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For full specifications see the Lenovo Thinkpad SL410 specifications page.
|Name||Lenovo Thinkpad SL410|
|Processor||Intel Core2 Duo Processor T5870 : 2.0 GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB On-Die L2 Cache
Intel Core2 Duo Processor T8700 : 2.53 Ghz, 800MHz FSB, 3MB On-Die L2 Cache
Intel Celeron Processor T3000 : 1.8 GHz, 800MHz FSB, 1MB On-Die L2 Cache
|Screen||14“ WXGA (1366×768)|
|Graphics||Intel GMA 4500M
Intel GMA 4500MHD
|RAM||Up to 8GB|
|HDD||160GB to 250GB - 5400rpm
320GB - 7200rpm
|Optical Drive||DVD Super Multi|
|Network||10/100/1000 - Realtek RTL8111/8168B
Intel WiFi Link 1000
Intel Pro/Wireless 5100 AGN
|Processor||Works||Lowest distro/kernel ver. tested: Ubuntu 09.10/2.6.31-17-generic-pae 32 bit|
|Sound||Works||alsa >10.0.21 required for internal microphone. Attaching a headset does not automatically mute internal speakers|
|Bluetooth||Works|| Must be enabled using Fn+F6 in Win7 first
Note - not all versions of SL410 actually have Bluetooth
|Firewire||Works||plug in Fireware cable before USB|
|Card Reader||Works||Some 64 bit systems have problems with the card reader|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||Not Tested|
|Special keys||Works|| Sounds control buttons work (+/-/mute speakers/mute microphone) but pressing the ThinkVantage button has no effect
Fn+F7 will switch LCD→HDMI (and possibly other options). Most other Fn+F-keys do not function.
Most linux distributions work very well with this laptop. No issues reported regarding mouse pad, network/wireless or screen. Some issues reported for 64 bit systems with card reader (see 'comments'). Most distros pre May 2010 have problems with the internal microphone. This may be connected with the Alsa version used. Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) 32 and 64 bit (kernel 2.6.32-21-generic-pae) seems to support everything, including microphone.
On Ubuntu 10.04 64-bit: Standby works, awakens in 2-3 seconds, and is usually reconnected to the wireless network by the time I enter my password. Hibernate works, but with 2GB of RAM is about the same speed as a regular boot.
Limited extended hardware support currently (May, 2010): thinkpad_acpi does not yet support this model. hdapsd (HD Active Protection System) does not yet support this model. No fan control. 1 Temperature sensor available.
Internal microphone has only been reported as working without applying fixes on a currrent Fedora 12, 64 bit install and Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx). On Ubuntu 9.10 32 bit it can be fixed by following these instructions: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1292587 (replace model=dell-m4-3 in step 2 with model=thinkpad). This fix does work very well indeed. Uncertain whether the internal mic is supported or not on Mandriva 2010 64 bit.
Bluetooth has been reported not to work on the following 64 bit systems: Ubuntu 9.10, Fedora 11 and 12, Sabayon and Mint (as of Jan 2010). A fix may be available (http://github.com/tetromino/lenovo-sl-laptop) - no reports available as to whether it works as advertised. Bluetooth works fine on Ubuntu 10.04 64-bit, though needs to be enabled using the Function key outside of Linux (once enabled, Bluetooth stays enabled).
Ubuntu 10.4 64 bit (2.6.32-22-generic):
Occasional screen flickering (does not occur in Win7).
Only some Fn combinations work
Ubuntu 10.4 32 bit (2.6.32-21-generic-pae):
Occasional screen flickering
No other known issues
Ubuntu 9.10 32 bit:
Internal mic doesn't work - can be fixed by following http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1292587
Using 3.5 mm plug-in headphones does not automatically mute the laptop speakers
Only some Fn combinations work
Ubuntu 9.10 64 bit:
Same as 32 bit version, in addition to
Card reader reported not to work
Bluetooth reported not to work
Mandriva 2010 32 bit:
Everything works, except some Fn combinations
Fedora 12 64 bit (18.104.22.168-174.2.19.fc12.x86_64):
ATI 4570 graphics card reported not to be supported, 3D can be enabled using the mesa-dri-drivers-experimental package
Speakers do not auto-mute when headphones are plugged in
Bluetooth does not work
OpenSuse 11.2 64 bit:
Everything except bluetooth, but including microphone, works.
Original partitions found on laptop as of May, 2010 are:
sda1 - 1.7GB - Win7 Loader (Win7 does not boot without this partition)
sda2 - * - Win7 Main Partition
sda3 - 10GB - System Restore (BIOS configuration unavailable without this partition).