Talk:Installing Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) on a ThinkPad T61

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New Nvidia Driver released

http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_display_ia32_100.14.19.html

Time to test, supposedly it stabilizes compiz. When I get home tonight I will write up install instructions and what it fixes if someone doesn't beat me to it.

The new NVIDIA driver doesn't fix the compiz+3d accel bug, causing X to crash, at least not on my system. I have the NVIDIA Quadro FX570M. I've removed compiz from my system since I value a buggy NVIDIA driver more than cheesy desktop effects. Rybu

Core 2 Duo running at 800 mHz?

The applications Sysinfo and PowerTOP both say that my CPU is running at 800 MHz. When I first open Sysinfo, it says a number around 2 GHz but it then drops to 800 MHz. Sysinfo says something about laptop CPU frequency changing (being "dynamic"), but it remains static at 800 MHz. SteveSims 00:51, 13 September 2007 (UTC)


This is normal. This is the "frequency scaling" feature of the laptop. Whenever the processors aren't being used they drop down to 800MHz to conserve power. All you have to do is run some CPU-intensive task and you'll see them jump up to 2GHz. There's a little applet that you can add to the top panel called "CPU Frequency Scaling Monitor" that will let you watch the processor speed up and down in real time: Right-click on the top panel bar and select "Add to Panel" to find it; it's under "System and Hardware" --Mike Richards 06:31, 13 September 2007 (UTC)


Desktop_Applet crash on login after update (2007-09-16) with x86 and AMD64 versions (Fixed in daily build 20070918, reappears in 20070919.1)

I found out that my Thinkpad T61 is a 64-bit machine so I installed the 64-bit version of Ubuntu 7.10 Tribe 5. I tried updating the machine, which worked fine until it had to configure and install my updates. With about 12 minutes remaining it hangs up and the terminal within the Update Manager says that some components must be restarted (and the update hangs) so I restart my computer. When I log in, I get an error message that says something about a Deskbar_Applet not working, and it asks me if I want to delete it. Regardless of my selection, I can no longer update the machine nor run Applications --> Add/Remove. I thought it must be a difference between AMD64 and Intel's x86-64 near-clone, so I re-installed the 32-bit version. When I updated, the same thing happened after I updated it. I'm guessing this is a bug withing the GUI or the package manager.

However, I can load Firefox from my panel just fine. SteveSims 05:01, 17 September 2007 (UTC)

I had a similar problem. I found if I just avoided updating the system until after a full reboot, things were fine. Rybu
The most recent update (9-18-2007) solves this problem.
The problem appears again in 20070919.1, at least the AMD64 version (I haven't tested the x86-32 version). SteveSims 21:49, 19 September 2007 (UTC)
And it still exists as of September 20th. SteveSims 04:53, 21 September 2007 (UTC)

Touchpad issues

After updating on September 18th from the original x86 Tribe 5, tapping the touchpad hard no longer clicks, and the right edge no longer scrolls. SteveSims 01:59, 19 September 2007 (UTC)

Go to System -> Preferences -> Mouse. In the Touchpad tab you can activate tap to click and vertical scrolling. --aerials 13:05, 21 September 2007 (UTC)

Daily build 20070918 AMD64 won't install

Double-clicking on the Install icon in the LiveCD does nothing. No window loads, I can't install it from the LiveCD. SteveSims 01:59, 19 September 2007 (UTC)

Brightness buttons

The brightness buttons used to work on my system. But now that I have 2 displays, they don't work anymore. When I first installed Ubuntu 7.10 the brightness buttons did not work but I found some tips on-line to enable them... unfortunately I don't remember what those tips were... silly me... I'll dig up the info and put it into the wiki, soon. Rybu


Compiling existing information

This [[1]] link has some useful information that is worthwhile compiling into the wiki here. Rybu

Desktop effects don't consistenly work

I installed new themes and updated today and suddenly the new desktop effects that were added to 7.10 don't work.

However, Deskbar_Applet doesn't crash with the update, even though it does with today's most current LiveCD. Touchpad issues still exist. SteveSims 06:37, 21 September 2007 (UTC)