Drivers

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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 mor 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

Modem

see Modem Devices

WAN
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

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

Drives

Hardware function relevant drivers
CD/DVD Speed control
  • tp_smapi (Extended battery information and control)
UltraBay Hot-Swapping
  • ibm-acpi (triggers UltraBay eject event)

Input

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
Touchpad
TouchScreen

PowerManagement

Hardware function relevant drivers
ACPI
APM
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)
  • ibm-acpi (triggers Fn-F12 key event)
  • Software Suspend 2 (hibernation more featureful than the old SWSUSP offer in the stock kernel)

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)

Additional Hardware

Hardware function relevant drivers
Docking Stations
  • ibm-acpi (reports docking/undocking events via ACPI)
UltraPort Camera