Dead laptop time

Argh. My Thinkpad’s power socket must have received a knock during the move. It no longer works with either of the two power bricks I have here — so it looks like it’s time to either (a) buy a soldering iron and some screwdrivers (incl Torx ones?) or (b) renew my IBM warranty service and send it in for some fixing :(

Bad timing.

Update: oh look, it’s working again! phew. I guess I should probably set aside some time for warranty service here anyway though…

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  1. Posted May 29, 2007 at 09:41 | Permalink

    Hey Justin, About to invest in a ThinkPad but I can’t decide between the T61, which everyone and their dog seems to love (see and the Z61, which I seem to be more attracted to for some strange reason. although they don’t have the 800Mhz FSB yet. Any significant problems getting linux (ubuntu?) running on yours?


  2. Posted May 29, 2007 at 11:01 | Permalink

    not at all. Everything worked as well or better than it did under Windows, since (at the time at least) many Linux kernel contributors used Thinkpads ;)

    When I bought the T40 3 years ago, it was directly from IBM US — part of the win was their really fantastic after-sales service. (At one point I requested a set of recovery CDs, and they were shipped across the US via next-day FedEx, at no charge.)

    Unfortunately I don’t know if IBM Ireland has similar support standards, or if they even still do Thinkpad support, since the Thinkpad division was bought by Lenovo. That’d be one of my main issues, I think.

    Hardware-wise, the Thinkpad T-series are really fantastic machines; nice and reliable, really light, fast internals, and rugged enough for lots of lugging around. I haven’t tried the Z series at all, but I can definitely recommend the T’s.

    The other option I was thinking of for my next laptop, btw, would be a MacBook — running Linux ;) I’ve just heard of this, I haven’t looked into it at all. But on the other hand, I’ve been hearing a lot of bad stuff about Apple hardware build quality recently which puts me off.