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HOWTO: ThinkVantage Button in Ubuntu 8.10

I’m pretty sure this is the same fix I used in Gutsy and Hardy, but I had to do it again to get my ThinkVantage button working on my ThinkPad T61 in Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid. I just added the following line to /usr/share/hotkey-setup/ and it worked after a reboot.

setkeycodes e017 148 #thinkvantage button

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HOWTO: Thinkpad scroll button in Ubuntu 8.10

Overall, I’ve been pretty happy after upgrading to Ubuntu 8.10, but there were a few annoyances. I noticed my Thinkpad scroll buttons stopped working, and when I checked xorg.conf, all my changes were commented out with a note “HAL is now used.” At least wasn’t too hard to figure out how to configure it through HAL.

  1. Create a new file mouse-wheel.fdi at /etc/hal/fdi/policy : sudo gedit /etc/hal/fdi/policy/mouse-wheel.fdi
  2. Add the following lines to the file:
    <match key="info.product" string="TPPS/2 IBM TrackPoint">
    <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.YAxsisMapping" type="string">4 5</merge>
    <merge key="input.x11_options.XAxsisMapping" type="string">6 7</merge>
    <merge key="input.x11_options.ZAxsisMapping" type="string">4 5</merge>
    <merge key="input.x11_options.Emulate3Buttons" type="string">true</merge>
  3. Restart and it should all be working.

Now to get my ThinkVantage button working again… *sigh* Update: fixed.

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ThinkPad T61 waking up from sleep in Ubuntu 7.10

I have a ThinkPad T61 (646562U – with Intel GM965 integrated graphics) and I run Ubuntu 7.10 as my main operating system. When I wake from a suspend, my screen is too dark to use. I figured my laptop, which is relatively new, isn’t supported properly yet and just refrained from using the suspend function.

However, I discovered a workaround a few weeks back while reading this review!

The problem that remained is that after it wakes up from sleep mode, the LCD screen is very dark and I’m able to regulate it, unless I… switch to the terminal (CTRL+ALT+F1) and switch back to GUI (CTRL+ALT+F7).

Obviously, it would be nice it was working properly, but this hack is quite simple and effective and does the trick in the meantime.

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