Reply 22720 of 25366, by dormcat
Backed up the HDD of a friend's IBM ThinkPad X32 just before the HDD failed; he only wanted the data and donated me this 2005-vintage laptop at my disposal.
Apart from the failed HDD and the notorious sticky rubber coating of ThinkPads, the laptop is quite clean and worked fine. I (painstakingly) removed the rubber coating, opened it up, cleaned dust, reapplied fresh thermal paste, took a spare 20GB PATA HDD, installed fresh WinXP SP2, and it was quite snappy, although it took me several attempts to boot from an USB CD-RW (the boot manager only allows THREE boot devices on the menu; with HDD always occupying one slot, the external CD would never show up if you don't disable either FDD controller or LAN boot from BIOS). Its working infrared port, 1394 port, PCMCIA, and 56K modem are rather uncommon today and can be useful in a retro environment. However, with SP3, IE8, and AVG antivirus, the system gradually loses its responsiveness. 😅 The official driver page is also a big mess.
Later I took the failed HDD to e-waste and exchanged it with a working 2GB SD card. 😸