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Lenovo ThinkPad X220


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Lenovo ThinkPad X220 laptop. If you have the Lenovo ThinkPad X220 and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

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For full specifications see the Lenovo ThinkPad X220 specifications page.

NameLenovo ThinkPad X220
ProcessorIntel Core i5-2410M processor (dual-core, 2.30GHz, 3MB Cache)
Intel Core i5-2520M processor (dual-core, 2.50GHz, 3MB Cache)
Intel Core i5-2540M processor (dual-core, 2.60GHz, 3MB Cache),
Intel Core i7-2620M processor (dual-core, 2.70GHz, 4MB Cache),
Intel Core i7-2640M processor (dual-core, 2.80GHz, 4MB Cache)
Screen12.5“ 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUp to 320GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 3000
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205, 2×2
Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300, 3×3

Linux Compatibility

Screen:premium HDworks
SSD 128GBworks
Graphics Chipworks
VGA Outworks
Bulti-in Microphoneworks
Headphone Jackworks
Microphone Jackworks
WirelessworksIntel Centrino Advanced-N 6205
Bluetoothworkshave used with Ubuntu 11.10 - 12.10 and Mint 14
Slice batteryworks
ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderworksHad problems through Ubuntu 12.04, works great with 12.10/Mint 14
ExpressCard SlotworksNeed to have acpiphp driver loaded for hot plug/unplug
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
Touch Padworks
Track Pointworks


You can enter any specific notes with running Linux on the Lenovo ThinkPad X220 here.
i7-2640M-8GB-DDR3, working with ubuntu 11.10 and 14.04.
i5-2410M-4GB-DDR3, working with openSUSE-12.1, 12.2 and 12.3.


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polo outlet, 2014/12/17 02:05

JENNA, 2014/11/02 10:45


Daniel, 2013/12/19 02:12

Works great with Ubuntu 12.04. A few small issues: battery life was shorter than expected, but with Jupiter power saving application, I could get much better life. Minor issues with the mute indicator not always indicating when the computer was in mute, and no control on the microphone mute. Skype crashes if you try to message while in a video call. VGA works well, dual screen operation is great, and no problems with any drivers or I/O.

Derrik Pates, 2013/04/24 02:40

Also, FWIW, I have 12 GB (1x 4 GB original, 1x 8 GB aftermarket SO-DIMM) RAM installed in my X220. Lenovo only certifies it up to 8 GB, but it will run up to 16 GB with no problems.

Derrik Pates, 2013/04/24 02:09

Running Linux Mint 14 on my ThinkPad X220 (CTO) with Bluetooth and the Core i5-2540M CPU. I can confirm VGA out works, as well as Bluetooth, the SD card reader, the ExpressCard slot (requires loading the 'acpiphp' driver, but once that driver is loaded works trouble-free), and the TrackPoint pointing device. Mine does not have a modem or WWAN device or the fingerprint reader device, though I've read info indicating it works. I'm running a combination of the 320 GB 7200RPM hard disk and a Renice X3 mSATA SSD (120 GB). Slice battery also works fine with Linux Mint.

oldcpu, 2013/04/06 10:27

Installed on openSUSE-12.1, 12.2 and 12.3 and works fine on all. Details below from openSUSE-12.3. Wireless, wired ethernet, webcam, sound, usb ports, function fine. Some details of hardware:

webcam (lsusb) :

Bus 001 Device 004: ID 04f2:b217 Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd Lenovo Integrated Camera (0.3MP)

Graphics (lspci -nnk)

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:0116] (rev 09)
        Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:21da]
        Kernel driver in use: i915

Wired ethernet (lspci -nnk)

00:19.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Intel Corporation 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection [8086:1502] (rev 04)
        Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:21ce]
        Kernel driver in use: e1000e

Wireless ethernet (lspci -nnk)

03:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation Centrino Advanced-N 6205 [Taylor Peak] [8086:0085] (rev 34)
        Subsystem: Intel Corporation Centrino Advanced-N 6205 AGN [8086:1311]
        Kernel driver in use: iwlwifi

inxi info

System:    Kernel: 3.7.10-1.1-desktop x86_64 (64 bit) 
           Desktop KDE 4.10.00 Distro: openSUSE 12.3 (x86_64) VERSION = 12.3 CODENAME = Dartmouth
Machine:   System: LENOVO (portable) product: 4286CTO version: ThinkPad X220
           Mobo: LENOVO model: 4286CTO Bios: LENOVO version: 8DET63WW (1.33 ) date: 07/19/2012
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i5-2410M CPU (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) 
           Clock Speeds: 1: 800.00 MHz 2: 800.00 MHz 3: 800.00 MHz 4: 2301.00 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller 
           X.Org: 1.13.2 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1366x768@60.0hz 
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Sandybridge Mobile GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 9.0.2
Audio:     Card: Intel 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.7.10-1.1-desktop
Network:   Card-1: Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection driver: e1000e 
           IF: eth0 state: down speed: 4294967295 Mbps duplex: unknown mac: f0:de:f1:7e:f4:97
           Card-2: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 [Taylor Peak] driver: iwlwifi 
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: a0:88:b4:d3:3f:38
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