Installing OpenSuse11.4 on a Thinkpad W520

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The W520 comes with an additional 80GB solid state disk (Intel 310) instead of internal umts-modem and a 500GB 2,5" sata disk with windows 7 on in preinstalled.


I decided first to install the Linux system on the ssd disk and later decide what to do with the windows partitions. For less power consumtion I decided to use the Intel graphics and do some tests with NVidia Optimus later. This has to be configured in the BIOS. Installation runs out of the box in graphical mode.


After the installation has finished the resolution of the internal display is automatically recognized.

I found that there is some work in progress to get the possibility to switch between internal and discrete graphics called bumblebee. I did not test it because I think that I do not need the discrete graphics at the moment.



Not tested yet.


The ethernet port works out of the box.


Function-Key FN-F4 works out of the box. The System suspends and resumes without problems.


Function-Key FN-F12 does not work out of the box. Manually suspend to disk from kde-menu works out of the box. Resume afterwards has no problems. May be some manual configuring solves the problem.

Special Keys

Key works comment
Mute yes
Speaker+ yes
Speaker- yes
Display brighter yes
Display darker yes
Thinklight yes