Installing Debian squeeze on a ThinkPad T61p

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Out-of-the-box Stats

Component Status
3D video Needs tweaks; See below
ultranav scrolling Needs tweaks
Fingerprint Reader Needs tweaks
ACPI - Suspend to Disk (Hibernate) Needs tweaks
Harddrive Active Protection Needs tweaks; See below
VGA out Untested
Firewire Untested
Modem Untested
Audio in Works out-of-box
Audio out Works out-of-box
Wired LAN Works out-of-box
FN-F5 (Wifi/Bluetooth) Works out-of-box
FN-F7 (VGA) Untested
FN-F8 (Ultranav/Trackpad) Untested
FN-F9 (Eject) Needs tweaks
Thinkvantage Button Untested
FN-Arrows (Media Controls) Untested
2D video Works out-of-box
Wireless - 4965AGN Needs tweaks; See below
Front wireless killswitch Works out-of-box
Touchpoint Works out-of-box
Trackpad Works out-of-box
Trackpad scrolling (side) Works out-of-box
Sound card Works out-of-box
Volume up/down/mute buttons Works out-of-box
Optical drive Works out-of-box
USB Works out-of-box
FN-F2 (Lock) Works out-of-box
FN-F3 (Battery) Works out-of-box
FN-F4 (Sleep) Works out-of-box
FN-F12 (Hibernate) Works out-of-box
FN-Home/End (Brightness) Works out-of-box
FN-PgUp (Thinklight) Works out-of-box
ACPI - Lid Open/Close Works out-of-box
ACPI - Suspend to RAM Works out-of-box
SD/MMC Memory card reader Works out-of-box

Hardware Tweaks

Wireless - 4965AGN

This should work for any of the Intel cards that came in the T61p, but I just have the 4965 to test with. Note: this requites that you are connected to the internet, the on-board Ethernet Adapter works out of the box.

Option 1 (graphical):

  1. Go to System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager
  2. search for "firmware-iwlwifi" in the package manager
  3. select that package and install it
  4. reboot your system

Option 2 (command line):

  1. run "sudo apt-get install firmware-iwlwifi"
  2. reboot your system

Video Driver

2D video works out of the box. There are 2 options to enable 3D Video.

Option 1 (graphical):

  1. Go to System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager
  2. search for "nvidia" in the package manager
  3. select nvidia-glx and nvidia-settings for installation
  4. install the packages and restart X

Option 1 (command line):

  1. run "sudo apt-get install nvidia-glx nvidia-settings"
  2. restart x

Option 2:

  1. download the lastest nvidia driver from nvidia's site
  2. press {ctrl}+{alt}+{f1} to switch to a terminal
  3. cd to the directory that you downloaded the nvidia driver to
  4. either run all following commands using sudo, or just run sudo su and be root for a while
  5. run "/etc/init.d/gdm3 stop"
  6. run "sh NVIDIA-Linux-{arch}-XXX.XX.run" where {arch} is your archetecture, and XXX.XX is the driver version
  7. follow the instructions, I usually install the ia32 compat libs
  8. the last step of the installation asks if you want nvidia-settings to automatically configure xorg.conf. Say yes
  9. reboot your system

Ultranav (Middle Mouse Button) Scrolling

Harddrive Active Protection

Option 1 (graphical):

  1. Go to System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager
  2. search for "tp-smapi" in the package manager
  3. select the packages "hdapsd" and "tp-smapi-dkms"
  4. install the packages

Option 2 {command line):

  1. run "sudo apt-get install hdapsd tp-smapi-dkms"

Fingerprint Reader

Hibernate

Other Notes

NetworkManager + Wired LAN problems

If you use NetworkManager, you may notice that it might not want to manage the wired LAN.

To fix this problem:

  1. open a terminal and run "sudo nano /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf" (or use the editor of your choice)
  2. in the section labeled "[ifupdown]" change "managed=false" to "managed=true"
  3. save and exit the editor
  4. run "sudo /etc/init.d/network-manager restart"