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Q. Dear Mr. Know-It-All,
How do I install Warp on my new laptop?
This can be easy or it can be hard. As always, it's all about driver
support. Laptops are very different from desktop systems. Desktops tend to
use standard components with recognizable brand names. Laptops use standard
components, but these are typically chip level standard components. A great
number of these components have Warps compatible drivers, but it can take
some work to determine what components the laptop contains.
If you planned ahead, you got all this information and checked for
drivers before you purchased the laptop. You did plan ahead, didn't you? If
not, good luck. For those of you who are still in the planning stage here's
what you need to do.
If you are considering a Thinkpad, go to
and review the device driver matrix for the model you are interested in. If
it shows supported Warp drivers you are in luck. Be aware though that IBM
defines support for Warp differently that support for the preloaded
If you considering another brand, go to
Dr. Martinus's site contains a wealth of information, reviews and device
driver links for many laptop models, including Thinkpads.
Finally get very familiar with IBM DDPAK Online at:
Both are a good source for drivers.
Laptops are going to need device specific drivers for:
- Hard disk drive
Most current laptops have IDE disk drives larger than 4.3GB. Many of this
will work fine with IBM's latest IBM1S506.ADD. This is available from the DD
Pak website at IBMDASD.EXE. If IBM1S506.ADD does not work, Daniela
Engbert's drivers may. Look for danis506.zip.
PCMCIA support can be a problem. For some reason, the laptop vendors do not
tend to advertise which chip a particular system uses. Texas Instruments
supplies a large percentage of the PCMCIA support chips used in laptops and
IBM Thinkpads tend to use TI chips. Often you will be able to use one of
the Thinkpad drivers.
Video support is relatively easy to acquire, if available. The laptop
vendors usually advertise the video chip brand and model.
Most laptops have a built-in PS/2 mouse interface. The MOUSE.SYS supplied
with Warp should work.
OK, I lied. This answer is really about how to select a laptop and how to
get ready to install Warp on your laptop. Next month, after you have
downloaded all the drivers, we will discuss how to get them installed.
Curious or in doubt, you can ask
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