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Installing Ubuntu 7.04 on
IBM ThinkPad X40

Last updated: 30 May 2007

Hardware Components

Status under Linux

Notes

Pentium M Processor, 1.2 GHz

Works

Works fine. With there being no internal CD-ROM, I booted from a USB external drive. Just push the “Access IBM” button to boot from USB to live Ubuntu and then install.

12.1” XGA + TFT Display, 1024*768 at 60Hz

Works

Ubuntu detected and configured this correctly, as with other hardware except where noted below.

1024MB

Works

Fine.

60 GB Hard Drive

Works

Comes up as a SCSI device.

UK keyboard, trackpoint (joystick) and mouse buttons.

Works

Fine.

Integrated wired network

Works

Fine.

Integrated wireless ethernet

Works

Fine. Ubuntu 7.04 very good for roaming and intermittent connectivity. The ((A)) wireless indicator does not come on.

USB

Works

Fine. Tested with pen drives and optical wheel mouse.

Sound

Works

Fine. Also the keyboard sound off and volume controls drive the Linux master volume.

Eight-cell lithium-ion battery, to make weight 1.5kg, 3lb 4oz.

Works

Monitored correctly in terms of battery life at just over 4 hours life (it is second hand). Reported power use is about 12 watts with display at 70% brightness.

SD disk

Works

Tested with 256MB and 2GB cards.

Power button

Works

Gives the choice powering down. However hibernate does not work.

Integrated, PC-Card modem and bluetooth, external monitor

Not tested




Kernel version 2.6.20-16-generic. Basic installation of Ubuntu 7.04 codenamed Feisty Fawn:

Unresolved issues


Contact Information


Links:

Detailed specification:

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-58221.html


Lenovo Linux support:

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-48NT8D


This is a nice, light, robust, cheap, second hand laptop. It seems to be very well built, including the cool power supply. The only real issue is the lack of hibernate/suspend. I have used Ubuntu for over a year and now have it on all three of my machines. After eight years of Linux and a number of other distributions, I have no plans to change. With Ubuntu, desktop Linux has come of age.


Chris Cartledge




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