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ThinkPad T43 2687-DDU setup for Debian Sarge

This is an ongoing, spotty guide for an advanced Debian setup of a T43, focused on using absolutely all of its capabilities that can be used. It is not an installation guide, but rather a configuration guide. Refer to Debian for a list of pages with initial installation instructions.

When it is really usable, I will move it to some other far more public place in ThinkWiki.


Baseline kernel: Debian's latest 2.6.15 ( with stabilization patches)

Thinkpad support is an ongoing, bleeding edge effort. One ends up needing to apply a ton of patches and to use the latest available kernel, sometimes even kernels not yet released

Patches employed

  • Latest ipw2200 driver and ieee80211 layer:
  • SATA power-management:
  • freeze-block-queue patch (for HDAPS):
  • ACPI update patches:
  • TP_SMAPI support:
  • Software Suspend2:
  • Linuxant Conexant HSF modem driver
  • nsc-ircc ISA PNP patch

Kernel setup tasks

  1. Make sure the following subsystems are modules (for suspend/resume)
    1. USB (especially EHCI_HCD and UHCI_HCD)
    2. HDAPS (may work compiled in, as well)
  2. Make sure the following subsystems are enabled and not modules (safety net)
    1. ThinkPad SMAPI
  3. Place the following modules on /etc/modules:
    1. hdaps
    2. nsc-ircc
    3. tg3
  4. Configure IrDA module options


udev rules

Debian Sarge software packages

Refer to for instructions on how to setup apt for the repository
  • udev (backported):
  • hibernate (backported):

Software that needs packaging/backporting

If nobody beats me to it, I will package them for official upload to Debian, and official Debian Sarge backports. This requires that the software be properly licensed first, of course
  • hdapsd:
  • pcmcia tools (verify if not already backported)
  • hal (!)

Software that could benefit from re-packaging

  • hsfmodem:

External Links