Installing Ubuntu 5.10 on a ThinkPad T43 (1871)

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I installed Ubuntu 5.10 "Breezy Badger" on a IBM T43 1871-W34.

It was quite straightforward. Most of it "just worked" : thank you Ubuntu !

Worked out of the Box

  • Sound
  • Networking (wired and wireless)
  • ThinkPad Buttons
  • DVD-RW
  • USB
  • Trackpoint
  • Touchpad
  • ...

Worked after little tweaking

  • Display :

issue : not able to use the full resolution (1400x1050) due to a bug in the Intel 915GM bios.

solution : Installing 855resolution (apt-get install 855resolution) Modifying the file /etc/default/855resolution :


Checking the Monitor section in the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf for

Section "Monitor"
	Identifier	"Your screen here"
	Option		"DPMS"
	HorizSync	30-97
	VertRefresh	50-160
  • 56k Modem :

issue : does not work with the open source driver (sl-modem)

solution : Using the partly proprietary one from Linuxant [1].

Not tested

  • Bluetooth (modules loaded)
  • Infrared (modules loaded)
  • TV Out

Important Note

Sometimes, it does not wake up correctly after a suspend. To solve this issue, I am using a newer kernel (2.6.15).

See also the Ubuntu wiki : [2]