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IBM-Lenovo Thinkpad R51

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the IBM-Lenovo Thinkpad R51 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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Specifications

NameIBM-Lenovo Thinkpad R51
ProcessorIntel Pentium-M 1.5GHz
Screen15” XGA
RAM256MB
HDD30GB
Optical DriveDVD-ROM/CD-RW
GraphicsIntel Extreme Graphics 2
Network10/100 Ethernet, Intel 2200 802.11g Wireless
Other2 x USB2.0

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesUse the i810 module
SoundYesUse the snd-intel8x0 module
EthernetYes
WirelessYesUse the ipw2200 module
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
PCMCIANot Tested

Notes

There were no issues with the installation of Linux on this laptop.

In some Linux distributions you may have issues with some resolutions with an external monitor attached. This is solved with Xorg 7.2 so any modern Linux distribution wont have this issue.

Summary

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.


Discussion

sovielenamen, 2014/02/25 07:29

No current Linux distribution installs as they stop in the tracks and complain about something cryptic or a “pae” error. As not-geek thats quite some searching until onr knows what the fucking pae is and that there are non-pae versions of many distributions for older machines.

Most intelligent none of the distributions special made for older and slower machines mentions this somewhere easy to find. Duh!

Otherwise lean non-pae distros as Bodhi run well but it is not great and with Firefox/Linux drowing in its own garbage same as Windows it is the same as like running Windows: Regular reboots and its fine if,, you not it gets a nuisance.

Really great, lightning fast even on this machine (1,5Ghz CPU, 2GB RAM, 40GB hdd) is Puppy Linux. It is actually faster and more responsive then Linux Mint on a 64 bit, 8GB, dualcore, SSD equipped machine.

The best of the Puppy crowd as I found would be Lazy Puppy, but thats sadly declared “final” what means more then less abandoned for the main developer did not not get all the love he expected (and deserved) for his work.

So here: I love you GHS! Can you go on with Lazy Puppy pls?

The R51 is a great working horse and deserves to live on. With Puppy or another distro it can live on and fall down again and again without any harm forever.

If one solves the riddle with the pae of course.

Looks nowadays its not a bad with, but a sexual frustrated geek who is asking you a magic question before you are allowed to enter the realm.

pae?

;)

/H

gg, 2011/06/27 08:57

qsqdq

Vijay, 2010/12/25 11:35

Can i boot the system with linux from the USB?

swhnld, 2009/07/19 12:43

tried the following packages, latest versions downloaded and burned to CD/DVD:
Fedora Core with Gnome, everything worked out of the box except Wifi. I got that working after downloading the proper pacages with help from this page: http://www.charlescurley.com/Lenovo.R51.html

OpenSuse with KDE, everthing worked out of the box except Sound. I could not get it to work.

Mandriva Spring 2009 with KDE, everthing worked out of the box except Sound. I could not get it to work.

pankaj, 2009/07/17 07:17

Hi all,

        I am alos facing a issue when i am trying to install ubuntu 9.04 on ibm r15 model, problem is that it is not going ahead after seleting install option , please help me


thanks
pankaj

Sachin Joshi, 2009/05/29 07:09

Hi,

I tried to install the UBUNTU 8.10 on IBM Thinkpad R51. Initially it was hangng giving some gnome error. Finally I could install using safe graphics mode. The system is running fine but I have a small issue. The screen resolution I could select has only 2 options that is 800×600 (4:3) and 640×480(4:3). In both options the display is too big and windows are going out of full screen. Which creates difficulty. Kindly help me changing this to 1024×768 atleast.
My /etc/X11/xorg.conf does not have any resolution specifications and everything is taken as default. The display driver is shown as VESA.
Please help.

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