Lenovo ThinkPad T450s

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This article describes hardware specific setup steps for the Lenovo ThinkPad T450s on Gentoo.


Device Make/model Status Kernel driver(s) Kernel version Notes
CPU Intel(R) i7-5600U Processor (4M Cache, 2.6GHz) Works N/A 4.19.97,5.4.28 Microcode update recommended
Video card Intel Corporation HD Graphics 5500 (rev 09) Works i915 4.19.97,5.4.28 N/A
Ethernet controller Intel Corporation Ethernet Connection (3) I218-LM (rev 03) Works e1000e 4.19.97,5.4.28 N/A
Audio device Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP High Definition Audio Controller (rev 03) Works snd_hda_intel 4.19.97,5.4.28 N/A
Wireless controller Intel Corporation Wireless 7265 (rev 99) Works iwlwifi 4.19.97,5.4.28 N/A
SD card reader Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS5227 PCI Express Card Reader (rev 01) Not tested rtsx_pci 4.19.97,5.4.28 N/A
Integrated camera Chicony Electronics Works uvcvideo 4.19.97,5.4.28 N/A
Fingerprint sensor Validity Sensors, Inc. VFS 5011 Not tested N/A 4.19.97,5.4.28 N/A
EHCI controller Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP USB EHCI Controller (rev 03) Works ehci_pci 4.19.97,5.4.28 N/A
xHCI controller Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP USB xHCI Controller (rev 03) Works xhci_pci 4.19.97,5.4.28 N/A
MEI controller Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP MEI Controller #1 (rev 03) Works mei_me 4.19.97,5.4.28 N/A
PCI Express controller Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP PCI Express Root Port #3 (rev e3) Works pcieport 4.19.97,5.4.28 N/A
SATA controller Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP SATA Controller [AHCI Mode] (rev 03) Works ahci 4.19.97,5.4.28 N/A
LPC controller Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP LPC Controller (rev 03) Works lpc_ich 4.19.97,5.4.28 N/A
SMBus controller Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP SMBus Controller (rev 03) Works ic2_i801 4.19.97,5.4.28 N/A
Host bridge Intel Corporation Broadwell-U Host Bridge -OPI (rev 09) Works bdw_uncore 4.19.97,5.4.28 N/A


It is a good idea to update to the latest BIOS available, check the official page.

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

Make sure to boot in UEFI mode (BIOS, Startup, UEFI/Legacy Boot must be set to [UEFI Only]) and follow the UEFI variants in the guide. Genkernel should generate a working kernel with pretty much everything working out of the box.

To customize the kernel, the section below describes the needed modules.

If Grub doesn't pick up the configuration and it is stuck at boot, double check that the EFI file has been created and installed in the right place, i.e. /boot/EFI/gentoo/grubx64.efi.



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

Kernel modules

These sections contain only the specific portion needed to enable the device. Most of the drivers can be compiled as modules or built directly into the kernel, it is up to the reader to choose the preferred way of compilation.


Power management and ACPI options  --->
    [*] Suspend to RAM and stanby
    [*] Hibernation (aka 'suspend to disk')
    [*] ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) Support  --->
        <*> AC Adapter
        <*> Battery
        <*> Button
        {*} Video
        <*> Thermal Zone
        [*] Allow upgrading ACPI tables via initrd
        CPU Frequency scaling  --->
            [*] CPU Frequency scaling
            [*] Intel P state control
            (choose additional governor)
        [*] Cpuidle Driver for Intel Processors
Device Drivers  --->
    [*] X86 Platform Specific Device Drivers  --->
        <M> ThinkPad ACPI Laptop Extras
        [*]   Console audio control ALSA interface
[*] Networking support  --->
    <M> RF Switch subsystem support

Hardware monitoring

KERNEL Hardware monitoring
Device Drivers  --->
    [*] X86 Platform Specific Device Drivers  --->
        <M> ThinkPad ACPI Laptop Extras
    {M} Hardware Monitoring Support  --->
        <M> Intel Core/Core2/Atom temperature sensor

Video card

KERNEL Video card
Device Drivers  --->
    Graphics support  --->
        <*> Direct Rendering Manager (XFree86 4.1.0 and higher DRI support)
        <M> Intel 8xx/9xx/G3x/G4x/HD Graphics

Ethernet controller

KERNEL Ethernet controller
Device Drivers  --->
    [*] Network device support  --->
        [*] Ethernet driver support  --->
            [*] Intel devices  --->
            [M] Intel(R) PRO/1000 PCI-Express Gigabit Ethernet support

Wireless controller

KERNEL Wireless controller
-*- Wireless  --->
    [M] cfg80211 - wireless configuration API
    [M] Generic IEEE 802.11 Networking Stack (mac80211)
Device Drivers  --->
    [*] Network device support  --->
        [*] Wireless LAN  --->
            [*] Intel devices
            [M] Intel Wireless WiFi Next Gen AGN - Wireless-N/Advanced-N/Ultimate-N (iwlwifi)
            [M] Intel Wireless WiFi MVM Firmware support

Integrated camera

KERNEL Integrated camera
Device Drivers  --->
    [M] Multimedia support  --->
        [*] Media USB Adapters  --->
            [M] USB Video Class (UVC)

Audio device

KERNEL Audio device
Device Drivers  --->
    [M] Source card support  --->
        [M] Advanced Linux Source Architecture  --->
            HD Audio  --->
                [M] HD Audio PCI
                [M] Build Realtek HD-audio codec support

EHCI controller

KERNEL EHCI controller
[*] Networking support  --->
    <M> Bluetooth subsystem support  --->
        Bluetooth device drivers  --->
            <M> HCI USB driver
Device Drivers  --->
    [*] USB support  --->
        [M] EHCI HCD (USB 2.0) support
        [*]     Root Hub Transaction Translators
        [*]     Improved Transaction Translator scheduling

xHCI controller

KERNEL xHCI controller
Device Drivers  --->
    [*] USB support  --->
        [M] xHCI HCD (USB 3.0) support

MEI controller

KERNEL MEI controller
Device Drivers  --->
    Misc devices  --->
        {M} Intel Management Engine Interface
        [M] ME Enabled Intel Chipsets

PCI Express controller

KERNEL PCI Express controller
Bus options (PCI etc.)  --->
    [*] PCI support
    [*] PCI Express Port Bus support

SATA controller

KERNEL SATA controller
Device Drivers  --->
    <*> Serial ATA and Parallel ATA drivers (libata) --->
        [*] ATA ACPI Support
        [*] AHCI SATA support

LPC controller

KERNEL LPC controller
Device Drivers  --->
    Multifunction device drivers --->
        <*> Intel ICH LPC

SMBus controller

KERNEL SMBus controller
Device Drivers  --->
    I2C support --->
        I2C Hardware Bus support --->
            <*> Intel 82801 (ICH/PCH)

Host bridge

KERNEL Host bridge
Processor type and features  --->
    Performance monitoring --->
        <*> Intel uncore performance events


If you have a recent BIOS installed all the Fn keys should work out of the box.

Bear in mind there's a BIOS option to alternate between standard F1-F12 functions and media functions: BIOS, Config, Keyboard/Mouse, F1-F12 as Primary Function.

External resources