In the 'parts only' section of a local auction site I saw a dim-screened X21 selling for $5. I thought it'd be a fun machine to program on but I wasn't sure if it'd run.
It arrived. It booted into bios and I was thrilled to see a ton of bios options. Played around with them for a bit and then was ready to get the machine running. Easier said than done.
I tried booting from usb. Failed. Tried network boot. Failed. Tried booting from a CD. Failed. This was going better than expected. Stuck a Kingspec SSD in and it booted into debian!
A few questions:
1. How much ram can it take?
2. There were two vertical rows of dead pixels when I first turned the machine on (also two rows in the sellers photos). After I put a hard drive in, one of the rows went away and now there is just one one row of bad pixels. What's going on? Will the other bad row appear or can I get rid of the remaining bad row?
3. the hinges hardly hold the monitor up. how do i tighten the hinges?
4. can I stick an interna wifi card from a t41 in (can i use the no-1802 error iso I used on the t41 or do I need an iso specifically for the x21?)
the output of ~$ lshw is here:http://termbin.com/m187