Thinkpad Edge AMD impressions

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  1. pnutzh4x0r

    pnutzh4x0r Notebook Enthusiast

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    No. I checked the Lenovo website, but I don't see any BIOS updates. Is there one for the Edge? If so, could you provide a link?
     
  2. BimoZX

    BimoZX Newbie

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    So basically we just have to wait for the thinkpad_acpi module to eventually support edge, and it will eventually do, right?
     
  3. realwarder

    realwarder Notebook Evangelist

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    Looks like latest is here: Edge 13 BIOS 1.08/1.07

    Note: Readme says initial release, so I guess this is not an update.
     
  4. Augusta

    Augusta Notebook Consultant

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    Ugh. Has anyone else experienced this, and if so has a fix been found (ie driver update)?
     
  5. BimoZX

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    How about the tp_smapi modules?
     
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    sonnyg95 Notebook Geek

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    Thanks for the review. I picked up the 4-cell AMD for my sister(no need for bluetooth and she's always near a wall outlet) and it just came in yesterday. Overall, she's enjoying it. I also played around with it last night and noticed the left palm area did get warm, but overall, it wasn't anything that bothered me. I also like the aesthetics of this notebook. Very simple and nice.

    Since majority of your dislikes are based on your experience with setting up Linux, and I'm certain she won't be playing with Linux anytime soon, I'm very happy I could get her a quality notebook for an affordable price. Thanks!
     
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    grmela Newbie

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    Hi there,
    bought the AMD version today and loaded Ubuntu Karmic on it. So far so good, basically everything works fine excluding these two things:
    • Bluetooth
    • WiFi (Realtek 8192SE)
    The bluetooth device isn't listed anywhere (lspci, lsusb) though it apparently works under Windows. I got the WiFi working using the proprietary driver from Realtek site (vesion 0015) but there's some killswitch-related problem. The interface is always down even if I try to enable it using the Fn+F9 keystroke or manually from the NetworkManager Gnome GUI. See the following dmesg:
    Code:
    [  463.577764] rtllib_crypt: registered algorithm 'NULL'
    [  463.577769] rtllib_crypt: registered algorithm 'TKIP'
    [  463.577772] rtllib_crypt: registered algorithm 'CCMP'
    [  463.577775] rtllib_crypt: registered algorithm 'WEP'
    [  463.577778] 
    [  463.577779] Linux kernel driver for RTL8192 based WLAN cards
    [  463.577781] Copyright (c) 2007-2008, Realsil Wlan Driver
    [  463.583864] rtl819xSE 0000:03:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 19 (level, low) -> IRQ 19
    [  463.583924] rtl819xSE 0000:03:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
    [  463.584161] Memory mapped space start: 0xd0300000 
    [  463.584323] Adapter(8192SE) is found - DeviceID=8172
    [  463.590402] =========>dm_InitRateAdaptiveMask: bUseRAMask=0
    [  463.634277] udev: renamed network interface wlan0 to wlan1
    [  491.999949] rtl819xSE 0000:03:00.0: firmware: requesting RTL8192SE/rtl8192sfw.bin
    [  492.118249] rtl8192_SetWirelessMode(), wireless_mode:10, bEnableHT = 1
    [  492.128420] ===>rtllib_start_scan()
    [  492.141520] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan1: link is not ready
    [  493.590174] GPIOChangeRF  - HW Radio OFF
    [  493.640084] ============>sync_scan_hurryup out
    [  636.239302] rtl8192_SetWirelessMode(), wireless_mode:10, bEnableHT = 1
    [  636.249435] ===>rtllib_start_scan()
    [  636.260867] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan1: link is not ready
    [  637.600554] GPIOChangeRF  - HW Radio OFF
    [  637.680073] ============>sync_scan_hurryup out
    
    This happens when i call the iwlist wlan0 scan command. The interface is just disabled and I cannot figure out how to enable it. The /sys/class/rfkill/ directory is empty and also the rfkill command outputs nothing.

    Got anyone the WiFi working under any other distro or the newer Ubuntu Lucid?
     
  8. infinitespecter

    infinitespecter Notebook Enthusiast

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    I'm about to order the 4 cell Edge now that it can be found under $500 (why buy a Netbook at that point?) and I'm wondering what sort of battery life I should expect. I know the OP mentioned 4.5 hours with the 6 cell, so I would hope for at least 2-3 with the 4 cell. Is that realistic?
     
  9. amheck

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    how do you think these compare (if they are really under $500, i Haven't checked) to the $448 u450p deal?
     
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