Installing OpenSUSE 11.2 on a ThinkPad R61

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Lenovo Thinkpad R61 8919-6VG, BIOS 7KETC6WW (2.26)


This installation instruction describes these parts that do not or do not completely work after my OpenSUSE 11.2 Final DVD installation using KDE 4.3.5 as window manager. If anything does not work as expected, please have a look at the older Installation of OpenSUSE 11.1 on a ThinkPad R61 for possible workarounds that I forgot to mention here.

Graphics: NVIDIA Quadro NVS 140M

To install and configure the NVIDIA driver, follow the instructions of the openSUSE Wiki [1]. As an alternative, add the NVIDIA Repository via Software, Software Repositories, Add, Community Repositories in YaST.



I do not use the TouchPad, thus, I disabled it in the BIOS settings.


SaX configures the Trackpoint in a way that it can be used to perform scrolling, similar to Windows.

Horizontal scrolling is now supported and enabled by default.

Power Management

Suspend to RAM works out of the box.

However, resuming from Suspend to Disk takes about 1 or 2 minutes while displaying a black screen.

Integrated Fingerprint Reader

The Integrated Fingerprint Reader is a UPEK TouchStrip (USB vendor ID 0x147e). But the driver is only included in the development version of libfprint. Since the current release 0.0.6 is provided by the distribution, the reader does not work.