Installation instructions for the ThinkPad 365

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Specific installation notes for the ThinkPad 365C, 365CD, 365CS, 365CSD, 365E, 365ED, 365X and 365XD.

General Notes

The Thinkpad 365 ( model 2625) has serveral boot options available in the setup / diagnostic mode ( hold down F1 and turn on laptop to enter setup) . One option is to boot from floppy or CD (365XD) which is fairly standard, but a more flexible option is to boot from the PCMCIA port. Given a large capacity flash card ( usually a compact flash card in a PCMCIA adapter) the original setup CD can be replicated onto the flash card. Alternativly any distribution designed to run from a USB Flash card will also run from the PCMCIA port.

Using the PCMCIA Fash card method above it should be possible to test most of the mainstream distros using LiveCD versions before installing to the harddrive.

The ThinkPad 365XD is known to be compatible with Red Hat 6.2, as long as the system has more than 8 megabytes of memory. There is a problem with starting up X; while models of the 365XD with TFT displays were compatible with a number of releases of X, the DTSN models of the 365XD had compatibility problems with certain releases of X, and required complicated startup to make X visible:

  • Run $ startx to start the X server
  • Hit FnF7 on the keyboard. This may make X visible. If not:
  • Exit out of X with CtrlAltBackspace
  • Restart X with $ startx

Releases 3.2 and 3.3.6 of XFree86 are known to be compatible with the 365XD; other releases may not be.

Distro specific Instructions

External Sources

ThinkPad 365XD