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Questions tagged [thinkpad]

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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Automatically switch display on lenovo docking and linux

I have a lenovo thinkpad with nvidia optimus and a mini docking station series 3. I want that while docked, it should automatically switch to an external monitor if possible and if I undock it, it ...
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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 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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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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Immediate wake-up after suspend

My Debian 9 system wakes up in 2-5 seconds after it enters into the sleep mode (suspend to RAM) manually or automatically. The problem always occurs no matter how the sleep mode is invoked: by lid ...
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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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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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How to prevent bluetooth audio skipping with the A2DP profile on Arch Linux?

I am experiencing quite heavy audio skipping when streaming audio to my bluetooth speaker (Sony SRS-X3) using pulseaudio and Arch Linux on a T430. I think it is related to a known bug [1]. The speaker ...
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Enable scrolling with trackpoint+middleclick on wayland

I installed Fedora 25 on my Thinkpad E470 and the Trackpoint works well. But I cannot use the middle button (the button between left and right mouse click) to scroll. Referring to this source it ...
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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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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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Disabling middle click on bottom of a clickpad / touchpad

The Thinkpad T480s has a "clickpad": a touchpad where (parts of) the touchpad itself is pressable instead of having physical dedicated buttons. Running X.org 7.7, there is a horizontal stripe at the ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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My Thinkpad X230T only boots on alternate tries

I have a ThinkPad X230T with Debian testing installed. As the title says, it only boots every other time. What I mean by this is that I turn it on, I work with it normally, and then I either shut it ...
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ThinkPad second “sticky” backspace key

I have bought a Lenovo ThinkPad T580, and noticed that in the upper right corner of the keyboard, there is a second backspace button (in addition to the other backspace button right above the ENTER-...
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Detection of certain SanDisk SD cards fails with Realtek RTS522A reader

I'm using the Thinkpad X380 Yoga. $ lspci | grep Card 02:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS522A PCI Express Card Reader (rev 01) $ uname -a Linux TPx380 4.19.6-1-...
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Ubuntu boot fails on Lenovo P52 Thinkpad when hybrid display is set in BIOS

Booting to Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS fails when the display is set to 'hybrid' in the BIOS (using Nvidia driver 415) When I switch to 'discrete', then it boots to Ubuntu OK. Because I am dual booting with ...
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How to force a Thinkpad to draw charge from internal vs external battery?

My T450s Thinkpad has two built-in batteries--one hot-swappable and one inside the laptop. Lenovo calls the former "external" and the latter "internal". When not plugged in, the external battery ...
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Resuming Linux from hibernate on ThinkPad X220 fails with black screen or reboot

I have installed Debian 8 with sysvinit and Xfce on a ThinkPad X220. The video card is Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)/Integrated ...
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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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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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Thinkpad x240 requires three fingers to scroll, only after suspend

Every time I suspend, when I start up again I can't scroll with two fingers but I have to use three. Does anyone know how to fix this? It works after restart. My system is a Thinkpad x240 running ...
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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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How to stop Intel HD4000 from running at max clock speed?

I have run into a bit of trouble trying to force the Intel HD4000 iGPU to run at a lower clock speed to save power. What I have tried so far: Seems to "stick" but has no real effect from my testing: ...
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LiveUSB stuck after “Probing EDD” during boot

I am trying to install Arch Linux on a brand new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 4th. When I start from my LiveUSB image, it gets stuck right after the following line (which is the first line of the screen):...
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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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Lenovo Thinkpad Mute LED Stopped working after update

Updated my packages today on my Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon (6th Gen). I didn't expect anything to happen but it did. The Mute indicator LED's on the F1 and F4 key stopped working. I actually know this ...