Lenovo System x X6 & M5
Bootable Driver Kit




This driver kit enables support for the following Lenovo System x servers:

  • x240 M5
  • x440 M5
  • x280 X6
  • x480 X6
  • x880 X6
  • x3750 M4
  • x3850 X6
  • x3950 X6


  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 3


  • x86_64


Driver Kit ISO Image
File: lenovo_x6_and_m5-sle11sp3-x86_64-1.0.iso · [download]
Size 63.1 MB
MD5 Checksum 7982a0130b6d17818a391e260957021b
SHA256 Checksum 8ab8c9867ad1030cb2b899781d25c6b8d9e00b2b36a3c984fff2f42d82f620e0


Media installation

  1. Burn the ISO image above to an empty CD/DVD media.
  2. Start the installation using the new CD/DVD media, having the standard SUSE Linux Enterprise media at hand or a URL to a network installation server.
    • If doing a network install, enter the URL of the network install source on the boot command line using the 'install=' option.
    • If doing installation from optical media the installer will first boot from the driver kit and then ask to insert CD1 of the SUSE Linux Enterprise product.
  3. An initrd containing updated drivers will be used for installation.

PXE boot installation

  1. Download the ISO image above.
  2. Mount the ISO image for access to the contents.
  3. Copy the kernel and initrd images from the driver kit iso image to the appropriate location on your tftp boot server. The initrd and kernel image are found under the ./install/boot/x86_64/loader directory. Download links for the kernel and initrd images can also be found in the table below.
  4. Copy the contents of the ISO image to a location on your installation server. (The /boot directory may be omitted)
  5. Add the URL of the driver kit location on the installation server to the boot command of the pxelinux config file using the 'addon=' option.
  6. An updated kernel will be used for installation and installed onto the system.

Example pxelinux config file section:

# Install SLES 11 SP3 with Bootable Driver Kit
label install-bdk
kernel linux-bdk
append initrd=initrd-bdk splash=silent vga=0x314 showopts install=http://installserver/SLES-11-SP3-x86_64 addon=http://installserver/bdk
Kernel Image
Name linux · [download]
Size 3.76 MB
MD5 Checksum bee7187b3b0d706c3baa9968db452698
SHA256 Checksum a3e625e5790383d9b935b60cf9a7acb9313a9e302e0f4c86e514ea9efbeda995
Initrd Image
Name initrd · [download]
Size 36.9 MB
MD5 Checksum c5c8bd3e34fe903a8a6055a959306ac6
SHA256 Checksum 97675ea270e487c818ba81a7962f8826fac2ed16c2118afe13ea6531da4d682c

package names and versions

The following packages are provided with this driver kit:


Updates to this driver kit can be found at: updates-readme.html