Installing Fedora 13 on a ThinkPad T510

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This is based on the RC2 version of Fedora 13 which is basically going to be moved to stable without any changes. KDE desktop live cd was used. Your experience with GNOME may be different. While I this page is still very raw, i do invite t510 fedora users to edit and fill it up

Success Chart - Out of the box experience

Item Working Notes
Installation Local CD/DVD install yes
Network Installation unknown
USB Installation yes
Display Laptop Screen (15.6" TFT display with 1920x1080(FHD)) yes However noveou driver has issues posted in bugzilla
VGA yes
Power Management Software Suspend (hibernate) unknown
Suspend to Memory (ACPI sleep) yes
Audio yes
Wireless WiFi - ThinkPad 11b/g/n Wireless LAN Mini-PCI Express Adapter II unknown
Bluetooth unknown
Input Keyboard yes
(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
Ports Ethernet yes
Modem unknown
Serial unknown
ExpressCard_slot unknown
PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse unknown Requires dock. I do not have a doc. Maybe someone with it can test and edit this page
Parallel unknown
USB yes
Firewire_Port unknown
PCMCIA/Cardbus yes
[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
Dock removal 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.



It is recommended to edit /boot/grub/grub.conf and add hpet=force to the kernel line. This will activate HPET (High Precision Event Timer), which will allow the CPU to sleep for longer periods and save power.


  • Still testing


Still Testing

ThinkPad Extra keys

ThinkPad keys are handled by a mixture of the thinkpad_acpi, acpi button and acpi dock drivers.

Key Function Handled by Event Works Notes
FnF2 Lock the computer - unknown unknown
FnF3 Select Power Plan - unknown unknown
FnF4 Put Computer to sleep/standby mode - unknown unknown
FnF5 wireless - unknown unknown
FnF6 Change camera/audio settings - unknown unknown
FnF7 Switch Display output location - unknown unknown
FnF8 Change ultranav device settings - unknown unknown
FnF12 Put computer in hibernation mode - unknown unknown
FnHome brightness up - unknown unknown
FnEnd brightness down - unknown unknown
FnPgUp thinklight - unknown unknown
FnSpace zoom - unknown unknown
FnPrtSc Have the same function as the SysRq key. - unknown unknown
FnScrLk Enable or disable the numeric keypad. - unknown unknown
FnPause Have the same function as the Break key. - unknown unknown
ThinkVantage Vendor key - unknown unknown
VolumeUp Volume Up - unknown unknown
VolumeDown Volume Down - unknown unknown
Mute Mute - unknown unknown
NextTab Browser Next tab - unknown unknown
PreviousTab Browser Previous tab - unknown unknown
Power Power button - unknown unknown
Lid Lid button - unknown unknown