I used the T40 for about four hours yesterday afternoon.
I had several problems with it.
1) It has the built-in Intel Pro wireless 2100 3B WiFi and it doesn't
have drivers for Linux (because Intel hasn't released the
specifications). It also refuses to work with the cisco VPN software. To
use wireless, I had to move the old Orinoco card from my existing Dell
laptop to the T40. My research shows that the IBM 802.11a/b/g built-in
wireless card may work better.
2) The "Fn" key is where the "Ctrl" key is supposed to be! I keep
hitting "Fn-X" instead of Ctrl-X in pine.... Eek!
3) My standard PS/2 wheel mouse doesn't fit in the IBM plug -- must be
some new fangled configuration, or a special IBM converter required.
So if you get one of these remember to get a new USB mouse (or use the
built-in touchpad and trackpoint devices).
4) I installed SuSE 9 on it (without shrinking the existing NTFS
partition) and now it won't boot. Apparently the BIOS lies about its
ability to perform LBA style access to the large disk and the grub boot
info was beyond cylinder 1024. Unfortunately, the "Restore to Factory
Defaults" option from the "Access IBM" blue button menu failed too....
It took me less than 4 hours to make it unusable. That's a new record for
Frank Swasey | http://www.uvm.edu/~fcs
Systems Programmer | Always remember: You are UNIQUE,
University of Vermont | just like everyone else.
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