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==Power Management==
==Power Management==
Install acpi, acpid.  Add acpi to the daemons list.   
Install acpi, acpid.  Add acpid to the daemons list.   
Load module thinkpad_acpi.
Load module thinkpad_acpi.
You might have to blacklist asus_acpi/toshiba_acpi, it doesn't hurt anyway.
You might have to blacklist asus_acpi/toshiba_acpi, it doesn't hurt anyway.

Revision as of 09:48, 1 June 2008

SATA and Linux

If there are boot problems, try going from AHCI to compatibility in the BIOS. I don't really know what is going on here, but my computer works in compatibility, I haven't tried AHCI.

    • NOTE In other distro's after installation you can make the switch, but in arch it won't be able to detect your root partition in AHCI mode. I am sure this can be solved by installing a package.


Intel 4965 WiFi

If you have the Intel 4965 NIC, simply install iwlwifi-4965-ucode, run depmod, and run "modprobe iwl4965" to activate. For wpa_supplicant, use the WEXT driver, not the deprecated ipw200.

The latest Kismet runs well on the iwl4965, but occasionally has problems changing the mode back to Managed from Monitor.

If you have the AR5212 802.11abg NIC all you need is madwifi. Install it, and the kernel module is ath_pci.



Hwd did not do the monitor widescreen (1280x800) properly, and it was instead doing 1024x768. In xorg.conf, here is the relevant section:

Section "Screen"
       Identifier "Screen0"
       Device     "Card0"
       Monitor    "Monitor0"
       DefaultColorDepth 24
       SubSection "Display"
               Depth     24
               Modes "1280x800"

For the framebuffer in /boot/grub/menu.lst, I just used vga=773 and it doesn't look too bad. It freaks out with the vga=871 or whatever number you need for widescreen.

The Nvidia driver has it's own way of doing resolution, but I didn't find any conflict between the xorg setting and nvidia setting, so it really doesn't matter. I think the nvidia trumps the xorg.conf, though.


Works great with the settings provided in the Pacman output



Driver works great, even with composite enabled.


When I have time


Don't have it, so cannot say.

xf86-video-intel from testing should support the Intel video. I haven't tried it yet, but I'll report back when I do.

Power Management


Install acpi, acpid. Add acpid to the daemons list. Load module thinkpad_acpi. You might have to blacklist asus_acpi/toshiba_acpi, it doesn't hurt anyway. It should work, and is able to provide accurate information to such programs as Conky and GKrellm, as well as the Gnome battery monitor.


The regular way works fine.

Thinkvantage Rescue and Recovery

The Rescue and Recovery partition can be /dev/sda1 or /dev/sda2, not sure which this depends on

The following grub entry did work on my T61

     title ThinkPad Rescue and Recovery
     rootnoverify    (hd0,0)
     chainloader     +1

Fingerprint Reader

Install Thinkfinger

pacman -Sy thinkfinger

Update PAM configuration to accept thinkfinger as auth input. See Thinkfinger Configuration


The module is snd-hda-intel. It works, albeit with several unresolved quirks. The mute button works partially out of the box (it can mute but not unmute.) To unmute, press either the volume up or volume down buttons. However, one workaround is enabling the volume up/down buttons as Keyboard shortcuts in your Desktop environment.

--Edit: Since Kernel 2.6.25 the mute/unmute function works out of the box. Now it unmutes also!