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Lenovo ThinkPad T520


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Lenovo ThinkPad T520 laptop. If you have the Lenovo ThinkPad T520 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.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Lenovo ThinkPad T520. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Lenovo ThinkPad T520 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Lenovo ThinkPad T520 specifications page.

NameLenovo ThinkPad T520
ProcessorIntel Core i5-2520M processor (dual-core, 2.50GHz, 3MB Cache)
Screen15.6“ 1366×768 Widescreen
15.6” 1600×900 Widescreen
15.6“ 1920×1080 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUp to 750GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 3000
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205, 2×2

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveWorks
Graphics ChipWorks
VGA OutNot Tested
Bulti-in MicrophoneWorks
Headphone JackWorks
Microphone JackNot Tested
WWANNot Tested
ESATANot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderWorks
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderWorks
Touch PadWorks
Track PointWorks


Make sure you install the latest BIOS version for this laptop before installing Linux.


The Lenovo ThinkPad T520 works very well with Linux with the latest BIOS.


marc, 2015/02/20 09:58

Works out of the box with ubuntu 14.10 64 bit

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<a href="">Motorcoment</a>, 2014/06/29 03:12

well, my T520 (42423CH) works fine and excellent with linux.

Bruno Dantas, 2013/11/15 20:56

I have a T520 with Linux Mint 13 MATE 64-bit. No issues whatsoever. The only things I've never used (and therefore can't comment) are microphone jack, firewire, and bluetooth.

o1e9, 2012/07/25 21:39

T520 (42433ZG) works out of the box with Ubuntu 11.04, 11.10, 12.04. It is critical to update BIOS to the latest version to avoid kernel panic.

Marko Schütz-Schmuck, 2012/10/19 11:11

I have frequent panic on resume. Is that a symptom of the defective BIOS you mention? Could you add BIOS versions affected by the defect?

sergey, 2012/06/25 06:58

my T520 (4242CY3) works fine with Debian wheezy.
out of the box.

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