Fixing a 15" IBM Thinkpad with Cracked Screen and Broken Keyboard (In Vancouver)
I picked up this 15" IBM Thinkpad on 10Jul2012 from a student. We met at a restaurant on Hasting street after his summer class. This Thinkpad had a broken screen and a few keys missing.
At home, I connected the Thinkpad to an external monitor. The video showed up on external monitor. It has a new copy of Windows 7 on it. I tested the WiFi connection, sound and video. All were working good.
I just needed to order a screen and a keyboard for replacement. I found a screen in a reasonable price and checked with the seller whether it would work with this IBM T42. I received the screen in a month but it did not work. I contacted the seller who asked me to return the screen for replacement. I sent the photo of the screen's part label to the seller. After waiting for another month, I received another screen. However, it still did not work. The seller asked me to return again and wanted me to ship my cracked screen over. I paid postage to ship the cracked screen. This time, I waited for a few months, partly was because the selling company was taking a month of vacation for all employees. What a nice company! I worried that the screen would not come but it did arrive and works this time.
I bought a new keyboard and replaced the old one. This Thinkpad looks new again. It was picked up by an Italian imigrant on 10 Jun 2013 who traded in a Gateway NV53 laptop which did not have video. One the same day, he called me in the evening that the Windows 7 is too old for installing his webcam and software. He asked for newer Operating System. I explained to him that I don't install Operating System nor software that do not come with the Thinkpad. I accepted his return on 11 Jun 2013.
On 15 Jun 2013, it was picked by a gentlement who checked it with me in a restaurant that has free WiFi. He satisfied with it and traded in his Dell Inspiron 6500 which has video problem. He wanted me to contact him when it is fixed that I will.