ThinkPenguin Korora Notebook

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Hardware Support


Device Works? Description
Processor Yes 4th Gen Intel Core i5-4200U 1.6Ghz
Screen Yes 14.1" 1366x768 LED Wide Screen
Wireless Yes 802.11N Atheros Wifi (freedom compatible chipset)
Webcam Yes Built-in 1.3 Mega Pixel Camera
Card Reader Yes SD/MMC Card Reader
Optical Drive Yes Super-Multi Drive (DVD-RAM/R/RW/+/-/CD-R/RW)
Graphics Yes Intel® HD Graphics 4400
Built-in Audio & Mic Yes Intel HD
LAN Yes 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet
USB 2.0 x 3 Yes
Microphone-in Yes TRRS jack (i.e. uses same socket as Headphone-out)
Headphone-out Yes

Extra Hardware Information

root #lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Haswell-ULT DRAM Controller (rev 09)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)
00:03.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation Device 0a0c (rev 09)
00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation Lynx Point-LP USB xHCI HC (rev 04)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation Lynx Point-LP HECI #0 (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation Lynx Point-LP HD Audio Controller (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Lynx Point-LP PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev e4)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Lynx Point-LP PCI Express Root Port 4 (rev e4)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation Lynx Point-LP USB EHCI #1 (rev 04)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Lynx Point-LP LPC Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation Lynx Point-LP SATA Controller 1 [AHCI mode] (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation Lynx Point-LP SMBus Controller (rev 04)
01:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device 5289 (rev 01)
01:00.2 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 0a)
02:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
root #lsusb
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 174f:14a1 Syntek 
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:8000 Intel Corp. 
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub



Device Drivers  --->
    Input device support  --->
        -*- Generic input layer (needed for keyboard, mouse, ...)
        <*>   Mouse interface
        [*]   Mice  --->
            <*>   PS/2 mouse
            [*]      Elantech PS/2 mouse protocol extension

The Touchpad takes a lot of physical physical space under the keyboard, and it's easy to accidentally move the mouse cursor while typing. One can address this by enabling the Synaptics palm detection:

user $synclient PalmDetect=1
user $synclient PalmMinWidth=5

synclient is installed by the x11-drivers/xf86-input-synaptics; see synaptics driver installation instructions.

Disk Drives

Device Drivers  --->
    SCSI device support  --->
        -*- SCSI device support
        [*] legacy /proc/scsi/ support
        <*> SCSI disk support
        <*> SCSI CDROM support
    <*> Serial ATA and Parallel ATA drivers  --->
        <*>   AHCI SATA support


Device Drivers  --->
    Graphics support  --->
        <*> /dev/agpgart (AGP Support)  --->
            <*>   Intel 440LX/BX/GX, I8xx and E7x05 chipset support
        <*> Direct Rendering Manager (XFree86 4.1.0 and higher DRI support)  --->
        <*> Intel 8xx/9xx/G3x/G4x/HD Graphics
        [*]   Enable modesetting on intel by default

Network Devices

Device Drivers  --->
    [*] Network device support  --->
        [*]   Ethernet driver support  --->
              [*]   Realtek devices
              <*>     RealTek 8169 gigabit ethernet support
        [*]   Wireless LAN  --->
              <*>   Atheros Wireless Cards  --->
                    <*>   Atheros 802.11n wireless cards support
                    [*]     Atheros ath9k PCI/PCIe bus support


Device Drivers  --->
    <*> Sound card support  --->
        [*] Preclaim OSS device numbers
        <*> Advanced Linux Sound Architecture  --->
            [*]   PCI sound devices  --->
                  <*>   Intel HD Audio  --->
                        [*]   Support jack plugging notification via input layer
                        [*]   Build Realtek HD-audio codec support
                        [*]   Build HDMI/DisplayPort HD-audio codec support
                        -*-   Enable generic HD-audio codec parser


Device Drivers  --->
    <*> Multimedia support  --->
              *** Multimedia core support ***
        [*]   Cameras/video grabbers support
              *** Media drivers ***
        [*]   Media USB Drivers  --->
              <*>   USB Video Class (UVC)
              <*>   GSPCA based webcams  --->
                    <*>   Syntek STK1135 USB Camera Driver


Device Drivers  --->
    Graphics support  --->
        -*- Backlight & LCD device support  --->
            -*-   Lowlevel Backlight controls

The kernel parameter acpi_backlight=vendor must be added to make the backlight adjustable.

The backlight setting is not persistent between reboots, but it is persistent between suspend. Create a local service to save and apply the backlight setting:

FILE /etc/local.d/backlight.stopSave backlight setting
einfo "Saving backlight brightness"
cat /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/brightness > /var/tmp/backlight_brightness
FILE /etc/local.d/backlight.startRestore backlight setting
brightness=`cat /var/tmp/backlight_brightness`
max_brightness=`cat /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/max_brightness`
percent() {
    # Returns string in percent.
    # Example:
    #     $(percent 2 3) -> "66%"
    tens=$((a * 100 / b))
    echo "${tens}%"
# The COMPAL display brightness allows very low intensity values which
# black out the screen!  We don't want this to happen, so ignore low
# brightness values.
if [ $brightness > 4 ]; then
    einfo "Restoring backlight brightness to $(percent brightness max_brightness)"
    echo $brightness > /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/brightness
FILE /etc/pm/sleep.d/xscreensaverUnblank screen on resume
case "$1" in
        # No need to lock screen as XFCE does that for you.                     
        # Restore brightness.                                                   
        brightness=`cat /var/tmp/backlight_brightness`
        echo $brightness > /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/brightness
        xscreensaver-command -deactivate
        exit 1
exit 0

CPU Frequency scaling

Power management and ACPI options  --->
    CPU Frequency scaling  ---> 
        [*] CPU Frequency scaling
              x86 CPU frequency scaling drivers  --->
              [*] Intel P state control
              <*> ACPI Processor P-States driver

SD Card Reader

Device Drivers  --->
    <*> MMC/SD/SDIO card support  --->
        <*>   Realtek PCI-E SD/MMC Card Interface Driver