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'''NOTE: The hdaps-utils package mentioned below appears to have been removed from the Karmic repositories (not sure why), so this set of instructions is somewhat out of date. They still seem to work, apart from the hdaps-gl part (though I didn't try installing the gnome applet)'''  --[[User:Fstonedahl|Fstonedahl]] 20:55, 28 December 2009 (UTC)
The package hdaps-utils was deleted because it was "out of date and obsolete"! See here: https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/karmic/+source/hdaps-utils/0.1-1.1. I removed the part using hdaps-utils! Now everything is up to date and should work.  
If you want to use hdaps-gl follow these instructions: [[How_to_protect_the_harddisk_through_APS#hdaps-gl|How_to_protect_the_harddisk_through_APS#hdaps-gl]]
--[[User:jango|jango]] 20:44, 18 Jan 2010 (UTC)
'''Install Packages:'''
'''Install Packages:'''

Revision as of 21:54, 18 January 2010


Before Installation

Before you can start Ubuntu from CD or USB you have to change two BIOS settings:

  • Change to Internal or ATI Graphics with Config --> Display --> Graphics Device --> [Integrated graphics] or [Discrete Graphics]
  • Disable OS Detection for Switchable Graphics. Otherwise it will mysteriously switch back to Switchable Graphics.

Now you can boot your Live-CD, connect to Wireless Lan, and install the OS.

What works out of the box?

  • Intel driver for Integrated Graphics (Intel Integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD)
    • with 3D acceleration out-of-the-box
  • ATI fglrx driver for Discrete Graphics (ATI Mobility Radeon 3470 graphics)
    • To enjoy 3D acceleration, you have to install the proprietary fglrx Driver. (for example with the jockey-gtk tool)
  • VGA/HDMI output

  • Sound card
  • Optical drive (Including DVD burning)
  • built-in webcam (tested with skype, cheese and vlc media player)
  • 7-in-1 card reader from Ricoh (MMC, Memory Stick, Mem Stick Pro, SD, SDHC, XD, XD Type H Memory)
  • Trackpoint and Touchpad
    • Including scroll at the right side of the pad by default. (for scrolling with the middle mouse button, see below!)

  • Control buttons/Hotkeys
    • Volume control buttons
    • Screen brightness control (FN + Home/End)
    • Thinklight control (FN + PgUp)
    • WLAN/BT/OFF toggle (Fn+F5 press once: Wlan and BT off/Press second time: BT off, Wlan on/Third time: BT on, Wlan off/Press another time: BT and Wlan on)
    • To add a bluetooth-only-toggle (Fn+F6) that doesn't affect WLAN take a look here
    • Wlan/BT hardware switch
    • Media player control (FN + arrows)
    • Browser history buttons
    • Switch to extern Monitor (FN + F7 press once: picture on both monitors/Second time: on external Monitor/Third time: Laptop monitor)
    • Suspend shortcut (FN + F4)
    • Hibernate shortcut (FN + F12)
    • Battery info shortcut (FN + F3)
    • Screenlock shortcut (FN + F2)
    • dock eject button (FN + F9) not tested yet!
    • ThinkVantage Button (You only have to allocate a programm!)

  • Some ACPI features
    • Battery status, power graphs and history (tested with an single 6-Cell battery)
    • Lid states and events
  • Suspend/Hibernate

What needs some Tweaks?

Mute button

The Mute button only mutes the sound but no induction in the gnome volume indicator. To fix this you must edit your grub configuration adding a kernel option acpi_osi="Linux".

Configure your grub

> sudo vim /etc/default/grub

Look for the line:


Add the kernel option to the end of the line:

# GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="acpi_osi="Linux""

Save the file, then update grub

> sudo update-grub

Scrolling with Trackpoint

Create a new file called /etc/hal/fdi/policy/mouse-wheel.fdi typing:

sudo gedit /etc/hal/fdi/policy/mouse-wheel.fdi

And fill it with this code:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> 

<match key="info.product" string="TPPS/2 IBM TrackPoint">
 <merge key="input.x11_options.EmulateWheel" type="string">true</merge>
 <merge key="input.x11_options.EmulateWheelButton" type="string">2</merge>
 <merge key="input.x11_options.XAxisMapping" type="string">6 7</merge>
 <merge key="input.x11_options.YAxisMapping" type="string">4 5</merge>
 <merge key="input.x11_options.ZAxsisMapping" type="string">4 5</merge>
 <merge key="input.x11_options.Emulate3Buttons" type="string">true</merge>

Source: [1]

(Based on code from Michael Vogt and adapted to support both vertical and horizontal scrolling.)

Enabling Touchpad on/off key

Enabling it

Source: [[2]] The SHMConfig is now controlled through hal. In the past this was done through xorg.conf

You have to add the file

$ sudo gedit /etc/hal/fdi/policy/shmconfig.fdi

with the following content:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<deviceinfo version="0.2">
  <match key="input.x11_driver" string="synaptics">
   <merge key="input.x11_options.SHMConfig" type="string">True</merge>

After this change please reboot. Restarting hal doesn't help.

Auto Re-enable Workaround

The touchpad will be automatically enabled every time you hit a key on the keyboard (Bug #459832 [[3]]). In order to avoid that you have to install gsynaptics and unselect "Disable touchpad while typing". To do it:

sudo apt-get install gsynaptics
Go to Menu: System->Preferences->Mouse->Touchpad
Under General unselect "Disable touchpad while typing".

Configuring Trackpoint's sensitivity and speed on start

Source: [[4]] Adjusting the speed and sensitivity of the TrackPoint requires echoing a value between 0 and 255 into the appropriate file. For example, for a speed of 120 and a sensitivity of 250, type the following into a terminal:

   # echo -n 120 > /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio1/serio2/speed 
   # echo -n 250 > /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio1/serio2/sensitivity 

Feel free to experiment with your settings until you find a combination that is comfortable. Do it as root, sudo does not work. Instead use "sudo -i" or "sudo su".

When you satisfy your setting, add the two lines into /etc/rc.d/rc.local in order to avoid restoring the default setting every time the system reboots. In Ubuntu 9.10, add the lines to /etc/rc.local before the exit 0 line:

   # By default this script does nothing.
   echo -n 120 > /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio1/serio2/speed 
   echo -n 250 > /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio1/serio2/sensitivity 
   exit 0

There is also a graphical tool for configuring the trackpoint: Configure Trackpoint

Gnome Power Manager: Put computer to sleep when inactive for: XX Minutes workaround

Type ALT+F2, input gconf-editor and click on Run. Navigate to /apps/gnome-power-manager/actions. Notice that sleep_type_battery has no value defined. Click on it, select options with the right mouse button, click on Edit key... Set value to hibernate or suspend whatever you want.

Now your computer should suspend or hibernate after the idle time you set on gnome-power-manager. Remember that this time starts only after the screensaver has jumped in. That's 5 minutes standard. So if you set 10 minutes it will sleep after 15 minutes idle time.

Notebook-Harddrive Bug

This step is probably not necessary, at least on my t400 Load_Cycle_Count is stable.

Source: [[5]]

Change "BATT_HD_POWERMGMT=1" in /etc/laptop-mode/laptop-mode.conf to an higher value to stop permanent harddrive-parking! Line 238, 200 seems to be a reasonable value:


Sound in KDE (Kubuntu) does not work

Flash sound and/or Skype did not work. Other sounds are working. You have to switch sound settings, so that Pulse Audio is preferred before all other systems. System settings -> Multimedia -> Sound ouput.

Performance Problem with Window Unminimize and Resize

If you happen to use the following combination: gnome, compiz and proprietary ati/amd driver you are almost certainly experiencing performance problem when either resizing or unminimizing terminal window. Follow instructions provided here to install modified version of X.

Ubuntu Bug: 351186

What doesn't work at the moment?

Integrated Fingerprint Reader

There is a new chipset build in, the "AuthenTec AES2810". So neither the thinkfinger nor the fprint Project support this Device at the moment.

Bus 002 Device 004: ID 08ff:2810 AuthenTec, Inc.

Daniel from fprint Project wrote in their mailing list, that support for our device is in development! For more information look here: fprint Unsupported devices

Switchable Graphics

Not tested yet.

If you are dual-booting XP (or older) make sure you disable switchable graphics detection in the BIOS. If you don't when you boot Linux the BIOS will enable switchable graphics since apparently Linux is aware of it and later when you boot into XP with it still enabled you'll have problems (drivers won't load, etc).

Upgrading from earlier versions of Ubuntu

Resume/Suspend problems

If you have problems with resume/suspend, first try if it works from the LiveCD. If LiveCD works, the problem must be in your Ubuntu configuration. Try reinstalling acpi-support and laptop-mode-tools:

sudo apt-get remove --purge laptop-mode-tools acpi-support
sudo apt-get install laptop-mode-tools acpi-support

If this doesn't help, check the files in /etc/hal/fdi/information directory and remove the unnecessary files.


Active Protection System

The package hdaps-utils was deleted because it was "out of date and obsolete"! See here: https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/karmic/+source/hdaps-utils/0.1-1.1. I removed the part using hdaps-utils! Now everything is up to date and should work. If you want to use hdaps-gl follow these instructions: How_to_protect_the_harddisk_through_APS#hdaps-gl

--jango 20:44, 18 Jan 2010 (UTC)

Install Packages:

Since Karmic the packages were updated in the respiratory. So you only have to install this packages:

sudo apt-get install tp-smapi-source hdapsd

Then use module-assistant to build tp-smapi:

sudo module-assistant prepare tp-smapi
sudo module-assistant auto-install tp-smapi

Set Options:

To load these modules on every startup you have to write them into the /etc/modules file:

sudo gedit /etc/modules

Append this to the file:


We also need options to load these modules correctly. They have to be written in /etc/modprobe.d/local.conf

sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/local.conf

Fill the file with this code

# enable thinkpad_ec
options thinkpad_ec force_io=1

# option to correctly set tilting through hdaps sensor
options hdaps invert=1

Test installation:

Now you can try, if the modules are loaded yet. Do so with

lsmod | grep hdaps

if not perform:

sudo modprobe -a thinkpad_ec tp_smapi hdaps

If the installation of hdapsd succeeded, you can test it by typing this into your terminal:

sudo hdapsd -d sda -s 15 -a -v -y 

If you suddenly move your laptop the output will change! (stop it with pressing Ctr + C)

Now you can start hdapsd with typing:

sudo /etc/init.d/hdapsd start

After an reboot everything should start automatically and work correctly! You can change the sensitivity value and other things in this file: "/etc/default/hdapsd". To see the effects you have to type "sudo /etc/init.d/hdapsd restart" to restart hdapsd!

Additional tools:

To install the gnome-panel-applet type these lines into the terminal (or create a new file, insert this lines and execute it with sudo):

sudo apt-get install libpanel-applet2-dev
mkdir gnome-hdaps
cd gnome-hdaps
wget http://www.zen24593.zen.co.uk/hdaps/gnome-hdaps-applet-20081204.tar.gz
tar xfvz gnome-hdaps-applet-20081204.tar.gz
sudo gcc $(pkg-config --cflags --libs libpanelapplet-2.0) -o gnome-hdaps-applet gnome-hdaps-applet.c
sudo cp gnome-hdaps-applet /usr/bin/
sudo mkdir /usr/share/pixmaps/gnome-hdaps-applet/
sudo cp *.png /usr/share/pixmaps/gnome-hdaps-applet/
sudo cp GNOME_HDAPS_StatusApplet.server /usr/lib/bonobo/servers/
cd ..
rm -R gnome-hdaps

The first line is to install required deps, next lines are to download, extract and move to the source directory, then we compile it and copy the files to several positions. At last clean up a little bit. Now you can add this applet to the panel!

Please feel free to correct mistakes. If you have trouble, don't be shy and contact me with jabber: jango4@jabber.org