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ThinkPad x61s 20 March 2008
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I have a new laptop. It is a ThinkPad X61s. Details:

  • Processor: Intel(R) Core TM 2 Duo L7500 LV (1.6GHz, 4MBL2, 800MHzFSB)
  • Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista Business 64 1
  • Display: 12.1″ UltraLight XGA TFT, 2×3UltraConnect II antenna
  • 4GB RAM - 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz SODIMM Memory
  • Hard Drive: 160GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm
  • Battery: ThinkPad X60s Series 8 cell HighCapacity
  • Warranty: 3 year on site 9×5 Next BusinessDay

These photo show the unpacking. The last two photos are of the laptop having trouble with the USB CD drive. At the time I was trying to boot the PCBSD install CD.

closed box box view laptop

goodies fail fail2

About the laptop

People have asked me... why such a small laptop? I don't need a workstation. I want a laptop. I want it to be light. Long battery life. Smaller screen. Eh? Why? One word: planes.

Ever tried to use a laptop on a plane? There is very little room. Smaller is better.

The keyboard is nice. Very nice. The screen is sharp. Here is the dmesg output when running under PCBSD 1.5 i386.

Notice that there is about 3GB of RAM. The machine has 4GB. Hmm. This is the reason I'm trying the 64 bit version.

FYI, when booting 64 bit, it froze on probing of ath0. The x61s has a switch on the front, slightly underneath, which disables the wireless. I switched it off and tried again. No good. It probes anyway. Let me try FreeBSD 7.0...

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