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How should I clean old chemically-deteriorating (especially rubberized) sticky plastics?

I have a few IBM ThinkPads from the 1990s, and they had a rubberized sort of finish to them that feels sticky to the touch now. How should I realistically go about cleaning them such that they won't ...
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Installing Windows 98SE without FDD, CD-ROM, Network, or USB on Thinkpad E310ED

I'm restoring an old Thinkpad E310ed from c. 1997 and running into an issue I can't seem to find a workable solution to: installing Windows 98SE to a new "hard drive." The original HDD seems ...
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How to use thinkpad x230 with PCjr 4863 monitor?

I understand it is probably more trouble than it is worth, but I am keen on using my 4863 IBM monitor as a second display for my x230. So far I've looked into converting its VGA signal to a CGA output,...
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Old IBM ThinkPad laptop gets stuck booting Windows on a weird screen. How to proceed?

I’m trying to breathe life into an old IBM ThinkPad Pentium II. I think it runs Windows NT or Windows 98 or whatever came after that It turns on fine and asks me to enter the year and date which I do. ...
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How do I diagnose a "system board error" on IBM Thinkpad 600E?

I have an IBM Thinkpad 600E that won't boot up. I used ctrl + alt + ins to boot into a screen with some diagnostic tools. Memory test passes HD test passes SystemBoard test FAILS with Dev = 1 ERR = ...
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Thinkpad 350 keyboard

Am wondering how to use the keyboard from a Thinkpad 350. There are three cables, with 6, 10, and 18 pins (but the big connector on the motherboard seems to have only 17). I assume this is a grid of ...
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What was the last of the Thinkpad X series with replaceable RAM? [closed]

I know my x230 has replaceable RAM. I know the x395 lists its ram as being soldered. What is the last of the X series lineup with user-serviceable RAM?
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Thinkpad 380E keeps shutting down randomly [closed]

Recently, I got a 380E from ebay. Seller says that it has boot error and not working, but the error was typical 161/163. I've replaced nee BIOS battery, and error was gone. After that, I formatted ...