Installing Fedora 13 on a ThinkPad T410
Success Chart - Out of the box experience
The SMOLT profile for the T410 used for testing Fedora 13 is here.
|Installation||Local CD/DVD install||yes|
|Network Installation||no||Fixed upstream - patched images available|
|Display - Intel HD Graphics||Laptop Screen||yes|
|DVI||yes||Requires a dock or Displayport to DVI adapter|
|Display - NVidia||Laptop Screen||yes|
|DVI||unknown||Requires a dock or Displayport to DVI adapter|
|Power Management||Software Suspend (hibernate)||yes||takes a long time to suspend/resume, and could use a progress/activity indicator|
|Suspend to Memory (ACPI sleep)||yes|
|Audio||yes||Internal Microphone works after installing newer kernel from updates repository.|
|Wireless||WiFi - Intel 6200||yes|
|WiFi - Intel 6300||unknown|
|WiFi - Realtek||unknown|
|WWAN with GPS||unknown|
|TrackPoint||yes||Install gpointing-device-settings rpm for full configuration capabilities|
|TouchPad||yes||Install gpointing-device-settings rpm for full configuration capabilities|
|Extra keys||partial||see ThinkPad Extra keys section below|
|Fingerprint reader||unknown||Should work after installing newer fprintd from updates repository|
|Modem||no||Should work with the binary Conexant HSF modem drivers.|
|5-in-1 MultiCard Reader||partial||Reads SD and SDHC, but not MemoryStick|
|Harddisk Active Protection||no||Fedora ships the hdapsd rpm, but not the tp_smapi kernel module, which is required to read the motion sensor bugzilla|
|Ultrabay device hotswap||partial||see below, use with caution out of the box|
|TPM||yes||tpm_tis is automatically loaded. After installing the tpm-tools rpm, and starting the tcsd service, the tpm_* commands seem to work.|
|Docking||partial||Works, but since Series 3 docks are not docks but port-replicators, there is no true dock/undock handling. They do however cause KEY events on dock/undock, but those are currently not exposed by the thinkpad-acpi driver.|
Tested and Verified on Fedora 13
Information in this section has been tested and verified using Fedora 13.
Installation is straight forward; you can follow the generic Fedora install instructions.
X Server - Intel HD Graphics
Works out of the box, including Compiz.
One of the new Features of Fedora 13 is support for Colour Profiles (found under System > Preferences > Color Profiles). Instructions for locating the correct colour profile for your ThinkPad can be found on the Colour profile page.
External VGA and DVI (through a Dock) displays work, DisplayPort has not been tested.
- Fn-F7 display switching does not work. It caused both displays to switch off, requiring a power cycle. (Bugzilla)
- Xvideo (Xv) does not work for certain frame sizes (Bugzilla) - fixed in newer Intel Xorg driver available from koji.
X Server - NVidia
ThinkPad Extra keys
ThinkPad keys are handled by a mixture of the thinkpad_acpi, acpi button, acpi dock and acpi video drivers.
|wireless||thinkpad_acpi||HAL||partial||Works as a radio kill switch, kills WiFi but not Bluetooth|
|video conference||?||no||no||Mapped to key Camera in upstream 2.6.36 kernel|
|videomode||thinkpad_acpi||HAL||no||Switches, but gives black display on both and cannot restore display|
|mouse input select||thinkpad_acpi||HAL||yes||Switches touchpad on and off, including OSD|
|brightness up||acpi video||HAL||yes||includes on-screen display of brightness level|
|brightness down||acpi video||HAL||yes||includes on-screen display of brightness level|
|thinklight||-||no||yes||no default OSD. Install the tpb rpm as a workaround.|
|zoom||thinkpad_acpi||HAL||no||Known Xorg limitation, scheduled to be fixed with the new XKB2 extension, whenever that may be.|
|Vendor key||thinkpad_acpi||HAL||partial||No default action, but can be associated with gnome-keybinding-properties|
|NextTab||Browser Next tab||standard keyboard driver||HAL||yes|
|PreviousTab||Browser Previous tab||standard keyboard driver||HAL||yes|
|Up||Stop||standard keyboard driver||HAL||yes|
|Left||reverse||standard keyboard driver||HAL||yes|
|Right||forward||standard keyboard driver||HAL||yes|
|Down||play/pause||standard keyboard driver||HAL||yes|
|Power||Power button||acpi button||HAL||yes||Need to press button for ~1 second to trigger event. Causes a dialog asking you what to do.|
|Lid||Lid button||acpi button||HAL||yes|
|Dock||Dock eject||-||no||yes||works, but the KEY events are not passed to userspace so you cannot use it to do custom actions. Also check out this page for some potential issues and workarounds|
|Ultrabay||Ultrabay eject switch||acpi dock||udev||no||Missing handler, see Ultrabay instructions below|
|Radio switch||Radio kill switch||thinkpad_acpi||udev||yes|
The Ultrabay has some glitches out of the box with respect to hotswapping. It is possible to lock the machine when pulling out devices, even the CD/DVD device.
The culprit is that the Ultrabay pre-eject switch is not hooked into anything useful. It does cause udev events, but nothing is listening for them. When a device that has a mounted partition or CD is actually pulled out it is too late to do the right thing. linux will usually just complain, sometimes bitterly, but may also lock up for some unknown reason, even if just pulling out a CD/DVD device with a mounted CD.
Manually unmounting before removal will help. Manual powering down may also be required for correct performance.
A better solution is to set up a udev rule and script to handle the pre-eject switch event for Ultrabay devices that have mountable things in them as in How to hotswap Ultrabay devices.