Lenovo ThinkPad T61

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Introduction

My plan when I finish is to have my laptop (Lenova Thinkpad T61) dual booted with Windows XP Pro (work image). I repartitioned my hard drive with Gparted Live CD. It only took a minute or so. I will be doing the install with arch-core-install-2008.04-rc-i686.iso. There is an installation guide (wiki) that may help. I will do my best to give as much detail as possible.

NOTE: Per Lenovo's website, this laptop is Novell SLED 10 certified. So getting linux on this laptop should not be too hard.

System Specifications

Lenovo Thinkpad T61 - Intel Centrino Pro

  • Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T7300 (2.00GHz, 4MB, 800MHz)
  • Mobile Intel 965GM Express Chipset
  • 2GB PC2-5300/677MHz
  • 80-GB 5400 rpm SATA Harddrive
  • 14.1-inch color TFT WXGA+ (1440 x 900, 200 nit)
  • Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator GM965 (128MB)
  • 82801H ICH8 Family HD Audio Controller
  • DVD-ROM, CD-RW/DVD Combo, Multi-Burner Plus
  • Modem; Gigabit Ethernet
  • Intel® Wireless Wi-Fi Link 4965AG
  • 1 Type II PC Card slot
  • 1 ExpressCard 34/54
  • Dual pointing devices (both Pointstick and Touchpad)

Output of lshwd

00:00.0 Class 0600: Intel Corporation|Mobile Memory Controller Hub (unknown)
00:02.0 Class 0300: Intel Corporation|Mobile Integrated Graphics Controller (vesa)
00:02.1 Class 0380: Intel Corporation|Mobile Integrated Graphics Controller (vesa)
00:19.0 Class 0200: Intel Corporation|Mobile Integrated Graphics Controller (unknown)
00:1a.0 Class 0c03: Intel Corporation|USB UHCI Controller #4 (unknown)
00:1a.1 Class 0c03: Intel Corporation|USB UHCI Controller #5 (unknown)
00:1a.7 Class 0c03: Intel Corporation|USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (unknown)
00:1b.0 Class 0403: Intel Corp.|ICH8 HD Audio DID (snd-hda-intel)
00:1c.0 Class 0604: Intel Corporation|PCI Express Port 1 (unknown)
00:1c.1 Class 0604: Intel Corporation|PCI Express Port 2 (unknown)
00:1c.2 Class 0604: Intel Corporation|PCI Express Port 3 (unknown)
00:1c.3 Class 0604: Intel Corporation|PCI Express Port 4 (unknown)
00:1c.4 Class 0604: Intel Corporation|PCI Express Port 5 (unknown)
00:1d.0 Class 0c03: Intel Corporation|USB UHCI Controller #1 (unknown)
00:1d.1 Class 0c03: Intel Corporation|USB UHCI Controller #2 (unknown)
00:1d.2 Class 0c03: Intel Corporation|USB UHCI Controller #3 (unknown)
00:1d.7 Class 0c03: Intel Corporation|USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (unknown)
00:1e.0 Class 0604: Intel Corp.|82801 Hub Interface to PCI Bridge (hw_random)
00:1f.0 Class 0601: Intel Corporation|Mobile LPC Interface Controller (unknown)
00:1f.2 Class 0101: Intel Corporation|Mobile SATA Controller cc=IDE (ata_piix)
00:1f.3 Class 0c05: Intel Corporation|SMBus Controller (i2c-i801)
03:00.0 Class 0280: Intel Corporation|SMBus Controller (unknown)
15:00.0 Class 0607: Ricoh Co Ltd.|RL5c476 II (yenta_socket)
15:00.1 Class 0c00: Ricoh Co Ltd.|RL5c476 II (unknown)
15:00.2 Class 0805: Ricoh Co Ltd.|SD Card reader (unknown)
15:00.3 Class ffff: Ricoh Co Ltd.|SD Card reader (unknown)
15:00.4 Class 0880: Ricoh Co Ltd.|R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter (unknown)
15:00.5 Class 0880: Ricoh Co Ltd.|xD-Picture Card Controller (unknown)

What works/What doesn't

Pretty much everything works on this laptop. I have not tried the modem (no POTS line) or tried to suspend/hibernate the laptop yet.

Installation

Boot from the CD and do the base installation from the CD. My partitions are setup as follows:

SDA1 30gb Win XP
SDA3 2gb swap (needed for hibernate mode...I think)
SDA5 10gb /
SDA6 35gb /home

With Windows XP as an option, the grub boot loader should look something like this:

# Windows XP
title  Microsoft Windows XP Professional
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
makeactive
chainloader +1

# (0) Arch Linux
title  Arch Linux
root   (hd0,4)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz26 root=/dev/sda5 ro
initrd /boot/kernel26.img

# (1) Arch Linux
title  Arch Linux Fallback
root   (hd0,4)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz26 root=/dev/sda5 ro
initrd /boot/kernel26-fallback.img