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For full specifications see the Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 specifications page.
|Name||Lenovo ThinkPad SL400|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo|
|Screen||14.1” WXGA or WXGA+ Widescreen|
|RAM||1GB to 4GB|
|HDD||80GB to 320GB|
|Optical Drive||DVD+-RW or Blu-ray|
|Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500 or Nvidia GeForce 9300GS|
|Network||Ethernet, Thinkpad 802.11abg 802.11abgn or Intel Wifi Link 5100 or Intel Wifi Link 5300, Bluetooth|
|Processor||No problem (Intel P8400)|
|Screen||No problem (1440×900/WXGA+)|
|Optical Drive||Read DVD/CD-ROM ok.|
|Graphics||Work well (Nvidia Geforce 9300GS)||Proprietary Nvidia driver required to have the native resolution|
|Wireless||Work well||Intel Wifi Link 5100/5300 need kernel >= 2.6.26|
|56K Modem||Not tested|
|Card Reader||SDHC Card autodetected and read|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|TrackPoint||Work except the “scroll” center button|
|Fingerprint Reader||Not Tested|
Left buttons (for changing sound volume) don't work but changing screen brightness via <Fn>+top-right-buttons do but in the opposite way (Ubuntu).
You'll need proprietary Nvidia drivers to have a decent resolution with the Nvidia graphic card and you must have a linux kernel version better or equal than 2.6.26 (tested with Ubuntu Intrepid's 2.6.27) to make wifi work with the Intel Wifi Link 5100 (should be the same for 5300). Apart form this, Linux support for the SL400 is correct.