Reply 60 of 97, by ragefury32
I would just like to vent my frustration for a minute here.
I am discovering that being able to play DOS games on my laptops means less and less to me. I have a 486 desktop for that, not to mention DOSBox. Plus newer games work great on my newer Thinkpads anyway.
I think I will keep the 755C, and use it for any Windows 3.1 productivity and networking things. The 365, since I have already invested so much work into it, I will keep on as an auxiliary machine and the only Thinkpad I have that will run Commander Keen without issues.
I have old laptops coming out my ears. I wish I could get it down to just two, or maybe one, but I don't know if that's going to happen.
The Thinkpad 755 also needs a new battery. The old one will not charge. We will see what comes of that.
The moral of this story is: there is no perfect laptop that can do ALL your DOS gaming and ALL your productivity things. Or at least, not in the Thinkpad realm, that is -- and Thinkpad is where I'm staying because of the keyboards. Seriously, the keyboard is such a big factor for me -- plus that Thinkpad prestige and design, and the fact that they have aged much better than other 90's machines, due to their use of black plastic that does not yellow or otherwise discolor with age, and cleans up better in my experience.
I have put so much work into these Thinkpads, repairing, upgrading, and restoring them, installing software on them, getting them to perform to their best potential, etc., that at this point I feel like I have to use them regularly for it all to be worthwhile. I can actually see myself doing that. So over the next few months I will try to pay attention to which laptops I actually use. I don't like having extra things sitting around that I don't use. So if I don't use it, it's going away.
I put a lot of work into making everything I own useful in some way. If it sits there doing nothing, unless it is a decoration, I consider it deadweight and not worth having. I will either get it doing something or get rid of it. That's how I feel about these old laptops -- they can and should still be useful.
Edit: oh, and to drive that point home, I used my Thinkpad 560X to write this post, on Windows NT 4.0 with RetroZilla, over my home WiFi. There's usefulness for you.
Heh. Looking at my own pile of retrocomputing machines, I can share your pain. All of the machines that I have - there are some good points to them, and some bad, but they are all to the point where it's good enough for me to not want to give it up. The C600 were better than the T21 for Direct3D stuff, but the T21 beats the C600 on the DOS...and so on.
There is no perfect laptop to do DOS retrogaming on, as the combination of perfect CPU + perfect GPU + perfect sound system + perfect I/O + survivability from aging effects (which is rarely discussed) + intangibles that people skip through (ergonomics - like the feeling of the keyboard, how it feels in your hands, port placement, etc) would essentially drive you nuts.
Also, eeeeh, the plastics on the old ThinkPads don't actually age all that well...as anyone with a peeling T2x/30 or fractured frame/hinge plastics (600/770) series will tell you...especially when stood up against the dark-charcoal-but-still-in-one-piece Dell C-series hardware...