel Pentium 4 Mobile - 1.2GHz
    256MB RAM
    ??? - Video RAM.

    Also, sorry if this is in the wrong section, I couldn't think of another place to put it, haha.

    PS - If you're going to come and tell me that I'm spoiled, then you can just leave the thread now. Honestly.
     
  2. PowerFullMac macrumors 601

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    Have you heard of the PowerFullMac donation DMC fund? Its a very good charity that helps PowerFullMac get a DeLorean, all money and valuable items (like, say, a ThinkPad) are accepted! :D;)
     
  3. angelneo macrumors 68000

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    Well, there's always charity.

    or you could set it to do miscellaneous like converting your dvd library to itunes or run SETI/folding.
     
  4. ChocolateJesus macrumors member

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    Throw a lightweight Ubuntu install on it and use it as a beater laptop. Comes in handy!
     
  5. tsice19 macrumors 6502a

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    I like the Ubuntu part...

    I would personally put Ubuntu on it and give it back to your little brother... it would make a good web browsing machine.

    Don't bother using it to hook it up to your 360. It won't be worth the lag (I think it cuts your bandwith in 1/2)... I tried hooking my PS2 Slim up to my MB... was slow as heck. Don't quote me on that tho.
     
  6. TomsMacBook thread starter macrumors 6502

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    My little brother is now sharing my old iMac with my parents. Introducing him early ;)

    Anywho, I can't really connect my 360 any other way, haha. I can't stretch a bright red/grey/white wire across the hallways, and the wireless receiver is a tad expensive. It worked alright with my old laptop, managed to play some decent online games on US servers quite well.

    Anywho, I do like the charity idea. Keep em' coming!
     
  7. Melrose Suspended

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    ThinkPad's supposed to be some of the best made PC notebooks (albeit being butt ugly... that is if you think butts are ugly) - I once spent many hours drooling over owning one someday. Then I saw the PowerBook G4s and my mind took a different track.

    Honestly, I don't really think you'll have a use for it - donate it to a charitable cause. I kept (well, still have) my old Dell laptop with specs very similar to the one you describe - and, honestly, haven't used it once since I bought my MBP last December. I do all my testing with XP on my Mac (VMWare).

    Mine sits in it's bag, battery probably dead by now, collecting dust. I've tried pricing them out a bit to sell it, but I don't care for some dude being able to run forensics on the HD and get my browsing history or CC number. I think I'll spend $20, get a laptop HD case, and use the drive for portable storage or something. I've already used the Windows serial code to license the version of XP I installed in Fusion on my Mac, so the computer really doesn't owe me anything and I can therefore justify partsing it out.

    And that is a long winded answer to a simple question.
     

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