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02-07-2008

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Ubuntu Linux Support

2008-04-28, 16:00 PM
A number of people have been putting Ubuntu on their Y510's.  I wanted to let people know that there is a growing thread of Ubuntu-specific support at the Ubuntu forums, here (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=687663). 

I know Lenovo started supporting Suse Linux on the Thinkpads.  I don't know if there will be any support for Ubuntu on the Ideapads, but it's worth letting the Lenovo folks know that there are a number of people who are very happy with that OS on their Ideapad hardware.  Having been on Ubuntu for a number of years now, I know that something as simple as letting us know what drivers to use for making some of the hardware work is about all we need. 

The current version of Ubuntu is 8.04.  Some of the current issues people are having are:
  • Camera not being picked up
  • Not getting the surround sound/subwoofer going (surround can be worked out by recompiling the latest ALSA drivers, but needs to be enabled on each boot, and doesn't automatically shut off when headphones are plugged in)
  • Screen brightness: Fn+up dims the screen, Fn+down brightens the screen, and it generally does the opposite of what it should (goes bright when idle, etc.)
  • Some of the Compiz plugins don't quite work right (like Negative); seems to be an issue with the GM965/GL960 graphics card
  • Not certain about hibernate/suspend; always seems to be an issue, but I haven't had the chance to really test this.
None of these issues are entirely Lenovo-specific; many of these issues also pertain to other machines with similar hardware specs.
Running Ubuntu 9.04 on an Ideapad Y510
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02-20-2008

Orange County, CA

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Re: Ubuntu Linux Support

2008-04-28, 22:47 PM
Did you update the BIOS? Updating the bios fixed the brightness hotkey issue in XP - and it wouldn't surprise me if it reversed the backwards brightness in Ubuntu...

-Warr
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02-07-2008

Charlottesville, Virginia

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Re: Ubuntu Linux Support

2008-04-29, 4:06 AM
I'm attempting that right now.  Only issue is once you have linux installed, the bios update isn't quite the same; just working that out now.
Running Ubuntu 9.04 on an Ideapad Y510
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02-07-2008

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Re: Ubuntu Linux Support

2008-04-29, 19:57 PM
Firmware update didn't address the reversed brightness issue.
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11-20-2007

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Re: Ubuntu Linux Support

2008-04-30, 10:47 AM

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04-30-2008

Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA

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Re: Ubuntu Linux Support

2008-04-30, 16:58 PM
wyth,

I have been following the Y510 thread on the ubuntu forums closely.  I am about to pull the trigger and buy a Y510, but was wondering how the sleep/hibernate issue is coming along.

The bottom line, I plan to run the machine as a single OS system, at this time Ubuntu 8.04.  If I close the lid, or click the suspend or hibernate buttons, what can I expect?  I don't want to have to reboot a laptop every time I put it away for a few minutes/hours.

I am really excited with the potential of the machine and os combo.  And I'm a mac fan-boy type!

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03-14-2008

Moscow, Russian Federation

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Re: Ubuntu Linux Support

2008-05-03, 7:56 AM
Thinks there will be an opportunity to configure that inside the OS.
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06-03-2008

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Re: Ubuntu Linux Support

2008-06-04, 4:51 AM
for some reason i couldnt get my internet to work... well i didnt try ethernet but i couldnt even search fro a wireless signal...
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06-13-2008

Idaho

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Re: Ubuntu Linux Support

2008-06-15, 19:45 PM
I installed ubuntu 8.04 yesterday and it seems to work just great but has the same problems that are listed in the 1st post.

I dont know much about linux but i might as well have it installed and use it once in awhile! hah
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04-28-2008

Canada

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Re: Ubuntu Linux Support

2008-08-13, 21:39 PM

This is just an FYI for people who may show up here looking for help with Ubuntu on their ideapad.

 

The thread in Ubuntu Forums that Wyth mentioned earlier is a great resource for Y510 owners.  The thread has grown to 20 pages, and was closed at that point, but a continued thread was started here.

 

It appears that Y710 owners (such as myself) have a bit different set of problems, to which i am doing my best to investigate.

 

For those of you considering purchasing a Y710 to install Ubuntu on it, or those with a Y710 who are thinking about installing Ubuntu, here's what i know so far:

- SD card reader, webcam, wireless, brightness are working without issue.

- Optical drive not recognized after install... likely has something to do with AHCI, IDE, SATA... i just don't know yet.  Turning ACPI=off on startup allows the optical drive to function properly, but many other things (such as battery life monitor) stop working.  This setting seems to make the OS somewhat unstable.  I SHOULD ALSO MENTION THAT this could be due to some unique configurations i have set up (triple boot Vista/XP/Ubuntu, using both Vista Bootloader and GRUB), but again, i just don't know yet and hopefully can post more info soon.

- Front speakers are working, but "rear" and subwoofer are not.

 

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