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IBM-Lenovo Thinkpad X41

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the IBM-Lenovo Thinkpad X41 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 X41
ProcessorIntel Pentium-M 1.5GHz
Screen12.1“ XGA
RAM512MB
HDD40GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 900
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 2915 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth
Other2 x USB2.0

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
GraphicsYesUse the i810 module
SoundYesUse the snd-intel8x0 module
EthernetYes
WirelessYesUse the ipw2200 module
BluetoothYes Used for 3G conn w/ SE K610
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
PCMCIANot Tested

Notes

This laptop does not include an optical drive so you will need an alternative installation method. Options include a external USB optical device or a network boot.

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.


Discussion

John, 2009/02/27 13:50

Ubuntu 8.10 works straight off the disk and gets better with upgrades!
Mandriva also works.But if you want to play a dvd or play a dvd it is a bigger challenge.
fedora 10 is great but mp3 and dvd are not easy.
So Ubuntu wins.

Saint DanBert, 2010/02/20 20:12

Has anyone used MINT on the Thinkpad X61-tablet? Mine is the Core-2/DUO edition with high-res video and “tablet” but without [multi]touch.

I've tried Several Ubuntu editions – Hardy, Jaunty, Karmic – but there are too many wrinkles. Mint looks like a better place for their efforts for everything main-stream to work out-of-box.

Thanks,
~~~ 0;-Dan

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