• recommend good pwr'd usb

    From Ogg@VERT/CAPCITY2 to Brian Rogers on Wed May 12 21:26:00 2021
    Hello Brian Rogers!

    ** On Wednesday 12.05.21 - 11:27, Brian Rogers wrote to Ogg:

    Wow! I have 2 IBM R40 thinkpads which I just got new bios
    batteries for. One is online for ham radio testing of my
    software on Fedora. Some of those original ThinkPads just
    seem to go forever - although I need cooling fans for
    both. Getting a tad noisy - probably dustballs <G>

    My T40p is laying dormant for a while. It needs a new cpu fan,
    and probably some cleaning in the side vent. Sometimes it fails
    to boot with a "Fan warning.." message. Sometimes I can just
    blow gently through the side vent to force the fan to spin for
    a few seconds.. and then the boot works. But the fan still
    remains a bit noisy.

    The plan is to dedicate the machine as my Spotify server
    connected to my hifi. I love a room-filling sound from my
    floor speakers. I would take the laptop to my shop to access
    the DSL, fetch the tunes I want, and then play things "offline"
    when I'm home.


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  • From MRO@VERT/BBSESINF to Brian Rogers on Thu May 13 20:36:00 2021
    Re: recommend good pwr'd usb
    By: Brian Rogers to MRO on Thu May 13 2021 11:09 am

    MRO wrote to Brian Rogers <=-

    whoever buys shit from wish.com is nuts.

    I never heard of them until in here. I've actually had decent luck with eBay on stuff, even used stuff. One item I almost didn't was an all-in-one

    it's basically chinese selling you shit on there to rip you off.

    i tried it once because a friend posted a good deal on a phone.
    i got a usb cord to charge a phone instead. and it didnt look safe for that.

    i got my money back quick, though.
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  • From Ogg@VERT/CAPCITY2 to poindexter FORTRAN on Fri May 14 20:12:00 2021
    Hello poindexter FORTRAN!

    ** On Thursday 13.05.21 - 06:37, poindexter FORTRAN wrote to Ogg:

    See my post to Brian - T4x series laptops are easy to work
    on, and replacement fans are cheap on eBay. A drop of oil,
    replacing the thermal paste and a good blowing out might
    take care of your problems.

    I hear ya. I was forced to do exactly that job for a dearly
    beloved T60 (which I am using now). The "blow in the exhaust"
    trick did not work for this one. The fan simply failed to even
    try to spin at boot, I guess. So, I started to take it apart.
    In the meantime, I ordered a new fan and some heatsink grease
    from A-n.

    Upon putting it all together, I was left with one extra screw
    that didn't seem to fit in any of the spots I though it should.

    But the pc booted up right, the first time. The fan seems to
    run most of the time, but it's much quieter than what I
    remember.

    Now I have some confidence to tackle the T40p.

    When the T60 (w/XP) seemed to be aging (primarily because I was
    running out of its original capacity of 230GB hdd, I purchased
    a used T540p (w/Win7), 1TB SSD. But I don't like using that
    one primarily because I can't get used to using the new-style
    trackpad, and the chicklet keys.

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  • From MRO@VERT/BBSESINF to Brian Rogers on Fri May 14 21:25:12 2021
    Re: recommend good pwr'd usb
    By: Brian Rogers to MRO on Fri May 14 2021 09:40 am


    i got my money back quick, though.

    Nice! At least you did. I ordered a phone from one who claimed it was
    a model I was looking for. I love the Galaxy Note 3 and wanted the model #5000 which is european in nature. It's the only model you supposedly can bump the droid version up beyond 5. The one I received instead was some Korean provider and it was locked. They fought me on a return/refund so
    I asked ebay to step in and provided pics of the splash screen and other info right off the device. Got my money back. Took a while but I did get it.



    okay that's ebay. i'm talking about wish.com most of that shit is fake.
    the asians get their postage covered by the chinese govt so it's no skin off their nose.
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  • From Ogg@VERT/CAPCITY2 to Brian Rogers on Sat May 15 09:48:00 2021
    Hello Brian Rogers!

    ** On Saturday 15.05.21 - 00:50, Brian Rogers wrote to MRO:

    okay that's ebay. i'm talking about wish.com most of
    that shit is fake. the asians get their postage covered
    by the chinese govt so it's no skin off their nose. ---

    I'll count my blessings I never went there.

    The first time I heard of wish.com was from the same fellow
    about 2 years ago - regarding another "device" that didn't seem
    to work right. The listings all seemed "too good to be true"
    to me. WHY he settles for wish.com when there are more
    reliable, trustworthy domestic places like bestbuy.ca or
    staples.ca to choose from ..boggles my mind.

    The fellow seems to have a way of owning crap or junking
    something that used to work quite well. I've ended up being his
    final goto person to "fix" things: replacement ram upgrades,
    software issues (viruses, updates, restore-points, etc.)

    Most recently he's asked me to look at of those all-in-one
    iMacs that a previous friend had owned. I remember seeing that
    iMac in fine operational order by the original owner. After
    this next guy gets it, it looks like it was dragged through a
    bomb zone. The iMac doesn't boot quite right. I haven't looked
    it at length, but I dread the task. But I digress..


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