Linux on the IBM Thinkpad 760


This site contains links and information supporting running Linux on the IBM Thinkpad in general and the Thinkpad 760 in particular. The original page and links were obtained from Harald Milz, who no longer owns a 760.

Any corrections, comments, etc. should be addressed to Thomas Honles at .


Linux on the IBM Thinkpad 760




Linux on the IBM Thinkpad 760

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Harald Milz's old page about Linux on the IBM Thinkpad 760  

My Linux NoteBooks


Web Server

The diminutive Thinkpad 760E serves as a webhost! No, not this site, because this site is high bandwidth from iPowerWeb (see their ad above if you need great web services). I have a "staging server" for uploading my web projects, accessible from the Internet that runs on the Thinkpad using SuSE 6.3 and Apache. The CPU is P120, no L2 cache, 40MB RAM, 11.3" DSTN display, original 1.2 GB disk. It NEVER goes down!



My Thinkpad 760E is my portable run-around workstation, which I use to ferry around files and run configuration tests against other, larger UNIX machines: AIX 4.3.2, Solaris 7 (SunOS 5.7) and SunOS 5.5. The machine is not directly accessible from the Internet, as I stay behind a firewall. CPU is P120, no L2 cache, 40MB RAM, 11.3" DSTN display, original 1.2 GB disk.

For flexibility reasons, I boot into Linux from a FAT partition, using an MS-DOS mode Windows session, loading the kernel with LOADLIN off a native Linux partition. The Windows95 partition is /dev/hda1 on this machine, and the Linux partition is /dev/hda2. I chose not to install LILO, except on the boot diskettes, which I have not had to use yet, although I have tested them and they work fine.


Kernel Configuration

I use a Slackware 4.0 stock 2.2.6 kernel with kerneld and modules. The PCMCIA support has been updated to 3.0.14, since I experienced some connectivity problems under the PCMCIA support version 3.0.9.


Graphics and LCD

Very stock Slackware 4.0, running 800x600. I don't need anything fancy here. The setup was extremely smooth, once I identified that there is an "OEM" Cirrus SVGA chip in the machine. I used xf86config to set the display up rather than XF86Setup, as I felt better control using the character mode of xf86config.



Token Ring Auto 16/4 Card - tried and tried, finally gave up. We're leaving T/R anyway soon.

Ethernet Credit Card II, 10Mbps - works flawlessly.

28.8KBps Data/Fax Modem - dialup connections (mainly PPP) works well on /dev//stty1 (COM2) . Haven't tried faxing yet with mgetty+sendfax


40 MBytes of RAM . Don't go less than 32MB or paging becomes excessive.


Power Supply

The TP760E comes with a Li-Ion battery which has enough power (using APM in the kernel) for up to 2 hours of uninterrupted work.

Other External Attachments

iomega Zip100 drive, parallel port model (shows up as /dev/sda4), docking station (simplifies I/O connections)


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