Installing Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) on a ThinkPad T61

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Open Source Intel Wifi Driver

Intel has created a new Linux Wifi driver project for Intel Wireless cards, "Iwlwifi". This driver is Open Source and no longer requires the Intel daemon to run in addition. This project will support the T61's Wifi Intel 3945ABG network adapter and Intel 4965AGN network adapter.

An automatic migration will occur when upgrading from Ubuntu 7.10 to Ubuntu 8.04. However, there is a caveat to be aware of:

  • The new driver wants to name the interface wlan0 (by default -- you can rename it to anything you want), and requires a different entry in /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules, which handles the naming of interfaces. Simply edit this file and delete your old entry for the ipw3945 driver, then unload/reload the new driver, or simply reboot. A new entry will automatically be created that is appropriate for the new driver. Here's an example of the lines to delete:
# PCI device 0x8086:0x4227 (ipw3945)
SUBSYSTEM=="net", DRIVERS=="?*", ATTRS{address}=="00:1b:77:a4:0e:2f", NAME="eth1"

If you need to perform a manual migration, the Ubuntu Help Community has written some documentation that will make this very easy to do.

Compiz and XV Playback on Intel GM965/GL960

With Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) you currently have to choose between using Compiz and working video playback using XV. On 8.04 (Hardy Heron) alpha 5 you can play videos using XV under compiz, it works right out of the box using the Live-CD.

Suspend with Nv140m

Suspend may not work even after editing acpi-support. Enable bluetooth (Fn+F5) may result in a successful suspend. NOTE: that although the wifi led does not change when Fn+F5 is used, the wifi is still toggled by this key.

Hal "S3 BIOS" parameter issue!

After doing the changes to the /etc/default/acpi-support file (described here), I for one, managed to have stable suspend support by creating a new file called: /etc/hal/fdi/information/lenovo.fdi with the following contents:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?> <!-- -*- SGML -*- -->
<deviceinfo version="0.2">
    <match key="system.hardware.vendor" string="LENOVO">
        <merge key="power_management.quirk.s3_bios" type="bool">false</merge>
The problem (after reading the HAL and pm-utils documentations) is the fact that (as far as I can tell) the T61 Lenovo doesn't allow the S3 BIOS to be called *during* suspend/resume, which HAL seems to do by default (who knows, maybe there are T61s out there that do work with this default)! This did not seem to be necessary for previous versions of Ubuntu. Also note that I have an NVIDIA card so I have no idea what to do for Intel versions.The change should also be resistant to HAL and pm-utils upgrades.

Still no suspend with nvs140m? Got Modell 6460?

Fix above didn't work for me on a 15.4 wide T61 Modell 6460 with nv140m. Bios is updated to 2.14 but didn't change anything, except the usb bug is fix. Suspend seems to work fine, but resume gives me a black screen (backlight off - no reaction to brightness up) and I can hear 2 beeps. Most of the time I can reboot with ctrl+alt+delete but the screen stays dark until bios.

follow the instructions above but create the new file called: /etc/hal/fdi/information/lenovo.fdi with the following contents instead:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?> <!-- -*- SGML -*- -->
<deviceinfo version="0.2">
    <match key="system.hardware.vendor" string="LENOVO">
      <merge key="power_management.quirk.s3_mode" type="bool">true</merge>
      <merge key="power_management.quirk.s3_bios" type="bool">false</merge>
      <merge key="power_management.quirk.save_pci" type="bool">true</merge>

Also you want to set the following parameter in


This works for me with mode 6460, except for one problem: You may get a white screen in xorg after resume when using compiz. If you don't have a 6460 with nvidia this file may break things for you because it doesn't care about the modell and sets the parameter for any lenovo product
Help needed
Anyone with more knowledge of hal and acpi-support is welcome to clean this up. I also don't know why this setting can be done via hal and in acpi-support


The TrackPoint works out of the box, but does not scroll. To enable using the middle mouse button to scroll, replace the "Configured Mouse" section in /etc/X11/xorg.conf with the following:

Section "InputDevice"
	Identifier	"Trackpoint"
	Driver		"mouse"
	Option		"CorePointer"
	Option		"Device"		"/dev/input/mice"
	Option		"Protocol"		"ImPS/2"
	Option		"ZAxisMapping"		"4 5"
	Option		"Emulate3Buttons"	"true"
	Option		"EmulateWheel"          "true"
	Option		"EmulateWheelButton"    "2"


Works great out of the box, just the microphone has to be activated, it is considered a generic capture source and is muted by default.

To unmute the microphone:

  • Right Click on the volume icon next to the clock and click on "Open Volume Control"
  • Click Edit -> Preferences. A list of devices will be displayed, you should check the following (Do not uncheck any existing items):
     Input Source
  • Click Close and there should be two additional tabs "Recording" and "Options". -
  • Click Recording and click on the microphone under the Capture slider so that it no longer has a red line through it, and put the slider up as it may be deactivated.
  • Click Options and under capture source select internal mic.

To test your mic using Sound Recorder select Capture as the sound source.

This solution has been tested with Sound Recorder and Skype.

To get the volume controls working:

  • add the following line to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base, then reboot
     options snd-hda-intel index=0 model=thinkpad

Multimedia Keys

Most Multimedia Keys work out of the box, just the play, forward and stop buttons need to be adjusted, therefore, press alt + F2 and type in gnome-keybinding-properties. Then everything works as followed:

  • Fn-PgUp activates/deactivates the thinklight
  • Fn-Up will trigger stop on a media player
  • Fn-Down will toggle pause and play on a media player
  • Fn-Left/Right go to prev/next tracks on a media player
  • Fn-F2 properly locks the screen
  • Fn-F3 shows remaining battery >>does not work on all machines<<
  • Fn-F4 suspends (to ram)
  • Fn-F9 ejects cds
  • Fn-F12 hibernates (to disk)
  • PrtSc opens the screenshot dialog


To active WiFi LED, install backported IWL4965 driver

 sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-hardy

Items that work out of the box

Intel Video: 2D and 3D acceleration works

Wireless: Intel cards tested.

Wireless WAN: Cingular/AT&T card tested.

Network Card Intel 10/100/1000 tested

Wireless switch tested

Webcam tested with cheese and skype.

Headphones out of the box

Microphone just needs to be activated, see section above

Keyboard Shortcuts: most work out of the box, some need to be activated, see section above

Items that don't work

Wireless activity LED

The LED is not implemented at least in the IWL4965 driver.

patch posted in this thread works for me on R61 with IWL4965 card.

See above for the package containing the fixed driver.