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

TL;DR: use 70% IPA (isopropyl alcohol, A.K.A. rubbing alcohol) and cotton pads. Higher concentration IPA should be fine too, but isn't necessary. Gently rub the sticky mess with a cotton pad soaked in ...
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How do I diagnose a "system board error" on IBM Thinkpad 600E?

I was able to download the Thinkpad 600E service manual from this site. If I am understanding the info in the section "How to Use Error Messages" correctly, the FRU = 3610 part says the ...
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How should I clean old chemically-deteriorating (especially rubberized) sticky plastics?

Your choice is one of sticky or ugly. There is no nice solution. The only way to make it less sticky is to remove it, which will always also attack the body below. The body is (usually) based on the ...
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How to use thinkpad x230 with PCjr 4863 monitor?

Not very feasible. You would first have to capture that VGA signal - how exactly depends on how do you want the result to look like, but either with a real video ADC or just some comparators to turn ...
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How should I clean old chemically-deteriorating (especially rubberized) sticky plastics?

Bit of frame challenge here, but if your goal is just that they are 1) not sticky, 2) not damaged, 3) not uneven in finish... Add a vinyl wrap over top of the sticky plastic. If you can't find a pre-...
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Installing Windows 98SE without FDD, CD-ROM, Network, or USB on Thinkpad E310ED

Put the hard drive (or flash card) in another computer. With all storage devices being broken it is the only way. Obtain a Windows 98SE start up disk or earlier DOS boot disk, or boot from your CD. ...
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How should I clean old chemically-deteriorating (especially rubberized) sticky plastics?

I had that on a Logitech keyboard, at the wrist rest. I ended up just flinging the removed rest into the washing machine. Came up a treat! Perhaps I just got lucky since it had been sticky for 5 or so ...
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What was the last of the Thinkpad X series with replaceable RAM?

The last of the X2 range to have user-serviceable memory was the X270; the X280 has soldered memory only. The X390 and X395 only have soldered memory too (but they’re not part of the same range).
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How do I diagnose a "system board error" on IBM Thinkpad 600E?

I read somewhere else that it might be the little CMOS battery on the motherboard which probably went dead about 20 years ago :) The problem is as I mentioned in the post. You get some cryptic ...
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How should I clean old chemically-deteriorating (especially rubberized) sticky plastics?

Lighter fluids like Zippo (basically naphtha) gets rid of sticky residue and grease much better than IPA 90% of the time, just dab a little on a rag and rub the goo off leaving a smooth plastic ...
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Thinkpad 350 keyboard

I've had a very similiar problem - I wanted to use a ThinkPad S30 keyboard with an arduino nano (or any atmel), and no docs were available. First things first, you'll need to figure out the keyboard ...
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