System > Preferences > Screen Resolution
Pick 640x480. Click Apply. Pick whatever you want to go back to. Click Apply.
I have an SSD from a T400S installed in a Fujitsu P1630. It's the Toshiba variety that's been shipping recently (looks like they started producing them in June).
Small random writes are fast, similar to the Intel X25-M. Sequential read is slower, but sequential write is usually faster than Intel's drives. Overall a very good SSD.
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