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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Lenovo ThinkPad R500 laptop.
This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.
This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Lenovo Thinkpad R500. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Lenovo Thinkpad R500 page on LapWik.
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For full specifications see the Lenovo ThinkPad R500 specifications page.
|Name||Lenovo ThinkPad R500|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo or Intel Celeron|
|Screen||15.4” WXGA or WSXGA+ Widescreen|
|RAM||2GB to 8GB|
|HDD||80GB to 320GB|
|Optical Drive||DVD+-RW or Blu-ray|
|Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500 or ATI Radeon HD 3470|
|Network||Ethernet, Thinkpad 802.11abg or Intel 5100 802.11abgn or Intel 5300 802.11abgn, Bluetooth|
|Screen||Yes||tested WSXGA+ AND WSXGA|
|Graphics||Yes||tested radeon hd3470 ati/fglrx AND intel X4500|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Yes||tested SDHC|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||No||Tested AuthenTec, Inc. AES2810|
For ATI model, fglrx is more energy efficient at the time.
Annoying sound (power related, possibly quite common for lenovo) solved by disabling cpu power saving feature in bios.
No major problems with Ubuntu 8.10. No problems at all with Ubuntu 9.04 and integrated Intel graphics.
Advanced minidock is working (occasionally problems with resuming after undocking (wrong resolution)).
You can enter any other specific notes with running Linux on the Lenovo Thinkpad R500 here.
I have a ThinkPad R500, and it works great with Ubuntu 9.04 64-bit. Just grabbed the Flash 10 Beta for 64-bit and installed it. Everything just worked. No fun for a tinkerer like me ;-0)
However, see this Ubuntu forum for a discussion of wireless problems with the Lenovo R500. Perhaps the difference is if you have the newer Realtek chip with 802.11abgn . I have this problem in installing 64-bit Ubuntu 9.04. Later, I will try the ndiswrapper solution suggested in that forum.