Glitched IBM Thinkpad 600E

April 25th, 2007

I have a Thinkpad 600E that I inherited from my boss when I worked as a telephone salesperson. (Not my kind of job, btw) I’ve spent some time and money on upgrading and refurbishing it. What was once a 400 MHz PII with 64 MB RAM and a 6 Gb HD is now a 702 MHz PIII with 288 MB RAM and a 80 Gb HD. (Actually overclocked twice, which I did by soldering wires onto SMD components. Tricky work.)
To some people’s standards it may be slow, but it works fine for me.

But something that annoys me is that every 2-3 months or so, the graphics chip goes crazy and totally glitches out. Even after rebooting, the image still gets glitched. The only thing that seems to work is to change the graphics driver, and then change it back.
So getting rid of the glitch mode is easy. However, enterring it is not. I have yet to find out a way to summon the glitch mode. I find some of the things it does to my graphics pretty nice, and I’d like to be able to control it and use it as an image processing effect. (You can take screenshots of the glitches, which indicates that the glitched data is somehow written back to the video memory.)
Glitches happen spontaneously, as well as when moving windows, or even just the mouse pointer. (Which makes it possible to glitchify areas of the screen)

One of the reasons I’m bringing this up now, is because of a recent discussion on the benders yahoo group. (A mailing list for circuit benders) Jeremy of cutthroatfreaksshow had bought an LG Fusic camphone, which had appearantly bent itself. All images were pink-and-white instead of colored. Here are some of them. (Interestingly enough, pink seems to be a key color for my 600E as well)
An even more interesting glitched camera is owned Farrell Eaves. (Read article on LJWorld)

Back to my computer. When in glitch mode, the computer reacts differently depending on the color depth in use. If using a depth of 16 bpp, the glitches are more aggressive, so to speak, and there’s a lot of color burn kind-of effects, and text printed on the screen is heavily affected. When in 24 bpp mode, the glitches are often more subtle. This mode can produce some more subtle dirty effects. These effects remind a little of those used by NiN in their viral marketing campaign, and I find them visually appealing. (One of NiN’s sites)

’nuff said, here are the pictures:

Glitched login screenGlitched icon textGlitched start menuGlitched  Opera tabsGlitched  OXO Unlimited homepageShuffled PuTTY outputGlitched pictures of the inside of a NES cartridgeAnother glitched login screenBlurred screen settings dialogDirty rain 1Dirty rain 2

Oh yeah, Limewire? No thank you, it’s probably one of the worst p2p clients I’ve used. Eats memory and CPU, and on top of that it has crap results. It’s just there because I was convinced by a friend to try it.

6 Responses to “Glitched IBM Thinkpad 600E”

  1. linde says:

    Nice. The art of error.

    soulseek 4 teh win

  2. nitro2k01 says:

    Hmm, when you say it… I ought to give soulseek a try. Thank you!

  3. elan says:

    Nice for VJing :).No this is just stupid joke…

  4. Me says:

    Have you seen the results of a screenshot in glitched-out mode in glitched-out mode?

  5. nitro2k01 says:

    elan: It may be a joke, but not a stupid one. If there was a way to emulate and control these effects, that would actually be useful for VJ’ing.
    Me: Picture no 3 shows a screenshot in paint. (Click the thumbnail to see) but it’s not been additionally glitched. ):

  6. Gameboy Genius » Blog Archive » An actual circuit bent Gameboy this time :o says:

    [...] rather than the CPU when bending it. (I think) Even my old laptop, a Thinkpad 600E did a better job bending itself. <– Click that link for some tasty glitches. A better way to do it is to use some GB music [...]

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