Installing OpenSUSE 12.3 on a ThinkPad T430s

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Lenovo Thinkpad T430s 2356-LPG, BIOS G7ET90WW (2.50), ECP G7HT36WW (1.12)


This installation instruction describes these parts that do not or do not completely work after my OpenSUSE 12.3 DVD installation using KDE 4 as window manager. However, almost everything seems to work fine.


Using the default BIOS settings, the Switchable Graphics with Intel HD Graphics and NVIDIA Optimus may cause high power consumption. Thus, if you do not need the NVIDIA Optimus graphics, change the BIOS settings from Switchable to Internal graphics before installation. Please read Switchable Graphics for the pros and cons. Note that I did not test the NVIDIA Optimus graphics.

Any time you change the BIOS setting after installation, you may have to execute # mkinitrd in order to prevent loading of unnecessary modules.



The Ericsson HSPA+ WWAN Minicard (H5321gw) must be configured every time before it emits GPS data, see H5321gw GPS.

Integrated fingerprint reader

The Integrated Fingerprint Reader does not work. However, there is a patch that adds the USB ID 147e:2020 to libfprint 0.5.0.[1] This OBS hardware repository provides a One Click Installation of the patched package.[2]