How do you rate this laptop with Linux?
Excellent
 
56% (5)
Good
 
11% (1)
Fair
 
11% (1)
Poor
0% (0)
Unusable
 
22% (2)

IBM-Lenovo ThinkPad Z61t

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the IBM-Lenovo ThinkPad Z61t laptop. The ThinkPad Z61t from Lenovo is a lower end laptop but with a large screen. Linux support on the Z61t is excellent.

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 Z61t
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T5500 1.6 GHz
Screen17“ WXGA
RAM512MB
HDD80GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth
Other3 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Fingerprint Reader

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYesUse the snd-hda-intel module
EthernetYes
WirelessYesUse ipw3945 module
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested

Notes

As default the screen resolution of the ThinkPad Z61t is 1280×768 but because of the way the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 functions this resolution isn't available right away. For a method to resolve this issue you can view our Configuring the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 & 950 guide.

Summary

After a small amount of configuration work the IBM-Lenovo ThinkPad Z61t has no problems at all with Linux. The hardware inside the Z61t is well supported.


Discussion

sillysillytom, 2010/09/29 16:45

just installed ubuntu on my Z61t - so far all works well with the exception of the built in web-cam. I'm impressed… but will continue to test devices. Wireless worked seamlessly.

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