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#1 2017-09-25 16:30:33

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[SOLVED] Thinkpad X1 Wifi

Hello,

I got Devuan working on a Thinkpad X1, except Wifi. One thing I found here https://wiki.debian.org/InstallingDebia … all&rev=10

With the default kernel (3.16) the computer has several issues. For example, it is not possible to get the WiFi to work (not even after installing the non-free package firmware-iwlwifi). Also, the contrast of the monitor cannot be changed, audio does not work, and the video (both with vlc and youtube for example) is rendered at the wrong speed. This can be fixed installing the backports kernel: [...]

The site goes on about getting a Debian Kernel. Well, it is a Debian site. Somehow I don't think I want to experiment with getting a Debian Kernel, though? Thoughts?

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#2 2017-09-25 16:50:32

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Re: [SOLVED] Thinkpad X1 Wifi

Welcome to the forum.  You definitely don't want to mix in Debian repos. Try the 4.9 kernel from backports:

deb     http://auto.mirror.devuan.org/merged jessie-backports main
deb-src http://auto.mirror.devuan.org/merged jessie-backports main

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#3 2017-09-26 08:26:34

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Re: [SOLVED] Thinkpad X1 Wifi

Thanks for your help.

Well, this confused me even more, when I tried to follow the steps on the page above and install a 4.x kernel, apt complained and told me that my linux-base version would need to be downgraded. So I left that exercise alone and Instead upgraded to ascii, which eventually fixed the problem. I had to bring wlan0 up manually and enter it in the wicd preferences.

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#4 2017-09-26 15:54:04

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Re: [SOLVED] Thinkpad X1 Wifi

Marked this as solved, but now I noticed that the audio controls don:t work any more.

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#5 2017-09-26 15:57:19

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Re: [SOLVED] Thinkpad X1 Wifi

Don't work how exactly?

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#6 2017-09-26 17:02:14

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Re: [SOLVED] Thinkpad X1 Wifi

x1 wrote:

Thanks for your help.

Well, this confused me even more, when I tried to follow the steps on the page above and install a 4.x kernel, apt complained and told me that my linux-base version would need to be downgraded. So I left that exercise alone and Instead upgraded to ascii, which eventually fixed the problem. I had to bring wlan0 up manually and enter it in the wicd preferences.

If you ever try another install of Jessie and want the newer kernel from Backports, you have to tell it to install linux-base along with the newer kernel. Here's a brief post with the command used...

https://dev1galaxy.org/viewtopic.php?pid=4729#p4729


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#7 2017-09-27 03:27:27

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Re: [SOLVED] Thinkpad X1 Wifi

Thanks everybody for the ongoing support!


golinux wrote:

Don't work how exactly?

There are two buttons. One to mute and one rocker switch to increase decrease the volume. Prior to ascii, when pressing the Mute button it would just do that and the in-built orange LED came on. When pressing up/down volume it did just that and an overlay came up on the screen showing the bar where the volume level was.

All this functionality is not available any more after the upgrade to ascii. Audio as such works, but I have to change the volume by accessing Pulse Audio or whatever slider a program or website offers.

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#8 2017-09-27 03:41:03

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Re: [SOLVED] Thinkpad X1 Wifi

Several folks have had difficulty getting sound working.  pulseaudio might be part of the problem.  Then make sure that nothing in alsamixer is muted for starts.  Here are some references.  Not exactly your problem but might offer some insight.  There are probably more scattered here and there:

https://dev1galaxy.org/viewtopic.php?id=443
https://botbot.me/freenode/devuan/2017- … 264&page=9

Disclaimer:  I have never used pulseaudio.

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#9 2017-09-27 04:11:08

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Re: [SOLVED] Thinkpad X1 Wifi

I will look at these later, thank you.

Pulse Audio is what came with Devuan Jessie Netinstall. I you have never used it, what do you use? (assuming you listen to "stuff")

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#10 2017-09-27 06:11:24

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Re: [SOLVED] Thinkpad X1 Wifi

x1 wrote:

I will look at these later, thank you.

Pulse Audio is what came with Devuan Jessie Netinstall. I you have never used it, what do you use? (assuming you listen to "stuff")

Mostly I 'listen to stuff' when I'm working on it with audacity. The inclusion of pulseaudio displeases many of us as it is more Potterware and has a history of being unreliable. One of the first things we do is to rip it out.  pulseaudio is a front end to manage alsa.  Most of us revert back to alsa without the 'helper'.  And even though the newest versions of Firefox have a dependency on pulseaudio, we are finding a way to get around that with apulse.

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#11 2017-09-27 09:02:57

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Re: [SOLVED] Thinkpad X1 Wifi

That was pretty much the setup I had on my last laptop (lubuntu), except Audacious. I have now the same on the X1. Pulseaudio gone, ALSA in. As you said, it did not help with the buttons though. I:ll dig into this at a later time. The way it is now is good enough.

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#12 2017-09-27 13:37:23

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Re: [SOLVED] Thinkpad X1 Wifi

x1 wrote:

That was pretty much the setup I had on my last laptop (lubuntu), except Audacious. I have now the same on the X1. Pulseaudio gone, ALSA in. As you said, it did not help with the buttons though. I:ll dig into this at a later time. The way it is now is good enough.

Sometimes it takes a while to sort things  with Linux.   BTW, audacity and audacious are two different things.  wink

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#13 2017-09-27 13:56:31

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Re: [SOLVED] Thinkpad X1 Wifi

Aye, I know. This goes for both of your points ;-)

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