Topics related to Linux and other Unix-like operating systems (e.g. BSDs) on ThinkPads, a series of laptops formerly manufactured by IBM, and now by Lenovo.

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Unstable display in Linux Mint Rosa mate on Thinkpad E450

The desktop and themes are occasionally changed in Linux Mint Rosa mate on Lenovo E450, and nm-applet does not display, although it is listed in startups. The first two of these can be temporarily ...
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Lenovo ThinkPad headphones trouble (combo jack)

Well... Sometimes ago I've bought a laptop Lenovo ThinkPad E555 with pre-installed Windows. I've removed Windows and installed Linux Mint 17.3. And now, sound through headphones does not work, only ...
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Keyboard works in default Ubuntu desktop but not Openbox

I've got a Thinkpad Carbon X1 (the one with the annoying adaptive keyboard) which I've installed Ubuntu on because of it's support for all the hardware on this laptop. However, I don't like the ...
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How do I decrease brightness even further on Thinkpad X230?

# cat /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/brightness 0 # xbacklight 0.000000 But it's still way too bright for a dark room. I want to be able to gradually reduce backlight to complete off. On ...
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Does the the Thinkpads still gets bricked when installing linux?

I am thinking about buying a Thinkpad for college work, specifically the Thinkpad t540p. (The touchpad seems bad, but I heard it has amazing performance and amazing build quality). I saw a post ...
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Setup keyboard and touchpad to a X230 Thinkpad on Fedora 23

I started today to use Fedora 23, before I used Ubuntu and configured my keyboard and touchpad easily, but now it´s hard. My keyboard layout is brazilian. Thanks.
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Thinkpad T440s suspends after some time without any user action

I'm using a Thinkpad T440s with an Linux Mint 17.2 system. The Thinkpad is docked in a Lenovo Docking station. Today I had for the first time several suspends of my system while working as usual... I ...
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Running thinkfan on Debian

I am trying to use thinkfan on my x220 running debian jessie. While the installation went through, the systemd service fails to start. Any ideas? Nov 20 13:43:38 thinkpad-x220 thinkfan[1762]: ...
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Lenovo Thinkpad fan problem

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad E420 (1141BRG) (Intel i3-2330M) laptop for 4 years now, and I have a problem with fan controlling and as a consequence overheating problems. This happens on Linux Mint ...
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particular Laptop key has no keycode (found with xev from Xorg) [duplicate]

that following key should be XF86AudioLowerVolume, but it has not even a defined keycode, i could assign the function of XF86AudioLowerVolume. I've used xev to find that out. I'm using debian Jessie ...
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Brightness controls not working after BIOS update

I am running Debian Jessie on my Thinkpad X220. Yesterday, after flashing a new BIOS on the laptop, the brightness keys stopped working on Debian. I can change the brightness during the BIOS bootup ...
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Thinkpad X250 headset mic not working Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca Cinnamon

This machine has a Realtek ALC3232 sound card. Internal speakers and mic work OK, but after lots of searching and trying various things I still can't get the mic on my headset working. Headset ...
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CentOS 7 On Thinkpad SL300 missing Wireless NIC (SOLVED)

I installed CentOS 7 on Thinkpad SL300. According to specifications on Lenovo website and linlap.com, my wireless card should be Intel somthing. What did I found with lspci is that I am using Qualcomm ...
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Arch Linux stuck booting

Since I updated my Arch system with sudo pacman -Syu I am not able to boot into X anymore. All I see is a warning about the unsupported brightness interface. This was shown before, is a known bug and ...
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Media not found error when using Gentoo minimal install CD on Lenovo ThinkPad T450s

I'm trying to use the Gentoo minimal install CD (specifically install-amd64-minimal-20150910.iso, though that is unlikely to matter) to install my new Lenovo ThinkPad T450s. I can boot off my USB ...
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multi-touch gestures on Thinkpad T61

I'm currently running elementaryOS Freya on my Thinkpad T61 and want to use multi-touch gestures. Out of the box I can use 2-finger swipes for scrolling (although it works rather badly with this OS). ...
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Can't adjust screen brightness on ThinkPad W530

I can't adjust screen brightness using keyboard (Fn+F8 and Fn+F9) on ThinkPad W530 when I'm using integrated graphics card. When I switch back (in BIOS) to Discrete graphics card, which is Nvidia ...
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dedicated mouse buttons on lenovo x1 carbon

Is there any way that one could assign the dedicated mouse buttons on a thinkpad to be something else than mouse-clicks? What I'm aiming towards is to assigned each of them to toggle through ...
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Ubuntu: freezing on startup

I recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 on a new ThinkPad laptop as a dual boot with Windows 8. It has been running for a few days without issue. However, when I booted my computer today, it got stuck on ...
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Diagonal touchpad movement results in wobbly line

I'm using a ThinkPad L440 with a Synaptics touchpad. A while ago (~1-2 months) the touchpad started acting strange when trying to move the mouse pointer diagonally. The picture shows the first line ...
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Rebinding the physical Touchpad Keys on a ThinkPad

I have been sitting on this problem for a couple of hours now but I can't seem to find a solution. I have gotten myself a new ThinkPad and it has 3 discrete buttons above the trackpad. I've installed ...
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Display on ElemtaryOS with an X1 ThinkPad

My Setup is a Thinkpad X1 2nd Generation (Europe) 20A.. Product ID. Resolution 2560x1440. I have installed ElementaryOS 0.3 (Freya). My problem is now, when I connect a display via the Mini ...
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Mouse stutter on Thinkpad OneLink Dock Pro

I am on a Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga (S1) running OpenSUSE Tumbleweed (kernel 3.19) and am trying to use my OneLink Pro docking station for said device. Unfortunately the performance of the mouse through ...
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Middle-click scrolling with ThinkPad/avoid pasting

I have a ThinkPad USB keyboard, and I want to be able to use the middle click both for pasting and scrolling. This works on my ThinkPad laptop. On the laptop, if the middle click button is held for ...
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How do I configure a Trackpoint, so middle-click scrolling is not misinterpreted as a middle-click paste?

I'm using a Thinkpad USB Trackpoint keyboard, and when I try to scroll, using middle-click and the trackpoint, sometimes it performs a middle-click paste. I don't recall this ever happening with the ...
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Thinkpad x201 Tablet, rotating Screen

I am running ubuntu 14.04 on thinkpad x201 tablet. I have tested the tablet modus once and the played a bit with the buttons under the screen (so rotated the screen). But now at the starting the ...
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Bluetooth on at startup in openSUSE

I just installed openSUSE (dual boot with Windows) on my thinkpad T420 and after the install for some strange reason my Bluetooth is on when I turn on my computer. Both in Windows and openSUSE my ...
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How to configure Debian with Thinkpad T440 trackpad/clickpad?

I have trouble trying to figure out how to configure the Lenovo Thinkpad T440 trackpad ("clickpad") with the Linux OS. I like the way that Windows configured the laptops trackpad, and want to mimic it ...
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Lenovo thinkpad E531 multi gesture touchpad

I tried a lot of distributions and I'm looking for a distro which supports more than 2 fingers. I don't know in Windows on my Thinkpad, there is 3 or 4 finger swipe for changing windows for example. I ...
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Acpid event denied by SELinux, how can I savely allow the event without opening security holes?

I installed Fedora (3.17.2-200.fc20.x86_64) on my new Notebook (Lenovo Yoga Pad) and wanted to add this script to trigger whenever I flip over my screen. The script triggered whith the event is ...
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Sometimes the CPU fan does not start

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad X240, and it works well and on normal temperatures. However, sometimes the fan does not start even when running high stress processes that warm up the CPU drastically. In ...
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What driver should I use for my wireless card?

I am wondering if my internal wireless adapter of T400 has the right driver iwlwifi: *-network description: Wireless interface product: PRO/Wireless 5100 AGN [Shiloh] Network ...
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How can I properly reload a kernel module?

Related Question I can't reload a kernel module for trying new flags. Example: thinkpad_acpi default is without fan_control=1. So if my computer runs really hot and the fans don't go to full speed it ...
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Does Linux support the ThinkPad Helix 2?

I'm holding out for the ThinkPad Helix 2, which has a detachable tablet as a screen. It comes out later this month. I've heard that installing Linux on bleeding edge technology can be problematic ...
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Gobi 2000 not detected on Lenovo X201

I recently bought a used Lenovo X201 wich includes a Gobi 2000 3G modem, but I can't get it working for the simple reason: the USB device does not appear to show up in the kernel. uname -r output: ...
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Kali Linux - “package has no installation candidate” (also thinkpad-acpi)

I was trying to install the thinkpad-acpi package unsuccessfully, since it had not found the directories needed at all. (no such file or directory response after running the cat ...
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USB booting to installing Linux on a new Lenovo laptop

I recently got a Thinkpad T440s with Windows 8.1 for my job, and since most of my work is done under Linux I am going to install Ubuntu on it, so that I can dual boot. The problem is that it won't ...
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Wireless is not working on Lenovo ThinkPad X201 with CentOs 6.5

I am having trouble with wireless connection on my Thinkpad X201 laptop. I installed CentOs 6.5 Minimal. The Wired (cable) internet works perfect. But wireless is not detected. I looked at following ...
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enabling thinkpad fn keys in openbox

I recently abandoned gnome and switched to a minimal openbox setup without any desktop environment. However, of the function keys on my laptop (ThinkPad), only the brightness keys are now responsive ...
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Does BIOS device whitelist affect Linux?

Starting with 2002, Lenovo (actually, it was IBM back then) started whitelisting the wireless adapters and other devices allowed to be used in their ThinkPad laptops. Some other manufacturers are ...
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hibernate / suspend problems

Problem The Fn-F4 function key combination does not result in hibernating, instead it resets the internet connection instead Symptoms pm-hibernate and pm-suspend just reset the connection. ...
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WiFi not working after restoring from hibernation (authentication times out)

My Intel 6205 wireless network card does not work after hibernating. It sometimes also does not work on boot, failing in the same way. Occasionally, it also stops working after ~10 minutes of ...
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Lenovo Thinkpad T440s Fedora 20 WiFi authentication problem

In some WiFi networks, consistently in hotels so far, my computer cannot connect and prompts that authentication failed, when the password is correct. This is a very annoying problem that I don't know ...
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How to make sure that Thinkpad discharges external slice battery first?

The thing is that when an external slice battery pack is connected, the laptop first discharges the internal one. This is a problem because then it is impossible to switch between multiple external ...
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TLP overrides auto-suspend configuration

On my ThinkPad x201, I've been having problems where the computer will shutdown once it has been suspended to RAM, so I disabled the auto-suspend when the lid is closed by editing ...
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Lenovo T440s Fingerprint reader in Fedora 20

I just got my new Lenovo T440s and installed Fedora 20 with Gnome 3 on it. Everything runs smoothly, except for the fingerprint reader. Its got a Validity VFS5011 (138a:0017) device which is not yet ...
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 wakes up spontaneously after sleeping

I have a Lenovo ThinkPad T430 running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5. Today I put my computer to sleep, double checked 10 seconds later, only to find out after arriving to my office that my computer ...
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Remapping keys that generate multiple scan codes

I have a ThinkPad W540. On its keyboard there are four multimedia keys above the numpad. Two of those keys generate keycodes (and, apparently, scancodes) that correspond to combination of keys, Win_L ...
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Is there a way to turn on the function key indicator based on capslock status on Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga?

The Caps Lock key comes with no LED indicator light on newer ThinkPad models. The Fn key has a light for when FnLk (function lock) is turned on (as if that's more important that the Caps Lock key‽). ...
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Timestamp ts not working with thinkfan

I wanted the output of thinkfan -n output with a timestamp next to it so I can later analyse the patterns, and found this question: Prepending a timestamp to each line of output from a command, which ...