Ubuntu 8.10 on Thinkpad X300

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I upgraded my Lenovo Thinkpad X300 to Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex today. My original installation notes for Hardy are here.

After the upgrade, sound was working without compiling an ALSA snapshot by hand. Also, 3G connections worked straight out of the NetworkManager applet, which is very nice. But WiFi was broken, as the nm-applet refused to connect to any SSID, encrypted or open. That seemed to be due to myself using the development networkmanager packages with Hardy. They were not upgraded correctly. The remedy was to remove all network-manager packages and reinstall them.

The xorg.conf mouse settings don’t work on 8.10 anymore. Instead, HAL needs to be configured like this. Create file “/etc/hal/fdi/policy/mouse-wheel.fdi” with the following content:

Reboot the computer, and you should have middle button scrolling working as always. Here’s the link: http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/How_to_configure_the_TrackPoint#TrackPoint_under_Ubuntu_8.10_using_HAL

If you want to upgrade to OpenOffice.org 3.0, here’s a nice howto:


VMWare Workstation 6.5 worked pretty much fine after the upgrade. The modules were compiled correctly. The only annoyance was that some keyboard keys seem to be mapped in a wrong way (perhaps something to do with the new X server version). Anyway, there’s the fix: http://communities.vmware.com/thread/177133. All you need to do i add the following key mappings to /etc/vmware/config and restart:

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  1. Thanks for the valueable hints!

    Unfortunately, the link to the Open Office upgrade how-to seems to be wrong of outdated 🙁

    Any hint where to find it?

    Send with my X300 😉

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