In today’s installment I will be making some upgrades to a Lenovo IBM T60 laptop computer that I bought off ebay for $10. Despite this laptop’s age, it is still capable of preforming day to day tasks such as browsing the web, writing up word documents, and streaming media. Even with in its base configuration it is a very snappy daily driver. I have been using my T60 for the past two weeks for school and I absolutely love it. It has handled everything I have thrown at it, including writing VHDL, programming in C++, and drafting basic circuits in Logisim, without issue.

A couple weeks ago I met a student while volunteering for my sister’s marching band. Scott intends on majoring in Computer Science but he does not actually own a computer which really surprised me. To help him out I decided to throw together a decent school laptop for him using the T60 as a base.

I added a 120GB SSD, 3GB of DDR2 RAM, a new high capacity battery, a new drive caddy, and swapped out the Intel T2300 with an Intel T7200 Core 2 Duo processor. The system is running in a dual boot configuration with Windows 10 Pro 64-bit edition installed alongside Ubuntu Mate (Mate or Maté?) .

Following the upgrades I ran Passmark on the system and then demonstrated the system’s capabilities on camera for a couple minutes. The system is very responsive and is capable of handling any school tasks thrown its way.

At the end of the video I briefly talked to Scott on camera to see what he thought of the laptop. He was very happy with both the quality and performance of this upgraded T60.

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====Additional parts I bought===

Aftermarket extended battery:

Crucial 2GB DDR2 (for my personal T60):

Intel T7200:

Drive caddy:

SP 120GB SSD:

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