Installing Fedora 13 on a ThinkPad T510
Success Chart - Out of the box experience
|Installation||Local CD/DVD install||yes|
|Display||Laptop Screen (15.6" TFT display with 1920x1080(FHD) or 1600x900(HD+))||yes||However nouveau driver has issues posted in bugzilla|
|Power Management||Software Suspend (hibernate)||yes|
|Suspend to Memory (ACPI sleep)||yes|
|Wireless||WiFi - ThinkPad 11b/g/n Wireless LAN Mini-PCI Express Adapter II||yes||After compiling driver. see notes below|
|Bluetooth||yes||It did detect my nokia e71 and i transferred some files from it.|
|(TrackPoint / Touchpad combo)||yes|
|Extra keys||partial||see ThinkPad Extra keys section below|
|Fingerprint||no||Am still working on it. fprint seems not to recognize the device|
|PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse||unknown||Requires dock. I do not have a doc. Maybe someone with it can test and edit this page|
|[Multicard reader 5-in-1 (MMC, MS, MS Pro, SD, SDHC)]||yes||2GB SanDisk Ultra II SD flash card automatically detected.|
|2.0MP webcamera||yes||Tested with Skype. Works perfectly.|
|Harddisk Active Protection||no||There is now a hdapsd rpm, but it is not installed by default, and neither is the hdaps kernel module getting automatically loaded. And even after install it is not started automatically. Tried it manually (modprobe hdaps) but seems the module is not there in the kernel.|
|TPM (security subsystem)||unknown|
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. However as the default installation came with windows and drive was not partitioned, i had to manually resize the partitions. Using the fedora installation cd, when you reach the partition section, delete partition where windows was installed. Resize it. I gave windows a 50gb partition and the rest to fedora. Of course this means you no longer have any windows OS.
After the installation, grub might not show the OS selection menu which i did list as a bug. All you need to do is edit the /boot/grub.conf file and change timeout=0 to timeout=10 When you reboot and select windows of course it wont be there. You will get an error. All you need to do now is install the boot disk (NOT RECOVERY), restore your windows by selecting the recovery partition. This will reinstall windows 7 back to the original factory settings to your 50GB drive. When you reboot grub will still be there.
After updating the system, i rebooted to the new kernel. The display went blank most probably due to the experimental noveau driver. I solved it by rebooting the comp to the old kernel and installing the proprietary nvidea card drivers using this guide. Then reboot your system and all should run well. I highly recommend you use the nvidia driver as the one in fedora gives a real headache. Dont forget you need to update your system first.
- Problems booting to the latest kernel if you use noveau driver. See note above on how to solve this.
The kernel has no support for the wifi card. lspci shows my card as 03:00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8192SE Wireless LAN Controller (rev 10) Installing it is very simple.
1. Download the driver from the realtek site
In my case the driver is RTL8192SE so i selected the linux driver and downloaded it.
2. Install the following packages to compile it
# yum install kernel-headers kernel-devel
# yum groupinstall "Development Tools"
3. Extract the tar file you downloaded.
4. Run this command
5. If no errors run command
# make install as root and reboot
ThinkPad Extra keys
ThinkPad keys are handled by a mixture of the thinkpad_acpi, acpi button and acpi dock drivers.
|Lock the computer||-||unknown||yes|
|Select Power Plan||-||unknown||unknown|
|Put Computer to sleep/standby mode||-||unknown||yes|
|Change camera/audio settings||-||unknown||unknown|
|Switch Display output location||-||unknown||unknown|
|Change ultranav device settings||-||unknown||partial||Allows to turn on/off trackpad|
|Put computer in hibernation mode||-||unknown||unknown|
|Have the same function as the SysRq key.||-||unknown||unknown|
|Enable or disable the numeric keypad.||-||unknown||yes|
|Have the same function as the Break key.||-||unknown||unknown|
|NextTab||Browser Next tab||-||unknown||yes|
|PreviousTab||Browser Previous tab||-||unknown||yes|