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Lenovo 3000 G430


Andika Triwidada


This is a guide to running Linux with the Lenovo 3000 G400 laptop, model 20008. It is based on my experiences with a clean install of Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex AMD64.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

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NameLenovo 3000 G430
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T5900 2.20 GHz
Screen14.1“ WXGA (1280×800)
Optical DriveDVD+-RW (dual-layer)
GraphicsIntel GM4500
NetworkBroadcom NetLink BCM5906M 10/100 Ethernet, Intel 5100AGN Wireless, Broadcom Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

ScreenYesBrightness control works after executing xrandr –output LVDS –set BACKLIGHT_CONTROL native from terminal; you can also add it to your .profile; for Ubuntu Karmic Koala, kernel need nomodeset acpi_backlight=vendor option
Optical DriveYes
WirelessYesWorks after upgrade to kernel 2.6.27-11-generic
56K ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
TouchpadYesPress Fn+F8 twice before first use


System upgraded to Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope


Default install smooth, ethernet works, so I can continue with updates which made WiFi works on later kernel version.


lois, 2014/10/31 00:09

greetings all. I was glad to get the content one of them that I see this, and I can not reply to what I can right it with anything other than a thank you. And various info here.

siva, 2014/10/09 09:06

MY lenovo 3000 g430 hard drive has crashed….what should i do to make it come back to normal???? please help

Abhishek Parikh, 2013/07/17 09:09

my bluetooth and wifi is not working.and also my camera if 'm using guvc view though it is refusing and instructing that this is not correct driver.

Josh Aiep Farro, 2012/10/22 02:28

touchpad doesn't work after hibernate, sir :)

Jefri Wiradiputra, 2012/12/03 00:15

Press Fn+F8 twice to reactivate the touchpad

mahima, 2010/05/02 10:54

can somebody tell me how to make my lenovo g430, ubuntu ver 9.10 detect my wireless network

Jefri Wiradiputra, 2012/12/03 00:16

Activate the propietary driver using the hardware menu

Ree, 2010/03/31 14:34

How to install WIFI ??

chandan, 2010/02/27 19:03

i m using ubuntu 9.10 lenovo 3000 g430 my touchpad is not working and even it doesnt detect pen drive.. please help.. thanks in advance

Ahmad Fauzi, 2009/10/30 07:27

in this code
xrandr –output LVDS –set BACKLIGHT_CONTROL native

i have error

X Error of failed request: BadRROutput (invalid Output parameter)

Major opcode of failed request:  149 (RANDR)
Minor opcode of failed request:  15 (RRGetOutputProperty)
Serial number of failed request:  26
Current serial number in output stream:  26

have u solution

Andika Triwidada, 2009/11/06 10:22

your distro is Ubuntu Karmic Koala I believe?
I got the same problem, looking for solutions too.

FOSS supporter, 2009/12/03 02:15

My am using Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala and facing the same problem as this too.

By typing “xrandr –output LVDS –set BACKLIGHT_CONTROL native”, it works on Ubuntu 9.04.

But in Ubuntu 9.10, after I type the command, it comes out with this errors:

X Error of failed request: BadRROutput (invalid Output parameter)

Major opcode of failed request:  149 (RANDR)
Minor opcode of failed request:  15 (RRGetOutputProperty)
Serial number of failed request:  26
Current serial number in output stream:  26

Really hoping for someone help! Thanks a lot in advance!

FOSS supporter, 2009/12/18 09:27

I found a solution at

Edit /etc/default/grub.
Add 'nomodeset acpi_backlight=vendor' to the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT line.
Lastly, run update-grub as root after saving the file.

junkyou, 2009/10/06 09:19

Thank you very much for this. I have two questions if you may, please:

1) How were you able to install Ubuntu on your Lenovo G430 3000? I have exactly the same laptop and everytime I try to install ubuntu (which was my first distro of choice) the X is screwed up.

2) “xrandr –output LVDS –set BACKLIGHT_CONTROL native” How may I tanslate this into Fedora 10 language please? I am using Fedora now and it has been quite a while that I was in search of how to control brightness. Thank you for giving this hope!

Andika Triwidada, 2009/11/06 10:25

1) Nothing special

anupam, 2009/09/12 05:07

A quick update

xrandr –output LVDS –set BACKLIGHT_CONTROL native

does work but be careful with the brightness level , when I decreased the brightness to 0 value the screen went black, but when i tried to restore the brightness level the screen state did not change.

Problem got resolved by one of the fundamental OS troubleshooting hacks …. system reboot :)

anupam, 2009/09/12 04:56

xrandr –output LVDS –set BACKLIGHT_CONTROL native

copy paste the abpve string as it is (screen will go blank for sec )and then the brightness control keys start working fine.

BTW ,i am on Lenovo 3000 G430 4152 27Q | Ubuntu 8.10- the Intrepid Ibex

Thanks again to ANDIKA , you made my day :)

Ahmad Fauzi, 2009/08/28 11:57

Thank's a lot

rohan, 2009/08/26 11:35

my bluetooth does not work
i have lenovo G430 laptop

Str0mCAT, 2009/07/20 15:06

After searching and trying for more than 10 ways, I finally able adjust screen brightness now. Just execute the following command before pressing Fn+Up (or Fn+Down) key:

sudo xrandr –output LVDS –set BACKLIGHT_CONTROL native

Credit -

andika, 2009/08/06 09:16

thank you Str0mCAT, this info is very valuable
I hope I can extend my battery life ~50% with sufficiently low brightness setting

Str0mCAT, 2009/07/20 09:14

1. The display brightness control does not work (as indicated in the table above). After function key press, the on-screen display (OSD) shows correctly, but nothing happen. The display brightness remains at the maximum.

2. The touch pad does not work.

When I was trying to install a couple of time without success, I figured out that it caused by “re-writable CD”. So, I burned the installation disk again using regular CD (not a rewritable one) at the lowest speed - 10X. After that, I can installed the ubuntu 9.04 sucessfully. It took about 30 mins to complete installation process.

andika, 2009/08/06 09:14

you need to press Fn+F8 twice to enable touchpad

prakash, 2009/07/16 09:35

My laptop's touch pad does not support linux mandriva

Ludwi, 2009/06/15 08:46

I can't seem to install Linux on my laptop. I have a Lenovo 3000 G430, Intel Dual Core T4300 2.0GHz, RAM 1.5GB, HDD 160GB, Graphics Intel 4500.

The problem is, after installation when the system goes into the OS the display goes crazy. All kinds of weird patterns show up as if the OS read the graphic adapter wrong. But during installation the graphics were fine.

The Gripmaster, 2009/06/22 14:30

I do not know what distro you are using. Assuming you are using Fedora or Red Hat Enterprise, try this from the shell as root (denoted by the # symbol):

# system-config-display

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