Installing Ubuntu 11.10 (Oineric Ocelot) on a ThinkPad T410
This article describes the installation of Ubuntu 11.10 (64 bit) on a Thinkpad T410 type 2537-9UG (NVIDIA NVS 3100M). This guide assumes that NVIDIA Optimus is disabled in BIOS (Graphics set to "discrete")!
Hardware Support Details
- DVD burner
- Card reader
- DisplayPort (tested with HDMI-TV)
Works with additional configuration
- Display brightness with NVIDIA
- Docking station (Details soon)
- NVIDIA Optimus
The remaining devices are currently not tested.
Display brightness with NVIDIA
Use the following parameter in the "Device"-section of /etc/X11/xorg.conf:
Option "RegistryDwords" "EnableBrightnessControl=1"
HDAPS (Hard Drive Active Protection System)
You need the ThinkPad SMAPI and the hdaps-daemon, install them by following command:
sudo apt-get install tp-smapi-dkms hdapsd
Edit /etc/default/hdapsd with root privileges:
START=yes # hdaps should be started automatically DISK=sda # normally sda should fit SENSITIVITY=15 # higher values mean lesser sensitivity FORCEENABLE="no" # force hdaps, not needed OPTIONS="" # additional options, not needed
Restart the daemon:
sudo /etc/init.d/hdapsd restart
Testing (stop daemon and start in foreground):
sudo /etc/init.d/hdapsd stop
sudo hdapsd -d sda -s 15
If you shake your T410 gently the output should look like:
sven@T410:~$ sudo hdapsd -d sda -s 15 Tue Nov 15 13:25:25 2011: Starting hdapsd Tue Nov 15 13:25:25 2011: Selected interface: HDAPS Tue Nov 15 13:25:25 2011: Selected HDAPS input device: /dev/input/event9 Tue Nov 15 13:25:28 2011: parking Tue Nov 15 13:25:29 2011: un-parking
If test was succesful start daemon again:
sudo /etc/init.d/hdapsd start
Docking station (tested with Lenovo Mini Dock Series 3)
- Per hardware design the DisplayPort and DVI connector of the Mini Dock Series 3 are only usable with NVIDIA NVS 3100M
- If you want your boot screen on an external display in T410 BIOS set Graphics to "discrete" and boot screen to what you desire
- My T410 always showed the login screen on the internal LCD, for a workaround see "Workarounds" section
- To avoid conflicts with Unity I suggest using two different xorg.conf (see "Workarounds" section)
For setting various boot-time options I use Ubuntu's /etc/rc.local file (paste them before "exit 0" line!):
# T410 Workarounds # choose xorg.conf DOCKED="`lsusb | grep "Lenovo ThinkPad Mini Dock Plus Series 3" | wc -l`" if [ $DOCKED -eq "1" ] then cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf-docking /etc/X11/xorg.conf else cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf-nodocking /etc/X11/xorg.conf fi # enable/disable bluetooth at startup echo 0 > /sys/devices/platform/thinkpad_acpi/bluetooth_enable # enable/disable wwan at startup echo 0 > /sys/devices/platform/thinkpad_acpi/wwan_enable
The above file allows you to specify a xorg.conf for docked-state of your T410 and for undocked state. If you have trouble creating them use the "NVIDIA X Server Settings Tool" shipped with the NVIDIA driver.
You can disable or enable bluetooth and wwan by echoing 0/1 to the interfaces.
- For unknown reasons in 11.10 neither /sys/devices/platform/dock.0/ nor /sys/devices/platform/dock.1/ refers to the attached "Lenovo Mini Dock Series 3", so I had to use the lsusb-approach to check for presence of the docking station. Worked fine for me.