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Old 4th August 2009
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Default ThinkPad X301 / OpenBSD

The day I arrived at DefCon my Acer Aspire One netbook died, leaving me without a laptop for the entire trip. Infuriating. Anyway, am going to get a decent mini laptop to replace it, and have been looking at the ThinkPad X range.

Anyone had experience of running OpenBSD on a Lenovo ThinkPad X301?

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Old 20th December 2009
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I run OpenBSD on my x60s
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I run FreeBSD (yes I know this is OpenBSD thread), on ThinkPad X300 and averything works smooth.

ThinkPad X301 has little newer Intel platform, so you must only check OpenBSD support for these:
GS45 chipset (with X4500 graphics), dunno if X301 has the same sound card as X300, but X300 has Azalia A1984A card which is supported by OpenBSD (dmesg part below).

azalia0: codecs: Analog Devices AD1984A, AT&T/Lucent/0x1040, using Analog Devices AD1984A

As for WiFi, newerX301 has 5100 Wireless.

Also check these threads:
http://www.mail-archive.com/misc@ope.../msg79540.html

If you want to be sure that it will work, get X300 with GS965 chipset (X3100 graphics) and 4965AGN Wireless.
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The BSD's seem to REALLY like all IBM/Lenovo's very much, take a live cd with you to the store and boot up, check dmesg. If the sales guy says anything or otherwise, hammer him with (tech) questions about "compatability" or whatever, brush off his BS (unless he has something non-salesy like to say that is of benefit) and try to get it booted with a livecd.

Worse comes to worse, ask for a person that CAN help, (technician) if he too is uncapable or worse uncouth, i would leave (hopefully your at a computer store NOT Staples, Futureshop or London Drugs) and goto a real computer store.
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Default x301 dmesg

Here is a dmesg from an X301 running -CURRENT:

Code:
OpenBSD 4.6-current (GENERIC.MP) #45: Thu Dec 31 19:49:59 MST 2009
    deraadt@amd64.openbsd.org:/usr/src/s...ile/GENERIC.MP
real mem = 3177910272 (3030MB)
avail mem = 3085885440 (2942MB)
mainbus0 at root
bios0 at mainbus0: SMBIOS rev. 2.4 @ 0xe0010 (80 entries)
bios0: vendor LENOVO version "6EET47WW (3.07 )" date 10/13/2009
bios0: LENOVO 2777CTO
acpi0 at bios0: rev 2
acpi0: tables DSDT FACP SSDT ECDT APIC MCFG HPET SLIC BOOT ASF! SSDT TCPA SSDT SSDT SSDT
acpi0: wakeup devices LID_(S3) SLPB(S3) IGBE(S4) EXP0(S4) EXP1(S4) EXP2(S4) PCI1(S4) USB0(S3) USB1(S3) USB2(S3) USB3(S3) USB4(S3) USB5(S3) EHC0(S3) EHC1(S3) HDEF(S4)
acpitimer0 at acpi0: 3579545 Hz, 24 bits
acpimadt0 at acpi0 addr 0xfee00000: PC-AT compat
cpu0 at mainbus0: apid 0 (boot processor)
cpu0: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU U9600 @ 1.60GHz, 1596.24 MHz
cpu0: FPU,VME,DE,PSE,TSC,MSR,PAE,MCE,CX8,APIC,SEP,MTRR,PGE,MCA,CMOV,PAT,PSE36,CFLUSH,DS,ACPI,MMX,FXSR,SSE,SSE2,SS,HTT,TM,SBF,SSE3,MWAIT,DS-CPL,VMX,SMX,EST,TM2,CX16,xTPR,NXE,LONG
cpu0: 3MB 64b/line 8-way L2 cache
cpu0: apic clock running at 199MHz
cpu1 at mainbus0: apid 1 (application processor)
cpu1: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU U9600 @ 1.60GHz, 1596.00 MHz
cpu1: FPU,VME,DE,PSE,TSC,MSR,PAE,MCE,CX8,APIC,SEP,MTRR,PGE,MCA,CMOV,PAT,PSE36,CFLUSH,DS,ACPI,MMX,FXSR,SSE,SSE2,SS,HTT,TM,SBF,SSE3,MWAIT,DS-CPL,VMX,SMX,EST,TM2,CX16,xTPR,NXE,LONG
cpu1: 3MB 64b/line 8-way L2 cache
ioapic0 at mainbus0: apid 1 pa 0xfec00000, version 20, 24 pins
ioapic0: misconfigured as apic 2, remapped to apid 1
acpihpet0 at acpi0: 14318179 Hz
acpiprt0 at acpi0: bus 0 (PCI0)
acpiprt1 at acpi0: bus -1 (AGP_)
acpiprt2 at acpi0: bus 2 (EXP0)
acpiprt3 at acpi0: bus 3 (EXP1)
acpiprt4 at acpi0: bus -1 (EXP2)
acpiprt5 at acpi0: bus 21 (PCI1)
acpiec0 at acpi0
acpicpu0 at acpi0: C3, C2, C1, PSS
acpicpu1 at acpi0: C3, C2, C1, PSS
acpipwrres0 at acpi0: PUBS
acpitz0 at acpi0: critical temperature 127 degC
acpitz1 at acpi0: critical temperature 105 degC
acpibtn0 at acpi0: LID_
acpibtn1 at acpi0: SLPB
acpibat0 at acpi0: BAT0 model "42T4641" serial  3086 type LiP oem "SONY"
acpibat1 at acpi0: BAT1 model "42T4642" serial   192 type LiP oem "SONY"
acpiac0 at acpi0: AC unit online
acpithinkpad0 at acpi0
cpu0: Enhanced SpeedStep 1596 MHz: speeds: 1601, 1600, 1200, 800 MHz
pci0 at mainbus0 bus 0
pchb0 at pci0 dev 0 function 0 "Intel GM45 Host" rev 0x07
vga1 at pci0 dev 2 function 0 "Intel GM45 Video" rev 0x07
wsdisplay0 at vga1 mux 1: console (80x25, vt100 emulation)
wsdisplay0: screen 1-5 added (80x25, vt100 emulation)
intagp0 at vga1
agp0 at intagp0: aperture at 0xd0000000, size 0x10000000
inteldrm0 at vga1: apic 1 int 16 (irq 11)
drm0 at inteldrm0
"Intel GM45 Video" rev 0x07 at pci0 dev 2 function 1 not configured
"Intel GM45 HECI" rev 0x07 at pci0 dev 3 function 0 not configured
em0 at pci0 dev 25 function 0 "Intel ICH9 IGP M AMT" rev 0x03: apic 1 int 20 (irq 11), address 
usb2 at uhci0: USB revision 1.0
uhub2 at usb2 "Intel UHCI root hub" rev 1.00/1.00 addr 1
usb3 at uhci1: USB revision 1.0
uhub3 at usb3 "Intel UHCI root hub" rev 1.00/1.00 addr 1
usb4 at uhci2: USB revision 1.0
uhub4 at usb4 "Intel UHCI root hub" rev 1.00/1.00 addr 1
usb5 at uhci3: USB revision 1.0
uhub5 at usb5 "Intel UHCI root hub" rev 1.00/1.00 addr 1
usb6 at uhci4: USB revision 1.0
uhub6 at usb6 "Intel UHCI root hub" rev 1.00/1.00 addr 1
usb7 at uhci5: USB revision 1.0
uhub7 at usb7 "Intel UHCI root hub" rev 1.00/1.00 addr 1
isa0 at pcib0
isadma0 at isa0
pckbc0 at isa0 port 0x60/5
pckbd0 at pckbc0 (kbd slot)
pckbc0: using irq 1 for kbd slot
wskbd0 at pckbd0: console keyboard, using wsdisplay0
pms0 at pckbc0 (aux slot)
pckbc0: using irq 12 for aux slot
wsmouse0 at pms0 mux 0
pcppi0 at isa0 port 0x61
midi0 at pcppi0: <PC speaker>
spkr0 at pcppi0
aps0 at isa0 port 0x1600/31
mtrr: Pentium Pro MTRR support
umodem0 at uhub1 port 4 configuration 1 interface 1 "Ericsson Ericsson F3507g Mobile Broadband Minicard Composite Device" rev 2.00/0.00 addr 2
umodem0: data interface 2, has CM over data, has break
umodem0: status change notification available
ucom0 at umodem0
umodem1 at uhub1 port 4 configuration 1 interface 3 "Ericsson Ericsson F3507g Mobile Broadband Minicard Composite Device" rev 2.00/0.00 addr 2
umodem1: data interface 4, has CM over data, has break
umodem1: status change notification available
ucom1 at umodem1
umodem2 at uhub1 port 4 configuration 1 interface 9 "Ericsson Ericsson F3507g Mobile Broadband Minicard Composite Device" rev 2.00/0.00 addr 2
umodem2: data interface 12, has CM over data, has break
umodem2: no data interface
uvideo0 at uhub0 port 6 configuration 1 interface 0 "Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd. product 0x4807" rev 2.00/31.34 addr 3
video0 at uvideo0
ugen0 at uhub2 port 2 "AuthenTec Fingerprint Sensor" rev 2.00/17.03 addr 2
vscsi0 at root
scsibus2 at vscsi0: 256 targets
softraid0 at root
root on sd0a swap on sd0b dump on sd0b
I would NOT get an X301 if you want to use it for multimedia. Lenovo supplies an EIDE cdrom to go with a SATA chipset. If you buy the X301 with the cdrom and run openbsd you will get error messages from the cdrom drive because it is not a sata cdrom. As you can see from the dmesg, I bought an extra battery and AHCI works perfectly.

I have not tested the integrated video camera, but em0 and iwn0 work great. My biggest worry was that the text on the screen at 96 dpi would be too small and that is not the case at all. You will love the real estate if you are coming from an XGA screen.

HTH,
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The BSD's seem to REALLY like all IBM/Lenovo's very much...
This is not quite true. Older IBM manufactured Thinkpads are most likely to work, but a number of newer Lenovo models have been problematic. When attempting to determine what models (Lenovo, or any other manufacturer...), are supported & to what degree, it is always prudent to search through the archives of the official misc@ mailing list first.

Also note that manufacturers also tend to change components during the lifetime of any model. Just because some dmesg(1) output posted to misc@ states someone's success with a particular model, take the information as being pliable. Newer units may be different.
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Thanks to all for the replies. Six months on and I still haven't decided what to buy!
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This is not quite true. Older IBM manufactured Thinkpads are most likely to work, but a number of newer Lenovo models have been problematic
While i agree that my statement about ALL was quite wide, i should have stated the "T" series instead. I am inclined to ask which of the newer Lenovos have been problematic? the SL's i don't like, if your talking about them, im not listening

I have posted all my dmesg's from my t43, t60, t61, t61 and t500 to this forum, all were very well supported, all my essentials worked great, better than any other laptop(s) i have had running OpenBSD.

I must say the PCMCIA slots on the newer ones are flimsy, i grab the left side of mine to pick it up (t60, t61 and t500) and they all felt WAY to soft for an IBM/Lenovo.

OpenBSD on my last Macbook was great too the Dell's seem to like OpenBSD as well ...
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I finally decided on a Thinkpad X61s and found a fair deal on one (£440) from a reputable seller on our favourite auction site. Core2Duo 1.4GHz, 160GB HDD, 3GB RAM plus a docking station and a year remaining on Lenovo warranty. Will post a dmesg once it arrives later this week.
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