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10-18-2013

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The T410s, worth $370 to repair?

2013-10-18, 19:05 PM

Hello all, I have been using a T61 for quite some time now, and while a core 2 duo is fine for what I use it for I jumped for joy when I saw a T410s at a computer place I volunteer at. I got it for free!... Hang on, yes there is a catch.

 

I got it for free because it has a busted LCD, no ram (I have some around), no cd drive, no battery and so hard drive or hard drive cover.

 

Yup, pretty grim. I'm guessing the owners had enough money they saw the busted screen and stripped it for parts, thankfully the wireless was still in there.

 

So, I have shopped around and going for some stuff on ebay and some stuff locally, I have figured the cost will be around $370, aside from waiting a good 20 days for the parts to come in.

 

I put in 1gb of ram, and loaded up parted magic (a live Linux cd) and ran the benchmarks and let it run for a good half an hour and there was nothing wrong with it, no crashes or overheating, so I figure it just needs the parts. I just want to know what you guys think. To me it seems worthwhile to fix this computer for less than a third of it's original cost, but do you guys think it is? I definitely can't afford a new PC, and this would be the newest PC I've had in a long, long time (only new laptop was an hp touchsmart, the ones that overheated like crazy :/)

 

So, let me know what you guys think, here's a list of the parts on ebay, I am sure they are all the ones I need although the hard drive is making me apprehensive. Does it need a caddy, or just the cover?

 

Hard Drive

Hard Drive Cover and caddy.

LCD

 

The battery is $65 and the dvd drive is $25, and those match a local store so I will just buy them there.

 

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Re: The T410s, worth $370 to repair?

2013-10-18, 19:41 PM

Good day and welcome to the community.

 

$370 seems a bit high to me, but only you can decide what the machine is worth to you.

 

Just for comparison, there is a T410s, in running condition but missing the keyboard, currently listed over on Thinkpad Forums that you might want to check out: http://www.thinkpads.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=111781

 

Disclaimer: I'm not the seller, nor connected to the seller in any way. Please do your own due diligence.

 

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Re: The T410s, worth $370 to repair?

2013-10-18, 21:51 PM

OK, but $180 of that $370 is because you want a 256 GB SSD. If you put the machine back to original specification it would be more like $35 for a 160 GB HDD. Now I'm a big fan of SSDs but it's not representing the cost correctly. What you're really saying is battery + LCD + DVD + caddy are close to $200.

 

If it were me I wouldn't bother with the DVD unless you really need it (USB flash drives are cheaper and faster), you don't need a caddy or cover at all for an SSD (no moving parts to shock absorb), though if carrying the laptop around the cover would be useful.

 

In terms of the LCD, I personally just bought a T410 with a broken screen deliberately, cheaper that way, and plan to have it as a desktop replacement permanently linked to an IPS desktop monitor, so it's no problem. If you won't carry the laptop around, a used desktop monitor will be better value, and a better screen (particularly if IPS), than the laptop LCD. You can do everything on the desktop screen, including from BIOS, with the laptop LCD switched off.

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Re: The T410s, worth $370 to repair?

2013-10-18, 23:47 PM

I'd definitely pass on that Toshiba SSD...a lot of $$$. Crucial C300 can be found for less, and it's a very good 1.8" SSD...

 

You need to shop around a bit more. I've picked up media drives for these machines for $15, genuine used batteries in green for $30 or less...

 

Honestly, an incomplete machine like the one posted on TPF might be your best bet.

 

Good luck.

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George




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Re: The T410s, worth $370 to repair?

2013-10-19, 4:40 AM

Hmm, I just thought of something and I'm not sure why, you are right bout not really needing a big SSD, I totally forgot that there are loads of SATA optical bay adapters, I could just get a 64gb ssd, and plop a 500gb standard 2.5" drive in there, heck I think I have one in an old external hard drive I rarely use.

 

I could get a 128gb for $128 locally, but really If I just remember to keep my files I would only need a small sized one.

 

Do you guys know if this is a good one at all? http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Samsung-64GB-1-8-Thin-MLC-uSATA-SSD-Solid-State-Hard-Drive-MMBRE64GTDXP-R075R-/350851716317?pt=US_Solid_State_Drives&hash=item51b06454dd

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Re: The T410s, worth $370 to repair?

2013-10-19, 4:57 AM

My recommenation for a 1.8" SSD would be Crucial C300. I've depolyed dozens of them without a single problem.

 

Obviously, YMMV.

Cheers,

George




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