Lenovo ThinkPad S440

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This article was written to assist you with getting archlinux run on the Lenovo ThinkPad S440. 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.


Creating an installation medium

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

 dd bs=4M if=archlinux*.iso of=/dev/sdX && sync

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.

Enable Legacy Boot

On boot press F12 to enter the BIOS menu and choose your USB-Stick to boot from. If you like, you can disable UEFI boot completely in the BIOS settings too.


After that it is recommended to follow the usual installation procedure described in the Beginners' Guide.


Works out of the box with module r8169.

If you use Lenovo's Thinkpad OneLink Dock you need asix-ax88179-dkmsAUR for it's ThinkPad OneLink GigaLAN adapter. The module ax88179_178a delivered with the stock kernel doesn't work.


Works out of the box with module iwlwifi.


Works out of the box with module snd-hda-intel.


The S440 comes with ati intel hybrid graphics. Currently the best implementation for i915/ fglrx hybrids is found in the unofficial catalyst repository.

 pacman -S catalyst-hook catalyst-utils-pxp xf86-video-intel intel-dri

You can switch between the two drivers with on of the following commands:

 # intel
 aticonfig --px-igpu
 # ati
 aticonfig --px-dgpu

If you encounter tearing in video playback when using Intel graphics (some S440 variants come without dedicated ATI chip), try enabling the Intel drivers' "TearFree" option.


A synaptics touchpad with two-finger scrolling. Install xf86-input-synaptics to get it running with multi-touch gestures.

Frequency scaling

Work well with cpupower as described in CPU Frequency Scaling. Be aware, that the ondemand governer doesn't work with i7 4500M atm. I choose powersave as default.


Works out of the box with uvcvideo.

Keyboard backlight

Currently the thinkpad_acpi module does not support to turn the keyboard backlight on. But you can turn it off with:

 echo 0 > /sys/devices/platform/thinkpad_acpi/leds/tpacpi::thinklight/brightness

Fingerprint scanner

To get that working you need fprintd and libfprint-vfs5011-gitAUR. Follow the Fprint guide for the rest.


Works flawlessly with with pm-utils or any DE integration.

Power consumption

With cpupower, laptop-mode-utils and acpid installed and graphics switched to intel gpu, I get over 9 hours battery life.

Automatic brightness control

If you want to change the brightness on ac-adaper plug-on/off, add the following in /etc/acpi/handler.sh:

     case "$2" in
             case "$4" in
                     logger 'AC unpluged'
                     echo "20" > /sys/class/backlight/acpi_video0/brightness
                     logger 'AC pluged'
                     echo "50" > /sys/class/backlight/acpi_video0/brightness