Lenovo ThinkPad T440s
|Smart card reader||
|SD card reader||
This article covers the installation and configuration of Arch Linux on a Lenovo T440s laptop.
Attempting to use Intel Platform Trusted technology (PTT) when booting in UEFI mode can sometimes prevent the bootloader's
bootx64.efi file from being booted. Under Security > Security Chip in the ThinkPad Setup program, select Security Chip Selection > Discrete TPM and Security Chip > Inactive (or Disabled).
fwupd does not support this device yet.
Screen resolution and scaling
In order to use the real dpi value create the file (
Section "Monitor" Identifier "<default monitor>" DisplaySize 309 173 # In millimeters EndSection
Otherwise the default resolution is set to 96dpi.
If you have a 1920x1080 FHD panel installed and find that text and UI elements are too small, it may interest you to consider using display scaling to adjust the size of UI elements to your preference. Integer HiDPI scaling is likely too excessive for a display of this resolution and size, so you will want to consider a fractional scaling solution.
Updating the BIOS
rtl8192ee driver for the Realtek WiFi card may have spotty performance, especially when compared to the
iwlwifi driver for the Intel WiFi card. The lwfinger/rtl8192ee repository on GitHub provides an "alternate (vendor) driver for RTL8192EE":
- May offer much better performance than the kernel rtl8192ee driver, especially when used as Access Point.
- Still, it will, with difficulty, barely surpass 50Mbps of uplink, in the best conditions.
SD card reader
rtsx_pci driver for the Realtek RTS5227 media/SD card reader does not appear to work for all SD cards. MicroSDXC cards in particular may be problematic. Installing the AUR package instead resolves this issue. Note that a reboot is required after installing.