Installation instructions for the ThinkPad SL400

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Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron)

I have followed the following steps to do the installation in the SL400 (2743 submodel)

1) Install Hardy Heron in its normal way.

Several things did not work: acpi, wireless (Intel Wifi Link 5100) and video card (X4500 MHD).

The ethernet card works and, although the video card seems to work, it hangs up when playing videos.

Arranging the video card:

1) Remove the packages xserver-xorg-video-i810 and xserver-xorg-video-intel from the system. xserver-xorg-video-all will be removed also.

2) Install de package xserver-xorg-video-inte-2.4.0-melchiorre-5-i386.deb downloaded from http://melchiorre.wordpress.com/2008/07/31/driver-intel-240-deb-package/

With this package the video card does not hang up any more when playing videos, but It seems like videos cannot be maximized on the screen.

Arranging the wireless card:

Apparently it works in 2.6.28 kernel, which includes the driver, but sometimes I get authentication timed out messages which does not allow me to connect to my home wireless connection. I have made the following:

1) Download the Ubuntu kernel source:

# apt-get install linux-source

2) Decompress the .tar.bz2 file downloaded by the package located at /usr/src:

# bzip2 -d linux-source-2.6.27.8.tar.bz2

# tar xvf linux-source-2.6.27.8.tar

3) Copy the configuration file from /boot to /usr/src/linux-source-2.6.27.8, renaming it:

# cp /boot/config-2.6.24-19-generic /usr/src/linux-source-2.6.27.8/.config

4) Do # make menuconfig inside /usr/src/linux-source-2.6.27.8

5) Activate the kernel options (make menuconfig):

- For code optimization:

Processor type and features → Processor family → [*]Core 2/newer Xeon

- For Sound card:

Device Drivers → [M]Sound card support

Device Drivers → Sound card support → [M]Advanced Linux Sound Architecture

Device Drivers → Sound card support → Advanced Linux Sound Architecture → PCI devices → [M]Intel HD Audio

Sound card support → Advanced Linux Sound Architecture → PCI devices → Intel HD Audio → [*]Build Realtek HD-audio codec support

Sound card support → Advanced Linux Sound Architecture → PCI devices → Intel HD Audio → [*]Build Analog Device HD-audio codec support

Sound card support → Advanced Linux Sound Architecture → PCI devices → Intel HD Audio → [*]Build IDT/Sigmatel HD-audio codec support

Sound card support → Advanced Linux Sound Architecture → PCI devices → Intel HD Audio → [*]Build VIA HD-audio codec support

Sound card support → Advanced Linux Sound Architecture → PCI devices → Intel HD Audio → [*]Build ATI HDMI HD-audio codec support

Sound card support → Advanced Linux Sound Architecture → PCI devices → Intel HD Audio → [*]Build Conexant HD-audio codec support

Sound card support → Advanced Linux Sound Architecture → PCI devices → Intel HD Audio → [*]Build C-Media HD-audio codec support

Sound card support → Advanced Linux Sound Architecture → PCI devices → Intel HD Audio → [*]Build Silicon Labs 3054 HD-modem codec support

Sound card support → Advanced Linux Sound Architecture → PCI devices → Intel HD Audio → [*]Enable generic HD-audio codec parser


- Necessary for wireless driver:

Device Drivers → Network device support → [*]Netdevice multiple hardware queue support

- Select the iwl5000 driver also inside Wireless Section.

6) Compile and install the kernel the "Debian way" (http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/ch08s06.html.en)

7) Restart the computer choosing this new kernel at boot.

8) Download wireless microcode from http://www.intellinuxwireless.org/?n=downloads

I downloaded iwlwifi-5000-ucode-5.4.A.11.tar.gz from "show older releases". I suspect that iwlwifi-4965-ucode-228.57.2.21.tgz includes recent driver for 5100 card, but I am not sure, so I proceed with the 5000 one.

9) Decompress iwlwifi-5000-ucode-5.4.A.11.tar.gz and copy iwlwifi-5000-1.ucode to /lib/firmware and /lib/firmware/kernel-version, where kernel-version is the version of the new kernel compiled (in my case 2.6.24.3-wireless). I am not sure if it is needed this second copy. Perhaps with only one of them is sufficient.

10) I have installes wicd (http://wicd.sourceforge.net/) for trying to solve authentication timed out problem, but it persists randomly.

11) Reboot the system.

Wired card, temperature, dynamic frequency, suspend and hibernate seems to work ad wireless card works sometimes. Brightness keys works reversed and some extra keys of the keyboard and perhaps another hardware have not tested: bluetooth, webcam etc. I'll try in future.

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