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There are some discussions concerning overheating-related shutdowns when running under full load (video encoding, etc). It may help to install a custom fan control script: Get {{Pkg|tpfand-no-hal}}, {{Pkg|tpfand-profiles}} and {{Pkg|tpfan-admin}} from the AUR and start/add {{ic|tpfand}} to the DAEMONS array in {{ic|/etc/rc.conf}}.
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[[Thinkpad Fan Control]] contains instructions to install tpfand as a custom replacement for bios fan control.
  
 
{{Warning|Wrong settings may damage your machine! Use with caution!}}
 
{{Warning|Wrong settings may damage your machine! Use with caution!}}

Revision as of 07:23, 14 February 2012

The X201 is a 4-core subnotebook produced by Lenovo. See Thinkwiki for more information.

Arch installs and runs flawlessly. Some specials features need tweaks, though.

Drivers

Graphics are Intel-powered, so you will need the Intel driver xf86-video-intel for direct rendering.

Hibernation

To make hibernation work uswsusp is needed.

Fbsplash

To make fbsplash work, i915 has to be added to the modules array in mkinitcpio.conf:

/etc/mkinitcpio.conf
MODULES="i915"

Power Saving

Fan control

There are some discussions concerning overheating-related shutdowns when running under full load (video encoding, etc). Thinkpad Fan Control contains instructions to install tpfand as a custom replacement for bios fan control.

Warning: Wrong settings may damage your machine! Use with caution!

After that, start tpfan-admin and adjust the settings (by clicking on the sensor's graph). You should split the graph (via context menu) and set the fan to full-speed when the sensor reaches, say, 65 °C. You may also edit the config file directly.

TLP

You may install TLP as a replacement for Laptop Mode Tools to automate power saving operations.

Frequency Scaling

Use cpufrequtils to enable frequency scaling.

Bootloader kernel options

Add these kernel options to your bootloader's config file to make use of power saving mechanismens which are turned off by default because of reported instabilities. For me, they will work fine on the X201.

Warning: These options can cause instability on your system! Try them and remove them if you are experiencing problems.

grub2

/etc/default/grub
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="[...] i915_enable_rc6=1 i915_enable_fbc=1"

Update grub.cfg afterwards: grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg

grub1

Add the options above to /boot/grub/menu.lst.