Installing Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope (9.04) on an X301

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Installation was done with a fresh Ubuntu 9.04 (x86, 32 Bit) and (amd64, 64 Bit). Overall impression: An installation without severe glitches so far. :-)


Pretty much all of the Fn+... keys work (not all tested yet). Tested: Lock screen, brightness, sleep, hibernation, battery status, thinklight

To make the Mute button work add the kernel option acpi_osi="Linux" .

The volume buttons surprisingly don't change the volume(the display with the percentage appears,though). At least the on/off toggle button works.


Works out of the box.


Works out of the box.

Bluetooth / WLAN Hardware Switch

The Bluetooth / WLAN Hardware Switch on the backside of the X301 does not work properly, yet. Booting the X301 with Bluetooth / WLAN switched off and turning the switch on leads to a not working wireless connection, although "Enable Wireless" is checked in the network-manager applet. However, if I manually disable/enable "Enable Wireless" in the network-manager applet after such a boot process, the wireless connection starts to work correctly. --> Any hints someone hot to get the hardware switch working correctly?

Ericsson F3507g Mobile Broadband Module

The WWAN part works out of the box on amd64 architecture and should work therefore on x86 too.

The GPS part works too, when sending the commands manually to the card as described in . However I couln't connect to /dev/ttyACMx with cu. I first had to change the owner of the devices as follows:

sudo chown uucp.uucp /dev/ttyACMx




It is spinning at 50% (around 5000 rpm) almost all the time on default, rather the same situation as on Windows XP. To get the X301 silent and cool, ThinkPad Fan Control could be a solution.

--Patrick.fehr 15:17, 2 June 2009 (UTC) A profile has been sent to them. Here is my information:

You see, that the temperature is nearly the same everywhere, except for the last sensor. So since these values can be taken as safe, we use them to create our own profile.

If you stress your cpu with "stress -c 2", while having the standard profile(hw-controlled), the temperature get quite higher.

See my input on the tpfan Site: Here You can see, that I prepared data for all the sensors, also for when the temperature came back down after the stress-test.

Be aware that you use the herementioned profile on your own risk, please. My personal opinion: It is still TOO conservative.

Power Management

Seems to work fine - not fully tested yet.

Using a second battery instead of the optical drive works fine too.


Works out of the box.

Suspend and Hibernate

Both work out of the box. But there might be a problem with the X Server crashing after resume (see: )


Works out of the box. Plugging in headphone or microphone will mute the internal devices and switch to external jacks.

Untested remain:

  • Usage with a sound server (esd)


Works out of the box (tested with Cheese) but on repeated use it often fails or blocks. Reloading the uvcvideo kernel module resets the camera.

External Displays

Works out of the box (dual screen and mirror screens). Tested with an Acer AL2223W monitor.

Compiz / 3D Acceleration

Works. But the performance of the Intel driver is not optimal.

Compiz is installed by default when using the Desktop CD. However the Compiz configuration and settings manager is missing. To install it do the following:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Furthermore it is recommended to install fusion icon too:

sudo apt-get install fusion-icon

Boot time

About 20s including time spent in BIOS and POST. When using ext4 instead of ext3 it boots even a little bit faster.

Fingerprint Reader

Doesn't currently work as it's an AuthenTec and not a Thompson chip. Linux driver is missing. Any news here?

Trackpoint / Trackpad

To make the trackpoint central button + mouse up/down to work as the scroll whell, you need to add this content to /etc/hal/fdi/policy/mouse-wheel.fdi:

<match key="info.product" string="PS/2 Generic Mouse">
 <merge key="input.x11_options.EmulateWheel" type="string">true</merge>
 <merge key="input.x11_options.EmulateWheelButton" type="string">2</merge>
 <merge key="input.x11_options.XAxisMapping" type="string">6 7</merge>
 <merge key="input.x11_options.YAxisMapping" type="string">4 5</merge>
 <merge key="input.x11_options.ZAxisMapping" type="string">4 5</merge>
 <merge key="input.x11_options.Emulate3Buttons" type="string">true</merge>

If this doesn't work for you, get a list of all the devices and try with different ones instead on "PS/2 Generic Mouse":

lshal | grep input.product

For instance, section How_to_configure_the_TrackPoint recommends "TPPS/2 IBM TrackPoint" for other Thinkpads, but it wasn't present on X301.


Article skeleton from the Ubuntu 8.10 on X301 article of Blk - Thanks a lot for your work!

Former revisions:

26. May 2009 by tp42
2. June 2009 by Patrick.fehr, 15:21 UTC

Last Revision:

11. September 2009 by Guggenmusiker, 14:52 CET