04-26-2011 03:09 AM - edited 04-26-2011 04:48 AM
I would like to buy a new laptop and have added the Thinkpad T520 to my shortlist.
However I use Linux so I would like to have an idea what to expect.
I use Fedora and would install Fedora 15 on the Thinkpad to have the Intel Sandy Bridge
HD 3000 drivers. The extended specifications suggest that installing and working with
Linux would in general be possible.
Some small questions remain and I would appreciate answers and suggestions.
- Do the Thinpad ACPI/APIC/LAPIC pose any problems.
- Do the keyboard keys for multimedia, screen brightness adjustment, switching monitors,
displaying battery status, etc. work.
- Does the fingerprint reader work in Linux
- How about suspend, hibernate, restore/resume
- How about trackpoint and touchpad.
And last but not least, how about the 'nasty whine'' that is talked about often in the forum
Does it really accompany every machine.
04-28-2011 08:52 PM
I'm guessing you are a fan of 4:3?
I've not heard any complaints about capacitor whine / high pitched noises on the T520. Some T510's exhibited the symtom, but not all, and not everyone could hear it. The sound was in the 15Khz to 16Khz range as I understand it.
Hopefully another member will be along with some experience regarding Fedora on this model...
09-08-2011 05:08 AM
09-14-2011 05:03 AM
One other thing I've noticed since my last post: the Ricoh SD card reader isn't working under Linux (it's fine on W7, so the hardware is OK). I gather this is a known problem with the particular Ricoh device and the SD card interface - there is some discussion about it on kernel groups, so I'm sure it will get fixed at some point.
09-28-2011 08:39 AM
I have a T520 on which I have installed fedora 15. It runs very well. How ever , you have to do some minor tweaks in order to make it work 100%. The track pad e.g.
I have a dual boot installation with windows 7. All the bios updates have been done in windows because it is very well supported here.