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

Download the BIOS update from the BIOS section on this support site. Pick the one that matches your current BIOS Id. Copy the iso-file 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.

Installation via yaourt

If you already have yaourt installed then instead of manually downloading, unpacking and compiling the package, you can simply do:

 yaourt -S rtl8192se


 yaourt -S dkms-rtl8192se

The dkms-rtl8192se package is different from rtl8192se in that you will not need to manually recompile the driver after a major kernel upgrade. Apparently minor releases do not require recompilation of the driver.


To get jack sensing to work add:

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

to /etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf.


If you have the AMD-AMD model you can use the free ati drivers.

 pacman -S xorg-server xf86-video-ati

These drivers give enough horsepower for compiz and video playback.


A synaptics touchpad with two-finger scrolling.

 pacman -S xf86-input-synaptics

Frequency scaling

The Turion work well with powernow-k8. Please refer to the wiki for more information on cpufrequtils. Dont forget to add powernow-k8 to your modules array.


Works out of the box. Test with

 mplayer tv:// -tv driver=v4l2

If you use skype and the video is way to dark, skype forgot to enable automatic exposure control. Install v4l2 control and set it yourself. You need to to do it everytime you use skype.

 pacman -S v4l2-utils
 v4l2-utils -c exposure_auto_priority 1

Your video should gradually begin to brighten up. More options:

 v4l2-utils -l


First, you might need to add the following to your kernel commandline if suspend does not work.

 kernel root= ... acpi_osi=linux noapic

Second, your wifi card will delay resume by roughly 2 minutes. That means that your laptop is not frozen but still resuming. Wifi wont want to work, too. This can be worked around by removing the wifi modules before suspend. You can do this automatically if you use pm-utils. Please refer for more information to the pm-utils wiki article. Below follows my /etc/pm/sleep.d/100wifiworkaround.sh script for automation

 case $1 in
     ifconfig wlan0 down
     rmmod rtl8192ce
     rmmod r8169
     modprobe rtl8192ce # Pulls r8169 in
     ifconfig wlan0 down
     rmmod rtl8192ce
     rmmod r8169
     modprobe rtl8192ce
     echo "I dont do that. Read me first please."