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Lenovo G560

Introduction

Lenovo's 15 inch consumer notebook with Intel Core i3 CPU and discrete NVidia graphics.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Lenovo G560. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Lenovo G560 page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Lenovo G560 specifications page.

NameLenovo G560
ProcessorCore i3 330m
Screen15.6 inch, 1366 x 768, glossy
RAM2 Gig
HDD320 Gig
Optical DriveDVD DL-RW
GraphicsnVidia GeForce G 310M
Network100 MBit LAN and b/g/n WLAN

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesTested with NVidia's proprietary driver offered by Ubuntu
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYesBroadcom BCM4313 (PCI code 4727]. Ubuntu 9.10 does not support this one out of the box. Works fine with Broadcom's driver from here: http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php
BluetoothYes
USBYes
eSataYesSupports Power over eSata.. works great with delock external 2.5“ drive
HDMIYesVideo works fine in KDE 4.4.4 System settings ⇒ General ⇒ Display. HDMI audio works fine in System settings ⇒ General ⇒ Multimedia.
VGAYesWorks fine in KDE 4.4.4 (OpenSuSE 11.3) System settings ⇒ General ⇒ Display.
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
CameraYes
TouchpadYesElan Smart-Pad works but stops responding sometimes.. using USB mouse instead now

Notes

Tested under Ubuntu 9.10, 32bit, kernel 2.6.31-21-generic. 64bit not tested at all!
2010-12-21: OpenSuSE 11.3 works fine with 64-bit distribution.

Summary

Very fast machine with good power management. Runs on battery for 3 to 3.5 hours (WLan surfing). Good cooling and silent fan. Has good build quality and great keyboard. Screen is glossy but bright. Lid sadly is made of high gloss plastic. Has lots of features and connectors (VGA, LAN, 1x eSATA/USB, 2x USB, HDMI, Mic, Phones, ExpressCard, Internal Mic, Webcam, Kensington, Bluetooth). Is well supported under Linux if you can live with the proprietary graphics and WLAN driver. Both work without problems.

lspci dump:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Arrandale DRAM Controller (rev 12)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Arrandale PCI Express x16 Root Port (rev 12)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset HECI Controller (rev 06)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 05)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio (rev 05)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev 05)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev 05)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev 05)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 5 (rev 05)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 05)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev a5)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 5 Series Chipset LPC Interface Controller (rev 05)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset 4 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 05)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset SMBus Controller (rev 05)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Device 0a75 (rev a2)
01:00.1 Audio device: nVidia Corporation Device 0be3 (rev a1)
06:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation Device 4727 (rev 01)
07:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 02)
ff:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation QuickPath Architecture Generic Non-core Registers (rev 02)
ff:00.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation QuickPath Architecture System Address Decoder (rev 02)
ff:02.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation QPI Link 0 (rev 02)
ff:02.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation QPI Physical 0 (rev 02)
ff:02.2 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Device 2d12 (rev 02)
ff:02.3 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Device 2d13 (rev 02)


Discussion

BldyJck, 2014/04/04 19:22

Is there a possibility to reprogram the recovery and energy buttons (the ones next to the power button) and use them as softkeys?

Asrar, 2012/11/28 13:32

I am using same model of Lenovo Lap top since march 2011.
since last 2 monts I am facing a problem with my machine that some time screen become black & did not come white. If I am doing voice chat with some one , voice still comes but phot finished. it did not come white/\. also unable to shut down applying Alt,Cctrl,Delete , so I press the start button to shut it down. after restart screen become ok. but last night both side of screen became black ( arround 1.1/2 ” strip on both side became black & in middle ok. shut it down properly & restart next day. it was ok then.
kindly guide me that what is the problem with my machine .
thanking & regads.

s mac suibhne, 2012/01/11 15:11

Camera? Does it work on the g560 with Linux?
I cannot get it to work on Mandriva 2011

Seán

Soumya Sarkar, 2011/11/28 07:17

Got my Lenovo G560 in a Boxing Day sale in Melbourne last year at AUD 399. Its a steal. Started with Ubuntu 10.04. I am now on Ubuntu 11.10 with Gnome3. Everything works…everything. My config when i bought it was 4GB RAM though.

supravat, 2011/10/02 01:46

I have a lenovo G560. but it's sound is not working. if i use a external speakre it's working . what to do. ?….plz help any one.

Dio.P.BALAR, 2011/08/29 15:52

How To Install Mac Os In Lenovo G-560 Laptop. Please Help Me……

n122vu, 2011/04/06 15:16

I bought a new G560 about a week ago for a heck of a price. 2 nights ago I installed Ubuntu 10.10 64-bit dual-boot with Win7. Working like a dream, all hardware working out of the gate, no issues. Compiz Fusion looks/works great, even on the onboard Intel HD graphics card.
Specs:

Lenovo G560 0679AKU
15.6” LED-backlit LCD
Intel HD Graphics
Intel Core i3 380M @ 2.53 GHz
4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 RAM
500GB Hard Drive
DVD-RW drive
Integrated 5-in-1 card reader
2 USB 2.0, 1 eSATA/USB2.0 Combo port
b/g/n Wireless
10/100Mbps Wired NIC
0.3MP Integrated Webcam

Marc, 2011/04/13 04:44

I just picked mine up from Office Depot today. I have installed Ubuntu 10.10. I'm having problems with a wired connection to my router and I haven't configured the wireless, yet. When I attempt to access the internet via the wired connection, I either can't get the page to load at all, or it's really slow. Do I need to change some of the default settings from the way FireFox comes preconfigured? Do I need to get a different driver for the Ethernet card?

soren, 2011/12/01 08:12

“really slow” suggests a DNS issue – and I'm aware of a few home ADSL router/WiFi APs that send DNS query responses back from a port that isn't 53. This doesn't seem to bother windows machines, but Linux boxes wait until DNS timeout before they will accept the “unexpected responses”. This makes things *really* slow.

Try…configuring your DNS IP to your ISPs DNS resolver manually.

George Edwards, 2011/03/11 13:53

Does this laptop have Gigabit networking? My G560 only operated at 100Mbit in Ubuntu and Limux Mint.

“lspci” gives me the following:

“06:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 02)”

As far as I can tell, RTL8101E/RTL8102E is only 100Mbit?! This isn't right is it? Anyone else out there checked out their wired NIC connection speed?

Reed Young, 2011/05/04 16:36

Sorry, that is right. “Fast ethernet” is a trade term meaning 100 megabits per second. It was coined in the 1990s to differentiate “fast” from “regular” old 10Mb/s ethernet.

If it doesn't say “Gig” or “1000” then it isn't.

George, 2011/05/04 22:15

Okay, damn. Thank you for the information.

Snow Cat, 2011/03/07 15:38

Has anyone yet tried to install OSX (Snow Leopard or below) on the G560?

Steve, 2011/03/03 23:31

I just got the G560 and installed Debian Squeeze. Everything is working great except for the wireless. Anybody know of a good tutorial or have instructions. I tried following the steps on the Debian site but no luck.

Nicole, 2011/03/22 16:07

I am having the same problem with my wireless. I just got the computer yesterday. Did you figure out how to fix it? thanks
nicole

ashwin, 2011/02/03 05:42

hi i purchased g560 15.5 core2duo, i installed ubuntu 10.4 everything is fine except touchpad,its not responding,and i could not use the touchpad plz save me

ron, 2011/02/17 04:43

Try installing ubuntu 10.10. I'm running kubuntu 10.10, and mostly things work. Exceptions:

1. Sometimes after waking up from sleep, the screen is black and the machine doesn't respond, have to reboot
2. Sometimes after waking up from sleep, the mouse doesn't work properly (but restarting X restores it)
3. The external headphone jack doesn't seem to work

But everything else is 100% working, it's really a nice machine.

Santacrab, 2011/03/02 13:10

Those are the exact symptoms i have on my Dell LATITUDE E5510…

saju, 2011/04/03 12:35

From https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...7?comments=all comment #35 worked for me. Please try the same

Adi , 2010/12/25 13:55

Thank you so much .!
It works!

I'm on eeepc 1215n with Ubuntu 10.10. I lost my WiFi connection after install Win XP.
Now it works briliant (:

ozzy, 2010/12/11 21:39

hy Guys,

Yesterday, I bought the Lenovo G560 Notebook. I installed Ubuntu 10.10 and everything works out of the box. Audio, Lan, Wlan, Touchpad, DVDwriter,…… works!!
I'm very happy of this!

Lenovo G560
Intel i3-360M 2.26GHZ
RAM: 3072 MB
HDD: 500 GB
Display 15.6
Graphic: Nvidia G-Force 310M
Lan: Broadcom

ozzy

Alan Kennington, 2010/11/22 22:58

I bought the Lenovo G560 06796SE and installed OpenSuSE 11.3 linux on it.
In Australia, the many G560 variants have the built-in Intel graphics.
/sbin/lspci | grep -i graph
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)

This works out of the box with OpenSuSE 11.3, which I installed.
http://wiki.alankennington.com/en/Lenovo_G560_installation
In fact, everything worked out of the box expcept the Broadcom BCM4313 wireless LAN.
/sbin/lspci | grep -i network
05:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4313 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01)

This required download and installation of the “hybrid driver”, which is half open source and half closed source, from the Broadcom web site.
http://wiki.alankennington.com/en/Wireless_LAN_on_laptop#Wireless_LAN_on_Lenovo_G560_06796SE
The audio works perfectly out of the box.
/sbin/lspci | grep -i audio
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio (rev 05)

And one last thing….
akenning@puma> cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep -E “processor|model name”
processor : 0
model name : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 460 @ 2.53GHz
processor : 1
model name : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 460 @ 2.53GHz
processor : 2
model name : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 460 @ 2.53GHz
processor : 3
model name : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 460 @ 2.53GHz

I was told I had a dual-core CPU. So I can't explain this!

Alan Kennington, 2010/12/21 00:01

The apparent 4 CPU cores on the G560 with i5-460 processor are probably explained by this web page:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Core-i5-460M-Notebook-Processor.35993.0.html

Similar notes on the i5-450 are here:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Core-i5-450M-Notebook-Processor.31141.0.html

These processors have 2 cores, but they support 4 threads. This is (probably) causing linux to show 4 processor IDs.

By the way, since I bought the G560 and put OpenSuSE 11.3 on it 5 weeks ago, it has been a dream machine. My only linux compatibility complaints are that the built-in speakers are weak and tinny (whereas the printed user handbook says the speakers “provide rich and powerful sound”!), which might be a linux issue maybe, and half of the Fn-key operations don't work, which is not a serious problem. The Fn-F2 toggle works (turns off LCD back-light) and the Fn-F6 toggle works (disables the annoying built-in touch-pad). Nothing in the OpenSuSE 11.3 distro seems to be able to control the touch-pad in any way.

Ashutosh, 2010/10/10 12:45

I have also installed ubuntu 2.7 and it works fine with lenovo G560 but there is problem with Wi-Fi.There is no network shown in my system;but networks are shown in other opertating system.But I think the issue can be resolved.I'm not able to configure

ssid.

Nic Boshart, 2010/08/30 18:40

Hi, I'm trying to config my touchpad with Ubuntu 10.0.4, but on an i5, 64-bit. Nothing seems be working. Not even registering when I use the “xinput list” command in terminal.
Suggestions?

Nishant, 2010/09/21 16:43

Hey,

I am also having the same problem with ubuntu 10.0.4. If you have found a solution for this can you mail me at nchapa@buffalo.edu

dhruv, 2011/03/24 03:39

Upgrade to Ubuntu 10.10 and everything will work. I had similar probs with 10.04 but it cleared up with 10.10

Dormon, 2010/08/13 13:32

Lenovo g560
Ubuntu 10.04 x64 bit

lspci | grep Audio
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio (rev 05)
01:00.1 Audio device: nVidia Corporation High Definition Audio Controller (rev a1)

Sound card conexant 20585


I had problem with sound. I couldn't mute notebook's speakers.
I've just partly solved this problem. This is the first aid.

1. Install newest alsa driver (ftp://ftp.alsa-project.org/pub/driver/alsa-driver-1.0.23.tar.bz2)

2. Download HDA-Analyzer (http://www.alsa-project.org/main/index.php/Help_To_Debug_Intel_HDA)

The newest alsa driver seems to be working even worse. When you plug in headphones you won't hear anythink but notebook speakers won't mute. Try to suspend system to RAM. I know this sounds strange, but after you wake your system, headphone will work. When you mute sound by keyboard and unmute, headphones won't work again. This is very strange.

3. Run HDA Analyzer as root
sudo python run.py

4. Go to /card-0/codec-1/Node[0x1f] Pin/

5. Choose Audio Output [0x11]

6. Suspend your system to RAM and wake it.

7. Notebook's speakers should be muted.

This isn't permanent. You will have to do this every time when you reboot.

dormon, 2010/08/17 12:23

You don't have to suspend system to RAM, if you use alsa-driver-1.0.22.tar.bz2

ftp://ftp.alsa-project.org/pub/driver/

dormon, 2010/09/03 21:13

With this version of alsa sounds works fine.
http://www.alsa-project.org/snapshot/files/alsa-driver-1.0.23.75.g04a15.481.ga47ea.tar.bz2

If you want to use build-in microphone, you will have to use hda-analyzer.

cloud, 2010/07/26 17:44

hi
i have problem in installing fedora 13 on my lenovo g560 with windows 7
should i delete windows 7 to be able to install fedora 13?

zylex, 2010/07/28 14:57

you don't need to remove windows, they are independent

naveen shukla, 2010/07/13 04:40

I wanna want to ask which linux operating system software and its version would be installed in the lenevo g560 model system having i3 processor.
mandriva 10 arises a error during installation.
please help me out.

zylex, 2010/07/13 07:31

Fedora and Arch work fine for me, others should too … chceck installation medium

mr-pink, 2010/06/24 22:00

I'm considering buying this laptop. Can someone tell me if suspend and hibernate work under Ubuntu? Furthermore, is there anyone who has tested it with a 64 bit Ubuntu? Thanks a lot.

esra, 2010/07/12 11:39

hi

i have just installed Ubuntu LST 64 bit on my G560. works great.. very fast. hibernate works but sometimes needs several clicks to wake up. suspend seems not working..

Alan Kennington, 2010/11/22 23:56

The sleep and hibernate work perfectly (so far) on my Lenovo G560 06796SE with OpenSuSE 11.3 (64-bit).

zylex, 2010/04/27 15:22

fixed in newest alsa-driver, now all works as it should work ;-)

zylex, 2010/04/25 19:26

HDMI works too, but I have different sound card, and built-in speakers do not mute after plugin headphones, speakers
lspci | grep Audio
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation Ibex Peak High Definition Audio (rev 05)
01:00.1 Audio device: nVidia Corporation Device 0be3 (rev a1)

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