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Lenovo 3000 N100

Author(s)

Darren Hatherley

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Lenovo 3000 N100 laptop, model 0768-4HG. It is based on my experiences with a clean install of Kubuntu Edgy 6.10 beta.

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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Specifications

NameLenovo 3000 N100
ProcessorIntel Core Duo T2300 1.66 GHz
Screen15.4“ WXGA (1280×800)
RAM512MB
HDD80GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW (dual-layer)
GraphicsnVidia Geforce GO 7300
Network10/100 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth
Other4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, screen-mounted webcam, Authentec AES2501 fingerprint reader

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesUse X's nv or proprietary nVidia module
SoundYesUse snd-hda-intel module
EthernetYesUse 8139 module
WirelessYesUse ipw3945 module
BluetoothYesActual transfer not tested; module loads and KDE can talk to device
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireYes
PCMCIANot Tested
Card ReaderYesOnly SD and MMC card tested
CameraNo
Fingerprint ReaderNo

Notes

Audio

The audio hardware and modem appear to be linked somehow. Disabling the modem in the BIOS stopped the sound card from working - there is an error during hardware initialisation.

Card Reader

I believe the card reader requires kernel 2.6.17 or later (i.e. really recent, at the time of writing), as this kernel is the first to include the sdhci driver.

Fingerprint Reader

There is, apparently, a project underway for a SANE backend for the Authentec fingerprint reader.

Camera

The inbuilt web camera is based on the Sonix SN9C201/ Omnivision OV9650 chipsets and is currently not supported by Linux. Due to Sonix's unwillingness to provide technical data to the Linux community, it is unlikely that it will ever be supported.

Distribution Specific Notes

Ubuntu

Sounds does not seem to work in Ubuntu out of the box. Updating to ALSA 1.0.14 was necessary.

Summary

The minor, non-intrusive incompatibilities aside, this laptop worked straight out of the box with (K)ubuntu Edgy 6.10 Beta.

Lenovo 3000 N100 - 06893BM

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Lenovo 3000 N100 laptop, model 06893BM.

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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Specifications

NameLenovo 3000 N100
ProcessorIntel Core Duo T2300 1.66 GHz
Screen14.1”
RAM512MB
HDD60GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth
Other4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesUse i810 module
SoundYesUse snd-hda-intel module
EthernetYesUse 8139 module
WirelessYesUse ipw3945 module
BluetoothYes
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireYes
PCMCIANot Tested

Notes

Some models of the N100 use the NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300 graphics chip. Both the open source nv module and the Nvidia proprietary module can be used in this case.

Some versions of the N100 use the Broadcom 4311 wireless controller which does not have any native modules for Linux so you will need to use the ndiswrapper module. For installation instructions you can follow our Configuring the ndiswrapper module guide. The windows driver to use with ndiswrapper can be downloaded here.

Summary

This is a very easy to install laptop for Linux usage. There wasn't any problems configuring and installing this one.


Discussion

Srikanth, 2014/01/18 10:19

Hi. could someone help me with:

1) the internal mic setting for Lenovo 3000 N100? On Linux Mint.

2) download of Moonlight app?

Pankajkumar Choudhary, 2010/10/22 11:54

Hi, I had a Lenovo 3000 N100 laptop ,model 0768-GZQ. My webcam is not working and it shows no drivers for webcam message. So how can i get the drivers for inbuilt webcam.

Jamster, 2010/09/20 15:21

Has anyone else had the N100 resolution problem listed here : http://www.motherboardpoint.com/linux-drivers-lenovo-3000-n100-t237474.html

If so, did you manage to fix it? I'm running Mint 9 and have the same prob.

wasantha, 2010/04/09 19:44

3000 n100 lenovo

9squirrels, 2009/09/18 01:24

I've installed Ubuntu 9.04 recently on a Lenovo 3000 N100 laptop, however my model doesn't have a built in webcam or fingerprint reader, I'll have to look up the model number.
The sound works sometimes, at other times it's just crackles when a sound is played, I've been trying to configure Wine, but can't seem to get the sound to work with it. I probably need to fix the basics first before I try getting Wine to work. I'm totally new to Linux, so this is all a bit of a trial for me. I've got good problem solving skills, however I don't understand half of what I'm supposed to be doing with this OS.
Still, 9.10 is coming soon, maybe it'll work better with that…

rgaobj, 2008/09/02 01:23

Problem with the Fn(Function Key)

I installed Archlinux on my laptop 3000n100. Everyting is ok but the Fn key. I can't use “Fn + F7” to switch display, and “Fn + Esc (F1,F2)” to adjust the volum. How can i drive the Fn key?

Lenny, 2008/03/03 09:13

Drivers for the SN9C201 Webcam

I tried all the drivers for my webcam. gspca does not support the sn9c201 chip, the other from microdia group does not even compile. The only working one is the closed-source driver at http://www.linux-projects.org . I tried it with some applications and works without problems.. Is there a way to make that driver free and default for the kernel?

https://groups.google.com/group/microdia/, 2008/02/19 23:53

SN9C201 microdia FREE Linux Driver

https://groups.google.com/group/microdia/

please join the above website to help support for your microdia webcam.

Do not go to http://www.linux-projects.org
(that driver is not free, instead closed source Binary, broken driver)

webcam, 2007/11/18 09:56

webcam

It looks like the webcam is supported by the SN9CXXX driver (do not confuse with SN9C1xx): http://www.linux-projects.org

L{DiracDelta(t)}, 2007/09/28 17:37

Microphone/skype

When I installed skype on my machien running KUbuntu 7.04, I couldn't get the microphone to work. This snippet enabled me to turn on my microphone:
http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Installing_Ubuntu_6.10_(Edgy_Eft)_on_a_ThinkPad_T60#Problem:_Microphone_doesn.27t_work

Koray Löker, 2007/08/31 02:10

Additional working hardware

In Pardus 2007 branch (any later) internal microphone works. Maybe additional channel configuration may be needed I'm not sure…

Also firewire port just works out-of-box with 2.6.18 kernel of Pardus. Tested with various transfer of dv footage using Kdenlive…

Bluetooth also tested with Kbluetoothd with transfer of music/image from a SonyEricsson t610 phone…

Bill Giannikos, 2007/08/31 04:21

Thanks for the info, I have updated the wiki.

Matt, 2007/08/15 17:02

Sonix SN9C201 Driver

Check out http://www.linux-projects.org/modules/news/ for a driver for that Sonix webcam. Only works under latest ubuntu tho…

samar, 2007/07/14 11:04

On my machine the sound plays well but recording sound does not work. Similarly the wireless works but the wired ethernet does not. Indeed the LED does not even come on so it seems the system has not recognized the device.

Bill Giannikos, 2007/07/19 02:03

I'm not sure about the microphone, maybe a updated version of ALSA might help. The wired controller should really work, it's just a simple realtek device. Which distro are you using?

bidi, 2007/07/09 19:04

Audio!!

“The audio hardware and modem appear to be linked somehow. Disabling the modem in the BIOS stopped the sound card from working - there is an error during hardware initialisation.”

exactly my problem! if you disable the modem then you must to configure your sound card for each session (to have sound)!

I find my answer! greeat!

Anonymous, 2007/05/29 03:22

Specification and charging precautions of battery

kindly send me the instructon regarding charging cycles, procedure of charging the battery which can be durable and well conditioned.

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