Install Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) on a ThinkPad T400s
On this page experiences, tips, and tricks how to get most out of a Lenovo T400s are collected. Everyone is invited to share his part. Feedback is very welcome. No warranty that any of the information on this page may harm your hard- or software is given.
I started to write up this page as of 2009-08-12. It is work in progress. The "template" was taken from Ubuntu 9.04 on a T400. The good news is: Nearly everything works out of the box on Karmic , 10.04, and 10.10. Where are the good old times it took you a couple of nights to get a new box up and running? ;)
Backup your data. Maybe dd the rescue partition.
There is a Bios upgrade available. Not sure if it is required. Install from a CD went smoothly.
What works out of the box?
- Wireless with iwlagn driver (Intel WiFi Link 5100/5300 WLAN controller)
- G mode + WEP and WPA2 PSK
- With status LED and everything! (LED does not work for ThinkPad 11b/g Wireless LAN Mini PCI Express Adapter III)
- version: 1.3.27k
- Firmware: iwlwifi-4965-2.ucode
- Bus 004 Device 005: ID 0a5c:2145 Broadcom Corp.
- With status LED and everything!
- Tested with Motorola headset HT820. After connecting with Blueman the audio device shows up in pulseaudio
- Tested with Nokia 810 and BlueMaemo (Mouse, Keyboard)
- Intel Corporation 82567LM Gigabit Network Connection (rev 03)
- module e1000e
- UMTS 3G modem: Ericsson F3507g (Ericsson_F3507g_Mobile_Broadband_Module)
- Tested successfully with Networkmanager in Germany (Vodafone D2 and E-Plus)
- Intel driver for Integrated Graphics (Intel Integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD), module i915
- with 3D acceleration out-of-the-box
- VGA/HDMI output
- xrandr support
- Using HDMI nearly every day
- VGA works too (less tested)
- Sound card
- module snd-hda-intel
- Internal mic
- Optical drive
- tested cd/dvd read
- tested cd-r, cd-rw (also blank) write
- built-in webcam (tested with skype, cheese and ekiga) (idVendor 0x17ef Lenovo, idProduct 0x480d, bcdDevice 23.38, iManufacturer 1 Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd.)
- 7-in-1 card reader Ricoh Co Ltd Device e822 (rev 01)(MMC, Memory Stick, Mem Stick Pro, SD, SDHC, XD, XD Type H Memory)
- tested with SD card
- Touchpoint and Trackpad
- Use gpointing-device-settings to configure)
- x-axis range 1472 - 5472
- y-axis range 1408 - 4448
- pressure range 0 - 255
- Control buttons/Hotkeys
- Volume control buttons
- Audio out mute button
- Screen brightness control (FN + Home/End)
- Thinklight control (FN + PgUp)
- WLAN/BT/OFF toggle (Fn+F5 press once: Wlan and BT off/Press second time: BT off, Wlan on/Third time: BT on, Wlan off/Press another time: BT and Wlan on)
- To add a bluetooth-only-toggle (Fn+F6) that doesn't affect WLAN take a look here
- Wlan/BT hardware switch
- Media player control (FN + arrows)
- Browser history buttons
- Switch to extern Monitor (FN + F7 press once: picture on both monitors/Second time: on external Monitor/Third time: Laptop monitor)
- Suspend shortcut (FN + F4)
- Hibernate shortcut (FN + F12)
- Battery info shortcut (FN + F3)
- Screenlock shortcut (FN + F2)
- dock eject button (FN + F9) not tested yet!
- ThinkVantage Button (You only have to allocate a programm!)
- Two Finger Scroll
- Have a look at OpenSuSE 11.3 page.
- Some ACPI features
- Battery status, power graphs and history (tested with an single 6-Cell battery)
- Lid states and events
- Suspend works
- Hibernate works
What doesn't work out of the box?
- Microphone mute button (You get a key event though)
- bluetoothd sometimes dies while suspend/hibernate
- Fix: restart bluetoothd
- 3G modem is not available after suspend/hibernate
- unload and load cdc_wdm
- echo 1 > /sys/devices/platform/thinkpad_acpi/rfkill/rfkill1/state
I promise to pimp my helper scripts that do all that automatically and release them soon (TM).
- Multitouch (Touchpad, don't know about screen) seems not to be working
- Tried http://ubuntu-snippets.blogspot.com/2009/03/multi-touch-for-anyall-synaptics.html
- "synclient -m 100" reports no more than 1 finger
- the internal speakers do not mute if the thinkpad is connected to ThinkPad Mini Dock Series 3
- In between Linux kernel 2.6.34 and 2.6.35 commit id 7b2bfdb has broken the internal mic and the head phones jack. Up to Ubuntu 10.04 that is not a problem. Later load snd-hda-intel model="thinkpad". You can create a file /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-intel.conf with the line
options snd-hda-intel model="thinkpad"in it.
Please feel free to edit this page. If you have trouble, comments, etc. please contact me.
Stay tuned, more to come.