Installing Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) on a ThinkPad T61

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Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx)

Tested: Worked "out of the box"

Video 2D/3D

  • NVidia (Quadro NVS 140M): works (needs proprietary driver for hardware acceleration)


  • Intel PRO/Wireless 4965AGN: works
  • Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG: works
  • Front switch (airplane mode): works by default

Ethernet (Intel Gigabit): works

Special Keys (volume, Fn-, ThinkVantage):

Touchpad: works

Touchpoint: works, for tweaking see

Fingerprint reader: works (sort of)

The scanner works, but (in X windows) you need to hit "Enter" after doing a scan.

The solution is to add the following repository:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:martin-meltin/ppa

$ sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude -y full-upgrade


Bluetooth: works by default

DVD Drive

  • Ultrabay Slim Super Multi-Burner Drive : works

Audio (AD1984 HD): works

  • Headphones: works
  • Microphone: works

Card Reader: not tested

Tested: Needed tweaking to obtain full functionality

HDAPS Harddisk Parking Got very easy to handle with lucid, the module is now recompiled at any kernel-install using DKMS, just install and reboot:

$ sudo aptitude install tp-smapi-dkms hdapsd

now just wait until next reboot, if you can't wait:

# modprobe tp-smapi; /etc/init.d/hdapsd restart


  • Atheros Communications Inc. AR5212: Kernel panic (flashing caps lock) with Ath5k and Network Manager. Uninstall NM and installing WICD seems to have resolved for now. System working fine before upgrading from Karmic.

Upgrade from 9.10

Reboot failed due to mount problems with LVM. One of my logical volumes was added a second time to /etc/fstab. I'm still getting boot problems but can safely Skip the error message on boot screen to complete the startup.

Thunderbird upgrade from v2 to v3 caused many plug-in's to stop working. Many had newer versions available (that had to be manually installed).

Firefox was updated. Follow this link to get instructions for re-enabling medibuntu repository for Flash, etc -->

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