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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||Pen and touch work out of the box|
|Graphics Chip||Yes||Requires Linux 3.4 kernel or newer. Hard freezes on 3.3 or earlier.|
|Headphone/Microphone Jack||Yes/No||Headphones auto-detect, and headphones with mic auto-detected but no audio picked up despite fiddling with alsamixer, gnome-alsamixer, and qasmixer for a while.|
|Mic mute button||No||No output detected with xev, known issue, bugs filed, workaround here: http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Microphone_Mute_Button|
|“Black” Lenovo button||No||No output detected with xev (this is a regression; it worked with earlier distributions)|
|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.|
|Smart Card Reader||Yes|
|Tablet mode||YES||Needs MagickRotation or comparable package/app/scripts to accomplish proper rotation|
|Fingerprint Scanner||Yes||Requires additional packages, but supported|
|Powered USB port||Yes||Works as expected (suspend laptop → device charges via usb)|
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. [Tested on ubuntu 13.04 based distro, all fn-specials work 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. [Tested bezel buttons in Ubuntu 13.04 based distro, middle button rotates screen following install of magickrotation]
Touch screen (with fingers) worked out of box for me, getting the Pen to work required installing the xf86-input-wacom drivers. [Tested w/Ubuntu 13.04 based distro and both pen and touch work out of the box, no patching/installing of xf86-input-wacom required - that issues has been solved, rotates fine with magick-roation]
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 some more of the frills working too (exceptions include the keyboard light, which may be considered core feature or a frill).