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Lenovo T60 Upgrade component

2014-04-14, 22:15 PM

I was planning to upgrade the components of my T60. But I unsure what to upgrade.


Hard Drive: (Question: Is there a limit? Any brand will work? I want to upgrade from 60 GB to 250 GB or more.)
Memory: (Question: Is 4 GB memory the limit? Any brand will work? I want to upgrade from 1 GB to 8 GB.)
Processor: (Question: Is there a limit? Any brand will work? I want to upgrade to from 2 GHz to 4 GHz.)
Graphics: (Question: Is there a limit? Any brand will work? I want to upgrade from Intel GMA 950 to more faster graphics.)

It will be great help if someone answer my question. Please explain why there's a limit.

[Note: I did not touch any of the component from the first time I bought.]
Lenovo Thinkpad T60
Model: 1951-58U
Processor: T2500 (2 GHz)
Memory: 1 GB

Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
OS: Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3
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Lenovo Thinkpad T60
Model: 1951-58U
Processor: T2500 (2 GHz)
Memory: 1 GB
Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
OS: Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3
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Re: Lenovo T60 Upgrade component

2014-04-14, 22:56 PM

1) Hard drive: no GB size or speed limit.

 

2) Yes, 4GB is the maximum that the machine will boot with. However, only 3GB is usable due to the chipset limitation, regardless of OS used.

 

3) No. The fastest CPU you can install is T7600 which is Core 2 Duo running at 2.33GHz.

 

4) You'll have to replace the motheboard. The board from late T60p machines with ATi V5250 GPU was the most that a T60 could handle.

 

You're looking at spending a ton of money on a 8-year old design. Moving to a newer laptop altogether might be a better idea.

 

Good luck.

Cheers,

George




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Re: Lenovo T60 Upgrade component

2014-04-14, 22:56 PM

1) Hard drive: no GB size or speed limit.

 

2) Yes, 4GB is the maximum that the machine will boot with. However, only 3GB is usable due to the chipset limitation, regardless of OS used.

 

3) No. The fastest CPU you can install is T7600 which is Core 2 Duo running at 2.33GHz.

 

4) You'll have to replace the motheboard. The board from late T60p machines with ATi V5250 GPU was the most that a T60 could handle.

 

You're looking at spending a ton of money on a 8-year old design. Moving to a newer laptop altogether might be a better idea.

 

Good luck.

Cheers,

George




In daily use: R60F, R500F, T61, T410

Collecting dust: T60

Enjoying retirement: A31p, T42p,

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Re: Lenovo T60 Upgrade component

2014-04-15, 2:03 AM

I generally agree with what George has told you. However the RAM and HDD upgrades may be worthwhile, especially if you can find used parts inexpensively.

 

If you now have 1GB RAM, either in a single module or 2x 500MB, then adding a 2GB module will improve XP (or Win7) performance significantly.

 

An HDD upgrade may also be worthwhile since you'll be able to put that HDD in a USB external enclosure in the future if you end up replacing the T60 with a newer system.



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Re: Lenovo T60 Upgrade component

2014-06-29, 1:13 AM

I will add more RAM to make it 2GB and replace my 60 HDD to +128GB SSD so that I can reuse the SSD for PC building. Is SSD SATA 3 work? If its work the speed will be SATA 1, just like if you plug a USB 3.0 to a USB 2.0 port, I am right?

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Processor: T2500 (2 GHz)
Memory: 1 GB
Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
OS: Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3
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Re: Lenovo T60 Upgrade component

2014-06-29, 1:22 AM

Yes a SATA3 SSD will work but the interface will be limited to the SATA1 speed of the disk controller in the T60. Nevertheless you will see a substantial improvement in speed.

 

Also, if you can afford the cost I would recommend that you upgrade RAM to 3GB (2GB+1GB.)



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Re: Lenovo T60 Upgrade component

2014-06-29, 6:00 AM
I can't afford to buy another RAM because I can't reuse it on building PC. I can only reuse that extra RAM to another laptop. I stick on 2GB of RAM.
Lenovo Thinkpad T60
Model: 1951-58U
Processor: T2500 (2 GHz)
Memory: 1 GB
Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
OS: Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3
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Re: Lenovo T60 Upgrade component

2014-06-29, 12:43 PM
Agree with Georges initial points.
Cheers Paul :-)
T61,T9300,4GB,SSD,DVDRW,3G,Sata2,14.1-(4:3),IntelX3100,x2usb3 express, Win-10


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Re: Lenovo T60 Upgrade component

2015-01-14, 20:14 PM

Hi:  On my T60 I have a 750 GB drive installed.  But then I am thinking of installing another OS on my TP.

I have installed 4 GB of memory but only 3 GB are accessable.  That's because only the 32bit OS s/w will work on a ThinkPad T60.  I don't think there any 4 GB memory boards being made that will fit in the T60.

Because the T60 will only load and run 32 bit s/w, and its CPU can only address 3 GB of memory, 8 GB of memory is out of the question.

The processors can't be changed like in a Desktop because they are soldered onto the motherboard.  Also there is a problem with the CPU getting hot.  So you would need to figure out how to get rid of the extra heat. 

My CPU runs at 2.00 GHz and stays relatively cool at that speed after I cleaned out the air passages.

The graphics processor can't be changed very easily either because it, too, is also soldered to the motherboard.  A faster graphics chip would also mean more heat.

You can add one 2 GB  memory bank to your T60 and that will increase the work done somewhat. 

Another way to increase the through-put would be to Install Windows 7, but the down side is learning how to use Win 7.  Everything is different.  So you will a lot of patience because I have found the learning curve to be rather steep.  

And then there are 196 updates that need to be downloaded and installed once Win 7 is up and running.

The best solution for you is to find a buyer for your T60, and then take that money with you to a Computer store and buy yourself a new Laptop that has all your dreams in it. 

It make life more pleasant for you and your family and friends by doing it that way.

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Re: Lenovo T60 Upgrade component

2015-01-18, 0:08 AM
The T60 (and all other chipsets of the same generation) is limited to 3GB of RAM, 32-bit or 64-bit OS.

W520: 2960XM, Q2000M @ 1091/1380, 32GB RAM, 500GB&750GB HDD & 500GB SSD, FHD&MB168B+
X61T: L7500, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, XGA screen, Ultrabase
W550s: 5600U, K620M at 1164/1281, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 3K touchscreen
X200s: SL9400, 6GB RAM, 64GB SD card, WXGA+ screen
TPT1: 1839-23U
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