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Old 01-02-2004, 11:57 PM   #1
miaviator278
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IBM Thinkpad 600 With Linux


Wanted to gather more details from anyone running a thinkpad 600..

things i've found out or got working under slackware 9

sound - cs4232 under 2.4.22 + 2.4.20 using oss
neomagic framebuffer
neomagic with x
apm with 2.4.20 + 2.4.22
linksys fa511 PCMCIA network card with included redhat drivers (difficult)
various usb devices
usb 6 in one card readers with all 6 types of media

the bios in the tp must have Power management 1.18 or higher in order for apm to work under windows xp sp1 or kernel 2.6.0 +

never attempted modem.

linksys FA411 PCMCIA not supported
apic not supported

if anyone has gotten the same or other devices working, i would like to know, which kernel versions, and linux distro's were used.
 
Old 01-03-2004, 08:37 AM   #2
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I have a 600X (almost the same, I believe). I have the sound working under RH9, I never thought to configure the neomagic card. I just assumed it was configured automatically. What kinds of benefits do I get with that? My Linksys 10/100 card worked when I plugged it in. Never attempted power managment, my battery's dead anyways.

It is nearly impossible to get the modem working, they are a rare breed (winmodem) and the drivers are hard to find and harder to instal. I never got it working with my ISP, dont bother.
 
Old 01-04-2004, 10:37 PM   #3
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i was thinking when i get back to the states on just taking the easy route and trying a pcmcia modem, i installed xp on the machine once, and there is a thinkpad modem copyright installed by default. it seems like a venture to annoying to try..

not sure what benifit you would get, it depends on use really, i use the neofb framebuffer device for my text console and the neomagic driver in x. i assume it manages the specific card better than vesa. i just use it because i got it to work

how hard was it getting your sound working?
 
Old 01-05-2004, 05:59 PM   #4
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Ok, thanks for the tip.

My sound was an interesting issue. When I first installed redhat, I did a sound test and it didnt work, so I pressed 'No' the test did not suceed. Then I had no sound.
After I reinstalled redhat when I had messed it up (took about 2 weeks ) I pressed 'yes' for the sound test (even though it didnt work) and I had sound. I dont really understand it, but it works and thats all I need.
 
Old 01-10-2004, 07:46 PM   #5
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LinuxBlackBox,

Can you tell me what model Linksys 10/100 pc card you are using? I bought a Netgear FA511 and have not been able to get it to work. I have a Thinkpad 600 running Redhat 9. If anyone else can recommend a card that will work I would appreciate it. Thanks.
 
Old 01-10-2004, 10:10 PM   #6
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It is a Linksys 10/100 'Fast Ethernet' card. Model number NP100.
 
Old 01-11-2004, 11:59 AM   #7
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Thank You LinuxBlackBox,

I returned my Netgear card this morning and bought th NP100 card. It works great!!

Thanks again.
 
Old 01-11-2004, 01:21 PM   #8
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You're welcome.
Good luck with it!
 
Old 02-27-2004, 06:30 PM   #9
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Hi, i have recently got an ibm 600 and i am having display problems, the screen is all blocky, have any of you had this problem, and if so what can i do?

Thanks, lucvh
 
Old 02-27-2004, 09:23 PM   #10
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What distro are you using? When you installed linux what monitor setting did you choose. I have Redhat 9 on my 600 and the picture looked funny until I changed the monitor setting to generic laptop 1024x768.
 
Old 02-29-2004, 04:31 PM   #11
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I have a 366MHz 600E with 192MB RAM and I prefer using this old laptop instead of my Barton 2800+ system with a gigabyte of RAM. It's just so....usable.

The only problem I have with it is - besides from a dead battery and being too cheap to get a new one - is the Neomagic framebuffer driver in Linux 2.6, probably the same problem lucvh has. The thing is, the framebuffer console works very well using mode 791 in Linux 2.4, but after exiting X using Linux 2.6 (up to and including 2.6.3) the framebuffer console is totally broken, just outputting big blocky fragments of characters on the screen. I haven't solved this one yet and I'm not going back to 2.4.
This is not a big issue since I use X all the time but it's still darn annoying - and ugly!

Sound works well, and performance got a huge boost when I upgraded the original 6.4GB disk (512KB cache) to a 5400rpm 40GB disk with 2MB cache. The neomagic X driver works well too and the system is pretty responsive for having seen that many years come and pass.

I use a D-Link DFE-670TXD 10/100mbit PCMCIA network card which works wonderfully. The only problem with it is performance - it's a 16bit card instead of a modern 32bit cardbus card so the performance equals a 10mbit NIC, with maximum throughput of about 1.1MB/s. So much for being a "10/100" mbit card, but it is very affordable and reliable and I recommend it to anyone who doesn't actually need 100mbit performance.


Håkan
 
Old 03-20-2004, 06:46 AM   #12
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Should I .... ?

I am playing with the idea of putting my old TP 600 over to a Linux distro, finally dumping WinDOZE.

My aim is to get a working WIFI testing platform (I'm setting up a community WLAN as a hobby), and would love people's experience of getting both Linux & WIFI on a TP 600.

My set up is: TP 600
Proc - 300 MHZ
RAM - 300 MB
HD - 5 GB

Now the Wifi cards options
- Belkin FD6020 v2
- 3Com 3CRSHPW_96 Wireless LAN PC Card
- Airway PCCard / Gemtek WL-211

I tried in the past with Mandrake 9.2 with the Belkin but lead no where.

So does anyone have a successful setup on a TP 600 with both Linux (please tell me the distro) and WIF (esp if you have one of the cards above).

Cheers

Han Sell
 
Old 04-22-2004, 06:20 AM   #13
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Well I have Knoppix HDD install on my TP 600E and it runs great, automatically picked up my Linksys wireless card (WPC11) and and configured it to auto everything. Still have problems with the sound but am going to work those out eventually.
 
Old 04-22-2004, 10:15 AM   #14
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I run a 600x, going to drivers and filtering to linux and my model showed a modem driver on the ibm site, but I'll never need the modem so I didn't bother to see if it was the proper one/worked.
I run slackware 9.1, just got it up and running. The .apci kernel is working fine giving me power management and showing battery life. The only problem I am having is the sound. It will play sound when I start KDE and logout from it but I can't play mp3s. Videos that I know have sound will play, but without sound. I've checked the mixer and the volume is up. When playing the mp3 it will say playing, but the seconds won't count -- like it can't read it. Do I need to just get a decoder?

I'm using a Microsoft 802.11b card that worked fine after entering its info in the wireless card config file. I need to update my orinoco_cs driver to get it to work properly with airsnort but I haven't figured out how to do this yet. I have the .diff file for the driver upgrade but no idea what do with it. Any help would be appreciated.
 
Old 04-25-2004, 11:53 PM   #15
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Yo, Let it be known, that I am super Linux NEWB.

Ok, now I want to be a non-newb. So I bought a book. And the book was funny.

I have a thinkpad 600. 300mhz proc, 64mb ram, 5Gb Hdd, cd/dvd drive

Problem, I have a linksys fast ethernet, network anywhere, pcmcia network adapter, model NP100

I have access to this card, and a D-Link 670TXD pcmcia card. I do not know how to make either of them work in linux. If i plug in the ethernet cord, there is plenty of blinkage, but under network configuration in gnome, there is no eth device. I have pluged both in and restarted hoping that Kudzu might automatically detect them or some magical linux hardware installer, but to be honest I dont know how any of this non windows bizness works. Id like to know how. Someone, if you got time teach me how to get this NP100 to be detected and working. I have read so many things about tulip modules, but I have know idea where to begin.

THANKS,
drew (screwydrewy@yahoo.com)

----EDIT-----
I am running RED HAT 7.2 It came with my Book. Seems to be the full running OS. I also like Jawas.

Last edited by theonlydrew; 04-26-2004 at 12:09 PM.
 
  


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