Installing Fedora 13 on a ThinkPad X201i

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This is based on the x86-64 version of Fedora 13 with the default GNOME desktop. Your experience with the 32bit version and/or KDE may be different.
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Not all models of this ThinkPad are equal, you may have a different WiFi adapter, or some options I did not have. If you tested them, please add their status down below.
This page will no longer be updated by the original author, as the ThinkPad has been upgraded to Fedora 14

Success Chart - Out of the box experience

The SMOLT profile for the X201i used for testing Fedora 13 is here.

Item Working Notes
Installation Local CD/DVD install yes
Network Installation no Fixed upstream - patched images available
USB Installation yes
Display - Intel HD Graphics Laptop Screen yes
VGA yes
Displayport unknown Requires a dock
DVI unknown Requires a dock and Displayport to DVI cable
Power Management Software Suspend (hibernate) yes
Suspend to Memory (ACPI sleep) yes
Audio partial Internal Microphone gives static, fixed upstream in kernel 2.6.35.
Wireless WiFi - Intel 6200 yes
WiFi - Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000 unknown
WiFi - Realtek unknown
Bluetooth yes
WWAN with GPS unknown
Input Keyboard yes
TrackPoint yes Install gpointing-device-settings rpm for full configuration capabilities
TouchPad unknown
Extra keys partial see ThinkPad Extra keys section below
Fingerprint reader yes Works after installing the available fprintd updates
Ports Ethernet yes
Modem no Should work with the binary Conexant HSF modem drivers.
USB yes
ExpressCard unknown
3-in-1 MultiCard Reader yes SD and SDHC tested
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
TPM yes tpm_tis is automatically loaded. After installing the tpm-tools rpm, and starting the tcsd service, the tpm_* commands seem to work.
Docking 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.


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.


  • Xvideo (Xv) does not work for certain frame sizes (Bugzilla) - fixed in newer Intel Xorg driver available from koji.

ThinkPad Extra keys

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

Key Function Handled by Event Works Notes
FnF2 lock screen thinkpad_acpi HAL yes
FnF3 battery thinkpad_acpi HAL yes
FnF4 suspend acpi button HAL yes
FnF5 wireless thinkpad_acpi HAL partial Works as a radio kill switch, kills WiFi but not Bluetooth
FnF7 videomode thinkpad_acpi HAL no Switches, but gives black display on both and cannot restore display
FnF8 mouse input select thinkpad_acpi HAL unknown
FnF9 eject thinkpad_acpi HAL partial No default action, but can be associated with gnome-keybinding-properties
FnF12 hibernate acpi button HAL yes
FnHome brightness up acpi video HAL yes
FnEnd brightness down acpi video HAL yes
FnPgUp thinklight - no yes no default OSD. Install the tpb rpm as a workaround.
FnSpace zoom thinkpad_acpi HAL no Known Xorg limitation, scheduled to be fixed with the new XKB2 extension, whenever that may be.
VolumeUp Volume Up ? HAL yes
VolumeDown Volume Down ? HAL yes
VolumeMute Volume Mute ? HAL yes
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
Radio switch Radio kill switch thinkpad_acpi udev yes