[lug] Laptop recommendations

Peter Hutnick peter-lists at hutnick.com
Mon May 13 12:11:06 MDT 2002

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On Monday 13 May 2002 05:54 am, Charles Morrison wrote:
> I'll chime in on thinkpads. I have a relatively old one, a 600, which
> works quite well under linux. Nice screen and if you like the
> eraserhead, good mouse hardware. This was a fairly cheap IBM warrentee
> rebuild/resale. I haven't needed to deal with IBM service.
> The only issues I have are: the sound is flakey and it has a winmodem.
> There is an mwave modem driver for linux, but I've never gotten it to
> work. The sound works sometimes when setting up RH, but doesn't work
> consistently between reboots. It doesn't work at all under SuSE or
> Mandrake, at least as I've tried it. I believe it's a driver issue, but
> couldn't swear to it. I don't have a pressing need for sound on it. I
> haven't been able to get a pcmcia modem to work on it nicely either.
> I've tried a Xircom and a "Best Data" with lousy results on each.
> Ethernet cards work great.
> So if you go with an IBM, choose a newer one than this. ;o)

I have a TP600 as well, and had problems with the sound for a long time.

Mine came with a hardware PCMCIA modem (IBM branded 3com) and everything on it 
works great.

I had problems with the sound for a long time.  It would stop working on 
reboot or just at random.  I never really figured out what it was, but my 
modules.conf has the line "options cs4232 io=0x530 irq=5 dma=1 dma2=0 
mpuio=0x330 mpuirq=9" and I am using the latest update version of the RH 
kernel for 7.2.  It works 100% for "wav" audio now.  Haven't tried midi.

I used to use a Linksys 10/100 PCMCIA card with it, but have switched to a 
Skyline 802.11b card.  Both always worked great.  (Execpt the dongle on that 
piece of crap Linksys card :-(  )

- -Peter

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