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Lenovo ThinkPad T530


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For full specifications see the Lenovo ThinkPad T530 specifications page.

NameLenovo ThinkPad T530
Processor3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3210M (3.10 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600MHz FSB)
3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3320M (3.30 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600MHz FSB)
3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3360M (3.50 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600MHz FSB)
3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3520M (3.60 GHz, 4MB L3, 1600MHz FSB)
3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3720QM (3.60 GHz, 6MB L3, 1600MHz FSB)
3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3820QM (3.70 GHz, 8MB L3, 1600MHz FSB)
Screen15.6“ 1366×768 Widescreen
15.6” 1600×900 Widescreen
15.6“ 1920×1080 Widescreen
RAMUp to 16GB
HDDUp to 1TB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000
NVIDIA NVS 5400M Graphics with Optimus Technology
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
ThinkPad 1×1 b/g/n
Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2200 (2×2 BGN)
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 AGN
Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 AGN

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveWorks
Graphics ChipWorksNvidia (discrete) + Intel (onbaord)
VGA OutNot Tested
DisplayPortWorks With a special xorg.conf
Bulti-in MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone JackNot Tested
Microphone JackNot Tested
Card ReaderWorks
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderWorks with fingerprint
Smart Card ReaderWorks
Docking StationWorks
Touch PadWorks


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David Vincent-Jones, 2014/01/09 23:56

Built-in microphone is not working. I had the problem with Windows-7, with Ubuntu 13.10 and now with Fedora-20.

There is a problem with the mic. muting button that may be the culprit.

Don Peterson, 2013/09/25 22:46

Laptop works great with CentOS6.3. Tried Ubuntu and had problems with Unity or display drivers. Can't remember.

Still have annoying problem with screen saver freezing and cannot get display to come back about once a month. I think even under CentOS it has display driver problems. Was hard to get it to work with dual external displays, but did get it to work.

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