Installing Fedora 12 on a ThinkPad T60
Success Chart - Out of the box experience
The SMOLT profile for the T60 used for testing Fedora 12 is here.
|Installation||Local CD/DVD install||yes|
|Display - Intel 945GM||Laptop Screen||yes|
|DVI||yes||Requires a dock|
|Display - ATI||Laptop Screen||yes|
|DVI||unknown||Requires a dock|
|Power Management||Software Suspend (hibernate)||yes|
|Suspend to Memory (ACPI sleep)||yes|
|Wireless||WiFi - Atheros AR5414||yes||problems connecting with low signal strength|
|WiFi - Intel||yes|
|WWAN - Verizon||unknown|
|WWAN - Cingular||unknown|
|TrackPoint||yes||Install gpointing-device-settings rpm for full configuration capabilities|
|TouchPad||yes||Install gpointing-device-settings rpm for full configuration capabilities|
|Extra keys||partial||see ThinkPad Extra keys section below|
|Modem||no||Requires closed-source driver. Should work with the Linuxant HSF driver|
|Serial||yes||Requires port-replicator or dock|
|IrDA||no||Device is detected, but does not work.|
|PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse||yes||Mouse tested, Requires port-replicator or dock|
|Parallel||unknown (should work)||Requires port-replicator or dock|
|Harddisk Active Protection||no||There is now a hdapsd rpm, but it is not installed by default, and neither is the hdaps kernel module getting automatically loaded. And even after install it is not started automatically. Starting it manually (modprobe hdaps; hdapsd), does not seem to work, as hdapsd complains it cannot find the input device. bugzilla|
|Ultrabay device hotswap||partial||see below, use with caution out of the box|
|TPM (security subsystem)||yes||tpm_tis is automatically loaded. After installing the tpm-tools rpm, and starting the tcsd service, the tpm_* commands seem to work.|
Tested and Verified on Fedora 12
Information in this section has been tested and verified using Fedora 12.
Installation is straight forward; you can follow the generic Fedora install instructions.
X Server - Intel 945GM
Works out of the box, including Compiz and external displays (VGA and DVI). Can switch between displays with Fn-F7.
What does not work though is the following;
- combination of Compiz and extended desktop. Doing so freezes the system  - With upstream fixes the system no longer freezes, but Compiz still crashes.
- xvideo with a virtual desktop size >2048 resulting in a black window (easily reproduced with a webcam and Cheese). bugzilla. Workarounds are documented here.
- suspending, adding a display and then resuming causes gnome-screensaver to loose input focus. bugzilla
- Cycling through display modes with Fn-F7 there is one mode which does not work properly. Extended Desktop with the external display as primary, results in the LVDS being turned off (Extended desktop with LVDS primary works fine).
X Server - ATI
Seems to work well without any further configuration, even with compiz. However, installing the binary driver from ATI has not been tested, as the radeon driver included in the kernel provides good performance with video playback, and openGL. External displays have not been tested.
On the 1400x1050 (and 1600x1200) LCD Fedora comes up with a DPI (Dots per Inch) of 124 (or higher). While this is correct for the physical screen size, it waists a lot of screen real estate.
To change to the more typical 96 DPI, go to System -> Preferences -> Appearance. Now in Appearance Preferences select the Fonts tab and press the "Details ..." button. Here you can change the dots per inch to 96. Of course, many things will shrink, but that is what you wanted, after all.
By default OSD (On-Screen-Display) will only function for the brightness keys, not for other functions such as Volume.
For this you can install the 'tpb' package from the standard Fedora repository
yum install tpb
But afterwards, you need to edit /etc/tpbrc and change
to (remove the #)
Otherwise you will get two OSDs when using the brightness keys, one from gnome-power-manager and the other from tpb.
As an alternative to tpb, putting the following in your /etc/rc.local will also get the OSD working on most thinkpads:
sudo cp /sys/devices/platform/thinkpad_acpi/hotkey_all_mask /sys/devices/platform/thinkpad_acpi/hotkey_mask
This isn't persistent, and will be reset on the next reboot. For permanence, you can add this line (without sudo) to your /etc/rc.local file.
Atheros AR5414 WiFi
Atheros was tested and works, but it seems that there are some problems connecting when the distance between ThinkPad and WiFi AP/Router increases (low signal strength).
Intel 3945ABG works without any further configuration.
ThinkPad Extra keys
ThinkPad keys are handled by a mixture of the thinkpad_acpi, acpi button, acpi dock and acpi video drivers.
|Fn-F5||wireless||thinkpad_acpi||HAL||partial||Works as a radio kill switch, kills WiFi but not Bluetooth|
|Fn-F7||videomode||thinkpad_acpi||HAL||yes||Cycles through LCD only, external only, both (mirrored), and both (extended desktop)|
|Fn-F8||mouse input select||thinkpad_acpi||HAL||partial||No default action, but can be associated with gnome-keybinding-properties|
|Fn-F9||undock||thinkpad_acpi||HAL||partial||No default action, but can be associated with gnome-keybinding-properties|
|Fn-Home||brightness up||acpi video||HAL||yes||includes on-screen display of brightness level|
|Fn-End||brightness down||acpi video||HAL||yes||includes on-screen display of brightness level|
|Fn-PgUp||thinklight||-||no||yes||no default OSD. Install the tpb rpm as a workaround.|
|Fn-Space||zoom||thinkpad_acpi||HAL||no||Known Xorg limitation, scheduled to be fixed with the new XKB2 extension, whenever that may be.|
|VolumeUp||Volume Up||-||no||yes||no default OSD. Install the tpb rpm as a workaround.|
|VolumeDown||Volume Down||-||no||yes||no default OSD. Install the tpb rpm as a workaround.|
|Mute||Mute||-||no||yes||no default OSD. Install the tpb rpm as a workaround.|
|ThinkVantage||Vendor key||thinkpad_acpi||HAL||partial||No default action, but can be associated with gnome-keybinding-properties|
|NextTab||Browser Next tab||standard keyboard driver||HAL||yes|
|PreviousTab||Browser Previous tab||standard keyboard driver||HAL||yes|
|Fn-Up||Stop||standard keyboard driver||HAL||yes|
|Fn-Left||reverse||standard keyboard driver||HAL||yes|
|Fn-Right||forward||standard keyboard driver||HAL||yes|
|Fn-Down||play/pause||standard keyboard driver||HAL||yes|
|Power||Power button||acpi button||HAL||yes||Need to press button for ~1 second to trigger event. Causes a dialog asking you what to do.|
|Lid||Lid button||acpi button||HAL||yes|
|Dock||Dock eject button||acpi dock||udev||yes||Works, but check out this page for some potential issues and workarounds|
|Ultrabay||Ultrabay eject switch||acpi dock||udev||no||Missing handler, see Ultrabay instructions below|
|Radio switch||Radio kill switch||thinkpad_acpi||udev||yes|
The Ultrabay has some glitches out of the box with respect to hotswapping. It is possible to lock the machine when pulling out devices, even the CD/DVD device.
The culprit is that the Ultrabay pre-eject switch is not hooked into anything useful. It does cause udev events, but nothing is listening for them. When a device that has a mounted partition or CD is actually pulled out it is too late to do the right thing. Fedora 11 will usually just complain, sometimes bitterly, but may also lock up for some unknown reason, even if just pulling out a CD/DVD device with a mounted CD.
Manually unmounting before removal will help. Manual powering down may also be required for correct performance.
A better solution is to set up a udev rule and script to handle the pre-eject switch event for Ultrabay devices that have mountable things in them as in How to hotswap Ultrabay devices.
IrDA is detected, but does not work. Part of the problem is that the default Fedora configuration expects to find the IrDA port at /dev/ttyS2, while it should use /dev/ircomm0 instead. This can be fixed in /etc/sysconfig/irda after which the irda service can be started (
# service irda start).
However, even after this communication with other devices fails. irdadump does not show any output when something like a mobile phone with IrDA is sending data.
Untested on Fedora 12
The following options have not been tested yet. If you try it with Fedora 12, please update the table.
- ATI Graphics (DVI output)
- parallel port
- Fingerprint reader