ThinkPad 700 / 700C

r700m120.exe ThinkPad 700 Reference Disk (v1.20) (zipped image)
r700c120.exe ThinkPad 700C Reference Disk (v1.20) (zipped image)
dg720120.exe ThinkPad 700,700C,720,720C Diagnostic Disk (v1.2) (zipped image)

700c120.exe Video Driver 256 Color (v1.20) For Win3.1: ThinkPad 700C,720C
700propm.exe Video Display Control OS/2: ThinkPad 700C,720C

700 Planar, Front
700 Planar, Rear
Video Card
Keyboard Control Card
Voltage Convertor
Status Indicators
9552 IDE Controller Kit

ThinkPad 700 Planar Front

1 External Input Device Connector
2 System-Expansion Connector (240-pin)
3 Parallel Connector
4 Serial Connector
5 Diskette Drive Connector
6 Password-override connector
7 Base Memory Card Interface
8 Video Card Interface
9 Backup Battery Connector
10 Processor Card Interface
11 Hard Disk Drive Connector

ThinkPad 700 Planar Rear

12 Speaker Connector
13 Voltage Converter Interface
14 System Status Indicator Connector
15 Keyboard Control Card Interface

The ThinkPad 720 and 720C systems have a IBM 486SLC2 50/25MHz microprocessor and a math coprocessor socket for an optional Intel 80387SL processor.  Optional IC DRAM cards of 2MB, 4MB or 8MB are available.  An optional 240MB HDD is also available to contain large operating systems and application requiring a large storage space.

700 Series Video Card

     1 External Display Connector
     2 LCD Connector
     3 System Board Connector
     4 Communication Adapter Connector


Keyboard Control Card

1  Pointing Stick Connector
2  System Board Interface 
3  Keyboard Connector
4  Keyboard Connector 

Voltage Convertor

1 Power Jack
2 Battery Pack Interface
3 System Board Interface
4 Standby Battery Connector
5 Suspend/Resume Switch

Test 700 Voltage Convertor
Test 720 Voltage Convertor

System Status Indicators 

Symbol Color Meaning
On Speaker is enabled
Blink. orange



Battery is fully charged
Battery is half-charged
Battery is one-fourth charged
Battery pack is almost discharged (replace with fully charged spare)

Battery pack is completely discharged or removed from computer
Computer is off
Computer using external power, car battery or AC.

Battery is charging
Battery is full
On PC card in-use
On Diskette drive is active
On Hard disk drive is active
On Keys in Num Lock mode
On Keys in Caps Lock mode
On Keys in Scroll Lock mode
Computer is in Suspend Mode
Computer is resuming normal operation
Computer is powered on
High temperature - system suspend mode until temperature is normal.

   TRACKPOINT II:  The  720 and 720C has a TrackPoint II  built into the keyboard.  It works like the mouse and allows the user to point and select icons on the screen under control of the application.  It consists of a device that stands between the "G" and "H" keys, accompanied by two "Click-Buttons", which are positioned below the space-bar.  The device reacts to pressure from the finger-tip and the left button is used for selecting or dragging items on the screen. The right button simulates the Enter key in some applications.

DISPLAY (MONOCHROME):  A 9.5-inch diagonal LCD, Supertwisted Neumatic (STN) 640 x 480 pels, Video Graphics Array (VGA) resolution, cold florescent sidelighted display with an 18 to 1 contrast ratio. Depending on the application, up to 64 grey scales can be addressed. It displays black characters on a white background and it may be reversed to a white on black mode by a simple switch operation.

DISPLAY (COLOR):  A 10.4-inch diagonal color LCD, thin film transistor (TFT) 640 x 480 pels, Video Graphics Array (VGA) resolution, cold fluorescent sidelighted display with a 100 to 1 (minimum) contrast ratio.  Depending on the  application, 256 colors are available simultaneously out of a palette of 4,096 colors in VGA mode (640 x 480).  There are over 921,000 thin film transistors used in its construction, and with advanced manufacturing techniques a defect rate of less than .00002 can be maintained.  This quality state of the art VGA screen provides clear, bright, vibrant colors approaching cathode-ray-tube technology.

o   Rechargeable battery pack for 4 to 8 hours (monochrome) or 2.4 to 4.8 hours (color) of use, depending on operating, environmental and application characteristics.  When on AC power, an idle or operating system unit can charge the battery in approximately 1.5 hours (monochrome/color).  The system internal quick charge takes approximately 1.4 hours (monochrome/color) during Suspend and power-off with AC adapter connected.
o   The battery pack is an internal power source to the computer when the AC adapter is not available.  The battery pack is rechargeable and is charged using the AC adapter or the ThinkPad Quick Charger, which can charge two battery packs simultaneously.
    With a fully charged battery pack, the user can operate the computer up to 8 hours (monochrome) or 4.8 hours (color) depending on the application and the configuration usage.  PC Cards that do not support the power management function may cause the shorter battery operation hours.

In summary, the battery operation hours and charging hours are:

Power off/Suspend charging1.4 hours1.4 hours
Charging during operation1.5 hours1.5 hours
Quick charging1.4 hours1.4 hours
Suspend Life (Full) (8)48 hours36 hours
Suspend Life (Partial) (8)6.0 hours6.0 hours
Battery Operation (Range) (9)4.0 - 8.0 hours2.4 - 4.8 hours

   (8) Full battery.
   (9) Power management and application dependent.

NIMH BATTERY PACK WITH POWER STATUS INDICATORS:  A rechargeable battery pack with five power status LED indicators and one push button located on the front bezel of a battery pack.  These five LEDs show how much the battery power remains when the user is pushing the button.  In full-charged state, all five LEDs are lit.  One LED means about 20% of battery power.  The battery operation hours and charging times are the same as those of the standard NiMH battery pack.

QUICK CHARGER:  The quick charger has two slots to charge two battery packs simultaneously.  Charging begins on the first battery pack installed, then after it is completely charged, the other installed battery pack is charged.  A REFRESH BUTTON is provided for each
battery pack slot to DISCHARGE the battery packs before charging them.  There are identifiers and indicators that tell the charging status for each battery pack installed.

The ThinkPad Port Replicator can be attached to the ThinkPad 700 and 700C systems and the ThinkPad 720 and 720C systems.  The Port Replicator is designed to provide a convenient way to
detach/re-attach all attached peripherals, for example, a printer, when the "portable" computer is taken from one location to the other. Installation of the port replicator is simply snapping onto the
system expansion connector.  No additional features are required for use.  The Port Replicator extends the bus signals of the system expansion connector to a keyboard/numeric keypad, a mouse, an external display, a parallel and serial (9-pin) connectors. The system AC adapter can be put in the plug guide.  Thus, the peripherals stay plugged into the Port Replicator that remains on the
desk.  Removal procedure is simply done by using opening levers.  A wire or chain can be used to secure the port replicator on the desk.

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