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Moved to ArchLinux!

Moved my ThinkPad T61 to ArchLinux! (Still using Ubuntu on many other machines.)

I will post some install script I used to configure my system.

Karmic Koala Beta on ThinkPad T61 (continued)

After the latest updates, enabling touchpad on/off key (fn-f8) is now working. There are some annoying gdm random restarts without a trace in the logs. I suspect it’s the nvidia proprietary driver and I hope it will be fixed soon.
Here is a better approach to enable the Active Protection System in your ThinkPad:

# Install HDAPS - IBM Active Protection System Linux Driver
sudo cp /etc/modules /etc/modules_backup
sudo aptitude install tp-smapi-source
sudo module-assistant prepare tp-smapi
sudo module-assistant auto-install tp-smapi
sudo modprobe tp-smapi
sudo aptitude install hdapsd
echo 'tp-smapi' | sudo tee -a /etc/modules

Karmic Koala Beta on ThinkPad T61

I just installed Ubuntu 9.10 Beta on my LENOVO ThinkPad T61 64608NG.
Here is what I found so far, in two days of intensive usage:

Quadro NVS 140M – 2D and 3D acceleration: tested and works.
Wireless switch: tested and works.
Sound: tested and works.
Enabling touchpad on/off key (fn-f8): not working.
Enabling Active Protection System: works by installing tp_smapi.
Read the complete guide here.
Fingerprint Reader: install thinkfinger-tools and libpam-thinkfinger from the repository and everything works.
Network Card Intel 10/100/1000: tested and works.
Wireless Intel PRO/4965AG: tested and works.
Card reader: not tested.

UPDATE: Power level of the fingerprint reader is set to on by default, so it gets hot pretty fast. Use one of the scripts here to set it to auto at boot time.
Note that the path /sys/class/usb_*/*/device is no longer working. Instead, use /sys/class/usbmon/usbmon*/device/usb*/*.
Here is the complete script for that, taken from thinkwiki.org and modified to reflect the new path.

# find the fingerprint reader and change its power level to autosuspend
find_prod="Biometric Coprocessor"
for devdir in /sys/class/usbmon/usbmon*/device/usb*/*; do
  [[ -r $devdir/manufacturer ]] || continue
  [[ $manuf = $find_manuf ]] || continue;
  [[ $prod = $find_prod ]] || continue;
  # if we get here then we have the right device!
  # if it is already set properly then exit silently:
  [[ $old_level = auto ]] && exit 0
  # if we successfully change it then exit silently:
  echo auto >$plevel_file && exit 0
  echo "Failed to set the fingerprint reader's power level to 'auto'."
  exit 1
# if we make it through the for loop without exiting, the search failed
echo "Could not find the $find_manuf $find_prod (fingerprint reader)"
exit 1

Thinkpad HDAPS in Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty

One of the cool features in a Thinkpad is IBM Active Protection System.
The system consist of two parts. The driver that enables reading the acceleration data and some sort of userspace software that does the actual parking of the harddrive heads, usually hdapsd.
The hdaps driver is part of the kernel but the driver maintainers actually recommend using the tp-smapi driver instead. So that’s what we’ll do.
Make sure you have the necessary tools installed:

sudo aptitude install build-essential module-assistant

The tp-smapi is in the package repository (universe):

sudo m-a a-i tp-smapi

This will fetch and install the tp-smapi-source package, unpack the source and then compile and install the kernel module.

Try loading it:

sudo modprobe tp_smapi
sudo modprobe hdaps

The kernel log should show something like this:

[ 4504.896887] tp_smapi 0.40 loading...
[ 4504.897178] tp_smapi successfully loaded (smapi_port=0xb2).
[ 4532.702289] hdaps: initial mode latch is 0x05
[ 4532.702442] hdaps: setting ec_rate=250, filter_order=2
[ 4532.702674] hdaps: device successfully initialized.
[ 4532.702788] input: ThinkPad HDAPS joystick emulation as /devices/virtual/input/input22
[ 4532.728212] input: ThinkPad HDAPS accelerometer data as /devices/virtual/input/input23
[ 4532.756552] hdaps: driver successfully loaded.

For some reason some configuration for udev is missing. Fix this by running:

echo 'KERNEL=="event[0-9]*", ATTRS{phys}=="hdaps/input1",ATTRS{modalias}=="input:b0019v1014p5054e4801-*",SYMLINK+="input/hdaps/accelerometer-event"' | sudo tee /etc/udev/rules.d/51-hdaps.rules

Now for the userspace stuff. First let us test if APS is actually working.

sudo aptitude install hdaps-utils

This will install hdaps-pivot or hdaps-gl which you can use to verify that the sensors are working.
You can also test this by running this in your terminal (stop it with pressing CTRL + C):

sudo hdapsd -d sda -s 15 -a -v -y

Next we need to update the hdapsd. The one provided in Jaunty is old. There is a PPA with newer versions.

cat | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/hdapsd.list << EOF
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/jonasped/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/jonasped/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main

Add the PPA key:

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 45EA2DEACE74152B61554DE4036A90F2BEFC6EB4

Update the package list and install the package:

sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude install hdapsd

Install gnome-hdaps-applet (optional).
There is a PPA for this. You can add it like this:

cat | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/gnome-hdaps-applet.list << EOF
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/whoopie79/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/whoopie79/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main

Add the key:

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com e1c344a23bb057ff1d4d80cf8c236986e1ecdbb2

Update the package list again and install the packages:

sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude install gnome-hdaps-applet


Ubuntu 8.10 on Lenovo ThinkPad T61

Just installed Ubuntu 8.10 on my T61. Works great!
I hated that bloated Vista Business!

Items that work out of the box:
– Nvidia: 2D works, 3D requires the installation of the proprietary drivers (nVidia Quadro NVS 140)
– Wireless: Atheros card
– Bluetooth keys
– Brightness keys
– Network Card Intel 10/100/1000
– Firewire
– Wireless switch
– 4-in-1 card reader

Worked with some simple tweaking:
– fingerprint reader for login and sudo

1. Install latest thinkfinger packages:

sudo apt-get install thinkfinger-tools libpam-thinkfinger

2. Update the pam configuration files:

sudo /usr/lib/pam-thinkfinger/pam-thinkfinger-enable

3. Restart computer
4. Enroll your fingerprint (creates $HOME/.thinkfinger.bir)

tf-tool --acquire

5. Check fingerprint enrollment

tf-tool --verify

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