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BigGoofyGuy

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Retro ThinkPad: It’s Alive
« on: June 28, 2017, 01:36:33 am »
I hope it does not come with an operating system on it and is affordable. I like the idea of the retro Thinkpad.
http://blog.lenovo.com/en/blog/retro-thinkpad-its-alive/
Fortune Tech article
http://fortune.com/2017/06/22/thinkpad-retro-edition-lenovo/
Life Hacker article.
https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2017/06/lenovo-to-release-retro-thinkpad/


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Re: Retro ThinkPad: It’s Alive
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2017, 07:01:58 am »
There's the X62, an upgraded X61,
https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/lenovo-thinkpad-x62-mod
review
https://www.notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-X62-Laptop-Review.211598.0.html

and rumour has it that a T70 (upgraded drop in replacement motherboard for the T60) coming out. To quote an anonymous coward on soylentnews, https://soylentnews.org/comments.pl?noupdate=1&sid=20236&page=1&cid=530902#commentwrap
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The Thinkpad community is also working on the T70 right now, which would be a drop-in replacement motherboard for the old T60. This would allow a full IPS display with proper 4:3 ratio, up to 32GiB of RAM with a modern Skylake chipset. With a BoeHydis LED display upgrade, one can rock a 1600x1200 UXGA laptop with modern internals, and the best screen ever placed in a laptop (including DreamColor displays in my opinion). As it stands, the Flexview Frankenpad (T61 motherboard in a T60 UXGA IPS chassis) is viewed as the pinnacle of laptop design, and there are hundreds of these machines still in daily use ten years later.

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Re: Retro ThinkPad: It’s Alive
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2017, 08:57:48 am »
If they do that I hope they make sure to fix the Intel hyper threading problem.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/06/25/intel_skylake_kaby_lake_hyperthreading/
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Dennis Smith

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Re: Retro ThinkPad: It’s Alive
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2017, 11:15:06 am »
If they are going to do a retro Thinkpad they should also do a retro luggable!   I'd buy one over a laptop.


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Re: Retro ThinkPad: It’s Alive
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2017, 03:31:48 pm »
I bought a P70 many years ago.... I'm horrified by the amount of money it cost, and can't even remember where it is :(....

Must dig it out sometime and see if I can get WSeB installed on it. AFAICR it has a 120MB disk so LVM probably wouldn't allow OS/2 to be installed.

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Re: Retro ThinkPad: It’s Alive
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2017, 09:02:36 am »
I still have one of several IBM PS/2 P70 luggable computers that I acquired in the mid-to-late 90's when they were all being retired and replaced with Thinkpads.

The P70 is basically a portable version of the 386DX-16MHz and 20Mhz PS/2 Model 70 desktop.  It was designed for OS/2 1.x and should upgrade to 2.xx without issue. 
I'd think anything starting with Warp 3 and newer would be really pushing the limits of the hardware.

The P75 is a 486DX-33MHz with up to 16MB RAM, and 320/400MB SCSI fixed disk drive.  That would probably have a better chance of running later versions of
OS/2.   If you've ever seen the HAL-PC  OS/2 vs Windows NT shootout video from 1993, this is the computer that David Barnes is using.

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Re: Retro ThinkPad: It’s Alive
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2017, 11:27:21 am »
The P75 is a 486DX-33MHz with up to 16MB RAM, and 320/400MB SCSI fixed disk drive.  That would probably have a better chance of running later versions of
OS/2.   If you've ever seen the HAL-PC  OS/2 vs Windows NT shootout video from 1993, this is the computer that David Barnes is using.

Apparently they cost around $20,000 when they came out - whew!! Not surprised they never caught on...