After a long long time I finally managed to find my dream vintage laptop.
The glorious Dell XPS M1710!
Its a top of the line model with GeForce 5950GO and the unique unlocked Core 2 Duo T7600G.
It also came with the fantastic 1920x1200 screen.
Due to the well knows problems with cracking solderballs on the GPU's theese are getting very hard to find in working condition.
I've adored this machine since a friend bought one new as a desktop replacement.
Unfortunately hes machine had a few GPU deaths, and when it was no longer under warranty he gave it to me as scrap/spare parts.
Now my machine was sold as "untested" with a dead battery and no charger.
And by pure chance i saved the battery and the charger from my friends scrapper!
Its literally been in a box for over 10 years "just incase".
Turns out my battery is working just fine even tho being flat for a decade.
The machine itself is in excellent condition considering the age.
A few small barely visible scratches on the lid, but the keyboard and the track-pad looks brand new.
If it wasn't for all the dust inside it you could believe it wasn't used at all.
The thermal goop on GPU and CPU was incredibly hard, so hard I had problems removing it even with a razor-blade.
Fossilized thermal goop combined with the less then optimal fan curves made for a very scary discovery when temps shot past 100c and the machine emergency shot down.
A thorough clean and new paste sorted that out, now the fans can almost react as they should.
And I can happily report that the CPU runs just fine at the max OC setting of 3.16GHz (2.33GHz std).
Besides the GPU being a constant worry.
The only issue it has is that the screen is pretty dim.
It was never that bright even as new, but now its stuck at max brightness to be visible in a normally lit room.
Replacements are available tho.
I remember thinking all the RBG LED's it has being silly back in the day, now I love them =)