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June 26th, 2008

New Laptop!

Just bought a refurb'd Thinkpad R61i!  I've always wanted a Thinkpad and my Inspiron is dying.  This was cheaper at Lenovo's own outlet!!  YES!  Cheers to Stacie for helping shop :)  Here's the stats:


  • Intel Core 2 Duo processor T5450 (1.66 GHz), 2-MB L2 cache - can't wait to recompile multimedia apps against these new SIMDs
  • 1-GB DDR2-667 SDRAM SO-DIMM (PC2-5300) - gotz to upgrade this
  • 80 GB, 5400 rpm, 9.5 mm high, SATA interface - god awful slow.  at least it's SATA
  • 15.4-inch, 16M colors, WXGA (1280 × 800 resolution) TFT color LCD - 1" more but less resolution.  mmm
  • Intel GM965 graphics (GMA X3100) - so glad to be away from fglrx.  die ATI DIE!
  • CDRW/DVDRW - fixes the burning that broke ... oh several years ago.
  • Intel 802.11abg wireless
  • Broadcom 1Gb Ethernet
  • UltraNav
  • Secure chip - what?
  • 6c Li-Ion - 3hrs is a big upgrade from 10mins
I intend on installing Gentoo (again).  The chore will be trying to transfer over the years of tweaking and configuring.  CFLAGS obviously can't simply be copied, but -- I hate starting from scratch.