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    Ubuntu on Lenovo ThinkPad Edge

    Has anyone tried? I could not find anything on Google.

    The laptop in question: http://shop.lenovo.com/us/landing_pa...kpad/2010/Edge

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    Re: Ubuntu on Lenovo ThinkPad Edge

    it's too new. Not even released in most shops here in Sweden. I'm looking at buying this and as long as the WiFi Link 1000 is supported by Lucids kernel im fine. I am a bit suspect on the performance of the SU7300 CULV chip, but I only need the laptop for surfing/email/browsing photos and playing 720p films, which it should cope with, but it is possible that multiple apps open at the same time makes the desktop feel slow, hence my suspicion.

    but with 6-8 hrs battery and thinkpad-ish keyboard, im all for it! I use a Thinkpad T61p at work, and it's the best laptop i've ever used, but cannot afford it personally, so the Edge is a great option.

    I recently used an Atom N270 based Samsung NC10 with winxp... it worked, and teh desktop "feel" when running one app at a time was pretty good, but I installed Nero on it and it took 1 whole hour to install the application!

    If this is to be your main computer, it might be a bit underpowered for more serious tasks. This is going to be my "surfing" laptop, and I already have a Home Server for very processor/memory/disk intensive tasks, so it won't really matter for me if I cannot photo edit or transcode etc on this laptop.
    Last edited by finite9; February 25th, 2010 at 04:24 PM.

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    Re: Ubuntu on Lenovo ThinkPad Edge

    I just bought one about 2 hours ago and am currently running 9.10 from a USB stick. So far wireless is fine, as is sound. Volume and brightness buttons OK. Camera not yet working (hence my check in the forums). I'll let you know as I progress.

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    Re: Ubuntu on Lenovo ThinkPad Edge

    please do let us know what the performance is like with the SU7300 processor. Can you run firefox/thunderbird/movie player at the same time without slowdown? Does the desktop "feel slow". How much battery time do you get during average use?

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    Re: Ubuntu on Lenovo ThinkPad Edge

    Hi all,

    the ThinkPad Edge (type: 0196-2eg) works fine for me with the latest Karmic...

    WLAN, UMTS, camera, Bluetooth, 3D acceleration, sound, etc. all do work fine.

    GPS is not (yet) working.

    Best,
    M.

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    Re: Ubuntu on Lenovo ThinkPad Edge

    No word on the AMD version, is there?

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    Re: Ubuntu on Lenovo ThinkPad Edge

    I bought the AMD version today, but the problem is WLAN doesn't work with 9.10.
    Do you know what to do?
    Thanks

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    Question Re: Ubuntu on Lenovo ThinkPad Edge

    Hello,
    I'm currently trying to get the AMD version (model 0197-6LG) working under Karmic. I cannot get the Bluetooth and WiFi to work. Bluetooth is not present in lspci/lsusb though it works under Windows.

    I've installed the WiFi driver from the Realtek site (Realtek 8192SE, version 0015) but I don't know how to enabtle the wlan interface. It is apparently disabled after the driver loads into the kernel. When I click the "Enable WiFi" button in Gnome Network Manager, nothing happens. See the dmesg output below:

    Code:
    [ 4667.662276] rtllib_crypt: registered algorithm 'NULL'
    [ 4667.662282] rtllib_crypt: registered algorithm 'TKIP'
    [ 4667.662285] rtllib_crypt: registered algorithm 'CCMP'
    [ 4667.662288] rtllib_crypt: registered algorithm 'WEP'
    [ 4667.662290] 
    [ 4667.662291] Linux kernel driver for RTL8192 based WLAN cards
    [ 4667.662294] Copyright (c) 2007-2008, Realsil Wlan Driver
    [ 4667.663448] rtl819xSE 0000:03:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 19 (level, low) -> IRQ 19
    [ 4667.663502] rtl819xSE 0000:03:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
    [ 4667.663789] Memory mapped space start: 0xd0300000 
    [ 4667.663943] Adapter(8192SE) is found - DeviceID=8172
    [ 4667.669148] =========>dm_InitRateAdaptiveMask: bUseRAMask=0
    [ 4667.725098] udev: renamed network interface wlan0 to wlan2
    [ 4704.821938] rtl819xSE 0000:03:00.0: firmware: requesting RTL8192SE/rtl8192sfw.bin
    [ 4704.941505] rtl8192_SetWirelessMode(), wireless_mode:10, bEnableHT = 1
    [ 4704.951592] ===>rtllib_start_scan()
    [ 4704.964540] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan2: link is not ready
    [ 4705.675487] GPIOChangeRF  - HW Radio OFF
    [ 4705.720064] ============>sync_scan_hurryup out
    The rtl8192_SetWirelessMode(), wireless_mode:10, bEnableHT = 1 is the moment when I click the button. I've tried to reboot, recompile the driver, reload it but it always hangs there.

    The Fn+F9 keystroke doesn't seem to work either.

    Does anyone know a solution to this problem? The laptop works (excluding WiFi & Bluetooth) great under Linux and has even a better power consumption than under Windows, I really don't want to use Windows on it.

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    Re: Ubuntu on Lenovo ThinkPad Edge

    On the Lenovo forums they say that you should try Ububntu 10.04 as the driver for the Wlan is not in the kernel used by Ubuntu 9.10.

    10.04 gets release next month so the beta should be out soon. Once it hits beta it should be pretty stable to use daily.

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    Re: Ubuntu on Lenovo ThinkPad Edge

    I am running Ubuntu 10.04 on my edge right now. Out of the box it saw the wlan card and I was able to get an IP via dhcp. I could ping myself but not my gateway.

    Works great after I downloaded the latest drivers from realtek:

    http://www.realtek.com/downloads/sea...?keyword=linux

    click on "RTL8192SE (Software)"


    sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-source-2.6.32 [10.04]
    sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-source-2.6.31 [9.10]

    tar -xzvf rtl8192se_linux_2.6.0015.0127.2010.tar.gz
    cd rtl8192se_linux_2.6.0015.0127.2010

    sudo make
    sudo su
    in root shell:
    make install
    modprobe r8192se_pci

    except for the change in linux source version this worked for me in 9.10 as well but the drivers were older and flakier. These drivers should be better

    I can't find the instructions I based these on. Be sure to sudo su before the make install, sudo make install didn't work for me.

    Good Luck

    -PaulK

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