Installing Fedora Core 6 on a ThinkPad A30

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I got this laptop for school about Six months ago and after enough with Windows I thought I would install Fedora Core on the system. My exact model is 2652-AU2 Here are the hardware specs.

  • P3-M 1GHz (512KB L2)
  • 256MB RAM
  • 20.0GB HDD
  • 14.1 XGA(1024x768) TFT LCD
  • 8X DVD
  • LS-120 Super Drive
  • 10/100 LAN
  • D-Link D650 WiFi Card
  • Interfaces: serial, parallel, IrDA, RGB, TV-out, audio in/out/microphone, modem (RJ11), Ethernet (RJ45), 2x PCMCIA, 2x USB1.1

Hardware support

Most Of the hardware is supported by Linux. This includes This includes the graphics chip, Intel's SpeedStep, APM (suspend to RAM, suspend to disk), sound, modem, IrDA, ThinkPad specific function keys, the TrackPoint, Ethernet and PCMCIA and USB.


I use the standard 2.6 Kernel that came with FC6. If I do my own kernel I will add a section.


The version Works right out of the box with full OpenGL support.


The sound is supported by the Intel 8x0 driver.

Power management

The ACPI works right out of the box, and is very easy to setup using KDE.


The Ethernet hardware is supported by the e100 driver in the standard Linux kernel.


The TrackPoint is supported as a PS/2 mouse device and works perfectly with X and KDE.


The Modem is a Winmodems, but is supported by the Smartlink driver, it says that there is some problem with the unsupported hardware codec.


The PCMCIA slots work out of the box using the drivers included in the pcmcia-cs package.



The wifi card is not supported by the pcmcia-cs package and is a continuing problem.