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qArch
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Thinkpad T430 driver for Linux

I've been using my thinkpad T430 for almost a year. It came with the pre-installed Win 7 Home, but I did an upgrade to Win 8.1 pro later. 2 weeks ago, I installed Linux on my thinkpad, Netrunner 14.04 Frontier (I already had some experience with Ubuntu earlier), however, there are several problems with Linux on my laptop:

1. I can't find Realtek High Definition Audio driver on linux, right now it currently running on the built - in audio, but the sound is not really loud as it is in Windows.  

2. The battery life is reduced when I use Linux and Windows as dual boot. When only use Win 8, I can use my lap up to 8 hour straight without charging. After dual booting with Linux,  I can use only 4 - 5 hours (it's a 9 cell battery) with the same work on Windows. One week after installed Linux, I removed Wondows and only ran Linux on my laptop. My battery life came back to normal. Is this a battery problem or something?

How can I get all the drivers of Thinkpad T430 on Linux and keep battery life as long as it is in windows. All help is very appreciated since I'm new to Linux, thank you so much!!

arzo
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Re: Thinkpad T430 driver for Linux

I have also problem accessibility of Linux drivers for Lenovo.

 

I have few tips which might be crucial for you.

 

2. You must (really, its not an option, it is a real must) install tlp drivers for battery.

 

 

cat /etc/default/tlp | grep BAT0
START_CHARGE_THRESH_BAT0=35
STOP_CHARGE_THRESH_BAT0=90

arzo@mtlenovo ~ $ sudo tlp-stat -b
--- TLP 0.4 --------------------------------------------

+++ ThinkPad Extended Battery Functions
tp-smapi   = inactive (kernel module 'tp_smapi' load error)
tpacpi-bat = active

+++ ThinkPad Battery Status (Main)
/sys/class/power_supply/BAT0/power_now                      =  33488 [mW]
/sys/class/power_supply/BAT0/status                         = Charging

tpacpi-bat.BAT0.startThreshold                              =     80 [%]
tpacpi-bat.BAT0.stopThreshold                               =     80 [%]
tpacpi-bat.BAT0.forceDischarge                              =      0

Those settings allow you to stop-using battery if its charged enough.

 

If you will not install tlp then probably, after few months - your battery will be dead.

 

I think Lenovo should take care about their customers and put this information with BIG font on Laptop boxes...

qArch
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Re: Thinkpad T430 driver for Linux


@arzo wrote:

I have also problem accessibility of Linux drivers for Lenovo.

 

I have few tips which might be crucial for you.

 

2. You must (really, its not an option, it is a real must) install tlp drivers for battery.

 

 

cat /etc/default/tlp | grep BAT0
START_CHARGE_THRESH_BAT0=35
STOP_CHARGE_THRESH_BAT0=90

arzo@mtlenovo ~ $ sudo tlp-stat -b
--- TLP 0.4 --------------------------------------------

+++ ThinkPad Extended Battery Functions
tp-smapi   = inactive (kernel module 'tp_smapi' load error)
tpacpi-bat = active

+++ ThinkPad Battery Status (Main)
/sys/class/power_supply/BAT0/power_now                      =  33488 [mW]
/sys/class/power_supply/BAT0/status                         = Charging

tpacpi-bat.BAT0.startThreshold                              =     80 [%]
tpacpi-bat.BAT0.stopThreshold                               =     80 [%]
tpacpi-bat.BAT0.forceDischarge                              =      0

Those settings allow you to stop-using battery if its charged enough.

 

If you will not install tlp then probably, after few months - your battery will be dead.

 

I think Lenovo should take care about their customers and put this information with BIG font on Laptop boxes...


Thank you, I just installed tlp, does tlp start automatically when I use my comp or do I have to $ sudo tlp-start manually ?

arzo
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Re: Thinkpad T430 driver for Linux

It probably starts automatically if its defined in /etc/init.d/tlp,

try something like tlp-stat -b to see whether its working.

PS you do not need to quote previous message if you are writing next post after post you-are-reffering-to Smiley Wink
tanakan
What's DOS?
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Registered: ‎08-17-2014
Location: Bruxelles
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Re: Thinkpad T430 driver for Linux

Hi.

 

I'm just discovering Lenovo Laptops and Ubuntu.

 

could you explain precisely how to install this battery drivers ?

Also It looks like audio and video drivers (HD4000 intel on mine) aren't installed.

I could'n find any way to do it.

 

i have a Lenovo T430, i5 3200 with a 128SSD and 8Gb Ram. I'm just intalled Ubuntu 12.04 and i'm just going to try 13.04 to see how it goes.

 

thanks a lot

T

gpr19
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Re: Thinkpad T430 driver for Linux

I'm about to buy the same computer as you. It's a second hand laptop. Can you tell about your experience with it ?
qArch
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Message 7 of 9

Re: Thinkpad T430 driver for Linux

It's a pretty good laptop, not much to complain. The main drawback I can
think of is there is a mini-HDMI port instead of a HDMI. Also, if you are
going to run linux constantly on this machine, the battery capacity is
going to decrease relatively faster than using windows only. Beside those,
everything else is great.

gpr19
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Message 8 of 9

Re: Thinkpad T430 driver for Linux

Thanks for replying. TLP driver didn't work for the battery issue?
qArch
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Message 9 of 9

Re: Thinkpad T430 driver for Linux

It does help, it is just I run many programs on this machine, the decrease
is unavoidable although this is an endurable laptop. Using Windows mainly
is safer, I think.

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