The battery is dead but replacements are available.
The AC adapter is still working. (I checked on that to if needed it's still availabe also)
It has a PIII 500Mhz and 64MB onboard RAM with a 64MB SODIMM (PC100)
It has a 5gig hard drive, XP professional is installed and I was suprised that it actually runs fairly well on the limited resources.
Now Notebooks are not something I normally tackle because they are in general a PITA to work on but minor upgrades are not that difficult. It's fairly simple to add RAM and change drives in portables and the owner is willing to pay a fair price for what minor upgrades can be done without major dismantelling of the unit.
Well the thing I'm looking for is if someone has experience with the RAM capability of this machine. IBM says that 320MB is the max supported but experience with desktops has taught me the manufacturors don't always publish the fact that often machines will support more than they say. The hard drive has a standard notebook IDE interface so that should be fine with a larger drive (2.5' , 9.5mm, 60gig). Add a new battery and a wireless card and this should be a nice little portable for the custumer.
My question is would it be worth trying to expand the RAM to 576MB (2x 256+64onboard) or just stay with IBM's specs and just add two 128MB modules plus a new hard drive?
Next does the HDD EIDE run at ATA 100 or 66 and is ATA 100 backwards compatable with ATA 66 in notebooks? (the owners manual doesn't say)