The system board of my T60 developed a strange problem recently and had to be replaced. Every time I tried to start it while the power adapter was connected, it would go dead and I would have to pull the cord and battery. If I plugged it in after starting from battery, it would work just fine. I used to power it on like that for some time but it got irritating so I got a replacement.
Unlike the old board which had a GMA 950, the new one has ATI graphics so I had to get another cooler too. Got a good deal on both from a local seller.
What I was left with was an almost working board that I didn't want to just throw away. I also had a 512MB RAM stick and a T2300 CPU left from previous upgrades plus a PATA HDD, an UltraBay adapter and an old keyboard missing some keys.
This and a free afternoon resulted in this:
It's running Ubuntu Server and hangs (using a LAN cable) on my router. The power up problem remains but it's running 24/7 so it's a non-issue. It was running when the picture was taken, you can see the fan spinning. The keyboard is disconnected as it's needed to power it on only.
The server is great, stable, quiet, cool, power efficient, runs some very useful services available from both local network and the Internet and lets me improve my Linux skills. I'm proud.
Still looking for some better case though
So, what do you think?
ThinkPad T60 board with GMA950 (from 1952-VLJ)
CPU: Core Duo T2300 1.6GHz
RAM: 512MB DDR2
HDD: Samsung 160GB, 5400rpm, PATA