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[Lenovo Canada] Off lease Lenovo T61 - $170 + tax

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[Lenovo Canada] Off lease Lenovo T61 - $170 + tax

https://www-304.ibm.com/shop/americas/w ... logId=-124

Use coupon "ibmepp" at checkout for $30 off.

Core 2 Duo T8100(2.1GHz)
1GB RAM (4GB max)
160GB 5400rpm HD
15.4in 1680x1050 LCD
128MB nVIDIA Quadro NVS 140M
CDRW/DVDRW
Intel 802.11agn wireless
Bluetooth
Modem
1Gb Ethernet
UltraNav
Fingerprint reader
6c Li-Ion
WinXP Pro

64 bit capable. BIOS can be flashed to support SATA 2 speeds.

One warning. The nVidia graphics chips in these T61's were problematic. If the motherboard was never fixed, there is a risk of failure.

For $170 though, it's worth a look.
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Yup, five year old laptop.

With a better screen and keyboard than anything retailing under about $600 today.
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at both ends wrote:
Dec 11th, 2012 1:23 pm
Yup, five year old laptop.

With a better screen and keyboard than anything retailing under about $600 today.
Build quality is great too. IMO the last model that could really take a good beating.
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1440x900... i used to have this notebook, i loved that thing. however you must note that it does not contain a HDMI port which may be a deal breaker (it is for me)
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navigator416 wrote:
Dec 11th, 2012 1:26 pm
Build quality is great too. IMO the last model that could really take a good beating.
The build quality is great? Only if you love motherboard flex. As the OP mentioned, the T61's suffer from flexing of the motherboard which breaks the contacts with the video card, rendering the laptop useless. You can fix the motherboard, but it will inevitably return. I would stay far away from the T61 series laptop, unless you absolutely love huge headaches. IBM had plenty of time to fix this problem. You'd be hard pressed to find a working T41 today.

I'm actually surprised to see a T61 in working condition after 5 years of use. They must be refurbished, but trust me, the video card eventually will lose contact with the motherboard again.
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Maybe I will buy this for my 6 year old. Laptop was on the Christmas list. Thanks!
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I still have my T60 from five years ago, and it's a solid as a brick *****house. I'd buy this in a minute if I needed one, especially since IBM/Lenovo has refurb'd it.

P.S. Also an English only keyboard for those who are driven crazy by the smaller enter key on the bilingual one.
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at both ends wrote:
Dec 11th, 2012 2:10 pm
The native screen resolution is 1680x1050, per the original post.

The video issues have nothing to do with motherboard flex. The problems were internal to the nVidia GPU. See e.g. http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=89409
The link describes the symptoms of motherboard flex. I wouldn't blame it on the nVidia chip. This was happening way before the T61 series. It sounds like IBM is passing the blame onto the GPU manufacturer.

"The flaw is a downright idiotic choice of multiple materials coupled with poor chip design and inadequate testing. It is a case of errors compounding errors. They are all defective."

If reheating the chip fixes the problem, then that means the problem is not directly related to the chip itself, but instead it's an issue with the chip losing contact with the board.

Anyway, at $170, it's not a huge loss if/when it dies. At least the screen resolution is much better than most of the other "new" crap laptops released into the wild these days.
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at both ends wrote:
Dec 11th, 2012 1:04 pm
https://www-304.ibm.com/shop/americas/w ... logId=-124

Use coupon "ibmepp" at checkout for $30 off.

Core 2 Duo T8100(2.1GHz)
1GB RAM (4GB max)
160GB 5400rpm HD
15.4in 1680x1050 LCD
128MB nVIDIA Quadro NVS 140M
CDRW/DVDRW
Intel 802.11agn wireless
Bluetooth
Modem
1Gb Ethernet
UltraNav
Fingerprint reader
6c Li-Ion
WinXP Pro

64 bit capable. BIOS can be flashed to support SATA 2 speeds.

One warning. The nVidia graphics chips in these T61's were problematic. If the motherboard was never fixed, there is a risk of failure.

For $170 though, it's worth a look.
Where did OP find info that stated this configuration has screen resolution of 1680x1050?

I cannot find anything using the T6460DWU (nor T6460) keyword.
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