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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E430 laptop. If you have the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E430 and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.
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For full specifications see the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E430 specifications page.
|Name||Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E430|
|Processor||Intel Core i3-2350M processor (dual-core, 2.30GHz, 3MB Cache)
Intel Core i5-2450M processor (dual-core, 2.50GHz, 3MB Cache)
Intel Core i7-3612QM processor (quad-core, 2.1-3.1GHz, 6MB Cache)
|Screen||14“ 1366×768 Widescreen|
|RAM||Up to 8GB advertised, 12GB tested, 16GB rumored|
|HDD||Up to 750GB|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 3000|
ThinkPad 11b/g/n, 1×1
Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230
|Microphone Jack||Not Tested||I couldn't get the mic jack to work, but I think that it is just user ignorance. It appears that both internal mic and external are both available in this case, and so you need to choose which one in software. I couldn't find the option to do this in kmix.|
|Wireless||Works||The model tested had the ThinkPad 11/b/g/n chip which is Broadcom based. This requires firmware to be installed, however Ubuntu 12.04 handles this automatically. The Intel Centrino WirelessN 2230 (2×2 BGN & BT4) also works.|
|Bluetooth||Works||Intel Centrino WirelessN 2230 (2×2 BGN & BT4) Bluetooth works|
|Card Reader||Works||Needs driver from Realtek's web site (Realtek RTS5229)|
|Fingerprint Reader||Not Tested||Fingerprint-gui (1.04) can be compiled successfully on Fedora with some changes to the code (http://pastebin.com/L3bD18ts). Ubuntu apparently provides precompiled packages for these.|
The E430 has the same internals as the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530 so their respective compatibility should be the same.
This laptop was tested with Ubuntu 12.04 and Fedora 17. Installation was straight forward with no issues to report.
Out of the box with Fedora, the battery status worked fine. However, after a few days the battery “disappeared” and I think it wasn't even charging. Passing the “acpi_osi=Linux” or “acpi_osi=Windows” options may or may not help. It seems that the best solution here is to boot into Windows, and configure the charge thresholds using Lenovo's battery tool. This configuration should last until you turn the computer off with AC disconnected (according to something I read on ThinkWiki). tp_smapi doesn't currently support this model.
There is no hard disk indicator LED on this laptop. Fortunately, it is possible to simulate an HDD indicator by flashing the red light on the ThinkPad logo: http://www.stahlke.org/dan/hdd_led
The Finger print reader does not work with Linux Mint
The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E430 work well with Linux.