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Ubuntu on IBM Thinkpad T23 May 29, 2008

Posted by claudio in Uncategorized.
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For the googlers out there: Ubuntu 8.04 – and for that matter the previous versions as well – works completely out of the box on this laptop.


1. ubuntucat - May 29, 2008

Can you explain a bit more what completely means? For example, can you resume from suspend-to-RAM? Are there any hotkeys that do not work? Is the battery life exactly the same, if not longer, than the Windows one? How about the boot time?

2. claudio - May 29, 2008

Shure. The t23 used to be my main machine a while back, however it nows plays the kind of prominent role of oversized mp3 player (it has an external usb hardisk attached) in my livingroom.

To answer your questions (the machine is 1 meter from me anyway):
– Suspend to Ram: it sleeps and comes up. Usb disk gets remounted (what rhythmbox can not handle). Minor (easy to fix) problem found on this version: no sound when it wakes. Probably just loading/unloading the module before sleeping, I would have a look if you want.
– hotkeys work: sleeping, hibernating, screen brightness, volume mute, etc.
– battery life compared to Windows? No idea, I didn’t run Windows on that machine.

3. ubuntucat - May 29, 2008

Cool. Thanks for explaining a bit more.

4. claudio - January 2, 2010

By the way, on Ubuntu 9.10 everything seems to work fine.

5. El - February 26, 2010

I’m also running Karmic on my T23 and it runs very well. Quick question though- I have 512MB RAM, but I can’t get videos to play back smoothly. On the web they’re fine, but if it’s an .avi or whatever, I get sound, and choppy or no video. I’ve installed all the codecs and I can’t get it to work. Any ideas?

claudio - February 26, 2010

Mmm. I often use the machine to watch divx (it’s connected to a TV). Video are smooth with Totem and Vlc. I am using Xubuntu though (with all unnecessary services disabled).

6. El - February 27, 2010

I made some improvement today. I can now watch stuff that’s pretty compressed, but HD is out of the question. DVD’s play just fine. Just those stinkin’ clips. lol! I’ll see about rendering some stuff out into a different format.


7. Matt - March 2, 2010

Any chance I could take a look at your Xorg.conf file for your T23? I’ve been trying to tweak my display and graphics settings with not too much luck. Very much appreciated.

claudio - March 5, 2010

$ cat xorg.conf |grep -v ^#

Section “Files”

Section “Device”
Identifier “S3 Inc. SuperSavage IX/C SDR”
Driver “savage”
BusID “PCI:1:0:0”

Section “Monitor”
Identifier “Generic Monitor”
Option “DPMS”
HorizSync 28-51
VertRefresh 43-60

Section “Screen”
Identifier “Default Screen”
Device “S3 Inc. SuperSavage IX/C SDR”
Monitor “Generic Monitor”
DefaultDepth 16
SubSection “Display”
Modes “1024×768”

Section “ServerLayout”
Identifier “Default Layout”
Screen “Default Screen”


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