Installing OpenSUSE Leap 42.2 on a ThinkPad T430s

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Lenovo Thinkpad T430s 2356-LPG, BIOS G7ETA6WW (2.66), Firmware G7HT39WW (1.15)


This installation instruction describes these parts that do not or do not completely work after my OpenSUSE Leap 42.2 installation using KDE. If anything does not work as expected, please have a look at the older Installation of OpenSUSE Leap 42.1 on a ThinkPad T430s for possible workarounds that I forgot to mention here.


Using the default BIOS settings, the Switchable Graphics with Intel HD Graphics and NVIDIA Optimus may cause high power consumption. Thus, if you do not need the NVIDIA Optimus graphics, change the BIOS settings from Switchable to Internal graphics before installation. Please read Switchable Graphics for the pros and cons. Note that I did not test the NVIDIA Optimus graphics.

Any time you change the BIOS setting after installation, you may have to execute # mkinitrd in order to prevent loading of unnecessary modules.


Bluetooth: Broadcom BCM20702

The non-persistent firmware of this Bluetooth 4.0 adapter (USB ID 0a5c:21e6) can be updated by the kernel by installing bcm20702a1-firmware.


In case this package does not work or you have a different BCM20702 based adapter, please open a bug report on providing the name of the firmware patch file and the USB ID by checking the kernel log lines containing BCM.


The Ericsson HSPA+ WWAN Minicard (H5321gw) must be configured every time before it emits GPS data, see H5321gw GPS.

Power Management

Suspend to RAM works out of the box. Since I do not have a swap partition, I did not test suspend to disk.