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Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E520




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NameLenovo Thinkpad Edge E520
ProcessorIntel(R) Core(TM) i5-2430M CPU @ 2.40GHz (Turbo up to 3.00GHz)
Screen15.6“ HD AntiGlare (beamless) LED 16:9 (1.366 x 768)
RAMUp to 8 GB
HDD500 GB (7200 rpm)
Optical DriveDVD +/- RW DL
GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 3000
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Realtek® 802.11bgn
Bluetooth 3.0

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesGaming not testet. 1080p video playback works without any problems.
HDMIYesVideo and audio via HDMI works.
VGA ConnectionYes
SoundYesCombined connection for headphone and line-in.
WirelessYesUpgrading BIOS to version 1.20 or higher solves problems with activating wlan. Otherwise you have to blacklist the acer_wmi module.
USBYesUSB 2.0 only.
e-SATAYesCombined connection e-SATA/USB.
Card ReaderYes
Mini PCI ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
CameraYesHD Webcam (720p).


Tested on a Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E520 NZ3BBGE 1143BBG.
The distribution that I have used for testing is Arch Linux.
According to the Wiki of the IBM Active Protection System Linux Driver (HDAPS), that should protect the HDD in the case your laptop will fall down, does not work due to the lack of suitable drivers.
Everythink else worked out of the box (wlan after upgrading the BIOS).


The Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E520 works very well with Linux.


tt, 2014/10/06 07:34

i found ubuntu 12.04 worked well on the e520

Jaikat, Muayad, 2013/04/03 04:51

bought the e520(i3) in early feb,2013. from what i had read before it seems there was a problem with the BIOS and it needed an update for linux to work properly. My unit seems to have already been updated, cause i tried several linux distros and all seem to work well, everything is configured out of the box, and runs much better than the win7 that came with the machine :)

i ended up dual booting with linuxmint 14 cinnamon, and for now, there's absolutely no reason for me to go back to windows..

Pavel Potocek, 2012/05/22 12:08

With gentoo it was pain to get everything working a while ago (2.6.39). Some patching and far-from-obvious kernel module settings necessary. I have failed with active HD protection and the ACPI is not quite working: laptop is overheating, because kernel reads temperatures from wrong thermometer. I can solve only by enabling discrete graphics, at the cost of 2h of battery uptime. :( Out of the box? NOTHING was working! Got to try arch:)

Tomas Hejatko, 2012/02/27 00:51

James Healy : great to hear! I ordered this ntb yesterday and I wondered if it will work good and this is really great news! I love Arch Linux and now even Lenovo :)

James Healy , 2012/01/29 16:19

excellent mate I am using arch for about 2 years I love that linux distro … my girlfriend got me the think pad e 520 for my birthday and I installed arch on it right away such a sweet laptop … powerful grate feel and after the bios update everything worked out the box didn't matter what distro I tried on it excellent bit of hardware :) i am so pleased with both arch and e520

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