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.
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 (1920×1080) 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 reader||Works || |
|Fingerprint Sensor ||recognized || |
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:
- Broadband driver: cdc_ncm
- Network manager: The toggling between the three network interfaces (LAN, WLAN, Broadband/Vodafone) worked
without problems. The only annoying problem is, that one always has to enter the PIN for the SIM-card, even
after a memory suspend. If anyone can tell me, how to fix this, it would
- Switch off annoying CapsLock-key: in KDE-menu "Personal Settings"
→ Input Devices
→ Keyboard settings
→ Caps Lock key behavior → select: "Caps Lock is disabled"
- With TLP there exists a project regarding
powermanagement for laptops (in German,
as part of the
Think-Wiki, the german Wiki for ThinkPads.
You can contact me by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Last change 27. 4. 2012 Wolfgang Köhler