Thinkpad Edge E520 with SuSE 11.4 -- Wondering about WiFi/wireless LAN adapter

Greetings, everyone. I’m thinking seriously about purchasing a Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E520 with the upgraded Intel Core i5-2520M processor (3M Cache, 2.50 GHz).

Will install SuSE 11.4 (with KDE 3.5).

I’m presented with these no-charge options for the Wifi wireless LAN adaptor.

           1) ThinkPad b/g/n
  1. Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000

Has anyone had any experience good or bad with either of these adapters and the Edge E520? Your recommendations?

And how does the Edge E520 work out of the box now with 11.4? I know that last year there were some unfavorable comments when using SuSE 11.3, but it seems that 11.4 is better (at least on a desktop).

Your thoughts and recommendations on this and any other matter related to the Edge E520 are greatly appreciated.

Thx lol!


Don’t know if you’re still interested, but I’ve just installed 12.1 on an E520, and it works ‘out of the box’. Wireless, sound, mouse and all buttons and the little red doo-hickey mouse all recognised and working. Bluetooth is recognised, but haven’t been able to test just yet. Will test the HDMI out on Monday at work, to see if I can get dual screen output. Will update then. Will also update the hardware compatibility list if its still going :slight_smile:

Thanks for this very encouraging post. I ordered the E520 and am expecting delivery in a few days.

Great to hear that 12.1 works out of the box. I’ll install that and keep my fingers crossed that I have the same success.

Which wireless card did you get?
Please do post anything you discover good or bad. Very much appreciated! :slight_smile:


Hi… I installed OpenSuse 12.1 in the Lenovo E525 quite seamlessly, see here:

So, you shouldn’t have it differently. The problems with the ATI driver reported there, don’t apply anymore as they were solved by the successive upgrades. Install them!

Also, there were some issues related to systemd reported in this forum and elsewhere. They were also solved as well. Thanks to the people who worked on them!

Many thanks for this useful information. Once I fire up the E520 I’ll let everyone know how it’s working. :slight_smile: