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Old 03-28-2004, 09:09 PM   #1
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Does SLACKWARE run well on an IBM T40


I am going to buy an IBM T40 pretty soon and was wondering if anybody had Slackware running on one. If so did you have any problems getting it up and running. Also what is a good wireless card to get in it that will work with out much hassle.
 
Old 03-29-2004, 03:23 AM   #2
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Also what is a good wireless card to get in it that will work with out much hassle.
if you know how to use linux well, and the hardware is supported, you don't hassle with any distro or almost never.

for your IBM T40 i don't own one but if the hardware is supported by linux, there is no reason it won't run well.
 
Old 03-29-2004, 12:21 PM   #3
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The T40 runs Linux... while I haven't found anyone running Slack on it yet, there's no reason that it shouldn't. If Debian can run on a T40 (or for that matter, the better T40p), there's no reason Slackware couldn't run on it.

As for the WIFI, the T40 has a built in Atheros 802.11a/b (or a/b/g) card. There is a Linux driver available here. The Bluetooth also works without much hassle. You should have LAN/PAN/WIFI easily.

I would seriously recommend looking at the links provided at the bottom of the first link - there's a gold mine of information.

PS: I'm jealous. *vbfeg*
 
Old 03-30-2004, 08:57 PM   #4
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thanks
 
Old 03-31-2004, 11:31 AM   #5
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Thinkpad R40 running slackware here, came in last week.

The R series has the same hardware as the T series, the T series is just thinner and has magnesium alloy case instead of plastic, and has one lid clamp instead of two.

One word:

Beautiful.

Everything works pretty much out of the box.


You will have to blacklist the i810_rng module if you use hotplug, note that the Thinkpads don't have the hardware RNG, but for some reason hotplug expects it to.

3D accel works with this device setting in XF86Config:


Section "Device"
Identifier "rad" #change this to whatever
Option "AGPMode" "4"
Option "AGPFastWrite" "yes"
Option "EnablePageFlip" "yes"
Option "DDCMode" "yes"
Driver "radeon"
BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
EndSection


Wireless- Do not get the onboard Intel card. Get the Aironet if you get an onboard card. If you want a PCMCIA card, get any 200mW prism2 board.

Enjoy your Thinkpad, you're getting the best laptop on the market today.

Last edited by ponds; 03-31-2004 at 11:33 AM.
 
Old 04-02-2004, 12:00 AM   #6
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I don't know if I'm stating the obvious but for my T30 and especially my 600X builds I initially lived and died by the Linux on Laptops website --> http://www.linux-laptop.net/. I checked and there are multiple entries for the T40 and as a stuper-n00b I highly recomend the site to any/all other n00bs out there. Good-bye
 
Old 04-02-2004, 12:56 AM   #7
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I have it working here as a beauty. Don't know if a 2.4 kernel has the right modules but 2.6.4 give no problems here.
 
Old 04-02-2004, 08:16 AM   #8
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both kernels run flawlessly.
 
Old 04-02-2004, 05:49 PM   #9
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thanks again
 
Old 04-03-2004, 01:15 AM   #10
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Maybe superfluous by now, but Yes, Linux and T40's play well together -- J.W.
 
Old 05-12-2005, 10:26 PM   #11
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I am running slackware 10.1 on the t40p 2373-g1u. The only problems I have had is finding drivers for my sound and wireless card. I have also ran fedora core 2 & suse 9.1 and those ran perfectly after installation.
 
  


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