Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on Lenovo Thinkpad x230
I recently bought a refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad x230, which came with Windows 10.
Of course I had to install Linux.
List of technical details regarding my x230. There are different models out there, which differ in CPU, memory, display-specs and extra components (card-readers, fingerprint-readers, disk drivers, UMTS-radios, etc.).
|Lenovo Thinkpad x230|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-3320M (2.60 GHz, 3MB Cache)|
|Chipset||Intel QM77 Express|
|Memory||8 GB RAM PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3|
|Graphics||Intel HD 4000|
|Display||1366x768, LED backlight|
|Harddisk||256 GB SSD|
Installation: Things which...
...work out of the box
Downright boring. Installation of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Desktop 64 bit from an USB-stick. Everything obvious (graphics, touchpad, display, WiFi) works right out of the box.
...work with tweaking
Despite ordering a new 48 Wh replacement battery from Sanyo, the laptop drains a full battery quite fast if running Ubuntu 16.04 (as most Linux distros do without power optimization).
Checking the battery with
upower -i /org/freedesktop/UPower/devices/battery_BAT0
reveals, that the battery is OK as advertised.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install tp-smapi-dkms acpi-call-dkms service tlp start
See how this improves runtime.The network currently has issues when the laptop comes back from hibernation. This has not been the case at the beginning, so I suspect an issue with the current kernel as this seems to be kernel-module related (
sudo systemctl restart network-manager.servicedoes not solve it). See e.g. https://askubuntu.com/questions/761180/wifi-doesnt-work-after-suspend-after-16-04-upgrade or https://askubuntu.com/questions/452826/wireless-networking-not-working-after-resume-in-ubuntu-14-04. The solution for me was to reload the kernel modules in question with
sudo rmmod iwldvm && sudo rmmod iwlwifi && sudo modprobe iwlwifi && sudo modprobe iwldvm
The Thinkpad special key -but who cares.
The aftermarket battery died on me after only 9 month of regular use. This is crap. However on the very positive side, the retailer immediately and without any fuss sent a replacement battery even without further proof, that the old battery was indeed broken.
This is hardly an issue with old Thinkpads, rather one with aftermarket batteries. I should probably have kept the original battery and bought a new original Lenovo battery indepenently instead. Who knows. We will see, how long the second aftermarket battery will last.
Buy. New Ultrabooks are probably thinner and may have full-HD-screens but cost 3x the money of this system. The only real advantage may be a longer runtime with a small battery due to the low-power CPUs (which are not really faster than the > 3 year old CPU of this machine). However, you could buy a 9-cell battery pack + an extra second battery pack if you don't mind the extra kilogram of weight.