Installing OpenSUSE Leap 42.2 on a ThinkPad T500

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Lenovo Thinkpad T500 2056-Y4R, BIOS 6FET93WW (3.23), ECP 7VHT16WW (1.06)


This installation instruction describes these parts that do not or do not completely work after my OpenSUSE Leap 42.2 DVD installation using KDE. If anything does not work as expected, please have a look at the older Installation of OpenSUSE 13.2 on a ThinkPad T500 for possible workarounds that I forgot to mention here. However, almost everything seems to work fine.


Since the default BIOS settings Switchable Graphics caused high power consumption in the past, I changed the BIOS settings from Switchable to Internal graphics before installation. Please read Switchable Graphics for the pros and cons. Note that I did not test the ATI graphics.

Any time you change the BIOS setting after installation, you may have to execute # mkinitrd in order to prevent loading of unnecessary modules.

Power Management

Suspend to RAM works out of the box. Note that I neither tested Switchable Graphics nor Suspend to Disk.