Installing hotkeys and brightness driver for Lenovo SL500

Hi All,

I’m new to linux and recently installed openSUSE 11.1 on my Lenovo Thinkpad SL500. So far it’s great… only problem is the hotkeys and brightness control don’t work.

I’ve read the posts in this forum on the same problem…

opensuse 11.1 on Lenovo u330 brightness workaround - openSUSE Forums

and here…

Screen Brightness on Lenovo 3000 N200 - openSUSE Forums

but neither of those tricks work for me. Digging around online I found this driver that purportedly works fine, but I have no idea how to compile, install, or otherwise use it. Here…

tetromino’s lenovo-sl-laptop at master - GitHub

I know someone on here will be able to explain how to do this in a “computer engineering for chemists” language! I’m comfortable enough working in the terminal with commands, but have found no real straightforward explanation of how to do so (only “programming” experience is MATLAB m file writing).

Thanks!

Erik

UPDATE: figured it out. Thanks to malcomlewis for all the help:

How do I build/make custom driver into kernel? - openSUSE Forums