Installing Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) on a ThinkPad T61

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General Information

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).