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Lenovo ThinkPad T510


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Lenovo ThinkPad T510 laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Lenovo ThinkPad T510. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Lenovo ThinkPad T510 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Lenovo ThinkPad T510 specifications page.

NameLenovo ThinkPad T510
ProcessorIntel® CoreTM 2 Duo i5-520M i5 (2.4GHz, 3MB L3, 1066MHz FSB, 35W)
Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo i5-540M i5 (2.53GHz, 3MB L3, 1066MHz FSB, 35W)
Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo i7-620M i7 (2.66GHz, 4MB L3, 1066MHz FSB, 35W)
Screen15.6“ (1366×768)
15.6” (1600×900)
15.6“ (1920×1080)
RAMUp to 8GB
HDD160GB to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 5700MHD
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 3100M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel® WifiLink 6200 2×2
Intel® WifiLink 6300 3×3
Intel® 2×2 6250 with WiMax
ThinkPad WLAN Realtek 1×2

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsIntel - Works
NVIDIA - Works
WirelessWorks*Models with the Intel 6250 wireless controller wont work yet, only the 6200 and 6300 will.
ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderWorks
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderWorks



The T510 models with the Quadro NVS 3100M works best with the proprietary NVIDIA drivers. You can see the guides section on this site for installation details.


Intel has yet to release firmware for the Intel 6250 wireless controller so that wont work at this stage. The 6200 and 6300 are fine.

In Ubuntu 9.10, to get wireless working you may need to install the linux-backport-modules-karmic package. Use the following:

sudo apt-get install linux-backport-modules-karmic

Fingerprint Reader

Install Protector Suite for Linux

To enroll: $ enroll

For PAM, Add this as the first line to PAM configuration files, Ex: /etc/pam.d/sudo

auth sufficient


The Lenovo ThinkPad T510 is a great laptop to use with Linux as long as you avoid the Intel 6250 wireless controller.


Mike T., 2017/04/04 08:33

Installing openSUSE Leap 42.2 with Plasma 5 worked out of the box. Only issues I found are with the WiFi controller.

Randy, 2015/02/26 12:50


rr, 2014/04/23 20:49 expired on 03/27/2014 and is pending renewal or deletion.

Rubén, 2014/03/31 12:35

My model 4384-VZ6 comes with a Qualcomm Gobi 2000 WWAN / 3G card and I don't know how to install it in Linux. It does seem to work on Win7, though.

dave, 2016/11/20 17:22

That involves a driver install and or firmware. Drivers are built into the kernel and that is how Linux loads the driver. I suggest this search string..

search “Qualcomm Gobi 2000 WWAN 3G card Linux” without quotes

[If you are using Ubuntu 16.04 or Linux Mint 18 use that instead of just linux] This show if any posts or articles have been made for the device.

Mark Leigh, 2013/10/29 23:26

I lied below. After more thorough testing it seems that with MATE Mint 15 (64 bit), suspend/hibernate don't work at all, with nouveau nor the proprietary nvidia driver. Downgrading to 64 bit Mint 14 (also MATE) works fine.

Yes, the bios is the latest version, and yes the ACPI sleep was set.

Mark Leigh, 2013/10/24 20:59

Thinkpad 510. Model:4314-2PU

Mint 15 (MATE) installs fine. Boots fine. Wireless and graphics work out of the box. No problems so far :)

Henrik, 2013/10/07 10:30

Problems installing:

Kubuntu 13.10

Linux Mint 15 KDE

Seems that gfx-driver crashes.

I have NVIDIA Quadro NVS 3100M

I have previously installed Ubuntu 10.04 when the computer was new without problems.

Yoshiaki Senda, 2012/09/13 06:51

Yellow Dog Linux for CUDA 6.3 works great with T510(NVIDIA Quadro NVS 3100M)! looks not fancy yet well prepared for CUDA development *-)
If you need wifi, you need to do some work. I haven't tried this yet.

Dhananja -n00b, 2011/05/01 03:40

Ubuntu 1.04 works ok, having trouble with banshee to play mp3's correctly and worst cant not control display brightness

Dhananja -n00b, 2011/05/01 03:40


Grishnakh, 2011/04/28 03:20

I just got one of these for work, and installed Linux Mint 10 KDE x86-64 edition on it. Everything seems to work great, except for the video: it seems to have problem where it doesn't want to update immediately, and I have to flip windows to get it to update sometimes. According to lsmod, it's using the i915 video driver. Anyone see this problem, or know what to do about it?

Jon Baron, 2011/03/27 18:59

Fedora 14 x86_64 worked just fine, out of the box. But right now I'm looking for how to get the built in web-cam to work. It is recognized by hal.

Ron Savage, 2011/03/13 00:47

Model 431434M. Debian 6.0 64-bit working perfectly. USB and wireless mice both work flawlessly. Didn't try Bluetooth, modem, firewire, card reader. *.mp3's play perfectly. No special drivers were installed.

jpouet, 2011/01/23 00:27

Mandriva 10 doesn't work. I have a black screen at startup. Anyone know this problem ?

Heiko, 2010/12/23 12:56

X-Server crashes often completely (openSuSE 11.3, T510 with Intel Arrandale Graphics)

reynaldo, 2010/10/30 00:56 Lists the 6250AGN as supported now ..
can someone confirm?

polxian, 2010/10/28 16:38

Parsix 3.6 Vinnie(debian variant)couldn't detect my wireless card, which made me very sad. Xubuntu, Mint9 (isadora), and Mint XFCE could see it but had problems getting a signal. Peppermint worked flawlessly out of the box.

Joachim, 2010/10/03 16:26

Installing protector suite 0.1 rc3 fedora rpm on openSUSE 11.3 64bit leads to segfault when trying to enroll :-(

Norwegian Linux User, 2010/07/09 22:36

No problem installing Ubuntu 10.04, and running perfectly with the Nvidia Drivers… Quite nicely done!

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