Installing OpenSUSE 11.0 on a ThinkPad R61

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Lenovo Thinkpad R61 8919-6VG, BIOS 7KET71WW (1.21)


This installation instruction describes these parts that do not or do not completely work after my OpenSUSE 11.0 Final DVD installation using KDE 3.5 as window manager. If anything does not work as expected, please have a look at the older Installation of OpenSUSE 10.3 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 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.

This does not work, if there is an external wheel mouse connected while SaX is detecting the hardware.

Power management

The machine is known to s2ram, but the chosen fixes do not work with the NVIDIA driver. A simple call of s2ram -f is sufficient, there are no fixes needed. See [2] for configuring s2ram options permanently.

Furthermore, s2disk suspends but does not resume successfully.

Integrated fingerprint reader

ThinkFinger does not work. This is because the fingerprint sensor is now a UPEK TouchStrip (USB vendor ID 0x147e).

Update: See How to enable the integrated fingerprint reader.