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This is a guide to running Linux with the IBM-Lenovo Thinkpad T42 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 T42|
|Processor||Intel Pentium-M 1.70GHz/1.80Ghz|
|Graphics||ATI Mobility Radeon 7500|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 2200 802.11g Wireless, Intel AC'07 modem (82801DB/DBL/DBM)|
|Other||2 x USB2.0|
|Sound||Yes||Use the snd-intel8x0 module|
|Wireless||Yes||Use the ipw2200 module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested (Has kenerel module loaded for Ubuntu 12.04)|
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.
Using a recent Linux distribution, I would have to recomend a more light-weight distribution, Ubuntu's default Gnome is too hungry for this laptop. However, Lubuntu works rather well.
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.