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12-01-2020

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Re:Linux: Fn-keys not working - Thinkpad E14 AMD Gen 2

2020-12-01, 7:23 AM

Okay, Fn-Keys are working after suspend. Is it too much to ask the lenovo to solve the problem? It will probably not take too much magic to solve the problem in the bios. Somewhat annoying is that the FnLk-led does not indicate the correct status, but the status change with Fn+ESC is working.

(In their own bios iso image update tool, F3 doesn't work?!)

And yes I use the latest available bios 1.08.

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09-03-2020

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Re:Linux: Fn-keys not working - Thinkpad E14 AMD Gen 2

2020-12-03, 17:00 PM

New BIOS Version v1.09 from 03 Dec 2020.

Unfortunately no improvement with the new bios. It's a shame that Linux users continue to be neglected.

 

Manjaro 20.2; Kernel 5.9.11

 

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Re:Linux: Fn-keys not working - Thinkpad E14 AMD Gen 2

2020-12-04, 13:58 PM

@DaveOber   how about an official comment from Lenovo? That would be nice...

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12-16-2020

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Re:Linux: Fn-keys not working - Thinkpad E14 AMD Gen 2

2020-12-16, 1:56 AM

Ok - I can confirm the suspend hack works for me (with latest BIOS).

It definitely worked for me originally before I updated firmware which I updated in order to fix some sleep/hibernate issues.

My colleague has the same laptop and has the original firmware and his still works so I am thinking maybe I will just downgrade and see.

Interesting that this suspend hack worked though

Hope Lenovo get on board and help us soon - I have ran Lenovo laptops with Linux now for years and never had problems - this is the first brand new laptop I have bought though - usually get 3 year old ex-lease ones which probably gives them time to fix up problems. Bleeding edge backfired a bit.

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08-26-2020

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Re:Linux: Fn-keys not working - Thinkpad E14 AMD Gen 2

2020-12-19, 11:32 AM

Just make sure that you're on latest linux kernel (I'd recommed a rolling release distribution, or just build the kernel from source yourself) and use my cron job suspend hack.

I haven't changed it and it's been working ever since I first used it.

(Currently I use kernel: 5.9.14-arch1-1)

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12-22-2020

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Re:Linux: Fn-keys not working - Thinkpad E14 AMD Gen 2

2020-12-22, 4:53 AM

Here's how I got suspend-to-RAM and wake working on ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 (AMD) with Ryzen 4500U processor.

 

Install Xubuntu 20.04 and install the linux-generic-hwe-20.04-edge package from focal-updates. This installs a Linux kernel version 5.8 whereas Xubuntu comes with a Linux 5.4 kernel by default.

 

By the way - suspend-to-RAM seems to work on the lower kernel - just that the display doesn't seem to switch back on. You can verify this by pressing CTRL-ALT-F1 to switch to a text console (still blank) and blindly type your username, password, then "sudo shutdown -r now", followed by your sudo password. Five seconds later the keyboard lights will show that a reboot is taking place.

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12-25-2020

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Re:Linux: Fn-keys not working - Thinkpad E14 AMD Gen 2

2020-12-25, 8:42 AM

Just bought the Thinkpad E15 AMD Gen 2 and can also confirm that I am having this problem as well. Along with this it seems closing the lid does not register until you initially put the system into suspend, wake it up, and then re close the lid (this is the same problem as the function keys). This could be a hazard if you forget to suspend it, put it in your bag, and it then overheats. Hopefully there is something being done behind the scene but I find the lack of communication to be terrible. Other than that this laptop is very good for the price I got it at, and with these issues addressed it would be the perfect machine for my use.

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01-07-2021

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Re:Linux: Fn-keys not working - Thinkpad E14 AMD Gen 2

2021-01-07, 16:56 PM

Any improvement ? which distro works good for it by default ? . I hope lenovo would not let us down  :/

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01-09-2021

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Re:Linux: Fn-keys not working - Thinkpad E14 AMD Gen 2

2021-01-09, 1:10 AM

I also am facing this issue and the suspend work around works for me perfectly. Still annoying though.

Bios: 1.09

Distro: PopOS 20.10

Kernel: 5.8.0-7630

 

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01-15-2021

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Re:Linux: Fn-keys not working - Thinkpad E14 AMD Gen 2

2021-01-15, 23:52 PM

Hi all,

 

Recently bought a Lenovo Thinkpad E14 Gen2 (AMD Ryzen 7 4700U) to specifically use with Linux. Having the same problem as everyone else in this topic. My system is:

 

Machine Type: 20T6S0F300

BIOS version: 1.09 (latest as of today)

OS: Arch Linux with kernel 5.10.6

 

Hope Lenovo takes care of this simple problem by fixing the BIOS as soon as possible. "This model is not compatible with Linux" is not a valid response in my view. Since they sell this model without an OS, that means it should at least support the second most used OS in the world (i.e. Linux). I have used many other laptops specifically built for Windows and even those models did not have such an issue with Linux. One of those was a Thinkpad Edge (i.e. E series) from circa 2013 and it did not have such issues with Linux. 

 

So, clearly this is a flaw in the BIOS and not a matter of "E14 is not compatible with Linux". Hope Lenovo is paying attention to this forum (i.e. the customers).

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