[GLLUG] Seemingly Simple Question

James Roberts j.roberts at stabilys.com
Wed Nov 4 14:26:58 UTC 2015

Experience does vary, but we usually specify Thinkpads for Linux (and 
for Windows in fact - because they are robustly built), have done so for 
years, have sold quite a few of them and never had an issue of the sort 
you describe.

We have had issues with full support of softkeys (volume, wifi on/off) a 
few times some years ago but nowadays it mostly just works except on 
lappies issued this week (that is, too new for support).

The problems you describe sound like hardware issues to me, and I'd 
suspect RAM or failing drive or part soldered video chip (if it has 
one). Changing RAM or reflowing the board fixes most issues of the type 
you describe with most laptops, not just Lenovo.

The machine in the condition you describe is only suited to doorstop duties.

We have Linux of various ages running on Lenovo, Dell, Asus, Acer, 
Toshiba and a few more lappies with no issues that come to mind as I type!

Oh - except fingerprint readers, I always disable them so don't know if 
they work in Linux. Fingerprints are not a security token IMHO but a 
user ID to be used in conjunction with a token - but no-one lets you do 
that :)


PS http://www.linlap.com/lenovo_thinkpad_w530

On 04/11/15 08:06, Paul Hewlett wrote:
> I have a thinkpad w530 at work and it is probably the worst laptop for
> Linux(Ubuntu) that I have ever used. Rebooting is only successful about
> half the time.
> For my personal use I bought a dell xps15 after reading that dell
> installed Ubuntu for internal use... Everything works and I have had no
> trouble with it at all.
> I would never use lenovo for Linux ... But YMMV

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