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Linux (CentOS) corrupts my BIOS?

Ever since I switched to CentOS from Windows, I've had to replace the motherboard twice on my Thinkpad T430 - the system isn't able to boot or even run diagnostics or go into the BIOS settings. It is ...
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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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Why does my wlan0 stop working?

A few minutes ago, my internal wireless card wlan0 on Thinkpad T400 starts not working. This always happen after a while (between half an hour and several hours) from starting Ubuntu 12.04, especially ...
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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 unsuccesfully, 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 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 ...
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Disable emulated scroll wheel (EmulateWheel) for specific programs

Is it possible to disable evdev's EmulateWheel option when using specific programs? In my use case, I would like to be able to interact with the Acme text editor and with some VMs using my Thinkpad's ...
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Gentoo: Display stays black after inactivity (ThinkPad T60p, ATI FireGL)

I've freshly installed Gentoo on my ThinkPad T60p. The graphics card is an ATI FireGL v5200, so I configured the Kernel to use KMS with radeon selected and included R300_cp.bin as the firmware. ...
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Fan control on Levono Thinkpad Edge S430 and Ubuntu 13.04

I'm trying to make my thinkpad's fan run on higher speeds because of overheating. I've enabled fan_control in thinkpad-acpi module, at least I think so: $ cat ...
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x120e wifi broadcom BCM43224 “unmanaged”

I have a Thinkpad x120e with a BCM43224, Debian (Gnome) reports it as "unmanaged", and won't let me set it up. It worked once, during the install, after an apt-get install broadcom-sta-dkms. Never ...
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pidgin-blinklight not working with thinkpad_acpi (T430)

I'm using Ubuntu 13.04 on my ThinkPad T430 and want to use the pidgin-blinklight plugin. The plugin says it needs ibm-acpi, but that's depricated as far as I can tell, and thinkpad_acpi is loaded by ...
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Does the Fn Lock (FnLk) on Thinkpad T440s work well with Linux?

I'm considering to buy a Lenovo Thinkpad T440s and to install Linux on it. According to the user guide and photos of T440s, to use F1-F12 you have to hold down the Fn key, or use Fn+Esc to enable "Fn ...
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How to control thinkpad_acpi via procfs, RHEL 6.4

I'm having trouble with the thinkpad_acpi module on my Thinkpad T400. While the processor temperature can vary, depending on the CPU activity, from 40 to 85 deg. Celsius, my fan speed remains almost ...
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xorg.conf.d not loaded when starting X while docked

Recently installed archlinux on a Lenovo T530 Thinkpad and using it with a Mini dock Series 3. Docking and undocking works just like it should, using acpid to execute scripts turning screens on and ...
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“PS/2 Generic Mouse” gets lost. How to reload without reboot?

I am running Ubuntu 12.04LTS on a ThinkPad E420s. My Trackpoint is recognized as "PS/2 Generic Mouse". My problem is that it doesn't load/disappears after booting or after suspension. I can't move ...
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Mint 15 High temps on e-450, fan seemingly not reacting

I'm running a 64-bit Mint 15 on a Lenovo x121e with AMD E-450 and Radeon HD graphics. I'm worried about the high temperatures (I had Ubuntu before and never even noticed anything, so I never checked ...
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Lenovo ThinkPad E430 - 32 or 64 bit?

I just bought a Lenovo Thinkpad E430 and want to install Ubuntu in it. But I don't know whether I should install 32 bit or 64 bit. Its core i5 3rd generation and 6gb ram (2 + 4)
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How to test whether Linux is running on a ThinkPad?

I need to programmatically detect if Linux is running on a ThinkPad. A shell script would be ideal but I can programmatically generate any binary by downloading some source and compiling it on the ...
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Wheezy RC1: Bug Report?: “Oh No! Something Has Gone Wrong.”

I got a new Thinkpad T430 but had all sorts of hardware/driver issues with Debian Squeeze since it's outdated. Major issues - wireless wasn't working after numerous attempts, yadayada. So I upgraded ...
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Suspending laptop fails ~50% of the time

Running ArchLinux and GNOME 3 on a Thinkpad X220. When I suspend my laptop it goes into sleep mode and the LED ring around the power button fades in and out. When a suspend fails, the LED ring and ...
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How to change a keycode using setkeycodes

I have a Thinkpad Edge E130 running Sabayon (a Gentoo-based distro), and I'm fighting the well-know bug Xorg 255 keycodes limit. My laptop has the Fn+F4 hotkey for Mic Mute/Unmute. This is the ...
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Install OpenBSD on running Linux machine

I just found my old IBM ThinkPad 240 where I installed ArchLinux some years ago. The machine still works as intended but the package manager (pacman) does not work anymore at all. I tried to fix it ...
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Thinkpad T400: Suspend to HD doesn't resume

I've got a Thinkpad T400 with Gentoo Linux installed. Suspend-to-RAM works like a charm. However, Susped-to-Disk doesn't work: if I suspend, the Laptop powers down and accesses the HD for around 30s. ...
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How to adjust charging thresholds of laptop battery?

My laptop is Lenovo T400, and OS is Ubuntu 12.04. I have not been able to adjust the thresholds for battery starting charging and stopping charging. I observed that its current starting charging ...
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How to install FreeBSD on Thinkpad?

I am trying to install FreeBSD but I am having a problem. My computer is a Thinkpad T400. I followed the instructions to install so I have downloaded the file FreeBSD-8.3-RELEASE-amd64-dvd1.iso and ...
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TrackPoint hard to control after Debian update

I'm on debian testing, and after rebooting (after an uptime of 3 weeks or so, that included a bunch of package updates, I believe including the kernel) the other day, the fine-adjustment - what a ...
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How can I configure Fedora to support scrolling with my ThinkPad TrackPoint?

On Ubuntu (and Windows), I'm able to scroll by using the trackpoint and the middle button. How can I configure Fedora 16 to allow me to scroll with that? In Ubuntu, it just worked out of the box - I ...
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Linux Mint - Gnome Shell with dual monitor switch main screen

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T420 with Linux Mint 12 and gnome-shell on it. Its a Intel HD 3000 Graphics card in there. When I'm at home, I have another Screen plugged in (19" 4:3) and everything works ...
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Thinkpad disable TrackPoint

I have a new thinkpad x220t running Arch Linux. There seems to be a problem in the products hardware architecture as the TrackPoint is moving when you convert the thinkpad into tablet mode and put ...
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Change permissions for LEDs (e.g. ThinkLight) with udev

/edit/ Getting the question more generic: How can I change the permissions to alter the state of a LED/light using udev? \edit\ I've got a Thinkpad and would like to use the ThinkLight (the ...
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How to load tp_smapi on Thinkpad X120e

My brand new Thinkpad X120e is working well with Ubuntu Natty. Now I want to get the tp_smapi module to work so I can control battery charge behavior. Unfortunately I get "no Thinkpad embedded ...
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Ubuntu 10.0 sound muted automatically on ThinkPad

My laptop is ThinkPad T61, with Ubuntu 10.10 installed. The sound works all well, until I plugged the Creative XiFi Go USB sound card. After I reboot my computer, the internal speaker is muted ...
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Migrating from tp_smapi to 'normal' ACPI support in 2.6.36

I used zen kernel patchset for a long time which included tp_smapi patch. Recently in zen-stable tp_smapi was removed as "We no longer need tp_smapi as of 2.6.36 - the in-kernel thinkpad acpi support ...
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How to install Linux on a Lenovo ThinkPad T400

I want to completely format my computer and replace my current OS with Linux. How should I go about doing this? Particularly, how do I handle finding all the device drivers I'll need? I'm using a ...