Installing SUSE 10 on a ThinkPad TransNote

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This page tells about installation of SUSE on a ThinkPad TransNote.

Introduction, general installation notes

Power Management

SUSE 10, like any other SUSE version, uses powersaved for power management. powersaved attaches himself to acpid via a file socket, acpid is only running to forward all events to powersaved.

While the basic PM functionalities work out of the box, it gets a bit tricky when you want to enable ibm_acpi and tpb. Yes, tpb - the strange thing is that if something goes wrong with the ibm_acpi support, tpb will stop working.

Since SUSE has the individual ACPI support options compiled as modules, it is important that these modules get loaded in the right order. To assure that, you will need to do the following changes to some files in /etc/sysconfig. You can either manually edit the files or use the YAST2 interface to set the variables.

  • in /etc/sysconfig/powersave/common adjust the following lines:
ACPI_MODULES="battery ac button ibm_acpi nvram"
ACPI_MODULES_NOT_TO_UNLOAD="ibm_acpi ac battery button fan processor thermal"
  • in /etc/sysconfig/kernel adjust the following line:
MODULES_LOADED_ON_BOOT="battery ac button ibm_acpi processor thermal fan nvram"

powersaved complains about missing cpufreq support on boot. It might be good to switch to userspace frequency scaling.

  • in /etc/sysconfig/cpufreq adjust the following line: