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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13 - Intel


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Intel variant of the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13 laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13 - Intel. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13 - Intel page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13 - Intel specifications page.

NameLenovo ThinkPad Edge 13 - Intel, model 0196
ProcessorIntel® ULV SU4100, SU7300
Screen13.3“ (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD160GB to 500GB
Optical DriveNone
Express CardNone
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Realtek® 802.11 bgn
Intel® 802.11 n (1 x 2)
Intel® 802.11 n + WiMax (2 x 2)

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorTested(1) Works
Power ManagementTested(1,2) Works, tested suspend and hibernate
ScreenTested(1) Works
HDDTested(1) 160GB, 250GB Works
GraphicsTested(1) Works
SoundTested(1) Speakers work. USB Plantronics mic/headset works. The smartphone audio jack works with a tweak to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf as described below.
SoundTested(1,2) Builtin speakers work. The combo headphone/microphone (“smartphone”) audio jack works. Inbuilt microphone does not work, ref. below
EthernetTested(1) Works
WirelessTested(1) Works, no WiMax on this machine
Wireless - Intel Wireless-N 1000Tested(2) Works, 802.11n disabled by default, ref. below
BluetoothTested(1) Works. I am using a Thinkpad Bluetooth mouse.
USBTested(1) Works
Card ReaderTested(2) Works, tested with SDHC only
CameraTested(1,2) Works

(1) Ubuntu 10.04, Dual boot machine, Win 7 (64), Ubuntu 10.04 (32). Be sure to have Bluetooth on in Win 7 if you want it to work after you install Ubuntu.
(2) Ubuntu 10.10


Inbuilt Microphone

As of Ubuntu 10.10, the inbuilt microphone does not work out-of-the-box, ref.

An incomplete workaround is to use the snd-hda-intel module's model=olpc-xo-1_5 or model=laptop option (e.g. edit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf in Ubuntu), however this disables the external microphone/headphone combo jack.

Synaptics Trackpad - Multitouch and Two-Finger Scrolling

The following is on Ubuntu 10.10, though probably applies to other environments. If you go to System → Preferences → Mouse → Touchpad, you'll see that “Two-finger scrolling” is disabled (grayed out).

The xserver-xorg-input-synaptics included in 10.10 does not yet support true “multi-touch” out of the box (on many or all platforms; e.g. bug/554980).

There are two solutions: install a bleeding edge synaptics package from bus/308191 comment #115, or use emulated two-finger scrolling as below.

For emulated two-finger scrolling a workaround is as follows (after ubuntuforums):

Create the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf with the following content:

Section “InputClass”
Identifier “touchpad twofinger and SHMConfig”
MatchIsTouchpad “on”
Driver “synaptics”
Option “SHMConfig” “on”
Option “HorizTwoFingerScroll” “on”
Option “EmulateTwoFingerMinZ” “4”

You'll need to remember to remove this workaround when you update to a kernel that provides proper device support.

You then need to enable the “Two-finger scrolling” option via the back door: open gconf-editor, navigate to desktop→gnome→peripherals→touchpad and set scroll_method to 2.

Wifi - Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000

The Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000 wifi is supported, but suffers from a firmware bug that causes 802.11n connections to be occasionally dropped. Ref. ThinkWiki page. Ubuntu 10.10 has 802.11n disabled by default.

Works fine at 802.11bg.


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Hugo, 2011/09/18 14:22


I can't get the headset / microphone “combo” jack working. If I plug in an headset or external speakers it works, but for an external microphone it doesn't. (I'm using fedora). I added the options in dist-alsa.conf but that doesn't affect this. Otherwise everything works out of the box for me.

But that's quite painful, since I rip vinyls…

p4u, 2011/04/11 15:23

What about the battery life?
Do you have 4 or 6 cells model?
What about the noise?

Thank you!

letian, 2011/02/23 09:50

editing alsa-base.conf with either ““olpc-xo-1_5” or “ideapad” works only for the first time, later it stops working, whatever u do. Reediting doesn't help!!

Marco, 2010/12/28 16:37

I've fixed it using model = thinkpad instead of “olpc-xp-1_5”
With that, it works with the internal and external jacks (haven't tested an external microphone though)

George, 2010/11/17 02:25

I tried xxz's fix again, putting:

# This line is supposed to fix the audio jack – Ubuntu bug 549289
options snd-hda-intel model=“olpc-xo-1_5”

into /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf

It now works just fine.

George, 2010/11/17 02:05


I cannot find ”/etc/modprobe.conf/alsa-base.conf ”

I do find ”/etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf ”

Making the change there does nothing, if this is supposed to help the audio jack problem.


Stephane, 2010/06/26 14:05

Headphones output does not work alone, i can make it work simulteanously with speakers but not alone.


xxz, 2010/10/17 10:33

options snd-hda-intel model=“olpc-xo-1_5”

…to the end of /etc/modprobe.conf/alsa-base.conf

borel, 2011/04/10 13:45


 options snd-hda-intel model=“olpc-xo-1_5”

worked for me too (I'm on crunchbang linux – should work on debian squeeze too)

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