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Lenovo ThinkPad Helix

Introduction

This is a template for a future compatibility guide to running Linux with the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix laptop. If you have the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix 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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Specifications

For full specifications see the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix specifications page.

NameLenovo ThinkPad Helix
Processor3rd generation Intel Core&trade i7-3667U (Up to 2.0GHz, 4MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
3rd generation Intel Core&trade i5-3427U (Up to 1.8GHz, 3MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
3rd generation Intel Core&trade i5-3317U (Up to 1.70GHz, 3MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Screen11.6“ Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS (400 NITS)
RAMUp to 8GB
HDD128GB SSD
180GB SSD
256GB SSD
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel HD 4000 Graphics
NetworkUnknown
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYesOnly works on kernels 3.13 and up with acpi_osi=”!Windows 2012“ and video.use_native_backlight=1
HDDYes
Graphics ChipYes
Display PortYes
SoundYes
MicrophoneYes
Headphone PortNot Tested
Microphone-In PortNot Tested
EthernetYes
WirelessYes
BluetoothYes
WWANYes
USBYes
WebcamYes
KeyboardYes
TouchPadYesSize is not detected correctly, and there is no support for the top software buttons for the TrackPoint. Patches for both of these have gone upstream to their respective source trees however, and should make it into most distributions soon.
Suspend/ResumeYesPower LED on keyboard dock does not reset
NFCNo
SensorsNo

Notes

A patch for making the laptop detect the touchpad's size properly can be found here: https://patchwork.kernel.org/patch/3792491/
Support for softbuttons for the trackpoint has been in xf86-input-synaptics since 1.7.99.1
In addition I'm working on a kernel patch for making the sensors work, they just require a special quirk for them to poweron, although as of right now not many programs can actually make use of them.

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lenovo_thinkpad_helix.txt · Last modified: 2014/03/30 01:22 by lyude
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