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This is a guide to running Linux with the IBM-Lenovo Thinkpad T40 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 T40|
|Processor||Intel Pentium-M 1.6GHz|
|Graphics||ATI Mobility Radeon 9000|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet, IBM 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||2 x USB2.0|
|Sound||Yes||Use the snd-intel8x0 module|
|Wireless||Yes||Use the Madwifi module|
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.
The modem works using the slmodem driver. Not all Linux distributions include this so you may need to install it manually.
Like the modem, many Linux distributions don't include the Madwifi module required for the Atheros based wireless controller found in the T40. Check our guides section for details.
Some versions of the T40 include the Intel 2100 wireless controller. This works with the ipw2100 driver.
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.