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|Name||Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E520|
|Processor||Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2430M CPU @ 2.40GHz (Turbo up to 3.00GHz)|
|Screen||15.6“ HD AntiGlare (beamless) LED 16:9 (1.366 x 768)|
|RAM||Up to 8 GB|
|HDD||500 GB (7200 rpm)|
|Optical Drive||DVD +/- RW DL|
|Graphics||Intel® HD Graphics 3000|
|Graphics||Yes||Gaming not testet. 1080p video playback works without any problems.|
|HDMI||Yes||Video and audio via HDMI works.|
|Sound||Yes||Combined connection for headphone and line-in.|
|Wireless||Yes||Upgrading BIOS to version 1.20 or higher solves problems with activating wlan. Otherwise you have to blacklist the acer_wmi module.|
|USB||Yes||USB 2.0 only.|
|e-SATA||Yes||Combined connection e-SATA/USB.|
|Mini PCI ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Camera||Yes||HD 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 ubuntuusers.de 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.