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Tearing apart a T22

Richard Stallman wants LinuxBIOS on his Thinkpad, so we bought a T22 and ripped it apart. Here's what's happened so far.

Wednesday, 10 October, 2001 at Cluster 2001 in Newport Beach, CA

The T22 is completely functional and so it went to Cluster 2001 with us. Ron did a bit of work on it during one of the breaks. Unfortunately, he learned the hard way that when the keyboard is attached and the lid is closed, the power button is depressed. This resulted in the battery being completely drained while en route to Cluster 2001.

keyboard removed keyboard reattached

In order to be mobile, the T22's keyboard must be removed (left). When you reach your destination, you gentle push the keyboard back into place (right).

Friday, 14 September, 2001

3:30 p.m. Tracy Cassady delivers IBM Thinkpad T22 to office of Ron Minnich.
T22 delivery
3:45 p.m. Ron brings it over to Sung's office (a.k.a. laptop destruction central) for disassembly.

4:20 p.m. T22 physically disassembled, to identify the chipset (440BX) and flash part.
Linux on the open T22
4:37 p.m. T22 resassembled and ready for Red Hat installation.
T22 with receipt
later that night... Red Hat 7.1 successfully installed on the open T22.
Linux on the open T22

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