Renovating a Thinkpad T410
Not so long ago, a relative gave me their old Thinkpad T410 because they had no use for it. I had heard that Thinkpads have perfect driver support on Linux, and they’re very reliable, also you can flash a FOSS BIOS onto them, such as coreboot" (although not onto the T410), so I was really eager to try it.
It didn’t have a hard drive nor an SSD inside, also its battery was dead, so I had to get a battery and an SSD. I have a server for data storage, so the SSD was for booting only. I ended up getting a Kingston A400 128GB.
As for the battery, I ordered one with 5200mAh of capacity from Aliexpress. Installing it was a no-brainer.
I’ll also get a new keyboard in the future, the current keyboard’s spacebar doesn’t always work unless you press it in the middle.
The operating system
I chose Artix Linux, since I’m familiar with OpenRC from using Gentoo, and I also know my way around pacman.
For some reason, I couldn’t manage to get a UEFI install to work, so I went with BIOS instead.
I’ve brawled with Xorg for a few hours to get it to work… You don’t need to
xf86-video-intel, Xorg works out of the box with the
modesetting driver. Don’t forget to install the required fonts and related
utilities though, namely:
I also enabled TearFree in xorg.conf:
Option "TearFree" "True"
Audio with ALSA works out of the box, just install the
alsautils package and
unmute the audio in
For getting touch-to-click to work on the touchpad, I wrote the following config, based on this forum thread:
Option "Tapping" "on"
And finally, here is my T410 running Artix!
(Apologies for the terrible image quality, I am really bad at taking pictures.)