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This is a guide to running Linux with the IBM-Lenovo Thinkpad R40 laptop.
This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.
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|Name||IBM-Lenovo Thinkpad R40|
|Processor||Intel Pentium4-M 2.2GHz|
|Graphics||ATI Mobility Radeon 7500|
|Other||2 x USB1.1, 1 x Firewire|
|Sound||Yes||Use the snd-intel8x0 module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
For the graphics chip you can use either the open source radeon module or ATI's proprietary fglrx module. For installation instructions, you can view our Configuring an ATI graphics chip guide. For 3D support, you will need the proprietary module.
Later versions of the R40 are centrino based systems. These systems are quite a bit different than the Pentium4 based model listed here but the Linux compatibility is the same (excellent). The centrino models also includes the Intel 2100 802.11b wireless controller, this works with the ipw2100 module.
There were no problems in getting this laptop working when used with an up to date Linux distribution. It is recommended to use a Linux distribution with kernel version 2.6.16 or greater, such as Fedora Core 5 or Ubuntu 6.06.