In could use a 512MB SDRAM SODIMM.....

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by ~misfit~, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. ~misfit~

    ~misfit~ Guest

    I don't suppose anyone has one lying around that they don't want an arm and
    a leg for? My latest toy (hey, some people drink, some ski, others hunt...)
    is an old IBM X24 laptop (PIII Tualatin 1.066GHz CPU with 512KB Cache on
    133MHz FSB) without a lid. Most other bits were missing too but I've got it
    up and running now. Problem is it struggles a bit running XP on the ram I
    have.

    It comes with a single slot as well as some RAM, either 128MB or 256MB,
    soldered on-board. Unfortunately mine's got 128MB soldered and my biggest
    SDRAM SODIMM is 256MB. As this is a tiny laptop that uses very little
    electricity, and it runs a USB2 PC Card just fine I'd like to try using it
    as the 'hub' for my home security system, writing video to an external
    drive. However the software operates like a crippled dog. The CPU seems to
    be in-spec (1GHz or better) but the recommended RAM is 1GB.

    As this is a 'project' and I don't really have enough money to afford a
    hobby I can't throw a lot of money at it (as it'll still be under the 1GB
    mark with a 512MB SODIMM).

    I just thought it might be worth a try asking here. It's a neat little
    machine and it'd be a shame to not use it.

    Thanks,
    --
    Shaun.

    "He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a
    monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also
    into you." Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
     
    ~misfit~, Mar 15, 2011
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    AD. Guest

    Not quite what you're after, but...

    I've found a Hynix 512MB PC2-5300 SODIMM lying about (would've come
    out of an iMac or another Thinkpad), but we've shifted offices
    recently and it could take a bit longer to rummage around to find the
    other old 'spares'.

    No promises, but if you're not in a rush I might be able to turn
    something more compatible up later on.
     
    AD., Mar 15, 2011
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    ~misfit~ Guest

    Thanks Anton, that's great. I have patience when it's needed. ;-)

    I can be contacted via shaun.at.pukekohe]at[gmail]dot[com if / when you have
    any luck.

    Thanks again. I seriously dislike disposing of 'obsolete' hardware when it's
    usable but for the want of an upgrade or two. The more computers kept out of
    landfills the better IMO.

    Cheers,
    --
    Shaun.

    "He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a
    monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also
    into you." Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
     
    ~misfit~, Mar 15, 2011
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    Judges 13:18 Guest


    Are these 144 pin bars?

    Have you got more than that one?

    I am definitely interested in 2 so that my
    faithful Thinkpad A30 can digest all
    the modern bloatware I feed her with.
     
    Judges 13:18, Mar 15, 2011
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    David Empson Guest

    I have a box with a growing collection of unwanted old RAM. Can you
    clarify exactly what speed of RAM you need? I might have one.

    Judging from the description of the CPU and FSB, I'm guessing you want
    something around PC133 or DDR266 (PC-2100)?

    Having a hunt through the box, my oldest spare 512 MB SODIMM is a
    PC2-5300 (DDR2-667). I have some 256 MB in DDR at various speeds and one
    PC133.

    I also have a couple of dead laptops I've been holding onto for spare
    parts, and they might have functioning RAM of about what you want.
     
    David Empson, Mar 15, 2011
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    AD. Guest

    We will probably keep those DDR2-667 SODIMMs around a little longer,
    as some of our still working Thinkpads use that. But I think the A30
    takes older PC133 (like what misfit is looking for), so they wouldn't
    work in an A30 anyway.
     
    AD., Mar 16, 2011
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    ~misfit~ Guest

    Hi David.
    PC133 SDRAM. However, thanks to the generosity of another poster it looks
    like I'll have a 512MB stick on the way soon. :)

    However, that said, my hobby, the thing that keeps me from going over the
    brink, is tinkering with older laptops so any unwanted RAM would be
    greatfully appreciated. A lot of these older machines are actually quite
    capable once they're given enough RAM.

    (I'd 'work' with newer machines more but don't have the money to spend. I've
    given up smoking, drinking and socialising but still don't have much 'spare'
    money for non-essential things.)
    Honestly, not wanting to come across as a leech but anything that you have
    that's surplus to requirements but that I might get some mileage out of
    would be great. I can't afford to do much and it's hard to keep my brain
    stimulated on my budget. Fixing up older laptops (and the rare desktop)
    keeps me busy, it's something I enjoy.

    If you have any bits and bobs that you don't want (especially laptop,
    especially ThinkPad) that you think I could get some use from I'd appreciate
    it (and would re-pay the favour anytime and anyway that I could). Gotta keep
    the brain occupied....

    I can be reached at [shaun.at.pukekohe]@[gmail].[com]

    Best,
    --
    Shaun.

    "He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a
    monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also
    into you." Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
     
    ~misfit~, Mar 16, 2011
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    Judges 13:18 Guest

    Indeed, A30 takes PC133, in 144 pin bars.

    Well, since Misfit asked first, he should get it first,
    but if you, perchance, find more...
     
    Judges 13:18, Mar 16, 2011
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    Judges 13:18 Guest

    If misfit is not interested, and you have two good 512 MB PC133 in 144
    pin packaging, I am the taker.
     
    Judges 13:18, Mar 16, 2011
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    ~misfit~ Guest

    You're right Anton, the A30 and the X24 both use the Tualatin PIII-M and
    PC133 SODIMMs. The A30 is the full-size laptop and the X24 is the
    ultra-portable.

    Cheers,
    --
    Shaun.

    "He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a
    monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also
    into you." Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
     
    ~misfit~, Mar 16, 2011
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    AD. Guest

    Sorry, I only found one of those modules and misfit already claimed
    it.
     
    AD., Mar 16, 2011
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    PeeCee Guest


    Shaun

    Just as a thought, what about putting an nLite version of XP on it.
    That way the 256 might be enough.

    Best
    Paul.
     
    PeeCee, Mar 16, 2011
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    Gordon Guest

    Okay, how about a nz.gen.swap.ram ng.
     
    Gordon, Mar 17, 2011
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    ~misfit~ Guest

    Hi Paul,

    I've been lucky and there is soon to be a 512MB SODIMM on the way. The
    software that I want to run on it requires a machine running XP with at
    least 512MB (but recommends 1024) so I'm hoping that I'll get away with the
    640 I'll have.

    Cheers,
    --
    Shaun.

    "He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a
    monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also
    into you." Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
     
    ~misfit~, Mar 18, 2011
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