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Old 01-05-2011, 07:29 PM   #1
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Thinkpad Edge AMD Turion P520\ATI Radeon HD 4250 Problem

Not sure this is the right place to post this.

Bought a new Thinkpad Edge two months ago & ran into first major Linux problem that I could not solve. Everything seems to work except word processing is a big problem, especially online in forums! Words I'm typing suddenly move into another line, entire short phrases move and I must find them. The box I'm writing in even jumps away and I lost all my text!

I've tried the newest LinuxMint 9, both KDE and GNOME versions, Simply Mepis 8.5 & 10.XX, PuppyLinux 5.1 and the newest Ubuntu 10.XX (since the others are a little behind Ubuntu). the problem varies but remains. I've gone back to using my Thinkpad T-60 as my primary computer. LinuxMint,
Mepis, & Puppy work great in it.

I tried the related forums and got replies from "no problems" in my notebook to a suggestion I do something I cannot do, namely turn off
something in settings that doesn't exist in my settings menus.

I'm hoping I can get effective advice here. I have:

Lenovo Thinkpad Edge 0199-23U, AMD Turion II dual core P520 2.3GHz
ATI Radeon HD 4250

I suspect my problem is related to the AMD P520 processor or
the ATI Radeon HD 4250

Any thoughts on this? Solutions maybe?

Note: I am not stuck on LinuxMint or Mepis and I already tried PuppyLinux (Lucid) 4.1... What stumps me is why Ubuntu 10.XX gives me the same problem. Is it possible I must find a distro version for AMD 64 bit? I don't think I'll be buying another notebook with AMD, though Win 7 users seem to like the Turion P520.

Wish now, I returned the Edge and bought a used T-61p.

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I don't think that this issue is related to your processor or graphics-card. I would just think that the touchpad on your new machine is more sensible than that on your old machine. Try to find sensitivity-settings in your GUI and set them back a bit.
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