Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11


  • First tried stable 4.1 version but display was laggy and WiFi did not work
  • Installing 4.2 RC3 fixed the display and WiFi issues
  • Tested and working:
    • display (internal and external over USB-C)
    • WiFi
    • audio playback
    • keyboard function shortcuts including volume up/down, display brightness up/down, and backlight on/off
  • Tested and not working:
    • suspend (never enters sleep mode, BIOS does not have an S3 option or Linux compatibility mode to try)
  • Not tested yet:
    • webcam
    • microphone
    • fingerprint reader
    • 4G modem
    • bluetooth


Qubes-HCL-LENOVO-21HMCTO1WW-20230917.yml (774 Bytes)


Thank you @qubesuser11 for your HCL report, which is online now!

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Thank you!

Do you plan on thesting these features in the near future?
I am asking because it is the only thing that is holding me back from going with the same computer.

Bluetooth: tested, works. Provided as USB device that can be attached to any VM and works with standard tools like blueman.

Webcam and mic I plan to test soon.

4G modem I plan to try this tool to get it working a bit later.

Fingerprint reader I see appears as a USB device, but I can’t find any use for it in Qubes. The OS is set up so that USB devices are hidden from dom0 so it wouldn’t be possible to use as a login method for example. Happy to test if there is a good use case I could try.

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Thank you! As soon you know if the 4G modem works or not, I will make my choice to buy or not.

Can you tell a bit about the specs on the computer and how Qubes runs? (smooth and fast, slow etc?)

Ok I’ll tell you when I get to test it.

Performance is great overall. I can run many qubes at once even with intensive things like YouTube and backups without any problems.

For battery life I got about 4.5 hours of active usage including web browsing and video watching without trying to optimize anything. It could probably improve.

Graphics are smooth in dom0 including window compositing effects. But of course they get lower framerate and more CPU intensive inside qubes because there is no GPU passthrough. That’s not the laptop it’s just Qubes OS design.

Couldn’t make the 4G modem work with Qubes OS. It works with Ubuntu but not with Qubes OS and I don’t know why. Attach the PCI device to any qube and it fails to boot.