Drivers

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This page holds a model independent Linux driver matrix for ThinkPads. At current state it only consists of drivers which are maintained outside the Linux kernel source tree (even though they might be included in actual kernels already).

For more specific information regarding your particular ThinkPad see the individual Components of your Model.

We also have an alphabetical listing of drivers.

Linux Driver Matrix for ThinkPads

Connectivity

Hardware function relevant drivers
Bluetooth

see Bluetooth Adapters

Ethernet

see Ethernet Controllers

IrDA see IrDA
Modem

see Modem Devices

Wireless LAN
  • hostap (Intersil Prism2/2.5/3 Driver for Wifi)
  • ipw2100 (Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 Driver for WiFi)
  • ipw2200 (Intel PRO/Wireless 2200 Driver for Wifi)
  • madwifi (Multiband Atheros Driver for WiFi)
  • ath5k (Multiband Atheros Driver for WiFi) - replacement for madwifi
  • ath9k (Multiband Atheros Driver for WiFi with 802.11n support)

see Wireless Network Adapters

WWAN

Display

Hardware function relevant drivers
Display brightness
Video drivers
  • fglrx (ATI driver for Radeon, FireGL and Mobility boards)
  • savage (Driver for Savage chips found in some Thinkpads)
  • R128 (Driver for Rage128 chips found in some Thinkpads)
  • R300 (Driver for ATI boards with R300 chips like Radeon 9500 and the FireGL series)

see Video Controllers

Video Output switching
Colour profile

Drives

Hardware function relevant drivers
CD/DVD Speed control
  • tp_smapi (enables setting of CD/DVD speed on modern ThinkPads)
  • eject (enables setting of CD/DVD speed on older ThinkPads)
UltraBay Hot-Swapping
SD Card Slot
  • sdhci (driver for SD/MMC host controllers)
  • tifm (driver for 3-in-one memory card reader)

Input

Hardware function relevant drivers
Hotkeys and Special buttons
  • thinkpad-acpi (tracks key and button events via ACPI)
  • tpb (tracks key and button events via /dev/nvram)

see also How to get special keys to work

TrackPoint
Touchpad
TouchScreen

Misc Features

Hardware function relevant drivers
Beeps
LEDs
ThinkLight

PowerManagement

Hardware function relevant drivers
ACPI
  • thinkpad-acpi (IBM ThinkPad Fn+Fx key driver)
  • acpid (ACPI daemon catching triggered events)
APM
  • thinkpad & tpctl (ThinkPad configuration programs that are compatible with APM)
Battery management
  • tp_smapi (Extended battery information and control)
Battery status
  • tp_smapi (Extended battery information and control)
Fan Speed Control
RediSafe
Suspend to RAM (Sleep)
Suspend to Disk (Hibernation)

Security & Safety

Hardware function relevant drivers
TCP/TCPA (Embedded Security Subsystem)
  • tpm (GPL driver for the TCPA chip in newer ThinkPads)
  • tpmdd (another driver for the TCPA chip in newer ThinkPads)
Harddisk protection (APS)
Theft alarm
Thermal Sensor Monitoring

Additional Hardware

Hardware function relevant drivers
Docking Stations
UltraPort Camera
Personal tools
Namespaces

Variants
Actions
Navigation
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