Experiences with F8T2 on Thinkpad T61

Matthew Saltzman mjs at CLEMSON.EDU
Fri Sep 28 21:39:23 UTC 2007

On Mon, 2007-09-24 at 11:21 -0400, Adam Jackson wrote: 
> On Fri, 2007-09-21 at 17:38 -0400, Matthew Saltzman wrote:
> > My T61 has the Nvidia Quadro NV140M video card.  I tested the x86_64
> > live dvd and installed the x86_64 DVD.  This message covers
> > platform-specific issues that I encountered.
> > 
> > Live DVD: 
> > 
> > - The DVD won't boot into X.  If I boot to runlevel 3 and attempt to
> > system-config-display, there are two problems.
> > 
> > (1) The Monitor section of xorg.conf is missing.
> > (2) The nv driver hangs with a black screen.  The keyboard is still
> > functional and I can reboot with <CTRL>-<ALT>-<F1> <CTRL>-<ALT>-<DEL>.
> > 
> > Hand-editing xorg.conf to create a Monitor section and using the vesa
> > driver restores X functionality.
> An X log from the failed nv startup would be helpful here.


> > - X server doesn't terminate on logout--I have to <CTRL>-<ALT>-<BKSP> to
> > kill it.
> This was a bug I inflicted with a particular libICE/libSM combination.
> It should be fixed now, I hope.

Seems to be.

> > - Suspend doesn't work at all.  Select Suspend from the power applet and
> > the machine starts to suspend, the light comes on, then the light goes
> > off and the machine is live, except that the display is black.  I can
> > reboot as above.
> As always, suspend on nv graphics chips is a disaster.

Indeed.  This is and wireless are the most important things for me to
get working.  What's the best way to help debug.  What component should
I bugzilla?

Of course, WinXP has it working, so we know it can be done.  It's just a
question of how...  (I don't mean for this to imply anything about
relative quality of Linux and Windows or Linux and Windows developers.
I just want this new machine to work.  I know all about Linux's lag on
new hardware--just trying to help as best I can to push it along.)

> - ajax
                Matthew Saltzman

Clemson University Math Sciences
mjs AT clemson DOT edu

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