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Lenovo G480


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Lenovo G480 laptop. If you have the Lenovo G480 and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

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For full specifications see the Lenovo G480 specifications page.

NameLenovo G480
Processor3rd generation Intel Core i5-3210M
2nd generation Intel Core i3-2370M
Intel Celeron B820 (1.60GHz, 2MB)
Screen14“ HD 16:9 widescreen display - 1366×768
RAM2x4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 MHz
HDD500GB, 750GB, 1TB (5,400 rpm)
500GB (7,200 rpm)
Optical DriveTray-in Rambo drive
GraphicsIntel HD 4000 Graphics
Intel HD 3000 Graphics
NetworkEthernet NIC: 10/100M
Intel WiMAX/WiFi 6250 2 x 2 AGN
Intel WiMAX/WiFi 6150 2 x 2 AGN

Linux Compatibility

Cooler“Works”Woks as slow possible and seems to be impossible fix it. Notebook reaches insane temperatures!
ScreenWorksMultiple screens too
Graphics ChipWorks
VGA OutWorks fine
HDMI OutWorks fine
Optical DriveWorks
SoundWorksbut… the sound quality/volume of internal speakers are a nightmare
Headphone PortWorks
Microphone-In PortNot Tested
WirelessWorksInstall the Broadcom firmware if you can't get wireless to work.
BluetoothWorksTested in Linux Mint 13 with MATE
USBWorksUSB 3.0 are blazing fast!
Card ReaderWorks
WebcamWorks Tested in Linux Mint 13 with MATE. Works fine on Skype
Fingerprint Reader N/A
Suspend/ResumeWorks i've found problems with this functions when using Virtualbox or even in Debian Whezzy: unresponsive keyboard


Unless the anoying cooler that runs at same lowest speed (I could not control its speed anyway) this notebook runs fine with Debian 7, Ubuntu 13 and 14, Ubuntustudio, Slackware and FreeBSD.


The Lenovo G480 works just fine with Linux.


Leonardo, 2014/10/30 23:49

My notebook has one 3rd generation Intel Core i5-3210M, 2x4GB RAM 1600 MHz Corsair Vengeance modules, Atheros wireless card, HDD 500 GB/5400 RPM. The notebook came with windows 8 64 bits and almost immediately changed by Linux. After Debian Whezzy release i stopped stopped sniffing other distros. Almost everything runs smoothly in Whezzy even without “fine-tunning”. “Almost everything” because cooler runs very, VERY slowly and it is anoying me. I live in Brazil and in last months, daily temperarures are reaching stupid values like 34°C to 39°C (93.2F to 102.2F) and it keeps as higher until 6:00 PM when starts falling and stays arround 25°C (77F) all night long!. Given these situation my notebook is burning, as i need him working in field. I tried lots of searches and softwares and etc and all of them failed. Cooler is still running as low as possible. What can i do?

Jamshid Baghdadi, 2013/07/14 08:27

My wireless dont become turn on and turn off.what do i do?

Steve Betty, 2013/06/27 03:38

I have a Lenovo G480, the Atheros ar9285 wireless card won't stay connected. I bought this new computer in Vietnam, it came with Ubuntu 12.04, no other OS, Lenovo is no help and Atheros is no help, can anyone help me?

Leonardo, 2014/10/30 23:59

Try Ubuntu 14 or Debian Whezzy.
I have tested both and worked fine.

Brian, 2012/12/21 08:43

Ubuntu 12.04 - Linux Mint 13

Partitions The first problem was that Lenovo decided to use all four Primary Disk Partitions. Solution for this was simple Cut and Paste the contents of the D: partition to C: and check that it still worked and then after seearching the web for a Howto resizing the C: drive and deleting D:. This gave me rattling room for Linux Mint.

In the BIOS I set CD/DVD as first boot and turned UEFI off.

Installation of Mint was problem free.



My first attempt failed with a dependency error re libc6-dev. Deleting the version in Synaptic that I had installed to get the wired connection working and running the code again got the wireless connection working on the second attempt.


sudo gedit /etc/default/grub and edit
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=“quiet splash” to read
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=“quiet splash acpi_backlight=vendor”
sudo update-grub

At next reboot the brightness keys worked.

Open CD/DVD Tray There is no button to press. In Terminal type “eject” without quotes then press <Enter>.

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