I am interested in using Ubuntu OS on my 'ThinkPadL410' laptop but when i searched for the required drivers in the lenovo website i didn't find any for Ubuntu .

Can anybody tell me where can i find the required drivers , or tell me if i cannot install ubuntu at all on it.

  • Thinkpad machines of the same "marketing name" (L410 in your case) could be configured in totally different configurations. Discrete vs integrated graphics, Intel WiFi or budget type of WiFi card, etc. We can't tell if and which drivers you need. Just install Ubuntu and come back with a more specific question about some hardware which does not work out of the box. – gertvdijk May 23 '13 at 11:54

Probably you do not need any further driver other than the ones already included in the Linux kernel that powers Ubuntu.

Go ahead a test all your system with the Ubuntu LiveCD, that is the best way of doing it. If you notice anything more specific missing (ie: wireless, or some buttons) create a new question about that, reboot the laptop, remove the CD and no changes will actually happen to it.

From all I see your system should not have any issues running Ubuntu, test it.

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  • Thank you for your fast reply , but is the LiveCD can check all the drivers before installing ? as i need to be sure all the drivers exist before i install it. thanks again – k.elgohary May 23 '13 at 10:56
  • Linux does use drivers as Windows does, they are present most of the times in the Kernel supplied with a distribution and just there, the chances that you need to build an external driver to be used by your system are very remote. The best way to test that is by using the livecd and see if everything boots and works "out of the box", else open up a new question specific for the hardware part that is not working properly. – Bruno Pereira May 23 '13 at 11:12

Perhaps you do. It isn't clear whether the L series ThinkPads are eligible for the tp_smapi driver. Try asking in the ThinkPad SL and L Series forum or the Linux Questions forum at ThinkPads.com. Since the closely related SL series isn't covered by the driver, I suspect the L series isn't either.

If you discover your laptop will benefit from tp_smapi, install the package as noted at ThinkWiki.org. Open a Terminal (keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+T) and execute these commands:

sudo apt-get install tp-smapi-dkms
sudo modprobe tp_smapi

Any time you perform a distribution upgrade, say from Ubuntu 14.04 to 14.10 later this year, re-add the module:

sudo modprobe tp_smapi
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