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Lenovo G580


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For full specifications see the Lenovo G580 specifications page.

NameLenovo G580
ProcessorVarious Intel (Celeron, Pentium, third generation i3, i5, i7), including at least: i5-3210M, Celeron B820 (1.60 GHz, 2 MB)
Screen15.6“ HD 16:9 widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDD500 GB, 750 GB, 1 TB (5,400 rpm)
Optical DriveTray-in Rambo drive
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000 (integrated), some with Nvidia GT6xx Optimus cards
NetworkEthernet NIC: 10/100M
Intel WiMAX/WiFi 6250 2 x 2 a/g/n or Intel WiMAX/WiFi 6150 2 x 2 a/g/n or Broadcom BCM4313 WiFi/Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

ScreenYesWith newest firmware version, brightness changes are laggy
Graphics ChipYesFull support for Intel HD 4000. Out-of-the box support for Nvidia Optimus cards varies, Bumblebee required for running only specific programs on the Nvidia card.
VGA OutYes
Optical DriveYes
Headphone PortYes
Microphone-In PortN/AHeadphone port doubles as one.
EthernetYesRequires alx driver, which some distributions may not be including yet.
WirelessYesOnly Broadcom's closed-source wl driver works more or less satisfactorily with the BCM4313. Some models come with an Atheros AR9285 Wireless adapter. The kernel provided ath9k driver may report low signal strength. Workaround is to use ndiswrapper with Windows XP drivers
Card ReaderYes
Fingerprint ReaderN/A
Suspend/ResumeYesHibernation may not work properly.


Caution: some UEFI/SecureBoot installers may make the BIOS configuration utility unusable. This problem occurs with Windows as well during reinstall and upgrade.
It appears that the BIOS setup utility is in slot 0 of the UEFI NVRAM, but some operating systems do not detect this and install themselves in slot 0.


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Louis Redbridge, 2016/01/30 07:20

My Lenovo G580 ran very well for 2 years dual booted with Windows 8/8.1 and Ubuntu 12.04. Then the hard drive died. I replaced with a 320Gb hard drive and just loaded Xubuntu 12.04 for a while.Then I updated to Ubuntu 14.04 without understanding UEFI. I soon observed that I could not access BIOS settings with F2. I decided I would want to go dual boot again. When I tried to reinstall Windows the BIOS (UEFI code clash) locked it up and I only get a blue screen. My research indicates that I can get it running by replacing the soldered in BIOS with a pre-programed replacement chip $21.00 from China. If I can get it all back together my Windows key will have gone bye bye with the old chip. After it is up and running I will keep it Ubuntu 12.04,and I will be a full fledged repair technician.

Yogesh Taparia , 2016/10/29 07:54

Hi Louis, I need some help with deciding which version of Linux to run on my Lenovo G580 laptop. I installed Linux 16.04 and then upgraded to Lubuntu, both of which freeze after 3-4 hours of operation. Which version of Linux/Ubuntu do you recommend for a trouble free operation. Thank you.

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Marcelo, 2013/09/25 18:08

Tengo una Lenovo G580 con Core i5. La unica manera de correr Linux en ella fue formateando totalmente el disco duro, anulando las particiones GPT y reinstalando todo. Por lo demas es una notebook acorde al precio.

David, 2013/08/22 05:31
  I have been running Linux on the Lenovo G580 for sometime. Everything on the laptop seems to work without a problem except for... The Ethernet will not work out of the box with Linux kernel 3.2, but does work with Linux 3.5. However turning off the touch pad with Fn/F6 key will not work in 3.5, but does work in 3.2.
  The version of GNU/Linux I am using is Ubuntu 12.04 for any that want to know. Its been a dream so far. I mean honestly. Who still uses Ethernet on a laptop. (Kidding guys, great for huge data tranfers). I hope this helps. 
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