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IBM-Lenovo ThinkPad Z60m

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the IBM-Lenovo ThinkPad Z60m 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 Z60m
ProcessorIntel Pentium-M 740 1.73GHz
Screen15.4” WXGA
RAM512MB
HDD40GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 900
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 2915 802.11g Wireless
Other3 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Fingerprint Reader

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYesUse the snd-hda-intel module
EthernetYes
WirelessYesUse the ipw2200 module
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderYes
PCMCIANot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested

Notes

Some recent Linux distributions not longer requires the following but most still do. As default the native screen resolution of this notebook is 1280×800, however due to the way the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 functions this resolution would not be usable right away. To get it working you will need to install the 915resolution program and type in:
915resolution 3c 1280 800
This will then allow you to use the native 1280×800 resolution. However this setting will be forgotten after each boot so you will need a way to automatically run this command at every boot. Fortunately most Linux distributions come with the 915resolution program and include a simple way of achieving this. You can view our Configuring the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 & 950 guide for more information.

Some version of this laptop include the ATI Mobility Radeon x300 rather than the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900. It has been reported that this works fine with Linux as 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 2.6.17 or greater, such as Fedora Core 6, Ubuntu 6.10 or OpenSUSE 10.3


Discussion

Vladimir Kocjancic, 2009/10/07 16:56

Installed Linux Mint 7 on IBM ThinkPad Z60m without any problems.
It also auto-detects Logitech USB Headset whenever it is connected.
Wireless works out of the box as well as sound.

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