IBM ThinkPad T42

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It is an old IBM ThinkPad T42, at the year of writing of this article it is 12 years old. It's a good piece of hardware, good quality, great keyboard. Overall a very good laptop. Nowadays it is working as a metronome, sequencer and small synthesizer.

Hardware

Hardware list with corresponding kernel modules and its names:

root #lspci -k
0:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82855PM Processor to I/O Controller (rev 03)
        Subsystem: IBM Thinkpad T40 series
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82855PM Processor to AGP Controller (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 01)
        Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad
        Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
00:1d.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 01)
        Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad
        Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
00:1d.2 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 01)
        Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad
        Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
00:1d.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-M) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 01)
        Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad
        Kernel driver in use: ehci-pci
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 81)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 01)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) IDE Controller (rev 01)
        Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad
        Kernel driver in use: ata_piix
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) SMBus Controller (rev 01)
        Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad
        Kernel driver in use: i801_smbus
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 01)
        Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad T4x Series
        Kernel driver in use: snd_intel8x0
00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 01)
        Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad R50e
        Kernel driver in use: snd_intel8x0m
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RV200/M7 [Mobility Radeon 7500]
        Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad T4x Series
        Kernel driver in use: radeonfb
02:00.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI4520 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 01)
        Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad
        Kernel driver in use: yenta_cardbus
02:00.1 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI4520 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 01)
        Subsystem: IBM ThinkPad
        Kernel driver in use: yenta_cardbus
02:01.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82540EP Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Mobile) (rev 03)
        Subsystem: IBM Thinkpad
        Kernel driver in use: e1000
02:02.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2915ABG [Calexico2] Network Connection (rev 05)
        Subsystem: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2915ABG [Calexico2] Network Connection
        Kernel driver in use: ipw2200
        Kernel modules: ipw2200

CPU

user $cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor       : 0
vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
cpu family      : 6
model           : 13
model name      : Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.70GHz
stepping        : 6
microcode       : 0x18
cpu MHz         : 1700.000
cache size      : 2048 KB
physical id     : 0
siblings        : 1
core id         : 0
cpu cores       : 1
apicid          : 0
initial apicid  : 0
fdiv_bug        : no
f00f_bug        : no
coma_bug        : no
fpu             : yes
fpu_exception   : yes
cpuid level     : 2
wp              : yes
flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr mce cx8 sep mtrr pge mca cmov clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss tm pbe bts est tm2
bugs            :
bogomips        : 3388.71
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes   : 32 bits physical, 32 bits virtual
power management:
user $lscpu
Architecture:          i686
CPU op-mode(s):        32-bit
Byte Order:            Little Endian
CPU(s):                1
On-line CPU(s) list:   0
Thread(s) per core:    1
Core(s) per socket:    1
Socket(s):             1
Vendor ID:             GenuineIntel
CPU family:            6
Model:                 13
Model name:            Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.70GHz
Stepping:              6
CPU MHz:               1700.000
CPU max MHz:           1700.0000
CPU min MHz:           600.0000
BogoMIPS:              3388.71

Synaptics

KERNEL Synaptics PS/2 mouse protocol extension
Device Drivers ---> 
   Input device support  --->
      [*] Mice  --->
         <*> PS/2 mouse

Emerge

root #emerge --ask x11-drivers/xf86-input-synaptics

Configuration

FILE /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.confSynaptics enhanced configuration
Section "InputDevice"
        identifier      "touchpad0"
        driver          "synaptics"
        option          "AutoServerLayout" "on"

        # Some extra options for touchpad.
        Option  "LeftEdge"      "1700"
        Option  "RightEdge"     "5300"
        Option  "TopEdge"       "1700"
        Option  "BottomEdge"    "4200"
        Option  "FingerLow"     "25"
        Option  "FingerHigh"    "30"
        Option  "MaxTapTime"    "180"
        Option  "MaxTapMove"    "220"
        Option  "MinSpeed"      "0.7"
        Option  "MaxSpeed"      "0.8"
        Option  "AccelFactor"   "0.0010"
        Option  "SHMConfig"     "on"
        Option  "TapButton1"    "1"
        Option  "VertTwoFingerScroll"   "1"
        Option  "HorizTwoFingerScroll"  "1"
        Option  "VertScrollDelta"       "100"
EndSection

Wired NIC

KERNEL Intel(R) PRO/1000 Gigabit Ethernet support
[*]  Networking support  --->
    [*]  Ethernet driver support  --->
        [*]   Intel devices
        <*>     Intel(R) PRO/1000 Gigabit Ethernet support

Wireless NIC

Needed to be build as a module (<M>).

KERNEL Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG and 2915ABG Network Connection
[*]  Networking support  --->
     -*- Wireless  --->
         <M>   cfg80211 - wireless configuration API
         [*]     enable powersave by default
         <M>   Generic IEEE 802.11 Networking Stack (mac80211)

Device Drivers  --->
   [*]   Network device support  --->
         [*] Wireless LAN  ---> 
             <M>   Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG and 2915ABG Network Connection

Emerge

Wireless NIC kernel firmware:

root #emerge --ask sys-firmware/ipw2200-firmware

Configuration

make.conf

FILE /etc/portage/make.conf
CHOST="i686-pc-linux-gnu"
CFLAGS="-O2 -march=pentium-m -pipe -fomit-frame-pointer"
CXXFLAGS="${CFLAGS}"

CPU_FLAGS_X86="mmx mmext sse sse2"
MAKEOPTS="-j2"

INPUT_DEVICES="evdev synaptics"
VIDEO_CARDS="radeon"                      # choose "intel" if Intel GFX has been build in

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