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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13 - Intel, Core i3

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Intel Core i3 variant of the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13 laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on Intel Core i3 version of the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13.

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Specifications

NameLenovo ThinkPad Edge 13 - Intel, model 0217
ProcessorIntel® Core i3-380UM
Screen13.3” (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD320GB
Optical DriveNone
Express CardNone
MODEMNone
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator (details unknown)
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Realtek® 802.11 bgn

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorTested Works
Power ManagementTested Works, only tested suspend
ScreenTestedWorks
HDDLightly tested320GB Works (all tests run from a Linux installation on a USB drive)
GraphicsTestedWorks
SoundTestedSpeakers work. The smartphone audio jack does not work, might work with same tweak as for the Core 2 Duo version
EthernetTestedWorks
WirelessTestedDoes NOT work
BluetoothNot tested
USBTestedWorks
Card ReaderNot tested
CameraNot tested

Notes

Wifi - Realtek 8176

Does not work out-of-the-box, not even after a day's worth of driver recompilation etc. This stopped me in my testing.
The problem is described in
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/network-manager/+bug/550490
https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=109688
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1658112

Possible solutions are described in http://blog.zorinholdings.com/post/501557101/lenovo-thinkpad-edge-wifi-with-ubuntu-10-04 but I could not make it play.

The Realtek 8176 can be recognized in the output of “lspci” as:
03:00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device 8176 (Rev 01)

It seems to be rather new in the Thinkpad; at least it is not listed in http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Wireless_Network_Adapters#Realtek
There seems to be variants of this machine with regard to Wifi hardware. A variant with Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000 instead of Realtek 8176 is described in http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=9992727&postcount=94


Discussion

Jurek Prokop, 2011/10/06 06:45

The laptop seems to work at first sight. But if you look closer you will notice small but annoying difference between display sharpness on win7 and ubuntu (10.4, 11.04, 11.10). Display is flickering on ubuntu, especially on dark background with backlight at 40-80% (i checked on Knopix 6.7.3, Fedora 15 too). On Win7 you can sees pecific grid on screen, on linux distros.. it looks like old 50hz CRT monitor

Lars, 2011/01/28 18:28

Regarding wireless, this worked for me:
http://askubuntu.com/questions/9542/ubuntu-on-thinkpad-edge-11

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lenovo_thinkpad_edge_13_-_intel_core_i3.txt · Last modified: 2012/06/09 07:55 by billg
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