07-06-2013 08:30 AM
It is "supposed" to be.
Now, that doesn't mean it won't be a pain in the ass. Personally, I've been trying to install a different distro since yesterday. The "UEFI" and "secure boot" coupled with the NVIDIA graphics card have been (at least in my case), a huge pain in the ass.
07-25-2013 12:41 PM
I'm posting this to potentially help others with the same model that have been having issues installing a linux distro. As I was going through the whole ordeal, I thought how useful would it have been if someone had the same model and mentioned what they went through. Just to summarize the headaches I experienced when installing Fedora.
Here's some of the issues that I experienced with the NVIDIA driver:
I had to manually install the ethernet driver as well, but that was straightforward. I think it took me a total of 2 weeks to figure out how to fix some of the issues (or use a hack like manually starting X everytime). I think the major issue has been that this whole Optimus and native support is "recent", so sometimes you find that a google search brings either nothing, or a forum post 2 months old that describes the problem you're having but has not been resolved.
08-23-2013 12:56 PM - last edited on 08-23-2013 01:17 PM by andyP
Did anyone have any success installing Linux on their Y510P? I have searched on Google but haven't seen any thing so far.
Moderator Note; subject edited; post merged to this thread. Was; How to install Linux on Y510p
08-24-2013 07:22 PM
First I turned off Secure Boot. Then I created a linux swap partition first using gparted (from livecd). Then installed Ubuntu side by side with Windows 8 (with Windows side slightly bigger). I end up with Ubuntu bootable but Win 8 not bootable. So from Ubuntu, I run boot-repair to end up with both Windows 8 and Ubuntu bootable on this laptop (I have to use the fourth entry on the grub2 list to boot into regular Windows 8, I think it shows up as 'Windows 8 UEFI recovery'). Wish I could edit the grub2 list and eliminate some of the entries that boot-repair makes but doing that looks complicated to me. If there is a simple way to fix this or alternative method, I would appreciate hearing it.
When booting into Ubuntu, I get a black screen but you can manually turn the brightness up using the keyboard shortcuts. That part is more of an annoyance than a huge problem. If someone has a fix for that I would appreciate hearing it.
One other issue is that only the Intel HD4600 integrated gpu is detected in Ubuntu. I haven't messed with the nvidia 750m because quite frankly what will be done on the Ubuntu side can all be handled by the hd4600 and battery life should be better too. Intesive graphic applications and/or gaming will be done from Windows using 750m gpu's.
So far, I am pleased with this laptop. Questions still to be answered from day to day usage are:
*how does battery life compare Ubuntu vs Windows
* how difficult is it to get nvidia drivers up for 750m up and running on Ubuntu
Also, I was able to get the blu ray player to work using VLC (which needs to have the video set to use Open GL or you get a green screen) and the script/instructions found here:
Hope this helps someone and if I've missed something or someone knows of a better solution or approach, please share.
12-30-2013 01:46 PM - edited 12-30-2013 01:47 PM
I just bought the Lenovo y510p as well and stuggled with getting any distro to just work out of the box until Sabayon came out with 14.01! Wireless, sound, Bluetooth, and you get use of the main NVideo SLI card (I have the dual 755m model). You still have to disable the Secure Boot(but don't have to turn on Legacy Support). Hope this helps!