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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
RAMUp to 8GB
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

Graphics ChipWorks
VGA OutNot Tested
HDMI OutNot Tested
Optical DriveWorks
Headphone PortWorks
Microphone-In PortNot Tested
WirelessWorksInstall the Broadcom firmware if you can't get wireless to work.
BluetoothWorks Tested in Linux Mint 13 with MATE
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamWorks Tested in Linux Mint 13 with MATE. Works fine on Skype
Fingerprint Reader N/A



The Lenovo G480 works just fine with Linux.


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?

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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