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IBM ThinkPad A31 will it work under Linxu

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Hello all

before I buy this laptop. I wanted to know if there is known problems which will prevent me from operating it under Linux.


specs as follows


Model name 2652C3A

Description TP A31 P4 1.6 256/30 CDRW 15XP


Bus type/architecture PCI

Bays Ultrabay 2000/Ultrabay Plus

Screen type description[?] TFT - active matrix

Viewable image size (diagonal) 15 inches

Screen illumination Backlit

Max colors or grey shades 16777216

Max resolution on built-in screen 1024x768

External display supported Yes

Simultaneous external display Yes


Graphics subsystem

Graphic chipset[?] ATI Mobility RADEON 7500

Graphic type XGA

Video RAM std./max. 16 MB / 16 MB

Video RAM type DDR

Max resolution (with max video RAM) 2048x1536

Max colors (with max video RAM) 16777216

Graphics bus interface AGP 4X




Processor manufacturer Intel

Processor (CPU)[?] Mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor - M

Processor internal clock speed 1 1600 MHz

Front side bus 400 MHz

BIOS type Flash ROM




Memory (RAM std./max.)22 256 MB / 1024 MB

RAM speed supported 266MHz


RAM slots total 2 SODIMM

RAM slots available 1 SODIMM



Hard disk

Hard disk size (GB) 5 30 GB

Hard disk type ATA-100 (Enhanced IDE)



Optical Device

Optical device[?] CD-RW

Optical device speed 6 8X/4X/24X Max

Device interface EIDE




Audio chipset Sound Blaster Pro 16 compatible sound system

Audio data width 16

Integrated speakers 2

Speaker power rating 1 W

Volume control buttons Yes




Fax/modem 56K V.92 designed modem

Fax / modem speed 4 56Kbps data/14.4Kbps fax KBps

Infrared port Yes

Infra-red port speed 4Mbps

Network card 10/100 Ethernet

Network interface Ethernet

Network speed 100Mbps, 10Mbps

Network features RJ-45 connector



Standard features

Pointing device type TrackPoint with "Press-to-Select"

Floppy disk drive 3.5" Ultrabay 2000 FDD MB

Keyboard type[?] Full size

Product approvals / certifications VCCI Class B, SASO, NOM (Mexico), UL-1950, UK-PTT, MPR-II, JATE, IEC-950, FCC Class B- Part 15, EMI, BCIQ, ACA, CE MARK (Europe), CCIB, CSA C22.2 No. 950, CISPR-22 Class B



Power management

Heat emissions 56 W

Sound emissions 40 dB

Battery life min./max.12,7 2.5 Hrs hrs (with 1 battery)

Power management features Hibernation mode, Standby mode, Power management mode, Switching between display devices, Suspend mode

Battery type(s) 6 Cell Lithium-Ion

Charge time (on/off)) 6 hrs/ 2.6 hrs



Expansion options

Plug and Play support Yes

Parallel port(s) 1 (EPP)

Serial port type EIA/TIA-232-E, 2 (USB)

Additional Expansion ports Infrared, AC adapter jack, Microphone, S-Video out, Headphone/Line out, Serial, Parallel, RJ-45, 2 Universal Serial Bus (USB), RJ-11, Line in

PC Card Support 2 Type II or 1 Type III



Hard disk drive password, Supervisor password, Power-on password, IBM Security Slot

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This Laptop was made for Windows... BUT I know of several people... being ~100 in number that have this Latop that Dual Boot Linux and W2Kpro or WXPpro with out incident.


It is the Best Laptop money can buy for this purpose. Rugged, powerful and it SMOKES! 8)

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