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  1. #61
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    Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Ultrabook

    Hi, I just got mine unboxed today. I booted Linux Mint 14 from USB, but then I see that all 4 partitions are used. I am trying to install Linux but would prefer to leave Windows untouched (except shrinking it's size) to have a dual boot environment. Does anyone have any idea how could that be achieved?

    These are the partitions:

    sda1 ntfs SYSTEM_DRV 1.46GB
    sda2 ntfs Windows7_OS 215GB
    sda3 ntfs Lenovo_Recovery 14GB
    sda4 unknown 8GB
    unallocated 1GB
    (I was suggested that sda4 is for hibernation)

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    Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Ultrabook

    Re build quality, I have no complaints with the Carbon X1. Re dual booting, I tried that myself by attempting to unallocate Windows drive space, but couldn't get that to work. The problem seemed to relate to the inbuilt Intel boot protection. I eventually gave up and installed from scratchLinux Mint (sorry, Canonical, but this distro had an edge in my view not only in appearance but in reliability), and am very happy with the result. In particular, sleep mode and the touch pad, including 2 finger scrolling, work well.
    Last edited by pmorton; December 31st, 2012 at 11:23 AM.

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    Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Ultrabook

    I managed to shrink the Windows7 partition, then I wrote down the start and end cylinders in fdisk of the recovery partition, then deleted the partition in fdisk, created an extended partition (has to be bigger. Actually it has to start before the recovery partition's beginning, because of the way the logical partitions are stored in an extended partition) in the whole area (end of the windows7 + the recovery). Then created a logical partition in the exact start-, end positions of the original. Then I could add another logical partitions for the Linux root and swap (only for hibernation) in the place that was freed by the shunk win7. At the end tested and the recovery partition still seems to work (can boot it and it starts to load the files, so it looks it' still functional.)

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    Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Ultrabook

    Quote Originally Posted by ehabh View Post
    One question to the guys that own a x1 carbon how good is the build quality. I had a T420 and it was aweful the case croaked at some points and the keyboard had a few keys that made noises above that after about 2 years it started to randomly shutdown.
    I mean lenovo are not cheap and I do not know if I should give them another chance? Feedback wanted
    I've had this machine for a couple months now. It's fantastic for development. I have an i5/8gb/128gb of which I wiped and installed xubuntu 12.10. It flies. Boots up in <10 seconds. Don't need much space at all for ubuntu obviously.. 20gb /, 100gb /home, and I added a 64gb SD card for media.

    I don't think I needed the 8gb for Web Development... Chrome + FireFox w/ 20 tabs, ST2 and a bunch of terminals... doesn't ever reach above 3gb used. If you're going to do any more, or anything with VMs you might like the extra headroom at 8gb. I'm going to install XP in virtualbox w/ Photoshop tonight just to see how it performs. I personally know I won't upgrade for another couple years, so the 8gb was worth it more then shelling out for the 256gb SSD.

    Oh ya, and I'm coming from a T60p -> X61 SXGA+ -> X1C ... this was the only logical choice, and a beautiful upgrade.

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    Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Ultrabook

    Quote Originally Posted by flocsy View Post
    Hi, I just got mine unboxed today. I booted Linux Mint 14 from USB, but then I see that all 4 partitions are used. I am trying to install Linux but would prefer to leave Windows untouched (except shrinking it's size) to have a dual boot environment. Does anyone have any idea how could that be achieved?

    These are the partitions:

    sda1 ntfs SYSTEM_DRV 1.46GB
    sda2 ntfs Windows7_OS 215GB
    sda3 ntfs Lenovo_Recovery 14GB
    sda4 unknown 8GB
    unallocated 1GB
    (I was suggested that sda4 is for hibernation)

    I needed to do exactly the same thing. Here is what I did.


    1) bought a cheap dvd burner and a spindle of DVDs from Amazon
    2) set it up and double clicked the recovery partition
    3) chose make recovery and boot discs (it took 4 dvds)
    4) chose recover space. This automatically freed up the space and merged the recovery partition with the Windows7_OS partition

    now you have 3 primary partitions meaning you can install linux

    The way I did it was to follow these instructions here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvP_4J2MUEc

    basically you shrink the windows 7 partition in the disc manager on windows (right click computer >manage>disk management>right click on the win 7 partition > shrink volume)
    I chose 20 gigs for Ubuntu (20000) megs
    Then I used a bootable USB drive with Ubuntu on it (I downloaded precise penguin and used the linux live windows app to make it http://www.linuxliveusb.com/)
    After powering down windows and sticking the USB stick in the machine
    I clicked F12 to temporarily boot on the USB stick
    Then I started the Installation process
    I chose the something else option under Installation type, added a 1 gig (1000 meg) swap partition as logical partition
    then i made the rest the partition for ubuntu

    It might seem confusing but if you watch the video I posted it will be really simple.

    So far I am loving my x1 carbon and ubuntu is rocking on it!

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    Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Ultrabook

    anybody knows if the Touch screen model works flawlessly with ubuntu too?

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    Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Ultrabook

    X1 Carbon comes with touch screen now?

    Mine does not have a touchscreen. Is this new or are you mistaken?
    Windows 7 for Media Production, Ubuntu 12.04/Cinnamon for other work.
    Xubuntu 12.04 as Media Center, CentOS 5.6 as server.
    Linux Mint on my casual laptop, Maemo 5 on my Nokia N900.

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    Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Ultrabook

    There is a new release of the X1 Carbon Touch that I've been eyeing.

    Link

    Quote Originally Posted by Redsandro View Post
    X1 Carbon comes with touch screen now?

    Mine does not have a touchscreen. Is this new or are you mistaken?

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    Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Ultrabook

    You gotta be kidding me, this thing I'm on is brand new and now it's old!

    Btw
    Our apologies

    The page you requested is not available.
    Windows 7 for Media Production, Ubuntu 12.04/Cinnamon for other work.
    Xubuntu 12.04 as Media Center, CentOS 5.6 as server.
    Linux Mint on my casual laptop, Maemo 5 on my Nokia N900.

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    Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Ultrabook

    Quote Originally Posted by Redsandro View Post
    You gotta be kidding me, this thing I'm on is brand new and now it's old!

    Btw
    yes there is and this is the correct link

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