ThinkPad X60 rejuvenated!

ThinkPad X60 rejuvenated!

Summary: My poor old 512MB ThinkPad X60, which had a happy early life running Windows XP but then suffered a crippling attack of Windows Vista, has now been restored — almost — to productive use thanks to a timely install of Ubuntu 7.10 (a.

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My poor old 512MB ThinkPad X60, which had a happy early life running Windows XP but then suffered a crippling attack of Windows Vista, has now been restored — almost — to productive use thanks to a timely install of Ubuntu 7.10 (a.k.a. Gutsy Gibbon).

Vista really was too much for the X60: it took an age to boot, an age to launch applications — an age to do anything. And the integrated graphics couldn't handle Aero, so you couldn't even admire the pretty GUI while twiddling your thumbs (or gnashing your teeth). For the last few months, this otherwise fine piece of kit has been languishing in a corner, unused and almost forgotten.

ThinkPad X60 redux, thanks to the Gutsy Gibbon

Then along came Ubuntu 7.10 and the resultant 'Gibbonfest' at ZDNet Towers, so I decided to dig out the X60 and kill Vista once and for all. No dual-boot option here, just the full 'use entire disk' setting during the Ubuntu 7.10 install.

The main problem so far is the (Intel Pro/Wireless 3945) Wi-Fi, which is half-working: my router (a FRITZ!Box) and the X60 can see each other, but as far as loading web pages is concerned it's currently a non-starter. Similar problems are reported in the Ubuntu forums, and I'm sure there's a solution once I decipher the forum-speak.

More likely, I shall slip Gibbon-convert Rupert Goodwins a pint of amber nectar and secure his Wi-Fi-fixing services.

Otherwise, the X60 is now working a treat. If anything else crops up, I'll let you know.

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Charles has been in tech publishing since the late 1980s, starting with Reed's Practical Computing, then moving to Ziff-Davis to help launch the UK version of PC Magazine in 1992. ZDNet came looking for a Reviews Editor in 2000, and he's been here ever since.

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