Lenovo ThinkPad X230
fwupd does not support this device yet.
To update the firmware on the device, get the latest bootable CD and follow the steps in Flashing BIOS from Linux#Bootable optical disk emulation.
If you experience that your brightness setting is not restored on resume from suspend, then create config:
Section "Device" Identifier "card0" Driver "intel" Option "Backlight" "intel_backlight" BusID "PCI:0:2:0" EndSection
HD Graphics 4000 supports external 4K display and audio via display port to HDMI adapter, but requires to add 4K mode manually 
The red LED mute indicators light up automatically, if the corresponding channel is muted in alsamixer. The easiest way to make buttons work is to install PulseAudio and its plugin for your desktop environment.
- GNOME - works out of the box
- Xfce - install pulseaudio, xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin, add plugin to panel and reboot. Additionally xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin uses pavucontrol as mixer and xfce4-notifyd for sound level popups
- Handle ACPI events with acpid the hard way. Some functions like
thinkpad-mutemicare implemented in thinkpad-scriptsAUR.
X230T (tablet version)
Wacom tablet input
Works out of the box with xf86-input-wacom. See Wacom tablet.
Multitouch screen for the X230t
Some X230t models have a multitouch screen in addition to the Wacom tablet. Works out of the box with xf86-input-libinput.
Under certain circumstances, the touchpad may behave very jumpily. Ubuntu Bugtracker offers a solution for this issue. Install Touchpad Synaptics and create the following file:
Section "InputClass" Identifier "touchpad" MatchProduct "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" # MatchTag "lenovo_x230_all" Driver "synaptics" # fix touchpad resolution Option "VertResolution" "100" Option "HorizResolution" "65" # disable synaptics driver pointer acceleration Option "MinSpeed" "1" Option "MaxSpeed" "1" # tweak the X-server pointer acceleration Option "AccelerationProfile" "2" Option "AdaptiveDeceleration" "16" Option "ConstantDeceleration" "16" Option "VelocityScale" "20" Option "AccelerationNumerator" "30" Option "AccelerationDenominator" "10" Option "AccelerationThreshold" "10" # Disable two fingers right mouse click Option "TapButton2" "0" Option "HorizHysteresis" "100" Option "VertHysteresis" "100" # fix touchpad scroll speed Option "VertScrollDelta" "500" Option "HorizScrollDelta" "500" EndSection
Thinkpad X230 based on Intel Ivy Bridge (3rd generation) platform which meets OpenCL 1.2 specification. Unfortunately GPU support in Linux is broken, so beignetAUR and intel-openclAUR will not work. Use CPU-only intel-opencl-runtimeAUR instead.
OpenCL computation performance differ between CPU and GPU, depending on task. In many cases GPU is preferable. For Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU, which incorporates HD Graphics 4000 GPU:
hashcat -m2500 -b -D 2 --forcereports 3095 H/s (checked in Windows)
hashcat -m2500 -b -D 1reports only 2660 H/s, which is the same as no-OpenCL
In this example OpenCL does not give any advantage, and it is better to look for other options such as building native binaries for your system.
- Main article: Power saving
Users of TLP need to pay attention to a hardware bug according to which it is recommended to only use either the upper or lower charging threshold. The following configuration is recommended by the developer of TLP.
Laptop incorporates InsydeH2O® UEFI BIOS with classic text interface. It supports UEFI with Secure Boot, UEFI-CSM and Legacy BIOS modes.
UEFI boot options can be safely (no bricking) set with efibootmgr or UEFI Shell v2 (checked with BIOS 2.77 (G2ETB7WW) EC 1.15). Though you can delete any boot variable, so be careful!
X230 in UEFI-non-CSM mode installed with EFISTUB on SSD disk boots into display manager in less than 25 seconds. Small ESP (100 MiB fat32) also supported.
USB UEFI update
All official updates, including Windows utility, Bootable CD and documentation can be found here. You can use geteltoritoAUR to create bootable USB images from the Bootable CD:
$ geteltorito.pl g2uj24us.iso > update.img # dd bs=512K if=update.img of=/dev/sdX
Insert USB stick, reboot and press
F12, choose your USB. Follow the instructions.
Trusted Platform Module
Laptop has dedicated TPM 1.2 chip onboard[dead link 2023-04-24 ⓘ]. It does not looks like it can be upgraded to TPM 2.0. Chip itself disabled by default sometimes, also owner clearing will not appear without Supervisor password set:
- Enter Thinkpad UEFI Setup by pressing
- Set Security > Password > Supervisor password
- Set Security > Security Chip > Security Chip [Active]
- Save settings by pressing F10 and reboot
- Turn laptop off, turn on and UEFI option Security > Security Chip > Clear Security Chip eventually will appear.
Process described in "ThinkPad X230 and X230i User Guide", Chapter 4. Security > Setting the security chip.
- There is a BIOS bug that gets in the way of the boot process with LUKS and full-disk encryption. The user is stuck at the "Loading initial ramdisk" step, and does not see a password prompt to unlock the encrypted device. You can actually enter your password at this step, and boot-up will continue. However, updating the BIOS will resolve this completely. If you are using coreboot as a BIOS replacement, you can fix this issue by adding
/etc/mkinitcpio.confand rebuilding your initrams with
- UEFI option to clear TPM not working. STM chip datasheet describes physical presence pin, which, probably, can be used as workaround.