Installation instructions for the ThinkPad X61

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The X61 is apparently very similar to a T61 internally. You may be able to find helpful tips in the installation instructions for the Installation instructions for the Thinkpad T61 for problems that are not solved here.

There is an Ubuntu forum thread on installing Feisty Fawn on the X61.

X61 won't boot from the CD-ROM/DVD drive (Solved)

Follow these instructions to enable your optical drive:

  1. Reboot your X61. Press the ThinkVantage button quickly when you see the ThinkPad screen and then press F1 enter BIOS.
  2. In BIOS, select Configure -> Serial ATA.
  3. Now, select Compatibility instead of AHCI.
  4. Exit BIOS and start your computer normally.

Suspend/Resume doesn't work out of the box (Solved)

Under GNOME, Suspend/Resume doesn't work out of the box. Fn-F4 does suspend and lid open does resume, but the backlight is off after resume.

To fix this, do the following:

  1. In the file /boot/grub/menu.lst, find the line beginning with "# kopt=". This is where grub sets the options for your kernel. Append to this line the following: " acpi_sleep=s3_bios". (That is, these words should be preceded by a space separating them from the existing options.)
  1. Run the command update-grub as root.

Known Issues under Ubuntu Feisty Fawn 7.04

  1. Sound doesn't work. (Fixed in Gutsy Gibbon; it's an ALSA driver issue.) I do not think this is fixed in Gutsy. I am running Gutsy now and am still having trouble with my sound. Gutsy currently uses the 1.0.14 alsa driver which i do not believe has full ad1984 support.
  2. Wireless doesn't work.