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T23 questions

2013-08-26, 0:33 AM

Hello all,

 

I am thinking about getting an old T23 thinkpad for basic web browsing, word processing, and occasional 360p videos. Assuming highest specs (Pentium III-M 1.2Ghz, 1GB RAM, 7200RPM HDD), how well will the laptop handle these tasks? I plan on installing a very light linux distro such as Puppy or Vector Linux.

 

On a side note, how is the build quality? Does the T23 still have magnesium palmrests and an exeskeleton like the 600x?

 

Thanks,

 

Brian

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Re: T23 questions

2013-08-26, 9:09 AM

Hello,

 

I have a T23 almost configured like this (Pentium III-M 1.13GHz, 1GB RAM, 60GB SSD) and I suspect it will be okay for web browsing and word processing, however, the S3 86C584 SuperSavage/IXC SDR (Device ID: 8C2E) graphics chip is a ten year old part, and I am unsure of how well it will handle 360p video.  If possible, perhaps you could try a unit before making a final purchase by booting it from a Linux LiveCD and seeing how it performs.

 

Since the T23 has only USB 1.1, I installed two USB 2.0 to CardBus adapters, each of which has two USB 2.0 ports, to give me a total of four USB 2.0 ports for devices like an  802.11n USB adapter.

 

From looking at the ThinkPad T23 Hardware Maintenance Manual it appears the body is made of plastic with some metal sheeting in various places for RF purposes.  Build quality is excellent, though.

 

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Aryeh Goretsky

 



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Re: T23 questions

2013-08-26, 13:13 PM
Thanks for the reply. Also, are there any known problems with the T23?
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Re: T23 questions

2013-08-27, 2:33 AM

wrote:
Thanks for the reply. Also, are there any known problems with the T23?

The most common one was described in detail here:

 

http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=21979

Cheers,

George




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Re: T23 questions

2013-08-29, 2:20 AM
Thanks for replying. The soldering issue seems a bit concerning. I would not want it to die suddenly. Also, is the keyboard in the T23 really that inferior to the ones in the 600 series? Now I feel as though a 600x would be a better buy.

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Re: T23 questions

2013-09-01, 0:09 AM

wrote:
Thanks for replying. The soldering issue seems a bit concerning. I would not want it to die suddenly. Also, is the keyboard in the T23 really that inferior to the ones in the 600 series? Now I feel as though a 600x would be a better buy.

Thanks,

Brian

Keyboard is a matter of personal preference.

Any piece of electronics that is 11-12 years old like T23 would be can die out of the blue.

 

T23 is a far more powerful machine than 600x by quite a margin, but both of them are borderline useless nowadays.

 

If you want a "classic" unit to run old software on, either will do just fine, and at today's prices, you can likely afford owning both of them.

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Re: T23 questions

2013-09-02, 20:34 PM

I have a T20 and I would love it if it was not a sin.  haha  Anyways, Ubuntu is too slow compared to XP on my desktop which is 1.8ghz.  On T20 which is 700mhz it handles XP just enough for Pandora radio, light internet surfing and email, and horrible stutter YouTube playing haha.  Since yours is a 1.2 gigahertz, then I would imagine possibly doing almost twice the performance.  However, I would consider taking off 10%-30% for overhead such as memory management and such.  Good luck.

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