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Jilano273813yNeat, well done!
Don't think I have the discipline to finish a project like this, but I'll keep it in mind
Thanks for sharing this, I likely won't have this amount of patience or rigor to come close, but it's amazing!
asgs112583yCongratulations on sticking with this machine for 17 years
I love this. Stuff like this brings me joy as a person forever tinkering with his X201.
With an SSD and 8GB ram, old Thinkpads fly with Win10....fast and bulletproof.
Plus you get the crazy best keyboard and the sexiness of a Thinklight.
I bought mine late last year, 6 battery cycles and clear plastic protective stickers still on for 120Euros.
Do you know your 220 can have 2ssds and 16gb? I'm looking for one right now. Dreaming of a new i7.
retoor63873yOne of the best stories I've read here so far. Please add picture of the hardware. I'm interested how it looks after all those mods and years
My beastly x201.
Jeeezuz. That's amazing. How long did the whole thing take you? Weekends?
@greengallop23 Good question... I don't remember when I started the project to be honest. Last year I got the laptop given to me, along with another one I installed Bodhi Linux on for someone else (that one had only 400MB of RAM and was only very basic, but I did eventually get that one working too). The 400MB one was given to the eventual user, while I got to keep this one. From then onwards, really just whenever I wanted to spend some time on it, I did. Say a year of off-and-on evenings, weekends, etc?
shine9803y@greengallop23 at least you have a month of patience. My patience used to be until I went to sleep.
If I had the adrenaline rush, I could go on with it for days and my body wouldn't complain about sleep. Other times, I'd just feel tired and just crashed never to look back on those projects for another couple years.
Recently, with the pandemic and lockdowns, I've managed to push to beyond 1 sleep cycle to almost a whole week.
This level of dedication is something I don't think I'll ever achieve.
@shine I think what's really important with big projects is to break it down. It's impossible to do when you look at it as one massive project, but doable when you look at it in smaller chunks.
Basically the LCD mod, the flash mod, the battery mod, the Debian 9 installation, the custom kernel build, and eventually an upgrade to Debian 10 (which it is currently running after much anxiety).. all of those are (sub)projects in their own right. Each of those took maybe a few days. That is certainly achievable for many. Afterwards you can combine them and say "here's my big project" :)
As for the Debian 10 issues from earlier, it turns out that those were indeed driver-related and only present on the stock kernel. Currently on Debian 10 with custom Linux 5.9.16, the network does not disconnect anymore. And it gives me the latest features (as far as Debian can be considered new anyway) on a super old device, yay!
shine9803yAgreed. I do break down my larger projects. But what I was talking about were the sub-projects already 😧😔
Another friend did suggest to try breaking them down even further. Now I'm spending more time breaking down projects than doing the actual work 😜