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For Sale – IBM ThinkPad 760EL rare vintage laptop in mint condition

For the collectors among you, here is a very special item from my collection: this is an IBM ThinkPad dating from 1997, in full working order and restored lovingly to mint cosmetic condition.

Specs:

• Intel Pentium 120 MHz CPU
• Intel 430MX chipset
• Trident Cyber9320 video controller with 1 MB VRAM
• 12.1″ Active Matrix TFT display with 800×600 resolution and 16-bit colour (SVGA) – does support external monitors
• 24 MB RAM (8 MB built-in + 2x 8 MB modules) – expandable to max 104 MB, I believe
• 2.1 GB IDE HDD
• ES1688 Audio controller
• IrDA 1.0
• UltraBay Thick
• 1.44 MB 3.5” FDD UltraBay module (swappable)
• CD-ROM UltraBay module (swappable)
• Serial, parallel, PS/2, external floppy, docking station and analog VGA ports
• 2x Type II PCMCIA CardBus slots or 1x type III
• Lithium Ion battery (swappable)
• IBM power supply with UK plug

Latest firmware installed. Perfect support for DOS including sound in games, also supports Windows 9x, NT, Windows 2000 and other vintage operating systems such as OPENSTEP for Mach 4.2.

Machine is working well. Both the CMOS battery and the main Li-Ion battery hold a charge, but due to the age of the machine, may need replacing after a while. This has the famous lift up keyboard design where the back of the keyboard automatically lifts up a little as you open the lid, to provide a more ergonomic angle for typing.

This is a 23 year-old computer, so it’s generally in startlingly good condition, however note the following minor issues:

– The front IrDA transceiver seems to be faulty, although the rear one works. This can be replaced by the user if needed, but I never use infrared file sharing
– One corner of the top lid was damaged and has been masked by black electrical tape. The LCD itself is not damaged, it’s just a cosmetic defect.
– There was a hairline crack on the front bezel around the left UltraBay slot. I‘ve repaired this with superglue and paint, so that it’s strong and looks seamless
– I’ve cleaned the machine and tested everything I could, but I have no devices with which to test serial and parallel ports. PCMCIA slots do work if you want to add a network or SCSI card

The 760 family were top of the range laptops back in their day and some fully-specced out models retailed for over $8K. Inspired by the Japanese bento box design, they were built like tanks and with ease of maintenance and expandability in mind. The fact that this specimen looks and works great even today is testament to IBM’s engineering prowess. The UltraBay cable- and tool-free swappable design for peripherals is a stroke of brilliance.

NASA had approved the 760 family for use in space shuttle missions and they’re also used on the international space station MIR. This is your chance to own a significant milestone in the development of portable computers and/or pretend you’re and astronaut. It’s also perfect for playing classic old DOS games such as Doom, Doom II, Quake, Secret of Monkey Island and other classic LucasArts adventure titles, even early Win9x software.

Shipping will be £25 including insurance.

DISCLAIMER: Goes without saying this venerable machine cannot run any modern OS and does not feature WiFi or hardware 3D acceleration. It’s intended for collectors and vintage PC enthusiasts.

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Wanted – Any Unwanted 2500K/2600K CPU and DDR3 RAM You Don’t Need?

Hi

Long shot but I thought I’d ask here. Due to financial fiasco and covid-19, was wondering if anyone had any unwanted CPU, RAM they don’t need? I want to do a PC build to play games (nothing major). Games like Sims, Halo Wars etc.. especially Gears Tactics (huge fan of the franchise) that had to release during this time

So far I managed to get these;
Silverstone Sugo SG13WB Mini ITX
Basic Keyboard/Mouse
WD 240GB SSD for OS and Seagate 1TB 2.5″ HDD for games?
GTX 750 Ti (pending)

I was looking at Intel 2500K/2600K, DDR3 as a build. Something simple not over the top sufficient enough for gaming? Anyone got anything they don’t need in their basement, attic, garage etc? I have Lenovo M93p but that doesn’t cut it for gaming. Will be selling/trading the Lenovo M93p here to get this build sorted for the required parts.

Will the GTX 750 Ti be ok for games like SIMS, Halo Wars, Gears Tactics? Not games like Doom Eternal, COD, BF. If you have recommendations on GPU do let me know, I’ll see if I can fit around my financial budget LOL

Anybody know if I can take out the i5-4570T from my Lenovo M93p and use that for a PC gaming build and will it be enough?
PSU and Motherboard I can get with my own expense. 450w PSU Corsair and may have to find decent ITX boards.

I appreciate taking the time to read this post

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Wanted – 1155 Motherboard

Think or know? Your post here seems to indicate you were willing to sell it with no mention of fault

Then just over a year ago you did say there was a fault but despite having multiple systems have no GPU in any of them to confirm fault (and can I assume price is £50 since you didnt provide one, like I asked in OP)

Is it socket damage then? Thats most likely cause of dubious PCI-E ?

I might be interested if you were a bit more forthcoming with info you clearly DO have 😉 Board revision?

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For Sale – 15″ Macbook Pro Retina (Mid 2014), i7, 1TB, 16GB Ram

Selling my 15 inch Macbook Pro. Bought from here a year ago, so one previous owner (bought by them from the Apple store). Since changed jobs and been given a work laptop so this hasn’t been touched for a couple of months.

Great running order with one mark on the screen, some sort of scratch from the previous owner. Visible when on & off but quickly vanishes from view when the laptop is in use. Otherwise in very good condition, a couple of much lighter scratches on the base.

Specs: i7 2.5GHz, 16GB, 1TB SSD, Nvidia 750m graphics
Manufactured date: 2015-02-02

Comes with unofficial charger, official box, and official charger brick (without magsafe end) if desired. Happy to post, or can offer collection in Bristol

Attached one photo as proof of ownership, will post further & detail shots up tomorrow

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Windows Server 2008 end of life means it’s time to move

Windows Server 2008 end of life is here, so will you go to the cloud, use containers or carry on with on-premises Windows Server?

Windows Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2 left support recently, giving administrators one last batch of security updates on January Patch Tuesday. Organizations that have not migrated to a supported platform will not get further security fixes for Server 2008/2008 R2 machines unless they have enrolled in the Extended Security Updates program or moved those workloads into the Microsoft cloud for three additional years of security updates. Organizations that choose to continue without support will roll the dice with machines that now present a liability.

In many instances, a switch to a newer version of Windows Server is not an option. For example, many hospitals run equipment that relies on applications that do not function on a 64-bit operating system, which rules out every currently supported Windows Server OS. In these cases, IT must keep those workloads running but keep them as secure as possible using various methods, such as isolating the machine with a segregated virtual LAN or even pulling the plug by air-gapping those systems.

What works best for your organization is based on many factors, such as cost and the IT department’s level of expertise and comfort level with newer technologies.

For some, a cloudy forecast

The decision to stay with the same version of Server 2008/2008 R2 comes with a price. To enroll in the Extended Security Updates program requires Software Assurance and the cost for the updates annually is about 75% of what a Windows Server license costs.

This expense will motivate some organizations to explore ways to reduce those costs and one alternative is to push those Server 2008/2008 R2 workloads into the Azure cloud. This migration will require some adjustment as the capital expense of an on-premises system migrates to the operational expense used with the cloud consumption model.

Mentioning the cloud word doesn’t fill IT with as much apprehension as it once did, but the move might require some technological gymnastics to get some workloads working when one component, such as the database, needs to stay on premises while the application runs in the cloud.

Some other considerations include increasing the available bandwidth to accommodate the need for lower latency when working with cloud workloads and learning how to patch and do other administrative tasks when the system is in Azure.

Application virtualization is another option

While traditional virtualization is the norm for most Windows shops, there’s a relatively new form of virtualization that is another migration option. Putting a Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 workload into a Docker container might not seem as far-fetched as it did when this technology was in its infancy.

Containers versus VMs
Because each virtual machine uses a guest operating system, VMs use more disk space than a container that shares an underlying operating system.

Microsoft added support for Windows containers on Windows Server 2016 and 2019, as well as the Semi-Annual Channel releases. The migration process puts the legacy application into a container, which then runs on top of a supported Windows Server OS.

Administrators will need to get up to speed with the differences between the two forms of virtualization, and the advantages and disadvantages of migrating a server workload to a containerized application. For example, all the containerized applications run on top of a shared kernel, which might not work in environments with a requirement for kernel isolation for sensitive workloads.

Storage Migration Service eases file server upgrades

Microsoft released Windows Server 2019 with a host of new features, including the Storage Migration Service, which attempts to reduce the friction associated with moving file servers to a newer Windows Server operating system.

One standby for many organizations is the on-premises file server that holds documents, images and other data that employees rely on to do their jobs. The Windows Server 2008 end of life put many in IT in the difficult position of upgrading file servers on this legacy server OS. It’s not as simple as copying all the files over to the new server because there are numerous dependencies associated with stored data that must get carried over and, at the same time, avoid disrupting the business during the migration process.

The Storage Migration Service runs from within Microsoft’s relatively new administrative tool called the Windows Admin Center. The feature is not limited to just shifting to a supported on-premises Windows Server version but will coordinate the move to an Azure File Sync server or a VM that runs in Azure.

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Xbox Sessions: Travis Kelce and Richard Sherman Go Head to Head in Madden NFL 20 on Xbox One Before Next Sunday’s Super Showdown – Xbox Wire

One of the biggest days in American sports is almost here. Practically a national holiday, all eyes will be on the upcoming showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers on February 2 in Miami, Florida. To celebrate the championship, we’re giving you a preview of the big game on Xbox One as Travis Kelce and Richard Sherman join the annual Game Before the Game episode of Xbox Sessions on Tuesday, January 28, sponsored by our friends at TurboTax.

Kelce and Sherman will put their skills and talent to the test and go head to head in EA Sports Madden NFL 20 with the winner receiving 50 Xbox One consoles and a copy of Madden NFL 20 for their charity of choice. Kelce will be playing for his organization, Eighty-Seven & Running, while Sherman will represent for Blanket Coverage, the Richard Sherman Family Foundation. Just a few days before the big game itself, the two superstars will play Tuesday, January 28, at 3:30 p.m. PT / 6:30 p.m. ET in Miami and will be joined by our very own Rukari Austin as host, sideline reporter, and referee.

What’s more, this episode of Xbox Sessions will be live streamed on Xbox Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Mixer and Twitch channels so fans can tune in to watch the two players battle on the proverbial gridiron and cheer on their favorite team, while listening to color-commentary and play-by-plays throughout the competition.

Will the Madden NFL 20 showdown on Xbox One predict the real turnout on February 2? Be sure to tune in to see who comes out on top. If you miss tomorrow’s preview of the big game, you can catch the action later on the Xbox YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Mixer and Twitch channels! And don’t forget to grab a copy of Madden NFL 20, Madden NFL 20: Superstar Edition, or Madden NFL: Ultimate Superstar Edition at 50% off their original price between January 28 and February 3.

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For Sale – Alienware 13 r3 Laptop i7-6700HQ. GTX1060 6GB. QHD Touchscreen.16GB DDR4. 2x 256GB SSD. £630 delivered

Bought from the forums here For Sale – Alienware 13 R3 Laptop

This has had very little use as I actually received my new workstation earlier than expected. I bought it as a stop gap, and it has performed flawlessly. I really should have moved it on by now but haven’t had a chance.

I can post some pictures if needs be when I am home in two days, but it looks as it did in the previous listing.

It comes with the power supply, and I will include a small laptop bag I purchased to store it in (on a shelf) when not in use).

Any questions etc just ask

Price
£730 including delivery to mainland uk which is what I paid if I remember correctly.

Looking around for the spec and condition this seems very fair.

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For Sale – Alienware 13 r3 Laptop i7-6700HQ. GTX1060 6GB. QHD Touchscreen.16GB DDR4. 2x 256GB SSD. £680 delivered

Bought from the forums here For Sale – Alienware 13 R3 Laptop

This has had very little use as I actually received my new workstation earlier than expected. I bought it as a stop gap, and it has performed flawlessly. I really should have moved it on by now but haven’t had a chance.

I can post some pictures if needs be when I am home in two days, but it looks as it did in the previous listing.

It comes with the power supply, and I will include a small laptop bag I purchased to store it in (on a shelf) when not in use).

Any questions etc just ask

Price
£730 including delivery to mainland uk which is what I paid if I remember correctly.

Looking around for the spec and condition this seems very fair.

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For Sale – Toshiba Ultrabook Z40

Hi i have for sale a toshiba z40 that i bought from here a little over a year ago, screen size is 14 inches.
I bought it with the sole purpose to use with a meter to calibrate my tv’s. It’s been sat there since so i might aswell sell it.
There’s a few marks around the vga port mainly, its like the silver coating has rubbed away, it was like this when i bought it, other than that I’d say it’s in pretty decent condition.
Specification of the laptop is as below:

* Intel Core i5-4210 Processor up to 2.7Ghz
* 12GB DDR3 RAM
* 128GB Original Toshiba SSD Drive
* Windows 7 Professional 64Bit(upgraded to Windows 10 by previous owner)
* Built-In Bluetooth
* HDMI Port
* VGA Port
* 3x USB 3.0 Ports
* 3.5mm Headphone jack
* Ethernet Port
* SD Card Reader
* Original Toshiba Battery and charger

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

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