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Excellent
 
68% (21)
Good
 
26% (8)
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0% (0)
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0% (0)
Unusable
 
6% (2)

IBM-Lenovo Thinkpad T42

Introduction

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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Specifications

NameIBM-Lenovo Thinkpad T42
ProcessorIntel Pentium-M 1.70GHz/1.80Ghz
Screen14.1“ XGA
RAM512MB/1024MB
HDD40GB/80GB
Optical DriveDVD-ROM/CD-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon 7500
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 2200 802.11g Wireless, Intel AC'07 modem (82801DB/DBL/DBM)
Other2 x USB2.0

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYesUse the snd-intel8x0 module
EthernetYes
WirelessYesUse the ipw2200 module
56K ModemNot Tested (Has kenerel module loaded for Ubuntu 12.04)
USBYes
PCMCIANot Tested

Notes

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.

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.


ibm-lenovo_thinkpad_t42.txt · Last modified: 2013/11/09 15:27 by 68.147.193.221
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