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This is a guide to running Linux with the IBM-Lenovo ThinkPad Z61p laptop. The ThinkPad Z61p is a high end laptop which has very good support for Linux.
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 Z61p|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 2.0GHz|
|Graphics||ATI Mobility FireGL V5200|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet, IBM 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||3 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Intel High Definition Audio, Fingerprint Reader|
|Sound||Yes||Use the snd-hda-intel module|
|Wireless||Yes||Use the Madwifi module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||Yes||Use ThinkFinger|
The Xorg radeon driver which is included with most Linux distributions does not currently support the ATI Mobility FireGL V5200 built into the ThinkPad Z61p. However support for this chip has been added in the latest version of the proprietary ATI module. Installation of this driver is required for the display to work properly. Future versions of Xorg should solve this problem
The main issue with the IBM-Lenovo ThinkPad Z61p is the ATI Mobility FireGL V5200 which isn't supported by defaults in current Linux distributions. Future Linux distributions should solve this problem so eventually this laptop will be quite easy to use.