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IBM-Lenovo Thinkpad R51e

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad R51e laptop, model 1843-A11.

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 R51e
ProcessorIntel Pentium-M Processor 740 1.7Ghz
Screen15“
RAM256MB
HDD40GB
Optical DriveCD-RW/DVD-ROM
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon x300
Network10/100 Ethernet, 802.11g Wireless
Other2 x USB

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYesUse Madwifi module
56K ModemYesUse Linuxant module
USBYes
PCMCIANot tested but should work

Notes

For the graphics chip you can use either the open source radeon module or the proprietary ATI module. However you will likely get better performance from the proprietary module.

On some Linux distributions you may get a blank screen when booting from the Installation CD. If you get this you need to use the boot option vga=771 during installation.

Summary

There were no major problems getting this laptop to work well with Linux. Most of the features worked without configuration.


Discussion

Laci, 2010/05/01 21:27

My IBM R51e just run at 1.5Ghz too.

xiangfu, 2008/11/10 07:30

about the cpu Frequency scaling

seams not support the cpu Frequency , my IBM R51e 1843-2xc always run at 1.5Ghz.

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