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Lenovo 3000 N200

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Lenovo 3000 N200 laptop.

Specifications

NameLenovo 3000 N200
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T7300 2.0GHz
Screen15.4” WXGA
RAM1GB
HDD120GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce Go 7300
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 4965 802.11agn Wireless, Bluetooth
Other4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesSee notes below
SoundYesSee notes below
EthernetYes
WirelessYesUse iwlwifi driver
BluetoothYes
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderYes
PCMCIANot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderYesUse libfprint
CameraYesUse this driver

Notes

The NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300 found in the N200 works with both the open source 'nv' module as well as nvidia's proprietary module. However you will need to use the proprietary module to get 3D support.

The wireless controller requires the iwlwifi driver. However depending on the distribution used this may be difficult to install. An up to date Fedora 7 installation (one which has all the latest updates installed) supports this controller out of the box and when Ubuntu 7.10 is released that will also have builtin support. Have a look at the guide below for more details.

Like the wireless support it depends on your Linux distribution on how well the sound in the N200 works. If it does not work out of the box then try adding the following line to your /etc/modprobe.conf (or your distribution's equivalent) file:
options snd-hda-intel model=lenovo
If you already have a line in your modprobe.conf file which starts with options snd-hda-intel then you should add model=lenovo to the end of that line. If the audio still doesn't work then you will need to compile and install the latest ALSA drivers (use at least version 1.0.15rc2)

Summary

Linux compatibility for the Lenovo 3000 N200 varies depending on the Linux distribution used. For the easiest installation you should use something with kernel version 2.6.22 or higher.

On using old distributions GRUB may have problems starting from the DVD-ROM, in that case you can install LILO.


Discussion

L3P3, 2013/03/07 17:28

The NVIDIA-Setup-Application say that my graphics card is not supported!
It is the driver that is listed for the Geforce Go 7300!

Dina, 2012/08/16 06:34

i have a Lenovo 3000 N200 , and when i first bought it, the built-in webcam was working fine , but suddenly i won't work anymore , i've tried everything , but it keeps saying that i don't have a webcam and i need to lug one in
HEEELP!

Rajveer S Beniwal, 2012/01/15 16:52

what is Base System driver.my laptop lenovo 3000 N200 notebook,32bit and Window 7 Ultimate operating system it shows that base system drivers not installed.how can i solve this.please someone help me to get rid this problem

Rajveer S Beniwal, 2012/01/15 16:08

I am having a Lenovo 3000 N200 type-0769 32bit with Window 7 Ultimate version.I am unable to listen sound without headphone while its working nicely with headphone.Anyone can help me to sort out this problem.

Rajveer S Beniwal, 2012/01/15 16:08

I am having a Lenovo 3000 N200 type-0769 32bit with Window 7 Ultimate version.I am unable to listen sound without headphone while its working nicely with headphone.Anyone can help me to sort out this problem.

ramakrishnachunduri, 2013/09/10 04:17

Well, I do posses the same laptop with Windows 7, it just worked great for a longer time while using KLM-Codec/321 players. the speakers were broken once i started using VLC and hearing at peak of 400% for theatric experience.

If u are using VLC the problem might be the speakers got crashed and u got to replace them. On the other hand when the win7 audio driver fails the same issue would come.

To test if the issue is with win7 or h/w issue. Before taking to a service executive u can test by a live demo of linux releases like ubuntu,mint etc and play a tone if played then great, just re-install ur win7 else u got to visit SE who should possibly fix it for u…

Frenchy, 2011/12/27 11:08

Aux deux intervenants dans la langue de Molière: lachez XP et passez sous Linux ça marchera mieux!

bert, 2011/03/08 10:12

Just performed a smooth install of Ubuntu Natty Narwhal alpha 3 on this laptop.
Great results LOL, my 2008 laptop has begun a new life complete with Unity, LibreOffice en Mozilla 4

Regards

kacher, 2011/01/20 13:49

quand j'ai formater mon PC portable, avec windows XP j'ai perdu les caractéristique de mon PC Lenovo,telque gravure, les jeux spécifique de mon PC et d'autre lié à celui ci je veux les récuperer mais comment?

Scorpion, 2010/04/25 03:41

Grub have a bug with the DVD ROM on this model, the device is hidden, the option is to use LILO for boot

Trust, 2009/06/22 12:27

Guys I have a 3000 N200 0769 model needing ethernet controllers. I need the drivers for the Broadcom 10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 4965 802.11agn Wireless items.

help please

ISRAR, 2009/06/01 06:43

MY WI FI IS NOT WORKING

tf, 2009/06/02 07:06

Very strange. On me lenovo 3000 n200 0769 wifi has worked out of the box since Ubuntu 7. My advice: Take a backup of important data and reinstall, using the latest Ubuntu Jaunty.

freek, 2009/05/18 00:10

my WIFI is not switching on but my bluetooth is. i use a lenovo 3000 n200 0769 a58

please help me

thanks

parham, 2009/04/03 13:34

i have some problems with my modem (IBM Lenovo N200 3000)linux cannot detect my modem please help me

Sandee, 2009/03/29 13:59

i have dual boot, rhel5 installed on Lenovo 3000 N200 series. But the graphical mode is not running and linux is not able to detect my ethernet card.
Hope for Help???

TF, 2009/03/29 14:58

Try Ubuntu 8.10 - works out of the box

shripad, 2009/03/14 09:25

i have latop lenovo 3000 N200, and i have operating system Windows xp and i can't use my Wireless network,,,,,,please help me ……………….

hadayat ullah, 2014/03/08 05:50

i have latop lenovo 3000 N200, and i have operating system Windows xp and i can't use my Wireless network,,,,,,please help me ……………….

Arab Najjar, 2008/12/21 16:19

ubuntu 8.10

every thing ok

except nvidia 7300 go

i installed the 177.80

and the title bar get dark when i move the mouse croser on it
and i have black flash flickering

alchi, 2008/11/28 12:54

Ubuntu 8.10

Lenovo 3000 N200-0769
My specs:
Intel Core 2 Duo 1,83Ghz (T5550), 4096MB, HDD 250GBD, DVD-RW,
15,4 TFT (1680*1050) VibrantView
256MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300
56K + 10/100 lan + Wireless (a,b,g) + Bluetooth
1 x FireWire 400 / 4 x USB 2.0 / 1 x VGA / 1 x Cardbus + FPR + Webcam

Almost everything works out of the box, except fingerprint reader.

Dinos_greece, 2008/10/29 11:23

only sound

3000 n200 0769 aa4. Linux Mint. works perfectly out of the box, but sound needs to add the line on alsa-base menu

Fungyo, 2008/10/03 19:01

Optical drive missing fix

The solution for my Optical CD/DVD drive missing is to install the Linux distro using the Lilo boot loader. This worked for me using Mandriva 2008.1 Free

Fungyo, 2008/09/17 19:22

No optical drive

I have tried many Linux distros on my Lenovo 3000 n200 0687-A31.
All but Foresight and Slackware Linux don't detect the DVD drive after installing.
Anyone know of a solution?
thanks.

tofi, 2008/12/17 23:11

Ubuntu 8.10 - everything oob exept fingerprint reader.

Duc Tran Minh, 2008/07/14 05:35

DVD-ROM problem

I have one Lenovo 3000 N200 type 687, before install fedora 9, in window xp i saw and use dvd rom but after install fedora both xp and fedora can't use dvdrom (not see in my computer), folder cdrom in /media/ not found

Ayman Elkazzaz, 2008/06/15 00:43

sound card problem on Centos5.1

I have a problem with Centos5.1 as my sound card doesn't work i updated my system to the latest update but still the problem is existent, can any one help me please.

mm, 2008/06/01 11:15

Webcam

i have latop lenovo 3000 N200 type 0769 ,, and i have operating system Fedora 9 and i don't know how i can use my built in web cam ,,,, i'm not familiar well with Linux operating system ,,,,,,
please try to explain to me in details how i could install it and also how i can use it in chatting

berrnarb sikombe, 2009/07/09 15:44

i have the same problem using the inbuilt webcam of the 3000 N200 type 0769.Am not sure about the systems being talked about.please help.

berrnarb sikombe, 2009/07/09 15:44

i have the same problem using the inbuilt webcam of the 3000 N200 type 0769.Am not sure about the systems being talked about.please help.

Felipe, 2008/05/13 02:14

Sound Problem with Kubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04

1) sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base

2) In the editor, add the following line at the end of the file:
options snd-hda-intel model=lenovo

if there's already a line with the text “options snd-hda-intel”, then just add

model=lenovo

at the end of the line.

3) restart

Lyndon Howard, 2008/10/19 02:09

For Kubuntu 8.04, I also had to crank up the levels of 'PCM' and 'Front' in KMix. The latter ('Front') had to have its green light clicked.

FaBjE, 2008/04/12 02:11

Sound problem fix

I had a weird problem with my soundcard.
First it worked perfectly, but after updating the drivers and putting the model=lenovo option in place it refused to work…

But after a long night I read somewhere on the internet I had to enable the internal modem and then it would work.
I first though it was but after a while I thought I'll give it a try
And miraculously it worked…

So if your soundcard is failing, check if the internal modem is enabled in your BIOS

Felipe, 2007/10/22 12:57

Kubuntu: Solving the sound problem

With kubuntu 7.10 those problems are already solved. The only change that is needed is to make a modprobe.conf file with the line:
options snd-hda-intel model=lenovo
and save it in /etc/modutils and in /etc/modprobe.conf

Note that although the wifi network works out of the box, I have not been able to make the signal light to turn on or blink… although it works really fine.

elred, 2008/05/18 07:26

with lspci I get the following output :

06:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation Unknown device 1713 (rev 02)

So basically I have to load the Broadcom kernel driver in order to have the network working.
The module is already in the kernel and named “tg3”. However, doing modprobe tg3 didn't worked, just did nothing. I tried with “modprobe tg3 tg3_debug=1” but didn't had more output.
I came to the broadcom official website and downloaded the driver named “linux-3.81c.zip”, and after installing the kernel-headers package from the install cdrom I recompiled it (make && make install) and reloaded it “modprobe tg3” again.
And it worked !
I don't know why the kernel version of this driver is broken but anyway recompiling from hand the official driver from broadcom make it work !
Note that although the network works, I have not been able to make the signal light to turn on or blink… just like for the wifi issue of the previous comment.
Hope this can help someone :)

Dolomite, 2008/05/27 12:56

Probably a stupid question, but how to compile the driver for broadcom NIC?

Greetz

Rafik, 2008/08/01 01:09

Used this fix for the sound card and it is now working perfectly

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