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PC: Overview of the Linux related features of the Lenovo ThinkPad T530

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1. Preface

This is a quick survey about Linux related hardware features of the Lenovo ThinkPad T530. I don't try to explain the usual installation details (for instance, which partitions I have made, what they are good for and so on and so on...). Requests for additional information may be directed by eMail to the author.

The laptop comes with an 15,6" HD+ TFT LCD, which allows resolutions from "1600x900" to "640x480" pixels.

A nice goodie is the facility to boot the notebook over USB and LAN (not needed here yet, but a nice to have feature).

The machine comes with an ACPI interface. Standby- or suspend-mode is established by software (stock Linux acpi utilities) or pressing the appropriate hardware button. The laptop suspends under X and console to RAM and Disk. It restores it's former state in reasonable speed. All relevant FN buttons send appropriate signals, when thinkpad_acpi is loaded as module or compiled into the kernel.

The machine runs with the builtin battery up to 4,0 hours.

Be sure that you have installed the latest BIOS, available on Lenovo's support site.

2. Installation

My ThinkPad T530 runs these days on ArchLinux/x86_64, because this Linux flavor avoids auto-configuration and some other here not wanted mumbo jumbo. It's running on a plain-vanilla Torvalds kernel 4.12.

3. General Hardware Date

This notebook is as solid as it's black case -- no fancy stuff, only boring, functional hardware.

3.1 CPU

The system comes with an Intel Core i5 2.6 GHz processor.

Output from "lscpu":

   Architecture:          x86_64
   CPU op-mode(s):        32-bit, 64-bit
   Byte Order:            Little Endian
   CPU(s):                4
   On-line CPU(s) list:   0-3
   Thread(s) per core:    2
   Core(s) per socket:    2
   Socket(s):             1
   Vendor ID:             GenuineIntel
   CPU family:            6
   Model:                 58
   Model name:            Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3320M CPU @ 2.60GHz
   Stepping:              9
   CPU MHz:               1200.000
   CPU max MHz:           2601,0000
   CPU min MHz:           1200,0000
   BogoMIPS:              5187.97
   Virtualization:        VT-x
   L1d cache:             32K
   L1i cache:             32K
   L2 cache:              256K
   L3 cache:              3072K

The processor works without additional daemons nicely with the CPU-frequency governors of Linux-3. Most times I use the ondemand governor.

3.2 RAM

The system has two memory slots for 204 pin SODIMM DDR3 Synchronous 1600 MHz RAM, which can hold maximal 16 GByte. My system is configured with 2x 4GByte.

Output from "lshw -class memory"

  *-memory
       description: System Memory
       physical id: 7
       slot: System board or motherboard
       size: 8GiB
     *-bank:0
          description: SODIMM DDR3 Synchronous 1600 MHz (0,6 ns)
          product: HMT351S6CFR8C-PB
          vendor: Hynix/Hyundai
          physical id: 0
          serial: 0181C37E
          slot: ChannelA-DIMM0
          size: 4GiB
          width: 64 bits
          clock: 1600MHz (0.6ns)
     *-bank:1
          description: SODIMM DDR3 Synchronous 1600 MHz (0,6 ns)
          product: M471B5273CH0-CK0
          vendor: Samsung
          physical id: 1
          serial: 1491E806
          slot: ChannelB-DIMM0
          size: 4GiB
          width: 64 bits
          clock: 1600MHz (0.6ns)

3.3 Solid state disks (SSD)

The first is directly, the second is by a hard disk caddy connected to an Intel on-board port SATA 6,0GB/s controller configured in AHCI mode.

Output from "lshw --class disk":

  *-disk
       description: ATA Disk
       product: Samsung SSD 850
       physical id: 0.0.0
       bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0
       logical name: /dev/sda
       version: 2B6Q
       serial: S24ZNSAG334680R
       size: 119GiB (128GB)
       capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
       configuration: ansiversion=5 sectorsize=512 signature=25ab7f29
  *-disk
       description: ATA Disk
       product: Samsung SSD 840
       physical id: 0.0.0
       bus info: scsi@1:0.0.0
       logical name: /dev/sdb
       version: 6B0Q
       serial: S12PNEACB07048J
       size: 119GiB (128GB)
       capabilities: removable
       configuration: ansiversion=5 sectorsize=512
     *-medium
          physical id: 0
          logical name: /dev/sdb
          size: 119GiB (128GB)
          capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
          configuration: signature=83026753

Output from "fdisk -l"

   Disk /dev/sda: 119,2 GiB, 128035676160 bytes, 250069680 sectors
   Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
   Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
   I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
   Disklabel type: dos
   Disk identifier: 0x25ab7f29

   Device     Boot     Start       End   Sectors  Size Id Type
   /dev/sda1            2048  83888127  83886080   40G 83 Linux
   /dev/sda2        83888128 104859647  20971520   10G 82 Linux swap / Solaris
   /dev/sda3       104859648 250069679 145210032 69,2G 8e Linux LVM

   Disk /dev/sdb: 119,2 GiB, 128035676160 bytes, 250069680 sectors
   Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
   Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
   I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
   Disklabel type: dos
   Disk identifier: 0x83026753

   Device     Boot Start       End   Sectors   Size Id Type
   /dev/sdb1        2048 250069679 250067632 119,2G 8e Linux LVM

3.4 DVD-RAM

The DVD-RAM is on demand attachable with a SATA to USB bridge to one of the USB ports. When attached on power-on, it is recognized as bootable device.

Output from "lshw --class disk":

  *-cdrom
       description: DVD-RAM writer
       product: DVD-RAM UJ8B0
       vendor: MATSHITA
       physical id: 0.0.0
       bus info: scsi@1:0.0.0
       logical name: /dev/cdrom
       logical name: /dev/cdrw
       logical name: /dev/dvd
       logical name: /dev/dvdrw
       logical name: /dev/sr0
       version: SB01
       capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r dvd-ram
       configuration: ansiversion=5 status=nodisc

3.5 FlashMedia Reader

Ricoh 4-in-1 reader (MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXD)

Output from "lshw --class disk":

  *-generic
       description: System peripheral
       product: MMC/SD Host Controller
       vendor: Ricoh Co Ltd
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
       version: 07
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: msi pm pciexpress bus_master cap_list
       configuration: driver=sdhci-pci latency=0
       resources: irq:16 memory:f1d00000-f1d000ff

3.6 Graphic chip

Graphics are brought to you form an Intel HD4000 in-processor chip with shared memory.

Output from "lshw --class video":

  *-display
       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 2
       bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
       version: 09
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: msi pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=i915 latency=0
       resources: irq:16 memory:f0000000-f03fffff memory:e0000000-efffffff ioport:5000(size=64)

Output from "xrandr":

   Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1600 x 900, maximum 32767 x 32767
   LVDS1 connected 1600x900+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 345mm x 194mm
      1600x900       60.0*+   50.0
      1024x768       60.0
      800x600        60.3     56.2
      640x480        59.9
   VGA1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
   HDMI1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
   DP1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
   HDMI2 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
   HDMI3 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
   DP2 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
   DP3 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)

The xf86-video-intel driver from xorg-x11 works well with the 15,6" (396mm) LCD (HD+ (1600x900) color, anti-glare, LED backlight, 220 nits, 16:9 aspect ratio, 500:1 contrast ratio, 60% Gamut).

3.7 PCMCIA

One PCI Express MiniCard slot (for 34 mmm wide ExpressCards).

3.8 Sound

Output from "lshw -class multimedia":

  *-multimedia
       description: Audio device
       product: 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 1b
       bus info: pci@0000:00:1b.0
       version: 04
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
       configuration: driver=snd_hda_intel latency=0
       resources: irq:22 memory:f2530000-f2533fff

3.9 Touchpad

The notebook's got a touchpad with 2 and a trackpoint with 3 buttons. The whole stuff is recognized as a ExplorerPS/2 mouse and works in X and on console with gpm started like this:

    # /usr/sbin/gpm -m /dev/input/mice -t exps2 -r 15 -Rraw

The X mouse listens on /dev/gpmdata. Here are some lines from my xorg.conf:

   Section "InputDevice"
           Identifier      "Touchpad"
           Driver          "mouse"
           Option          "Protocol" "MouseSystems"
           Option          "Device" "/dev/gpmdata"
           Option          "Buttons" "5"
           Option          "YAxisMapping" "4 5"
           Option          "XAxisMapping" "6 7"
           Option          "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
           Option          "Floating" "false"
   EndSection

3.10 Keyboard

The keyboard comes quite unspectacular as a generic model with 104 keys. The relevant FN-keys work surprisingly well, wenn the module thinkpad_acpi.ko is loaded with options thinkpad_acpi experimental=1. You may define your own key bindings with a properly configured acpid.

3.11 USB

There are two USB3.0 and 1 USB2.0 ports on the left side of the laptop. The USB controllers needs the kernel modules usbcore, uhci, ehci and xhci, kernel's storage subsystem usb-storage and SCSI hard disk support.

Output from "lshw -class bus":

  *-usb:0
       description: USB controller
       product: 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB xHCI Host Controller
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 14
       bus info: pci@0000:00:14.0
       version: 04
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi xhci bus_master cap_list
       configuration: driver=xhci_hcd latency=0
       resources: irq:16 memory:f2520000-f252ffff
  *-usb:1
       description: USB controller
       product: 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 1a
       bus info: pci@0000:00:1a.0
       version: 04
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm debug ehci bus_master cap_list
       configuration: driver=ehci-pci latency=0
       resources: irq:16 memory:f253a000-f253a3ff
  *-usb:2
       description: USB controller
       product: 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 1d
       bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.0
       version: 04
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm debug ehci bus_master cap_list
       configuration: driver=ehci-pci latency=0
       resources: irq:23 memory:f2539000-f25393ff

3.12 Ethernet chip

Output from "lshw -class net":

  *-network
       description: Ethernet interface
       product: 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 19
       bus info: pci@0000:00:19.0
       logical name: nic0
       version: 04
       serial: 3c:97:0e:21:e8:db
       capacity: 1Gbit/s
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
       configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=e1000e driverversion=2.3.2-k firmware=0.13-3 ip=10.0.0.3 latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=twisted pair
       resources: irq:20 memory:f2500000-f251ffff memory:f253b000-f253bfff ioport:5080(size=32)

3.13 WLAN chip

Output from "lshw -class net":

  *-network
       description: Wireless interface
       product: Centrino Advanced-N 6205 [Taylor Peak]
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
       logical name: wifi0
       version: 34
       serial: 0a:0a:0a:0a:0a:0a
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
       configuration: broadcast=yes driver=iwlwifi driverversion=3.15.0 firmware=17.168.5.1 build 33993 latency=0 link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11abgn
       resources: irq:17 memory:f1c00000-f1c01fff

The device needs external firmware.

3.14 Mobile Broadband network device

PCI Express Ericsson H5321gw Mobile Broadband Module

Output from "lshw -class net":

  *-network
       description: Ethernet interface
       physical id: 2
       logical name: wan0
       serial: 02:15:e0:ec:01:00
       capabilities: ethernet physical
       configuration: broadcast=yes driver=cdc_ncm driverversion=22-Aug-2005 firmware=Mobile Broadband Network Device link=no multicast=yes

3.15 Bluetooth

Works out of the box, kernel configuration:

   CONFIG_BT=m
   CONFIG_BT_RFCOMM=m
   CONFIG_BT_RFCOMM_TTY=y
   CONFIG_BT_BNEP=m
   CONFIG_BT_BNEP_MC_FILTER=y
   CONFIG_BT_BNEP_PROTO_FILTER=y
   CONFIG_BT_HIDP=m
   CONFIG_BT_HCIBTUSB=m
   CONFIG_RFKILL=m
   CONFIG_RFKILL_LEDS=y
   CONFIG_RFKILL_INPUT=y
   CONFIG_USB_USBNET=m
   CONFIG_USB_NET_CDC_NCM=m

3.16 Fingerprint Reader

Upek / Authentec (USB ID: 147e:2020)

3.17 Camera

The camera works out of the box with the module 'uvcvideo' and needs the following kernel configuration:

   CONFIG_MEDIA_SUPPORT=y
   CONFIG_MEDIA_CAMERA_SUPPORT=y
   CONFIG_VIDEO_DEV=y
   CONFIG_VIDEO_V4L2=y
   CONFIG_VIDEOBUF2_CORE=m
   CONFIG_VIDEOBUF2_MEMOPS=m
   CONFIG_VIDEOBUF2_VMALLOC=m
   CONFIG_MEDIA_USB_SUPPORT=y
   CONFIG_USB_VIDEO_CLASS=m
   CONFIG_USB_VIDEO_CLASS_INPUT_EVDEV=y
   CONFIG_MEDIA_SUBDRV_AUTOSELECT=y

4. Survey PCI devices

Output from "lspci -k":

   00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor DRAM Controller (rev 09)
           Subsystem: Lenovo Device 21f6
           Kernel driver in use: ivb_uncore
   00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller (rev 09)
           Subsystem: Lenovo Device 21f6
           Kernel driver in use: i915
   00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB xHCI Host Controller (rev 04)
           Subsystem: Lenovo Device 21f6
           Kernel driver in use: xhci_hcd
   00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
           Subsystem: Lenovo Device 21f6
   00:16.3 Serial controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family KT Controller (rev 04)
           Subsystem: Lenovo Device 21f6
           Kernel driver in use: serial
   00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (rev 04)
           Subsystem: Lenovo Device 21f3
           Kernel driver in use: e1000e
           Kernel modules: e1000e
   00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 04)
           Subsystem: Lenovo Device 21f6
           Kernel driver in use: ehci-pci
   00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)
           Subsystem: Lenovo Device 21f6
           Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel
           Kernel modules: snd_hda_intel
   00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev c4)
           Kernel driver in use: pcieport
   00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev c4)
           Kernel driver in use: pcieport
   00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev c4)
           Kernel driver in use: pcieport
   00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 04)
           Subsystem: Lenovo Device 21f6
           Kernel driver in use: ehci-pci
   00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation QM77 Express Chipset LPC Controller (rev 04)
           Subsystem: Lenovo Device 21f6
   00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series Chipset Family 6-port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 04)
           Subsystem: Lenovo Device 21f6
           Kernel driver in use: ahci
   00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 04)
           Subsystem: Lenovo Device 21f6
           Kernel driver in use: i801_smbus
   02:00.0 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd PCIe SDXC/MMC Host Controller (rev 07)
           Subsystem: Lenovo Device 21f6
           Kernel driver in use: sdhci-pci
           Kernel modules: sdhci_pci
   03:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Centrino Advanced-N 6205 [Taylor Peak] (rev 34)
           Subsystem: Intel Corporation Centrino Advanced-N 6205 AGN
           Kernel driver in use: iwlwifi
           Kernel modules: iwlwifi

5. Survey PnP devices

Output from dmesg | grep -i pnp

   [    0.241977] acpi PNP0C0A:01: ACPI dock station (docks/bays count: 1)
   [    0.249976] acpi PNP0A08:00: _OSC: OS supports [ExtendedConfig ASPM ClockPM Segments]
   [    0.250116] acpi PNP0A08:00: _OSC: not requesting OS control; OS requires [ExtendedConfig ASPM ClockPM MSI]
   [    0.277892] pnp: PnP ACPI init
   [    0.277994] ACPI: bus type PNP registered
   [    0.280057] system 00:00: Plug and Play ACPI device, IDs PNP0c01 (active)
   [    0.280130] pnp 00:01: [Firmware Bug]: PNP resource [mem 0xfed10000-0xfed13fff] covers only part of 0000:00:00.0 Intel MCH; extending to [mem 0xfed10000-0xfed17fff]
   [    0.281479] system 00:01: Plug and Play ACPI device, IDs PNP0c02 (active)
   [    0.281527] pnp 00:02: Plug and Play ACPI device, IDs PNP0103 (active)
   [    0.281534] pnp 00:03: [dma 4]
   [    0.281550] pnp 00:03: Plug and Play ACPI device, IDs PNP0200 (active)
   [    0.281572] pnp 00:04: Plug and Play ACPI device, IDs PNP0800 (active)
   [    0.281598] pnp 00:05: Plug and Play ACPI device, IDs PNP0c04 (active)
   [    0.281622] pnp 00:06: Plug and Play ACPI device, IDs PNP0b00 (active)
   [    0.281645] pnp 00:07: Plug and Play ACPI device, IDs LEN0071 PNP0303 (active)
   [    0.281668] pnp 00:08: Plug and Play ACPI device, IDs LEN0015 PNP0f13 (active)
   [    0.281707] pnp 00:09: Plug and Play ACPI device, IDs SMO1200 PNP0c31 (active)
   [    0.282099] pnp: PnP ACPI: found 10 devices
   [    0.282195] ACPI: bus type PNP unregistered
   [    0.297399] input: Lid Switch as /devices/LNXSYSTM:00/LNXSYBUS:00/PNP0C0D:00/input/input0
   [    0.297978] input: Sleep Button as /devices/LNXSYSTM:00/LNXSYBUS:00/PNP0C0E:00/input/input1
   [    1.407174] input: Video Bus as /devices/LNXSYSTM:00/LNXSYBUS:00/PNP0A08:00/LNXVIDEO:00/input/input3
   [    1.498089] i8042: PNP: PS/2 Controller [PNP0303:KBD,PNP0f13:MOU] at 0x60,0x64 irq 1,12

6. Conclusion

All here needed hardware works well with a recent Linux kernel and my favorite distribution. The machine suspends to RAM and disk, from X or console -- and awakes from both suspend states again.

7. Disclaimer

This document has nothing to do with Lenovo, they don't even know it exists. There is no guarantee that the information on this page is accurate, please don't hold me responsible if your experience is different from the information here. If you have found any glaring typos or outdated info in this page, please send an eMail to the author.

8. Credits


The basic of this report was generated by lanoche v0.6, which is available at TuxMobile - Software.


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