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Lenovo ThinkPad X130e

Introduction

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Lenovo ThinkPad X130e. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Lenovo ThinkPad X130e page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Lenovo ThinkPad X130e specifications page.

NameLenovo ThinkPad X130e
ProcessorIntel Core i3-2367M processor (dual-core, 1.40GHz, 3MB Cache)
Intel Celeron 857 processor (dual-core, 1.2GHz, 2MB Cache)
Screen11.6” 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUp to 320GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 3000
NetworkAtheros AR8151 v2.0 10/100/1000 Ethernet
Broadcom BCM43224 b/g/n, 1×1

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorksFan RPM significantly inaccurate
ScreenWorks
HDDWorksHDAPS driver reports consistent incorrect figures
Graphics ChipWorksUses the i915 driver, as expected
Occasional issues while running X (with and without compositors) that result in the device freezing. In this state, Sysrq keys are unavailable and the system may or may not recover given enough time. No kernel info dumped to syslog
VGA OutWorks
HDMI OutWorks
SoundWorks
Bulti-in MicrophoneWorks
Headphone JackWorks
EthernetWorksUses the atl1c kernel driver. Frequent, inconsistent disconnects
Seems to work okay with kernel versions >3.9
WirelessWorksUses the BCMA SoftMac driver and b43 firmware blobs
BluetoothNot Tested
USBWorks
Card ReaderNot WorkingRTSX driver loads but the device doesn't appear in the partition table
Appears to work in Fedora release 19 with rtsx_pci
WebcamWorks
Touch PadWorksRequires X configuration
Track PointWorksRequires X configuration
Suspend/ResumeWorks

Notes

There are many issues regarding compatibility with the thinkpad_acpi modules

For those with 2012 vintage DER NSW devices and/or those struggling with a forgotten supervisor password, there is an easy fix: By causing a CMOS checksum error, you can access the BIOS configuration utility with maximum privileges. This is done by unplugging the CMOS battery, waiting for residual charge in the IC to dissipate, then powering on and pressing “F1” to enter the BIOS. From there, you can enable the boot menu which will allow you to access the BIOS with the same privilege level every boot.

Summary

Pros:

  • Small
  • Serviceable
  • Rugged
  • 7+ hours battery life

Cons:

  • Heavy
  • Poor compatibility with many TP drivers and tools
  • Expensive

A _very_ decent machine given its portability and battery life, but certainly not the best within its price bracket especially with features like HDAPS and ACPI fan control not functioning correctly with already existing drivers and tools


Discussion

Hiroshi, 2013/10/21 15:08

Hi can anyone who's successfully done this recommend the most compatible version of linux I'm thinking Ubuntu

Thank you guys.

-Hiroshi

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