Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13

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This article was written to assist you with getting archlinux run on the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13. It is meant to be help you with some tricky points aside to the Beginners' Guide: A guide through the whole process of installing and configuring Arch Linux; written for new or inexperienced users.


First and important to do is an BIOS-Update (As of 2010/08/20 to Version 1.19.)

This was done, by using grub4dos, one can get here. Because a simple dd didn't create a bootable USB-Stick for me.


Download grub4dos.

Unpack it on another *nix-box and run:

sudo ./bootlace.com /dev/sdX 

with /dev/sdX being your USB-Stick (as the Thinkpad Edge 13 has no CDROM-Drive) in the directory, where you unpacked your files.

Afterwards copy grldr and menu.lst to the device:

cp grldr /media/USBSTICK
cp menu.lst /media/USBSTICK

Following that copy the BIOS-ISO you downloaded from lenovo to the / directory of the USB-Stick!

Finally you have to add the following code to the menu.lst on your pendrive to make the USB-Stick boot the PC DOS program made by lenovo:

title Thinkpad-Edge-BIOS-UPDATE
find --set-root /6yuj06uc.iso
map /6yuj06uc.iso (0xff) || map --mem /6yuj06uc.iso (0xff)
map --hook
chainloader (0xff)

Inserting such a prepared USB-Stick into your Thinkpad Edge, and things should be self-explanatory after that.

Creating an installation medium

To create a bootable USB-Stick with the archlinux*.iso you downloaded, simply:

dd bs=8M if=archlinux*.iso of=/dev/sdX

which will/should behave like a regular bootable CD-Rom in addition to a capable BIOS and the correct bootsequence! In doubt or in case of problems see Install from a USB flash drive for more detailed instructions.


After that it is recommended to follow the usual installation procedure described in the Beginners' Guide up to the part 2, as the installation of the wireless lan card needs some further work.

WLAN driver installation

The WLAN-driver doesn't come with the current repos and was uploaded to the AUR: The package can be found here.

As you probably are a archlinux newbie, the AUR - or Archlinux User Repository is a community repository, which lives quite dynamical and changes shapes quite fast, where friendly members upload there compilation and installation package prepared code.

To get it running:

  • Unpack your downloaded package
  • As a 'normal' user run
makepkg -s

in the unpacked directory and

  • then install it:
sudo pacman -U PACKAGENAME

Maybe a

depmod -a

might be necessary, however the module should be loaded after that.


To get jack sensing to work add:

options snd-hda-intel model="olpc-xo-1_5"

to /etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf