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Linux on the New Thinkpad X1 Carbon (2nd Generation)

Does Linux fit on the New Thinkpad X1 Carbon (2nd Generation)?

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Here,

collecting info-bits on linux support for the New ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2nd Generation). Specifically, as applicable, for the 20A7005RGE model (refer to PSRF for WE).

Funtoo Installation

# Install Funtoo with ZFS on Linux

Funtoo: <http://www.funtoo.org/ZFS_Install_Guide>

Video: <http://youtu.be/SWyThdxNoP8>

# World update

emerge -uavDN @world failed to complete

# Notes

Unmask everything. Then, perl-cleaner --all. That fixed (some) things!

Specifications & Working Status

still under active re-sorting

  • Case material
    • Display cover: Carbon-Fiber Reinforced Plastic + Glass-Fiber Reinforced Plastic
    • Bottom: Magnesium/Aluminum
  • BIOS features
    • Power-on password, hard disk password, supervisor password, security keyhole, reset switch
  • CPU 4th Gen Intel Core i7-4600U (2.10GHz 1600MHz 4MB)
    • 1 chip (integrated chipset with processor)
    • vPro model: Intel Active Management Technology (iAMT)
    • Trusted Platform Module, TCG 1.2-compliant
  • Memory 8GB DDR3L SDRAM 1600 MHz
  • Storage 256GB SSD
  • Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4400
    • supports three independent displays
    • HDMI Max external resolution: 2880×1620 @60Hz
    • Mini DisplayPort (MiniDP) (some with VGA adapter) Max external resolution: 3840×2160@30Hz
  • Keyboard
    • 5-row with Trackpoint (Island style, Under mount) — Works
    • plus Adaptive backlit  keys — Works with kernel versions >= 3.15 or by patching older versions
    • TrackPoint and 5 “buttons” trackpad with Glass surface (70 mm x 100 mm) — Works / Needs proper configuration
  • Webcam 1.3MP – 720P with mute function
    • Liteon or Chicony + Sony IMX188 + Realtek MQ
    • face tracking (with Camera Plus on in Lenovo settings)
  • Audio
    • HD Audio, Realtek® ALC3232 codec
    • Audio/Mic Combo — Works
    • Microphone Digital Dual Array noise-canceling HD microphone — Works
    • Dolby Home Theater v4 (OEM Dolby Digital Plus instead) — ?
    • Dual speakers 1 watt x2 — Works
  • Ambient Light Sensor Capella Micro CM3218x ALS — Yet to test!
  • FingerPrint Validity sensor (WBF) with Fingerprint Manager Pro 8.00.55 (Softex) instead of the old X1 Carbon ‘s Touchchip coprocessor (WBF advanced mode) with ThinkVantage Lenovo Fingerprint reader
    Bus 002 Device 003: ID 138a:0017 Validity Sensors, Inc. — http://article.gmane.org/gmane.linux.fprint/2241Yet to test!
  • Battery Reportedly, up to 8.6 hours battery – Integrated 8-cell RapidCharge battery (45Whr Sony or Simplo) — Yet to test!

Accessories

  • OneLink Dock (connector)

Shortcuts

# hidden keys https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3daxc6x8PY

  • Fn+T : PrtSc — Works
  • Fn+I: Insert — Works
  • Fn+P: Pause
  • Fn+K: ScrLk
  • Fn+B: Break
  • Fn+S: Sys Rq

# not in video, in user guide

  • Fn+4: Sleep
  • Fn+E: End — Works
  • Fn+H:Home — Works
  • Caps Lock (Double Left-Shift Key) — Works

# no more property key

  • ` ~ where property key was — Works
  • home/end where Caps Lock was — Works

Kernels

  • Kernels that boot… ToAdd

Sources

All-in-One(-Stop) Source

http://users.wfu.edu/yipcw/lenovo/2014/X1C2/

Official Sources

  • http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?DocID=PD022003
    • http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?AliasID=linux-20A7004AJP
    • http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?AliasID=linux-20A8Z05RUS
    • http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?DocID=HT004976#linux
  • Manuals
    • http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/guides-and-manuals/default.page?selector=expand

BIOS

  • http://download.lenovo.com/express/ddfm.html Quick Access to Downloads
    • http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles/gruj12us.iso Latest version
    • http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles/gruj08us.iso Minimum version with fixes of interest for Linux!

Reviews

  • http://www.notebookcheck.com/Test-Update-Lenovo-ThinkPad-X1-Carbon-Touch-20A7-002DGE-Ultrabook.113645.0.html

Personal Posts

  • http://www.adventuresinoss.com/?p=3698 — January 27th, 2014
  • https://dague.net/2014/01/11/thinkpad-x1-carbon-awesome-linux-laptop/

Community

Public Mailing Lists

Public Fora

  • https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=175426
  • http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=111951

Wikis