The Thinkpad T30
ThinkPad T30, model number 2366-MU1.
This model is a "special build" (for a corporate client) but closely
parallels the models generally available. Mine has 512 MB of RAM, and it is expandable
to 1 GB of RAM, with a mobile Pentium 4 processor. (Many P4M speeds are available,
depending on model.)
Operating system tested:
OS/2 Warp Version 4, FixPack 16, Device Driver Pack 3, kernel update 14.093a (October
28, 2002). (This is roughly equivalent to OS/2 Warp 4.51 or the first release of
eComStation.) Also running with TCP/IP Version 4.31, including WR08706 (MPTS service
update) and UN02206 (TCP/IP 4.31 service update). Note that to apply WR08706 and
UN02206 you MUST specify backup directories in the Corrective Service Utility (Fixtool).
Otherwise, the service updates are not applied! For Warp 4, updated boot diskettes
(listed as Version 1.06 on the IBM ThinkPad Device Driver Matrix web site) are essential,
and you must have some means to load the contents of the CD-ROM when you boot from
diskettes. This model has one Ultrabay, so you'll need to use old familiar tricks,
like copying the contents of the Warp 4 CD to a FAT16 partition on your hard disk
in advance. Updated boot diskettes are available from the IBM ThinkPad Device Driver
File Matrix web site for this model. Since OS/2 Warp 4.5x and eComStation have bootable
CDs for installation, this is not a problem in those cases.
Warp 4's boot partition must be completely below the 1024 cylinder boundary,
which on this ThinkPad results in a roughly 7 GB HPFS partition (if you want to
take the whole space below cylinder 1024). OS/2 Warp releases with Logical Volume
Manager (4.5x), and all eComStation releases, do not have this problem.
Get the updated kernel on right away after installation. The 1996-era kernel
and loader included with original OS/2 Warp 4 is too old to boot this machine. I
believe the updated Warp 4 boot diskettes include a new enough kernel and loader,
but I just put 14.093a on straight away. Warp 4.5x and eComStation users probably
don't have this problem.
Following are the supported versions of OS/2 for the Thinkpad T30:
OS/2 Warp Convenience Package 2 V4.52 with FixPak XR_F001, or later
OS/2 Warp Convenience Package 1 V4.51 with FixPak XR_C002, or later
OS/2 Warp 4.0 with FixPak XR_M016 or later and Device Driver FixPak XR_D002 or later
ATI RADEON Mobility 7500 type chipset, with 1024x768 active matrix 14.1 inch LCD
in my machine. (Other T30 models have different screen resolutions but the same
RADEON chipset as far as I know.) Works perfectly with SciTech Display Doctor Version
7.11/IBM Special Edition driver. This model came with 16MB of VRAM and is capable
of driving an external monitor at up to a resolution of 2048x1536, with the LCD
in "pan and scan" or shutoff. The external monitor/projector switching
works fine. Like all other ThinkPads that I've seen, just hit [Fn]-[F7]
to turn on or off the external monitor plug. No problem doing your Lotus Freelance
(or StarOffice) presentations.
By the way there's an S-Video out port which is cool for recording presentations
to video tape, for example. Downside is that you lose the PS/2 keyboard/mouse port,
so you have to go with USB or get the docking station or port replicator to hook
up a PS/2-style keyboard or mouse.
Analog Devices (ADI) SoundMax. Works perfectly with Version 3.1.1 Analog Devices
driver, available from the IBM Web Site or Hobbes. (Version 3.07a is listed as a
driver for this model ThinkPad, but the 3.1.1 driver, which is about a year newer,
seems to work fine, so I'm running that.) I'm very pleased, at least so far, since
the T23 had some audio oddities unless you used a backlevel Crystal Audio driver,
as noted in my T23 report. There's even a little mixer utility that Analog Devices
thoughtfully included to adjust volume of the various audio inputs and outputs --
simple and effective. Win-OS/2 audio is supported. Haven't tried turning on audio
from Innotek's Virtual PC yet.
On this model the drive is 40 GB IDE. Works perfectly with any recent IBM1S506.ADD
driver version (such as the version on the updated boot diskettes) as well as DANIS506.ADD
(which I'm using). The hard disk is not particularly easy to hot swap, but you don't
have to take the whole system apart either. Not something to do daily, but every
month or so isn't out of the question if you need to. (If you do need a daily swapable
hard disk, get the Ultrabay hard disk adapter.) Any standard notebook IDE hard disk
(in the appropriate form factor) should be compatible, so there's future upgrade
potential. All the standard hard disks support SMART, and there are SMART utilities
for OS/2 Warp to monitor the health of the hard disk and to get advance warning
of potential, pending failure. (The DANIS506.ADD package includes a SMART
utility, for example.) The T30 is capable of using a BIOS-protected system recovery
partition, but I haven't done anything with this feature.
No difficulties. I even used an old Micro-Solutions Backpack 4X parallel port CD-ROM
with its OS/2 Warp driver (Version 3.00), and it worked flawlessly. The parallel
port configuration is controlled in the BIOS or with PS2.EXE, and EPP and ECP modes
PCMCIA/Cardbus slots work perfectly with the currently available PC Card driver
(Version 5, I believe) available on the OS/2 Device Driver Pak On-Line web site.
Tested a standard PCMCIA modem (no problem) and the IBM Auto 16/4 Token-Ring Credit
Card Adapter so far. The Token-Ring adapter was tough to get working, but it does
work with Version 3.46 of the IBMTOKCS.OS2 driver. That version of the driver
is included in MPTS WR08706 (and possibly other MPTS releases, but not the stock
MPTS release included with the TCP/IP 4.31 download). Also, you must specify the
following parameters in the
[IBMTOKCS_nif] section of \IBMCOM\PROTOCOL.INI (or the
equivalent in the MPTS graphical interface):
There may be other settings in that section of PROTOCOL.INI. Leave those
other settings in, unless they conflict with the settings provided above. Substitute
a 12 digit hexadecimal string in place of xxxxyyyyzzzz above, such as 5123ABCD8943.
This address must be unique on your network! If you do not set up a NETADDRESS,
you cannot hot swap the Token-Ring adapter. (Under some circumstances you can with
You'll probably need to use these PROTOCOL.INI settings for any IBM Token-Ring
adapter that predates the IBM Turbo Token-Ring Credit Card Adapter. If your adapter
has the word "Turbo" or "CardBus" in its name, it'll probably
work just fine with the default MPTS settings. (The Turbo adapter will also work
with the same driver, same extra settings, if you wish to swap adapters like I do
sometimes. The CardBus Token-Ring adapter uses a different driver, the same one
as the PCI Token-Ring adapters.) I briefly tested the Turbo adapter with the default
MPTS settings, and that did work.
I'm delighted with the network performance, by the way. Fastest transfer rates
I've ever seen with any notebook, rivalling my desktop with a PCI Token-Ring adapter,
and this older PCMCIA Token-Ring adapter is not supposed to be particularly fast.
Probably best to set up multiple CONFIG.SYS files and use the OS/2 Warp
boot menu to choose between them. I have three: dial-up, Token-Ring, and ethernet.
Very easy to do, although you do have to make sure to keep your CONFIG.SYS files
(and PROTOCOL.INI files) in sync as you install software. Best to do the multiple
CONFIG.SYS files last.
Works perfectly from the BIOS setup program (hit [F1] at bootup),
and controls all power management features. (IBM was wise to put all the system
settings in the BIOS program, so Linux users are happy, too.) Also, get the ThinkPad
T30 DOS Configuration Program Diskette, and follow the OS/2 Warp installation instructions.
That installs a program that runs in a DOS window called PS2.EXE. PS2.EXE
is a command line program that lets you control nearly all BIOS settings, such as
power management features, without rebooting to access the BIOS setup program. (Some
configuration changes do require a reboot anyway, though, such as enabling or disabling
a built-in device like infrared.) You should also install the ThinkPad System Management
Driver (for OS/2) from this same diskette. You might not have any clue it's there,
since the diskette is labeled "ThinkPad Configuration Utility Diskette for
DOS" on the web site, but, sure enough, it's there. Read the README on the
Not tested, but should work just fine. Nothing special here as far as I know. (The
ThinkPad infrared driver on Hobbes supports infrared printing, for example.)
This system has a "ThinkPad" key, plus some other page navigation keys.
I haven't bothered to try to turn them on, but it might be possible to map them
to something useful with stuff from Hobbes. The keyboard otherwise works fine with
the standard built-in driver, although by default it starts repeating a bit too
fast for my tastes, and then it doesn't repeat fast enough when it starts. (OK,
I had to find something! :-))
Works perfectly with the standard driver, at least with Device Driver Pack 3. You
should explicitly turn off the Ultranav in the BIOS during installation. This is
one of the scroll-type new style TrackPoints (with the third button in the middle),
and I'm told that feature works fine, too, if you bother to install the driver.
I haven't. If your mouse pointer starts to drift without explanation, as if a ghost
was driving, just let go of the TrackPoint and it'll recalibrate all by itself and
stop drifting, just like any other ThinkPad.
This is a touchpad-type pointing device built into the unit, with two mouse buttons.
(T30 models with Ultranav have VERY large wrist rest areas as a consequence.) It
supposedly works just fine (after installation of Device Driver Pack 2 or 3) with
the standard MOUSE.SYS driver if you turn it on in the BIOS. I haven't bothered
-- I've always liked the TrackPoint.
With the standard, reasonably recent APM.SYS, suspend/resume works, although,
depending on whether you have a card in a slot, it may not suspend fully. (Some
cards have to be powered down in the PC Card Director or removed.) Unlike my T23,
where I was having problems suspending if any card was ever inserted into either
slot, even if the card was removed, this T30 does not have that problem. Also, hibernation
works if you set up a FAT16 partition and use the special boot diskette (in the
IBM ThinkPad Device Driver Matrix web site for this model) to set up the hibernation
file. I haven't bothered, since suspend keeps the system in a "hold" state
for up to around a week.
If you boot to another operating system that handles power management differently,
such as Windows 2000 or Windows XP, I recommend powering down before booting into
OS/2 Warp (or vice versa). I haven't confirmed any problems on the T30, but, on
the T23, that was a problem with power management. I can't seem to find any impact
(positive or negative) with APMDAEMN.EXE running or not. (APMDAEMN.EXE
is included in recent OS/2 Warp 4 fixpacks, including FixPack 16, all releases of
eComStation, and all OS/2 Warp 4.5x releases.) I have it running from a RUN
line in my CONFIG.SYS, as directed by the fixpack.
All power management indicator lights (battery indicator, suspend indicator)
work just fine, as do the hard disk activity light and the rest. Screen blanking
(if enabled in the BIOS or with PS2.EXE) works, so remember to turn it off if you're
doing a presentation and will want to leave the system on the same screen for a
long time, at the risk of burn-in. (LCDs can suffer from burn-in over time.) Even
stuff like resume (wakeup from suspend) works if the modem line rings (if you have
that feature turned on). Intel SpeedStep support (a.k.a. Geyserville, included in
OS/2 Warp FixPack 10 and higher) works just fine, too -- the processor will speed
up when needed and slow down when not to save power. (You can control SpeedStep
behavior in the BIOS setup program or with PS2.EXE.) Hard drive power down/resume
Note that the T30 gets pretty uncomfortable on your lap, since the newer processors
generate an awful lot of heat. IBM does a great job getting rid of that heat, but
it has to go somewhere. Leave the ThinkPad on a table instead of your lap. Your
lap will thank you.
I've tested both the diskette drive and the DVD/CD-RW combo drive. Both work fine.
I haven't tested hot swapping, but it might work with DANIS506.ADD (and after
suspending). Note that the diskette drive won't allow booting unless you have "Legacy
Boot" (or something like that) turned on in the BIOS. I turned it off inadvertently,
and my system wouldn't boot from diskette until I turned it back on. (It's easy
to figure out.) If you have a USB diskette drive, the T30 will support booting from
that, even for non-USB-aware operating systems such as DOS. The DVD/CD-RW drive
is a standard ATAPI-type drive and compatible with OS/2 Warp recording software
such as RSJ CD Writer. DVD playback is a bit of a problem due to the RIAA copy protections,
but there are some folks working on that problem. (You'll need the Software Choice
UDF file system to even attempt to play DVDs. UDF is included in OS/2 Warp 4.5x
and eComStation already.) I've got a blank "filler" that goes into the
Ultrabay when I want to travel without the diskette drive or DVD/CD-RW drive, to
save weight, and that works great. It's an extra accessory you can order.
Not tested, but nothing unusual apparently. USB is listed as version 1.1. Works
with the OS/2 Warp USB drivers.
Mine has onboard Intel PRO/100 VE circuitry. This works fine with MPTS's Intel Pro/100
driver (or the downloadable one). The IBM ThinkPad web site has the downloadable
one in a Windows-extractable package, so that wasn't too thoughtful, was it?
My T30 has Cisco Aironet MP1350 for 802.11b wireless networking. I haven't set up
this feature -- I'm not particularly fond of wireless networking given the security
complexity. However, there's apparently a test driver floating around, so perhaps
it will be supported before too long. I should have more to report on this in the
future, and I think OS/2 VOICE has done some good reporting on wireless lately.
Worst case you can use one of the relatively cheap 802.11b access point hardware
devices to get your wireless fix, same as the Playstation and XBox geeks do.
My model doesn't have this, so not tested.
IBM Security Subsystem:
This is a special security chip embedded in the system. "The IBM Embedded Security
Subsystem (TCPA compliant) provides for authentication and encryption of data communications."
I've disabled it in the BIOS, but that doesn't matter. This is not supported under
OS/2 Warp as far as I know, but I don't think this feature is going to be of interest
to most OS/2 Warp users anyhow. And you can get T30 models without this chip if
you are concerned about the potential abuses. For more on this you can see the previous
article in this issue, Eric Baerwaldt's "»TCPA«
- another step towards immaturity or a step towards emancipation?" as well
as the following links:
The official TCPA web site is: http://www.trustedpc.org
Here's an independent TCPA Frequently Asked Questions List: http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/tcpa-faq.html
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is at: http://www.eff.org
Works fine -- activates/deactivates under OS/2 Warp. (This is a keyboard light activated
by hitting [Fn]-[PgUp]. It shines a small light
on the keyboard, so, if you aren't a touch typist, and you're on an overnight flight,
you can still type. Now if someone could make a little filter to make the light
shine a blue OS/2 Warp logo on the keyboard... :-))
Nothing special, works fine with COM.SYS or SIO.SYS, as you prefer.
Typically you'll disable the infrared to enable the serial port, or vice versa.
Built-in modem is an evil Lucent AMR modem, and apparently not even IBM can get
technical information to write a driver. There's no driver for Linux, either. Use
a standard non-WinModem in a PC Card slot. (My trusty Megahertz XJ5560 works just
fine.) The PCMCIA modems generally provide better (faster) connections anyhow.
Yes, this ThinkPad comes with an Intel Pentium 4 sticker, a Windows sticker, and
a Windows license number sticker (on the underside of the unit). All three are easily
removed. Take a warm damp cloth to eliminate any residue. eComStation stickers can
then be applied. :-)
Expandable to 1 GB of RAM, as I mentioned. Unfortunately parity memory is a thing
of the past, so none of those wonderful TRAP 0002 messages if you have bad memory.
You'll just get "weird" behavior I guess. But you can turn on a full bootup
memory check in the BIOS setup program. There's also PC Doctor (on bootable DOS
diskette) available for free download from IBM, and that'll probe your system for
Available for download on bootable diskettes, making them operating system agnostic.
(All downloadable diskette images, in fact, are as EXEs with "family mode"
wrappers, meaning you can cut the diskettes natively under OS/2 Warp. Except the
ethernet driver, strangely, although the MPTS one is fine.)
WorkSpace On-Demand compatibility:
Yes. The system supports network boot, at least for ethernet, which is required
for WorkSpace On-Demand. Also supports Wake On LAN and BIOS flash updates via LAN
for you corporate types.
Declared Support for OS/2 Warp:
Yes. The IBM ThinkPad T30 is the officially blessed OS/2 Warp system.
Verdict? This is a GORGEOUS eComStation or OS/2 Warp system, with very solid
device support. Seems to be rock solid.
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