Installing Fedora on a ThinkPad T60
Creation timestamp: Whizkid 05:00, 6 February 2008 (CET)
This document is meant to be the definitive resource to getting the latest current release of Fedora running on a ThinkPad T60. I welcome improvements to the page, especially for hardware I don't have (video chips, WiFi cards, WWAN devices).
This document is current for Fedora 8. Fedora 9 Alhpa 1 has just been released, but we have a few months before that goes gold.
Every T60 has a drive that can read DVDs. Nothing else is needed during the install, and it's the method I'm documenting first. Other methods of installation are detailed on the Fedora web site.
Fedora 8 does not have a method to shrink NTFS partitions during installation. You can use Knoppix or other LiveCD's to do that if you want to dual-boot. Links to pages on how to do that would be nice right about.... here.
- Boot the DVD. I recommend completing the media test at least once on each disc you burn. You are presented with a title screen and no instructions. (That's what we're for!) Click Next.
- Select the installation language. Click Next.
- Select your keyboard language. Click Next. The installer looks for existing installations. You are prompted to choose a clean installation or upgrade. I'm documenting a clean install. Click Next.
- You are asked how to partition your drive. The default is to remove existing Linux partitions. That's a fine choice. Turn on the Review check box to see how it will partition the drive if you're curious. Click Next.
- Confirm that you want to delete partitions.
If you checked the Review box above, you are presented with the new disk layout. Edit as you please then click Next.
- The installer looks for other installed operating systems. You are asked where the boot loader will be installed. If you want to keep ThinkVantage functionality, check Configure advanced boot loader options. You can change the label of the other operating systems on the drive and select a default OS. Click Next.
If you selected advanced option configuration, you are asked where the boot loader should be installed. Select the first sector of the boot partition, not the MBR, if you want ThinkVantage to work at startup, or if you want another OS to manage the boot process. We may want to add kernel parameters here. Click Next.