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my ThinkPad Workstation

ThinkPad X31 (Model: 2672-C2G) running Debian Testing

Default Features

  • Intel Pentium M 1.4
  • 256 MB PC2100
  • 40GB Hitachi HDD
  • Intel 10/100 Ethernet controller (PXE boot enabled)
  • CDC slot with Modem Daughter Card (MDC)
  • MiniPCI slot with Intel PRO/Wireless LAN 2100 3B Mini PCI Adapter

Changed/Upgraded to/with:

  • Intel Pentium M 1.4 undervolted
  • 2 GB DDR 400 RAM (Kingston KVR400X64SC3A/1G) running at 266MHz
  • 160 GB Hitachi TravelStar 5K160 (HTS541616J9AT00)
  • Intel Pro/Wireless 2915 ABG MiniPCI card
  • Modem Daughter Card (MDC) removed
  • PXE boot via Bios disabled
  • latest BIOS/EC-Frimware (3.02/1.08)

why I have chosen/stick to this very model

I think this is may the last Thinkpad purchase I ever made, not because I don't like it, actually I love it, but I don't like these "newer ones" (ThinkPad X40 and higher).

For me this this very model was/is the (second) last perfect one, so I never got a newer one and the last known good, the X32, is not a update which is really enhancing. My X31 is very solid, ultraportable and fast enough for the "office" stuff I do with it.

This is partly may also featured by the newer ones, but I miss some things of my X31 very much on them:

  • the port-layout is much better than the "newer one". I hate ports on the sides especially on the right one, and all newer ones have all ports there...
  • the battery in the back makes the newer ones sort of unbalanced and causes these port-layout problems
  • the LCD cover with this thick, wide, "salient" borders is absolutely robust and "unbreakable". Or at least feels like this ;)
  • the overall case feels much better engineered, like I could walk over it without doing any damage, the newer ones just don't feel like this (no I am not going to try it)
  • its one of the last fully IBM engineered ones
  • even if at first seemed like Lenovo could keep up the "legendary" quality, or even increase it to the old "pre-outsourcing" level, it now seems like this was wishful thinking