Originally Posted by MarkoHF
Well, I do have a brand new core i7 Dell laptop which I use for gaming and stuff. But what I want to try is to get my old memories back with the 12 year old IBM Thinkpad. It wasn't laggy back then.
Back then the computer was running Windows 98SE or ME, which were very light weight by todays (even XP) OS standards.
While the system spec requirements for XP are 64MB min and 128MB recommended these are not realistic numbers. While 98/ME ran well on 128, XP will choke and lag.
Unfortunately, 98/ME are not supported by any modern standards, including the internet. The amount of information downloaded and processed to display a webpage has grown exponentially in the past 12 years.
If you want to attempt to make XP usable, you will need to upgrade to an absolute minimum of 256MB of RAM. (512 is my recommended minimum for XP, but I can't be certain your computer will accept that much). Unfortunately, as stated before, PC100/133 SDRAM SoDIMMs are hard to come by these days and there is no guarantee your computer will be sufficiently useable.
My suggestion, if you want to keep the computer for nostalgia, is to reinstall Windows 9x and use it as a conversation piece.