CURRENT SUPPORTED LTS VERSIONS (as of 9/18/2018) : 18.04.1
CURRENT SUPPORTED NON LTS VERSION (as of 9/18/2018) : 18.10
An updated version of the guide can always be found here
NOTE: This guide focuses on Ubuntu 18.10, however the steps should be the same for 18.04.2
WARNING: Following these steps will erase the OS that comes on your laptop. Make sure you have a backup before continuing
NOTE: 18.10 doesn't seem to like USB 3.0 flash drives, so use a USB 2.0 one.
This is a long guide, and you will need to be comfortable around a command line to complete it.
The Legion Y530 is designed to run windows, and many features, including Vantage and Nerve Sense, only work on Windows. However, there are many reasons one could want to run an alternative OS, such as Linux on their Legion, and this guide will help you set up the machine so you can easily boot and install the OS.
Step 1: If you haven't already done so, back up the machine with a 3rd party tool, or the built in Windows Back Up utility.
Step 3: Use Etcher to write the disk image to a USB drive (8GB or larger recommended)
Etcher main screen. if your flash drive is plugged in before etcher is opened, it should automatically select itetcher with disk image and flash drive selectedetcher writing imageetcher completed
Step 4: Hold down shift, and then open the start menu and press the power icon and then restart
Step 5: Hold shift until you see the advanced startup screen
Step 6: From the advanced startup screen, select troubleshoot then advanced, then UEFI Settings. From the UEFI settings screen, press the restart button
Step 7: once the machine boots into the UEFI Settings, navigate over to the security tab with the arrow keys, then down to the secure boot setting. press enter then change the setting to disabled using the arrow key. press enter to change the setting and dismiss the dialog.
Step 8: Press F10 and select yes to save the changes
Step 9: from the point the Bios exits start pressing F12 until you see the device selection screen
Step 10: Select your USB device from the list
Step 11: Select "try ubuntu without installing" or equivalent option
Step 12: Once on the desktop has booted, open a terminal and run sudo rmmod ideapad_laptop to allow wifi to work then follow the ubuntu steps for installing the OS
Step 13: Follow the instructions for rebooting after the install has completed. after the legion screen, but before the boot screen, press escape to get to the grub selection menu.
Step 14: press e on the option for your OS, and edit the "quiet splash" line to "quiet splash nouveau.modeset=0" once the nvidia drivers are installed, this won't be needed
Step 15: Press F10 to boot the OS, once you are at the desktop, open the terminal and run sudo rmmod ideapad_laptop
Step 16: without closing the terminal Perform a system update (e.g sudo apt-update && sudo apt dist-upgrade for ubuntu)
Step 17: run the command sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
Step 18: add blacklist ideapad_laptop to the end of the file, this will get wifi working permanently
Step 19: once finished reboot. back at the desktop,wifi should now be working without needing the rmmod command every time.
Step 20: run the command sudo apt install nvidia-driver-390 nvidia-prime, accept the installation and reboot after it completes
Step 21: verify that the installation works by opening a terminal and perform the following
Run prime-select query (should return nvidia)
Run sudo prime-select intel (should say “selected intel profile” or similar)
Run prime-select query (should return intel)
This concludes installing Ubuntu on the Legion Y530 and getting core functionality working.