Installing OpenSUSE 10.1 on a ThinkPad R60e
Get the DVD
You can download the 32bit iso images DVD from many sites such as opensuse
Im my specific case I had no interest in keeping the windows system or the Predesktop Area. Therefore, disabled the Predesktop Area and installed the Linux system on the entire disk.
Typically, if you wish to keep you windows partition, the SuSE installer will offer shrinking it. Note that shrinking may not be possible if your windows partition is heavily fragmented.
Simply place the DVD into the drive and boot your laptop and follow the installation instructions which are really very straightforward.
If you choose a typical KDE installation, without adding any further packages, you should be done in about 20 minutes.
Basically everthing works out-of-the-box and requires no further setup. The wireless board requires installing ipw3945d, but this may be selected during installation and should also work out-of-the-box (see also wireless section).
All Ibm-acpi functions work, as well as suspend-to-disk. suspend-do-ram requires setting of SUSPEND2RAM_FORCE=yes in System/Powermanagement/Powersave/Sleep_Modes in the /etc/sysconfig editor of Yast2.
Not tested (yet)
Bluetooth, external monitor.
Internal modem works excelent (both data and fax) with driver from IBM:
Driver is originally developed for T60p, but works without any problems on R60e (modem in both laptops are identical piece of hardware).
Instalation instructions [SuSE 10.1]:
# rpm -i l79m05ww.rpm
Sound works but not always as reliably as it should, mixer settings and not saved. This requires some further investigation and perhaps a bit of fine-tuning.
Select, either during the installation or afterwards (using Yast2), to install the package ipw3945d, and reload the module ipw3945
# modprobe -r ipw3945d
# modprobe ipw3945
alternatively reboot the system. Once installed wireless works out of the box.
Usually the ipw3945d package should have been installed once a ipw3945 board is detected, this bas been registered as a bug.
SuSE 10.1 uses the Network Manager by default, which means that the wireless interface can be managed by the user directly and requires no further setup.
Installation is straightforward, fast and gives you immediate availability of to a highly sophisticated system without need for any further configuration. Sound may need some kernel module fine-tuning though. It is this reviewers opinion that Intel-graphics based Thinkpad laptops seem to provide the best out-of-the-box installation experience.
- General Linux guide for the ThinkPad R60e
- This guide is listed at the TuxMobil Linux laptop and notebook installation survey (IBM/Lenovo).