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Old 06-14-2005, 06:31 PM   #1
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Question Turning a quasi-dead IBM Thinkpad 760E into an MP3 Jukebox


I just found an old IBM Thinkpad 760E in my garage and was able to charge it and turn it on. However, it stopped, froze, and died at the Splash Screen for Windows 98 every time I tried to turn it on.

The laptop does not have a CD drive, but I think that the Floppy Drive works just fine. There is also no USB port.

I am looking for a distribution of Linux that I can use to turn the laptop into a simple MP3 jukebox (for line-out to a stereo).

Where can I get something like GeexBox that will boot and install directly on to the Hard Drive, after formatting the hard drive? I need this on floppies; I am willing to work with many floppies, but take note that the computer has only a 1 gig hard drive.

I am not willing to go out and spend too much extra money for something that I can use to mess around with the hard drive directly. I am also not willing to take apart my computer.

So, no CD Drive, no USB ports, no computer with IR transmitter, no network cable, no more than 1 gig, and no CA$H.

All that I can think of right now is
  • use a wireless b card, but installing will be another problem
  • find a small multi-floppy distro of linux that plays mp3's and will boot and will erase the entire hard drive
  • give up (don't tell me to do that please)

Thanks for your help. Remember that I am a , so keep it simple PLS, at least in step-by-step.

If you Google "Linux on the IBM Thinkpad 760" (w/out quotes) then many good results can be found, but I am not quite skilled enough to figure out what to do with all that information, and still most of those authors had CD-Drives. The first result is ESPECIALLY useful, it seems as though.
 
Old 06-14-2005, 06:41 PM   #2
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How much RAM does it have? Whats the Proc. speed?
It's easier to give an answer if you tell us that.
 
Old 06-14-2005, 06:41 PM   #3
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http://www.linux-on-laptops.com/ is a pretty good starting point.

You could try to find a PCMCIA network card, or a
distro that will enable parallel port networking from the
boot-disk (I don't know one off the top of my head since
I never needed to look for one).


Cheers,
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Old 06-14-2005, 08:51 PM   #4
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Hi ctroeker,

I do not know any of that information, but I can tell you that according to the labels on the back of the Laptop that it was manufactured in May of 1996. I'm sure that should tell you a lot about how primitive the thing really is. Therefore the minimal system req.s I'm looking for are quite dismal...

Help!
 
Old 06-14-2005, 08:56 PM   #5
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For IBM boxen the easiest thing to get that kind of info
is to a) grab the 7 character model-number on the bottom
of it and look on IBMs website or b) to press F1 during
power-on and look in the BIOS.


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Old 06-14-2005, 09:56 PM   #6
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hmm...

The model number was 9546-u3l. Where to go from here?

When I googled this code, the first result showed me this..

Quote:
IBM ThinkPad 760E P120 (9546-U3B, 9546-U3L, 9546-U4B)
Standard Memory: 8MB (soldered) /16MB (8MB soldered + 8MB module)
Maximum Memory: 72MB
# of Memory Slots: 2
Memory Type: EDO
Notes: For ThinkPads with memory expansion slots positioned one above the other, install the largest capacity module into the top expansion slot.


Hard Drive Technical Notes: THIS MODEL DOES NOT SUPPORT HIGHER THAN 6.0GB HD. DUE TO HW RESTRICTIONS


Last edited by xwired; 06-14-2005 at 10:00 PM.
 
Old 06-14-2005, 10:07 PM   #7
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here we go..specs

http://www.ertyu.org/~steven_nikkel/thinkpadspecs.html
 
  


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