Problem with lm-sensors

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Information about the DVI throughput problem on port replicators and docks with Thinkpads from approximately 2000-2004.

Problem description

lm_sensors prior to 2.6.5 caused the corruption of the Thinkpads eeprom, leading to the Thinkpad not being bootable anymore. The common error on the affected models was:


or for the Thinkpad 240:

0188: Invalid RFID Serialization Area

Also affected is glms (GNOME LM-Sensors)

Affected Models

  • Thinkpad 570E
  • Thinkpad 600E, 600X
  • Thinkpad 770X, 770Z
  • Thinkpad 240
  • Thinkpad X20
  • probably more

Affected Operating Systems

  • Linux, all flavours


It is known that the corruption was caused during the execution of sensors-detect and it is also known that its the specific Atmel 24RF08 eeprom, that is affected.

Hence the developers of lm_sensors included a Thinkpad detection routine into the software starting from 2.6.5 and published this readme. If you try to run sensors-detect on a Thinkpad it just quits with an error message, protecting your Thinkpads eeprom.

However, even though even the inner workings that cause the eeprom to get corrupted seem to be known, it seems impossible to avoid it and make lm_sensors work at the same time.

Currently it is unclear, if newer Thinkpad models are affected or not.


On more recent models, try to use ACPI to gather information about processor temperature and the like. It is the future anyway. On older models avoid lm_sensors and related software!