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After a long wait in the line at the UPS store I was able to pickup my new laptop. After I took my girl to a nice dinner I spent the good portion of the rest of the night getting everything setup and rolling. The only real caveat so far is I am having trouble with both suspend and hibernate. It seems those two items are as fickle as you can get in the world of linux. I found some tips on getting it work here (thinkwiki.org) but didn't have any luck. One portion of the setup I was pleasantly surprised about was the nvidia graphics card. The Ubuntu restricted driver was used initial but I disabled it and I used envy to take care of the install and it is about as simple as it gets. Click 'ok' a couple times and it downloads the latest driver and sets it up and even configures xorg to use it. Also graphics related I had to boot up the installer in "graphics safe mode" I suppose this might be due to the proprietary nvidia drivers. At any rate it was a breeze. The Atheros wireless was detected and installed without a glitch as well. Pretty easy setup, everything seems to work well. The laptop itself is sturdy, it feels like the IBM/Lenovo's that I have had in the past. It has the same feel that my 600e (circa 1998) has. That may be looked down upon by some but I think the sturdy build quality and feel is a nice throwback to the days when things were overbuilt. That said the laptop isn't all that heavy, it is certainly a bit heavier than the MacBook but it is also a bit wider and deeper. A few things I am stoked about with this laptop are the high resolution screen. The last two laptops I have had have been 1280x768, which is nice enough but Lenovo had an option for 1440x900 resolution screens and I had to take it. The extra real estate is great. Another item is the nvidia graphics card, its been years since I have done any gaming but when I saw trailers (below) for Portal I had to make sure my next laptop had a decent graphics card. One other nice upgrade is from the Core Duo to the Core 2 Duo in this laptop. More speed, more cache and it's 64bit. Also, I picked up 4GB of ram for this thing, should be a nice upgrade. [youtube]TluRVBhmf8w[/youtube] Here's some nerdy stuff: Specs: Lenovo T61 (7662CTO) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz (T7500) Nvidia Quadro NVS 140m Hitachi 7200rpm 200GB 4GB Mushkin PC2-6400 DVD/CD Burner Atheros ABG Wireless (Thinkpad Wireless) Here's the lspci: 00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 Memory Controller Hub (rev 0c) 00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 PCI Express Root Port (rev 0c) 00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82566MM Gigabit Network Connection (rev 03) 00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Contoller #4 (rev 03) 00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03) 00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03) 00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03) 00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03) 00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 03) 00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 03) 00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 03) 00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 5 (rev 03) 00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03) 00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03) 00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03) 00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03) 00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev f3) 00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801HBM (ICH8M-E) LPC Interface Controller (rev 03) 00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) IDE Controller (rev 03) 00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) SATA AHCI Controller (rev 03) 00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03) 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Quadro NVS 140M (rev a1) 03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5212 802.11abg NIC (rev 01) 15:00.0 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev ba) 15:00.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller (rev 04)
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