Installing OpenSUSE 12.1 on a ThinkPad T410s

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Lenovo Thinkpad T410s 2912-W1C, BIOS 6UET68WW (1.48), ECP 6UHT33WW (1.14)


This installation instruction describes these parts that do not or do not completely work after my OpenSUSE 12.1 DVD installation using KDE 4 as window manager. If anything does not work as expected, please have a look at the older Installation of OpenSUSE 11.4 on a ThinkPad T410s for possible workarounds that I forgot to mention here.


Sometimes, sound does not work after suspend to RAM.[1] Suspending and resuming repeatedly will help eventually, while a reboot immediately does.


Wireless WAN

The optional Wireless WAN (WWAN) adapter Qualcomm Gobi 2000 does not work out of the box. The gobi_loader application that uploads the firmware to the WWAN device can be found in the Network Utilities repository or 1-Click install. See the ThinkWiki article linked above for obtaining the firmware files.


After loading the firmware, Qualcomm Gobi 2000 provides three USB devices. The last one sends GPS NMEA data after activating it by a special command string. See the ThinkWiki article linked above and its discussion page for more details.

"Auto tracking" has to be enabled in the Options of the ThinkVantage GPS Windows application. The Thinkvantage GPS Windows application works with a clean Windows installation in a virtualizer that supports USB. However, it requires the Qualcomm Gobi 2000 Wireless WAN Driver to be installed.

Power Management

Suspend to RAM works out of the box. However, sometimes the sound is broken after resume until a reboot.[2]

Hardware Encryption Support

The CPU implements the AES instruction set. It improves the speed of disk encryption, e.g., dm-crypt. However, the kernel module is not loaded by default.[3] In order to load it on boot, edit /etc/sysconfig/kernel