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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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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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 can I change the permissions in /sys to alter the state of a LED/light using `udev`?

I've got a Thinkpad and would like to use the ThinkLight (the white flash light above the screen designed to light up the keyboard) for notifications on incoming Jabber messages. It is easy to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fan control on Lenovo 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 ...