Thinkpad600E

Current Issues

Hardware details

in Breezy?

in Dapper?

in Edgy (current development)

Installation works?

Yes (with limitations)

Yes (with limitations)

Hardware Information

Screen & Monitors

Device

Works?

Bug #

in Breezy?

in Dapper?

in Edgy (current development)?

Screen

Untested

GUI working fine; raw console screen (Ctrl-Alt-F2 etc.) does not use lower third of the screen

GUI working fine

Correct resolution?

Untested

Yes

Yes

Correct refresh rate?

Untested

Yes

Yes

3D Acceleration

Untested

Sound card doesn't support 3D

3D Acceleration not supported

External monitor works?

Untested

Yes

Untested

External monitor - mirrors

Untested

Untested

Untested

External monitor - extend desktop

Untested

Untested

Untested

Power Management

Battery detected?

Untested

Yes

Untested

Hibernates?

Untested

No (well, sometimes...)

Untested

Sleep

Untested

No

Untested

Dim monitor on battery

Untested

No

Untested

Blank monitor on inactivity

Untested

Yes

Yes

Lid Close

Untested

No

Untested

Cpu frequency scaling

Untested

n/a

n/a

Sound

Sound works?

Untested

Needs workaround; only for experienced ussers. Alternatively see script below

Requires intervention, see bug for fix without script

Bug #40116

Correct volume?

Untested

Yes

Initially, hardware volume may be low. Raise with Fn key combo

Hardware volume switch

Untested

Yes

Yes

Headphone jack

Untested

Yes

Untested

Mic jack

Untested

Untested

Untested

Networking

Wired NIC

Untested

N/A, cardbus works fine

n/a

Wireless NIC

Untested

Doesn't see the router unless ACPI is disabled

Untested

PCMCIA NIC

Untested

LAN: Netgear FA511 working with Ndiswrapper driver; WLAN: Netgear WG511 working with NDiswrapper or Prism54 driver, prism 2 + ralink work out of the box, atmel needs firmware

Works, but ACPI must be off. Xircom RealPort Cardbus 10/100

Firewire

Untested

cardbus works fine

Untested

Bluetooth

Untested

most dongles supported

Untested

Modem

Untested

YES: Read http://www.mueller.ch.vu/misc/tp600e_en.html to get it to work

Untested

Infrared

Untested

Untested

Untested

Touchpad & Mice

Mousestick

Untested

Yes

Yes

Touchpad - Doubletap = double click

Untested

Untested

n/a

Touchpad - Scroll down side

Untested

N/A

n/a

External mouse - USB

Untested

Yes

Untested

External mouse - Serial

Untested

Yes

Yes

Docking Station/Port Replicator

AC through replicator

Untested

Untested

Yes

USB

Untested

Yes

Yes

Serial

Untested

Untested

Untested

Parallel

Untested

Untested

Untested

External Monitor - VGA

Untested

Untested

Untested

External Monitor - DVI

Untested

N/A

n/a

Modem

Untested

Untested

Untested

NIC

Untested

Internal N/A, external see Notes

n/a

PS/2

Untested

Yes

Yes

Additional Hardware

Fingerprint reader

Untested

N/A

n/a

CD/DVD drive

Untested

Yes

Yes

PCMCIA cards

Untested

Yes, but needs changes, see Notes

Yes, with ACPI off

Parallel Ports

Untested

Untested

Untested

Card reader(s)

Untested

N/A

n/a

Function and other keys

Fn key

Operation

Keycode

Works?

Bug #

in Breezy?

in Dapper?

in Edgy (current development)?

+ Space

Untested

Untested

Untested

+ Esc

Untested

Untested

Untested

+ F1

Untested

Untested

Untested

+ F2

Untested

Untested

Untested

+ F3

Untested

Untested

Untested

+ F4

Untested

Untested

Untested

+ F5

Untested

Untested

Untested

+ F6

Untested

Untested

Untested

+ F7

Untested

Untested

Untested

+ F8

Untested

Untested

Untested

+ F9

Untested

Untested

Untested

+ F10

Untested

Untested

Untested

+ F11

Untested

Untested

Untested

+ F12

Untested

Untested

Untested

+ 1

Untested

Untested

Untested

+ 2

Untested

Untested

Untested

Other special keys

Key

Operation

Keycode

Works?

Bug #

in Breezy?

in Dapper?

in Edgy (current development)?

Key

Untested

Untested

Untested

Notes

Your main ressource for Linux on the Thinkpad 600E is the Thinkpad Linux Wiki. Very useful for a deeper understanding also the IBM guide for RedHat Linux on the Thinkpad 600E.

I. Sound

Since hardware detection routines on Linux misinterpret the built-in soundchip, sound does not work out of the box, although the sound chip is perfectly supported in Linux.

So you need to tell the system manually to use the right sound driver.

* First, you need to make sure that the wrong sound driver is not being loaded from the hardware detection routine. Edit the driver blacklist in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist and add these lines:

# To fix the sound issue on the Thinkpad 600e

blacklist snd_cs46xx

* Second, tell the system which drivers to load instead by adding the following lines to /etc/rc.local:

modprobe ad1848

modprobe uart401

modprobe snd-cs4236

* Third, you need to tell the system that you want to use a specific driver for your sound card and some hardware details about the sound device. Add to your file /etc/modprobe.d/sound the following lines:

alias snd-card-0 snd-cs4236

options snd-cs4236 port=0x530 cport=0x538 isapnp=0 dma1=0 dma2=1 irq=5

There is now a fine script available for Ubuntu that can do step 2 and 3 automatically, similar to what alsaconfig does (which is, for some unknown reason, not available for Ubuntu, so this script is very useful).

Attention: If, for some reason, the script should not work for you, you might have to find out the right hardware addresses, IRQ and DMA channel of your sound device manually via the Windows Thinkpad setup program. You can also use the PS2.exe program (DOS) that comes with the Thinkpad's Windows98 installation in order to do so; it can also used to re-assign IRQs and stuff. The PS2 program can be downloaded from the Lenovo support websites.

In all cases, turn off the "Quick-Boot" option in the Thinkpad BIOS to get the sound to work. In order to get into the BIOS menu, with the unit powered off, hold the F1 key and power the unit on. Keep F1 held down until Easy Setup appears. Note that the "Initialise" option will re-enable "Quick-Boot"!

You might have to update your BIOS - go here or here for more information how to do that. Keep in mind that a BIOS upgrade IS DANGEROUS!!! - it can destroy your Thinkpad!

Links to external resources that might be helpful:

http://hardware.mcse.ms/message161125.html

http://www.alsa-project.org/alsa-doc/doc-php/template.php?company=Cirrus+Logic&card=CS4237B&chip=CS4237B&module=cs4236#modp

http://augart.com/thinkpad600/thinkpad-600-sound.html

http://www.mueller.ch.vu/misc/tp600e_en.html

If this all does not help, try out different kernel boot parameters, see the "II. PCMCIA" section just below.

II. PCMCIA

In order to get PCMCIA working, you need to add at least the following kernel parameter (in /boot/grub/menu.lst): pci=noacpi

Some people (depending on your BIOS settings) also need in addition: pnpbios=off acpi=off

Add that to the end of the line in which your kernel is being loaded, i.e.:

kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.15-20-amd64-generic root=/dev/sda7 ro quiet splash pci=noacpi

This line can typically be found close to the ## ## End Default Options ## tag.

Other combinations that might work for you:

1) noapic nolapic OR 2) noapic acpi=noirq OR 3) noapic acpi=off OR 4) noapictimer OR 5) noapictimer irqpoll OR 6) noapic acpi=off OR 7) noapic acpi=noirq nolapic OR 8 ) clock=pmtmr notsc OR 9) notsc

Some basic information about kernel parameters on the Thinkpad can be found here.

Keep in mind to turn off all devices via PS2.EXE or the IBM Thinkpad centre in windows98 that you do not need to limit the possible IRQ problems.

III. PCMCIA network cards

You can use for example the Netgear WG511 WLAN card without any further work if you do not require WPA encryption. The Linux prism54 driver for the card currently only supports WEP. Other supported chips incl. Prism2 and ralink. For Atmel chips you need to download the firmware.

If you need WPA encryption, or if you want to use the Netgear FA511 LAN card, one needs to install the ndiswrapper driver along with the respective Windows driver for the cards. (However, even with ndiswrapper, WPA does not reliably work (key re-negotiation fails sometimes) - but that seems to be an issue of my special version of the WG511, not a problem of the Thinkpad600E in general.

First, install ndiswrapper. The SetupNdiswrapperHowto will be helpful how to do that. In addition, get ndisgtk from the repositories, a little program that provides you with a GUI for installing the Windows drivers for Ndiswrapper.

1. Netgear FA511 (LAN / Ethernet)

For the FA511, get the FA511 Windows drivers from the Netgear webpage or from your driver CD. Unzip them to a local directory. Use ndisgtk to install them for ndiswrapper. The card will be identified as a WLAN device in the network setup, but is working perfectly. Just make sure you leave the fields for SSID and the WEP setup empty.

In order to avoid loading of the Tulip drivers that come with Ubuntu but do not correctly work for the FA511, do not forget to add blacklist tulip to your /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist file.

2. Netgear WG511 (WLAN)

First try if the prism54 driver that comes with Ubuntu is working for you. Chances are good since all the older WG511 cards have no problems with this driver. Keep in mind that the prism54 driver does NOT support WPA, only WEP encryption is supported. If the the prism54 driver is not working for you or you need WPA, ujse the ndiswrapper together with the Windows drivers for the card.

If you use ndiswrapper, you have to prevent that the prism54 driver is being loaded at startup.

Add blacklist prism54 to your /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist file.

Get the Windows drivers from a Windows installation where you have installed the WG511 driver (not necessarily the card) since it comes as a .exe. You can find the driver after installation somewhere at C:\Programs\Netgear\WG511.

LaptopTestingTeam/Thinkpad600E (last edited 2010-03-02 11:48:07 by primes2h)