Installing Ubuntu on a ThinkPad T22

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Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex

Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex installs and runs reasonably well on an IBM ThinkPad T22.

X fails to initialize, shows black screen

X may not initialize due a bug. Here's a reliable workaround:

1. Install from the Alternate install CD (which avoids graphics issues) 2. On first boot, press "escape" as you briefly pass through the GRUB bootloader stage, and select "Recovery Mode". From there, select the "root shell" option. 3. Fix the xorg.conf file:

# sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf

scroll down to the "Device" section and add this line:

Option "BusType" "PCI"

Control-X to save the file, and then type "exit" at the shell prompt to return the recovery console menu. You should be able now select "resume" and have the issue solved for good. (as long as the xorg.conf file isn't changed)


There's also a problem with sound working after suspend. There is a workaround to install which involves forcefully killing and restarting all applications which are using sound. See the workaround.

See Also

The T22 is has very similar hardware to the T20 and T21, so tips for those models likely apply here as well. In particular see: