Installing Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) Tribe 3 on a ThinkPad T61

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Opening Notes:

1) This is written for Tribe 2, as development moves forward many of the items listed here will (hopefully) no longer be necessary or no longer apply.

2) Use the Alternative Installer, the Desktop installer installs but fails to boot

3) The system is not incredibly stable, things crash at least once per session so if you are look for stability stay with Feisty. ***This has changed lately and things are a lot more stable, disabling Compiz helped and most the random crashes seemed to have cleared up the past week.***

Hard Disk Controller

When the system boots hit F1 to enter the Bios, select Config->Serial ATA (SATA) and set the SATA Controller mode option to "Compatibility".



Must install using the alternate CD or the regular CD and hit F4 to change VGA settings to 1024x768x32 and use regular install.

Intel GMX3100 worked flawlessly at 1200x1024 resolution. Have not yet tried the higher resolution.


On July 10th the latest nv 2D driver was released that supported the 140m. It should be in the repo's soon: Once this makes it into the Daily CD's you should be able to install via the Live CD and the instructions below will not be required.

X will fail to start for users running Nvidia cards. Boot into recovery mode and type:

# dkpg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

Accept all the defaults except change the driver from NV to VESA

Type # telinit 3 to boot into a GUI and use Synaptic to install Build-Essentials

Go to and download the latest Nvidia Drivers to your desktop

When the download completes hit Ctrl-F1 to drop to a console. Login and type:

# sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop

Then type:

# cd Desktop

# sudo sh

If the file you download is newer that 100.14.11 make sure you modify the command appropriately

Reboot: # sudo shutdown -r now

After Rebooting Gnome should start normally

With each new Kernel release this process must be repeated


The Atheros card should be supported by the drivers built into Gutsy.

Help needed
Can someone with an Atheros card confirm this?

The Intel a/b/g/n (IPW4965) card requires the iwlwifi drivers from Intel:

As the release process moves forward the Kernel will be updated so make sure to update the paths below
With each new Kernel release this process must be repeated

Install the necessary prerequisites and get the directories symlinked right.

#sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`
#sudo ln -s /usr/src/linux-headers-`uname -r` /lib/modules/`uname -r`/source

Download and install the latest mac80211 from the 8.x.x branch. 8.0.2 is the latest as of this edit. The 9.x.x branch is currently experimental.

#tar -xzf mac80211-8.0.2.tgz
#cd mac80211-8.0.2/
#sudo make patch_kernel
#cd ..

Download and install the latest iwlwifi from the 0.0.x branch. 0.0.42 is the latest as of this edit. The 0.1.x branch is currently experimental, but is necessary if you need to use 802.11n. These instructions may or may not work if you want to use 0.1.x.

#tar -xzf iwlwifi-0.0.42.tgz
#cd iwlwifi-0.0.42/
#sudo make install
#cd ..

Download and install the latest 4965 ucode.

#tar -xzf iwlwifi-4965-ucode-4.44.17.tgz
#cd iwlwifi-4965-ucode-4.44.17/
#sudo cp iwlwifi-4965.ucode /lib/firmware/`uname -r`

Make sure the hardware wifi switch is on before doing this.

#sudo modprobe iwl4965

After that, you should simply be able to connect to wireless networks using Gnome's network manager.


Audio does not work out of the box, download and install the latest version of Alsa from CVS using the instructions here: