This tutorial shows how to fix thinkpad hotkeys not working in Ubuntu (can’t change screen brightness, the volume, or the power scheme).

Here is a package called tpb can easily fix this problem.Just install this in your Ubuntu and make it auto-run at log-in.

Open up a terminal window from Applications->Accessories menu and run:

sudo aptitude install tpb

After the installation,you will get Loading nvram module problem,which can be fixed by this way:

edit /etc/init.d/tpb by command:

gksudo gedit /etc/init.d/tpb

make its content looks like this:


test -f /lib/lsb/init-functions || exit 1
. /lib/lsb/init-functions

case “$1” in
/sbin/lsmod | /bin/grep nvram > /dev/null
if [ $? != 0 ]
log_begin_msg “Loading nvram module”
modprobe nvram
chown %username /dev/nvram
log_end_msg 0
tpb -d
echo “Usage: tpb {start|stop|restart|force-reload}” >&2
exit 1

exit 0

Note:Just add the red line into original /etc/init.d/tpb file,where change “%username” into the user-name you currently log-in.

Now,reboot and try those thinkpad hotkeys.