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Lenovo ThinkPad T410


This is compatibility guide to running Linux with the Lenovo ThinkPad T410 laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Lenovo ThinkPad T410. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Lenovo ThinkPad T410 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Lenovo ThinkPad T410 specifications page.

NameLenovo ThinkPad T410
ProcessorIntel® CoreTM i5-520M (2.40GHz, 3MB L3, 1066MHz FSB, 35W)
Intel® CoreTM i5-540M (2.53GHz, 3MB L3, 1066MHz FSB, 35W)
Intel® CoreTM i5-560M (2.66GHz, 3MB L3, 1066MHz FSB, 35W)
Intel® CoreTM i7-620M (2.66GHz, 4MB L3, 1066MHz FSB, 35W)
Screen14.1“ WXGA/WXGA+ Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB (1 slot below the keyboard & 1 slot in the bottom of the laptop)
HDD160GB to 320GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 5700MHD
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 3100M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel® WifiLink 6200 2×2
Intel® WifiLink 6300 3×3
Intel® 2×2 6250 with WiMax
ThinkPad WLAN Realtek 1×2

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsIntel - Works
NVIDIA - Works
All models with the intel graphics card, have compiz in ubuntu 15.10 crash rarely. Otherwise, great!
WirelessWorksModels with the Intel 6250 wireless need to have a custom driver,6200 and 6300 work.
ModemNot TestedNot that big if it's not compatible because almost nobody uses dial-up anymore.
FirewireWorksI recorded one of my DV camcorder's tapes with dvcapture kino
Card ReaderWorks
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderWorks with
Fingerprint GUI



The T410 models with the Quadro NVS 3100M works best with the proprietary NVIDIA drivers. You can see the guides section on this site for installation details.

The Intel graphics seems to work out of the box in Ubuntu 10.04 and Fedora 13 (preview), but accelaration is not smooth, compiz keeps crashing from time to time. Installing the latest Xorg from xorg-edgers ppa didn't help much either. (2010-05-11) Requires the intel_iommu=off to boot Fedora 13. Ubuntu 15.10 has acceleration working better, I can play minecraft at 10-30 fps, but compiz still crashes time, to time.


Intel has yet to release firmware for the Intel 6250 wireless controller so that won't work at this stage. The 6200 and 6300 are fine.

In Ubuntu 9.10, to get wireless working you may need to install the linux-backport-modules-karmic package. Use the following:

sudo apt-get install linux-backport-modules-karmic


As long as you avoid the Intel 6250 (most models don't use this) then the Lenovo ThinkPad T410 is a great laptop to use with Linux.


Nde Kong, 2016/04/27 11:23

How can i have the sim card module working on my lenovo thinkpad running on kali linux?

Chris, 2011/02/13 13:03

Just a few quick Qs:

1. someone earlier asked if the trackpad/point both work. Do they both?

2 I use the optional Smart Card reader, does anyone know if it is working and where the driver would be thanks in advance.


Cae, 2011/02/13 22:41

1. Trackpad/point both working in Debian 6.

2 Able to transfer info from SD card via the reader to computer.

Majkee, 2010/12/19 10:13

Fngerprint reader on T410 works perfectly with FingerprintGUI

info and manually download:

easy installation instructions:

That is the my last T410/Ubuntu problem. Good luck.


joel, 2010/11/06 14:26

Installed ubuntu 10.10 x64 and it just worked, I did not try the fingerprint reader, but wireless worked, bluetooth worked, (Intel graphics) and it was crazy fast. The only thing that doesn't work is citrix. There is no Linux x64 Citrix client, because Citrix is for retards and they knew anyone smart enough to run x64 linux would not want their crap on that system. Unfortunately I need Citrix to do my work, so I will not be running linux on this system.

And before you ask, yes I tried IE via wine, it installed fine (IE), but would never load a web page, it just sat there with a “connecting to server” message at the bottom on a blank white page. I might consider installing 10.10 32bit, I do not know enough about how linux works (even though I have been using it for 4 years) to know why a 32 bit app won't install in x64 when you can install the 32 bit libraries for a lot of things and the kernel supports 32bit apps.

It really is sad that companies do not make x64 compatible software considering x64 has been available to consumers for about a decade (Linux was the first operating system kernel to run the x86-64 architecture in long mode, starting with the 2.4 version in 2001 | Windows XP x64 April 25, 2005 | FreeBSD 3.0 supported x64 alpha platform in 1999 | FreeBSD 5.1-RELEASE in June 2003 supported the AMD64 architecture | Mac OS X v10.6 is the first version of Mac OS X that supports a 64-bit kernel released on August 28, 2009).

Sorry to go off on a tangent, even if it was related…

xetocalf, 2010/12/29 17:14


reynaldo, 2010/10/30 00:57 Lists the 6250AGN as supported now ..
can someone confirm?

stefan, 2010/10/04 09:54


somehow, my wired nic is not working with 10.04 64bit
it does not detect the network card.

with the live cd, the same problem

does anyone have 64bit working on the t410 2622-kdg


Mich, 2010/10/04 11:34

I've got Debian Squeeze (testing) working with my T410.

Some Debian Developer had created a net-install CD containing non-free firmware so that users like us can still get Debian installed.

The CD is available for download here:

llogic, 2010/08/06 11:20

For some strange reason, my Debian installation does not have the xorg.conf file in /etc/X11.

Instead, I've add the following into the file /etc/X11/XF86Config

Section “Device”

  Identifier     "Device0"
  Driver         "nvidia"
  VendorName     "NVIDIA Corporation"
  Option "RegistryDwords" "EnableBrightnessControl=1"


The Nvidia portion is generated when installing Nvidia drivers - and it works !

ktorpi, 2010/05/22 20:37


I'm going to buy a T410. It has “60Y3203 FRU 1000 WLAN” WiFi. I'am right if I think that it is not the Intel 6250 (so it should work)?


ikusari, 2010/05/25 03:15

You're right. (although I personally would opt for the 6200, since it's sort of a break-even wifi card .-.)

llogic, 2010/05/11 03:50

The current Debian Lenny and Squeeze Installer does NOT detect the wired/wireless module of the T410.

To proceed with the debian installation, download the debian installer with custom kernel from a debian developer's site at

Kane, 2010/04/22 09:34

Following this link you can find the fix for the brightness control problem:

In /etc/X11/corg.conf you need to include Option “RegistryDwords” “EnableBrightnessControl=1” in the “Device” Section.

Worked perfectly for me. Hope it does so for you, too.



Kane, 2010/04/22 09:33

Following this link you can find the fix for the brightness control problem:

In /etc/X11/corg.conf you need to include Option “RegistryDwords” “EnableBrightnessControl=1” in the “Device” Section.
Worked perfectly for me. Hope it does so for you, too.



Fred, 2010/04/15 17:33

I have installed Mint 8 on a T410s with intel HD graphics. The max screen resolution I get is 1280×800 and I can't see external monitor. Is there any way to get the graphics card working properly?

Joel Roth, 2011/03/13 08:47

Not exactly sure. Using Debian 'sid', Using 'xdpyinfo | grep 'dimensions:' I find I get 1280 x 800 resolution, same as you, and that is the correct spec according to the docs

at . /etc/X11/xorg.conf reports that I'm using the Intel HD Graphics 'intel' driver.

I expect Fn-F7 to switch to the external monitor, but this doesn't do anything. Too bad, the DVD player is a region-free model and I'd like to view a movie on an external monitor.

mira, 2010/03/30 09:37

Excuse me, what abou multitouch touchpad? is it implemented/working? Thanks

Jerone Young, 2010/03/25 23:59


Unfortunetly the 6250 does not yet have support under Linux. Intel is supposed to release a firmware & driver soon. Though no firm date. It's best to switch out for a non *50 card or just use a usb dongle till support comes along.

tassiebear, 2010/03/24 00:12

Received my T410 (2518F5U) 11 days ago. Partitioned the 500Gb HD for dual boot, installed Linux Mint 8 without any problems. Linux/Gnome works extremely well and super fast. Only 2 things didn't work: the fingerprint reader, as expected (power-up authentication can be set up easily in Win7), and the wireless adapter (a VERY bad problem).

Everything else is working fine: webcam, mic, speakers, ports, SD card reader, thinklight, trackpoint and trackpad. I loaded NVidia drivers and made a small change in xorg.conf to fix the brightness control problem.

If anyone can help me with wireless (Intel Advanced-N 6250 AGN) I would be most grateful!

anonymous, 2010/03/30 10:50

wireless guide

Cae, 2010/03/31 13:54


you mentioned “a small change in xorg.conf to fix the brightness control problem.”

care to share what is the change?

Kane, 2010/04/22 09:35

Following this link you can find the fix for the brightness control problem:

In /etc/X11/corg.conf you need to include Option “RegistryDwords” “EnableBrightnessControl=1” in the “Device” Section.
Worked perfectly for me. Hope it does so for you, too.


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