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Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex in Thinkpad T61

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Just a week ago, i bought Lenovo Thinkpad T61 as a replacement for my shiny Compaq Pressario V3103 that already accompany me faithfully for the last 2 years and 2 months. This compaq pressario then goes to my wife.
The exact model for the Thinkpad was T61 7664-A26 with following specifications :

Intel® Core™2 Duo processor T8300 (2.4GHz, 800 MHz, 3MB L2 Cache)
1024MB (1×1024)
160GB (5400rpm)
DVD Recordable
nVidia Quadro NVS 140M 128MB discrete
14.1″ WXGA+
Intel® PRO/1000 Gigabit LAN
Intel® PRO/Wireless 4965 agn, Bluetooth
6-cell Battery
3-year Parts, Labour & Customer Carry-in Limited International Warranty

Actually i didn’t bought it directly since i was in Egypt and things quite old here, I can’t find a good laptop with a good price compared to Indonesia. So i ask for a help from a friend of mine to bought it from Indonesia and he carry it to egypt since he will get a job here for a couple of months.
What i’m surprised is in the formal specs in lenovo website, for this model, there is no Windows Pre-Installed, but in my case i have Windows Vista Basic.
But when it come here, I make the Hard Disk Clean and install Intrepid Ibex in it.

There are so many resources about Linux in Thinkpad. There is Thinkwiki and Linux ThinkPad Mailing List. We can get many assistance from these resources.

Mostly all the device is working out of the box using Intrepid Ibex, i can mentioned it below.

1. Sound
2. TouchPad
3. WebCam
4. Networking, both WiFi and Ethernet
5. NVidia Graphics Card, even if we want to enable compiz we need to activate restricted driver from NVidia ( but it is already exist in Ubuntu Repository ).
6. Thinkpad Button & Function keys ( Adjust Brightness, Lock Screen, Toggle ThinkLight )

Some Stuffs need further effort to make it work.
1. FingerPrint ( can be used for GDM & sudo authentication ).
2. ACPI ( Battery , Fan )

Things doesn’t work until now:
Suspend & Hibernate ( i think because of Nvidia Issue ).

Many things can be explore in this ThinkPad, not like any other notebook, it has many hardware feature that is very interesting. Some of them can be easily activated in linux , and some is difficult (need a major hack involving pacthing the kernel , like HDAPS).
Hopefully, in the next releases of Ubuntu 9.04, we will get everything out of the Box 😀


Written by cahbojonegoro

January 5, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Posted in Thinkpad

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