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Lenovo Thinkpad X200 (Arbopeep)

Arbopeep

This IBM Thinkpad model is powerful, yet at 2.8 pounds, this computer is a light weight portable computer. It is small enough to fit nicely on an airline tray table. IBM Thinkpads are top quality laptop computers. The standard XGA screen is the best in the class.

This laptop was purchased from the previous owner. The hard drive was replaced by a Toshiba hybrid disk drive that combines an 8 GB SSD with a 1 TB hard disk. The eComStation installation provides as complete support as possible on a modern laptop.

This laptop computer is configured to boot eComStation. No Windows is installed, nor are instructions provided to install Windows without harming the eComStation installation. The eComStation installation provides as complete support as possible on a modern laptop.

Docking Station

Arbopeep was tested with a docking station. The docking station is not for sale.

Build Notes

This section documents what I did to get this computer to work under eComStation. It is intended to show what goes into this computer, and also as a guide to the user who wants to build it himself.

The installed BIOS is 2.04 and the EC is 1.04. The current BIOS is 3.22 and EC is 1.07. The video displays on an external monitor without issues. I made sure that BIOS is set to Power->Battery->Maximum Performance, and that BIOS Intel SpeedStep is enabled. Then I powered the Thinkpad down and up.

Ordered 1 TB hybrid hard disk. Change BIOS to AHCI, boot from eCS 2.2 beta 2 (Dec 30) installation CD-ROM Getting Disk information: no partition table found -- fix problems; reboot Disk is recognized 953,855 MB. Create and Format N:, D:, restart installer.

eComStation Installation

I installed two bootable volumes, H: and N:. The H: drive has my server-H installation with SAMBA server included. The N: installation has the traditional IBM NETBIOS and NetBIOS over TCP/IP networking from the IBM File and Print Client.

On each eComStation installation, I replace the ndpsmb.dll to prevent damage to my SAMBA server files. Then I save the installations in the eCS22 directory. If you want the bare eCS installation, this is what you get.

The external monitor works after this:
PanoUtil -d 1 n:
PanoUtil -c 1920 1200

DOS Window needs fixup. Added /int10textgrfxsafe to the line that loads VSVGA.SYS Also added mode co80; cls to autoexec.bat, now DOS Window works.

Using Suntan Special, I define an installation sequence that includes GenMac, GenMU, XWLAN, dhclient and wpa supplicant to provide full support for the WiFi card. The entire suite of Arca Noae drivers is installed. After that I run Suntan Special sequences eCS22, apps, games and cleanup. This is saved as the Factory image. This is normally what would be supplied on the computer.

Modified WiFi

The Thinkpad X200 WiFi is already the Intel 5100 mini-PCIe card. No other standard Lenovo card will work. Furthermore, the card must be Lenovo-approved or the Thinkpad will make an error on power on.

The driver for the Intel 5100 WiFi card is from the GenMU unsupported collection. It works, but sometimes it will drop the connection. There are some special requirements for radio operation. Occasionally, the thinkpad will throw trap 0008.

BIOS has to be set to provide 100 percent power during battery operation. Speedstep must be enabled. The radio must be deactivated on startup by XWLAN, then started by enabling the radio from the XWLAN menu. The SSID appears to be required in the profile.

To use the WiFi, edit the XWLAN settings to deactivate the radio on startup. Using the switch on the front of the laptop, start the laptop with the radio on. Once booted, switch the radio off, then on again. Go to the XWLAN widget, and turn the radio on.

Capabilities

The computer is set up to connect via ethernet cable or WiFi. Both interfaces have been set up to configure automatically.

The USB 2.0 ports support keyboards, mice, scanners, thumb drives, cameras, MP3 players, external hard drives, floppies and CD Writers.

Arbopeep is configured to use a DVD Multi-burner in a dock. To use a USB DVD-RW, RSJ CD-Writer is required.

This laptop has a single PC Card slot, which supports OS/2 compatible PC Cards. I have not installed PC Card support, however. I no longer have PC Cards to adequately test PC Card support.

Defects

This laptop boots to the desktop in under 60 seconds. That's important, because suspend/resume does not work. To make up for that, the laptop does a clean power down when the lid is closed.

There is no eComStation support for the modem, bluetooth or fingerprint reader.

PC Card Support does not work for CF card readers.

Software

Suntan Special

I use Suntan Special to install the software on all Blonde Guy computers. Suntan Special software can be used to install all updates to the system and its applications and to install additional applications. When newer versions of software are released, Suntan Special can keep your Blonde Guy computer up to date.

Recovery DVD

The recovery DVD supplied is a bootable eComStation DVD with a backup of the hard drive as delivered. You can boot the machine from DVD, and perform maintenance functions. The maintenance folder is available on the recovery DVD. The factory backup is stored in the \Factory directory. The backups are simple zip files. You can use unzip to extract some or all of the files in a backup.

DFSee

DFSee is a generic disk, partition and filesystem utility for maintenance and data-recovery. It supports partition tables (FDISK, LVM), FAT, FAT32, HPFS, NTFS, and partly JFS, EXT2/3 or REISER filesystems. DFSee is commercial software which requires a license key for continued use.

Specifications

Physical Dimensions

Height: 0.8 inch
Width: 11.6 inches
Depth: 9.2 inches
Weight: 3 lbs 10 oz (2 lbs 7 oz with 4-cell battery)

Power Consumption

Power consumption is 16 Watts, measured with the computer booted to the desktop. This computer consumes less than 1 Watt if it's plugged in, but switched off. When charging a depleted battery, it consumes up to 45 Watts.

Photos

Front and Left

Arbopeep Front and Left

Right

Arbopeep Right

Back

Arbopeep Rear

Disk Layout

The disk is partitioned to provide two bootable partitions, one for use as a server and including SAMBA server, and the other is set up for as a tradtional NetBIOS networking using the IBM File and Print client. User data is stored on a separate volume.

This is the layout for a Toshiba Hybrid 1 GB hard drive.

Volume NameDisk FormatDrive LetterVolume SizeDisk Name serverJFS H:10,009 MBToshiba Hybrid 1 GB eCS-N JFS N:10,009 MBToshiba Hybrid 1 GB Data JFS D:913,846 MBToshiba Hybrid 1 GB

eComStation version

eComStation 2.2 beta 2 (Dec 30) is the version used for this installation. This is the output of the version command.

For the server-H volume:

Installed Component Name                          Version  Service Level  Drive
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Serenity Systems eComStation                      2.2      XR0C007        H:
 . Base Operating System                          4.52     XR0C007        H:
 . Base Device Drivers                            4.52     XR0D003        H:
 . Base Networking (MPTS)                         6.01     WR08708        H:
 . Internet Applications (TCP/IP)                 4.32     UN02334        H:

For the eCS-N volume:

Installed Component Name                          Version  Service Level  Drive
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Serenity Systems eComStation                      2.2      XR0C007        N:
 . Base Operating System                          4.52     XR0C007        N:
 . Base Device Drivers                            4.52     XR0D003        N:
 . Base Networking (MPTS)                         6.01     WR08708        N:
 . Internet Applications (TCP/IP)                 4.32     UN02334        N:
 . File and Printer Sharing (Peer)                5.2      IP08608        N:
    . LAN Requester                               5.2      IP08608        N:
    . User Profile Management                     5.2      WR08608        N:

Performance Benchmarks

This table reports the SysBench 0.9.5 benchmarks for this computer. You can download SysBench 0.9.5 here: http://hobbes.nmsu.edu/

CategoryMeasurement
PM-Graphics-marks 158
CPU integer-marks 7710
CPU floating point-marks 405
DIVE-marks 3161
File I/O-marks 77376
Memory-marks 7275
Simultaneous I/O-marks 32
Disk I/O-marks 351

Ordering

To buy this computer, fill out an order form and submit it to Blonde Guy. Blonde Guy will review your order and send you an invoice, payable using PayPal or any major credit card. If you prefer to pay by check, note that in the notes field of the order form, and I will e-mail you an invoice payable by check.

If you have questions, you may enter them in the notes portion of the order form.

The final price of the computer depends on tax, shipping and options.

An order for the computer is for the hardware as descibed on this page and for the software licenses.

ProductLicenseCost
eComStation Business $290
Home and Student $145
User's own copy $0
Arca Noae OS/2 & eCS drivers and software packageCommercial $79
Personal $49
User's own copy $0

The eComStation License is available three ways. For a business, the full license is required. For most other uses, a Home and Student license is sufficient. If you already have an eCS 2.1 license available for this machine, and you upload your license key, there is no charge for eComStation.

The Arca Noae OS/2 & eCS drivers and software package is available three ways. For a business, the commercial license is required. For most other uses, a Personal license is sufficient. If you already have an Arca Noae OS/2 & eCS drivers and software package available for this machine, there is no charge.

Last Modified: 15 Oct 2015
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