IBM ThinkPad 600

My little babe is an IBM Thinkpad 600. It was love at the first sight when I got it through an auction. ;-) The Thinkpad 600 is really a nice laptop with a lot of charme and asthetics. My cutie has a 6 GB harddisk instead the standard one and I upgraded from 64 MB to 128 MB.

I have now upgraded from Potato to Woody because I needed some newer packages. I use the kernel 2.2.19 and the XFree86 4.0.3. I changed the GUI from KDE 2.1.1 to a less resource consuming one and installed the XFCE. XFCE is a lightweight and nice GUI that looks similar to SUN's CDE. But I had some little problems with the configuration of the X-server, sound and the PCMCIA. On this place I want to thank Sören, people who participate on and people from for the effort and time they spent to help people. So I will try to contribute my small part to help people, too.


The configuration of my X-server was the first problem that I had. I got it working, but I had problems with the right resolution. Because I was too lazy for series of experients, I took then the easy way and used a ready XF86 configuration file from a Thinkpad600-user (Thanks!) on So I only had to change the value for the keyboard-layout. I think the display of the TP600 supports resolutions up to 1024*768, but only the resolution with 800*600 is working fine. Does anybody knows a solution for this problem?


When I started with my little baby, I found it hard to get the PCMCIA working, because I don't knew how to configure it in the right way. But actual it is really easy. I have a Xircom PCMCIA-network-adapter with max. 10MBit/s. The best way to get it working is to install the source-package of PCMCIA. For installing then PCMCIA, you have to boot with that kernel you want to use the PCMCIA-modules with. Then change directory-path to /usr/src, unpack the sources and compile the modules as described the INSTALL-file. The modules will have been installed correctly. After installation you can activate the PCMCIA-modules with /etc/init.d/PCMCIA start. You should hear two beeps if you insert or if you have inserted a card and a single beep if you remove it.


Sound on my laptop is something I did't found out how to get working reliable. Ok, it works, but I still have some problems. I'm using the OSS-drivers built in the kernel und took the configuration described by Forrest. But I think I have to think about these problems and then complete this. Sorry.


Ok, this is on the to-do-list. But I think it will be there for a while, because I don't require a modem yet. I have here access to our LAN that has a DSL-connection and at my parents there is ISDN. But just look on the other Thinkpad600-sites at There you will find definitely a configuration for it.


My Li-Io-Battery has really an amazing behavior. If the capacity is at ca. 50%, it takes only a few minutes more to be suddenly at 5% and the machine give low-battery-alert. I don't know the reason for this behavior, but I think there are some other people who have similar problems. I will hang on...


No problems at all with APM. I selected it in my kernel-configuration and everything is working well. When I close the screen it suspends and when I shut the system down, it turns off the power automatically.

Cool Software that I use

There is some software in Debian Woody which is really useful and cool. I will list it here.


This is a really nice program to create and modify pictures and photos. In my point of view it's now as good as Adobe's Photoshop, so why wait until Adobe wants to port Photoshop to Linux, if you can get a software as good as Photoshop for free!? It would be a waste of time and money for Adobe.
I use GIMP for modifying photos and pictures for websites and to create gifs. There are a lot of nice features in GIMP. So you will definitely have some fun with GIMP.


This is a nice client for the gnutella network. It was one of the reasons for the update to Woody. With gtk-gnutella you can connect your box to other computers worldwide which participate this file sharing network. I use it frequently to get some music or films.


One of the best ftp servers and a good replacement for the wu-ftp. I really like to use it.


Wow, this is more than a normal editor. It's nearly an operating system. XEmacs is a full featured Editor, E--mail-client and browser. It supports highlightening and more for different programming languages. I use the XEmacs for programming in C, C++, Pascal and HTML yet.


This is a nice windowmanager and provides a fast and lightweight desktop that looks similar to SUN's CDE. I'm totally satisfied with it and changed to it from KDE 2.1.1 after the upgrade from Potato. I'm new to the XFCE and have to get some more experiences with it.

I know that this site is incomplete and need to be completed. I will hang on and work on it. :-)

Bernard Reissberg
Last modified: Sat Sep 29 18:25:17 CEST 2001