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Lenovo ThinkPad T430

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Lenovo ThinkPad T430 laptop. If you have the Lenovo ThinkPad T430 and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Lenovo ThinkPad T430 specifications page.

NameLenovo ThinkPad T430
ProcessorIntel Core i7-3520M (2.90 GHz, 4MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Intel Core i5-3360M (2.80 GHz, 3MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Intel Core i5-3320M (2.60 GHz, 3MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Intel Core i5-3210M (2.50 GHz, 3MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Intel Core i3-2350M (2.30 GHz, 3MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Screen14“ 1366×768 Widescreen
14” 1600×900 Widescreen
RAMUp to 16GB
HDDUp to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA NVS 5400M
Intel HD Graphics 4000
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
ThinkPad b/g/n Wireless (1×1)
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 (2×2 AGN)
Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 3000 (3×3 AGN)

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibility (with kernel 3.5.3 if not noted)Comments
Processorworks tested i5 3210M with HT enabled
Screenworksfull resol., brightness controll works
HDDworkshdaps not yet supported
Optical Driveworks
Graphics Chipworkstested intel HD4000 hw configuration, vaapi works
VGA Outworkssome horizontal wawes on ext screen (some interference)
DisplayPortworkstested with HDMI and DVI adapter, both works
Soundworksint. speakers works, (snd_hda_intel), button controls works too except mic mute
Bulti-in Microphoneworks
Headphone/Microphone Jackworkstested only output, read below
Ethernetworks
Wirelessworkssupported in kernel (Centrino Advanced-N 6205 (rev 34)), HW switch works
Bluetoothworks
WWANNot Tested
USBworksboth 2.0 and 3.0 works well on kernel 3.6.11
Card Readerworkstested only SD and SDHC, both works
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint Readernot yet supportedHW ID 147e:2020 Upek not yet supported
Webcamworksdriver: uvcvideo
Smart Card ReaderNot Tested
Docking Stationworks
Touch Padworks
Track Pointworks
Suspend/Resumeworkstested with HD4000 only, no problems

Notes

!!! ALL NOT SUPPORTED AND NOT WORKING DEVICES INFORMATIONS _SHOULD_ BE UPDATED ASAP AS IT WILL WORK !!!
LINUX KERNEL IS REALLY ACTIVELY DEVELOPED AND SUPPORT CAN BE ADDED REALLY SOON

tested model hw configuration:
Lenovo Thinkpad T430 2344-4ZG..
additional SSD OCZ Vertex 4 128GB

Both SATA ports (for int. HDD and in Ultrabay) are SATA III 6.0Gbps
My OCZ vertex 4 with height 9.3mm fits very tightly and without metal case in int. HDD bay. Due to this tightness there were no air flow around it and place under left hand got uncomfortably hot. So 9mm disks should be placed in ultrabay IMHO.
Battery settings (start and stop charging tresholds can't be configured through /sys/… but tpacpi-bat works well,
in current archlinux distribution kernel 3.6.11 tp_smapi doesn't load into kernel.

mentioned battery settings app (perl script, needs acpi_call in kernel):
https://github.com/teleshoes/tpbattstat-applet/blob/master/tpacpi-bat

Audio jack has pinout (male) <|L|R|GND|MIC====(CABLE) but nokia has GND and MIC pins swapped so you can't use it, for normal sound you have to press recieve button, this is anoying.
http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/T400-T500-and-newer-T-series/T510-combo-mic-audio-port-usage/m-p/362535#M38026

Summary

Microphone mute button doesn't invoke any event in xev.

lsusb output:

Bus 003 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 004 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 003: ID 147e:2020 Upek
Bus 003 Device 004: ID 0a5c:21e6 Broadcom Corp.
Bus 003 Device 005: ID 04f2:b2da Chicony Electronics Co., Lt

lspci output:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor DRAM Controller (rev 09)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller (rev 09)
00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB xHCI Host Controller (rev 04)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev c4)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev c4)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev c4)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation QM77 Express Chipset LPC Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series Chipset Family 6-port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 04)
02:00.0 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd PCIe SDXC/MMC Host Controller (rev 07)
03:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Centrino Advanced-N 6205 (rev 34)

DiGGiT


Discussion

XenGi, 2014/01/21 18:51

WWAN works with Ericsson mPCIe module. config for german eplus like networks is here: https://gist.github.com/XenGi/6712766

axing, 2013/12/27 04:47

我的电脑是ThinkPad T430装Linux (红旗Linux、ubuntu)失败,我不知道是电脑硬件原因还是系统原因,系统换了几个,应不是系统原因吧

Igor Konnov, 2013/11/29 22:42

It works great on Debian Wheezy with kernel 3.2.0-4-amd64. The only annoying problem was that once in ten times the laptop woke up from suspend/hibernate with the keyboard locked and the backlight off. Apparently, the ethernet module (e1000e) was disrupting the wake up. The following line in /etc/pm/config.d/modules fixed it for me:

SUSPEND_MODULES=“e1000e”

Peter Sinka, 2013/07/16 13:17

Hi All,

i have a problem with my Linux based on Ubuntu on my Device T430s.
All hardware is ok, but Bluetooth with HFP Profile dosen't works.
Can somebody help me with it?

Thanks!

Stephan Bayer, 2013/04/24 12:21

Yeah this computer has been a nightmare for me. It works fine running Windows but I don't want to run it.

-Docking station uses the Nvidia graphics - discrete mode

but linux likes to default to the intel driver when it's enabled and I only get ugly VGA output, mirror copy of my laptop screen…

Maybe Windows truly does a better job at Windows….

or at least Nvidia cooperates with Windows and not linux.

i've spent too much of my life trying to figure out this technology, so here's the finger to Nvidia. I just want the thing to work. No display is one of the most frustrating things you can experience.

Fernão Lopes, 2013/11/06 23:39

Installing a Debian on this computer was nice and without problems, because in my configuration I've choosed 's Intel VGA. The problem *really is* Nvidia, that's why Linux Torvals [http://www.itworld.com/open-source/374620/will-linus-torvalds-apologize-giving-nvidia-finger|gived a finger to then].

The only problem that I had was to install the wireless, that needed a non-free library, because of a proprietary library (firmware-iwlwifi).

Robert, 2013/03/27 17:49

Works great on a currently updated fedora 18 with dock, EXCEPT for video output. :-(

Mehul Sanghvi, 2013/02/19 15:33

Current Distro: Debian/testing (soon to be wheezy)

Previous Distros: Ubuntu 12.10

lsusb output:

Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 147e:2020 Upek
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0a5c:21e6 Broadcom Corp.
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 04f2:b2da Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd
Bus 002 Device 005: ID 17ef:100a Lenovo ThinkPad Mini Dock Plus Series 3

lspci output:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor DRAM Controller (rev 09)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller (rev 09)
00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB xHCI Host Controller (rev 04)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:16.3 Serial controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family KT Controller (rev 04)
00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev c4)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev c4)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev c4)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation QM77 Express Chipset LPC Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series Chipset Family 6-port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 04)
02:00.0 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd PCIe SDXC/MMC Host Controller (rev 07)
03:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Centrino Advanced-N 6205 [Taylor Peak] (rev 34)

Problems:

The system intermittently locks up, forcing me to hold the power button down until it turns off. This happened with Ubuntu 12.04 and Ubuntu 12.10 as well as Debian/wheezy.

Robin Becker, 2013/02/10 19:42

I have a T430i using Arch Linux. With a new BSAPI and assistance from here http://volker.de/2012/12/fingerprint-gui-und-das-thinkpad-t430s/

and here

http://www.n-view.net/Appliance/fingerprint/index.php

I was able to get the 147e:2020 Upek finger print reader working.

Khyam Shahzad, 2013/02/04 09:52

I installed Fedora 18 on T430 and everything working perfect except the few issues.

  • From BIOS I enabled the Discrete Graphics (Optimus doesn't work with Fedora 18)
  • The screen resolution is 1600×900 which makes it very difficult to read on screen.
  • I tried to install the NVIDIA drivers by following the tutorial http://www.if-not-true-then-false.com/2013/fedora-18-nvidia-guide/ but I was unable to get more resolution options.
  • When I close the Lid and reopen, the system gets stuck and I have to restart :-(

If there is any solution?

Michal Kopec, 2013/01/24 12:32

Fedora 17. Nvidia Optimus laptop version but only integrated card enabled in BIOS. I do not need nvidia device but for model without it I had to wait and price was same.
I'm unable to get Display Port running.
With one Samsung TV - VGA port was switching on and off all over again.

Paul Campbell, 2013/01/18 04:16

With vmplayer on windows 7, I was able to load a fedora 18 that worked flawlessly

nda, 2013/01/18 03:10

Could not install linux by either LiveUSB or wubi. Messed with BIOS settings (secure boot, UEFS/
Legacy), never worked. Having to return it because this is unacceptable.

ziroha, 2013/01/07 01:33

Get an Adapter compatible with Linux,
I suggest the Pico.

Paul Campbell, 2012/08/14 07:17

Tried T430 with Fedora 17 with only one significant problem: Unable to get wireless using the default lenovo wireless option. Any suggestions ?

noureddine, 2013/03/25 10:55

the solution is in this link http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/iwlwifi

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