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Old 10-27-2008, 08:31 PM   #1
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Slackware 12.0 on a Lenovo Thinkpad T61


I tried posting the following in the answers section, but was met with a validation error. So I'm posting it here in the hopes that it helps someone save some time installing Slackware on what is undoubtedly the greatest laptop ever.

Slackware 12.0 on a Lenovo Thinkpad T61

Intended Audience:
This document is intended for users already familiar with the Slackware way of life. It assumes a general knowledge of things like compiling from source, recompiling the kernel, loading modules, and firmware. So while some steps may make note of how to do these tasks, it is assumed the reader knows enough to accomplish these tasks on steps that are not explicitly detailed in such a way.

Wireless

Ok, to get wireless working, we first have to figure out what model we have. To do this, we'll run the lspci command.

My card was detected as:
Quote:
03:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 4965 AG or AGN Network Connection (rev 61)
So to get it running, I need the following packages:
Quote:
iwlwifi-1.2.25
iwlwifi-4965-ucode-288.57.2.21
mac80211-10.0.4
Note: I had to use the version 1 firmware, which is in the package iwlwifi-4965-ucode-4.44.15.tgz
The firmware unpacked as iwlwifi-4965.ucode and presented me with an error in dmesg until I renamed it iwlwifi-4965-1.ucode

you can get the package here:
http://intellinuxwireless.org/?n=dow...&f=ucodes_4965

Below is a link to the packages with good installation instructions:
http://intellinuxwireless.org/?p=iwl...=HOWTO-iwlwifi

If you them correctly and loaded the appropriate modules, you should see the following modules loaded when you run lsmod

Quote:
iwl4965 211956 0
cfg80211 9352 1 mac80211
mac80211 155656 1 iwl4965
From here, you should be able to use the iwconfig to set your network parameters and then ifconfig or dhcpcd to request an IP address on wlan0

Video

The video is pretty straight-forward, the hard part was finding the driver for the Nvidia card in my laptop. lspci is not very helpful beyond identifying it as an Nvidia card:

Quote:
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0429 (rev a1)
After googling, the actual card is:
Quote:
Nvidia Quadro NVS 140M
The following page has some helpful information:
http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/NVidia_Quadro_NVS_140m

The link to the drivers is at:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_display_archive.html

Initially, I used the 100.14.09 driver, which worked for 3d accelaration. A bug presented itself though, and I was unable to kill X or use a virtual terminal without the screen going black.

To solve this problem, I upgraded to the 100.14.19 driver, which solved the issue. I should note that the native resolution for this laptop is 1280x800

There is a good thread on solving the virtual terminal issue, should the upgraded driver not work for you. I have not tested these methods, as the driver solved my problem, but it might be worth a try if you have the same issue and it is not solved by the driver:
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=120492

Sound

The included alsa packages didn't seem to load the soundcard correctly. I experienced a similar issue on a recent install of an IBM Thinkcentre, and the symptoms I experienced were that the sound would work correctly after loading the snd_hda_intel module, but any change to the volume would disable all sound, forcing a reload of the module and running alsaconf to configure the card, and then an alsactl restore to set the sound settings to the previously loaded settings.

I initially tried removing the packages through pkgtool, then loading updated packages from http://linuxpackages.net

The same problems occurred. So I finally bit the bullet and downloaded the following packages from:
http://www.alsa-project.org/main/index.php/Main_Page

Quote:
alsa-driver-1.0.17
alsa-firmware-1.0.17
alsa-lib-1.0.17a
alsa-oss-1.0.17
alsa-utils-1.0.17
From there, I untarred (that's a word, right?) the packages, configured, compiled, and installed them from source. A better option would be to create a slackware package from the compiled source and install the packages...but I was concerned with immediate usability over long-term upgradeability.

After the packages were installed, I ran rmmod on snd_hda_intel, and tried to reload the module with modprobe, but was greeted with an error. At this point, I ran alsaconf, which configured the soundcard, then ran modprobe snd_hda_intel again without the error. I then ran alsactl restore to set the sound values to their previous settings, and was able to adjust the sound in both applications and alsamixer without issue.

Bluetooth

Bluetooth was fun to get working. It pretty much worked out of the box, I just had to learn the functionality of connecting to a bluetooth device. I use my bluetooth to connect to my phone's wireless internet, so for this document, that is the scope of our bluetooth configuration.

First, I made sure the bluetooth module was loaded with lsmod:
Quote:
bluetooth 53092 6 l2cap,hci_usb
When I ran hcitool dev it didn't detect any devices. I discovered this was a result of the bluetooth daemon not running. To start the bluetooth software, I made the rc.bluetooth file in /etc/rc.d/ executable with:
Quote:
chmod 755 /etc/rc.d/rc.bluetooth
I then ran:
Quote:
/etc/rc.d/rc.bluetooth restart
but start would have worked as well.

Running hditool dev again found my bluetooth device as:
Quote:
hci0 00:1F:3A:FB:F9:05
To find my phone, I then ran sdptool browse. It found my phone as:

Quote:
bash-3.1# sdptool browse
Inquiring ...
Browsing 00:1E:75:1F:06:FA ...
Service Name: Dial-up Network Gateway
Service RecHandle: 0x10000
Service Class ID List:
"Dialup Networking" (0x1103)
"Generic Networking" (0x1201)
Protocol Descriptor List:
"L2CAP" (0x0100)
"RFCOMM" (0x0003)
Channel: 1
Profile Descriptor List:
"Dialup Networking" (0x1103)
Version: 0x0100

Service Name: Headset Audiogateway
Service RecHandle: 0x10001
Service Class ID List:
"Headset Audio Gateway" (0x1112)
"Generic Audio" (0x1203)
Protocol Descriptor List:
"L2CAP" (0x0100)
"RFCOMM" (0x0003)
Channel: 2
Profile Descriptor List:
"Headset" (0x1108)
Version: 0x0100

Service Name: Handsfree Audio Gateway
Service RecHandle: 0x10002
Service Class ID List:
"Handfree Audio Gateway" (0x111f)
"Generic Audio" (0x1203)
Protocol Descriptor List:
"L2CAP" (0x0100)
"RFCOMM" (0x0003)
Channel: 3
Profile Descriptor List:
"Handsfree" (0x111e)
Version: 0x0105
Service Name: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile
Service RecHandle: 0x10003
Service Class ID List:
"Audio Source" (0x110a)
Protocol Descriptor List:
"L2CAP" (0x0100)
PSM: 25
"AVDTP" (0x0019)
uint16: 0x100
Profile Descriptor List:
"Advanced Audio" (0x110d)
Version: 0x0100

Service Name: AT
Service RecHandle: 0x10004
Service Class ID List:
"Serial Port" (0x1101)
Protocol Descriptor List:
"L2CAP" (0x0100)
"RFCOMM" (0x0003)
Channel: 4
Service Name: Audio Video Remote Control Profile
Service RecHandle: 0x10006
Service Class ID List:
"AV Remote Target" (0x110c)
Protocol Descriptor List:
"L2CAP" (0x0100)
PSM: 23
"AVCTP" (0x0017)
uint16: 0x100
Profile Descriptor List:
"AV Remote" (0x110e)
Version: 0x0100
What we're looking for here is the dial-up network gateway. You'll want to note the mac address of your phone, and the channel the network gateway is running on.

At this point, it's a good idea to go ahead and set your computer's default passkey. I did this in two places. First, I changed the passkey value in /etc/bluetooth/hcid.conf to reflect the passkey I wanted, and then ran echo "1234" > /etc/bluetooth/passkeys/default to set the passkey as my default. You can set unique passkeys in the passkeys folder to each mac address, but that's a topic for another day.

From here, I ran:

Quote:
rfcomm connect /dev/rfcomm0 <mac address> <channel>
where <mac address> is my mac address and channel is the channel and there are no <> marks.

If you haven't screwed up, this should establish a connection with your phone.

Now...what do we do with this connection? We need to use a PPP program to establish a connection to the internet. I chose kppp because I was so tired of config files at this point that I wanted a nice pretty gui.

I used the following instructions at:
http://litljay.com/howtos/tether/kppp.html

But it is worth noting that there are additional methods with other programs listed at:
http://litljay.com/howtos/tether/

The instructions above are for connecting to an ATT/Cingular network, so some settings may have to be changed for alternate networks.

ACPI

Because it's a laptop, we will want the acpi and ibm_acpi modules to take advantage of all of the nifty features. I initially compiled my kernel to include the ibm_acpi in the kernel rather than as a module, but I later recompiled as a module in an attempt to get fan support working. It didn't work, but I left it as a module rather than recompile again. Make sure APM is not compiled as either a module or directly in the kernel. ACPI is superior from what I've read, and the two packages will conflict with each other. To load these modules, run:

Quote:
modprobe acpi
modprobe ibm_acpi
There are plenty of acpi tools and dockapps that will monitor your system, but a good command line program that displays some very detailed output is acpitool available through http://linuxpackages.net An example of the output is as follows:

Quote:
bash-3.1# acpitool -e
Kernel version : 2.6.21.5-smp - ACPI version : 20070126
-----------------------------------------------------------
Battery #1 : present
Remaining capacity : 44540 mWh, 56.34%, 02:11:20
Design capacity : 84240 mWh
Last full capacity : 79060 mWh, 93.85% of design capacity
Capacity loss : 6.149%
Present rate : 20346 mW
Charging state : discharging
Battery type : rechargeable, LION
Model number : 42T4530
Serial number : 260

AC adapter : off-line
Failed to open file: /proc/acpi/ibm/fan

CPU type : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T8300 @ 2.40GHz
Min/Max frequency : 800/2401 MHz
Current frequency : 800 MHz
Frequency governor : userspace
Freq. scaling driver : acpi-cpufreq
Cache size : 3072 KB
Bogomips : 4795.45
Bogomips : 4788.04

# of CPU's found : 2

Processor ID : 0
Bus mastering control : yes
Power management : yes
Throttling control : yes
Limit interface : yes
Active C-state : C3
C-states (incl. C0) : 4
Usage of state C1 : 23830 (0.9 %)
Usage of state C2 : 291401 (11.4 %)
Usage of state C3 : 2230650 (87.6 %)
T-state count : 8
Active T-state : T0

Processor ID : 1
Bus mastering control : yes
Power management : yes
Throttling control : yes
Limit interface : yes
Active C-state : C3
C-states (incl. C0) : 4
Usage of state C1 : 32960 (0.7 %)
Usage of state C2 : 291314 (6.1 %)
Usage of state C3 : 2221103 (46.5 %)
T-state count : 8
Active T-state : T0



Thermal zone 1 : ok, 43 C
Trip points :
-------------
critical (S5): 127 C

Thermal zone 2 : ok, 31 C
Trip points :
-------------
critical (S5): 100 C
passive: 96 C: tc1=5 tc2=4 tsp=600 devices=0xc28f2338 0xc28f2324


wakeup devices : <not available>
bash-3.1#
Modules

If everything went as planned, you will need to load a few modules on startup to avoid unnecessary headaches of having to load them each time you reboot. To do this, we'll use the /etc/rc.d/rc.modules file and add the following lines:

Quote:
/sbin/modprobe mac80211
/sbin/modprobe iwl4965
/sbin/modprobe acpi
/sbin/modprobe ibm_acpi
I hope this was helpful. Any questions can be mailed to Chris LeClaire at jimbobjenkins__at___gmail.com

Last edited by Savet; 10-27-2008 at 10:35 PM.
 
Old 10-28-2008, 01:41 AM   #2
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Two questions ...

1 - which T61 do you have? There are hunderds ... I have a T61 7665 FD1

2 - why did you install Slack-12.0 rather than 12.1?

I, too, had some fun getting my bluetooth mouse to work. After
reading dozens of Google hits, I was only a bit closer. The BlueZ
site doesn't really have a good HOW-TO for a bluetooth novice.

I ran the Kubuntu 8.04.1-desktop-amd64 LiveCD, and got it working
there with kbluetoothd and assorted scripts/apps. Then I got it
working in Slackware. Haven't had time to configure my laptop
fully for Slack yet, but it is a nice one.

Would you consider posting your T61 to the LQ HCL for us?

Here's an example of a good laptop post, so you can follow that
format while posting yours. The above post of yours can be copied
into a Review.
 
Old 10-28-2008, 07:24 AM   #3
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Model 7662 CTO

Sorry, I should have specified that.

As to Slackware 12 vs. 12.1, my home is nested in the foothills of North Carolina, the only viable internet is Satellite internet.

As a result, unless I want to schedule a download for 3-6am via a cronjob, I worked with what I had
 
Old 10-28-2008, 08:21 AM   #4
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I would prefer "nested in the foothills of North Carolina"
to where I am with 2 Mbps ADSL every day of the year.
 
Old 10-28-2008, 11:46 AM   #5
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I'll post it in the HCL this evening.

Out of curiosity...don't like China? I'm guessing you're in the city?
 
Old 10-28-2008, 03:26 PM   #6
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The town in which I grew up in Mississippi had ~3,000 people.

Local figures say Kunming has over 7,000,000 people.

Before the last 3 years "people boom", Kunming was estimated to
have over 2,393.8 people per square mile. We had that many per
entire town.

"Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam..."
 
Old 10-28-2008, 07:04 PM   #7
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But on a positive note....you have many more Asian women there
 
Old 10-28-2008, 07:10 PM   #8
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There is nothing positive about Asian women.
It's obvious you haven't lived here.

Besides, I have a wife, and wouldn't commit adultery.
 
Old 10-28-2008, 08:05 PM   #9
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No...the extent of my traveling abroad is limited to Canada

The closest I have to a family are a pair of Wolves and a room full of rattlesnakes that don't see a problem with biting the hand that feeds them
 
Old 10-28-2008, 08:31 PM   #10
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Next time we come to America to visit,
we should get together...
 
Old 10-28-2008, 08:45 PM   #11
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Absolutely

BTW, I posted the hardware profile at:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/hcl/sh...p?product=4230

It doesn't seem to be active in the Lenovo section though.

I hope I posted it correctly, it was my first attempt submitting a hardware profile.

Last edited by Savet; 10-28-2008 at 08:53 PM.
 
Old 10-29-2008, 12:14 AM   #12
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You, sir, have made the best HCL Product Post I've ever seen.

They all have to be approved -- and yours has been. I will use
it as an example HCL post for all types of products.

Thank you for helping to populate the LinuxQuestions.org HCL!
 
  


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