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Running Fedora Core 3 Linux on an IBM ThinkPad T30

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last updated: 1/4/2005

Machine: IBM ThinkPad T30 type 2366-FBU
768 MB RAM
Mobile Intel Pentium 4M CPU 2.20GHz

lspci output:
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 82845 845 (Brookdale) Chipset Host Bridge (rev 04)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82845 845 (Brookdale) Chipset AGP Bridge (rev 04)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM USB (Hub #1) (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM USB (Hub #2) (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM USB (Hub #3) (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 42)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82801CAM ISA Bridge (LPC) (rev 02)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801CAM IDE U100 (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM SMBus Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 02)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon Mobility M7 LW [Radeon Mobility 7500]
02:00.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1520 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 01)
02:00.1 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1520 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 01)
02:02.0 Network controller: Intersil Corporation Prism 2.5 Wavelan chipset (rev 01)
02:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corp. 82801CAM (ICH3) PRO/100 VE (LOM) Ethernet Controller (rev 42)

The install:
Download and burned the iso images onto CDs. The current images contained kernel 2.6.9-1.667; however, I immediately updated to kernel 2.6.9-1.681_FC3 to avoid acpi problems with that kernel.
(I don't know whether or not the problem would have popped up, but it did with an IBM ThinkPad T22 that I installed the 2.6.9-1.667 kernel on a few days earlier--with the T22 I had to download and compile the 2.6.10 kernel to keep acpi from hanging the system at shutdown)

I bought the T30 new, so it had a Windows XP Pro installation that I wiped since I don't use Windows at all and won't need to dual boot.

Custom install.

Sound:
Sound card detected. No problems

Network:
The Intel ethernet controller worked right away. For the Intersil wireless card (Prism 2.5 Wavelan chipset), it was detected also, but I ran 'neat' and deleted the profile for eth1 because I couldn't find a quick way to add my WEP info. When adding a profile, it was easy to add my WEP access point info.

Monitor:
1024 x 768

Power Management:
ACPI works fine, but there's a problem with the Gnome battery applet, and I prefer the Gnome desktop right now, so there isn't a battery charge indicator out of the box. I tried booting in KDE and the battery life indicator seemed to work fine with KDE. ACPI actually works though, and I downloaded acpitool and installed it--great little command-line tool. As mentioned earlier, I was concerned with ACPI and the 2.6.9 kernel because of my experience installing it on a T22, but I didn't have any problems. The ACPI problem with hanging on shutdown is a known bug with the 2.6.9 kernel and some systems.

Internal Modem:
Detected but I don't use it, so haven't gone any farther trying to configure it.

CD-R/W, DVD & floppy:
All worked, but hotswapping caused a system freeze. Downloaded Zine and Zine-ui and successfully tested DVD playing.

Final Comments:
Fedora Core 3 installed very cleanly on this ThinkPad T30 and needed little tweaking to get all the major features working.



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