Lenovo ThinkPad P53

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Installing Linux to Thinkpads is mostly easy. Even more so, since Lenovo started official support for Linux on a number of systems.[1]

The installation using a Gentoo installation media works perfectly as described in the Handbook.

Almost all of the P53 hardware is supported in kernel or by installing additional drivers from Portage. Due to the muxed GPU hardware and the decent IOMMU layout of the P53, this laptop is also a good candidate for advanced configurations like GPU passthrough in QEMU.


System Model Verfication

root #dmidecode -s system-version
ThinkPad P53

Lenovo ThinkPad P53

Device Make/model Status Bus ID Kernel driver(s) Notes
CPU Intel i7-9750H series Works N/A mcore2 None
Ethernet Intel I219-V Works 00:1f.6 e1000e None
WiFi Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 Works 52:00.0 iwlwifi None
Bluetooth Intel Wireless Bluetooth Works N/A btusb None
Touchpad SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad Works N/A synaptics None
SD Card Reader RTS525A Works 54:00.0 rtsx_pci None
Integrated Video card Intel UHD 630 Works 00:02.0 intel i965 None
Second Video card NVIDIA Quadro T2000M Works 01:00.0 N/A Needs Nvidia drivers


Device Make/model Status Bus ID Kernel driver(s) Notes
Docking Station Thinkpad Thunderbold 3 Dock Works N/A hotplug_pci_acpi Using LAN over Thunderbold does not work great all the time.



It is recommended to enable the microcode update support as explained in Intel microcode.

KERNEL Kernel 5.10.52 (gentoo-sources)
Processor type and features  --->
  Processor family (Generic-x86-64)
  [*] CPU microcode loading support
  [*]   Intel microcode loading support


KERNEL Kernel 5.10.52 (gentoo-sources)
Power management and ACPI options  --->
  [*] ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) Support  --->
    <*> AC Adapter
    <*> Battery
    <*> Button
    <*> Video
    <*> Fan
    <*> Dock
CPU Frequency scaling  --->
    <*> CPU Frequency Transition Statistics
    Default CPUFreq governor (performance)
    <*> 'performance' governor
    <*> 'powersave' governor
    [*] Intel P state control

Hardware monitoring

KERNEL Kernel 5.10.52 (gentoo-sources)
Device Drivers  --->
  [*] X86 Platform Specific Device Drivers  --->
    <*> ThinkPad ACPI Laptop Extras
  {*} Hardware Monitoring Support  --->
    <*> Intel Core/Core2/Atom temperature sensor


KERNEL Kernel 5.10.52 (gentoo-sources)
Networking support  --->
  <*> Wireless  --->
    <*> cfg80211 - wireless configuration API -->
      <*> cfg80211 - wireless extensions compatability
    <*> Generic IEEE 802.11 Networking Stack (mac80211)
  <*> RF switch subsystem support
Device Drivers  --->
  [*] Network device support  --->
    [*] Ethernet driver support  --->
      [*] Intel devices
        <*> Intel(R) PRO/1000 PCI-Express Gigabit Ethernet support
      [*] Wireless LAN  --->
        [*] Intel devices
          <M> Intel Wireless WiFi Next Gen AGN - Wireless-N/Advanced-N/Ultimate-N (iwlwifi)
          <M> Intel Wireless WiFi DVM Firmware support
          <M> Intel Wireless WiFi MVM Firmware support


KERNEL Kernel 5.10.52 (gentoo-sources)
Networking support  --->
  Bluetooth subsystem support  --->
    Bluetooth device drivers  --->
      <*> HCI USB driver
Device Drivers  --->
  Generic Driver Options  --->
    Firmware Loader  --->
      intel/ibt-20-1-3.sfi intel/ibt-20-1-3.ddc

It is recommended to globally enable the bluetooth USE Flag in order to make use of this feature it in your system and software.


KERNEL Kernel 5.10.52 (gentoo-sources)
Device Drivers --->
   NVME Support --->
     <*> NVM Express block device


KERNEL Kernel 5.10.52 (gentoo-sources)
Device Drivers  --->
  Graphics support  --->
    [*] Laptop Hybrid Graphics - GPU switching support
    <*> Direct Rendering Manager (XFree86 4.1.0 and higher DRI support)
    < > Nouveau (NVIDIA) cards
    <*> Intel 8xx/9xx/G3x/G4x/HD Graphics
  X86 Platform Specific Device Drivers  --->
    <*> WMI
      <M> WMI support for MXM Laptop Graphics
    <*> ThinkPad ACPI Laptop Extras
      [*] Video output control support

Intel Firmware

You may also want to include the propretary DMC firmware for the GPU.

KERNEL Kernel 5.10.52 (gentoo-sources)
Device Drivers  --->
  Generic Driver Options  --->
    Firmware Loader  --->

Nvidia Drivers

In order to make use of the more powerful Nvidia card, you'll need to install the propretary drivers.

root #emerge nvidia-drivers

See also

External resources