Fedora Installation :: Unable To Install 13 On Thinkpad X201

Jun 3, 2010

I tried to install Fedora 13 on X201 for a dual boot with Windows. Since there is no CD/DVD ROM on my laptop, I created a new logic partition and put the DVD iso image file of Fedora 13 on this partition. I also extracted the isolinux and image directories out of the DVD image and put it in the partition. I used grub for dos to try to boot to the installation. Here is the command I typed in grub console (For whatever reason, it did not recognize my menu.lst).

root (hd0,4)
kernel /isolinux/vmlinuz
initrd /isolinux/initrd.img

and then boot. The booting process went well until it reached "waiting for hardware to initialize", and then the screen turned black. I thought this happened because Fedora could not recognized (X201 has an integrated Intel HD Graphics adapter). So I tried adding different options to the line kernel /isolinux/vmlinuz , such as "kernel /isolinux/vmlinuz text", or "kernel /isolinux/vmlinuz xdriver=vesa nomodeset", and it still did not solve the problem.

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Hardware :: Thinkpad X201 Can't Seem To Support?

Apr 27, 2010

Making a new thread now that I've narrowed down the problem. So I am trying to get some form of linux, ANY form, onto my Thinkpad X201. I've narrowed down the issue to probably being due to this integrated graphics card. I had at least gotten a mostly working setup via the 9.04 alternative install... I had a working system, except for one tiny problem: The system froze shortly 30 seconds after login, without fail. So, it was completely unusable unless I stayed in text only mode. I looked around, and the issue apparently was with my graphics card on the X201.

Here is the thinkwiki page for the laptop and the graphics card:

I had been attempting to manually update the kernel to 2.6.33 using .debs I found online - Someone suggested I try the newer version of Ubuntu, so I downloaded the Ubuntu 10.04 RC alt install CD... it installed fine, but when it starts up, it now just goes to a black screen. I can't even go into text only mode like the 9.04 alt install was letting me

I am very desperate, I am _very_ close to sending this laptop back to Lenovo, if anyone has any suggestions on how to get a working Ubuntu (or any other distro) install going on an X201, please share any details you can remember!

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Jun 7, 2011

I've had recurring problems with Ubuntu wifi on my Thinkpad before. Usually powering down and toggling the physical wifi switch off, then toggling wifi on again after the system has booted would solve the problem. This time that isn't working. Wireless is completely absent from the network-manager applet. Wireless works for me 99% of the time for me, but every few months will "disappear" for some reason. Does anyone have any advice or know a thread they can point me to? I've posted the results for 'lspci -k', iwconfig and 'lshw -C network' bellow:


$:lspci -k
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor DRAM Controller (rev 02)
Subsystem: Lenovo Device 2193
Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel


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Feb 18, 2011

I have Ubuntu 10.10 on a thinkpad X201. Wireless was working, but has stopped. It still works in windows, so it is not a hardware problem. iwlist wlan0 scan sees the available networks, but I cannot associate with any of them, including my own.

Last night was my first attempt to connect to a secured network, and nm-applet failed to make the connection even after entering the WEP encryption key and SSID. By turning networking off in nm-applet I was able to manually bring up the connection by editing /etc/network/interfaces and using ifup wlan0. (nm-applet seemed to be interfering as long as networking was turned on there.) Wireless was working perfectly until I rebooted. Now I can't get it to work at all. (There were some partially completed security updates which completed when I rebooted. I hope this wasn't the cause of the breakdown.)I notice that wpa_supplicant is always running. I tried killing it in case it might be interfering with the connection process, but something keeps restarting it.

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Aug 16, 2009

I have been trying on and off for over 6 weeks to upgrade from fc10 to fc11. I keep getting the problem where Anaconda cannot format the HD. I originally downloaded the image and it fails when trying to format the fs even if I leave the original fc10 fs in tact I then used the LXF DVD and got the same problem.

I have tried both upgrading and new installs from an fc10 HD but it still fails to format.I have also tried formatting using fc10 (ext3) and have just read if I am using a live CD it must have an ext4 partition on it, but I assume it should be OK with the LXF DVD?I have been using Fedora for over five years now but if I cannot resolve the problem soon I will have to reluctantly change my OS, but before resort to doing this, could someone point me to any information that might help me to resolve the problem?I did try manually partitioning using gparted and ext3 without LVM but that also fails.

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Ubuntu Installation :: X201 Black Screen On Bootup With 10.04 RC (can't Get Intel Xorg Driver To Install)

Apr 27, 2010

Pretty much what the title says.. a few more details:

- I installed 10.04 using the alternative install so I've been doing all this in safe mode
- I installed a newer kernel (2.6.33) and still black screen
- I tried to install an updated Intel xorg driver, but I kept getting dependency errors (xorg, x11, something else)

I read another thread on this forum from a user who is using the same platform (Intel HM55), and I got stuck at the last point (can't get Intel xorg driver to install).

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Apr 25, 2011

This is completely baffling me..I have a Lenovo Thinkpad X301, which has been running OpenSUSE 11.1 for a while, with vanilla kernels from kernel.org, built and installed in the standard (i.e. not SUSE) way.

A week ago, I dupped to 11.2, and also installed kernel . This was compiled with the gcc-4.3 available under 11.2. Everything worked fine (after the necessary messing around to get X working again).

This weekend, I dupped to 11.4 (via 11.3, of course). After more messing around to get X working again, things were working ok - using the same kernel I'd built under 11.2. I then re-built the kernel. It appears to compile and install ok, and I haven't changed the configuration or the grub configuration. However, it doesn't load. Normally, I just get a blank screen after grub starts it loading. If I boot in basic VGA mode 0, then I get a few lines of messages before it hangs - it hangs complaining about APIC not connected to io bios, and if I boot noapic, it gets a few lines further before hanging after some message I don't know about (allocating 4 HET). I don't suppose that's relevant, anyway.

I've tried three different gcc versions, and two different linux versions (2.31 as well), and the same thing happens. This sounds like something going badly wrong with ld or as or something - but I don't see how anything could have happened that wouldn't have been noticed by thousands of others.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Lenovo X201 Workaround That Works?

Aug 22, 2010

Finally got my Lenovo X201 up and running by combining a couple of different workarounds suggested for the graphics driver problem that is plaguing so many. This works on my X201 3249CTO, running BIOS version 1.17, with Ubuntu 10.04.1 (kernel version 2.6.32-24). I have tested it to differing degrees with all four relevant installers (32- and 64-bit, desktop and alternate).

STEP 1. Add "xforcevesa i915.modeset=0" at install. When you first start the desktop installer, you should see "ISOLINUX..." in the upper lefthand corner of the screen, followed by a couple of white logos at the bottom of an otherwise blank screen. As soon as you see these logos, press the space bar to get the advanced install menu. If you are using the alternate installer, you will get the install menu automatically.

--Make sure "Install Ubuntu" is highlighted. Press F6. You should see the install command line near the bottom of the screen, plus a popup menu with additional options. Pres Esc to close the popup menu. A cursor should appear at the end of the install command line.


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Nov 14, 2010

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Aug 19, 2010

I'm trying to do a clean install of Lucid (10.04.1) 64-bit on a Lenovo X201, Ubuntu only (no dual-boot), using the alternate install disk for an encrypted LVM.

I followed the default options at all points during installation, except that I opted not to configure the network because the computer is not currently connected to a network. The install (said that it) completed correctly.

When I turn on the computer, it correctly runs the BIOS. Then I get a blank screen with a flashing cursor in the upper lefthand corner. The hard drive accesses a couple of times. After a few seconds, the screen goes off (the cursor doesn't just vanish; the screen actually goes off), and it just sits there indefinitely without booting.

I should note that I've tried this with the boot order in the BIOS set several different ways, including HD first and only, with no effect.

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Apr 2, 2009

when I tried to download a installation DVD of F10 for my new thinkPad T500 laptop.The architecture of the processor should be i686 and I downloaded the DVD image Fedora-10-i386-DVD.iso. I understand i686 has backward compatability with i386. But i have following questoins:

(1) why we don't have an installation for i686?

(2) If I install the i386 package, do I get performance downgrades?

(3) Also, why the live DVD has this file called F10-i686-Live.iso?

(4) Finally, I always get message like "Warning: Cannot convert string "nil2" to type FontStruct
/usr/bin/xterm: cannot load font -misc-fixed-medium-r-semicondensed--13-120-75-75-c-60-iso10646-1" when I use X application. What's the problem here? BTW, I used Fedora core 8 before I didnt have this problem.

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Jan 18, 2010

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Fedora Installation :: Installing 13 (x86_64) On A New Thinkpad T510

Sep 22, 2010

I'm having trouble installing Fedora 13 (64 bit) onto my new laptop (Thinkpad T510). I've repeatedly tried the following three methods:

1) LiveCD I can boot into the LiveCD okay, and all hardware is detected. Double clicking on "install to hard disk" makes the disc spin a bit, but then it stops and nothing happens. At the same time the "application loading" cursor is displayed for a couple of seconds, then goes back to normal. Otherwise it acts as if I never clicked on the icon.

2) DVD The installation process goes as normal until it has finished formatting the hard disk. It then says an unhandled exception occurred, but gives no other info in the "details" section (it's blank). Pressing CTRL+ALT+F3 actually shows a description of the exception:


DBNoSpaceError: (28, 'No space left on device -- /tmp/storage.state: unable to flush page: 5')
Pressing CTRL+ALT+F4 shows a constant stream of error messages starting with "ERR kernel:" which are scrolling too fast to read.
3) BFO (boot.fedoraproject.org)


Pressing CTRL+ALT+F4 shows a constant stream of error messages starting with "ERR kernel:" which are scrolling too fast to read.
I've used methods 2 and 3 to install Fedora on two other machines (with the same installation media as I'm using now) within the last week. The laptop is brand new and seems to run Windows okay (as well as Fedora from the LiveCD). I've tried resetting the BIOS to the defaults but that didn't help.

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Oct 19, 2010

Unable to connect to vpn and along with my thinkpad I am frustrated, exhausted by multiple restart installed ubuntu 10.10 on Thinkpad-T410 64 bit


1. sudo apt-get install network-manager-vpnc

2. sudo apt-get remove resolvconf

3. Import .pcf

4. reboot

5. connect, enter password in password window

6. error "invalid VPN secrets"

also tried enabling/disabling Dead Peer Detection option but still no success

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Jan 16, 2009

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Jan 17, 2009

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Apr 13, 2009

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i have been trying to install fedora 10 since last week but i am not able to run it in gui mode the anaconda installer tells me failed to load in gui mode and running in text mode only. i am new to fedora and am next to unknown. what should be done to get the fedora running on me computer

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Jul 4, 2009

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Jan 17, 2009

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