Installing Ubuntu 7.10 on a ThinkPad R51

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Installation of Ubuntu 7.10 on a ThinkPad R51 (model 1830-Y44)

Series: R51

Model: 1830-Y44

Operating system: Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon, Desktop Edition]]


What works after installation

  1. Detection of CPU core and automatic configuration of frequency
  2. Wired Network (Intel PRO/100)
  3. Wireless Network (madwifi-ng driver). WEP not working properly.
  4. Sound
  5. Video
  6. Suspend & Hibernate

What needs to be fixed

  1. Embedded Security Subsystem
Copy&pasted from 7.04
  1. Active Protection System
  2. Switching to External Video Port using keys Fn+F7

What has not yet been tested

  1. Firewire (IEEE 1394)

Not included with this model

To be added



Installation is very simple. Boot from the Ubuntu LiveCD and select the install option. The video card, sound and wireless all work perfectly. Windows partitions are automatically detected and added to /etc/fstab.

Fixes after installation

No Splash Screen / Black Boot Screen

It might occur that the machine freezes during the boot process. This issue and it's solution is described here.

To make a long story short for those of you who know how to handle a console:
1) Change the resolution in /etc/usplash.conf to 1024x768
2) Add vga=791 to the kernel line in /etc/boot/menu.lst
3) sudo update-initramfs -u -k `uname -r`


To be added

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