[ltp] Help needed with choosing the right ThinkPad
monnier at iro.umontreal.ca
Tue Jul 28 17:26:46 CEST 2020
>> any thinkpad will run any form of linux perfectly.
> Alas, I think that is an overstatement.
> Last time I checked (quite some time ago, admittedly, so I'm happy to be
> corrected), most Thinkpads required non-free drivers, e.g. for their
> wireless network cards.
I think that is also true for AMD GPUs (not sure what else might be
affected, but bluetooth modules seem likely candidates as well).
> But performing such a swap is not straightforward, because most (all?)
> models of Thinkpad ship from Lenovo with a BIOS/(U)EFI that whitelists
> only the specific expansion cards that Lenovo expects to install at the
Indeed. For some models, you might be able to find hacked firmwares
where the whitelist is disabled (that's what I use on my T61).
Use at your own risk, tho, of course.
I saw a comment a while back about Lenovo dropping this ridiculous
whitelist practice.... for example:
but I haven't been able to find any confirmation that this problem
doesn't affect more recent models. Anyone?
PS: BTW, it seems like the T450s *does* support 16GB SODIMMs and while
they're not super-common, I found such dimm on newegg (which even
explicitly mentions T450s) for about US$140, so the memory size limit is
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