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This is a guide to running Linux with the Lenovo 3000 N200 laptop.
|Name||Lenovo 3000 N200|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 2.0GHz|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 4965 802.11agn Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire|
|Graphics||Yes||See notes below|
|Sound||Yes||See notes below|
|Wireless||Yes||Use iwlwifi driver|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||Yes||Use libfprint|
|Camera||Yes||Use this driver|
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)
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.