Subject: Re: Recommendation on laptops, notebooks or portables for NetBSD.
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Greg Troxel <email@example.com>
Date: 12/18/2002 09:23:47
I just got an IBM T30 (2GHz P4, 256MB stock + 512MB ram, 60GB disk, 2
usb ports, 802.11b, 10/100 ethernet, bluetooth, IR, and modem builtin,
nice 1400x1050 display, cd-rw/dvd, no floppy, spare ultrabay battery
to swap with cd-rw).
The winmodem is said not to work, but there is apparently some hope in
freebsd-land of porting linux binary drivers (one can use the TP 600E
modem under FreeBSD with /usr/ports/comms/mwavem). Bluetooth shows up
on the usb bus as a TDK chip; I have not tried to do anything with
bluetooth or IR. There is the display-resume problem others mentioned
(do your suspending in a text console), but suspend/resume works fine
X works fine (take out the agp line in the kernel or the X server gets
very confused and segfaults). The pixels are bit small, but the
display is very nice with 8x13 fonts. 802.11b (wi0 Intersil prism
2.5) and 10/100 ethernet (fxp0) work fine. (The 802.11b doesn't
interoperate with 2 Mb/s old lucent cards in IBSS mode, but that's not
too surprising, but it is fine in 'ad-hoc demo mode (-p 3)' and with a
Sound seems to work fine (auich0) for playing oggs and I was able to
record some audio from the microphones. The speakers sound pretty
There are two cardbus slots. I have used CF in an adaptor and a
lucent wavelan card (both pcmcia) with no problems.
It has a trackpoint and 3 buttons, and also a touchpad and 2 buttons.
I had to disable the touchpad in the bios to get the trackpoint to
work reliably, but I hate touchpads so this doesn't bother me.
Hotswapping the battery and cd-rw under NetBSD causes it to beep (from
the bios I think) until rebooted.
There is no ps/2 keyboard/mouse input - you are expected to use USB
(there are 2 USB ports). There is VGA, s-video out, and
Most of the config is from holding f1 at boot; there is a normal
comprehensive setup screen. (Older Thinkpads like the 600E required
running ps2.exe under DOS to adjust things like turning the serial
port on and off.)
I have had some unexplained lockups, but I think it's from running
coda (after taking out ddb, I got a core dump in coda). There might
be some wierdness with the internal 802.11b; see posts by Kevin
Oberman in firstname.lastname@example.org, but that might be a freebsd
All in all, I'm happy with it. The only serious downsides are that
you can't buy it without MS Windows, and the price ($3150 for all the
Greg Troxel <email@example.com>