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- El Conquistador
May 31, 2005, 7:27 am
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Long description repeated here. Transction MUST BE MADE ON EBAY so if you
want goto www.ebay.com and enter item# into search.
Email to Metalblade@prodigy.net, if using "email reply" in Newsgroups please
edit address manually to delete two strings: "SPAMNOMORE" repeated twice.
Afterwards I'll respond from home email/real name, as bogus
MarkLevitski/email address are to protect privacy on public Newsgroups, do
NOT reply on Newsgroups. UNDER WARRANTY UNTILL 2006 and NEAR-NEW CONDITION.
Status @ IBMwebsite->support->product->personal
computing->Quickpath->machine# 2662EBU->warrantly lookup->serial# FXHZ910,
machinetype 2662 (Thhinkpad X23), all docs/power adapter, etc. except
Quick overview (details + reason to sell are at bottom):
UNDER WARRANTY UNTILL 2006 and NEAR-NEW CONDITION. Status
2662EBU->warranty lookup->serial# FXHZ910, machinetype 2662 (Thhinkpad X23),
all docs/power adapter, etc. except battery.
ThinkpadX23 ultraportable (X-series), weight under 3Lbs w/o battery (3.6Lbs
w/battery but ignore as battery is removed), dimesnions: 11*8.9*1.2max (0.9
min) inch. Machine type/model# 2662EBU, serial# FXHZ910, BIOS+embedded
controller both year 2003, processor Intel PIII-MOBILE (not same as PIII
desktop!, don't confuse!); no battery (sold when new 2 years ago - NEW X23
batteries periodically appear on Ebay $40-55 if you need, don't pay more -
more than $60 is a ripoff).
1. Like new, no bad display pixels and with all parts/docs/power adapter;
except battery, WARRANTY UNTIL Jan, 2006! Used w/care by a pro
2. Upped memory to 384MB, system software upto date (incl WinXP latest),
appl. software: uninstalled due to legal reasons.
3. Original (base) specs were:
FOR COMPLETE BASE SPECS GOTO IBM WEBSITE->support-->personal
computing->Quickpath->enter machine type/model#: 2662EBU (or alternatively
browse through subcategories in menu on the right:
Thinkpad->Xseries->X23->machine type/model 2662EBU). Remember memory was
upgraded to 384MB! IBM webaddress today was this but may change in future,
just go through menus if changed:
IntelPIII-MOBILE (not same as PIII desktop!, not killing batteries and not
hot as P4, business apps run same as P4 but video/multimedia is where P4
beats PIII), 866MHz (512KB L1 CACHE), 128MB (now 384MB) memory, max 640MB
or 1GB depending on module, 30GB harddisk (upgradablae/swappable, 100% good
tested surface today), 12.1 XGA (1024x768) TFT LCD display internal [and
1280*1024 or 1600*1280 on external dsplay if ever needed], Ethernet100,
Modem56K, sold with WinXPpro but people say Linux also OK, latest BIOS/BIOS
controller updated, body: IBM special composite TOTALLY BLACK with
recognizable IBM design/keyboard, USB1.1 (two ports, NOT USB2), PCMCIA slot
(one, CARDBUS, 32or 16-bit cards OK), CompactFlash slot, parallele/serial
(no one cares for them, just mention), Infrared (I used often for printing &
PDA comm), IBM distinct feature: Keyboard light user can turn on in darkness
(never seen such on other laptops), DOCK & Port replicator connectors
(hidden in back/bottom/display edge), I personally added Firewire/USB2
PCcard but NOT offering for sale along with this laptop, though if you
really need - tell me and it'd be $25 extra, I use USB flashmemory drives
(USB key, Kingston 2GB) all the time - this machine is BOOTABLE FROM USB
ANYTHING (external USB CD, HDD, floppy, zip, USB memory key, anything - if
you ever decide to reformat harddisk which I never did), plus all the usual
set of ports/connectors found on high-end ultraportables of year 2003.
a) PentiumIII and PIII-Mobile are not the same. PIII-Mobile (PIII-M) was
the only processor in high-end ultraportables as of early 2004, if you see
regular (desktop) PIII or P4 know your mobility will suffer for a very
incremental gain in speed and usually NO gain at all for busienss apps, even
today you see many ultraportables still come out with PIIIM and not P4. If
you dont believ, I c an't help - look for another laptop, this unit will
sell as did my other 4 units in one week no problem.
b) Ultraportables like X-series are a "one-spindle" system i.e. no internal
optical drives, the main drive is harddisk and for opticals you plug into
PCMCIA, USB1.1 is too slow so if you like me often use DVD+RW, digital
miniDV camcorders, etc. massive data transfer just plug a cheap
PCMCIA/cardbus card into this laptop that provides both USB2 + Firewire
connectors, that was my case all these 2 years with Firewire DVD+RW
slim/portable drive; such cards were already cheap in 2004 and mine cost
$35 - could be 20 bucks today(Addonics)
WARNING: I don't expect much interest from non-professionals/people who
judge computers 100% by clockspeed - it's not a scorching speed P4, not
Sony, not HP childish flashing plastic toys, this is IBM. For those who
know IBM Thinkpads are known for reliability, design, excellent support,
etc. i.e. business market and X-series specifically targets ULTRAPORTABLE
market. Machine fits in slim leather folder and weights under 2.7LBs w/o
battery, selling due to regular 1-year upgrade cycles (already got a new
ThinkpadX40) that my engineering job requires. This could be perfect for a
student, moderate business, etc. but NOT a heavy gaming machine! Again,
remember Celeron at much higher clockspeed was beaten by PIII and thus cost
less (a year or so ago), no one in business wanted a celeron; also IBM
continued to make X-series with PIIIM instead of P4 even if it looks like P4
is more advanced in fact P4 is too wastefull for portables - burns too much
power/too much multimedia emphasis, so if you need P4, think clockspeed/GHz
is everything (and so my 866MHz is bad) or you need a thick/heavy yet
powerful machine where weight/dimensions/battery life are of no importance,
this deal's not for you. Otherwise please check my item out.
"Near-new" = NOT a single exterior/interior defect/scratch/bad display
pixel, except NO BATTERY (sold when new 2 years ago, NEW X23 batteries
periodically appear on Ebay $40-55, don't pay more - more than $60 is a
ripoff).YOU CAN VISIT ME IN NEW YORK - IF I DEEM IT SAFE, YOU CAN LOOK/TEST
THIS MACHINE IN PERSON, but will take extra time as my schedule is busy.
Reason to sell in perfect condition is the same as last year and years
before if you saw me selling other Thinkpads/parts/etc, and again battery
was sold long ago as I am always at home/plugged into AC outlet and at the
time I was a poor student choosing to get money instead of letting battery
die unused (in closet). LOOK AT MY EBAY FEEDBACK - 100% positive, plus
many more trades on Newsgroups where I get rid of like-new things out of
sheer boredom and desire to upgrade to latest hardware (new "upgrade"
machine's already here - ThinkpadX40, not for sale). I am an Engineer (was
a student when purchased X23 in 2003), circuit simulation/CAD engineering
often places high demand on computing power and so I sell/buy laptops
periodically not even using outside of home for we have enough in the
office. This laptop NEVER travelled outside of home office EXCEPT a few
times to college in Thinkpad carry case (case also not for sale)
Specs are in two categories: base + upgrades. If required, email me and
I'ill reply with a complete datasheet but really no need: it's on IBM
support websites for this model.
1. Upgrades done:
a) Memory total 384MB: 128MB original + 256MB added genuine IBM (same speed
& CAS latency) two years ago approx. at time of laptop purchase.
b) System software's upto date, e.g. BIOS & BIOS Embedded Controller were
latest as of several months ago, and no manufacturer goes around posting
BIOS updates every month after two years since initial manufacture, it's
been updated several times and since then IBM didn't post anything new, same
BIOS since 2004. I mention because many laptops incl. Thinkpads require a
BATTERY installed to run BIOS update utility and I already did in 2004 and
sold battery, so if you need (IF EVER) to update BIOS again, get a
cheap/used battery just for 4 minutes to flash BIOS. Not necessary to buy
any good battery, even dying one's OK, not necessary to update BIOS anyway
for WindowsXP but I mention just for those who like technicalities or work
with Linux, etc.
OS: WIndowsXP SP2 latest as of TODAY, I regularly update, productkey is on
Thinkpad bottom (sticker), Recovery CD never supplied with Thinkpads BECAUSE
RECOVERY PARTITION IS ON HARDDRIVE ITSELF. Should you need such CD, IBM
said $65 bucks and it's yours (I called them for new ThinkpadX40 and by the
way asked about this X23) . If you're a tech professional (as myself) and
have own Operatiing System, I might suggest removing IBM Recovery partition
hence releasing extra several Gigabytes of harddisk, and installing your own
OS instead BUT ALWAYS REMEMBER IBM IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER MANUFACTURER!
Instead of downloading/updating drivers at MS Windows update site, you must
goto IBM support site, select your machine type/model and download/install
drivers from there, not Microsoft! Otherwise you'd get 85% performance out
of 100% if you don't oibtain IBM THINKPAD X23/machine type/model SPECIFIC
DRIVERS and instead stay with generic garbage from Microsoft/WinXP. Note:
it's BOOTABLE FROM USB ANYTHING (external USB CD, HDD, floppy, zip, USB
memory key, anything - if you ever decide to reformat harddisk which I never
Software appplications: NONE commercial, only WindowsXP and basic stuff!
For legal reasons must uninstall commercial software e.g. my MS Office,
Adobe, CAD, entertainment, etc. in order to migrate to a new Thinkpad X40 in
my case, sorry, paid $$$ for software and it's a single-machine license,
NOT for sale. There's over 26GB space for your software on top of WinXP,
and even more if you delete IBM useless recovery partition if you're
technical enough (useless because almost all drives are updated and on IBM
2. FOR COMPLETE BASE SPECS GOTO IBM WEBSITE->support-->personal
computing->enter machine type/model into Quickpath: 2662EBU or alternatively
browse through subcategories (menu on the right):
Thinkpad->X-series->X23->machine type/model 2662EBU. Remember it was
upgraded as shown above.
I can provide support for 15 days, by email and yes I'll keep the whole
drivers download pack & instructions. for one month after sale.
Re: IBM ThinkpadX23 NEAR-NEW (WARRANTY to 2006) ULTRAPORTABLE X-series UPGRADED $549
POSTING HERE (again delete "Spamnomore" strings, as usual)!!
Sorry folks, original posting went out with 'El Conquistador" and completely
wrong email as I used secondary account that is even more protected against
Email to MetalBlade@prodigy.net and ignore all else.