Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (Gen 2)

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Device Status Modules
Intel UHD 630 Graphics Working i915
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Working nvidia
Intel AX200 Wifi Working iwlwifi
Intel HDA Working snd_hda_intel
Synaptics touchpad Working libinput
Chicony Electronics Working uvcvideo
Card reader Working xhci_hcd
Intel AX200 Bluetooth Working btusb
Intel Thunderbolt Unknown thunderbolt
Synaptics fingerprint reader Not working

The Thinkpad X1E Gen 2 is a thin-and-light 15.6" workstation/multimedia laptop from Lenovo's 2019 ThinkPad X lineup.

This page specifically concerns the specifics of running Arch Linux on this laptop. See Laptop for generic laptop-related information, or ThinkPad for other ThinkPad laptops.



Invalid Stats Workaround

As of writing, a bug exists where the battery data can appear corrupt, wildly incorrect, or seem to change drastically from boot to boot. To workaround this bug you should add battery to the /etc/mkinitcpio.conf.


Remember to regenerate the initramfs for these changes to take effect.

NOTE: You can also build the battery module into your kernel

Battery Life & Graphics

bbswitch does not work on this laptop to disable the NVIDIA card when not in use. To disable the NVIDIA card you can run:

# tee /sys/bus/pci/devices/0000\:01\:00.1/remove <<<1
# tee /sys/bus/pci/devices/0000\:01\:00.0/remove <<<1



Currently (5.2.9-arch1), the Nouveau driver can cause quite a lot of kernel panics when using the webcamera. You should blacklist this driver to prevent it from being loaded.


Beta Driver Features

The NVIDIA beta video driver supports PRIME Offloading. Following this guide you can try out this new mode. However, this means your external display ports will not work.

NOTE: Unlike the posters in the above thread. The graphics card that is on this laptop will shutdown. 
Optimus Manager

Currently, one of the easiest solutions for this laptop is to use optimus-manager with the bbswitch backend.

When using just the intel driver, disable the NVIDIA card manually:

# tee /sys/bus/pci/devices/0000\:01\:00.1/remove <<<1
# tee /sys/bus/pci/devices/0000\:01\:00.0/remove <<<1

This has been confirmed to work with the HDMI port.


Audio Pop on Shutdown/Startup

To workaround the loud audio artifacts on startup/shutdown follow the guide for enabling the audio powersave power_management#Audio


The 2.0 version of fprint will support this device after a firmware update.


The webcam in this laptop is capable of "Windows Hello" which has a Linux version called Howdy

The device you should use to configure howdy on this laptop is:



BIOS and firmware updates are available via fwupd, the Lenovo Vantage application on Windows, or from Lenovo's website.

The latest BIOS version, v1.08, is highly recommended. All information on this page generally assumes the latest BIOS unless explicitly stated.


Throttling fix

You'll see a dmesg error that talks about CPU throttling. To fix this install throttled, then run

# systemctl enable --now lenovo_fix.service

CPU undervolting

Undervolting the CPU/Intel GPU works well with intel-undervolt.