Reply 380 of 398, by ragefury32
keenmaster486 wrote on 2020-12-23, 08:10:
I've installed my standard DOS/Win31/Win9x triple boot system on so many laptops, I have it down to a science and it goes pretty quickly now.
I'll post pictures of my new Thinkpad 240 when I get the chance. But the long and the short of it is: it's a really fun little machine, works perfectly, clearly one of the better Classic Thinkpads, but in terms of compatibility it's the exact same as the 600E but less powerful. Should make a great ultraportable (edit: I spoke a little too soon without thinking. The sound chip is better, an ESS Solo-1 rather than the crap-o-phone Crystal chip in the 600E). More powerful than the 560X, which I have Linux on anyway.
I also found a Thinkpad 770. That will be interesting to try out. More on that after Christmas.
I’m glad you liked it. In terms of family resemblance, it's more like a 600 with a Pentium II - the 600E has a Neomagic 256AV that hangs off the AGP Bus, while the 600 has the Neomagic 128XD off the PCI slot, and one RAM channel taken over with soldered RAM.
Wait. Are you sure we are talking about the Crystal CS4237B on the 560X, or the CS4239/4610 on the 600E? I had the CS4237B with my Latitude CPiD for nearly 2 years, and it wasn’t a bad audio chip (it was also used in the Orpheus card, except with a YMF289 doing the FM stuff). I am not sure how different is the 4239 compared to the 4237B or the 4624 on my T21 (which is similar to the 4630 in my Turtle Beach SantaCruz), but they sound just fine to me (granted, I don’t have any laptops with Yamaha YMF, my AOpen Cobra and the YMF724 are both inside thin clients that I barely have time to play with, and to me minor variations in timbre doesn’t bother me as much as playing the wrong instruments or missing notes). When I have my T21 side-by-side with the 240 and heard FM synth from the Crystal versus the ESFM off the Solo-1, I actually prefer the Warmer tones on the Crystal, but that can be due to the superior stereo speakers built into the T21. The 240 only has that tiny one under the right side of the palm rest.
Too bad IBM didn't make too many things with the Solo-1 (or the Yamaha YMF715s like on some of the Acer built i-series machines).