Installing Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) on a ThinkPad T61p

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Out-of-the-box Stats

Component Status
3D video Needs tweaks; see below
ultranav scrolling Needs tweaks; see below
Fingerprint Reader Needs tweaks; see below
ACPI - Suspend to Disk (Hibernate) Needs tweaks; see below
Harddrive Active Protection Needs tweaks; see below
VGA out Untested
Firewire Untested
Modem Untested
Wireless - Intel 3945ABG untested
Audio in Untested
Audio out Untested
Wired LAN Untested
FN-F5 (Wifi/Bluetooth) Untested
FN-F7 (VGA) Untested
FN-F8 (Ultranav/Trackpad) Untested
FN-F9 (Eject) Untested
Thinkvantage Button Untested
FN-Arrows (Media Controls) Untested
2D video Works out-of-box
Wireless - 4965AGN Works out-of-box
Front wireless killswitch Works out-of-box
Touchpoint Works out-of-box
Trackpad Works out-of-box
Trackpad scrolling (side or two-finger) Works out-of-box
Sound card Works out-of-box
Volume up/down/mute buttons Works out-of-box
Optical drive Works out-of-box
USB Works out-of-box
FN-F2 (Lock) Works out-of-box
FN-F3 (Battery) Works out-of-box
FN-F4 (Sleep) Works out-of-box
FN-F12 (Hibernate) Works out-of-box
FN-Home/End (Brightness) Works out-of-box
FN-PgUp (Thinklight) Works out-of-box
ACPI - Lid Open/Close Works out-of-box
ACPI - Suspend to RAM Works out-of-box
SD/MMC Memory card reader Working for some, broken for me

Hardware Tweaks

Video Driver

2D video works out of the box. To enable 3D (and compiz),

  1. go to system -> admin -> hardware drivers. Install "version current" driver (not 173, which seems to break suspend). Reboot
  2. go to system -> preferences -> appearance and change the setting under the "Visual Effects" tab. A "driver search" window may popup - cancel it.

Ultranav (Middle Mouse Button) Scrolling

  • run the command (press alt+f2) "gksudo gedit /usr/lib/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-thinkpad.conf" (for Ubuntu 10.10 this should be: "gksudo gedit /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-thinkpad.conf")
  • paste this into the file
Section "InputClass"
	Identifier	"Trackpoint Wheel Emulation"
	MatchProduct	"TPPS/2 IBM TrackPoint|DualPoint Stick|Synaptics Inc. Composite TouchPad / TrackPoint|ThinkPad USB Keyboard with TrackPoint"
	MatchDevicePath	"/dev/input/event*"
	Option		"EmulateWheel"		"true"
	Option		"EmulateWheelButton"	"2"
	Option		"Emulate3Buttons"	"false"
	Option		"XAxisMapping"		"6 7"
	Option		"YAxisMapping"		"4 5"
	Option		"ButtonMapping"		"1 1 3 4 5"
  • Restart X (logout and back in)
  • If you want to disable horizontal scrolling, remove the line
	Option		"XAxisMapping"		"6 7"
  • The above also disables middle button pasting and makes the middle button act the same as the left button. If you wish to enable it, remove the line
	Option		"ButtonMapping"		"1 1 3 4 5"

Harddrive Active Protection

Fingerprint Reader

SD/MMC Card Reader


Other Issues