After going back and forth between a T60 and Z61 I decided to build a Z61 from scratch. I've already purchased a new motherboard (42W7741) and now I'm building upward. I'm about to purchase a base but I'm hesitating because something just doesn't look right so I'm looking for a little help from those more experience than I in the Z line.
According to the Z61 HMM the FRU of the base corresponding to the mobo I purchased is 41W4882.
I found a base on ebay with that FRU from someone who sells IBM parts but it doesn't look right.
From notebookreview here is the picture of the bottom of a Z61:http://www.notebookreview.com/assets/12914.jpg
Note - There are 3 openings on the base, one for the HD, one for the battery compartment, and a 3rd for the docking station.
Now here is picture that is listed with this auction:http://i11.ebayimg.com/03/i/001/43/d3/51f3_35.JPG
Note - This base only shows two openings, one for the HD and another for the battery compartment. I don't see any opening for the docking station. I asked the seller and he confirmed that there are only two openings on the base (HD & battery) and that the part number is 41W4882.
Can anyone explain that? Am I looking for the right type of base? Did IBM make bases without the dock opening?
I'm puzzled, and I don't want to waste his time and mine by purchasing something that I can't use as I plan to use the Z61 with a docking station.
I also spied another new Z60/Z61m base on ebay and this one has all three openings (lister didn't post FRU). This one looks more correct, though I think I might have to alter/cut it to fit a Z61 mobo in there, but I'd prefer to purchase the one above because us grad students are poor and this one would be $20 less
Any help is appreciated.