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    /xHW/Thinkpad_600e: Ubuntu Linux on Thinkpad 600e (Pii 366 MHz)

    Type: 2645-CBH

    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host bridge (rev 03)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX AGP bridge (rev 03)
    00:02.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1251A
    00:02.1 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1251A
    00:06.0 Multimedia audio controller: Cirrus Logic CS 4610/11 [CrystalClear SoundFusion Audio Accelerator] (rev 01)
    00:07.0 Bridge: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA (rev 02)
    00:07.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE (rev 01)
    00:07.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB (rev 01)
    00:07.3 Bridge: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI (rev 02)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Neomagic Corporation NM2200 [MagicGraph 256AV] (rev 20)
    

    This was very much a high-end machine in its day, but now is I think quite slow for all but the most modest desktop requirements. However, it has two PCMCIA card slots, which makes it a good candidate for a home router / server.

    Also, it has a very similar sound card to my a21m Thinkpad[1], and has suffered the same fate: the sound card does not work because the driver has been removed from the Linux kernel because of firmware issues. Bummer. Playing music is something this machine should do quite well. Buy a USB sound card[2].

    PCMCIA Networking Problems

    Back when it was doing server duty with a Debian install, I used to roll my own kernel with this machine because the stock Debian kernel images never seemed to be able to get both of my PCMCIA cards working (usually just one network would come up -- one of this Thinkpad's functions was as a router for my home network, so this is not enough).

    Then I noticed that there are some ugly looking messages in the syslog on the subject of ACPI, despite passing "noacpi" to the kernel. I then added "acpi=off" to the kernel options, and lo and behold, both cards came up with Debian's linux-image-2.6.20-1-686.

    The full options line in my /boot/grub/menu.lst were:

    # kopt=root=/dev/hda1 ro acpi=off noacpi apm=on

    I am not sure if "apm=on" is actually doing anything, but almost all of the ACPI junk has disappeared from the log, and my PCMCIA network cards worked with this hack. For the record, I am using one PCMCIA network card and one cardbus card.

    [1] http://blog.langex.net/index.cgi/HW/Thinkpad_a21m/installation-report.html
    [2] http://blog.langex.net/index.cgi/HW/USB_audio/USB-audio-solves-Linux-sound-problems.html

    posted at: 11:23 | path: /xHW/Thinkpad_600e | permanent link to this entry