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IBM-Lenovo Thinkpad R60


This is a guide to running Linux with the IBM-Lenovo Thinkpad R60 laptop.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

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NameIBM-Lenovo Thinkpad R60
ProcessorIntel Core Duo processor T5500 1.66GHz
Screen15“ XGA
Optical DriveDVD-RW
GraphicsIntel Extreme Graphics 950
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless. Bluetooth
Other3 x USB2.0

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesUse the i810 module
SoundYesUse the snd-hda-intel module
WirelessYesUse ipw3945 module
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested


Nothing of interest to note about the Thinkpad R60 during Linux installation.

You may have some issues selecting certain resolutions on an external monitor. If this is the case for you then you will need to update your version of Xorg.


There were no problems in getting the IBM-Lenovo Thinkpad R60 working when used with an up to date Linux distribution.


Jeremy Dearing, 2015/09/07 02:00

Upgraded my R60 to a 2.0GHz Core2Duo and installed Debian 8.1 amd64. Mine has ATI mobility X1300 graphics and I am using the open ati driver with no problems.

Revan, 2013/03/18 05:40

how to enable bluetooth of lenovo R60.plz send me step's how to “NO” it.

Kenneth Scharf, 2012/09/07 01:15

Linux Mint 13 KDE with Cairo-Dock. Upgraded to 2gb dram and 200gb hd. Third party (non-IBM/Lenovo) hard disks are not compatible with the bios and will fail the self test. Work around is to press the thinkvantage button when the thinkpad logo splash screen appears and then the esc key when it disappears. This bypasses the bios self test and goes direct to the bootstrap. I'm getting 2hrs plus time off the used battery that came with the computer, a new battery should do much better. I've used previous versions of Linux Mint (9-12) Gnome, XFCE, LXDE, and also Mint Debian. They all work. Pure Debian works too but you have to install with an ethernet connection to the web because the required wifi drivers are NOT on the Debian CD. Mint and Ubuntu include them on the live CD/DVD's. Great Linux laptop, but is 32bit only and can use only up to 3GB of dram due to chipset limitations. Internal speakers are poor for music, but ok for youtube or skype (no internal webcam).

salim shaikh a.r , 2012/02/27 05:37

How to open Display Lenovo R60 Laptop

arshadkhan, 2010/08/19 21:26

i have installed xp window on my lenovo r60 product id 9459 I have download a drivers but it cant work properly

arshadkhan, 2010/08/19 21:26

i have installed xp window on my lenovo r60 product id 9459 I have download a drivers but it cant work properly

Nripendra, 2009/10/04 13:33

when I try to install the Bluetooth driver for Lenovo R 60…It says this driver is not appropriate please find the most suitable driver….Please help me in installing Bluettoth driver

Ashis, 2009/02/13 18:57

Dear Folk,

   I have a IBM R60 with RHEL5 installed.It is by default not taking the video driver and I am unable to connect my Philips Color TV by the SVGA port.

Any immediate response will be apriciable.


Ajith, 2009/01/26 13:32

I have installed Open SUSE11. Let me know how to get the thinkpad modem rpm and configure dial up connection..

andrew, 2009/01/24 01:35

Fedora 9 installed,perfectly good!But nothing is right with the modem though it works while in windows.I have not found any other problems.

Dr. Salinkar P. L., 2009/01/01 08:46

I have installed Ubuntu 8.10 on Think pad R60 which was having windows XP installation ans partitioned to get drive letters up to H. All the data in H: was copied to other windos drives, and using Ubuntu CD was inserted at start up. Using manual partioning, Ubuntu installation in the empty space H: went without any hitch. wireless, network was no problem. Graphics quality is probably an issue. i feel its not as good as windows. Also the graphics adapter driver are not full functional with color control. probably, needs to be added from IBM / Lenevo site.

Dr nolin, 2009/03/04 15:51

Teri maa ki aankh

jakal323, 2008/06/20 09:25

Ubuntu 8.10 on R60

Installation away without a hitch. Save for the bluetooth module and dial-up modem, all hardware tested without a problem.

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