I just got my new Lenovo Notebook and Kubuntu 7.10 installs and runs perfectly. I am really happy, nearly everything is operational just out-of-the box. It is based on Intel Santa Rosa platform so, who says Linux will not run on leading edge hardware?. Read the details:
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- Who should read the following description? The machine runs mostly „out-of-the-box“. All the rest is due to you. Be willing to learn, follow instructions form Ubuntu geeks, accept to fail and start again. At least you should know:
- How to operate apt or Adept Manager
- Read Readme-Files and HowTos
- Read Error-Messages and use search machines to find a solution
A good resource for hints, tips and questions is http://ubuntuforums.org/
In Germany you can not buy this laptop without Windows for a reasonable price. I hope the European Union wakes up in some months 😉 The package comes without any media. Neither operating system, nor a recovery CD or DVD. Via the „ThinkVantage“-button you can boot in a recovery mode, which resist on a 5 GB partition. As I do not need a thing called Windows at all, I refused to accept the EULA and made a backup of the complete hard disk using the Kubuntu Live CD.
Let’s go: Boot the laptop from Kubuntu Live CD, attach a external USB-hard-disk, open a shell e.g. by pressing Alt+F2 enter „konsole“ and now you can use the dd-command for low-level backup. Just as example:
sudo dd if=/dev/sda | gzip --fast -c | split -d -b 650m - /media/disk/r61i/sda_image.gz.
restore (hopefully) with somewhat like:
sudo cat /media/disk/r61i/sda_image.gz.* | gunzip -c | sudo dd of=/dev/sda
Please! Do this on your own risk. Learn about dd in advance (Google is your friend). Be aware the whole process will take more than an hour, because there is a 160 GB storage to be processed at low-level. Finally on my USB-hard-disk it was about 30 GB backup data.
Installation of Kubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)
The installation of Gutsy is performing absolutely fine. In my notebook there is a Core 2 Duo T5250 1.5 GHz CPU, so I used the 64-bit (amd64) version of Kubuntu (http://www.kubuntu.org/download.php)
++ Graphics card — Intel GMA X3100
XServer starts with the correct resolution and 3d support.
Remark: Since Kubuntu 10.04 fullscreen browser flash videos are not displayed, you see just a blank screen, audio still works. Solution is to create a file /etc/adobe/mms.cfg switching OverrideGPUValidation=true.
echo "OverrideGPUValidation=true" > /tmp/mms.cfg sudo mkdir /etc/adobe sudo mv /tmp/mms.cfg /etc/adobe
+ Power management — ACPI
Battery sensor works, screen power save and automatic shutdown on low energy level. Furthermore the ACPI controlled key as describes in paragraph Keyboard.
++ Suspend to ram
Works as designed, I do not know if really every device is up and running again after suspend but it seems so USB, network, no complains from my side.
++ Suspend to disk, hibernate
Works as designed, check suspend to ram. Honestly I have to say suspend to disk with 3 GB main memory is nearly as fast as boot from scratch
++ Synaptics touch pad and mouse knob in keyboard
Also my external mouse is running.
Nearly complete, turn up and down the sound, mute, suspend to ram, zoom, and media keys next, prev, pause/play, stop. With Kubuntu 10.10 the brightness control of the display is functional, maybe also with earlier versions.
++ Network — Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG WLAN
Both network adapters work out-of-the-box.
Runs. After installation the channel PCM was muted, so open kmix and turn it loud.
+ SD/MMC card reader
Registers as Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter and is working. All my SD-card were mounted.
Works with my mobile phone.
I do not know, it is a SoftModem maybe you get it going with the help of ThinkWiki.
? Fingerprint reader
I have no use for it, also give ThinkWiki a try.
Seems to work, I did not checked carefully.
Please send me any hints, new tips, report errors, etc. via comment below. Please no support requests, thanks!
www.ibm.com — Hardware Maintenance Manual — ThinkPad R61, R61e, R61i
Good starting points for Linux on Notebooks/Laptops are: