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Any laptop that says IBM or Thinkpad on it is actually made in China by Lenovo. IBM still sells the IBM branded gear, since they have to still deal with some long-term contracts to provide gear to clients that were established before they sold the division off IIRC. I also believe that IBM still has some input on Lenovo's design process and is a partner with Lenovo in developing the laptops, but this is based on data that is at least five years old... so this too may have changed.

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A 'simple' laptop, windows 2000 and nav software ONLY. Pulls the min of power when needed (under sail), have the battery option if bank voltage drops, and is cheap to replace.
A compaq Evo worked well for me, got if for free as network card was broken.
Bring it along where it suits You onboard, no big loss if broken.
Then keep a back-up set in Your main comp/laptop if needed.
However if You have unlimmited of power, money and space choose what fancy You.
There are two things quite some yachties do when they arrive a new place:
Look for spares to fix windmills,alternators and chargers.
Look for computershops to have their lap tops/PC's fixed.

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check out this new computer at zonbu.com - no fan, no hard drive, small profile, 15 watts of power, not including monitor. this could be an interesting alternative...

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check out this new computer at zonbu.com - no fan, no hard drive, small profile, 15 watts of power, not including monitor. this could be an interesting alternative...

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Good luck getting any navigation software for that. Besides, did you even read the specs.... that machine has no optical drive and only 4 GB of flash for the system drive.

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Hey Sailingdog,
Well I should be able to clarify this in about a week or two because I want to send mine off for service before we head out. Nothing to wrong with it. The monitor tends to have a small vibration noise in it sometimes and it drives me crazy, granted this is a short trip for me, but what the heck. Also, sometimes after putting it to sleep it will refuse to wake up and I have to shut it down completely before I can re-start it. Anyway, I will ask some good questions to see if I can clarify the IBM / Lenovo issue.
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Keep us posted... and good luck with the repair.

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Well I should be able to clarify this in about a week or two because I want to send mine off for service before we head out. Nothing to wrong with it. The monitor tends to have a small vibration noise in it sometimes and it drives me crazy, granted this is a short trip for me, but what the heck. Also, sometimes after putting it to sleep it will refuse to wake up and I have to shut it down completely before I can re-start it. Anyway, I will ask some good questions to see if I can clarify the IBM / Lenovo issue.
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TomsHardware .com has an article on how to submerge a computer in oil for cooling purposes. If you are handy you can use that for a template for building your own weatherproof computer. If you use a standard low power consumption cpu/chipsets you will have superb performance (AMD gave inexpensive 65watt units). If you use the VIA EPIA with very-low power cpu's you will have better power performance than most laptops - and you can mount a dual channel Video card so you can drive two monitors.

And if you use good organic oil use can use it as reserve for your diesel or cooking.
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Purchase the 4 year extended waranty Duh!

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I went through 2 harddrives in two years, then bought an expensive Toughbook that lasted 4 years before the motherboard fried. Now I use a Sony that has run with out a problem for three years - it has an extended warantee so it will probably go to the end of the warantee before dying. Toughbook has a wireless tablet-type monitor that is military spec'd that can communicate with a remote computer by Bluetooth or WiFi and is said to be indestuctable. You may have seen these on America's Cup boats. It costs about $1600 but could be perfect for cockpit use.
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I'm installing a Pico-ITX board. With a solid state drive you'd have a great boat computer. The Pico-ITX board does have a fan but it's tiny and I'm going to completely seal mine inside of a metal enclosure. For most people a slightly larger board with more onboard I/O would probably be smarter, like a Mini-ITX board.

Boat computer thread

Here is a link to the manufacturer of these small motherboards, many are fanless.

Via Technologies, Inc.

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