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Yeah, a pretty basic laptop, but a sound make, great price. Chuch another Gigabyte of RAM in to make a laptop thats perfectly good for nearly everything. Don't forget Google Checkout to get this price.£289.99 including vat and free delivery.
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#1
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Lenovo 3000 C200 8922 - Celeron M 430 1.73 GHz - 15" TFT
(WxDxH) 33.9 cm x 27.9 cm x 3.8 cm
Weight 2.8 kg
Localisation English / United Kingdom
System Type Notebook
Built-in Devices Stereo speakers, wireless LAN aerial
Processor Intel Celeron M 430 / 1.73 GHz
Cache Memory 1 MB - L2 Cache
RAM 512 MB (installed) / 3 GB (max) - DDR II SDRAM - 667 MHz - PC2-5300 ( 1 x 512 MB )
Card Reader 5 in 1
Hard Drive 80 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm
Optical Storage DVD-Writer - integrated
Display 15" TFT active matrix 1024 x 768 ( XGA ) - 24-bit (16.7 million colours)
Graphics Controller Intel GMA 950
Audio Output Sound card
Telecom Fax / modem - 56 Kbps
Networking Network adapter - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Wireless NIC Lenovo 11b/g
Input Device Keyboard, touchpad
Power AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Battery Lithium Ion
Run Time (Up To) 2.5 hour(s)
Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic
Manufacturer Selling Program Express Selection
Manufacturer Warranty 1 year warranty
1 Like #2
This is a top bit of kit for school or Uni. I especially like the top notch support from Lenovo, a recent call resulted on a tech monkey on my doorstop the next morning.
#3
My IBM laptop is on 24/7. Has been for YEARS. Top stuff.
#4
The Celeron M 4xx series of CPUs are pin compatible with Core Duo and Core 2 Duo. With some laptops it’s fairly easy to swap out the CPU and it’s made very easy if they have a website that gives the details as Dell do for example.
With Core Duos going for as little as £30 on eBay these days, that would make an interesting upgrade for these laptops, if it’s possible.
#5
SmilingCrow
The Celeron M 4xx series of CPUs are pin compatible with Core Duo and Core 2 Duo. With some laptops it’s fairly easy to swap out the CPU and it’s made very easy if they have a website that gives the details as Dell do for example.
With Core Duos going for as little as £30 on eBay these days, that would make an interesting upgrade for these laptops, if it’s possible.


What's the point, you're getting a great laptop here with fantastic grown up support that will last years. It is what it is.
[mod]#6
Thanks domerr and welcome to the forums! :)
#7
sicknote
What's the point, you're getting a great laptop here with fantastic grown up support that will last years.

The point is; better battery life at idle and low processor loads and over twice the CPU performance with multi-threaded applications. If you don’t need either of those features then I agree there is no point, if you do then it’s a cheap upgrade.
The downside is worse battery life for single threaded applications at high CPU load.
#8
Excuse my ignorance, what would be the best memory to buy with this?
#9
Shame its only available with vista
#10
willhollin
Excuse my ignorance, what would be the best memory to buy with this?

For memory upgrade get memory specific to this model see http://www.orcalogic.co.uk/asp/prodtype.asp?prodtype=26766&ft=m&st=3
1 Like #11
I think this machine is specific about the modules it will take and may not like generic modules.

http://www.orcalogic.co.uk/asp/prodtype.asp?prodtype=26766&ft=m&st=3
is guaranteed to be compatible.
#12
thanks domerr!
#13
great find :)
#14
willhollin
Excuse my ignorance, what would be the best memory to buy with this?


Easy peasy, just use the [url]www.crucial.com/uk[/url] and they match the ram for you. :thumbsup:

Other suppliers of ram are available.
#15
SmilingCrow
The Celeron M 4xx series of CPUs are pin compatible with Core Duo and Core 2 Duo. With some laptops it’s fairly easy to swap out the CPU and it’s made very easy if they have a website that gives the details as Dell do for example.
With Core Duos going for as little as £30 on eBay these days, that would make an interesting upgrade for these laptops, if it’s possible.


Thats a really good idea imo, and you would save a lot of money compared to buying a ltpop with a core duo/core 2 duo pre-installed.
#16
so is it possible to buy a seperate CPU and change it with the CPU in this one?
#17
IBM's are normally quite bland in style/design, But they are completely bullet proof*!!!!







*It might not be bullet proof but it'll certinately be tough!!!
#18
You can get the C200 with a C2D in it, and uses the same memory, so I'm assuming the motherboard and chipset are the same. I'm gonna do some more digging now, as I could do with an upgrade to my Thinkpad T40.
#19
A few links for research purposes :

Overview, drivers etc. Usefull if you plan to go back to XP on it.

Memory info.

:thumbsup:
#20
I've emailed Lenovo about swapping in a C2D. Will update when I get a reply. Does anyone know which socket the processor will be?
#21
Remember that this isn't a Thinkpad - this is from Lenovo's "budget series" of laptops. Still, not bad quality, but some way off the Thinkpad range, in terms of quality etc.
#22
wot about this one http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/123115/rb/28421601736 the bundle deal ???
#23
petersmith
Remember that this isn't a Thinkpad - this is from Lenovo's "budget series" of laptops. Still, not bad quality, but some way off the Thinkpad range, in terms of quality etc.
Really?

I have never been able to tell them apart.

I'm a big fan of Lenovo
#24
TezMc
I've emailed Lenovo about swapping in a C2D. Will update when I get a reply. Does anyone know which socket the processor will be?

Intel rather confusingly refers to them as either socket 478 or 479. They aren’t pin compatible with the desktop socket 478 chips of course.
The only Core 2 Duos to avoid are the ones released last month which use the new socket M. You aren’t likely to see them on eBay for ages and they will be expensive when they show up.
Looking at recent eBay sales shows this:
The Core Duo T2300 & T2400 go for £25 to £50 with the T2500 & T2600 usually for more than this.
The Core 2 Duo T5500 & T5600 sold in the range £15 - £66 with the T7200 and faster starting at £100.
The T5xxx chips have 2MB cache and the T7xxx chips have 4MB.

Here are links to Intel’s pages for Core Duo and Core 2 Duo mobiles. The Core 2 Duos to avoid are the ones with a Stepping of M0.

http://processorfinder.intel.com/List.aspx?ProcFam=2278&sSpec=&OrdCode=
http://processorfinder.intel.com/List.aspx?ProcFam=2643&sSpec=&OrdCode=

There are other variations of these chips that Intel only sells to OEMs that aren’t listed here. One example is the T2050 which is a slightly castrated Core Duo with a FSB of 533MHz as opposed to 667MHz.

BTW, if you have a Celeron 3xx series chip it is not compatible with Core (2) Duo but is compatible with Pentium M.
#25
Thanks for the info SmilingCrow. Since the Lenovo has a 4xx Celeron, I should be able to swap in a C2D T5500 or T5600? I might just go for it and see if i can put one in there.
#26
Took delivery of one of these yesterday. Excellent quality for the money. Waiting for the extra 1gb memory to be delivered
#27
Can someone please confirm for me that this RAM is compatable with this laptop?

http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?rb=0&action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=119282

Im about to buy it before the google £10 of runs out.

Thanks
1 Like #28
binz_81
Can someone please confirm for me that this RAM is compatable with this laptop?

http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?rb=0&action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=119282

Im about to buy it before the google £10 of runs out.

Thanks


Should be..... CLICK
1 Like #29
binz_81
Can someone please confirm for me that this RAM is compatable with this laptop?
http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?rb=0&action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=119282
Im about to buy it before the google £10 of runs out.

For optimal performance you need dual channel memory which typically requires two RAM modules of the same size. If you use a 512MB and 1GB module the system may well revert to single channel mode. I can’t say how significant this is but for a single core system it may be less relevant.
#30
Thanks for the replys.
I went ahead and ordered it anyway.
Hopefully it will work ok together.
#31
Its just dropped in price by about £5 since i ordered it last nite.
#32
TezMc
I've emailed Lenovo about swapping in a C2D. Will update when I get a reply. Does anyone know which socket the processor will be?


Did you get a reply?
#33
Be aware that rarely some laptops have the processor soldered in place...

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