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.

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