IBM ThinkPad 760e

IBM 760 line was the most advanced IBM notebooks line in mid-90s. Introduced in 1995, 760 models were manufactured until 1998. There were many models of this line, some had additional multimedia capabilities, CD-ROM drives or XGA displays. 760E is a model with CD-ROM drive embedded in removable drive bay, which allowed to swap it for a floppy drive or extended battery. 760E has Pentium processor, in this model IBM decided to drop RAM cards too - RAM was upgradeable with DIMM EDO modules.

Manufacturer IBM

Origin USA
Year of unit 1997
Year of introduction 1996
Type Laptop, PC
CPU Intel Pentium, 133MHz
RAM 16MB onBoard + 2x32 SODIMMs = 80MB
Floppy Disk 3.5"'' 1.44MB internal (drive bay) or external.
Hard Disk 810/1,08/1,2GB
Other media CD-ROM in a drive bay
Graphics and display: Super VGA 800x600 LCD TFT with 64K colors.
Sound: PC Speaker, MWave or ES1688  sound card
Keyboard and pointing device: Small PC keyboard without numeric part, numeric part on letter keys.
OS: Windows 95


Power supply:

Male proprietary connector. Single goldpin connectors fit well.

1 - S???
2 - +20V DC
3 - GND
4 - G???
You can leave 1 and 4 unconnected


I/O:  - Serial port
 - Parallel port
 - VGA video out
 - 2x PCMCIA
 - Audio in/out
 - IRDA 1.0
 - PS/2
 - Dock
 - Modem
Possible upgrades: Memory by EDO SODIMMs
Additional peripherals:  Internal FDD (2.88MB), dock.

The history of my unit is interesting. I bought it in a flea market for almost nothing with a huge dock as not working unit and I bought it because it had rare 32MB EDO SODIMM RAM modules and 100MHz CPU. I quickly figured out that this problem is a shorted diode in inverter and fixed it, making the device fully functional. I was working on it with Windows 98 for a month, later I got another unit with faster Pentium processor (133MHz) for free, but it had shattered casing and screen. I re-assembled it in my casing (preserving bottom one with CD-ROM drive bay), which was hard as ThinkPads with UltraBay and UltraBay Thick are not 100% mechanically compatible with each other, it lost external FDD connector in this operation. It was used in few presentations, but it constantly suffered overheating problems so it had to be used with keyboard lift set up and telecommunications module removed to provide enough air to cool CPU down. After its HDD got too many bad sectors, I stopped using it.

ThinkPad 760e, ed, el Manual
ThinkPad 760 tips
Utility for DOS [README]
Personalization disks
[DOS] CD-ROM driver
Diagnostic disks
[DOS/WIN/OS2] Infrared drivers [Readme]
[WIN95] Infrared printer drivers
[WIN3x] PC Card Driver [README]
[WIN95] PC Card driver
ActiveWallpaper (IBM gadget showing map on ActiveDesktop in Win98)
MindPath Presentation disk
[WIN3x] Utilities
[WIN95] Utilities
[WIN98/95] Utilities: Part1 Part2 Part3 Can be installed in Win95, but only with Internet Explorer version 4 or newer.
Video drivers
Windows 98 patches disk (all driver patches needed to install in Win98)
[WIN95, 98]MWave disconnection patch [Readme]
[WIN3x,9x,NT] MWave MIDI driver Disk1,2, Disk3, Disk4, Disk5,6
[WIN9x] MWave sound drivers: DISK1, DISK2, DISK3, README
[WIN95] MWave Windows QuickTime patch: Patch, README
[WIN9x] MWave APM patch for Windows - described in document LWIK-3ZASUM, fixes modem-related hangs
[WIN3x] MWave sound drivers: DISK1, DISK2, DISK3, README

 - This web page may be useful, it contains various hacks for 760 ThinkPads, but it's in German.