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Lenovo Thinkpad W510 Ubuntu Information

This information page is for the Lenovo Thinkpad W510 laptop and the time of this writing on Ubuntu Linux 10.04 (LTS) 64 bit. (The links point to emperorlinux.com who sell Linux powered machines from name brand mfgs.)
The install will be coverred at a little later date.
The install is pretty straight forward: download and burn the CD, install on boot-up.
Most everything will work out of the box. One thing that doesn't work is the brightness buttons for the display.

The W510 (like most Lenovo laptops now) have the brightness control for the display tied to the function key (Bottom left blue labled "Fn") and the "Home" and "End" keys. (Upper right corner)
In order to get them to work you will need to add the following line at the bottom of the “device” section.
Option "RegistryDwords" "EnableBrightnessControl=1" This what my xorg file looks like:

To open it for editing:

sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Section "Screen"
	Identifier	"Default Screen"
	DefaultDepth	24
EndSection

Section "Module"
	Load	"glx"
EndSection

Section "Device"
	Identifier	"Default Device"
	Driver	"nvidia"
	Option	"NoLogo"	"True"
	Option "RegistryDwords" "EnableBrightnessControl=1"
EndSection

I am using the proprietary nVidia driver. If you are not, just look for the "Device" section and add it to the end.
BTW: In case you didn't know it, the bottm left and top right key turns on the night light.

Ubuntu Install on a Lenovo W510 Laptop

After initial install, some packages you may want. (Most are in the Universe Repository)

The command line install in a terminal would be:

sudo apt-get install acpi-support aes2501-wy hdapsd libccid libpam-thinkfinger libthinkfinger-doc libthinkfinger0 thinkfinger-tools
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