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Thinkpads

Thinkpads and antiX/MX

History

The first Thinkpad was produced in 1992 by International Business Machines – IBM. About a decade later, this part of IBM’s business was taken over by Lenovo with the transfer being completed in 2005, although the business arrangment provided for IBM to continue the sale of Thinkpads for several more years. A table of Model Numbers and their year of first appearance is in Thinkwiki. Links from the Numbers in this table provide more information for most models.

AntiX and MX-Linux Compatibility

Overall, there is a large range of Thinkpad Models with differing performance and capabilities. To further complicate issues for a prospective user, there may be several hardware options for each model. For example, a Thinkpad T420 has seven possible CPU’s, a choice of two for each of Graphics Adapter, Display, WWAN adapter and several versions of battery and local wireless. Details for some of these options are available at Thinkwiki.

Some of these hardware options result in poor, even nil, peformance for AntiX and MX, this has been discussed on the MX Forum.

The table developed by user Hierax-ca includes a few Lenovo Ideapads used by Forum members: Thinkpad compatibility Table

Links to Users Comments and Reports

100s 600x s21e A31p L412 L430

T23 T41 T42 T43 T60 T60p

T61p T301 T321s

T400 T420 T430 T500 T520 T530 T601pF

W500 W520 W700 W700ds W701

X40 X60t X61 X61s X131e

X200 X220 X220t X230 X301


Thinkpad T550

 

Rating – 8.5 / 10

Stock MX-15 64-bit loads and runs reasonably well, but machine is unstable with the stock 4.2 kernel resulting in frequent hard locks due to the Intel Broadwell-U Integrated Graphics. Machine stabilises somewhat with the latest kernels from Debian Backports or the 4.6 Liquorix kernel, but still suffers hard lockups when viewing multimedia content, esp through facebook and Google Chrome, though not limited to Chrome, same crash in FF. Apart from the crashes, almost everything else works very well, though I’ve had the randon loss of individual USB3.0 ports from time to time, no pattern or reason I can pinpoint. Putting the machine to sleep and waking it again causes the lockups to increase dramatically, but a clean reboot sorts it all out. Battery drain during sleep is better than Windows OOTB, 7 days and discharged to 39%.

System:    Host: Mikepav Kernel: 4.6-1.dmz.1-liquorix-amd64 x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 4.9.2)
           Desktop: Xfce 4.12.2 (Gtk 2.24.25) Distro: MX-15_x64 Fusion 06 January 2016
Machine:   System: LENOVO (portable) product: 20CK0011AU v: ThinkPad T550
           Mobo: LENOVO model: 20CK0011AU v: SDK0E50510 WIN Bios: LENOVO v: N11ET31W (1.07 ) date: 03/19/2015
Battery    BAT0: charge: 40.0 Wh 95.6% condition: 41.9/44.4 Wh (94%) model: SANYO 45N1741 status: Discharging
           BAT1: charge: 20.1 Wh 99.2% condition: 20.3/23.2 Wh (87%) model: SANYO 45N1775 status: N/A
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i7-5600U (-HT-MCP-) cache: 4096 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 10375
           clock speeds: max: 2601 MHz 1: 1200 MHz 2: 1100 MHz 3: 500 MHz 4: 500 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Broadwell-U Integrated Graphics bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.16.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1920×[email protected]
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 5500 (Broadwell GT2)
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 11.1.3 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card-1 Intel Wildcat Point-LP High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Card-2 Intel Broadwell-U Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:03.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.6-1.dmz.1-liquorix-amd64
Network:   Card-1: Intel Ethernet Connection (3) I218-LM driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k port: 3080 bus-ID: 00:19.0
           IF: eth0 state: down mac: 54:ee:75:4e:fe:df
           Card-2: Intel Wireless 7265 driver: iwlwifi bus-ID: 03:00.0
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: 34:02:86:08:9d:af
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 1128.2GB (61.9% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD10SPCX size: 1000.2GB
           ID-2: /dev/sdb model: ADATA_SP600NS34 size: 128.0GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 22G used: 6.5G (33%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdb1
           ID-2: /home size: 773G used: 448G (61%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
           ID-3: swap-1 size: 4.29GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sdb3
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 29.5C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 0
Info:      Processes: 231 Uptime: 10 min Memory: 937.6/15771.7MB Init: SysVinit runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 4.9.2
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.301) inxi: 2.3.0 

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