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Information on Thinkpad Drivers.
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This page holds a model independent Linux driver matrix for ThinkPads.
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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).
  
==PowerManagement==
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For more specific information regarding your particular ThinkPad see the individual [[Components]] of your [[:Category:Models|Model]].
*[[ibm-acpi]] <tt>(IBM ThinkPad ACPI Extras Driver)</tt>
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*[[thinkpad-acpi]] <tt>(IBM ThinkPad Fn+Fx key driver)</tt>
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==Graphics==
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We also have an [[:Category:Drivers|alphabetical listing of drivers]].
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==Linux Driver Matrix for ThinkPads==
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===Connectivity===
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|- style="background:#ffdead;white-space:nowrap;"
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!Hardware function!!relevant drivers
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|-
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| Bluetooth ||
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*[[thinkpad-acpi]] <tt>(enabling/disabling bluetooth)</tt>
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see [[Bluetooth Adapters]]
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|-
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| Ethernet ||
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see [[Ethernet Controllers]]
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|-
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| IrDA || see [[IrDA]]
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|-
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| Modem ||
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see [[Modem Devices]]
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|-
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| Wireless LAN ||
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*[[hostap]]  <tt>(Intersil Prism2/2.5/3 Driver for Wifi)</tt>
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*[[ipw2100]] <tt>(Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 Driver for WiFi)</tt>
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*[[ipw2200]] <tt>(Intel PRO/Wireless 2200 Driver for Wifi)</tt>
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*[[madwifi]] <tt>(Multiband Atheros Driver for WiFi)</tt>
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*[[ath5k]] <tt>(Multiband Atheros Driver for WiFi) - replacement for madwifi</tt>
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*[[ath9k]] <tt>(Multiband Atheros Driver for WiFi with 802.11n support)</tt>
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see [[Wireless Network Adapters]]
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|-
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| WWAN ||
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*[[Ericsson F3507g Mobile Broadband Module]]
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|-
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===Display===
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|- style="background:#ffdead;white-space:nowrap;"
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!Hardware function!!relevant drivers
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|-
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| Display brightness ||
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*[[thinkpad-acpi]] <tt>(ACPI based LCD brightness control)</tt>
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*[[tpctl]]
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|-
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| Video drivers ||
 
*[[fglrx]] <tt>(ATI driver for Radeon, FireGL and Mobility boards)</tt>
 
*[[fglrx]] <tt>(ATI driver for Radeon, FireGL and Mobility boards)</tt>
 
*[[savage]] <tt>(Driver for Savage chips found in some Thinkpads)</tt>
 
*[[savage]] <tt>(Driver for Savage chips found in some Thinkpads)</tt>
 
*[[R128]]  <tt>(Driver for Rage128 chips found in some Thinkpads)</tt>
 
*[[R128]]  <tt>(Driver for Rage128 chips found in some Thinkpads)</tt>
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*[[R300]]  <tt>(Driver for ATI boards with R300 chips like Radeon 9500 and the FireGL series)</tt>
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see [[Video Controllers]]
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|-
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| Video Output switching ||
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*[[thinkpad-acpi]] <tt>(ACPI based video switching for X series models)</tt>
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|-
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| Colour profile ||
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*[[Colour profile]] <tt>(Colour profile packages)</tt>
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|-
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==Wireless LAN==
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===Drives===
*[[madwifi]] <tt>(Multiband Atheros Driver for WiFi)</tt>
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*[[ipw2100]] <tt>(Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 Driver for WiFi)</tt>
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!Hardware function!!relevant drivers
*[[ipw2200]] <tt>(Intel PRO/Wireless 2200 Driver for Wifi)</tt>
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*[[hostap]] <tt>(Intersil Prism2/2.5/3 Driver for Wifi)</tt>
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| CD/DVD Speed control ||
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*[[tp_smapi]] <tt>(enables setting of CD/DVD speed on modern ThinkPads)</tt>
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*[http://ca.geocities.com/jefftranter@rogers.com/eject.html eject] <tt>(enables setting of CD/DVD speed on older ThinkPads)</tt>
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|-
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| [[UltraBay]] Hot-Swapping ||
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*[[thinkpad-acpi]] <tt>(triggers UltraBay eject event)</tt>
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*[[lt_hotswap]] <tt>(enables hotswapping with full DMA support)</tt>
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*[http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/hotswap Debian hotswap] <tt>(utility to de- and reregister hotswappable IDE devices)</tt>
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|-
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| SD Card Slot ||
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*[http://mmc.drzeus.cx/wiki/Linux/Drivers/sdhci sdhci] <tt>(driver for SD/MMC host controllers)</tt>
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*[[tifm]] <tt>(driver for 3-in-one memory card reader)</tt>
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==Touchpad/Trackpoint==
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===Input===
*[[Synaptics TouchPad driver for X | Synaptics TouchPad driver]] <tt>(Touchpad driver for X.org/XFree86)</tt>
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*[[tpconfig]] <tt>(Touchpad driver)</tt>
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!Hardware function!!relevant drivers
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| Hotkeys and Special buttons ||
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*[[thinkpad-acpi]] <tt>(tracks key and button events via ACPI)</tt>
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*[[tpb]] <tt>(tracks key and button events via /dev/nvram)</tt>
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see also [[How to get special keys to work]]
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| TrackPoint ||
 
*[[trackpoint]] <tt>(TrackPoint Linux kernel driver)</tt>
 
*[[trackpoint]] <tt>(TrackPoint Linux kernel driver)</tt>
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|-
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| Touchpad ||
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*[[Synaptics TouchPad driver for X | Synaptics TouchPad driver]] <tt>(Touchpad driver for X.org)</tt>
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|-
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| TouchScreen ||
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* [http://www.netjunki.org/projects/transnote/transnote-touchscreen-0.1.tar.gz MicroTouch TouchBase Driver] <tt>(Driver for the [[FlipTouch]] touchscreen)</tt>
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==Internal Modem==
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===Misc Features===
*[[Modem Devices]]
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|- style="background:#ffdead;white-space:nowrap;"
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!Hardware function!!relevant drivers
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| Beeps||
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*[[thinkpad-acpi]] <tt>(enables software control of system beeps)</tt>
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| LEDs||
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*[[thinkpad-acpi]] <tt>(enables software control of LEDs)</tt>
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| ThinkLight||
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*[[thinkpad-acpi]] <tt>(enables ThinkLight software control)</tt>
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===PowerManagement===
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|- style="background:#ffdead;white-space:nowrap;"
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!Hardware function!!relevant drivers
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| ACPI ||
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*[[thinkpad-acpi]] <tt>(IBM ThinkPad Fn+Fx key driver)</tt>
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*[[acpid]] <tt>(ACPI daemon catching triggered events)</tt>
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|-
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| APM ||
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*[[tpctl|thinkpad & tpctl]] <tt>(ThinkPad configuration programs that are compatible with APM)</tt>
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|-
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| Battery management ||
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*[[tp_smapi]] <tt>(Extended battery information and control)</tt>
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| Battery status ||
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*[[tp_smapi]] <tt>(Extended battery information and control)</tt>
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| Fan Speed Control ||
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*[[thinkpad-acpi]] <tt>(low-level control of fan speed and reading thermal sensor values)</tt>
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*[[Fan control scripts]] <tt>(userspace daemons for controlling fan speed)</tt>
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|-
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| RediSafe ||
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*[[Software Suspend 2]] <tt>(provides a RediSafe alike functionality)</tt>
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| Suspend to RAM (Sleep) ||
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*[[thinkpad-acpi]] <tt>(triggers Fn-F4 key event)</tt>
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| Suspend to Disk (Hibernation) ||
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*[[thinkpad-acpi]] <tt>(triggers Fn-F12 key event)</tt>
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*[[Software Suspend 2]] <tt>(hibernation more featureful than the old [[swsusp]] offer in the stock kernel)</tt>
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==TPM / TCPA Hardware==
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===Security & Safety===
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|- style="background:#ffdead;white-space:nowrap;"
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!Hardware function!!relevant drivers
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| TCP/TCPA ([[Embedded Security Subsystem]])||
 
*[[tpm]] <tt>(GPL driver for the TCPA chip in newer ThinkPads)</tt>
 
*[[tpm]] <tt>(GPL driver for the TCPA chip in newer ThinkPads)</tt>
 
*[[tpmdd]] <tt>(another driver for the TCPA chip in newer ThinkPads)</tt>
 
*[[tpmdd]] <tt>(another driver for the TCPA chip in newer ThinkPads)</tt>
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| Harddisk protection ([[APS]]) ||
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*[[HDAPS]] <tt>(provides acceleratometer values through sysfs)</tt>
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*[[How to protect the harddisk through APS]]
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| Theft alarm ||
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*[[HDAPS]] with [[Script for theft alarm using HDAPS]]
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|-
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| Thermal Sensor Monitoring ||
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*[[thinkpad-acpi]] <tt>(reads thermal sensor values)</tt>
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==Additional Hardware==
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===Additional Hardware===
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|- style="background:#ffdead;white-space:nowrap;"
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!Hardware function!!relevant drivers
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| Docking Stations ||
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*[[thinkpad-acpi]] <tt>(reports docking/undocking events via ACPI)</tt>
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|-
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| UltraPort Camera ||
 
*[[ultracampatch | IBM UltraCam II driver]]
 
*[[ultracampatch | IBM UltraCam II driver]]
*[http://hdaps.sourceforge.net/ Linux driver for the active hard disk protection system (APS)] (work in progress)
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Latest revision as of 17:08, 16 February 2010

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
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