A trip to my local recycling shop yielded another find today, a still-shrink-wrapped Corega CG-WLCB54AG2, which I believe uses the Atheros chipset and should be fairly easy to get working. I figured any card still wrapped in the box with a price that’s one-quarter of the original retailer’s sticker is probably a good find, whether or not it works with Linux.
And I spotted a nifty Thinkpad sitting by the door; this time it was a 700Mhz Celeron, which makes it another A21e, if I’m not mistaken.
I practically gnawed my own fingers off trying to keep myself from buying it outright; the asking price was a mere $40, for 192Mb and an 18Gb hard drive. Working or not, if it is another A21e, then the screen on this one might be a possible replacement for the one I already have.
But if the insides were as nice as the outsides, then scalping the screen would be a shame. Something with those specs is easily converted into a speed demon with Arch Linux, provided it’s in working shape of course.
But my arsenal is turning Thinkpad-heavy these days, and decisions like this are best decided after a night’s sleep anyway. Taking on another underdog means there would have to be some logistical issues solved — most notably proper desk space — as well as the practical role for another eight-year-old laptop.
If it were any other brand, I’d probably just shrug it off. After all, right next to it was a Fujitsu Pentium 4 laptop for only twice as much, and there’s a mint-condition 800Mhz Duron laptop in a display case for three times as much as that. Neither of those was interesting though.
I blame the little voice in my head that keeps saying, “But it’s a Thinkpad. …”