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T40p - good choice for running FBSD?
- Subject: T40p - good choice for running FBSD?
- From: peter.schuller at infidyne.com (Peter Schuller)
- Date: Mon Jan 12 11:37:53 2004
> I've look at a new laptop and the IBM T40p looks like nice.
> After searching in this list, many employees favorite the IBM brand.
> Is there any reason why I don't buy a T40p(any experience aside from
> Lukas Ertl's laptop list)?
> It looks like the same as T40. How contented the T40p owner?
The p has a higher resolution IIRC; sligtly higher cpu frequency and built-in
bluetooth by default. Also a different wireless chipset IIRC, but not sure.
As for buying or not... there are a few rough edges but overall I'm quite
happy with FreeBSD 5 on my T40p. I have put some notes up here that you might
find worth reading:
Short summary of things that dont quite work (though I may be forgetting
* Having an extra battery in the "ultra bay" (or something; don't remember
what they call it) results in hangs during shutdown and just about any kind
of ACPI event coming from the hardware (swithing keyboard LEDs on/off etc).
This was on CURRENT a while back though; it may be fixed by now.
* Suspend/resume never did work right for me with ACPI, though its working now
with APM given that (1) you're not in X (though X may be running on another
VC) and (2) a patched em0 driver to prevent it from breaking after a resume.
Sometimes you can get hangs on resume, but I think it has something to do
with disc activity. Running with APM turned on, but apmd turned *off*, I
don't have a problem in practice.
* Bluetooth was wokring fine for me up until recently. Not sure where the
problem lies though, so it may still be working and its just a configuration
issue. I haven't had time to look at it in a while.
Otherwise I think things are working fine. No problems with the wireless card
(assuming 5.1+ CURRENT or 5.2 since the atheros driver is very new), cd
burner works fine, X works fine (though no AGP)...
/ Peter Schuller, InfiDyne Technologies HB
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