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Installing Ubuntu on the Legion Y530

CURRENT SUPPORTED LTS VERSIONS (as of 9/18/2018) : 18.04.2


An updated version of the guide can always be found here


WARNING: Following these steps will erase the OS that comes on your laptop. Make sure you have a backup before continuing 

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 2: Download Etcher and Ubuntu 18.04.2 desktop


Step 3: Use Etcher to write the disk image to a USB drive (8GB or larger recommended)



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.

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JD20 On 2019-03-11, 9:09 AM

 I have a Legion C730 and I have installed ubuntu, but I don't know how to do step 12. i.e. I don't know what module to remove in order to get my wifi working.

nd07 On 2019-03-11, 15:29 PM

Has anyone gotten audio over HDMI to work? Either stereo or surround sound? Thanks.

emanuelfontelle On 2019-03-14, 3:35 AM

Hey guys, I can't install my Ubuntu 18.04.2, my screen always crashes, frozen in the middle of installation. I bought this laptop intending to use as developer and reseach but with Windows is a curse in my life. Can anyone help me?

gomes_luis_ On 2019-03-30, 6:30 AM

I've been a long time Ubuntu user and am looking to buy this laptop very soon.

Are there any thermal / performance / throttling issues on heavy workloads running on Ubuntu?

mrwisu On 2019-03-30, 8:44 AM

I have finally found a solution for HDMI:


It is already discussed on github:


I wish I found it earlier, I would save a lot of time. 
@Fullmetal99012 thank you for the instructions. You did great job here.

Fullmetal99012 On 2019-03-30, 11:17 AM

@mrwisu no problem. 


I'm working on an update for the guide for the next LTS Version (18.04.3) 


Once that is out I can rewrite the guide here to have all of the info from the github version.

Tester91 On 2019-04-01, 16:01 PM

Hello! I am thinking about buying this laptop and I have a question. Can I get it to work with Ubuntu without installing the drivers from Nvidia? I do not want to establish anything proprietary. Is it possible?

Fullmetal99012 On 2019-04-01, 16:05 PM

It is possible to install without the nvidia proprietary drivers.


However, without the nvidia drivers, GPU power management will be mediocre at best and you may experience performance issues.


With nouveau only, the machine will always run with the Nvidia GPU enabled, meaning battery life may be lower. 

Tester91 On 2019-04-03, 9:10 AM

Thank you for answer! I am not interested in high performance graphics. I will have enough integrated video card from Intel. Can I switch to integrated graphics? Will there be problems with performance about which you write?

Fullmetal99012 On 2019-04-03, 11:13 AM

Older optimus machines (ending with Intel 5th gen) allowed you to disable the nvidia GPU at the BIOS level.


This is no longer an option. 


With nouveau but no nvidia-prime, I think it always uses the nvidia GPU to do the rendering, with no ability to switch. 



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