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Specifications:

  • Mobo: Stock board
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo T9500 @ 2.6GHz
  • GPU: Intel GMA X3100 (965)
  • RAM: 2x2GB DDR2
  • PSU: Dell Slim 90W PSU
  • HDD: Samsung 850 Pro 128GB
  • WiFi: Intel WiFi Link 4965AGN

I got this laptop for free on September 14th of 2016, as well as another one of the same model.

The laptop.

On October 8th of 2016, I converted this laptop to be my work laptop, for PXE OS installation and such.

On October 15th of 2016, I received an Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 for this computer, as an upgrade from its T7700. Aside from the fact that I had to make a second attempt at applying the thermal paste as the processor was initially running too hot, the upgrade went smoothly. Unfortunately, this laptop fell victim to The Smoking SSD right after.

On January 28th of 2017, I took an Intel Core 2 Duo T9500 and an Intel 4965AGN wireless card off of a dead motherboard I received not long ago and threw them both into this laptop. After reassembling the laptop, the laptop would turn on, then turn off seconds after, never showing any screen signal. Before buying another motherboard for it, I gave it a few minutes, then I tried again, and, mysteriously enough, it worked just fine. Why does this laptop always do scary things when I upgrade it?

Here I am in June of 2017, using this same computer. This computer runs great and I love it. I've thought about replacing it with a newer model, such as a ThinkPad T420s, but why should I replace what works? What would I do with this thing if I replaced it? I don't wanna sell it! Although I could use more battery life and better graphics, this laptop is lovely. Currently, I use this computer as my main laptop, because I sold my ThinkPad X200 Tablet (my former main laptop). I've since traded my normal 6-cell battery for a friend's 9-cell battery to get 3+ hours of battery life out of this laptop. I may indeed wind up replacing this one with another laptop to use as my main one, but this is still going to be my work laptop.

Here in September of 2018, I have since moved onto other laptops, but I continue to keep this one. This computer has become inseparable to me.

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