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Lenovo Thinkpad SL510

Introduction

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Lenovo Thinkpad SL510 specifications page.

NameLenovo Thinkpad SL510
ProcessorIntel Core2 Duo Processor T5870 : 2.0 GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB On-Die L2 Cache
Intel Celeron Processor T3000 : 1.8 GHz, 800MHz FSB, 1MB On-Die L2 Cache
Screen15.6“ WXGA (1366×768)
GraphicsIntel GMA 4500M
Intel GMA 4500MHD
RAMUp to 8GB
HDD160GB to 250GB - 5400rpm
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi
Network10/100/1000
Intel WiFi Link 1000

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorSupported
ScreenSupported
HDDSupported
Optical DriveSupported
GraphicsSupported
SoundSupported
EthernetSupported
WirelessSupportedHad to update via wired Ethernet to latest patch level before wireless worked; worked flawlessly after updates.
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
USBSupported
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderSupported
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested

Notes

Tested with OpenSuSE 11.2 64-bit; wireless drivers required updated standard packages via the normal non-oss update repository. Had transient problem with installs, including boot sector and random kernel panic. Both issues were fixed by reboot and only set back the install process by roughly 10 minutes total.

Summary

Although there were some transient issues with the initial install, overall the SL510 seems to do well with at least the OpenSuSE 11.2 distro.


Discussion

him, 2014/01/03 14:14

i tested opensuse 12.3 and 13.1 on 2847 - 6NG

works fine, but

wifi not running out of the box (could fix it easily, don't remember how, it's a long time ago, sry)

touchpad works fine, but no zooming and scrolling horizontally

graphic-driver ati legacy not working on 12.3 –> some graphic issues but mostly works fine

cpu-powersave/performance/ondemand not available via gui, only command line (maybe distro related, but still annoying)

suspend to disk does not work (seems to driver problem, i did not investigate any further; suspend to ram finally works in 13.1)

maybe i change, maybe i stay, we'll see.

anrxc, 2010/04/03 12:29

Installing Arch GNU/Linux on Lenovo ThinkPad SL510 - http://sysphere.org/~anrxc/j/articles/thinkpad/index.html

Petr Kuba, 2010/01/23 22:34

Model with 2GHz CPU (T5870), 2GB of RAM. On Ubuntu Karmic default installation with (or without) latest updates, works fine.

I couldn't solve those problems yet:
- sleep hangs forever (NB does not turn off, screen powers off, but fans sill on, graphic stays on black screen)
- internal mic (external mic, pluged in to jack worked fine)

Please let me know, when someone got the sleep working.

Petr Kuba, 2010/01/26 20:01

Internal Mic is working fine. I just needed to find correct combination of GUI switches in kmix. Can be also set for example in alsamixer. I just was not used to do switching between internal and external mic from my last notebook.

bro, 2010/01/12 14:32

I forgot: one thing that does not work out of the box is suspend/resume. There are issues with:
* Xorg - display on but black after resume, shortly flickers with each keypress!??
* maybe SATA controller - read errors from Mint-LiveCD after resume (have to investigate further)

bro, 2010/01/12 14:28

Unlike the SL500 the SL510 has no Gbit NIC. It has a Realtek RTL8101E/RTL8102E Chipset.

The SL510 unfortunately lacks the RJ11 modem and IEEE-1394 Firewire ports of the SL500 but comes with an extra e-SATA/USB 2.0 combi port. The keyboard is great (for this price)!

Linux-Mint 9.10 (Ubuntu 9.10) works out of the box including
* Xorg
* touchpad (SynPS/2 Synaptics) + trackpoint (TPPS/2 IBM TrackPoint)
* sound, even internal mic. (Volume Control/Prefs/enable Options, switch to “Int Mic”)
* wireless (802.11/abgn - good reception + no drops)
* bluetooth
* networking (100Mbit)
* USB
* webcam (640×480, good - even in low light)
* hardware keys for volume (+/-/toggle)
* harddisk (250GB, ST9250315AS, SATA) (76MB/s hdparm -t /dev/sda)
* DVD/RW (MATSHITADVD-RAM)

# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Memory Controller Hub (rev 09)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03)
00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03)
00:1a.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6 (rev 03)
00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 03)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 03)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 03)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 5 (rev 03)
00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 6 (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 93)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation ICH9M LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation ICH9M/M-E SATA AHCI Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
02:00.0 System peripheral: JMicron Technologies, Inc. SD/MMC Host Controller
02:00.2 SD Host controller: JMicron Technologies, Inc. Standard SD Host Controller
02:00.3 System peripheral: JMicron Technologies, Inc. MS Host Controller
02:00.4 System peripheral: JMicron Technologies, Inc. xD Host Controller
05:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 5100 AGN [Shiloh] Network Connection
08:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 02)

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