Talk:ThinkPad X3 UltraBase

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Linux support

In general, see How_to_hotswap_the_UltraBase and How_to_hotswap_Ultrabay_devices.

This can be problematic under Debian, as the default kernel (2.6.18) do not support the IBM docks by default, as the IBM_DOCK and DOCK methods are not compatible. This is not a problem with 2.6.22 for some reason. Under 2.6.18, you need to recompile the Linux kernel with CONFIG_ACPI_IBM_DOCK enabled, and CONFIG_ACPI_DOCK disabled. You also need to hook a few scripts into the acpi events system.


# acknowledge docking with the dockstation
echo dock > /proc/acpi/ibm/dock


# prepare the laptop for undocking with the dockstation

echo undock > /proc/acpi/ibm/dock


event=ibm/dock GDCK 00000000 00000003


event=ibm/dock GDCK 00000003 00000001

2.6.22-rc2 actually works without a flaw, without the above modifications, provided that the "bay" and "dock" modules are loaded at boot time.

According to this page you'll have to use this command to undock, since 2.6.18 kernel (after loading the dock module) :

echo 1 > /sys/devices/platform/dock.0/undock