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Subject[2/3] lenovo-sl-laptop : documentation
This patch contains the documentation for the lenovo-sl-laptop driver.

Signed-off-by: Alexandre Rostovtsev <>

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+Lenovo ThinkPad SL Series Laptop Extras driver
+Version 0.02
+13 February 2009
+Copyright (C) 2008-2009 Alexandre Rostovtsev <>
+lenovo-sl-laptop is a driver for controlling various parts of the Lenovo
+ThinkPad SL series (SL300/400/500) laptops. The SL series is not supported
+by the standard thinkpad_acpi driver.
+Reporting bugs
+You can report bugs to me by email, or use the Linux ThinkPad mailing list:
+You will need to subscribe to the mailing list to post.
+This driver was written with no help from Lenovo engineers, and is based on
+my experiments with my SL300. It's possible that it could break your hardware
+- of course, that is quite unlikely, but still, be aware of the possibility.
+Supported hardware
+I have reports of the driver working on a number of SL300, 400, and 500
+laptops with Intel video. I do not know how well it works with Nvidia
+video cards.
+There are rumors that with some modification, the driver can be used on
+some IdeaPads. I know that it certainly does *not* work, and probably will
+never work, on the IdeaPad S10e.
+If the driver does not work on your ThinkPad SL, please send me a copy of
+your DSDT. In other words,
+cat /proc/acpi/dsdt > dsdt
+and send me the resulting dsdt file.
+Lenovo Care : KEY_VENDOR (360)
+Volume up : KEY_VOLUMEUP (115)
+Volume down : KEY_VOLUMEDOWN (114)
+Volume mute : KEY_MUTE (113)
+Fn F2 (screensaver): KEY_COFFEE (152)
+Fn F2 (battery): KEY_BATTERY (236)
+Fn F4 (sleep): no input event; dispatches an ACPI event
+Fn F5 (radio): KEY_WLAN (238)
+Fn F7 (switch screen): no input event; dispatches an ACPI event
+Fn F8 (Ultranav): KEY_PROG1 (148)
+Fn F9 (eject): KEY_EJECTCD (161)
+Fn F12 (hibernate): KEY_SUSPEND (205)
+Fn Space (zoom): KEY_ZOOM (372)
+Fn Home (brightness up): by default, only dispatches an ACPI event;
+ will dispatch an input event if control_backlight
+ parameter is on.
+Fn End (brightness down): see above.
+Sysfs interface
+You may find the following sysfs files useful. NOTE: depending on your
+hardware and module parameters, some of these will not be available.
+ The Lenovo Care LED. brightness can be 0 (off) or 255 (on). To make the LED
+ blink, make sure you have LED timer trigger support and
+ echo "timer" > /sys/class/leds/lensl::lenovocare/triggers
+ Afterwards, you will be able to adjust the blink frequency using delay_off
+ and delay_on (in milliseconds).
+ The bluetooth rfkill. state is the switch state (0 for bluetooth off,
+ 1 for bluetooth on).
+ Note that in case future versions of the driver add other rfkill switches,
+ userspace programs should check that the rfkill name is lensl_bluetooth_sw
+ The backlight brightness interface. Only available if the control_backlight
+ parameter is on. This interface will very likely disappear in a future
+ driver version, after the ACPI video driver properly supports the SL series.
+ I am using the same backlight device name as the thinkpad_acpi driver in
+ order to ensure support on existing versions of the xorg intel video driver.
+Module parameters
+ Controls the verbosity of messages printed to the kernel log. Values
+ range from 0 (print nothing) to 7 (print everything).
+ Default is 6.
+ If this parameter is set to 1 and your laptop supports bluetooth, then
+ bluetooth will be activated immediately when you load this driver. If
+ the parameter is set to 0, bluetooth will not be automatically activated,
+ and you will need to enable it manually:
+ cat 1 > /sys/devices/platform/lenovo-sl-laptop/rfkill/rfkill*/state
+ Default is 1.
+ If this parameter is set to 1, this driver will intercept brightness keys
+ (Fn+Home and Fn+End) and control the backlight brightness. This feature is
+ useful because the default ACPI video driver currently has poor support
+ for the Lenovo SL series. If you enable this feature, you should add
+ acpi_backlight=vendor
+ to the kernel boot parameters. Otherwise, lenovo-sl-laptop and the ACPI
+ video driver will both try to change screen brightness simultaneously,
+ causing interesting effects.
+ It's likely that this option will disappear in the next driver version
+ (I will remove it once the SL series are well supported by the ACPI video
+ driver).
+ Default is 0.
+ For debugging purposes, enables access to the ACPI embedded controller via
+ /proc/acpi/lenovo-sl-laptop/ec0
+ Reading from this file will dump the contents of all EC registers. Doing
+ so could theoretically crash your computer. Writing to this file will
+ write data to the EC registers.
+ CAN *DESTROY* YOUR VALUABLE HARDWARE! Do not even think of doing it unless
+ you are quite certain about your actions.
+ Default is, of course, 0.

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