Linux on the Lenovo ThinkPad W510 – Part 2

A one month retrospective on using linux, only, on my primary laptop

I’m leaving Linux Mint 16 behind. The RC for Linux Mint 17 is out so maybe that will fix some things, but the main problem I’ve had is with installing packages. Apt just doesn’t cut it, especially when I think back to when I was using ArchLinux. So I’m going back to Arch and the next post will be about that. Apt’s greatest downfall is that as you add PPAs and when you start needing multiple architectures, the dependency chain breaks and is almost impossible to fix. Hardware Upgrades Since I got…

Linux on the Lenovo Thinkpad W510 – Part 3

ArchLinux NVidia 340.xx Legacy Driver Updates

The NVidia drivers after 343.22 no longer support the NVidia Quadro FX 880M GPU for the ThinkPad W510 so I had to switch to legacy drivers (340-xx). To get everything working again, I make some changes to my kernel mode settings and my xorg.conf. In /boot/syslinux/syslinux.cfg and /etc/xorg.conf.d/20-nvidia.conf I am now using this: And in the syslinux.cfg the line DEFAULT arch is now DEFAULT archnvidia to default to the new kernel settings.

Linux on the Lenovo ThinkPad W510

A post on configuring and using an old Lenovo ThinkPad W510.

I bought a crappy PC laptop as a backup since my MacBook’s been failing. I’ve gone full Linux on it since I spend most of the day in a terminal and browser, so except for Photoshop I’m comfortable. I’ll probably buy a new MacBook when they release 2014 Pro Retina ones. Until then, I’ll document my experience here. First off, I’m running Linux Mint 16 Petra with the Cinnamon Desktop Environment. I’ve got to say, it’s really pretty in comparison to Windows 7 that the laptop came with and Windows 8…