Installing Fedora 13 on a ThinkPad X201i
Success Chart - Out of the box experience
The SMOLT profile for the X201i used for testing Fedora 13 is here.
|Installation||Local CD/DVD install||yes|
|Display - Intel HD Graphics||Laptop Screen||yes|
|Displayport||unknown||Requires a dock|
|DVI||unknown||Requires a dock and Displayport to DVI cable|
|Power Management||Software Suspend (hibernate)||unknown||takes a long time to suspend/resume, and could use a progress/activity indicator|
|Suspend to Memory (ACPI sleep)||unknown|
|Wireless||WiFi - Intel 6200||yes|
|WiFi - Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000||unknown|
|WiFi - Realtek||unknown|
|WWAN with GPS||unknown|
|TrackPoint||yes||Install gpointing-device-settings rpm for full configuration capabilities|
|Extra keys||partial||see ThinkPad Extra keys section below|
|SD Card slot||yes|
|Harddisk Active Protection||no||Fedora ships the hdapsd rpm, but not the tp_smapi kernel module, which is required to read the motion sensor bugzilla|
|Ultrabay device hotswap||partial||see below, use with caution out of the box|
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.
X Server - Intel HD Graphics
Works out of the box, including Compiz.
One of the new Features of Fedora 13 is support for Colour Profiles (found under System > Preferences > Color Profiles). Instructions for locating the correct colour profile for your ThinkPad can be found on the Colour profile page.
ThinkPad Extra keys
ThinkPad keys are handled by a mixture of the thinkpad_acpi, acpi button, acpi dock and acpi video drivers.
|Fn-F5||wireless||thinkpad_acpi||HAL||partial||Works as a radio kill switch, kills WiFi but not Bluetooth|
|Fn-F7||videomode||thinkpad_acpi||HAL||no||Switches, but gives black display on both and cannot restore display|
|Fn-F8||mouse input select||thinkpad_acpi||HAL||unknown|
|Fn-F9||eject||thinkpad_acpi||HAL||partial||No default action, but can be associated with gnome-keybinding-properties|
|Fn-Home||brightness up||acpi video||HAL||yes|
|Fn-End||brightness down||acpi video||HAL||yes|
|Fn-PgUp||thinklight||-||no||yes||no default OSD. Install the tpb rpm as a workaround.|
|Fn-Space||zoom||thinkpad_acpi||HAL||no||Known Xorg limitation, scheduled to be fixed with the new XKB2 extension, whenever that may be.|
|ThinkVantage||Vendor key||thinkpad_acpi||HAL||partial||No default action, but can be associated with gnome-keybinding-properties|
|NextTab||Browser Next tab||standard keyboard driver||HAL||yes|
|PreviousTab||Browser Previous tab||standard keyboard driver||HAL||yes|
|Fn-Up||Stop||standard keyboard driver||HAL||yes|
|Fn-Left||reverse||standard keyboard driver||HAL||yes|
|Fn-Right||forward||standard keyboard driver||HAL||yes|
|Fn-Down||play/pause||standard keyboard driver||HAL||yes|
|Power||Power button||acpi button||HAL||yes||Need to press button for ~1 second to trigger event. Causes a dialog asking you what to do.|
|Lid||Lid button||acpi button||HAL||yes|
|Dock||Dock eject button||acpi dock||udev||unknown|
|Ultrabay||Ultrabay eject switch||acpi dock||udev||no||Missing handler, see Ultrabay instructions below|
|Radio switch||Radio kill switch||thinkpad_acpi||udev||yes|
The Ultrabay has some glitches out of the box with respect to hotswapping. It is possible to lock the machine when pulling out devices, even the CD/DVD device.
The culprit is that the Ultrabay pre-eject switch is not hooked into anything useful. It does cause udev events, but nothing is listening for them. When a device that has a mounted partition or CD is actually pulled out it is too late to do the right thing. linux will usually just complain, sometimes bitterly, but may also lock up for some unknown reason, even if just pulling out a CD/DVD device with a mounted CD.
Manually unmounting before removal will help. Manual powering down may also be required for correct performance.
A better solution is to set up a udev rule and script to handle the pre-eject switch event for Ultrabay devices that have mountable things in them as in How to hotswap Ultrabay devices.