Crackling Noise on New ThinkPad

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Holy Moses, am I worried.  I took my T60 out of the box yesterday and
connected to the Internet via modem.  I didn't bother to use the Belkin
ground fault.  Anyway, while the "handshake" was starting, for a few
seconds there was a slight sizzling noise.

I connected to the Internet without incident but am wondering if this
sizzling noise (which I never heard once on my R40...which blew a modem
twice) could be because the modem and/or sound card on the T60 is more

I will use the ground fault henceforth but would really appreciate a
response as to whether the sizzle meant anything.

Re: Crackling Noise on New ThinkPad

On 1 Sep 2006 02:56:36 -0700, wrote in

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Was your audio volume turned all the way up?  My ThinkPad T41 crackles a
bit in that case, probably due to a cheap audio amp.  Turning down the
volume a bit makes the problem go away.

Best regards,   The perfect external DVD burner?  See
John Navas

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I have similar effect on my R51e, but the sizzle is only audible for a
fraction of second, just before handshake starts.

Moreover, as I'm utilizing more than one dial-up access provider it
appears with only some of them.

Unfortunately I can't offer you any solution.

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Ge\uess it depands if the noise is from the speaker or inside.  I'd guess it
is not a problem, but you're listening to it, not me.

Unrelated, I buy thinkpads with a 3 year warranty.  Some think I'm wasting
my money, and that's ok.  Add $288 and you get 4 years with screen damage

What are you doing with your r40?  Mine, 2723 is at the 5 year point.  I
could get $400 or so on ebay, probably not enuf to cover the cost the the
2-1 gig menory chips.. It plays cnn pipeline or an occasional movie for now.
And I sort f broke even on the r40 4 year warranty.  In the shop twice in 4
years, and I must have gone thru 6 hard disks.  It is, or was, turned on
nearly continously since new. I make a backup image at least monthly, and it
is so easy to swap hd's on the r40.

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Luba Papageorgio wrote:
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Wow, I agree.  I have always been stumped as to why people make backup
images, unless of course you have True Image or Ghost or something to
that affect.  Otherwise, I don't understand what you'd have to
backup--the system?

I also got a three year warranty on my R40 and got every penny of it.
I've become a one-person salesman for computer warranties, which really
are the only warranties I can think of that pay off.

Final question: Have you always used IBM/Lenovo hard drives?

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Huh? To return the OS, applications, and data to the last state in which
it was last backed up. Of course you don't ever need it unless something
bad happens. :)

Or you can just backup your data which is what I do most of the time and
the heck with the OS and applications. Thus if something bad happens,
you already have the OS and the applications install discs anyway. It's
just the bloody updates you have to get online. lol

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How did you get every penny of it? While I have to pay medical, car
insurance, etc. because they force me too. But I never use any of it.
Never have and probably never will. And I'm 50 years old.

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  Actually, you don't have to go online to get those "bloody updates" !  

   Simply go to:

   Click on:  "Find updates for Microsoft Windows Operating System"

    Select your operating system, then click on "Search".

     When all the updates are displayed,  "Add" the ones you want to
download, and then download them to a nice safe place... maybe copy them
to a CD.

     Next time you need to install your operating system, all you have to
do afterward is install the updates stored on your CD, or whatever.



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Ed wrote:
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Thanks Ed! :D

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BillW50 wrote:
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Hey, Bill, I feel your pain!  I'm turning 50 next month, but I still
think computer warranties are the only that are really worth it.  (In
fact, a few months ago on one of the morning shows like Today or Good
Morning America, they devoted a whole half hour to extended service
contracts, and a whole pile of experts agreed you get the most bang for
your extended-warranty buck from one for your computer.)

Viva 1956!!!!

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Well what can I say? I've been buying computers since '81 and the main
reason I quit using the older ones is because they were simply obsolete.
My first laptop was an Epson PX-8 Geneva ('84 era) and it still works to
this very day (can't set the date past 1999 though). So out of the 20 or
so computers I have bought, I'm on my 6th laptop. And they still all
work today except one Toshiba 1950CS. And this was a 486 machine that
the engineers didn't put a fan in (my two earlier laptops didn't have
fans either - nor did they need them). And that one lasted 5 years
before the heat got to it. And an extended warrantee wouldn't have saved
that one anyway. So I am batting 6 for 6 so far in the past 22 years for
laptops. Thus look at all of the money I saved in all of that time.
Better yet, none of them were purchased brand new but was either
refurbushed or used. Well that Epson was new and the second one was new,
except used for a computer show for a few days.

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