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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Lenovo ThinkPad x230t convertible tablet laptop.
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For full specifications see the Lenovo ThinkPad X230t specifications page.
|Name||Lenovo ThinkPad X230t|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-3520M (2.90 GHz, 4MB L3, 1600MHz FSB)
Intel Core i5-3320M (2.60 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600MHz FSB)
|Screen||12.5” 1366×768 Widescreen IPS|
|RAM||Up to 16GB|
|HDD||Up to 500GB (7mm height limit)|
|Optical Drive||None. The optional Ultrabase 3 contains an empty optical drive bay.|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 4000|
ThinkPad b/g/n Wireless (1×1 BGN)
Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2200 (2×2 BGN)
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 (2×2 AGN)
|Touch Screen||Yes||(Both pen and finger)|
|Graphics Chip||Yes||Requires Linux 3.4 kernel or newer. Hard freezes on 3.3 or earlier.|
|Microphone Jack||Not Tested|
|mSATA||Yes||Difficult to install: must open up keyboard and palm rest.|
|WWAN||Yes||Uses same slot as mSATA, and so WWAN and mSATA are mutually exclusive.|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Smart Card Reader||Not Tested|
Some of the fn-special buttons work out of the box and Xorg recognizes them. Screen brightness adjustments using these keys worked out of the box.
Other special buttons (such as the screen rotation buttons on the screen) can be configured using programs like gizmod or other similar utilities.
Touch screen (with fingers) worked out of box for me, getting the Pen to work required installing the xf86-input-wacom drivers.
This is likely a driver issue that wont affect all distributions, but I had to add “ro nomodeset” to the kernel boot line from grub, otherwise I'd just get a black screen when the my installer tried to switch to framebuffer.
Once linux was installed however (with up to date drivers), framebuffer worked perfectly fine, so I imagine it was simply the driver that was shipped with my year-old install disk that was the problem.
All the core things, and a number of “fun” things, work great and out of the box on this laptop/tablet. Additionally, with a little configuration and elbow grease, it's been possible to get all the frills working too.