Installing Kubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) on a ThinkPad Edge 13" (Intel)

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This guide is for a Thinkpad Edge 13" with Intel processors.


(K)Ubuntu 10.04 LTS supports this model out-of-the-box, including 3D desktop effects, hibernate, built-in webcam and wireless.


The 13" model has no optical drive, so you must use something like usb-creator to put the ISO image of the LInux distribution on a (1 gig or larger) USB stick, then boot from that.
There are more details on this at

Headphone/Microphone Jack

The combined headphone/microphone socket, however does not. As per you need to add the line...

options snd-hda-intel model="olpc-xo-1_5" the end of /etc/modprobe.conf/alsa-base.conf

Flashing BIOS

There does not seem to be a way to update the BIOS from Linux.

Hard Disk Noise

The package laptop-mode-tools may cause the spindle on the hard drive to be parked too frequently, causing an audible click as per This can be solved by making sure /etc/laptop-mode/laptop-mode.conf is set to control hard disk power management...


And by changing the default hard disk management to 254, as per the workaround in the bug report....


This number can be tuned to an acceptable Load_Cycle_Count by using hdparm with sudo....

sudo hdparm -B 254 /dev/sdX

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