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IBM/Lenovo

ThinkPad

300 series

Model version Arch Linux
install CD version
Hardware support Remarks
Video Sound Ethernet Wireless Bluetooth Power management Modem Other
IBM ThinkPad 380ED NA NA NA NA No NA NA NA

Edge series

Model version Arch Linux
install CD version
Hardware support Remarks
Video Sound Ethernet Wireless Bluetooth Power management Modem Other
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E330 NA Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes NA
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E335 NA Yes Yes Yes Yes NA Yes NA
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420s Yes Yes Yes Yes Not tested Yes NA NA SDcard (Yes), Webcam (Yes), Trackpoint (No)
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E430 Yes Yes Yes* Yes* Not tested Yes NA NA SD card (yes)
Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E455 2015.04.01 Yes* Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes NA
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530 Yes Yes Yes* Yes* Yes Yes NA NA SD card (yes), Finger Print (not tested)
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 2015.08.01 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes* NA SD card (yes), Finger Print (yes), touch pad and trackpoint (yes), Webcam (yes)

L series

Model version Arch Linux
install CD version
Hardware support Remarks
Video Sound Ethernet Wireless Bluetooth Power management Modem Other
Lenovo ThinkPad L420 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Not tested Yes NA
Lenovo ThinkPad L430 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes NA Trackpoint*
Lenovo ThinkPad L530 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes NA Trackpoint*, Fingerprint reader

R series

Model version Arch Linux
install CD version
Hardware support Remarks
Video Sound Ethernet Wireless Bluetooth Power management Modem Other
IBM ThinkPad R50 Yes Yes Yes Yes NA Yes Yes Infrared*
IBM ThinkPad R52 Yes Yes Yes Yes NA Yes Yes Infrared*
Lenovo ThinkPad R60 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes NA NA

T series

Model version Arch Linux
install CD version
Hardware support Remarks
Video Sound Ethernet Wireless Bluetooth Power management Modem Other
IBM ThinkPad T21 Yes* Yes Yes NA NA Yes* NA NA See below
IBM ThinkPad T23 Yes Yes Yes NA NA Yes NA NA
IBM ThinkPad T42 Yes Yes Yes Yes NA Yes NA NA
IBM ThinkPad T60 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? NA
IBM ThinkPad T60p Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? NA ThinkFinger
IBM ThinkPad T61 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes NA
IBM ThinkPad T61p Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes NA
Lenovo ThinkPad T400 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes NA NA
Lenovo ThinkPad T400s Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes NA NA
Lenovo ThinkPad T410 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes NA NA
Lenovo ThinkPad T420 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes* Yes* Not tested
Lenovo ThinkPad T420s Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes NA NA Card Reader
Lenovo ThinkPad T440p Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes* NA NA Card Reader See below
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes* ? Yes ? See wiki page for more details about wireless
Lenovo ThinkPad T500 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes NA NA
Lenovo ThinkPad T520 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes NA NA
Lenovo ThinkPad T530 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes NA
Lenovo ThinkPad T550 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes NA DisplayPort

X series

Model version Arch Linux
install CD version
Hardware support Remarks
Video Sound Ethernet Wireless Bluetooth Power management Modem Other
IBM ThinkPad X23 Yes Yes Yes NA NA Yes NA NA
IBM ThinkPad X60s Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes NA NA
Lenovo ThinkPad X61s Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes NA SD slot
Lenovo ThinkPad X100e Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Not tested NA SD card (Yes), Webcam (Yes)
Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes NA NA
Lenovo ThinkPad X201 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Not tested
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 3rd NA Yes Yes Yes Yes NA Yes NA

Lenovo

IdeaPad

Model version Arch Linux
install CD version
Hardware support Remarks
Video Sound Ethernet Wireless Bluetooth Power management Modem Other
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10 Yes Yes* Yes NA Yes Yes Yes NA Touchscreen*
Lenovo IdeaPad S10 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes NA NA
Lenovo IdeaPad S400 Touch Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Not tested NA
Lenovo IdeaPad U430p Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Not tested NA

B series

Model version Arch Linux
install CD version
Hardware support Remarks
Video Sound Ethernet Wireless Bluetooth Power management Modem Other
Lenovo B50 NA Yes Yes Yes Yes Not tested Not tested Not tested
Lenovo B50-70 Yes Yes* Not tested Yes Yes Not tested Not tested NA See below*

N series

Model version Arch Linux
install CD version
Hardware support Remarks
Video Sound Ethernet Wireless Bluetooth Power management Modem Other
Lenovo N200 (3000) Yes Yes* Yes Yes Yes Yes* NA NA See below

S series

Model version Arch Linux
install CD version
Hardware support Remarks
Video Sound Ethernet Wireless Bluetooth Power management Modem Other
Lenovo S21e-20 2015.07.01 Yes Yes NA Yes* ? Yes NA SD Card (Yes), USB 3.0 (Yes), HDMI Out (?), Touchpad (Yes*)

Special Notes (*):

Lenovo B50-70

  • UEFI:
    • to be able to disable Secure Boot (necessary for dual boot, not needed for Linux only), you have to switch from "UEFI first" to "UEFI only" (or something like this) in UEFI setup menu; the Secure Boot option appears then on the Security tab
    • after UEFI update having Linux and Windows installed, the Linux bootloader ceased to be the default one, UEFI started to load Windows by default and it was impossible to select the Linux one in the UEFI boot menu and in the UEFI setup - reinstalling the bootloader helped; having no access to a boot media that supports UEFI, a solution might be also replacing the Windows EFI bootloader file with a Linux one temporalily, in order to be able to boot Linux from HDD
    • for the UEFI update, a Windows OS is needed
  • Touchpad:
    • Synaptics - works after installing Synaptics drivers from repo, possible to change behaviour (like reaction for double tap) according to your wish
  • Video:
    • in laptops with dual video card (Intel and ATI) - detects both, Intel is active as a default, not checked if it's possible at all to switch between them

Operation with a HDD caddy

When you install an SSD in the place of the plate HDD drive and you want to have your HDD still inside the laptop, it is possible to install it in the place of the optical drive in a special "HDD caddy". The optical drive is of 9 mm height, but a 9,5 mm caddy (ultra slim) fits in the slot. A caddy with a SATA interface is needed. It is difficult to separate the front bezel from the original optical drive (and opening its case does not help, but brings a danger of making a mess in the opening mechanism; the only option is just to pull the bezel using a bit of force, but you risk breaking the latches).

While the HDD installed instead of the optical drive operates flawlessly in Windows, it wasn't going to work out of the box in Linux, at least in one case. The kernel tries to establish a connection with the disk, but fails to do it (SATA link down entry in /var/log/messages). The solution is to force a 1.5 Gbps transfer speed (instead of 6 Gbps) by adding a libata.force= kernel parameter. See [1] for details.

ThinkPad X1 Carbon 3rd

IBM ThinkPad T21

  • Video:
    • Incapable of running DRM at 1024x768 and 24-bit color due to 8 MB VRAM. Must drop color or resolution to get DRM.
    • For whatever reason, external VGA output (for an external monitor) was disabled. This was fixed by doing this:
      • echo 1 > /proc/acpi/video/VID/DOS

Lenovo 3000 N200

  • Sound:
    • You may have to append options snd_hda_intel model=lenovo to /etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf for sound to work.

IBM ThinkPad R52

  • USB network tethering
    • Inbound networking via interface usb0 works.

Lenovo ThinkPad T440p

Nearly everything Just Works out of the box. Gotchas:

  • UEFI. gummiboot works fine, and dual-booting Windows works nicely.
  • ClickPad: the whole trackpad clicks, and disabling the trackpad using synclient makes the trackpoint essentially unusable.
    • If you don't use the trackpoint, that shouldn't be a problem.
    • If you do use the trackpoint, read this article (as yet untested, but the previous version works "fine").
    • There are a couple of alternative touchpad/clickpad drivers in the aur here and here
  • Audio:
    • HDMI audio is the default audio output device. Consult the ALSA page for details on changing the default.
    • Like the X100e/Mini10, it's possible to mute the headset and speaker outputs separately to the master. Bizarrely, muting the speaker output improves bass output on the headset port.
    • If the system fails to wake from sleep, it can lose sync with the internal audio card and speakers/headphones may fail to work. In this case, put the system to sleep, and wake it again and audio functionality should be restored.
  • The fingerprint sensor is a Validity VFS5011, which requires a patched fprintd and is apparently highly unreliable.
  • thinkpad_acpi:
    • Controlling the Fn-Lock, Mute, Mic Mute or 'glowing I' LEDs is apparently not possible.
    • fan control doesn't seem to work.
  • Graphics and Video:
    • With the integrated GPU, xrandr can crash while attaching or detaching displays connected via the dock.
    • The built-in miniDisplayPort will sometimes spew I²C issues into the kernel log.
    • VA-API is highly recommended as it performs significantly better than CPU decoding of large media files.
    • The BIOS should not be upgraded past version 1.14, as newer BIOSes cause memory corruption when used with Bumblebee. See Bumblebee GitHub
  • Connectivity:
    • Bluetooth is extremely fragile. The controller works fine most of the time, but can cause the system to wedge totally on sleep/wake cycles, especially if a connection was active at sleep. Disable the controller using bluetoothctl before sleeping.

Lenovo ThinkPad L430/L530

Lenovo S21e-20

tpacpi-bat

There is an issue with tpacpi-bat not reporting the right value for the stop threshold. This seems to be related to a buggy BIOS and can not be fixed application wise.

See https://github.com/teleshoes/tpacpi-bat/issues/44

Trackpoint

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Notes: please use the second argument of the template to provide more detailed indications. (Discuss in Talk:Laptop/Lenovo#)
Note: As of kernel 3.17, this workaround is no longer necessary, as the trackpoint fully works out of the box.

There are some issues regarding the trackpoint on the ThinkPad L530 and L430 series. See https://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=33292

Warning: The following solution will remove the two-finger-scroll functionality of the touchpad

Load the kernelmodule psmouse with the options proto=bare:

# echo "options psmouse proto=bare" | sudo tee /etc/modprobe.d/trackpoint-elantech.conf 

To activate the scroll function, create the file /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/11-trackpoint-elantech.conf:

Section "InputClass"
    Identifier      "Elantech Trackpoint"
    MatchProduct    "PS/2 Generic Mouse"
    MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
    Option          "EmulateWheel" "true"
    Option          "EmulateWheelButton" "2"
    Option          "EmulateWheelTimeout" "200" 
    Option          "YAxisMapping" "4 5" # vertikales Scrollen
    Option          "XAxisMapping" "6 7" # horizontales Scrollen
EndSection

Reload the kernelmodule, the trackpoint should now be usable:

# modprobe -rv psmouse
# modprobe -v psmouse 

See also