[ltp] Debian on Thinkpad Edge E420

James Knott linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Wed, 29 Feb 2012 07:45:01 -0500

Vamsi Subahsh wrote:
> Hi all,
> I want to install Debian Squeeze on my Thinkpad Edge E420. But the 
> kernel with it is very old and doesn't support my Wifi and graphics 
> drivers (Intel HD graphics).
> So, I cannnot install the software/drivers from Internet too. I have 
> been using Ubuntu 11.10 with power problems patched kernel now but I 
> want to use a Gnome2 based stable distro like Debian for my year long 
> project.
> Could you guide me to install Debian with a newer 3.2.6 kernel or a 
> older kernel (<=2.6.37) with all the drivers with which doesn't have 
> power problems.
> PS: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS also doesn't support my system.

openSUSE 12.1 works very well on my E520.  It only required a minor 
config change to get WiFi going.  Also, you should mention the model 
type number, as different models have different hardware.  That number 
is on the sticker located on the bottom.  For example, my E520 type is