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Linux on Ideapad 100s 11IBY

Hello, 

 

I have read some other posts on installing Linux onto a Ideapad 100s but have gotten anywhere.

 

I am trying to install Kali Linux 2016.1-i386. I've made both a 32bit and 64bit usb installer but the Lenovo only reads "Windows Boot Manager" rather than my USB

 

i have disabled secure boot and such. I would just love some help getting an ISO to run on my Lenovo. Thank you

jimjam88
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Re: Linux on Ideapad 100s 11IBY

hi , i have a ideapad 100s 11iby , last night i managed to live boot ubuntu by downloading the 64 bit version using unetbootin to install to usb. i then copied a bootia32.efi to Efi/boot/ on the root of the usb. delete the other 2 files in the folder. to boot shutdown and press the novo button or fn+f12 and select the now selectable usb drive. i also tried to get kali to boot but i just get stuck at grub prompt. for wifi fix grab rtl8723bs- master.zip file it has the driver and patch to stop the freezing.

 

Mod's Edit: Zipped file removed from download for protection of other users as source is unverified.

 

brick1
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Re: Linux on Ideapad 100s 11IBY

I followed jimjam88's method for booting Xubuntu, and it booted but the trackpad is not working.  Any ideas?

dwuysan
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Re: Linux on Ideapad 100s 11IBY

Hi Jimjam88,

 

Where did you get this rtl8723bs-master.zip, and what do you do with it? Sorry I am not good with Linux. Generally in the past, things worked out of the box once you put the USB stick in.

 

Do you have much success with this laptop with Linux? What distro do you use? I managed to live boot Lubuntu, but no wireless.

 

Look forward to hear from you.

 

Kind regards,

 

DW

friarsnolan
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Re: Linux on Ideapad 100s 11IBY

hey, man. I'd like to know how you did it. My ideapad 100s was wiped clean accidentally (my friend's clever act did this). I really need some favour for this

friarsnolan
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Re: Linux on Ideapad 100s 11IBY

maybe you can email me here. *********@gmail.com

 

Moderator note: serial number removed for member's protection. Please use the PM (private message) feature for sideband conversations.  Better yet - keep the conversation here in the forum so others can benefit..

gaam
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Re: Linux on Ideapad 100s 11IBY

If you are interested.

Linux on the ideapad 100s can only boot via a 32 bit uefi, the cpu is capable of 64bit software. The only distro you can boot without adding nothing is Debian, in multiarch build. With others distro you must add a file called bootia32.efi in the BOOT folder (depending on distro), this will boot the ideapad 100s via the USB.

If the choosen distro is Ubuntu, you will be able of booting the live USB, else, you must use grub to boot. The command seguence is kinda sort of:
# ls

# set root=(hdX,msdosY) // Here depending by the command ls

# linux /path/to/vmlinuz/image root=/dev/sdb1
// Parameters depend by distro, on Fedora are root=live:CDLABEL=usb_label rd.live.image

// on arch are archisobasedir=/dev/sdb1 archisolabel=ARCH_YYYYMM

# initrd /path/to/initramfs/image

# boot

Now you can boot live, and install linux. The new kernel, the 4.9 is better for Atoms cpu's, more stable, but continuing freezing. Maybe better to wait kernel 4.10

After you have to build wifi driver, found on github and run classic compiling commands. Every time you change the kernel, you must compiling this drivers. Brightness works out of the box, audio nope, there are drivers and patches.

Battery not work, it will not work for a period, maybe a long period.

 

Or you can download ubuntu distro by Linuxium, patched for intel atom, work very well (I'm writing from ubuntu), rarely freezes, audio work, video work, wifi work, kernel updated, no battery and some sort of drivers by bluetooth, camera, touchpad works.

 

This is the state of the art. Cheers.

winlinuser
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Re: Linux on Ideapad 100s 11IBY

One of my students purchased this notepad this week with the intention of installing Linux Mint 18 XFCE.  Last week the Lenovo website suggested that this should be possible!  She brought the machine in this afternoon and I tried to boot from a USB which had been prepared.
As you can guess, I immediately ran into problems as, with Secure Boot turned off, I could not select the USB.  This is not what the Lenovo web says!!!!   FALSE INFO Lenovo!!!   ANGRY.

To date, nobody appears to have an easy / foolproof solution although this thread may prove useful (to a degree).  Time will yet tell.

I am amazed that a company like Lenovo (previously good for Linux) has produced such a product.  To DELIBERATELY produce hardware that is permanently locked to Windows is unacceptable.  It's a bit like buying a car that only allows Shell petrol, or a foreign holiday that only allows you to drink water.  Nonsense!

If anyone has recently solved this I would be VERY interested in hearing how it was done.  Thanks everyone.

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Re: Linux on Ideapad 100s 11IBY


@winlinuser wrote:

One of my students purchased this notepad this week with the intention of installing Linux Mint 18 XFCE.  Last week the Lenovo website suggested that this should be possible!  She brought the machine in this afternoon and I tried to boot from a USB which had been prepared.
As you can guess, I immediately ran into problems as, with Secure Boot turned off, I could not select the USB.  This is not what the Lenovo web says!!!!   FALSE INFO Lenovo!!!   ANGRY.
...


May I have a link to that incorrect info - Linux Mint 18 XFCE on  this laptop?  If it's here on the forums somewhere it should be corrected or modified to indicate what's necessary.

 

thanks,

Z.


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winlinuser
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Re: Linux on Ideapad 100s 11IBY

Hi Z - I'm afraid I did not bookmark the pages as I was in class and under pressure at the time.  However, after much consideration and further reading I think that what I read was possibly the guide to accessing a windows 10 USB image from USB.  I have since learned that if you try to boot Linux from USB the machine it does not recognise the USB and refuses to open the options that the website shows.  There are however, no explanations as to why it failed. 

The info on the website gives the impression that USB access is entirely possible.  No mention that it only works with a Win 10 USB.  Perhaps this is not deliberately misleading - but as no cavieats are given, one assumes that this works for all systems.  As I have found no warnings that the machine will only run Win 10, it is not entirely unreasonable to expect that Linux is a viable option (especially given Lenovo's previous reputation) and reprehensible when one learns of the Boot/CPU arrangement designed to block other OS's.

 

On a personal level, I find the hardware to be of excellent quality - very nice, especially for the price.  I would love to ove one.  However, the issue(s) above will prevent me from considering ANY Lenovo machine as we simply cannot rely on them for Linux compatibility.  Great shame.

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