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Revision as of 22:14, 21 May 2007

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


Hardware function relevant drivers

see Bluetooth Adapters


see Ethernet Controllers

IrDA see IrDA

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)

see Wireless Network Adapters



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
  • ibm-acpi (ACPI based video switching for X series models)


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
  • ibm-acpi (triggers UltraBay eject event)
  • lt_hotswap (enables hotswapping with full DMA support)
  • Debian hotswap (utility to de- and reregister hotswappable IDE devices)
SD Card Slot
  • sdhci (driver for SD/MMC host controllers)
  • tifm (driver for 3-in-one memory card reader)


Hardware function relevant drivers
Hotkeys and Special buttons
  • ibm-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 (TrackPoint Linux kernel driver)
  • tp-scroll (allows using the middle button to scroll) (Hint: For up-to-date setups, use the trackpoint features, everything works fine there, also MMB scrolling.)

Misc Features

Hardware function relevant drivers
  • ibm-acpi (enables software control of system beeps)
  • ibm-acpi (enables software control of LEDs)
  • ibm-acpi (enables ThinkLight software control)


Hardware function relevant drivers
  • ibm-acpi (IBM ThinkPad ACPI Extras Driver)
  • thinkpad-acpi (IBM ThinkPad Fn+Fx key driver)
  • acpid (ACPI daemon catching triggered events)
Battery management
  • tp_smapi (Extended battery information and control)
Battery status
  • tp_smapi (Extended battery information and control)
Fan Speed Control
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
  • ibm-acpi (reports docking/undocking events via ACPI)
UltraPort Camera