iBook--, Thinkpad++

Life sucks and then your computer breaks. As soon as a new X release is out, and it seems dual head on iBook is a possibility, the darn thing decides to fry its logic board. Again. Thankfully, Apple may make the repair for free, if the symptoms match the manufacturing problem. Again.

Well, the good news is that after 3 years of using the iBook, I got a new laptop. A Lenovo Thinkpad x60s, weighing just 1.3kg. It's so light I always think I forgot to put it in the backpack.

Ubuntu Dapper (flight 7) seems to work pretty well on the x60s. Trouble spots so far:

  • install CD corrupted display during X autoconfig: screen was in text mode, mostly black, with two or three character-size grey rectangles -- hitting enter blindly let it continue and reboot the machine
  • suspend and hibernation fail on resume
  • wlan hanged once, and didn't recover until I rebooted into Windows -- unngh. Look at this:

    ipw3945: Error sending SCAN_ABORT_CMD: time out after 500ms.
    ipw3945: Radio Frequency Kill Switch is On:
    Kill switch must be turned off for wireless networking to work.
    ipw3945: Error sending ADD_STA: time out after 500ms.
    ipw3945: Error sending RATE_SCALE: time out after 500ms.

    After that, any attempt to use the interface ended with:

    ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth1: link is not ready
  • hotplugging the UltraBay docking station does not seem to work in Linux

I especially love the dual headedness, after fighting with the ATI driver in the iBook.

Now I need to see about hooking the fingerprint reader up to PAM.

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2006-05-22T07:36+03:00, originally published 2006-05-21T22:41+03:00