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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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|Name||IBM-Lenovo Thinkpad R51e|
|Processor||Intel Pentium-M Processor 740 1.7Ghz|
|Graphics||ATI Mobility Radeon x300|
|Network||10/100 Ethernet, 802.11g Wireless|
|Other||2 x USB|
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.
There were no major problems getting this laptop to work well with Linux. Most of the features worked without configuration.