Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Gen 5)

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Model description

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, Gen 5.

To ensure you have this version, run dmidecode:

# dmidecode -t system | grep Version

Version: ThinkPad X1 Carbon 5th


Device Working
Intel graphics Yes
Wireless network configuration#iwlwifi Yes
Native Ethernet with Dongle Yes
Mobile broadband Yes
Touchpad Yes
TrackPoint Yes
Camera Yes
Fingerprint Reader No
Power management Yes
Bluetooth Yes
microSD card reader Yes

Fingerprint Reader

The fingerprint reader included with this model `138a:0097 Validity Sensors, Inc` currently lacks a linux driver. Community discussion of this issue indicates that preliminary efforts to reverse engineer a driver have failed. Synaptics (which has acquired 'Validity Sensors') has unofficially said that they cannot disclose the protocol, but may possibly release a binary driver.


Keyboard Fn Shortcuts

  • Fn+4 sends XF86Sleep (puts computer to sleep by default)
  • Fn+S sends Alt_L+Sys_Req
  • Fn+P sends Pause
  • Fn+B sends Control_L+Break
  • Fn+K sends Scroll_Lock
  • Fn by itself sends XF86WakeUp (wakes computer from sleep by default)


There are two options for displays:

  • 14" FHD IPS (1920 x 1080): Works
  • 14" WQHD (2560 x 1440): ??

TrackPoint Scrolling

To enable TrackPoint middle-button scrolling, install the xorg-xinput package from the official repositories add the following line to your .xinitrc.

xinput set-prop "ImPS/2 Generic Wheel Mouse" 288 0 0 1