So i got the T1000 working again (finally, after much screwing about trying to get the part). I then hit the ever annoying “no console” problem, where the console didn’t work – kind of problematic.
After a firmware upgrade, and passing “console=/dev/ttyS0” to the kernel, things work.
So the T1000 firmware 6.3 doesn’t work with modern debian kernels. Thing swork with 6.7 though.