[ltp] ThinkPad X1 Extreme

Axel Braun axel.braun at gmx.de
Sat Feb 29 16:54:27 CET 2020

Hello John,

Am Freitag, 28. Februar 2020, 12:00:02 CET schrieben Sie:

> >I'm currently considering to buy a X1 Extreme, to run with openSUSE
> >Tumbleweed. As it has Nvidia Graphic on board one can assume some
> >trouble.
> >
> >Has anyone experience with this Laptop?
> I have no experience with the X1 Extreme, but a couple months ago I did
> buy a Thinkpad P73 with Nvidia graphics. After installing Xubuntu on it
> I found that it was using just the Intel graphics on the motherboard,
> but after installing the Nvidia driver from the repositories and
> rebooting it started using both, with optimus. The Intel graphic chip
> is easier on the battery, and optimus allows it to use the Intel
> graphics unless it needs the additional speed and features of the
> Nvidia chip. Optimus is completely seamless - I never know which chip
> the computer is using.

Yes, I heard about that - does it work with sleep mode (S2RAM formerly) and

> Before installing the Nvidia driver I had to go to nvidia.com to find
> out which driver I needed for the Quadro T2000 in the computer. I could
> have downloaded their proprietary driver, either stable or bleeding
> edge, but I decided to just use the one from the repositories. The
> drivers in the repositories don't usually list which cards they work
> with, so I had to guess based on the number that Nvidia gave to their
> Linux driver for the T2000. Fortunately, I guessed right the first
> time. You can actually install more than one driver, but it will
> significantly slow down boot time while waiting for Linux to figure out
> which one it needs. Assuming that the X1 has an Intel CPU I'm guessing
> that you could probably install OpenSUSE on the computer without
> dealing with the Nvidia driver, and it will just use the Intel graphics
> until you get around to installing the Nvidia driver.

That may be an option, yes. As I'm not a gamer I hardly need heavy graphic

Nvidias proprietary driver tend to be a bit slow when new kernels come up - on
the factory mailing we see regulary issues with new kernels and Nvidia not
building against these kernels. It usually needs some time (days? I did not
follow these discussions...) until they have fixed their API.
With Intel graphics one is usually on the safe side.

> In my experience Intel, AMD and Nvidia have always supported Linux,
> even with their latest chips. And as long as the computer has an Intel
> CPU it probably has Intel graphics as well.

Yes, as said, Intel graphics usually works fine. Probably the Linux drivers
for Nividia (nouveau?) will do the job in most cases


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