IBM ThinkPad X31 (2673-CBU), bought used.
Currently running: Kubuntu 5.10 (Breezy).
I first installed Kubuntu 5.10 (Breezy). I wanted to keep Windoze, just in case I needed it (but I never use it ;) ), and keep the hidden protected area, and be able to reach it at startup, just in case I sell the laptop back at some point. My problem was that:
- GRUB has to be installed either in the MBR or in the first partition. At least that's what I thought at the time but it's probably wrong, see here. Anyway, I wanted to keep Linux in front, as I plan to remove windoze completely, and the first part of the disk should be faster.
- Windows would only work being on the first partition (AFAIK)
- Putting GRUB in the MBR would overwrite the original setup/recovery tools (AFAIK - Note: if you do this, and later manage to start Windows, it will rewrite the MBR anyway)
My solution (DO IT AT YOUR OWN RISK):
- Create a new primary partition for Windows, at the end of the disk, before the rescue partition. Copy windows there.
- Modify windows' boot.ini:
$ diff /windows/boot.ini /windows/boot.ini~
3c3 < default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS --- > default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS 5c5 < multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect --- > multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
My current partition table according to fdisk:
Disk /dev/hda: 36.8 GB, 36825459200 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4477 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/hda1 * 1 6 48163+ 83 Linux /dev/hda2 3651 4477 6642877+ b W95 FAT32 /dev/hda3 7 249 1951897+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris /dev/hda4 250 3650 27318532+ 5 Extended /dev/hda5 250 3650 27318501 83 Linux Partition table entries are not in disk order
- (I think I) modified interfaces to enable hotplugging the ethernet cable
- How can I switch and keys? (I guess I can't as combinations are interpreted by the BIOS)
- Enable scrolling and keep functionality of mouse 2 button. For the moment I'm using button 2 to scroll, and emulating 2=1+3 to paste. See the "InputDevice" section in my xorg.conf
- does not work
- Hissing sound when on batteries. This is only audible in a very silent room, where a plug is normally available anyway, so I guess I will keep it like this..
- IEEE 1394
- Parallel port