Installing OpenSUSE 10.2 on a ThinkPad X41 Tablet

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Success Chart

Item Working Notes
Installation Network Installation Not Tested
USB Installation Yes (DVD)
Display Laptop Screen Yes X.org i810 driver
CRT / Projector Yes
Screen Rotation Yes* XRandR
Stylus Yes* wacom serial driver.
Power Management Suspend to Disk (hibernate) Yes* Software Suspend 2
Suspend to RAM (ACPI sleep) Yes* Software Suspend 2
Audio Yes ALSA intel8x0 driver
Wireless 802.11b/g Yes ipw2200 drivers
Bluetooth Not Tested See Bluetooth on Fedora Core 4
Card Slots Cardbus Yes yenta_socket driver
SD Card Yes* sdhci driver
Extra Buttons Keyboard Section Yes ibm-acpi driver
Tablet buttons Yes*
Fingerprint Scanner Not Tested
Harddisk Active Protection Not Tested hdapsd

* = Configuration Required

Installation

Installation is fairly simple, most features work out-of-the-box.

Configuration

(Instructions are for KDE)

Tablet Configuration

General tablet configuration is pretty simple.

  • Open Sax2
    • First, go to the monitor section, we need to fix the screen size
      • Next to where it says "Monitor:", click the Change button
      • The auto-detected monitor is -->LCD / 1024X768@75HZ, which is fine
      • Go to the Display Size tab
        • Enter 248 for the X-Axis
        • Enter 186 for the Y-Axis
      • Click OK to close the Monitor Settings window
    • Now go to the Tablet section
      • Check Activate This Tablet
      • Select IBM / X41 TABLET PC (SERIAL)
    • Go to the Port and Mode tab
      • Set the port to COM-1 [/dev/ttyS0]
      • Select TCPButton >>> on
      • Select AlwaysCore
      • Select ForceDevice >>> ISDV4
      • Set the mode to Absolute
    • Go to the Electronic Pens tab
      • Check Add Pen
      • Click the Properties button
        • Select TCPButton >>> on
        • Select AlwaysCore
        • Select ForceDevice >>> ISDV4
        • Set the mode to Absolute
    • Save