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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Lenovo ThinkPad L430 laptop. If you have the Lenovo ThinkPad L430 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 L430 specifications page.
|Name||Lenovo ThinkPad L430|
|Processor||Up to 3rd generation Intel Core i7|
|Screen||14“ HD or HD+ display|
|RAM||Up to 8GB DDR3|
|HDD||Up to 1TB HDD, 256GB SSD|
|Optical Drive||Integrated optical drive|
|Graphics||Switchable discrete graphics up to 2GB VRAM|
|Graphics Chip||Works||Intel, pciid 8086:0166|
|HDMI Out||Not Tested|
|Headphone Port||Not Tested|
|Microphone-In Port||Not Tested|
|Ethernet||Works||RTL8111/8168B, pciid 10ec:8168|
|Wireless||Works||RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/n, pciid 10ec:8176|
|Express Card||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Works||You may have to install Realtek drivers|
|TrackPoint||Works||Also works middle button as wheel|
|Fingerprint Reader||Works||usbid 147e:1002, listed as unsupported, but works fine|
|SmartCard Interface||Not Tested|
Most things do work with openSUSE 12.2 after install, except fingerprint-reader and ThinkPoint. ThinkPoint seems ti be a kernel-regression as it works with 2.6-series kernel. Did not yet attempt to use fingerprint-reader.
Almost everything works with ArchLinux, fingerprint reader works, tried only enrolling fingerprints with fingerprint-gui(AUR, run as root).
Most everything works with Ubuntu/Linux Mint(3.5-series Kernel), the only things I haven't managed to get working are the fingerprint reader and the audio from DisplayPort.
Works good for normal usage. Issue only with two hardware-devices, both of which might not be essential for everybody.