Fedora Core 6 on an IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad T60p
Intel Core Duo T2600 CPU (2.16GHz
2GB 667MHz DDR2 memory (2x 1GB SoDIMMs)
100GB 7200rpm SATA disk
15" UXGA (1600x1200) "IPS FlexView" display (matte coating)
ATI FireGL v5200 256MB GDDR3 video card
DVD +/- DL DVD burner
Intel 82573L Gigabit ethernet card
Intel 3945 WLAN card
I installed Fedora Core 6 from a
DVD. I installed FC6 with an ext3 root
partition and SELinux turned off by booting the install with "
selinux=0" at the boot command line. After the
installation was complete, be sure to run "
yum -y update"
After installing FC6 and updating, I
followed most of the instructions on this page
really useful later for installing things like the ATI binary driver,
Works with the regular kernel (in FC6,
there is no longer an SMP and a non-SMP kernel). Currently
Worked out of the box. Running
"hdparm -t /dev/sda" shows about 50 MB/s reads, not bad for a
laptop. Model number
HTS721010G9SA00 is a Hitachi
Video Card and Display
I ran "yum install kmod-fglrx" to
proprietary ATI driver. Select the fglrx driver in the Display
control panel and set the
resolution and color depth. After some consternation, I
discovered that after the install, you need to link
/usr/lib/libGL.so.1.2 to /usr/lib/ati-fglrx/libGL.so.1.2 to get X to
use the fglx GL driver instead of the Mesa one. Here is my
current xorg.conf file
The video card seems very fast. The FireGL v5200 is based on the
-- I'm not sure what the differences are, but the v5200 is a "business"
card and the X1600 is more of a "gamer" card. However, running
atunnel screensaver on this machine had similar results to running it
on an Apple MacBook Pro (running Ubuntu). The T60p was rendering
1600x1200, and the MacBook Pro was rendering at 1440x900 so I would
expect some slowdown (1600x1200 is about 48% more pixels). In any
case, I havn't run any games on it, but it seems fast to me.
I have used this to burn CDs, but have
not burned any DVDs with it yet. Running "
hdparm -I /dev/dvd
ATAPI CD-ROM, with removable media
Likely used CD-ROM ATAPI-1
DRQ response: 50us.
Packet size: 12 bytes
LBA, IORDY(can be disabled)
DMA: sdma0 sdma1 sdma2 mdma0
mdma1 mdma2 udma0 udma1 *udma2
Cycle time: min=120ns recommended=120ns
PIO: pio0 pio1 pio2 pio3
Cycle time: no flow control=240ns IORDY flow control=120ns
HW reset results:
CBLID- below Vih
Device num = 1
Worked out of the box (including
gigabit connections). Identifies itself as an "Intel Corporation
82573L Gigabit Ethernet Controller".
3945 Wireless LAN card
Did not appear to "just work" though I
have not tried to configure it or use it.
Appears to work, not using it.
Worked out of the box. Reports
itself as a "Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition
Audio Controller" works using the ALSA drivers, defines it self as
"Intel HD Audio" in some places. I had to fiddle with
to unmute the "front" channel to get the speakers working. Be
careful to not disable the modem in the BIOS, or the sound card will
Seems to work out of the box.
Hitting "Fn-F4" suspends, and the machine resumes with the X
screensaver locked (so you have to type your password to unlock).
Everything seems to come back fine. This also works when closing
Installed tpb by running "
install tpb". After that, you can run "
and then when you hit "Fn-Home" to change screen brightness, a
graphical slider will overlay on the screen. Not exactly
critical, but pretty cool. Tpb will also allow you to launch a
program when you hit the "ThinkVantage" button, and control volume with
the volume buttons.
- Great build quality
- Bright, high-resolution screen
- Fast CPUs, memory, disk, video
- Fairly light weight (with the 6-cell battery)
- The Fn key is where the left Control key should be. I
havn't figured out how to swap those two keys, and I'm not even sure
it's possible. For now I've swapped Caps-Lock and Control in my
- I find using the top-level mouse buttons with the track point a
little cumbersom, but that'll probably fade with more use of this setup.
- Accessing the memory slots is a pain. You have to unscrew
four screws on the bottom of the case, then lift the handrest off and
disconnect a thin cable running from the trackpad to the
motherboard. Given how often I figure I'll need to get at the
memory, this should not be a problem.
- The screen could be brighter. It's a great screen, but the
MacBook Pro is still better.
- The esc key is above the F1 key, so I find myself constantly
hiting F1. I've remapped this using xmodmap (put "
Escape" into your .Xmodmap file).
All-in-all, I really like this
machine. Right before this, I picked up a 15" MacBook Pro and
installed Ubuntu on it to dual-boot with OSX. That was a nice
machine, but the lack of a two-button mouse and the excessive heat was
really bad. I ended up returning that machine and getting the
T60p instead. The MBP display is definately brighter (rated at
300 nits (candella/m2) vs. the ThinkPad at 200 nits), but
ThinkPad still has a good, bright display. When you put the two
next to eachother, the Apple is clearly brighter.
The ThinkPad is definately sturdily built. I have had a number of
"consumer" laptops and this one puts those to shame in build
quality. The screen hinges are metal and appear to be part of the
internal chassis. The handrests are the only thing that's not
made of metal, and those don't flex hardly at all. The rest of
the machine has no flex, and I can pick it up by the front corners and
not worry about snapping it in half or anything.
This machine is very fast.
Running the build system for my job it's nearly twice as fast as my
3.2GHz HyperThreaded P4 desktop at work. The CPU is
user-upgradable (will require a BIOS update) to the Merom (Core 2 Duo)
CPUs. I plan on upgrading it to a T7600 or something in 4-6
months when those CPUs have come down in price. With 2GB of
memory, I can run Oracle 10g (XE), my entire dev environment (IntelliJ
IDEA, JBoss, etc) and it's still fast. It gets pretty warm after
running a lot of GPU and CPU intensive things for a while (run a few
copies of fgl_glxgears for a while) but it's still nowhere near as hot
as the MacBook Pro.