I upgraded my laptop to Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex a few days early. The latest release from Ubuntu seems almost complete. I kept a log of the things that didn’t work quite right after I upgraded. I filed some bugs, so hopefully these were fixed before the release:

Wireless Settings

The Network Manager program didn’t reconnect to my wireless after the upgrade.  I had to run nm-applet manually from the command line.  It loaded up correctly every time after that.

Screen Resolution

I switch between monitors quite often between work/home/meetings.  The list of available resolutions was reset to the defaults, so I couldn’t connect to my TV properly at home.  I simply restarted the machine with the TV plugged into the VGA port and they all reappeared.

Update: Intrepid had turned off my choice of using the fgrlx driver. I went to System–>Administration–>Hardware Drivers and turned it back on. Now fn-F7 and external monitors works as it should.

Update: Acceptable solution found.


I lost my blue button trackpoint scrolling feature because Ubuntu changed how they run x.org. I stole this new patch from: http://psung.blogspot.com/2008/09/scrolling-with-thinkpads-trackpoint-in.html

Create a file named: /etc/hal/fdi/policy/mouse-wheel.fdi

<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.XAxisMapping" type="string">6 7</merge>
 <merge key="input.x11_options.YAxisMapping" type="string">4 5</merge>
 <merge key="input.x11_options.ZAxsisMapping" type="string">4 5</merge>
 <merge key="input.x11_options.Emulate3Buttons" type="string">true</merge>

And restart.

Update: Somehow these settings were lost after (un)suspending a few times. Would be nice to know how to get it back without having to restart.

Update #2: The functionality seems to have fixed itself after another series of suspend/unsuspend.

Update #3: I should have read that other post a little better.  See this Ubuntu bug.


I had the action mapped to CapsLock-Space because 1) the windows key doesn’t exist on the T43 and 2) because the CapsLock key is easier to reach even when I’m not using my laptop keyboard.

Back in Hardy Heron I had a delay on the key so that I could still use it. Intrepid Ibex apparently doesn’t support that anymore, so I simply had to disable the CapsLock key (I don’t use it anyway).

System-->Preferences-->Keyboard Preferences
Layouts-->CapsLock Behavior-->Caps Lock just locks the shift modifier


I didn’t have any sound after the upgrade (even after restarting).  I had to kill the pulse audio process.
I also took it out of the startup process in System–>Preferences–>Session
Skype needed to be restarted to pick up the changes, everything else worked after testing things in System–>Preferences–>Sounds
The annoying “Play System Alert” seemed to be turned back on by default. I had to check it and then uncheck it again from that same Sounds dialog.

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  1. Joe Says:

    Thanks for all the comments…. was about to go ahead and upgrade….. think I’ll wait for a while now. Canonical needs to beef up its QA process, IMHO. When I upgraded to Hardy, my sound card stopped working and didn’t work properly for several weeks.

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