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Linux - Laptop and Netbook Having a problem installing or configuring Linux on your laptop? Need help running Linux on your netbook? This forum is for you. This forum is for any topics relating to Linux and either traditional laptops or netbooks (such as the Asus EEE PC, Everex CloudBook or MSI Wind).

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Old 04-17-2004, 06:08 PM   #1
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ibm thinkpad - buying mini pci?


I'm pretty new to the laptop business on linux, but even more so on the current wireless situation. I was thinking of getting a ibm thinkpad (r40). Has anyone had any problems with this laptop?

besides that, I found an r40 pretty cheap, but its a model w/o wireless. So if I do decide to get it, I would need to buy a wireless card. I've searched around a bit, but most of the documents are either a mess or outdated. The problem, hence, is not to make a wireless card work, but to find one which will give me the least hassle on linux. eg, while cisco seems decent, there have been reports of problems with their mini pci version (firmware inconsistencies).

I'd like some input on what chipsets work well with linux. But more importantly, even if I know what chipset works well... I still need to find the real product. So, maybe some actual product names, stores, etc.

Since I do need the wireless support, I won't buy the laptop without knowing ahead of time.

Thanks for any help.
 
Old 04-18-2004, 12:43 PM   #2
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The microsoft cards seem to work really well, they get nice range and are not a big deal to set up. I had to add the info for it in slack but that only took a minute, rebooted, configured the dhcp and was online.
 
Old 04-20-2004, 05:45 PM   #3
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I can't think of a good reason as to why anyone would ever buy a laptop with wireless built into it. With the speed at which wireless products are improving, you'd be disabled the built-in stuff and buying a card anyway.

I use a R40. I have Suse 9.0. Most of it works. <G> I really haven't tried that hard to get the power management fully functioning. I use it with a SMC 2632W that was recognized by Suse. I activate it with Yast - but this isn't a problem because I move around between quite a few environments.

Suse 9.1 is due out in a very short while, so we'll see how much the 2.6 kernel improves on laptops. I'm hoping a lot.....
 
Old 04-21-2004, 04:20 AM   #4
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Well, the T-pad will run linux:

http://www.horstmann.com/linux-thinkpad-r40.html
http://www.google.com/linux?q=thinkp...859-1&c2coff=1


As for wireless:

http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Jean_Tourrilhes/Linux/


John
 
  


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