Installing Ubuntu on a ThinkPad T23
Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron
The upgrade from Gutsy to Hardy goes family smoothly. The following features quit working after the upgrade:
- Having Caps Lock work as a second Control key quits working. This still show as being set correctly in System: Preferences: Keyboard: Layouts: Layout Options: Ctrl Key Position.
- On Screen Display of special key actions quits working. The keys include the brightness and volume adjustment keys, as well as mute.
Also, the issue with "sound after suspend" described below in the Gutsy section remains with Hardy.
Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon
Things generally work fine, with the following notes
Sound After Suspend
Sound may not work after a suspend/resume cycle. The problem may be that some volume levels have been muted. To fix that save the following into a script:
#!/bin/sh mixers="Master PCM CD" for mixer in $mixers ; do /usr/bin/amixer -q sset $mixer mute /usr/bin/amixer -q sset $mixer unmute done
The script should save to /etc/acpi/resume.d/70-sound-unmute.sh Make sure the file is executable
chmod +x /etc/acpi/resume.d/70-sound-unmute.sh
In theory, that should make sound work automatically after suspend. It still may not, but you can run the script manually to bring sound back:
Gutsy Gibbon has a new "Screens and Graphics" preferences area. It shows a second monitor possibility. Trying a test does make both the LCD and external screen active as one big gray monitor...but only for the test. Choosing the option to accept the settings does not actually cause monitor-spanning to work, but monitor mirroring does.
CPU Frequency Scaling
CPU Frequency Scaling seems to be working automatically. To see your current speed level, activate the CPU Frequency Scaling Monitor Applet. Right click on the toolbar and select "add to panel". You can search for "Frequency" to find it.
Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn
The chips in T23s have the ability to run at speeds slower than their maximum, in order to save power. To see your current speed level, activate the CPU Frequency Scaling Monitor Applet. Right click on the toolbar and select "add to panel". You can search for "Frequency" to find it.
You can also enable this applet to allow you manually change the speed and scaling policy. To do that, run this in a terminal: "sudo dpkg-reconfigure gnome-applets".
These instructions are also available illustrated with screenshots.
You may also need to add a couple of lines to "/etc/modules" to allow you to be able to change the processor speed and governor. The lines are:
These will now be loaded on at boot time. To activate them immediately:
sudo modprobe acpi-cpufreq sudo modprobe cpufreq_ondemand
Some technical details are explained on the SpeedStep page.