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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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Fullmetal99012 On 2020-02-17, 19:14 PM

If you are asking about how to prolong battery life while using the laptop, then Configuring nvidia drivers with nvidia prime and switching to intel graphics can save some battery life.


Switching the CPU governor to power saving can also grant longer battery at the cost of performance. 

asmmohel On 2020-02-17, 19:17 PM

thanks for replying .. is there any software i can use .. i bought the laptop due to Nivida to use it in my work .. so i can switch it . can i use something like tlp to stop using battery when i'm using the charger ? thanks again .. appearciating your time 

Fullmetal99012 On 2020-02-17, 19:33 PM

If it's using battery life while on the charger, it usually means that its drawing more wattage than the charger is providing. There were some forum users experiencing this on the Y530, but I'm not sure what options would fix that. 




TLP might help, but I'm not sure which options to change, as I have not personally experienced this issue.

Len0vation On 2020-02-19, 20:55 PM

Hey Fullmetal, I had a question, without customizing any of the settings inside Linux does the system itself handle normal usage less disturbingly than Windows 10?   You may still be famliar with the fan issue, which is still a problem with me for every simply task, from opening the browser and navigation, simple Windows apps.   Does the system every slow down and nearly freeze the cursor?   Thanks, I do appreciate that you are still maintaining this thread, though I have not been very active due to what seems to be unsolvable and inevitable dissapointment with Lenovo's Y530.

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