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=== SATA Issues ===
Quote from [[Installing_Debian_Lenny_on_a_ThinkPad_T61]]
<blockquote>Currently, SATA mode is set to "Compatibility" in the BIOS and I'm using the ATA_PIIX driver, which finds both the hard and the cdrom drive. In AHCI mode, the cdrom is not found. I haven't found any information on that, yet.
Running in the AHCI mode worked for me - the hard drive showed up as /dev/sda and the cdrom as /dev/hda. K3b finds it and uses it fine.</blockquote>
== Installation ==
== Installation ==

Revision as of 18:48, 17 August 2012


This page is a work in progress and is currently (Jan 2012) maintained by User:Eliasson. It covers the installation of Debian Testing daily build, codenamed Wheezy. Hardware marked on this page with "N/A" is available on some Thinkpad T61's, but not on mine. Feel free to fill in the gaps if you have the info.

System information

  • BIOS version:
  • Linux kernel version: 3.1.0-1-amd64


Using the Debian Wheezy netinstall image from Aug 27, 2011, I couldn't get the computer to boot the normal installation CD. Everything stalled after the message Loading initrd.gz..... An Ubuntu 10.04 CD worked fine though. I ended up using a USB flash drive to install Debian. This guide covers how to create a bootable flash drive. Also, the T61 seems to be a little picky about the USB stick. If one doesn't work, try another. It needs to be recognized in BIOS as a "USB Hard Drive" with a plus sign in front.

However, the Debian Wheezy netinstall image from Jan 1, 2012 booted just fine. The graphical installation crashed immediately but the text installation worked. This leads me to the conclusion that the installation problems are probably not the computer's fault but the fact that Debian Testing is still not perfectly stable. Eliasson 00:57, 2 January 2012 (CET)


ALSA works out of the box.


NVidia Quadro NVS 140M


Intel 965GM

  • Driver: intel

Correct screen resolution identified automatically. No need to touch /etc/X11/xorg.conf. External monitor untested.

WiFi: Intel 3945/4965AGN

With kernel 2.6.24RC3 the driver comes part of the kernel and does not need manual installation. You still have to copy and install the firmware though.

Activate the non-free repositories and install the package firmware-iwlwifi [1]. According to the Debian-Package-Info page, this package is architecture independent. Reboot your computer and the WiFi card should work. The hardware disable switch works without problems.

WiFi: ThinkPad 11a/b/g Wi-Fi wireless LAN Mini-PCIe US/EMEA/LA/ANZ (Atheros)




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