Linux On Laptops

Suse Linux on Laptop "Lenovo W520 (4284)"

Model: Lenovo W520, Subtype: 4284-4MG
This is a high-end laptop (4 cores and 8GB memory), and consequently quite expensive.
Please note: This page only shows the configuration of components, which I actually use on this laptop. I.e. the NVidia card, Bluetooth card, webcam and fingerprint sensor may work, but were not tested yet. When I will need those components, I will update this page.


Hardware components Status under linux Notes
Intel Core i7-2860QM (2.5GHz), 8 cores Works
Nvidia Quadro FX 880M --- switched off in the BIOS (to save power)
15.6'' FHD (19201080) LED Screen Works Native resolution works out of the box
500GB IDE (7,200rpm) SATA Hard Drive Works
DVD+-RW Drive Optiarc RW AD-7740H Works /dev/sr0
ACPI Works Memory and disk suspend work.
Intel Ethernet controller Works module e1000e (included in the kernel).
WLAN (WiFi Link 6000 Series) Works Driver iwlagn included in recent kernels.
Modem (F5521gw) Works Vodafone (contract Websessions)
Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio Works
Bluetooth Card ---
USB 2.0 and 3.0 ---
SDHC-card readerWorks
Fingerprint Sensor recognized

Basic installation

I used the openSuse 12.1 installation DVD, which worked without any problems. All hardware components were recognized from scratch. As desktop I use KDE-4 which looks quite nice.
Kernel: Linux 3.1.9-1.4-desktop x86_64
Partitioning: The notebook came with preinstalled Windows 7, which I did not want to delete. Unfortunately, the Lenovo recovery partition was located after the Windows partition, so I had no possibility to shrink it, and 178 GB remained occupied.

Some experiences from the first use:

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Last change 27. 4. 2012     Wolfgang Köhler

Linux On Laptops