IBM ThinkPad 570E
This is a description of the Linux usage on an excelent IBM ThinkPad 570E laptop.
It is small, nicely-designed and of a high quality. I'm using Debian, so all relevant
config files locations etc. in the text below are related to this distribution
(at the moment Debian GNU 3.0 Woody). My HW is:
Model: 2644 6AG
Pentium III 500Mhz
Intel 440ZX chipset
Neomagic 256AV Graphic card
Texas Instruments PCI1450 PCMCIA controller
Crystal CS46xx audio
Xircom RealPort Ethernet 10/100 (RE-100) pcmcia card
I'm also using ultra bay (the belly of my laptop) with cdrom + floppy or the
second battery instead of the floppy and with port-replicator including 10/100
ethernet card (intel ee100) and two more pcmcia slots.
PCMCIA cards I have tested:
Xircom Real port lan, lan/modem combo
Cisco Aironet wireless lan
LSPCI: (out of dock)
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX - 82443BX/ZX Host bridge (rev 03)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX - 82443BX/ZX AGP bridge (rev 03)
00:02.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1450 (rev 03)
00:02.1 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1450 (rev 03)
00:05.0 Multimedia audio controller: Cirrus Logic CS 4614/22/24
00:06.0 Bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB PIIX4 ISA (rev 02)
00:06.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82371AB PIIX4 IDE (rev 01)
00:06.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82371AB PIIX4 USB (rev 01)
00:06.3 Bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB PIIX4 ACPI (rev 03)
00:07.0 Communication controller: Lucent Microelectronics WinModem 56k (rev 01)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Neomagic Corporation [MagicMedia 256AV] (rev 20)
I only used the first bootable CD from the official Debian CD-set and then
I went on with network (apt). X11 is not a problem because neomagic is
supported in Xfree for a long time. I'm using 16 bpp. You can also use 24 bpp
but without acceleration support. The built-in pointer works in
the same way as a standard PS2 mouse and when you have setuped it in BIOS, you
can use simultarily both, external PS2 mouse and internal pointer. After
installation I compiled my own 2.4.20 kernel.
Soundcard is supported in kernel OSS, use just:
Again, no problems there. Just compile to your kernel:
Probably you will not need all of them, depending for what you would like to
use your IRDA. And then compile this as a module:
After that you will be able to work with it. What is important is:
/sbin/insmod nsc-ircc dongle_id=0x09
# very importnt parametr for nsc-ircc.o.
# on this laptop, without it, irda would not work.
/sbin/ifconfig irda0 up
/bin/echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/irda/discovery
After that I had no problem to establish PPP connection through IRDA
and my Nokia 6210 phone. With "AT+CBST=81,0,1;+CHSN=6,0,0,0" string I can
use HSCSD, which is a technology supported by my phone and GSM operator as well.
For other stuff see IRDA-Howto.
USB works fine. It is supported in standard kernel tree. I do not expect you
could have any problems with it.
PCMCIA started to work early during installation process and works fine till
today. I tested a few types of Xircom PCMCIA lan and lan/modem combo cards.
It worked perfectly.
On the RIPE meeting I borrowed Cisco Aironet WIFI adapter. It worked also
fine, just "plug and play". For your reference see my config (as you can
notice, it is nothing special there):
(bacil).root:/usr/src/linux# cat /etc/default/pcmcia
# Defaults for pcmcia (sourced by /etc/init.d/pcmcia)
When we bought this laptop, there was no support of this sw modem for Linux.
Right now the situation is quite diffrent. Now, it is "ltmodem-8.26a9"
driver from http://www.heby.de/ltmodem
project page. I followed "Readme" instructions and my modem works fine. I
only loaded modules lt_serial and lt_modem. After that, there is /dev/ttyLT0
and it works like standard serial port with HW modem. After that, there was
no problem to establish PPP conection throuh this modem.
Ethernet card in Port-Replicator
It is standard Intel Ether Express pro card, so the driver from the standard
kernel tree worked fine. My driver is compiled in my kernel. When I'm in my
office with laptop in UltraBay with Port-Replicator, the kernel recognizes
the card during booting and I'm using this card for lan connectivity.
At home I have only a naked notebook, so the card is not recognized by kernel,
and I'm using PCMCIA Xircom eth card there. It's fine, because
Port-Replicator lan card and PCMCIA card
configs are different and I do not have any changes in IP settings at home and
in my office.
Just compile APM to your kernel and it will be working fine.
By email@example.com 29.3.2003