ThinkPad X220 Linux Mint and Resources

Debian Distros on ThinkPad

I am an avid enthusiast of Lenovo ThinkPads, particularly when it comes to business laptops. I've been using ThinkPads since 2018, starting with models like the T410, T530, X230, X220, T440P, X260, X270, and T470. Among these, I've found the T530 and T440P to be my most frequently used models. Currently, I'm relying on the X220 as my daily driver.

These machines perform exceptionally well with both Windows 10 and Windows 11, despite Microsoft's lack of official support for Windows 11 on these models. Surprisingly, I haven't encountered any issues up to this point.

Having heard about ThinkPads' compatibility with Linux-based operating systems, I decided to install a Debian based Linux distro on my X220. I chose Linux Mint due to its user-friendly graphical user interface, which I anticipated would make the transition from Windows to Linux a smooth and comfortable experience.

Before installing Linux Mint, I ran the live image to test the operating system. I discovered that it's incredibly user-friendly, and there's a wide variety of easily installable apps available. For those interested in installing Linux Mint on an X220 or any ThinkPad, I'll provide some information below on how to install and configure it to ensure everything functions seamlessly.

The following commands can be used to install the necessary resources and utilities for your computer:

Update Package Lists: Ensure your package lists are up to date.

sudo apt-get update

Upgrade Installed Packages: Upgrade your existing packages to the latest versions.

sudo apt-get upgrade

Install Gedit: This will be required to edit config files easily.

sudo apt-get install gedit

If you are getting an error message when booting about a issue in BIOS, it can be ignored and disable.

sudo gedit /etc/default/grub

Then add this line in "grub" file: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash mce=off loglevel=3" Save "grub" file and do:

sudo update-grub

Use the following command to install Synaptic drivers if your Synaptic touchpad exhibits erratic behavior:

sudo apt install --reinstall xserver-xorg-input-synaptics

If you have a ThinkPad bluetooth mouse or any bluetooth device, follow the steps below pair it.

Launch Bluetooth Control


you should respond with

Agent registered.

It should be now in root..
Type in..

scan on

Should result in..
Discovery started
It should return with..
[New] Device (eg) B6-3D-19-23-66-92 Name of bluetooth mouse

Then type..

pair B6-3D-19-23-66-92

The results should say..
Pairing Sucessful

Then type..

connect B6-3D-19-23-66-92

The results should say..
Connection Successful.

Then type...

trust B6-3D-19-23-66-92

They result should say..
Trust succeeded

Install Apps

Mozilla Firefox browser will be installed by default, if you want to get chrome and Microsoft Edge installed follow steps or you can directly download and install from the website without using command-line

Install Chrome

wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -
sudo add-apt-repository "deb stable main"
sudo apt update
sudo apt install google-chrome-stable

Install Microsoft Edge

curl | gpg --dearmor > microsoft.gpg
sudo install -o root -g root -m 644 microsoft.gpg /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/microsoft-edge-dev.list'
sudo rm microsoft.gpg
sudo apt update
sudo apt install microsoft-edge-stable