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This is a guide to running Linux with the Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 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.
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For full specifications see the Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 specifications page.
|Name||Lenovo ThinkPad SL500|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo|
|Screen||15.4” WXGA or WSXGA+ 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 9300M GS|
|Network||Ethernet, Thinkpad 802.11abg or Intel 5100 802.11abgn, Bluetooth|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||Passed||see http://darkblue.homeip.net/FingerprintForum/topic.php?TopicId=45&Posts=0 for important installation information|
|Hotkeys||Passed||experimental driver by Alexandre Rostovtsev|
The linux support for the Thinkpad SL500 is not as bad as most people will say. Almost everything important works out of the box, except WiFi and Hotkeys. WiFi needs the iwlagn driver which is included in the linux kernel since version 2.6.27. You'll also need the firmware from http://intellinuxwireless.org.
Since 2.6.33 (correct this if wrong) the asus-laptop module supports most hotkeys, including backlight support for the Lenovo SL series.
There is a experimental driver written by Alexandre Rostovtsev which supports hotkeys, the BT kill switch and backlight control. Don't hesitate to use it, since it's quite easy to compile and use and seems to be very stable. I have not experienced any problems with it yet (kernel 2.6.29-rc3).
See his message from the linux-thinkpad mailing list:
Backlight control even works flawlessly without that driver (at least in Debian Lenny) if you modprobe the acpi video module with “brightness_switch_enabled=0” and control the brightness by echo'ing to /sys/class/backlight/acpi_video0/brightness.
The built-in fingerprint sensor is an UPEK device. You can get it up and running by using the fingerprintGUI suite from Wolfgang Ullrich. Also search his forum for additional information on how to get this special device (147e:1000) to work.
You can enter a summary of how well the Lenovo Thinkpad SL500 works with Linux here.