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Lenovo Thinkpad X200


This is a small, 16:10, 12“ Lenovo notebook.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

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For full specifications see the Lenovo ThinkPad X200 specifications page.

NameLenovo ThinkPad X200
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo
Screen12.1” WXGA Widescreen
HDD80GB to 320GB to 64GB SSD
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500
NetworkEthernet, Thinkpad 802.11bg or Intel 5100 802.11abgn or Intel 5300 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveNot present
EthernetYes (e1000e)
WirelessYes (iwlagn)
56K ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderYes
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested


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Oscar, 2014/05/12 10:01

Dear community,

I am not very knowlegable about computers but I just bought a used Thinkpad x200 without software. My plan is to install LinuxMint “Petra”, which I put on usb using the LinuxLive usb creator.
However, when starting my new laptop, I cannot get it to boot from the usb. I tried to press F12, F1, F9 and the blue ThinkVantage button, but the display still continues showing “blancco” hardware information.

Is anybody interested in helping me?

furnished accommodations, 2014/04/22 16:13

you'll have to install a couple of packages (one was a python opengl interface, I don't remember the other. Try using the 3d interface of the Gnome Chess game, it will tell you

Carl, 2012/09/09 19:42

I've been running Mint 13, everything works except that every so often the trackpoint gets sluggish. I can't figure out why. It has happened on other distros as well. Any ideas?

Luis Antonio Galindo Castro, 2011/05/15 04:18

If you use dmidecode and 64 bit distro or pae kernel you can see taht it can use 8 GB of RAM, i have 6 GB and works great!

Ryan, 2010/12/16 19:29

Can anybody help me get bluetooth working with Mandriva 2010 Spring? I'd also like to be able to scroll with the middle trackpoint button.

BB, 2010/03/16 01:36

running debian squeeze 64bit with a 2.6.32-trunk-amd64 kernel

every thing worked out of the box with the exception of the original wifi card (intel 802.11 bgn - rtl8192/r8192S), it was a POS and only sort of worked after compiling the driver, replaced it with an Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 5100 AGN (bought it on ebay for @ $40). it started working as soon as i installed it and rebooted, works 1000 times better then the original card.

following stuff worked out of the box:
web cam - yes
trackpoint - yes
usb ports - yes
ethernet - yes
wifi - see above
pcexpress card slot - yes
sd card reader - yes
bluetooth - yes
fn keys - yes
sound - yes
mute key - yes

following stuff worked with minor tweaking:
volume up
volume down

following not tested

battery life (9 cell) between 6 and 8 hours.

excellent machine for debian, i purchased it new on ebay with no os (no windows coa), i have no intention of ever installing windows.

BB, 2011/05/16 16:04

Have since upgraded to the current testing (wheezy) and 2.6.38 kernel, no hicups, all still working well.

BB, 2011/12/31 16:45

Currently running debian sid - still zero problems.

Patrick, 2009/10/05 16:08

Hi Joshua,

Given you've already worked this out, it would be good if you could post how you did this, or give some links.


Joshua, 2009/06/25 18:36

I just bought one and it's GREAT. I use Ubuntu Jaunty on it.

I had a bit of trouble getting the sound to work, but with a simple hack it works fine - you'll have to Google a bit.

To make OpenGL work (3d acceleration), you'll have to install a couple of packages (one was a python opengl interface, I don't remember the other. Try using the 3d interface of the Gnome Chess game, it will tell you.)

Battery life seems to be a lot longer than it tells me, YMMV.

Otherwise everything seems to be great.

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