Category Archives: ThinkPad

Enabling Quectel EM05-G Modem on Linux

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My new Thinkpad has a Quectel EM05-G modem. For some reason it refused connect, even though it showed up in Gnome settings on Ubuntu 22.10. I checked with “mmcli -m 0 and it said “sim missing” as its state.

After some Googling it appeared the modem ships in some kind of a locked state, so it only works in Windows. I checked with “mbimcli”:

It was easy to unlock:

After this, Gnome was able to enable the mobile broadband connection without problem.


Ubuntu 8.10 on Thinkpad X300

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I upgraded my Lenovo Thinkpad X300 to Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex today. My original installation notes for Hardy are here.

After the upgrade, sound was working without compiling an ALSA snapshot by hand. Also, 3G connections worked straight out of the NetworkManager applet, which is very nice. But WiFi was broken, as the nm-applet refused to connect to any SSID, encrypted or open. That seemed to be due to myself using the development networkmanager packages with Hardy. They were not upgraded correctly. The remedy was to remove all network-manager packages and reinstall them. Continue reading Ubuntu 8.10 on Thinkpad X300

Lenovo ThinkPad X300 Ubuntu 8.04 Installation Notes

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First, let me tell you some first impressions about the machine. The keyboard is very good. It feels even a bit better than the one in my old T60. The display is very bright and sharp, but viewing angles could be better. WLAN worked right out of the box, as did the webcam.

The solid state drive is incredibly fast. I will never switch back to a hard disk after experiencing an SSD. Everything loads up in an instance. OpenOffice starts in about 5 seconds, which is very good compared to my T60. And the machine boots up and shuts down really fast (I haven’t timed those operations, though).

There are also a couple of annoyances which I hope will soon be fixed. Continue reading Lenovo ThinkPad X300 Ubuntu 8.04 Installation Notes