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DebianOn is an effort to document how to install, configure and use Debian on some specific hardware. Therefore potential buyers would know if that hardware is supported and owner would know how get the best out of that hardware.

The purpose is not to duplicate the Debian Official Documentation, but to document how to install Debian on some specific hardware.

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Models covered
Thinkpad T400
Probably useful for users of Thinkpad R400 (and maybe T500 and W500).

Sub-models1 2 options :
- Video card (Intel 4500MHD or AMD M82XT)
- Screen size (14" wide)
- Wireless card: Intel WiFi 5100
- Disk and Ram size
- fingerprint reader, Firewire, bluetooth...

Overall Status

Core Components

Boot Standard Kernel:

{OK}

LAN network card:

{OK}

Detect CD/DVD:

{OK}

Detect hard drives:

{OK}

Extra Features

CPU Frequency Scaling

{OK}

Hibernation

{OK}

Sleep / Suspend

{i}

Xorg

see notes

Switch to External Screen

see notes

Mouse

- Built-in (Trackpoint)

{OK}

- Built-in (Touchpad)

{OK}

Modem

[?]

Wireless/Wifi

{OK}

Wireless/Bluetooth

[?]

Wireless/3G

{OK}

GPS

{OK}

Webcam

{OK}

Sound

{OK}

Keyboard's Hotkeys

{i}

Legend :
{OK} = OK ; {X} Unsupported(No Driver) ; /!\ = Error (Couldn't get it working); [?] Unknown, Not Test ; [-] Not-applicable
{i} = Configuration Required; X-( = Only works with a non-free driver and or firmware

Important Note

Configuration

Display

Thinkpad comes in multiple flavour, with different graphic adapter :

Intel

The Intel based T400 have an Integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD, also known as "Intel Mobile 4 Series" (device_identifier/PCI-ID: 8086:2a40, 8086:2a42, 8086:2a43)

Console:

X-Window with vesa driver:

X-Window with intel driver:

See also:

AMD

The AMD M82XT was not yet tested.

Audio

The audio works fine out of the box (device_identifier/PCI-ID: 8086:293e)

Mouse

X-Window:

Console:

Power Management

WiFi

The model is an Intel Corporation Wireless WiFi Link 5100 (device_identifier/PCI-ID: 8086:4236).

Modem

AMT / vPro

The iAMT controller is an Intel Chipset MEI Controller (device_identifier/PCI-ID: 8086:2a44).

Fingerprint reader

The Fingerprint Sensor is a AES2810 from ?AuthenTec Inc ([HowToIdentifyADevice/USB:USB ID]: 08ff:2810).

3G / GPS / HSDPA

The Built-in Ericsson F3507g Mobile Broadband (USB ID: 0bdb:1900).

This chip uses a common backplane for 3G/GPRS and GPS functions. With some scripts to powerup/powerdown those chips, they can be used in very simple ways: eg. chat for control/setup, wvdial for 3G (which looks like any AT serial modem), and tangogps+gpsd for GPS (which also features a well supported serial interface). Using the proposed ifup/ifdown setup from http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Ericsson_F3507g_Mobile_Broadband_Module works fine, although the shutdown sequence is blocked forever if you don't explicitly shut down the 3G interface beforehand.

Work is in progress to support the Ericsson broadband modules via NetworkManager: http://mbm.sourceforge.net/

The "GSM led" on screen bottom (next to the Bluetooth led) is on when 3G or GPS is running.

Webcam

A 1280x1024 webcam is connected to the USB internal bus ((USB ID: 17ef:1004) and works just fine with the uvcvideo driver. The 'cheese' program worked out of the box with a 2.6.29 kernel (as required for A/G/N Wireless support).

Keyboard's Hotkeys

Either you install a tweaked acpid, or you set hal to remap the keys to keys which can be handled by some software, in our case xbindkeys. The information that you can download the acpid package from Debian and change the input_layer.c file is false. The Debian package does not include this file in its acpid package. The hal remap + xbindkeys solution works out fine.


System Summary

lspci

00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Memory Controller Hub [8086:2a40] (rev 07)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:2a42] (rev 07)
00:02.1 Display controller [0380]: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:2a43] (rev 07)
00:03.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset MEI Controller [8086:2a44] (rev 07)
00:19.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Intel Corporation 82567LM Gigabit Network Connection [8086:10f5] (rev 03)
00:1a.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 [8086:2937] (rev 03)
00:1a.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 [8086:2938] (rev 03)
00:1a.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6 [8086:2939] (rev 03)
00:1a.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 [8086:293c] (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller [8086:293e] (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1 [8086:2940] (rev 03)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 2 [8086:2942] (rev 03)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 4 [8086:2946] (rev 03)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 5 [8086:2948] (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 [8086:2934] (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 [8086:2935] (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 [8086:2936] (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 [8086:293a] (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev 93)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation ICH9M-E LPC Interface Controller [8086:2917] (rev 03)
00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation ICH9M/M-E SATA AHCI Controller [8086:2929] (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) SMBus Controller [8086:2930] (rev 03)
03:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation Wireless WiFi Link 5100 [8086:4236]
15:00.0 CardBus bridge [0607]: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II [1180:0476] (rev ba)
15:00.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394) [0c00]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller [1180:0832] (rev 04)
15:00.2 SD Host controller [0805]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter [1180:0822] (rev 21)
15:00.3 System peripheral [0880]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C843 MMC Host Controller [1180:0843] (rev ff)
15:00.4 System peripheral [0880]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter [1180:0592] (rev 11)
15:00.5 System peripheral [0880]: Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller [1180:0852] (rev 11)

lsusb

lsusb -v | grep -E '\<(Bus|iProduct|bDeviceClass|bDeviceProtocol)' 2>/dev/null

Bus 008 Device 003: ID 0bdb:1900 Ericsson Business Mobile Networks BV 
  bDeviceClass            2 Communications
  bDeviceProtocol         0 
  idVendor           0x0bdb Ericsson Business Mobile Networks BV
  iProduct                2 Ericsson F3507g Mobile Broadband Minicard Composite Device
  bDeviceClass            2 Communications
  bDeviceProtocol         0 
  (Bus Powered)

Bus 002 Device 005: ID 0a5c:2145 Broadcom Corp. 
  bDeviceClass          224 Wireless
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Bluetooth
  iProduct                2 ThinkPad Bluetooth with Enhanced Data Rate II

Bus 002 Device 002: ID 08ff:2810 AuthenTec, Inc. 
  bDeviceClass          255 Vendor Specific Class
  bDeviceProtocol       255 Vendor Specific Protocol
  iProduct                1 Fingerprint Sensor
      (Bus Powered)
  (Bus Powered)

Bus 001 Device 005: ID 17ef:1004 Lenovo 
  bDeviceClass          239 Miscellaneous Device
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Interface Association
  iProduct                1 
      (Bus Powered)

USB Host controllers entries (without OHCI, UHCI, EHCI) are removed too.

Resources

Attachments

Some configuration files and sample outputs.

Credits


  1. ThinkPad T400 : Models 2764, 2765, 2766, 2767, 2768, 2769, 2773, 6473, 6474, 6475, 7417, 7420, 7425, and 7434 (1)

  2. ThinkPad R400: Models 2782, 2783, 2784, 2786, 2787, 2788, 2789, 7438, 7439, 7440, 7443, 7445, 7446, and 7447 (2)