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psit
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Yoga Book C930: Linux compatibility with new i5

hi, someone installed successfully, running everything, linux on the new Yoga Book C930 i5 processor? thank you

asafallenleaf
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Re: Yoga Book C930: Linux compatibility with new i5

@psit
I tried to boot Ubuntu 18.10 from a USB 3.0 pendrive, using an Anker Premium 7-in-1 hub as middle-man, but it doesn't work. The pendrive doesn't appear at all in the BIOS.

I have to order a USB-C pendrive on Amazon and try again with that. 

I'll update this thread when I get the pendrive Smiley Happy


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Re: Yoga Book C930: Linux compatibility with new i5

UPDATE

I purchased a Sandisk USB-C pendrive, flashed Ubuntu 18.10 on it, and tried to boot the Yoga Book C930 from it.

No success at all.

I tried to disable the Fast Boot option, but it's still enabled after you restart the machine and go into the BIOS again.

I tried to disable the secure boot, but it doesn't help.

I tried both Etcher and Rufus to flash Ubuntu on the pendrive, no changes either.

I run firmware 05WT21WW (the latest).

Somebody else managed to successfully boot Linux on this machine?

 

mehavep1
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Re: Yoga Book C930: Linux compatibility with new i5

Thank you for posting the update. I was about to purchase 3 Yoga Books C930s and load Linux onto them, thinking they were Yoga C930s. The latter works (mostly) with Linux, while the former does not.

 

I have no use for Micro-Malware, so no Linux, no buy. I guess I'll have to have to buy the Dell version instead.

artelius
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Re: Yoga Book C930: Linux compatibility with new i5

SUCCESS installing Ubuntu on the Yoga Book C930 (but see note below). As you can see:

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NOTE: The Eink keyboard does not work out of the box. But the touch-screen and stylus work, wifi works, you can connect a bluetooth keyboard too.

 

HOWEVER, I have been reverse-engineering the Eink display protocol and I have successfully enabled the Eink keyboard under Linux by creating a hacky Linux driver. It may be a little while before I have time to make it ready to share. If anyone (who knows a bit of C or can read hexdumps) would like to collaborate please reply or message me.

asafallenleaf
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Re: Yoga Book C930: Linux compatibility with new i5

Hey @artelius,

 

that's very interesting!

 

How did you manage to install Ubuntu on the Yoga Book C930? 

Could you please share:

 

- which Ubuntu version you used

- which pendrive you used (USB via USB-C hub? USB-C pendrive? ..)

- which software you flashed Ubuntu on the pendrive with (Rufus, Etcher, ...)

- which BIOS settings (if you changed some) or which procedure you followed

 

I didn't have any luck on mine!

 

Additional question:  are the USB-C ports working under Ubuntu? Did you try to plug something to them?

 

Thanks!

artelius
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Re: Yoga Book C930: Linux compatibility with new i5

Nothing special. Just put an Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS on a USB drive using 'dd'.

Actually it is a dual USB/USB-C drive—but I highly doubt that makes a difference. It was flashed using the USB-C interface.

BIOS was not touched. I don't even know how to get into it? I booted the drive from the Windows recovery console thing.

USB-C ports are working. There are some issues with closing the screen and sleeping on timeout but I forgot to mention that because it's part and parcel of running GNU/Linux on laptops...


If it's of any use:
Product Name: ZA3S
Version: Yoga Book C930
Serial Number: HA0YRUD3

asafallenleaf
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Re: Yoga Book C930: Linux compatibility with new i5

@artelius

Weird, I used the same kind of pendrive and performed exactly the same steps (apart from using "dd")....


But thanks man, I'll try again in the next weeks and see if I can manage to install Ubuntu on mine as well Smiley Happy 

 

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artelius
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Re: Yoga Book C930: Linux compatibility with new i5

@anditosan

 

The Yoga Book C930 is not the same thing as the Yoga C930. (Confusing, I know.) The most obvious difference is that the Yoga does not have an E-Ink display/E-ink keyboard, while the Yoga Book does.

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